A U.S. Air Force Special Operations soldier stands guard near a helicopter, as Afghan civilians and militia members loyal to the northern alliance look on, in Khwaja Bahuaddin, Afghanistan, 220 miles northeast of Kabul. Two helicopters with small teams of U.S. special forces provided security for Andrew Natsios, the director of U.S. Agency for International Development, who visited the northern alliance stronghold to review projects funded by the U.S. aid agency. Natsios is the highest U.S. official to visit Afganistan in 20 years.

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