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Recent scenes from Afghanistan

Since he took office in January, President Barack Obama has ordered an additional 21,000 U.S. troops to be deployed to Afghanistan, which will bring the full U.S. deployment there to a total of 60,000 troops, joining 39,000 coalition troops from 43 countries. The U.S. administration plans to impose benchmarks for progress on both Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, who struggle with problems tied to tribal rivalries, illegal drug production and distribution, religious factions, general instability and poverty. Collected here are photographs from the past few months of the situation in Afghanistan and the lives that continue to be affected by it. (43 photos total)

An Afghan village seen from above, amidst fields of opium poppy and wheat in Farah Province, Afghanistan on March 17, 2009. U.S. Marines, who expanded into the area last November, are soon to be joined by thousands more American troops as part of an additional 17,000 U.S. forces being sent to the war. (John Moore/Getty Images)
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525 comments so far...

God bless our troops

Posted by Jose April 1, 09 12:36 PM

#31 is excellent!

Posted by Verlage_Photo April 1, 09 12:40 PM

get the troops out of the now!!!

let them fight there own war

Posted by john April 1, 09 12:45 PM

#33 is excellent.

Posted by Paul April 1, 09 12:50 PM

Fantastic as always.

Posted by Tom April 1, 09 12:51 PM

Amazing. good to see a cross-section of the international forces involved in the Afghan conflict.

Posted by Hamish Grant April 1, 09 12:53 PM

"Women, who make up a significant proportion of Afghanistan's population"

Really ???

Posted by Hub April 1, 09 12:55 PM

#39 is a photo we should see more but the liberal soldier-hating media will never allow it

Posted by Paul April 1, 09 12:57 PM

Please proofread your comment before posting.

Isolationism does not work. Please learn your history.

#34...the security of a swan/duck...awesome. My son prefers his wolf.....

Posted by Patrick April 1, 09 12:59 PM

let them fight "their" own war

Posted by Jeff April 1, 09 01:05 PM

#26 breaks my heart. Such a high price we pay.

Posted by Kristal April 1, 09 01:05 PM

#40 blows me away.

Posted by jim April 1, 09 01:11 PM


Allowing failed states like Afghanstan to flounder under the rule of regimes like the Taliban is an excellent way to foster terrorism. If we, the western nations, truly want to do what's necessary to stop terrorism, that must involve assisting these nations in order to bring about stability and prosperity.

And ignoring the practicalities for a moment, the simple fact is that there's is a real need for humanitarian assistance in nations like Afghanistan, and as a Canadian, I'm damn proud that we're involved in the peacekeeping effort in the region.

Oh yeah... and great photos! Thank you so much!

Posted by Brett from Canada April 1, 09 01:21 PM

Just our troops? Why not all of the troops, or does your God only work for our troops.

Posted by Aramis April 1, 09 01:23 PM

#8 - glad to see our taxes are supporting their drug industry.

Posted by Brad April 1, 09 01:23 PM

So thankful for the troops God has blessed our country with. I will be praying daily for my cousin who just arrived a couple of days ago

Posted by T. Aynes April 1, 09 01:23 PM

The toughest fighting in the harshest region is being done by the Americans, Brits, and Canadians. With less then 3000 soldiers in theatre, Canada has taken tremendous losses (around 120), meanwhile organizations such as Fox news calls Canada wimps or they didn't even know we were there. Thank you very much Bigpicture for representing us so respectfully in this pictorial and finally given Canada some credit.

Posted by John April 1, 09 01:24 PM

I cried on #25

Posted by Roberto April 1, 09 01:25 PM

I really love #12.

Posted by fofooomago April 1, 09 01:27 PM

It would be so much less expensive and disruptive to simply air-drop money and basic commodities over areas deemed not under Taliban control and not growing large amounts of poppy. The entire poppy crop is only worth $3billion. We are spending that in a few months over there. Little by little we can start enriching the Taliban areas that become more pacified. If we enrich the Afghan side of the Af-Pak border the radicals will lose power. After we "spoil" the Afghanis by "love-bombing" them with wealth we can social engineer by adjusting the wealth distribution according to female literacy rates. Wouldn't this be much better than war?

Posted by casamurphy April 1, 09 01:28 PM

#22-#26: sobering

Posted by MW April 1, 09 01:32 PM

#31 is indeed a fantastic shot.

Posted by Nathan April 1, 09 01:43 PM

Thanks so much for featuring different nations of the Nato alliance all doing their best to bring peace to a very troubled region.

Posted by Ian H. April 1, 09 01:44 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with the comment by John (comment #17). Photo #24 very much captures Canadians' loss.

Posted by Gwen April 1, 09 01:53 PM

Wow. Some Awesome photos here.

I especially like the last one. American Soldiers trying to bring order, surrounded by a sandstorm. Very poetic.

I love the multi-national troop force as well. It goes to show there CAN be diplomacy in war.

Posted by bob April 1, 09 01:56 PM

god bless human

Posted by Tran Hoang Phong April 1, 09 01:58 PM


I agree it is a high price...but "we" didn't pay the price, he did...and I assure you he knew what he was getting in to. Soldiers and Marines are volunteers, and they go into war with full knowledge of the consequences. They know they are in the business of waging warfare, and that death is part of the job description. I salute the fallen, and offer my sympathies to the families. Remember...

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

Posted by Anthony April 1, 09 01:59 PM

One of the few bright things about Taliban that they actually succeed in fighting the drug industry in Afghanistan, but US of course deny this fact, becasue it wishes to make them a pure evil thing that would no good.
Wake up people there is no black and white there is always degrees of gray.

Posted by Islam Ali April 1, 09 02:01 PM

Great pics! I just wish there were more like number 39 included. There is much community building that goes unnoticed.

Posted by Bob April 1, 09 02:02 PM

"such a high price we pay",
have you seriously any idea whats going on over there?
pay a visit to the war museam in saigon (vietnam) and you will see who pays a high price when the "friendly/ world saving americans" are coming over..

Posted by joop April 1, 09 02:05 PM

thx the us army for this and our future, god bless u all
from europe belgium

Posted by martin April 1, 09 02:06 PM

Heartbraking pictures for the most part indeed.

Consider the bitter irony of #8 though. The US is *fighting* the War on drugs on one continent, while paying for restoration of an opium poppy field on another.

Posted by Mosez April 1, 09 02:09 PM

Beautiful Pictures of the on going war. Kinda oxymoronic statement I guess.

Posted by Kelvin April 1, 09 02:17 PM

Destroying opium plantations & buildings.
This can ensure that war will be won ... but peace ?

What kind of economy will the western world ALLOW to be built over there ? Wooden prosthetic limbs ? $100/month mining ?

Just ask yourself, if it was YOUR country, what kind of future is the coalition building ? If it's bright, welcome & help the liberating forces ... If it's black, fight the invaders until your last breath !!

Posted by Shen Nong April 1, 09 02:19 PM

Very touching photos. #25 is very emotional.

Posted by Khristopher April 1, 09 02:25 PM

To Comment #14: YES JUST OUR TROOPS you seditious bastard! Would you have our god, or any god bless the people who oppress the female population, indeed beat and kill them for attending school? You would bless the people who dress as civilians to kill our military men? The people who kill our sons and daughters as they volunteer with the best intentions of helping in their hearts? The people who hide amongst the civilian populace in order to cause more civilian casualties to discredit our soldiers? Its sick bastards like you that allow people like the Taliban to exist at all. So yes, god bless our troops and god damn the terrorists!

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by TonyG LB-CA April 1, 09 02:28 PM

To Comment # 36: think about other people and other countries you idiot. don't be so selfish. america is not the only country in the world. even the german army or the britsh troops are over there too!!!

Posted by TonyGay April 1, 09 02:51 PM

Lazy farmers only growing opium. I wonder what would happen if the US became their primary purchaser, seems like it would actually save the US money, shoot 3billion a year and you can destroy all the opium and become the farmer's best friend.

Posted by RJ April 1, 09 02:58 PM

16 is funny in some way. I love35.

Posted by Schmierwurst April 1, 09 03:04 PM

sunt beton!

Posted by relu April 1, 09 03:13 PM

Great picture ! Greetings from The Netherlands :D

Posted by Berend Eissens April 1, 09 03:21 PM

this blog never fails to impress

Posted by Sweet Connie April 1, 09 03:22 PM

#36. Psst.... "cache"

Posted by vanderleun April 1, 09 03:24 PM

And might I mention that New Zealand troops are there peacekeeping too?

Posted by Kiwi April 1, 09 03:24 PM

Actually, if you think the invasion has made the live of an average Afghan man any better, you're horrifically wrong. Afghanistan used to have a civil war, yes - but now it just has the same civil war plus the insurgency against people who were never asked in.
"In the twenty first century, countries don't invade other countries".

