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Gurkhas are reunited.

DOZENS of families and friends rushed into the arms of Gurkha soldiers today as they returned to barracks following a gruelling six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

More than 100 soldiers from Foxtrot Company, comprising troops from the 1st and 2nd Battalions The Royal Gurkha Rifles, returned to Sir John Moore Barracks in Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent.

Pipes and drums greeted the Gurkhas as they arrived in two coaches at the barracks, which was decked out with banners and flags welcoming them back.

Each of the servicemen was presented with a ceremonial scarf known as a khada on the parade square in front of their emotional loved ones.

Wives, girlfriends, children and mothers and fathers dashed forward to embrace their returning men with hugs and kisses.

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Emotional: Hari Rai kisses five-month-old daughter Rhasee. In daddy's arms again: Lieutenant Corporal Ajay Tamang receives a welcome home hug from his daughter Sneha, three, after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
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