Below you will find the internet's most complete listing of websites and resources for U.S. military personnel who are stationed in Afghanistan. The list below provides information on official installation resources, MWR facilities, lodging facilities, medical facilities, support organizations and more for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. Please suggest any other sites you think others will find useful during their Afghanistan deployments.
    
 

Community: Support Links

  Adopt a Platoon
A nonprofit organization dedicated to linking U.S. citizens with military units serving overseas.
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  America 4R Marines
America 4R Marines is a non-profit organization that sends wish-list item to deployed Marine Corps units. .
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  Any Soldier
A non-profit organization that links overseas military personnel with U.S. citizens (and organizations) who want to send them care packages.
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  BikeFree.org - Bikes for military kids
A non-profit whose mission is to bring joy, freedom, and the fun of a bicycle ride to others – specifically the children of our military families.
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  Blue Star Mothers
Blue Star Mothers of America (BSMA), Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is composed of mothers who have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, Guard, Reserve or who are honorably or medically discharged Veterans. Anyone else who wants to support the troops can join as an Associate Member.
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  Books for Soldiers
A non-profit organization that sends donated books to deployed military personnel.
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  Fisher House
The Fisher House Foundation provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
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  Freedom Calls Foundation
Deploys state of the art technology to keep overseas troops in touch with their families.
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  Hero Miles - Donage frequent flyer miles
Fisher House Foundation uses frequent flyer miles that have been donated by passengers of our airline partners to provide free airline tickets to support wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center or who are attending authorized events.
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  Homes for our Troops
Homes For Our Troops assists severely injured Veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor, and by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.
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  MotoMail - Letter service for deployed Marines
Family and friends of deployed Marines can send a letter to be downloaded, printed and ready for delivery, usually within 24 hours.
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  Operation Cookie Jar
Operation CookieJar collects items and money to help our Troops. Every single item donated (must be an approved item - there are some restrictions) is sent to our Troops.
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  Operation Interdependence
A nationwide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a means for community members to support troops serving on the frontlines, military families and veterans. Our long term goal is to ensure that every Solider, Sailor, Airman and Marine is served by OI® from the time they don the uniform to the day they are honorably laid to rest.
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  Operation Shoebox
Operation Shoebox exists to show our troops deployed outside the USA that we care by sending packages, letters, and bulk items to them during their deployment. 100% of your donations go to our troops.
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  Project Never Forget
Offers 3-D photo charms at cost to families who have lost loved ones in the military.
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  Segways for Veterans
The Segs4Vets program provides disabled veterans with a universally designed mobility device (Segway) which does not draw attention to their disability.
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  Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs.
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  Soldiers' Angels
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and to enable our volunteers to improve the lives of a growing veteran population.
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  TheirAngels.org
A non-profit that supports military men and women serving at home and in foreign lands by sending c-rations (aka care packages). Each c-ration has a letter or card to up lift morale and provide positive contact from home. Their Angels also provides an outlet for families, friends, veterans and members of the community to come together and support the families of our active duty military personnel.
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  U.S. Central Command on Flickr
The official Flickr page of the U.S. Central Command.
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  USO
The USO offers an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind.
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Community: Useful Links