Posted by danvolodar April 1, 09 03:24 PM

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
~Benjamin Franklin

Posted by Richard Hinkel April 1, 09 03:56 PM

Im surprised there are no pictures of the hundreds of Afghan civilians killed by "mystake" by the US troops air attack.Show them what they want to see.Patriotism

Posted by Victor April 1, 09 03:56 PM

Very moving pictures - brings to light what's actually happening in the war-torn nation. God bless the troops in Afghanistan.

Posted by Amal Isaiah April 1, 09 03:59 PM

Hmm, don't think TonyG (comment 36) fully understood Comment 14 before responding. Obviously Aramis was trying to say that if you want America to withdraw our troops form the region, you should also want the rest of the coalition to also withdraw their troops. Regardless, I don't think anyone in their right mind would take comment 14 as seditious, no matter how judgmental the tone is. I think the intense pro-military stance taken by TonyG might have been better used if he had directed his ire towards comment 3.

As for comment 38, I don't think I would call the farmers lazy. When you are living in extreme poverty, trying to take care of your family, you will grow whatever crop will benefit your situation the most. If that means that growing opium gets you exponentially more money than wheat, some might see that as a no-brainer. It's a major reason that bootlegging became illegal here in the US. At the time, farmers who turned their crop into liquor could make double or triple the profits (even more during prohibition).

Posted by Brad April 1, 09 04:13 PM

#21 is awesome, great picture, but #34 almost bring a tear to me.

Posted by Cess007 April 1, 09 04:18 PM

Yes, let them fight their own war because we had nothing to do with it. Right? I mean, the US as aggressors? Come on now!

See Iraq.

Posted by solroger April 1, 09 04:24 PM

13 pic remember me the devil´s cave entrance

Posted by Juan April 1, 09 04:31 PM

No. 16 - look at the contrast in the gear and protection available to these two men.

Posted by Roy April 1, 09 04:40 PM

NATO troops, valiantly dying so that the Afghan government can pass laws which forbid women to refuse sex to their husbands, or to seek medical help without their consent.

Posted by Gordon S April 1, 09 04:56 PM

I love the way that the Canadian military seems to understand that sometimes when men are busy in the field, you need to give them the freedom to grow a damn beard if they want to. Seriously.

Posted by mdmadph April 1, 09 05:02 PM

God Bless YOUR Troops (They are there for all of us)
We salute you all and walking with you in the path of world war against terror

N (An Israeli Soldier)

Posted by Nothing hill April 1, 09 05:03 PM

Americans aggravate me.... Thinking it's all right to just walk into another country, just because they don't agree with they're form of government style. Oh yes, let the world be like America.......... Nothing better then going to hell... FIRST CLASS!!....

Posted by Canadian Timbit April 1, 09 05:04 PM

Shame they didn't show any Dutch troops. But good luck to all troops fighting the Taliban!

Posted by Twan April 1, 09 05:15 PM

I find all the pictures even though they are beautiful are only showing half of what is occuring. I dont think any of this should be taken at face value. Is there any media story that is 100% unbiased? No.

Posted by Gabrielle April 1, 09 05:30 PM

Wow. Really moving collection. So many images are so powerful. I have some tears in my eyes.

Thank you so much to all the troops that are giving their lives for the peace! Obviously it's unfortunate that there has to be violence, but I am so thankful for those willing to give their lives to help the people of Afghanistan and the world.

Posted by Andrew April 1, 09 05:42 PM

Thank you for putting together another powerful set of moving pictures. It was very heartbreaking to go through these since my US Marine husband is currently fighting overseas. I can't help but have my mind scroll through the list of what-ifs of things that may happen to my husband.

I hope the Marines and soldiers from all over the world come home safe. Sadly not all will make it back home. This war isn't worth it but godspeed to Obama in cleaning up this mess.

Posted by AN April 1, 09 05:51 PM

Reply to the message Posted by Paul April 1, 09 12:57 PM

You don't even realize how dumb your statement was. You and I both saw that photo #39 because the media took it and posted it, you moron!

Posted by Louise April 1, 09 05:52 PM

#51, exactly. USA or NATO are not some kind of world police to waltz into independent countries under farfetched reasons, kill their citizens and reform governments as they please.

Posted by danvolodar April 1, 09 05:54 PM

And Australian troops are there as well...

Posted by . April 1, 09 05:58 PM

And yet idiots at FOX News make fun of Canada and Canadian soldiers..


Posted by Meren April 1, 09 06:14 PM

Don't give me the crap about "God bless their souls", they shouldn't be there in the first place! The US didn't win a single conflict since WW II... War is just wrong.

Posted by Europea April 1, 09 06:22 PM

In #36: cashes --> caches, and who's --> whose.

Posted by Proofreader April 1, 09 06:26 PM

Quite a high number of interesting and beautiful shots in this batch. It's normally quite easy to pick a Big Image series favorite, but there are many images vying for the gold here. Well done.

Posted by Hon Wei April 1, 09 07:15 PM

F#ck 'em all! God Bless our Troops; especially our Snipers!

Posted by Carl April 1, 09 07:38 PM

To those who say we should withdraw the troops - remember where 9/11 was planned? Bear in mind also that the Taliban are not just interested in Afghanistan, they are also fomenting revolution in Pakistan, a country with nukes. So don't confuse this operation with the disastrous Iraq adventure, we are in Afghanistan for pretty solid reasons.

That said, over the years Afghanistan has been a graveyard for the military ambitions of so many other countries, and I don't believe force of arms alone will ever make any long term gains. Unfortunately the rugged geography of the place and its tribal, and feudal society makes the country almost ungovernable, so political progress will also be incredibly difficult. So thank you to all the men out there holding the line, and good luck to them and also to Richard Holbrook in his equally vital and daunting diplomatic mission.

Lastly thank you Big Picture. You are beginning to build up quite a little photo library of Afghanistan pictures, and these are a very worthy addition. I urge anyone who has not seen the 3 other sets to look for them here - they are all excellent.

Posted by James April 1, 09 07:38 PM

Bring the troops home NOW!!!

New Afghan law forcing sex draws outrage from Canada

Posted by jackie April 1, 09 07:54 PM

To #37 and alike posters - when I say god bless our troops I mean the troops on our side of the conflict. I assume that anyone saying "god bless our troops" means to include all countries that unite against tyrants and savages. God bless any troops on our side of the conflict, especially the men in picture #18 who abandon their own when they realize there is a good side and an evil side. People who say 'we shouldn't be there' seem to forget about 9-11 and thermonuclear weapons. All it takes is a single terrorist in a Cesena to wipe out 20 million people with a 100 megaton device. Sometimes I think it will come to that before people like this figure out that we can't fight a defensive war against religious fanatics whose stated goal is to wipe out all non Muslims. When you hear "death to America" chanted at the end of every single Iranian parliamentary meeting, it leaves little to the imagination as to what these people have in mind for us were we to surrender ourselves to their will and allow them to create nuclear weapons unfettered. There can be no doubt that Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are all connected and without securing the liberty of the populations by the, if necessary forceful, removal the Theocracies that subjugate them, there can be no peace. While this idea exists: that all people must be Muslim or die, and there are people alive willing to die for freedom, there will be no peace. I hope peace comes with freedom still intact and not by the will of the mullahs.

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Posted by TonyG LB-CA April 1, 09 08:19 PM

money make war, war make money.

Posted by mama April 1, 09 08:47 PM

incredibly touching and moving pictures this time - and well done for not only showing US troops in this international operation.

Posted by horuskol April 1, 09 09:36 PM

@Europea and danvolodar

Man...What the heck do they teach you over there in your 'history' and 'current events' classes?

Oh well...The next time Germany becomes bored some Sunday afternoon and invades YOUR country again, at least you know who will come on over and help you guys out.
Or would that be a European only problem?


Posted by duffy April 1, 09 10:20 PM

Hmmm...people still think there's terrorists over there that need to be taken out....the truth is that the ones who still pull the strings are the international bankers and types...feeding pocket change to whoever will go along with it to create the illusion that there are terrorists that need to be taken out...the military will only leave that area once the ones in control feel there's no need and go on to emphasizing another illusion over the much for Americas war on drugs such as heroin - standing right in the fields of a major source that could be destroyed yet - ooops I'm so sorry mr. farmer my parachute broke a few branches.

Posted by Jay April 1, 09 10:42 PM

@Canadian Timbit - if you want to voice an opinion, the best way to get people to even start to take it seriously is to learn proper grammar. Putting "..don't agree with THEY ARE?? form of government.." aside, Americans are not the only ones there. Look at #24. See those flags? Yeah. We're there too. And there's a reason for it..

Anyway.. thank you for posting #24-25. I think they put a lot of perspective as to why we (Canadians) got so upset over the comments of a certain Fox "anchor" - satire or not, those bodies were on their way home as he bashed our military.

