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Afghanistan: Patrolling the most attacked base

5 December 2011 Last updated at 06:09 GMT

A major international conference on Afghanistan's future is due to open in the German city of Bonn on Monday.

It comes 10 years after a similar gathering held in the city, weeks after the Taliban fell from power.

Quentin Somerville reports on what the situation is like in Afghanistan from Margah, on the Afghan-Pakistan border.