  Afghanistan Brief - US Department of State
An overview of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan from the perspective of the U.S. Department of State.
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  Afghanistan War Wikipedia Article
A Wikipedia article covering the 2001 invasion in Afghanistan and events since then.
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  Afghanistan World Atlas Entry
An overview and map of Afghanistan from the World Atlas site.
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  Bagram Airfield
Official U.S. Air Force site for Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
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  Camp Eggers Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article for Camp Eggers, a U.S. military base in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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  Camp Phoenix Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article for Camp Phoenix, a NATO military installation in Afghanistan that is maintained by the U.S. Army.
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  Global Security Kabul Page
An overview of Kabul Afghanistan on GlobalSecurity.org.
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  International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan
The official homepage for the NATO force in Afghanistan.
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  Magharebia
The Magharebia web site is sponsored by the United States Africa Command, the military command responsible for supporting and enhancing US efforts to promote stability, co-operation and prosperity in the region.
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  Operation Enduring Freedom History
The history of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
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  U.S. Central Command on Facebook
The official Facebook page of the U.S. Central Command.
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  U.S. Central Command on YouTube
The official YouTube Channel of the U.S. Central Command.
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  U.S. Central Command Twitter Feed
The official Twitter feed of the U.S. Central Command.
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  U.S. Department of Defense
The official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online.
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  U.S. Department of State
The official homepage of the U.S. State Department.
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  US Central Command
The U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility covers the "central" area of the globe and consists of 20 countries -- Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, SaudiArabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
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Static display commemorating Battle of the Bulge unveiled in Wiesbaden
U.S. Army Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge with the unveiling of a static display at the Shalikashvili Mission Command Center on Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany, Dec. 16.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
173rd Airborne conducts airfield seizure exercise in Rivolto
The 173rd Airborne Brigade's 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, conducted a battalion-sized airfield seizure exercise at an airbase in northern Italy, the evening of Dec. 10, 2014, to further their readiness as the Army's Contingency Response Force in Europe.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center visits 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck
The U.S. Army's Combat Readiness Center conducted an assistance visit to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Vilseck, Germany, Dec. 8-12, 2014.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
USAREUR leaders visit, pay tribute to Battle of the Bulge commemoration sites
Fighting in some of the harshest conditions of World War II, the men who fought in the Battle of the Bulge across the rolling hills of the Ardennes region gathered to commemorate that event 70 years later, during a celebration Dec. 13-14, 2014, in a driving snow reminiscent of the weather in Bastogne, Belgium, in 1944.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Was ist los in Franken? Dec. 12 through Jan. 6, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
USAG Ansbach parents give high marks to CYS Services child care
The Storck Child Development and School Age Center opened more than a year ago, but the commitment of their caregivers in providing high-quality child care and education has not diminished.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Danish military preps for Saber Strike 2015 with PA National Guard's 28th Infantry Division
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa.- Members of the Danish military visited here Dec. 11, 2014, as part of a planning visit being conducted with the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, in preparation for exercise Saber Strike 2015.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Commander's message: Winter holidays bring out cheer, require responsibility
Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
173rd Airborne joins Danish, British forces in Exercise White Sword
U.S. Army paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, joined the Danish Army's 2nd Brigade, and the Queens Company of the British Army's Grenadier Guards, for the start of Exercise White Sword, in Oksboel, Denmark, Dec. 5, 2014.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Disaster simulation exercise improves U.S., Romanian teamwork
Blaring sirens and flashing lights cut through the dense fog of Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base as first responders arrived on the scene of an electrical grid explosion and meltdown.
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
 
PJ’s extraordinary heroism earns Air Force Cross

Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.

Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman deployed with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the U.S. military's second highest decoration, only to the Medal of Honor, for an Airman. He earned the medal for protecting and saving the lives of two wounded teammates while under heavy enemy fire at close range during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2013.
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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:39:09 EST
Thousands honor returning WWII veterans at Bastogne

More than 40,000 American and European citizens honored the service and legacy of more than 40 surviving World War II veterans as part of a 70th anniversary celebration of the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2014.

The veterans, who served in the six-week long and costliest campaign in U.S. Army history, received special recognition from Belgian and American distinguished visitors including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Charles Michel, Belgian prime minister; U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe commander; and Thomas Nides, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and head of the U.S. presidential delegation.
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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:26:14 EST
Firefighters host course with Lithuanians

Firefighters from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing's Contingency Response Group provided a familiarization course to 12 Lithuanian Airmen Dec. 4, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The course started off with a class room discussion on U.S. search and rescue procedures and techniques and ended with a demonstration from the Lithuanian firefighters, showcasing what they had learned.

"Attending these courses is great because it provides us an opportunity to improve on our own techniques," said Capt. Mykolas Liugas, Lithuanian air force pilot. "After learning what we can here, we will take that knowledge back to our country and compare it to what we do so we can increase our response capabilities."
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:47:00 EST
Kidnapping victim shares story during Storytellers

An Italian priest who was kidnapped on a mission trip to the Philippines shared his story of adversity and resilience with Team Aviano members during the 3rd annual Storytellers event, Dec. 12, here.

The event that gives individuals a chance to share life-changing events they've been through, allowed Father Giuseppe Pierantoni to speak about an unforgettable experience.

Pierantoni had a dream for his life that may sound unusual - he wanted to live with the poor and live how they live. In 1991, his church granted his wish and sent him to the Philippines, to take part in outreach programs where he spent his next ten years caring for the less fortunate.
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:38:50 EST
Gen. Gorenc visits Airmen in Europe, Africa


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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:38:00 EST
Heavy lifting ties U.S., U.K. together


If you've noticed an unusual type of aircraft out on the flightline of Royal Air Force Lakenheath -- particularly an RAF cargo aircraft -- it's because Liberty Wing Airmen are working with British counterparts to ensure a safe arrival of Airmen and cargo to forward locations.

The Movement Coordination Centre Europe program helps strengthen air lift capabilities between the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force.

"Participating in the MCCE program gives us the opportunity to work with our allied nations and strengthen those bonds," said Staff Sgt. Bryan Fisk, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of air freight. "It also allows us mission flexibility."
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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:19:29 EST
Aviano defender returns, performs with TIB

Returning to Aviano after nine months, a 31st Security Forces Squadron journeyman set off to perform as a member of the elite Air Force entertainment group, Tops in Blue.