Posted by Alison April 1, 09 10:44 PM

Patrick, please don't be so condescending - John has a very valid viewpoint, and history says isolationism does work in many cases, one such example is the Swiss in WWII - please dont be selective in your history quoting. Thanks

Posted by David April 1, 09 11:04 PM

great pictures! I'm going back for my second time soon, and I've never seen a set of pictures that tell the story of Afghanistan better than these

Posted by Jeff April 1, 09 11:09 PM

Americans have always decried the idea of entering any conflict unless they were personally affected by it. Of course, there was an impetus--the events of 9/11--but Americans also seem to have short memories and an ability to confuse a very necessary deterrent against terrorism with the misguided events surrounding the war in Iraq. They are mutually exclusive.

Yes, money is involved and that makes it harder to pull out. Without the wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) it is conceivable that the recession we are in now would quickly devolve into a serious depression. We're talking about 200,000 plus workers needing jobs when they return. Add in the number of people working in the private sector on war-related services--people who will likely be laid off--and the numbers are even more scary.

Before the troops do leave, other avenues for capital will have to be in place--plans to put the money into infrastructure and domestic services that will offset losses in war-related jobs and provide jobs for returning veterans. You're not doing any veteran a favor by bringing him back to a country which will not allow him to provide for his family.

That said, I wouldn't say that money is the prime factor. Terrorism is still very real and a very serious threat. The troops are making it harder for cells to function and organize; they are providing a tangible threat to terrorist lives, which keeps them from expanding their targets to locations abroad. By fighting over there they are keeping us safe from harm. That's not false patriotism. That is the literal truth.

Posted by Ally April 1, 09 11:23 PM

this is a great set. support the troops.

Posted by jessie April 1, 09 11:30 PM

When I saw these pictures all I could think of was...when we lay down tonight...there's no dust flying in our hard wet ground that makes our bones splintered pieces of blown up lumber that'll make our bed need to sleep with one eye open, encase an enemy attacks...Just a warm, dry, soft and comfortable bed to sleep peacefully all night. Thanks troops! I pray your safe, warm, full and comfortable and that it will soon be over! God's speed! Love Yall!

Posted by Judy Dement April 2, 09 12:22 AM

when all this stops ?

Posted by Ray April 2, 09 01:06 AM

Heh... that country seems to be living at stone age level and US troops haven't got them to control... makes me wonder....

Posted by Simakuutio April 2, 09 01:06 AM

Amazing as usual!!!!


Posted by Ari April 2, 09 01:30 AM

Really riveting stuff. These photos really capture the emotion of the entire ordeal, from civilians living in the area, the troops posted there and the extended families of both.

Posted by Daoud April 2, 09 01:43 AM

such a beautiful country .... destroyed collectively by russia, usa, uk and ofcourse pakistan.

Posted by phoenix April 2, 09 01:54 AM

What gets me is how so many folk seem to feel that this war ,and others, are solely about protecting the rights of individuals in other countries. And this rhetoric is often used by the politicians to get support from kind hearted citizens. Though this is merely one part of a much bigger picture. There are populations all around the globe suffering from all kinds of depravity and govts and NGOS working to relive them
Real decisions for committing massive numbers of troops and taking personal losses of our own children going to war are inevitably about geo-political strategies . In this case its about securing the supply of Oil to the USA and Europe while increasing leverage in the middle east via a more influential presence (physical proximity and thus military proximity.)
Though this is being done with the security of the citizens of the West,and our econmy, there comes a point where we must realise the limits of our actions and the negative impact on others.Not forgetting the first law of physics that "For every action there is an equal and opposite Reaction "
These pics bring us back to our human side and give us more reason to find a solution to peace asap and bring them all home safely!

Posted by G-man (kiwi) April 2, 09 02:08 AM

with all hitech weapon..hitech equipment..why can they kill all those fighters?
is afghan become a real combat training for those country ?

Posted by dbtz April 2, 09 03:15 AM

I've read these posts for ages but have never posted. I just had to. #22-#26 prompted such a strong emotional reaction from me, and I'm not prone to getting upset over photos.

Keep up the good work Boston Globe, these are fantastic.

Posted by Rich April 2, 09 03:34 AM

Excellent photos.
John Moore is doing and excellent work, congrat.

Semper Fi.

Posted by Erich Zann April 2, 09 03:35 AM

43 - U.S. Marines patrol through a sand storm on Mars...

Posted by michael April 2, 09 04:10 AM

to comment #70. Your view of the world is as primitive as your view of god.

Posted by kalamari April 2, 09 04:17 AM

some comments are so stup***, "let them fight..own..war" multinational armys are cool- diplomatic blaah blaah!" guys the most of us though taliban is a arabic cola... cmon we attack this country... cause the cool mr. bush though the bad terrorist chill there... but where are the terrorists? our soldiers our boys died there... or came back with problems....
cmon guys open ur eyes itz fake!
get our families out there, we have to stop that sh*t!

Posted by sebastian munich April 2, 09 04:18 AM

Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, are the REAL source of extremism and stupid weird evil ideology !!!!!!

Posted by Jim April 2, 09 04:18 AM

No 22 should be displayed in every US school. This is what happens to occupants, to criminals who choose killing people as their profession. Kids, don't enlist in the army! Peace, not war!
Soviets learned their lesson in Afghanistan. Will US and Co. learn from THE mistakes of others?

Posted by Francois April 2, 09 04:20 AM

Powerful pictures > 22 to 26. RIP to the fallen.

Posted by vincep April 2, 09 04:23 AM

very cool pics!

Posted by editorcassh April 2, 09 04:26 AM

#2 is exelent..!!!

Posted by Demna Dumbadze April 2, 09 04:38 AM

A response to pictures 22-26

It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated, here, to the unfinished work that they have thus far so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us; that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . .

~ Abraham Lincoln

God bless all those who give that "last full measure," and those they leave behind.

Posted by Derrick April 2, 09 05:23 AM

What an utterly beautiful country and what a mistake going in for a ground war.

Posted by Alper Çuğun April 2, 09 05:49 AM

@ Europea (#66): US hasn't won a war since WWII? How about the cold war? Do you remember bomb drills when you were a kid?

Posted by Dwindle April 2, 09 05:55 AM

American Government headed by Clinton supported the Taliban’s rise. America's intrest in oil clouded its judgment and led American policy astray in the region: Who can best check Russia and Iran’s influence? In the 1980s, the Reagan administration armed and financed Saddam Hussein under the assumption that a totalitarian Iraq was more acceptable than an unbridled, Islamic Iran. The policy backfired in the form of two wars, one of which has yet to end.

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration also funded the mujahideen in Afghanistan as well as their Islamist supporters in Pakistan. That blowback took Athe form of al-Qaeda. As the Soviets withdrew and the cold war ended, American support for Afghan mujahideen stopped abruptly, but military and diplomatic support for Afghanistan did not. Under the influence of Benazir Bhutto, the Clinton administration voiced itself willing to open a dialogue with the Taliban in the mid-1990s, especially as the Taliban was the only force in Afghanistan capable of guaranteeing another American interest in the region — potential oil pipelines.the form of al-Qaeda. As the Soviets withdrew and the cold war ended, American support for Afghan mujahideen stopped abruptly, but military and diplomatic support for Afghanistan did not. Under the influence of Benazir Bhutto, the Clinton administration voiced itself willing to open a dialogue with the Taliban in the mid-1990s, especially as the Taliban was the only force in Afghanistan capable of guaranteeing another American interest in the region — potential oil pipelines.

On Sept. 27, 1996, Glyn Davies, a State Department spokesman, expressed hope that the Taliban “will move quickly to restore order and security and to form a representative interim government that can begin the process of reconciliation nationwide.” Davies called the Taliban’s execution of former Afghan President Najibullah merely “regrettable,” and said the United States would send diplomats to Afghanistan to meet with the Taliban, potentially to re-establishing full diplomatic ties. The Clinton’s administration’s flirtation with the Taliban did not last, however, as Madeleine Albright, incensed by the Taliban’s treatment of women, among other regressive measures, halted it when she became secretary of state in January 1997.

Posted by Akriti April 2, 09 06:17 AM

America created a Frankenstein for itself ... its called taliban... the greed for oil (true capitalism) And now the Americans say "let them fight their own wars"

Posted by Akriti April 2, 09 06:22 AM

yes god bless all these troops. Istill am sorry to say that this whole deal is motivated by big business and the corporate west. We in america always fall for the perfect foil...then support the govt in lavish military expenditures out of fear for our lives....our govt used the USSR for the same purpose, with the fall of the Soviets, the Cold war foil was replaced by the "War on terror" foil...all the while the defense budget goes up and the military corps get richer. the real sad thing is many many innocent lives are shattered and destroyed...we all feel it when it is our own troops, and surely that is tragedy, yet we unfortunately seem to feel it less for innocents caught in the crossfire...the millions of innocent civillians in Vietnam, korea, Iraq, long as they look really different than us, its just not so sad.

the innocents caught in our crossfires...the m

Posted by sean April 2, 09 06:40 AM

Impressive pictures though - support peace not war.

