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AN AFGHAN boy shakes hands with a Black Watch soldier during a patrol in Helmand province.

They met in Nad-e-Ali, which is set to be one of the next areas handed over to the Afghan National Security Forces.

The soldier, from Alpha (Grenadier) company, and his colleagues in the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, had been out speaking to locals over a cup of chai - traditional Afghan tea.

Corporal Barry Smith, 30, from St Monans in Fife, said: "Whenever we go past, they invite us in for chai and we sit and chat. Sitting down with them and just talking, they start telling us things."


TRUST nThe pair shake hands. Right, time for tea
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 15, 2011
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