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A message from Iraq

Updated: February 23, 2008, 1:24 PM ET
By Kyle Carter | ESPNOutdoors.com

As Jamie Laiche held up the two largest fish in his 15-pound, 14-ounce bag on Friday, he wasn't just showing the crowd in Greenville, S.C.

He was showing his 22-year-old sister, Kelli, who was watching on Bassmaster.com — 7,000 miles away in Iraq. She sent Laiche a photo of her 9th Communications Battalion of Marines and stationed in Fallujah.

"She's an inspiration to me, even though she's my younger sister," he said. "She's over there fighting for the freedoms that we enjoy ...

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