Soviet Army in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Spc. Brandon R. Romero of Los Alamos, N.M., and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Glenn K. Luce of Midwest City, Okla., with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, open fire on a nearby building during an Aug. 18 attack against troops visiting the village of Spinkay in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. One U.S. Army Soldier was wounded during the insurgent attack, which included the use of mortars, small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades against International Security Assistance and Afghan National Security Forces.
Combined Joint Task Force 101
Photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
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Canadians line an overpass over Highway 401 to honour Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts on August 13 2009. Master Corporal Roberts died on August 9 from wounds sustained during a firefight with insurgents in Zhari district, Afghanistan.
The stretch of Highway 401 between Glen Miller Road in Trenton and the intersection of the Don Valley Parkway and Highway 404 in Toronto would bear the additional name Highway of Heroes, in honour of Canadian soldiers who have died. This length of the highway is often travelled by a convoy of vehicles carrying a dead soldier’s body, with his or her family, from CFB Trenton to the coroner’s office at the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto. Since 2002, when the first dead Canadian soldiers were returned from Afghanistan, crowds have lined the overpasses to pay their respects as convoys pass.
A happy twelfth birthday to the war in Afghanistan. It rather quietly celebrated its dozenth birthday on Sunday. (It’s almost a teenager, how time flies.)
Here are a selection of photos from the past month in Afghanistan, from The Atlantic’s In Focusblog.
Photos: French soldiers in their vehicle on their way to an operation in Kabul. Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty. US Army soldiers based at Zangabad Forward Operating Base in Panjwal on an operation. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty. A young Pashtun boy watches a joint Afghan-NATO patrol. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty.
Northern Alliance fighters.
Lance Cpl. Stacy Hunt, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 maintenance specialist, spends one last moment with her husband Sunday, before departing to Helmand province, Afghanistan, for a seven-month deployment.
This picture. Everytime.
November 11, 2011
Italian special forces soldier after a 36 hour engagement with Taliban forces.
UK Troops Onboard a C17 Transport Aircraft in Transit to Afghanistan.
British soldiers from a Royal Engineers High Assurance Search Team grieve the loss of a comrade killed in an explosion near Karim Qalay hill, near Gereshk in central Helmand, Afghanistan. Acting Coporal David Barnsdale was killed on Tuesday 19th October 2010, when he stepped on a pressure plate, triggering a jug of homemade explosives, in an area previously declared safe. The soldiers were deployed as part of Operation Omid Char/Four.
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Marines with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment and Afghanistan National Army soldiers look out the back of a CH-53E helicopter as it takes them to their insert positions during Operation Integrity in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 15. The main purpose of the operation was to successfully cordon off a suspected hotspot for Taliban activity, search for weapon and IED caches, disrupt enemy logistical operations and gather census data on locals in the region of Sistani.