Photos: Assessing Action In Afghanistan

  • Lt. Col. Johnny Davis, a commander in the 101st Airborne Division, puts on his hat while talking to his soldiers at a combat outpost in the Zhari district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. The division was tasked with bringing security to a 16-mile stretch of lush orchards and fields around the city of Kandahar, a longtime Taliban stronghold. July 2010
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    Lt. Col. Johnny Davis, a commander in the 101st Airborne Division, puts on his hat while talking to his soldiers at a combat outpost in the Zhari district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. The division was tasked with bringing security to a 16-mile stretch of lush orchards and fields around the city of Kandahar, a longtime Taliban stronghold. July 2010
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  • Soldiers from Alpha Company of the 101st Airborne Division walk beneath high mud walls that make up the labyrinth of alleyways and corridors of the village of Sangeray in Zhari district. In less than a week, there were five grenade attacks, injuring more than a half-dozen U.S. forces and Afghan troops. July 2010
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    Soldiers from Alpha Company of the 101st Airborne Division walk beneath high mud walls that make up the labyrinth of alleyways and corridors of the village of Sangeray in Zhari district. In less than a week, there were five grenade attacks, injuring more than a half-dozen U.S. forces and Afghan troops. July 2010
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  • Pvt. Dan Oswald is treated by medics at a combat outpost aid station after being hit by shrapnel from a hand grenade in Sangeray. He suffered only minor wounds to his leg and face. July 2010
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    Pvt. Dan Oswald is treated by medics at a combat outpost aid station after being hit by shrapnel from a hand grenade in Sangeray. He suffered only minor wounds to his leg and face. July 2010
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  • Near the Arghandab River in Kandahar province's Pashmul district, a pheasant flies from soldiers with Bravo Company of the 101st Airborne Division. Top Taliban leader Mullah Omar was born in this area, and many of his recruits came from here. July 2010
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    Near the Arghandab River in Kandahar province's Pashmul district, a pheasant flies from soldiers with Bravo Company of the 101st Airborne Division. Top Taliban leader Mullah Omar was born in this area, and many of his recruits came from here. July 2010
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  • Bravo Company soldiers talk with a fieldworker in Pashmul district. Many of the contract fieldworkers are not from the area, which has made it difficult for soldiers to strengthen ties with locals. July 2010
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    Bravo Company soldiers talk with a fieldworker in Pashmul district. Many of the contract fieldworkers are not from the area, which has made it difficult for soldiers to strengthen ties with locals. July 2010
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  • During a joint patrol with Bravo Company in Pashmul district, an Afghan army soldier crouches behind a rock after hearing gunfire. July 2010
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    During a joint patrol with Bravo Company in Pashmul district, an Afghan army soldier crouches behind a rock after hearing gunfire. July 2010
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  • Sgt. Robert Scabilloni runs to take position while under fire from Taliban insurgents near the village of Payendi in Kandahar province. In July, soldiers from Bravo Company fought a four-hour running gun battle with insurgents. Local allied Afghan police, who live in the community and are closest to the people, say it will most likely be years before the Afghans can operate on their own. July 2010
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    Sgt. Robert Scabilloni runs to take position while under fire from Taliban insurgents near the village of Payendi in Kandahar province. In July, soldiers from Bravo Company fought a four-hour running gun battle with insurgents. Local allied Afghan police, who live in the community and are closest to the people, say it will most likely be years before the Afghans can operate on their own. July 2010
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  • A soldier with Bravo Company hauls machine gun ammunition while under fire. July 2010
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    A soldier with Bravo Company hauls machine gun ammunition while under fire. July 2010
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  • Bravo Company's Pvt. Cody Lee Ensley walks through the safety of the gates at an American base after a daylong fierce attack by insurgents near Payendi. July 2010
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    Bravo Company's Pvt. Cody Lee Ensley walks through the safety of the gates at an American base after a daylong fierce attack by insurgents near Payendi. July 2010
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  • Near the border with Pakistan, an Afghan soldier crosses a river while on patrol in eastern Kunar province. Both the Afghan and American soldiers conduct these daily patrols looking for insurgents crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan. October 2010
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    Near the border with Pakistan, an Afghan soldier crosses a river while on patrol in eastern Kunar province. Both the Afghan and American soldiers conduct these daily patrols looking for insurgents crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan. October 2010
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  • U.S. soldiers on patrol in Kunar province climb the hills and footpaths near the Pakistan border. This volatile border has been a source of constant friction as insurgents pass freely through the mountainous region. October 2010
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    U.S. soldiers on patrol in Kunar province climb the hills and footpaths near the Pakistan border. This volatile border has been a source of constant friction as insurgents pass freely through the mountainous region. October 2010
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  • An American soldier sits in a bush while on daily patrol in Asmar district of Kunar province. October 2010
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    An American soldier sits in a bush while on daily patrol in Asmar district of Kunar province. October 2010
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  • Sgt. 1st Class Clifton Robinson (center) stands in the dust and debris from the rotor wash of a Black Hawk helicopter in  Kunar province. October 2010
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    Sgt. 1st Class Clifton Robinson (center) stands in the dust and debris from the rotor wash of a Black Hawk helicopter in Kunar province. October 2010
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  • A U.S. soldier walks through the dust at Combat Outpost Stout while playing a game of baseball between patrols. October 2010
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    A U.S. soldier walks through the dust at Combat Outpost Stout while playing a game of baseball between patrols. October 2010
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