Posted by Peter April 2, 09 06:56 AM

One third of the troops are americans, the rest are nato troops from more than 25 countries. As a spaniard I must say that we've sent 800 soldiers more or less. 87 have died in this mission so far.
I hope all this death will be useful this time and not the worthless live drain of Iraq.

Posted by Nacho April 2, 09 07:13 AM

# 33,34,35 are just amazingly well done!!!!!

Posted by dika April 2, 09 07:17 AM

Great, great, GREAT pictures.
I'm stunned.

Posted by Koen April 2, 09 07:32 AM

As long as the Taliban pay twice as much money as the government of Afghanistan fort there soldiers - nobody will end this war. I believe we all paying two much on the wrong side. Jens from Germany

Posted by jens April 2, 09 07:45 AM

It's so unfair that i can't feel free ...

Posted by linkin park April 2, 09 08:07 AM

#66: Are you a complete fool! Desert Storm I...? ...or did you forget that it was, overwhelmingly, the United States that liberated Kuwait? You certainly forgot that it was the United States that forced an end to the nastiness in the Balkans which the Europeans turned a blind eye to for almost a decade.

And for poster #92; 65. Yeah, that's about right -- 65. That would be your IQ; barely literate and a markedly diminished comprehension of reality.

Posted by WCC April 2, 09 08:35 AM

How sad!
Support from The Netherlands.

Posted by Kees April 2, 09 09:06 AM

@ Paul -- Comment #8

Comments like that just seem bitter and silly. You see an image in the media, then say the media never shows these images. Good grief, you'll accuse the media of whatever you're told to accuse them for.

Posted by Brian April 2, 09 09:49 AM

Akriti #102, you are talking crap! There is no oil in Afghanistan. There are Taliban and alQaida (remember 9-11?) who have to be anihilated or the cancer of terror will spread even further.
By the way, Australians are fighting in the Oruzgan Province as well, so GO AUSSIES!

Posted by Len April 2, 09 09:50 AM

i disagree with the war however i wont get into the politics of the matter, i must say pic 14 is awesome, wonderful demonstration of human hope. awesome pictures man.

Posted by Raja April 2, 09 09:52 AM

High resolution pictures. high resolution technology.
Low value for life in afghanistan..
god knows what.!!!

Posted by vinoth kumar April 2, 09 09:53 AM

#100. Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! You can't really win a war that isn't technically a war...

Posted by skot April 2, 09 09:58 AM

John is suggesting non-interventionism, not isolationism. Please learn YOUR vocabulary.

And as far as learning history is concerned... What has history taught us about fighting conflicts in Afghanistan?

Posted by Keith April 2, 09 10:00 AM

The realization of life in other countries should help all of us appriciate freedoms we enjoy here. God Bless America and God Bless all of the troops that protect us.

Posted by JMB April 2, 09 10:01 AM

I traveled to Afghanistan with my Afghan father 4 years ago. Seeing this brings me back..

Posted by Charles Miran April 2, 09 10:06 AM

I unreal how this country has changed since 2001. I was one of the first 23 american soldiers in that country. It look alot better now than then. I went there because I wanted revenge and wanted to capture Bin Laden. When I was there I befriended a little boy who carried an AK 74. This kid was rugged but all he ever wanted was choclate like any other boy. I fought and killed numerous bad guy there but what made me feel good was when I was redeploying back to the US the little boy had no weapon, and was trying to bum a pencil off me to give to his sister so she would have it on the first day of school. She was older than him but she was never forwared the opertunity to attensd school under the Talban.

Posted by luke April 2, 09 10:09 AM

Picture 10 and 12 explains why the USA and its allies will lose this war.

Posted by RedCross Worker in Middle East April 2, 09 10:10 AM

30 and 31 excellent pictures !

thank you a lot !

Posted by osefamor April 2, 09 10:16 AM

The photos are truly artistic, but they only show a frozen contexless (to my point of view) image.

The only thing i can learn from this pictures is that humanity will never learn that peace cant be achived through fight

Posted by zonic April 2, 09 10:26 AM

these are images showing what seperates the developing world from the developed. you first (or last, haha) worlders can't even begin to imagine what suffering is. losing your mcjob is not suffering. losing your family comes very close to it. so there you go. consume more! consume some more human flesh.

"And then the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise
They logged the only explanation left
This species has amused itself to death
No tears to cry no feelings left
This species has amused itself to death"

apologies to roger

now go play some online poker

Posted by racheltjie de beer April 2, 09 10:29 AM

Why are there still poppy fileds in Afghanistan?
Do you enjoy letting them produce your kids'heroin that much?
America is a lie.

Posted by Gersten Suppe April 2, 09 10:46 AM

I dont support the war in Iraq but I do support the war in Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan sufferred under the Taliban rule especially the women. Yes, the situation hasn't improved by much but at least the Afghans have a chance to form a humain government.

I support a war if it improves the lives of the people.Example: stopping genocides like in Darfur.

...America did train the Taliban but thats old news. Stop crying over spilled milk.

Posted by Eugene April 2, 09 10:47 AM

Last one #43 is amazing....
Splendid pics

Posted by Maltesh April 2, 09 10:47 AM

How do pictures 10 and 12 explain why the USA and its allies will lose this war?
What very beautiful pictures! Thank you. I have read a lot of the comments and think that the whole scene is far more complicated than oil capitalism, peace not war, isolationism, et cetera.
I guess that the States has been insulated from the terrorism that has been sparking across Europe for the past thirty or so years and escalating. World leaders are right to be concerned about fanaticism and fundamentalism. Or do you think we should simply say Come, take our country and our freedom. We shall be happy under your regime?

Posted by Elizabeth Hendry April 2, 09 10:56 AM

Stop the War. Stop the Military Machine. It is destroying us all.

Posted by TJ April 2, 09 11:17 AM

At comment 30:

The Vietnamese strapped C4 to children and sent them running in to US camps, they completely butcher US POWs, and used unconventional tactics to fight, but you wouldn't learn that from the communist state because they won so it is in their extremely biased perspective.

Posted by Floop April 2, 09 11:19 AM

That's a pitty Afghanistan was never allowed to sell its opium on the international market.
I mean, opium is legally sold and bought internationnaly to make codeine and morphine everyday. India is the first exporter of raw opium, and France is very close by (even thought they don't sell raw opium in france, but puppy hay to make codeine).

If you don't allow one of the biggest producer of opium in the world to sell it legally .... they'll have to sell it illegaly !

Posted by Stephane April 2, 09 11:26 AM

Its tragic to see the violence but its not over yet cause it has just started. my sympathies to those soldiers who passed away. thanks to them that "THEY SACRIFICED THEIR PRESENT FOR OUR TOMMOROW".May their souls rest in peace!

Posted by NORDEN April 2, 09 11:26 AM

Why are some people thanking the A,American Army only? What you guys didnt see the British and Canadian soldiers in ant of the pictures?

Posted by Ray April 2, 09 11:40 AM

It would have been excellent if the comparative areas of Afghanistan where the pockets of NATO and Allied forces are present as compared to the 95% of Afghanistan where only the Talibans (so called) are holding control could be shown by such like detailed images.I am sure if Americans deem necessary they would send in additional troops along with objectives which will be more realistic and substantial.The most sophisticated war machinery is up against rustics and untrained professional who time and again cause loss of life in their ranks most of which is not potrayed in the media but a constant death toll reminds the world that these people are resisting the illegal occupation of their country.........

Posted by Dr Bakhtiar Ahmad April 2, 09 11:41 AM


Posted by hayduk April 2, 09 11:43 AM

#2 Can you say...the most badass Canadian soldier of all time. I wouldn't wanna be on his bad side.

Oh and commenter #36 you are a moron #14 was referring to the other Coalition troops not the f*cking Taliban you ignorant and arrogant piece of sh*t.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 11:58 AM

God bless our troops. Thank you all for serving.

Posted by Andrew April 2, 09 12:02 PM

1, 3, 6 and 33 and incredibly impressive. Excellent shots as always!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 12:11 PM

These pictures illustrate why no outside power can defeat the people of Afghanistan. Even without the problem of war, in their day-to-day lives the Afghanis already endure hardships that most of our citizens could not survive. The US can make them suffer but will never break their spirit or force them to surrender. Never.

Posted by Ralph April 2, 09 12:19 PM

Great exhibition, can't believe I just saw all this without an entrance free. Thank you.

Posted by Samuli Muuvila April 2, 09 12:25 PM

Who are they fighting for ?
men killing men in the name of government and religion... can't be bad than this. The world is no more a safe place.


