Blackhawk Santa Claus
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PHOTOS: Christmas with the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

Blackhawk Santa Claus
After flying in a Blackhawk helicopter, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Derrick Nunley, 27, from De Soto, Kan., celebrates Christmas by wearing a Santa Claus hat and a beard made out of a shredded T-shirt at Camp Victory, the U.S. military headquarters on the western edge of Baghdad. (Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press)
Christmas meal
U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan make a toast during Christmas Day lunch at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. (Musadeq Sadeq / Associated Press)
Thank you, Santa Claus
Soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force hug and kiss a U.S. soldier dressed as Santa Claus after receiving Christmas gifts at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Musadeq Sadeq / Associated Press)
Santa Claus’ sleigh
A U.S. soldier sits on Santa Claus’ sleigh as an effigy of the man himself sits nearby at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Musadeq Sadeq / Associated Press)
Santa visit
A U.S. soldier dressed as Santa Claus takes a Christmas Day photo with soldiers for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Musadeq Sadeq / Associated Press)
Christmas wreath
A U.S. soldier sticks his head out of a Christmas wreath before the beginning of a Christmas Eve candlelight service at Camp Victory, the main U.S. military compound in Baghdad. (Ali Al-Saadi / AFP / Getty Images)
Santa Claus photos
Spc. Krishna Copeland and her husband, Spc. Terrence Copeland, both of the 702nd Brigade Support Battalion, look at each others’ Santa Claus photographs at the unit’s Christmas Eve party in Baghdad. The unit, part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wash., has been deployed since September. (Joe Barrentine / Tacoma News Tribune)
Christmas Eve
U.S. soldiers take part in a Christmas Eve candlelight service at Saddam Hussein’s former Al Faw Palace, which is now within the confines of Camp Victory in Baghdad. This is the seventh Christmas that American troops are celebrating Christmas in Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. (Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press)
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