Senior Airman Jeffrey Ellis and his 35 coworkers brought entertainment in the form of singing and dancing to more than 500 Team Aviano members, Dec. 9.

After Ellis was selected to join TIB, he began his journey with a vigorous two month training program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The tailored training prepared him to be physical fit for intense choreography and constant traveling.
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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:32:05 EST
 
Commander, US 6th Fleet Conducts All-Hands Calls
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Vice Adm. James Foggo, III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet conducted all-hands calls aboard Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino in Naples, Italy, Dec. 16.
USNS Leroy Grumman Completes Deployment in Mediterranean
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- MEDITERRANEAN SEA - The U.S. Navy's duty oiler in the Mediterranean Sea, fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), is currently finishing a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea supplying the U.S. Navy and its allies with fuel and supplies at sea, Dec. 11, 2014.
USS Donald Cook Arrives in Israel for Port Visit
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Haifa, Israel for a routine port visit, Dec. 7.
USS James E. Willams Departs Port Victoria, Seychelles
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) returned to sea after a six-day port visit in Port Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 21.
Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Visits CPPD
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Rear Adm. Eric Young visited the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Dec. 12 for an overview of the command's training and education operations.
Naval Air Technical Training Center Recognizes Top Sailors, Instructors
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) recognized its 2014 top instructors and Sailors from its schools during a ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Dec. 12.
International Students Graduate SWOS Courses
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- A graduation ceremony for the International Surface Warfare Officers School (ISWOS) Division Officer and Joint Maritime Tactical Development Courses was held Dec. 4 at Surface Warfare Officers School's Mullen Auditorium in Newport, R.I.
Santa, Motorcyclists Bring Operation Bright Light to NMCP
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Santa led a contingent of motorcycle clubs to Naval Medical Center (NMC) Portsmouth Dec. 14, for the annual Operation Bright Light, providing holiday cheer and presents to patients and service members' children.
Tortuga CO and XO Relieved
NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Tortuga's (LSD 46) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Thomas Goudreau and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Fleming, were relieved of their duties Dec. 16, due to loss of confidence in their ability to safely operate and navigate the ship and their credibility to lead the crew.
Georgia PSC Approves Potential 30 MW Solar Project at NSB Kings Bay
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today indicated positive approval to allow the Department of the Navy (DON) and Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power to proceed with the development of a potential 30 megawatt alternating current (AC) or 40 megawatt (MW) ...
 
U.S. Marines partner with East African forces
U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.  The forces will practice basic infantry tactics, engineering, logistical support, countering improvised explosive devices, lifesaving techniques, and convoy operations throughout October and December. The U.S. force is

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms
U.S. and Bulgarian military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.  As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.  During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgarian forces refined offensive


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways
Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.  Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,


Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
US Marines provide support to Ebola Response in West Africa
U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, and are ready to provide support to Operation United Assistance, Oct. 9, 2014.  On Oct. 8, 2014, an alert response force from SPMAGTF-CR-AF consisting of four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Super

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Finding the ties that bind: Breaking the cycle in West Africa
As any Marine will attest to, the back-bone of the Marine Corps is our strong NCO leadership. The Marine Corps has a proud history of encouraging decentralized leadership and empowering our NCOs to accomplish a given task. This requires a high level of trust plus communication between officers and NCOs and willingness for officers to allow success

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Final GDP-ISAF Rotation Redeploys Following Successful Partnership with Georgian Armed Forces
Marines and Sailors from Georgia Training Team, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, are nearing the end of their six month deployment supporting the Georgia Deployment Program- International Security Assistance Force. They are the final GTT to train a Battalion from the Georgian Armed Forces to support the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.   Combat

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Ebola: AFL, US enablers key in Liberia's fight against virus
A U.S. military contingent led by Marines are assisting the Armed Forces of Liberia to handle humanitarian and security crises.  Since 2009, U.S. Marines, leading a joint force from U.S. Africa Command, have partnered with the AFL and other West African forces as part of Operation Onward Liberty.   "The AFL has steadily grown in both capability and

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:06:32 GMT
How Marines and West Africans improved relationships through community outreach projects in Senegal
Note: U.S. Marine Capt. Dustin Partridge is the officer-in-charge for the current iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa, a multilateral military training engagement in Senegal. He shares his experiences building positive relationships with the host-nation community in this first-person perspective.    Marines always


Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Maj. Gen. Beydler visits SP-MAGTF Africa
Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, visited here, Sept. 13, to meet the service members of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. The service members currently assigned to SP-MAGTF Africa 14 are tasked with supporting Marine Forces Europe and


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:11:19 GMT
Tennessee Marine returns from training in Burundi
Major Luke A. Sauber, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of Memphis, Tennessee, recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi.    Sauber was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics and engineering,


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:43 GMT
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