RIGA - As Riga prepares to host NATO's 26 leaders in the biggest political event the Baltic state has ever seen, a handful of Latvian soldiers are preparing to show their commitment to the alliance by taking off for Afghanistan. "The first mission was like a big exam 's everyone was looking at us, judging whether we could do it. We could, and we did," said Sergeant First Class Didzis Sarkovskis 's known throughout the NATO stabilizing force in Afghanistan as "Sharky." "We feel we've proved ourselves. I've seen and heard it with my own eyes and ears," he added. A soldier since the ea...
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