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Last post: US mail service winds down in Afghanistan

US soldiers, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), receive mail and packages at the US Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lightning, in the Gardez district of Paktia province, on August 11, 2014Even in the age of emails and Internet video chatting, there’s nothing like a parcel or a letter from home for US soldiers on deployment in Afghanistan. The incoming mail at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lightning consists of everything from televisions and T-shirts to golf balls — and still plenty of handwritten envelopes from family and friends. Troops at FOB Lightning have been rushing to send out carpets, scarves, trinkets and other souvenirs in their last chance to use the mail depot before it shuts and is replaced by an occasional delivery-only service. “The mail service is like Christmas time.

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