Afghan army forces stand guard as the view the military base is seen in the background after suicide bomber wearing an Afghan security-forces uniform has blew himself up at the entrance to the military base in eastern province of Laghman, killing NATO and Afghan soldiers, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 16, 2011 2:59:12 PM PDT
KABUL, Afghanistan - April 16, 2011 --
Like hundreds of thousands of Afghan men, he volunteered in the national army, ran drills in the mud, carried an automatic rifle, and worked alongside coalition mentors struggling against a hardcore insurgency.