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In pictures: Patrolling the poppy fields

Soldiers in poppy field

Although the poppy fields are beautiful to look at, 2 Para Patrols Platoon are on guard at all times.

Man in poppy fields

It's very hard for troops to know who the Taleban are because they can blend into the local population so easily.

Children working in poppy field

Some of the children working in the fields must have been as young as eight or nine.

British troops

Boys on bikes can often be 'dickers', who tell the Taleban where troops are patrolling.

Taleban compound

This is a compound where they think the Taleban may have launched a recent rocket attack from.

Soldier in poppy field

Wearing full body armour, a rifle, spare ammo and this radio pack can double a soldier's bodyweight.

Troops on patrol

The platoon always splits into sections who cover each other as they go into new territory.

Soldiers

Platoons patrol return to base after three and a half hours in the blistering heat.



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