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Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz --- Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

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Tourmaline crystal in a large Smoky Quartz crystal --- Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

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Aquamarine with Muscovite --- Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.

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Tantalite-(Mn), MnTa2O6, Quartz, Muscovite, Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan. Dimensions: 48 x 38 x 40 mm. Copyright: © Joseph A. Freilich

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Tantalite-(Mn), MnTa2O6, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Size: H:3.4cm x W:2.8cm x D:2.5cm. Largest crystal: 2cm. A very sharp eliptical termination of manganotantalite stands out between a partial crystal of feldspar and muscovite book. Copyright: © TVM

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from Fort Bragg, NC Patch

Roadside Bomb Kills Three Paratroopers in Ghazni Province

Army Pfc. Dustin D. Gross, 19, of Jeffersonville, Kentucky. Died May 7, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

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