We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 11, 2010

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BAGHDAD – Capt. Michael Barnette, chaplain for Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, gives a stuffed squirrel to an Iraqi boy during a humanitarian aid drop conducted June 26 by Soldiers from the battalion. Fifty bags of food, along with bottled water and toys, were distributed to the population living on the outskirts of Baghdad just outside of Contingency Operating Station Falcon. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mary Katzenberger, 1st AAB, 3rd Inf. Div., USD-C) An Iraqi father kisses his son as they leave a humanitarian aid drop conducted, on June 26, by Soldiers of Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. Photo via the US Army by Sgt. Mary Katzenberger. [Correction: Our original caption was copied from an incorrect caption on the U.S. Army’s Flickr page. This is the correct caption.]

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