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Banner image: A US Army soldier scans the eye of an Afghan National Policeman for identification purposes with a hand-held biometric device in rural Dand District, just south of Kandahar. US soldiers are using biometric tools to catalog all military-aged men and boys in the province, part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at finding and identifying Taliban insurgents and legitimizing the government of Afghanistan in the minds of the rural local populace. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images