Posted by PN April 2, 09 12:27 PM

Amazing pictures. I respect the photographers. And to the commenter that said "show them what they want to see"...shut up. Most people are aware of what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. The point of this blog is not to encourage "patriotism", its to share some amazing photography. Go comment somewhere else.

Posted by Derek April 2, 09 12:33 PM

#40: "Women, who make up a significant proportion of Afghanistan's population"... -- I don't believe there's ever been a nation in which women *weren't* a significant proportion of the population.

Posted by gruverja April 2, 09 12:36 PM

these images didn't surprised me at all... cuz it happens daily in pakistan...

Posted by theguyfromnowhere April 2, 09 12:46 PM

@comment 88

Hey big guy I am an engineer and you are thinking of Newton's THIRD Law of Physics, his first is "A body at rest, tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion." Oh and for all of you who believe the gov't has a political agenda there, yes they do. But the SOLDIERS are there becuase they have an innate desire to help and make a country safe for people to live in and practice and worship their own religion in. Also for those of you who have never had any kind of formal military education or lecture, the military does not just "do its own thing" we as military officers and enlisted cannot declare war whenever we want, the military is an extension of the public opinion; I must therefore ask, have your own beliefs, have your won values, hate the politicians and others all you want, but I ask you do not hate the men and women that put their entire lives on hold to pursue what they believe is a noble cause, without the politics and crap left for them to deal with selflessly when they come home. Any real soldier, warrior, waits patiently for the day that he can come home, and say "There will be no more war, and so I am out of a job, and happy about it." Until then, for all you filled with hatred still, I will honorably hold my head up and walk by as you call me a "hate-mongerer", or "war-mongerer" and mind the fence from the wolves that would prey upon you, not looking for thanks or praise, but because is is the right thing to do. And for all you foreign military, I pray for your safe return to your homes and loved one, for you too have undertaken the greatest of tasks of this world, with no need for respect or admiration from your peers. And for those of you who have lost loved ones, be they USMC, USAF, USN, or US Army, and for our foreign brothers and sisters, as a military officer, I send my deepest regrets and condolences to you, and I can only say that I am proud to serve with them, and I know they passed on with dignity and honor, that befitting of someone of their high moral character. Thank you and deepest regards


Posted by M April 2, 09 01:09 PM

What a surreal assortment of touching pictures.
They take us straight into the battleground.
They are so sad, so very glum.
They express humanity's worst, what millennia of evolution have turned us into.
A hopeless despair that ravages the dreams of hungry and unwashed boys. An incessant anguish that beats over the dust-covered faces of grimacing men and soldiers. It is hard to breathe. The water is warm and it has a peculiar taste but the throat begs for it. Everyone marches together under the beating of a scorching sun. The dry earth crunches their under rugged boots and bare feet. It will not grow much other than poppies.
Here and there women covered entirely in black slither fearfully away from the watching eyes of judgmental men. There is no hope for them.
A little further, hairy men in torn clothes ride neglected horses around the carcass of a dead goat.
The head buzzes and it is hard to think. Unexplained anger builds up as answers are sought in vain. Nothing much is left to do but carry the cold and consoling weapon and direct it toward another human in a frantic desire to escape this utter despair, in a futile hope that his blood may quench the thirst of this doomed land.

Posted by Albi April 2, 09 01:22 PM

War sucks, yea. A war to fight back against the forces of evil who ruthlessly and brutally take the lives of innocent people all over the world, however, is a necessary one. To those of you who believe peace will come from coalition forces just packing up and leaving are horribly wrong, open your eyes. I am not defending Operation Iraqi Freedom, legitimate reasons for invading Iraq are flaky at best. Fortunately though, Mr. Obama is shifting the focus away from Iraq. Anyway, everyone needs to back off of the coalition, especially America, we are just trying to defend ourselves from those who are trying their best to kill every single one of us and YOU (dont forget). Is America Perfect? No. Is the US gov. worth a shit? No, obviously. But the US and coalition presence in the middle east is NOT some criminal invasion, it is a counter-strike to bring to justice those evil forces the that governments of these countries were unable or unwilling to bring to justice themselves.

I could go on, but I digress, its another pointless internet argument. Lets all just be friends.

Posted by John April 2, 09 01:31 PM

Afghanistan, a forgotten war. Why fight for (nothing) , democracy?, freedom?, words that came out from politicians and CEO's (liers) , not warriors.

Posted by Santiago April 2, 09 01:32 PM

usa go home

Posted by me April 2, 09 02:18 PM

These pictures are very powerful, and I really liked the fact that they demonstrate that there are many nations coming together to help make a country a better place for it's people. As a soldier that just came back home from Iraq, I can attest to the efforts of British, Australian, Canadian, Romanian, and Iraqi troops that I encountered. I was placed at a British Camp in Iraq and I can say that I will be forever grateful to the British soldiers who helped me and my buddies greatly and will always count them as friends. I think that anyone could find the good in these conflicts, when you see the smiling and grateful faces of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who are getting the help that they deserve. It's a shame there are fanatical groups that strive to upturn the efforts of coalition forces, working with the people of these two countries, and in turn help to promote the negativity that can happen. For all the negative attention that these two conflicts have received, I can say that I saw the good that all the troops have helped to create. People may not support what's going on, but please support all the men and women fighting overseas because it can make a world of a difference to know that people at home care about you and respect what you are going through.

Posted by SGT Gonzalez, David U.S. Army April 2, 09 02:19 PM

do you realized if we pulled out how badly we would be attacked?! Yes this is not fair and hard, but we must stay. God Bless the ones that go.

Posted by Britty April 2, 09 02:22 PM

"Goat grabbing?" (Pic #33) Are you freaking kidding me? We CANNOT help these people. Maybe we can help them in three hundred years.

Posted by Michael April 2, 09 02:24 PM

Wow 26.500 troops from the EU member states, that's only 3,500 less that the US member states! What the hell are they doing there? If you give the US hell you give the Eu aggressors hell also!

Posted by Kerpal April 2, 09 02:26 PM

ok first off, the U.S. and coalition forces didnt just "Watz" in. If you have heard anything from most of the afghani people, they were welcomed in. Do you have any idea how f*cking terrorable the Taliban and Al Queda are to the people of Afghanistan? Do you know how they treat their women, not because of the culture, but be because of the f*cking taliban? Do your self a favor. Educate your self. The war in Afghanistan isnt even compariable to the war in Iraq. All of you pussies talk all this sh*t, but refuse to acknowledge the violation of human rights that was being done by the Taliban. Yes, the military has caused civilian deaths, but you fail to recognize the thousands of murders that the terrorist ahve done in their "Jihad"

Posted by don87 April 2, 09 02:32 PM

Great pics These are also worth a look and a read.

Posted by Laurent April 2, 09 02:47 PM

There is no reason for a country to be so extremely "philanthropic" except that they have an interest or stake in it. We can all think that the US and other countries are going in to Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq so they can rid the country of opium or WMD or other drugs. But the reality is the geographic locations that these countries play is very important for the world superpowers to maintain their status. We're going to leave Iraq in 18 months and we've already made our mark, and built a huge fortress embassy there. Of course many of our troops will still remain and we shouldn't forget that fact. We already have a lot of troops in Afghanistan and we're just gonig to take thetroops from Iraq and port them into Afghanistan and Pakistan after 'debriefing' them.
Oh yeah, and what about this 'war on terror.' Let me say it in plain English. You can't wage war on an ideology. You will end up losing because you can't win. You kill one terrorist, you create several more by his kids having no father and no money and out of desperation will join forces with whoever he has to in order to avenge his father's death.
We think we're the world police? How about if Canada (no offense to our neighbors) came into our country and said, no you can't do it like that. Why not? Because we said so. You know how pissed we'd be? You know how hard we would fight to get them out of our country? I don't blame those fighting against the occupation. I'm not with the terrorists and I will never be, but you have to understand perspectives...

Posted by Challo April 2, 09 02:54 PM

Canadians and US troops and all the other European countries need to get the hell out of Afghanistan, alas it's a bit too late as they've reaped so much damage that Afghanistan can probably never stand on it's own 2 feet again. The soviets really messed up the country, but the US and Canada removed any future chance of growth - the land is so hideously ravaged by war that a lot of the good rich soil is incapable of growing crops. What's left is relegated to opium, which can grow in harsher soil.

There's no honour deserved to the dead soldiers of Afghanistan, while they will be mourned by their families - they will get no respect and no honor from me. They died fighting an unjust war, a war based on revenge and retaliation, a war more engulfed in racism and blind hatred than in actual understanding. There was no legitimacy in the post-9/11 attack on Afghanistan - and while the Taliban was a horrible regime, they were not Afghani, they were merely extremists from around the world who took over Afghanistan after fighting the soviets.

