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A stray dog named OP1 sits with soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airbone Division in the Nangarhar province in Afghanistan last month. Photo by Sgt. Mark Weber / The Associated Press

As a company of U.S. Army soldiers prepares to return home from Afghanistan, their spouses have raised nearly $6,000 to fly home two stray dogs the troops befriended at a remote firebase in the war zone.

With the help of a Facebook posting, word spread and donations began pouring in to pay to transport the dogs — named OPI and Smiley — back to Fort Campbell in Kentucky when the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division returns home later this summer.

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