While stationed in Afghanistan’s rural Kunar province, Fred Straka sometimes came across mud-brick buildings where villagers were selling all manner of bric-a-brac, including old coins and bronze daggers.

“You’d see a lot of what looked like artifacts,” recalled Straka, a Newark, Del., resident who was in the Delaware National Guard.

Though he bought an imitation Enfield rifle, Straka said he stayed away from objects that looked like antiquities. [Read more here]

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