Another sign of improvement.
RAMADI, Iraq - In perhaps the most tangible recognition of the improving security here, top Marine commanders are on the verge of allowing grunts in the field to pare down their body armor, giving on-the-ground commanders new authority to strip certain components from the ever-increasing protective equipment load.
Maybe the grunts deploying to Afghanistan can make these decisions as well because talib in tennis shoes can outrun our guys. The Gurkas in Astan are feared by the talib because they can move in the mountains as fast as they can.
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