Many of us in the USA still believe that Afghanistan was a just war, they are the blind who were so stupidly convinced that an attack on the civilians in Afghanistan would heal the wounds of 9/11. Many of the soldiers that join, do so knowing they will be sent to Afghanistan and many are racist and want to kill the Afghanis thinking that they are solely responsible for 9/11. It's this idiocy that makes me not have any compassion for the troops there.

No remorse, no compassion, no respect and absolutely no humility for those that choose to fight.

Posted by Stuart Hannig April 2, 09 02:58 PM

Pic #32 Chokes you up, tough. Pure innocence blind-sided by ignorant idealism of both sides. Shame


Posted by larry April 2, 09 03:26 PM

Moving pictures whether you agree with the war or not.
I made the mistake of reading several comments. It always comes as a shock to me how many people can be so cruel and immature.

Posted by AB April 2, 09 03:55 PM


Posted by Dave Martin April 2, 09 04:29 PM


Posted by THE TURTH April 2, 09 04:30 PM

#22 made me weak in the knees. All this bloodshed between peoples of the same earth. How long before we've had enough? Peace is more than an end to war.

Posted by Zach April 2, 09 04:39 PM

@ AB comment 160.

This is the internet. People hide behind anonymity to say the most horrid things. Just let it go because you'll just be mad over something someone said on the internet. Internet debates are pointless.

Also anyone who honestly believes that there are no terrorists over there or insurgents or muhj or whatever you want to call them lives in a fantasy land. And Americans, we need to be more supportive of all the troops over there, the other militaries over there are no joke and contribute greatly.

Semper Fi

Posted by david g April 2, 09 04:54 PM


You cannot fight an ideology, you only create more?

So wtf did we fight the nazi's for? Did we create more nazi's?
Or did we have a reasonably settled 50 odd years?
Some conflicts but not hoards of extra nazi's.

Yours is only one of many ridiculous comments I just read here.

The troops are amazing, doing a fine job and I applaud each and every one of them.

Posted by dave April 2, 09 05:08 PM

i've bin there as a dutch soldier. and it was hard

Posted by tr April 2, 09 05:19 PM

Stuart Hannig, you are the one who deserves no respect. None.

Posted by Miguel April 2, 09 05:22 PM

God bless the Afghan people. No love for the taliban or the americans. Let them shoot eachother till both are dust.

Posted by Ghengis Khan April 2, 09 05:50 PM

Looks like our troops are doing a lovely job of protecting Afghanistans bumper opium crop even paying for damages! The deluded herein start waving the flag and the old the old God Bless Our Troops, what the hell is wrong with you fools?.It's a scam and poor innocent people from both sides are dying so the fascist plutocrats can get their gas line from the Caspian and all the profits from heroin.
Wars are started for power and profit, you would think the brainwashed American public would catch on to the scam by now.

guts to look into it you might just see how obvious

Posted by The Large Kahoona April 2, 09 06:07 PM

Lifes too short to worry about being exploited. I want to tell my kids I was a man, and that I lived as such. I want to go, just need my degree first. the army will waste my time otherwise.

Posted by Jovian April 2, 09 06:27 PM

@ THE TURTH - first of all, learn to spell.

Secondly, that is the most made up fact I've read today.

Thirdly, do you honestly think the US wants to profit from drugs? If that was true why would we go through such lenghts to control it and enforce drug laws? It is illogical in every sense. You need to go out and learn a little bit about my country before you speak for it.

Posted by Ryan Kenward April 2, 09 07:00 PM

another reason to continue waging war against the poor, the timid, the backward. GREAT PHOTOS !!!!!!!! from the national geographic photo decades ago to now this, neverending, we the americans have killed more than the nazis , infacts 10 times over if you count korea, vietnam, iraq, etc.

Posted by Island Being April 2, 09 07:08 PM

To poster 158- You are pathetic. To blame to soldiers for fighting, it's unthinkable. Another poster said it best: Hate the government, not the soldiers. People become a soldier for their country or nation for two reasons; because it is mandated, or because they feel it is their duty to serve that which has given them so much. When a nation tells its soldiers to jump, they ask how high. Sure they may resent their deployment as citizens, but they have a duty as soldiers.

Do not hate the men and women who die so you may sleep soundly. It is your duty to love them, and care for them, and tell the government how you want their lives spent... not wasted.

Posted by Brian April 2, 09 07:20 PM

Wow very powerful stuff. Lets hope peace comes soon.
Dean from Canada

Posted by Dean April 2, 09 07:33 PM

aww that little boy with the beanie baby goose :( that's so cute!!!

Posted by clover April 2, 09 07:47 PM

Anyone else think #30 is photoshopped muzzle flash? Seems highly suspect
1) At that altitude you are way out of any sort of effective range with the minigun
2) Also his right thumb would be used to activate the low-rate trigger, which in the photo is clearly not touching the trigger

Posted by andy April 2, 09 08:01 PM

I find it unbelievable that people think war is good for the economy. Think of all the resources that get taken out of the country and put into the war many times to get destroyed. Entrepreneurs can find uses for those resources men and women along with natural resources of course there is a period of time before those resources can be used efficiently but it will happen.

War always ends up weakening a nation it drains it of so many resources. Yes a lot of people can profit from it but at the expense of the whole.

Posted by Ezra April 2, 09 09:18 PM

It's just so hard to swallow that once kandhar was in India and that people were once time changes.....

Later Budhhism came....and it vanished too...

Afghanistan has a violent history. Most of it is due to radical islam and illiteracy.

I think the only way to solve this problem is to teach the kids, the new generation, about some peacefull way of it buddhism, jainism, hinduism....anything thats not radical islam.

That will make a huge difference in there lives, and then they will realize that there's no use in fighting for uselss ideologies.

Send in some buddhist monks please !

Posted by worldpeace April 2, 09 09:24 PM

to #151:

USA is already home.
We are building more bases there. It is permanent. Too bad for you being born on top of my oil. You can go live someplace else if you don't like it.

Or blow yourself up. I don't care.
Fundamentalist Muslims and Fundamentalist Christians; Thanks for the entertainment its so hard to find anything good on. Your stories are fantastic.
Tallybanners and Bible Thumpers, again, I Thank You.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 09:47 PM

#24 So much emotion captured in that photograph, it made me cry

Posted by Charlotte April 2, 09 09:53 PM

The great pictures. The Afghanistan need of help of all

Posted by Tiago Celestino April 2, 09 09:59 PM

Cuando dejará de existir la guerra en el mundo?... parece que cuando no hayan más humanos....
Lo triste es ver como un pueblo es "borrado" de la historia del hombre.

Posted by Ismael April 2, 09 10:58 PM

Excellent photos.

Reminds me of combat service in Iraq 6 years ago - and how when I came home and woke up to how terribly wrong it all was...and is still. This entire war is a scam, and the less we talk on the internet and the more we get out into our country's governments and do something about it, the better.

It really is sickening. Who'll die tomorrow?

Posted by Cpl. Devildog April 2, 09 11:02 PM

Imagine no religion too...


Posted by Imagine Lives On April 2, 09 11:17 PM

Your right phoenix...the us, canadians and the britts should just let the Taliban kill all of the afagan women.

Posted by rob April 3, 09 12:09 AM

#34. no words!!

Posted by renjith April 3, 09 12:13 AM

down with uk an usa an pakisatan an iran

Posted by afgboy April 3, 09 12:16 AM

get out of this land.


Posted by serhan April 3, 09 01:31 AM

#39 is a great representation of Canadian ambition.

Posted by mark D April 3, 09 02:28 AM

@Alison #77
At first, I was outraged at Fox too...then I remembered that Canadian comics take their shots at the U.S. all the time....comics like Mercer make a living out of it, and Americans don't throw a friggin hissy fit demanding apologies and all that. We really better be able to take it if we're going to dish it out all the time...especially since photos like these demonstrate there's nothing funny about the insanity called war.

Posted by Barrie April 3, 09 04:05 AM

pic future... # 43 ... Morning... through a sand storm on Mars 22, 2009... robots find heroin...

Posted by michael April 3, 09 05:04 AM

No. 87, what about the othr 40 countries with troops over there?

Posted by e April 3, 09 05:42 AM

Very well done and powerful pictures

Posted by Michael April 3, 09 07:31 AM

Awesome set of photographs....

So much diatribe in some of the posts though. The military do what they are told to do to the best of their ability. It's not an easy job and I suspect many may have to put aside their own feelings and beliefs to do what they have to do. They are all heroes every single one of them. I doubt whether many internet idiots could do it.

I just don't like seeing hatred against the military. If some of you feel strongly about this then **** off to a country that holds that view. I don't so just get out of here!

If all the hateful b******s of this world could go and live in the same country and fight amongst themselves we could all

I served in the Flaklands and was very proud to have done something which I believed was good and right. We were welcomed back and I felt proud and wanted. I cannot

Posted by Bobs April 3, 09 08:03 AM

It's terrifying to know that if the world had no "wars", there would be nothing left to least on THIS planet.

