February 15, 2013
USMC Ssgt. Dave Nelson, an Afghan interpreter and Capt. Jesse Atay stand awaiting a battle with Taliban fighters at an outpost in Afghanistan during a 2010 offensive. In the background is the burn pit used to dispose of human waste and trash to keep the rough living conditions as sanitary as possible.
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Thousands of U.S. combat troops exposed to toxic chemicals from burn pits at military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up with potentially deadly health problems.