Posted by Benazir April 3, 09 08:17 AM

Wow, the liberal stupidity is sure on display again at the Big Picture site. Rabid conspiracy theories, moral relativism between American democracy and Islamic totalitarianism, the magical "give peace a chance" bumper sticker slogans, and the "Blame America" for saving nations from their own despots. You got all the wingnuts out here in force as usual.

Posted by Todd April 3, 09 10:19 AM

Fundamentalists who talk about the benefits of a theocracy here at home should live like this for a while: I wonder if they would moderate their rhetoric, or if the indoctrination is just too strong to overcome?

Posted by Dave April 3, 09 10:28 AM

A very necessary war, with the NEW rape laws which have been passed and the law forbidding women to leave the house without permission, the country is going backwards.

These 2 laws must be reversed.

Posted by Gord Murison April 3, 09 12:19 PM

The pictures were terrific and the written comments most interesting

Posted by M/Sgt Howard Fuller, SMCR Ret. April 3, 09 01:14 PM

For all of those who say get the coalition troops out, get the U.S. out, stop the war, etc. I can only ask, why do you hate the Afghani people so much? Why would you condemn them to live under a brutal regime that would force women to become uneducated, barefoot, baby-making slaves? Why would you codemn them to lives of misery? Why would you have the population of the entire country forced to worship as the most brutal among them would demand? Why would you have them condemned to live their entire lives without hope? Are you so selfish that you would deny these people the same hopes of living in safety, of getting an education, of having the opportunity to make better lives for themselves, to have the basic human rights that all of you enjoy? Have you so deluded yourselves that you cannot see the evil that the Taliban and Al Queda represent? Why would you wish for these poor people to be returned to the tender mercies of those who would rape, kill, exploit and rule over them with unsympathetic iron ferocity?

Why do you hate them so much?

Posted by Fatal April 3, 09 01:18 PM

Awesome...the far left and the apologists for Salafist terror lying in bed together. Gee, who could have guessed that one?

Posted by Jorn April 3, 09 01:22 PM

I haven't read all the comments on here, but as the widow receiving the flag in picture 26, I would just like to remind everyone that every single service member that has been killed has a family. Some have a wife and child like my husband. Thank you for your respect.

Posted by Nicki Bunting April 3, 09 02:08 PM

For all you badasses sitting in your comfy chairs at Starbucks as you sip on your lattes and fart venom at the US military... consider this, each night when you lay warm and content under your blankets, a soldier like me is praying for the day he gets to come home. We pray that our own American families would get off their asses and stop buying bullshit, but dedicate themselves to being less fat. We ask for people with such HIGH opinions to stand up and put on a pair of boots and get their hands dirty with committment to rebuild what elected leaders have floundered. As Americans we have a choice. I chose to be involved, put on a uniform and place bandages on my brothers who have been wounded. I chose to stand up. Whether it is with a hammer and nails in hand to build a home or riding in a Humvee patroling a desolate neighborhood...what do you choose? Stop bitching and get to work!

Posted by DOC April 3, 09 02:26 PM

God Bless our Troops

Posted by Dan Nuckols April 3, 09 03:04 PM

Support the troops. Make the other poor bastard die for his cause.

Posted by DOJ April 3, 09 03:59 PM

I worry, with the easily available and incredibly cheap heroin there, are we bringing back another generation of addicted Vets?

Posted by Seen it happen April 3, 09 04:14 PM

support from poland poppy seeds are not only for heroin u use it for bread pies and other food

Posted by sharper April 3, 09 06:13 PM

911 was real. My neighbors were killed there. I worked the search and recovery efforts. What was the US to do in response to 911? Say, "We're sorry Taliban?" Great pics. God bless our troops!

Posted by Charlie April 3, 09 06:38 PM

To Comment #204.....HOO-RAH!!! I could not agree more with you. THANK YOU for saying what you did and what you BELIEVE.
I am the mother of a Navy Chief.....he has also done his tours 'over there'. Me and my family are VERY proud of him.
I wish to hell the lazy asses over here would get off their fat-butts and do something...for their community...for their state..and for this country.
There always seems to be an unending number of bitchers, whiners and complainers, BUT a limited number of movers, doers and shakers. GOD Bless America AND Our Military.
GOD Bless Americia

Posted by Carol April 3, 09 08:11 PM

Western Civilization developed in response to just this sort of existence. An inflexible ideology controlling short, brutish lives. There is nothing so terribly unusual about the vagaries of Afghanistan and the suffering of its peoples, only the fact that they have not found (or sought?) a better way in the modern age. It is indeed an intractable problem militarily and politically and Western forces should leave. If we need to re-visit some areas to remove an acute threat then we can do that. But we cannot create a democracy or put together a country of people whose ancient problems are none of our business.

God bless all the troops.

Posted by Dylan April 3, 09 09:38 PM

"I find it unbelievable that people think war is good for the economy. Think of all the resources that get taken out of the country and put into the war many times to get destroyed. Entrepreneurs can find uses for those resources men and women along with natural resources of course there is a period of time before those resources can be used efficiently but it will happen.

War always ends up weakening a nation it drains it of so many resources. Yes a lot of people can profit from it but at the expense of the whole. "

In many respects, that is the essense of war and also its purpose, to divert resources in a perpetual spiral of arms buildup. I do not believe we live in an Orwellian society per se (yet at least - the panopticon is still too easy to evade). Some of the aspects describes in 1984 are nonetheless very visible.

Im not pro nor anti war, im just sad at human nature and its need for destruction.

Posted by Traveller April 3, 09 09:46 PM

I would like to thank #147.@comment 88 for his comments
Semper FI
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Posted by Doc Keith April 3, 09 10:19 PM

war is the biggest profit machinery. if you have somebody killed in this war, go and thank wall street- the grief for money is the reason for war. You brainwashed fools who still believe you are fighting for something else than the millionaires benefit - go an learn, learn, learn. they kill you and you still obey - where is your brain?

Posted by Oshoka Rothschildt April 4, 09 01:30 AM

Yesterday the 10th romanian soldier was killed on Afganistan,he was from my neigbourhood.I think is time to comme home boys!

Posted by Val,Tirgu-Mures,Romania April 4, 09 05:46 AM


How is it possible to fire from such a great height and be able to differentiate whether you are shooting at a civilian, combatant or perhaps a child?

Posted by czz April 4, 09 12:05 PM

I haven't really given this much thought other than WHY are "we" over there in the first place. What does this Country have to offer "us"? We don't need Poppies? Do we? I don't need Heroin. The only other thing I can see is IF we lose this Country, we lose a VERY POOR Country to something other than Freedom.
I just wonder WHY haven't we helped the African Nations, such as Darfur, where thousands of people have been killed. Don''t they have anything to offfer?
Edna B. SpringTucson, AZ

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 12:06 PM

great pics!!!

Posted by Fuel Design April 4, 09 01:51 PM

ment for 158, not 156

YES we can and will wage war against the islamist ideology.

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 03:03 PM

To 214 and 215

you both have seen NOTHING. When war comes to your homes......will you call america? again?

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 03:06 PM

@ #216-

It is called suppressing fire. Sometimes you shoot at nothing to keep the bad guys' heads down. Miniguns specialize at that.

The real question is how can you infer so much from a one-sided picture? Do you have some special ability that allows you to see what the gunner is seeing? Or are you one of those "WARCRIMES! THE GUY IS SHOOTING SOMEWHERE IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF CIVILIANS HOLYCOW IT HAS TO BE WARCRIMES!!"

Posted by Erik April 4, 09 03:41 PM

god bless AMER..... wait what the hell am i saying . go to hell dirty americans what the hell are you guys doing there in the first place . shame on you . YOU AMERICANS DESTROYED this world if you havnt noticed already. YOU LITERALLY ARE THE REASON THIS WORLD IS IN SUCH A TIGHT SPOT RITE NOW . I WISH YOU AMERICANS DIDNT EXIST . YOU HAVE NO MIND . YOU DONT KNOW WHAT THE WORD PEACE MEANS . GET THE HELL OFF THIS EARTH

Posted by adam April 4, 09 03:58 PM

THE OLD SAYING, : if you can't put you're heart in this country, get you're ass out".NO LOVE FOR YOU TRATORS......

Posted by DICK TOMCZAK EX NAVY April 4, 09 06:44 PM

Response to 216.

Anyone who runs is a Taliban Anyone who stands still is well-disciplined Taliban.

Posted by Mark April 4, 09 08:30 PM

and the race goes on more horror -blood shed and tears- who wins and who loses we all do. and for what? Did we stop the war on terror not locally or globally yet we fight on in pursute of victory that will never really come. Inocent lives -wrecked homes and separated families -where does it all end? no one can answer that not even the victims and yet all in the name of freedom -what freedom and for who. In Fandeurs Fields the poppies grow between the crosses row on row -LEST WE FORGET.

Posted by danny pavia, Jr. April 4, 09 09:44 PM

God Bless our Troops. They do a good job

Posted by Josh Ritter April 5, 09 12:59 AM

First off, I want to say that I don't support any of the armed conflicts currently going on in the middle east. However, I have the utmost respect and appreciation for those serving, past and present, abroad in our armed forces. My father died a few years back out in Afghanistan, so I can feel how thousands across the globe must feel everyday to hear about their father, son, brother, or friend who won't be returning home.

For every soldier I've seen traveling alone in the airport, or sitting at the back of the bus station, I thank you, from the very bottom of my heart for risking your lives in one of the utmost honourable ways. I never have felt such a warmth, no, a compassion than when I see photographs such as these. You true patriots are the real heroes in this world. And I thank you. For risking your lives. For missing another Christmas at home. For not being able to meet your child before their first birthday.

My words will always end up being hollow and empty to you, but please, if nothing else..

You will always be my hero..

Posted by S.A.B. April 5, 09 02:07 AM

I am a Marine, Honorably discharged 04-01-75. In training we were taught the 'MAXIMUM EFFECTIVE RANGE' of all the weapons we used. In other words 'maximum' distance at which you will successfully hit your target for the each unique weapon. Beyond that distance your just shooting craps. I too, question the validity of what is going on in picture 30. Not only could you not make out a small target...but your moving too! So this gunner would be recklessly spraying bullets at everthing and nothing. Hitting what ever stops the rounds. I can't believe that scarying is a tactic, either.

Posted by tucsonted April 5, 09 02:56 AM

unbelievable - image 8 shows US soldiers apologizing for 'wreaking' someones
opium crop and paying compensation. the hypocrisy is almost too much to bear.
the U.S claims it has a war on drugs and yet here they are assisting drug production... (90% of the worlds heroin comes from Afghanistan)
the Taliban's major source of money is also from heroin...
heroin addiction destroys people from the inside...
The United States has the highest documented per capita rate of incarceration of any country in the world - and allot of that is through drug related offences
sorry - i just can't stand double standards.

Posted by talkie allott April 5, 09 04:20 AM

Putting these pictures doesnt help, although they're emotional and this shudnt happen, but the irony is, The Americans have done this to themselves... Consider us Indians... we have gone through so many attacks and Pakistani Terrorism, But it really hurts when it happens to oneself. The Americans tasted it in Afghanistan now. we've been tasting this since 1989. The Americans kept turning a blind eye and provided more and more AID to Pak, which they now acknowledge they used against India. Stil, the will provide more AID... so like I said, Americans did it to themselves. ---- AND READ THIS ---

Posted by Amjad Khan April 5, 09 10:30 AM

I am crying right now, these pictures are very moving. I am so sorry for the children, they don't deserve to see this violence... they should be growing up, getting educated, smiling, living out their childhoods in protection. All of this makes me so sad. How stupid homo sapien is.

The world has gone collectively insane once again. I am so sorry for the children. How very wrong.

Posted by Naty April 5, 09 11:31 AM

I believe the policy of compensation is to win 'Hearts and Minds". Although on the short term it may help maintain the supply of drugs, it just might give the US soldiers a better chance at building rapport with the locals and that is the first step to progress towards persuading them to grow other crops and not siding with the Taliban.


Posted by czz April 5, 09 12:07 PM

there is an argument that all might not be on the level, but on balance, we need to go to these places, try to contain the threat, most of all to have the brave lads come home having gained an understanding of how these strange(to us) people see things and put that experience into effect later when they might be in political positions. we cannot stay home dreaming about peace that's for sure!! Hats off to the P.B.I.(poor bloody infantry)

Posted by dave higginson(U.K) April 5, 09 04:01 PM

#222 Adam

Yeah, I am sure the world would be better off if modern America never existed. Then Europe and Asia would be united, the "Americas" would be populated by indegenous peoples and peace and love would rule the planet. A planet swathed in darkness and ignorance not having had the benefits of American ingenuity and inventiveness.

Of course,, Europe would be united under a Facist Dictatorship called the Nazi's, Asia would be united under a Facist Monarchy called Imperial Japan and the "America's" would likely be in the process of having their "peace loving" indegenouse populations (who spent the vast majority of their time offering each other up as human sacrifices and warring with each other, but never let reality intervene upon a good fantasy) wiped out as the Nazi's and Japanese divvied up the spoils,

Your ignorance is beyond belief and your comments are transparently based upon envy and an inferiority complex wider than the Grand Canyon (that's in America). People like you are to be pitied, only it would be a total waste of good intentions.

Posted by Fatal April 5, 09 04:13 PM

Powerful pictures.

Posted by nick April 5, 09 08:35 PM

If you want the money for being in the Reserves, then your contract says you agree to the possibility of dying for it.

Posted by Cdr. Paul Solomon April 5, 09 08:53 PM

Let us fight it our way, or send us home!

Posted by Gunny G April 5, 09 09:12 PM

you people have it all wrong. If you are in the military you are there because you have this deep feeling that you can do something good for your country and for mankind in general. You go where your country sends you and the right thing to do is assume that they have something positive in mind. As a Vietnam Veteran I would frequently ask myself why I was there. I always came up with the same answer. It was to try to prevent Communists from overtaking the South Vietnam. If you read history books about Vietnam You will find that HoChi min was within 2-3 days of giving in. But we gave up first.

Posted by (Doc) Hm3 Jones Lima 3/7. '69 April 5, 09 10:34 PM

Those Canadian Soldiers fighting in this war are the only Canadians worth their skin in my opinion

Posted by Big J April 6, 09 01:03 AM

We got it all wrong?!

What about you shouldn't go in military! And go nowhere!
Stay out of other countries and try to act as a hero. Have a look first in your own country, where kids walk into schools and start shooting at each other. Have a look in your own backyard and act as a hero overthere. THEN you would do something for your country and mankind.

Stop the war for oil and world domination and act as a real hero, back home with your family who needs you even more....

Posted by DiMMaX April 6, 09 08:31 AM

God Bless these innocent people!

Posted by minaxie April 6, 09 09:46 AM

thank GOD for our troops who are fighting the fight for freedom everyday. freedom is not free. it costs greatly and we as americans are the first to critisize any type of fighting out side of our shores, but i say go knock on their door to keep them from knocking on ours, becuase the ight will go on, thet we can't controll, but as long s we controll where it's faught at, we are way ahead. the problems with the children in this country, as #240 refered to has nothing to do with the on goiong fight for freedom. that burdon falls solely on the incompetent and lazy parents who let the tv raise their kids in a mind set with out morals and concequence, and the most important thing, knowing GOD. So the next time u think that our troops should come watch school kids, remind your self that YOU are not fighting for your life against an enemy with NO regaurd for life. but when they are camped in your BACK YARD. PUTTING YOU AND YOURS IN IMMENANT DANGER .... NOW U DON'T HAVE THE LUXERY OF FREEDOM AND ARE FORCED TO FIGHT FOR EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE... so i say THANK GOD for our troops and their most noble and moral cause. i don't fully support the reasons for occuping forgien terrain but i fully support our troops and so should all Americans, back our troops 100% even if u don't back our government. back the men and women actually doing the job on the front line, not the ones who sit behind a desk back

Posted by shirey575 April 6, 09 11:17 AM

Anybody remember September 11, 2001? Do we want a repeat? It is very important for the WHOLE World to prevent terrorism, which tries to multiply itself and get ready for another attack in Afghanistan and even more to worry in Pakistan now. These people fight dirty and sneaky. This is a very different war than the Iraq war, which was not necessary. It is very important that we monitor what is happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan to prevent another terror attack and hopefully we can make a difference for the people. After all we are not the Russians and they had to retreat…

Posted by iwiland April 6, 09 12:54 PM

Afghanistan 5 USSR 0 Final
Afghanistan 3 USA 0 Halftime

We're only down three, but the bad news is that Afghanistan is UNDEFEATED...

Posted by cmao April 6, 09 01:15 PM

I did my time over there and completely believe in what we are doing. I have full respect to all that are still there now. Whether you like it or not remember WE are the ones keeping you free!!!!

Posted by U.S. Marine April 6, 09 04:17 PM

yeh i wonder how much knowledge leaders like bush and blair have before the enter into wars. if they were as good at solving the unemployment and drug problems in their own countires it might be ok to spread democracy but democracy sure has not helped he average joe get out of bank debt or get cheaper housing or more oportunities for his kids , thats is unless he was born in the right side of town,.how many guys who are fighting for their country are educated about world affairs .or did the jping armyies to stay out of trouble,.i watch documentrys on usa prions and it shocks me the type of criminal there,.,.mike

Posted by mike April 6, 09 08:35 PM

I had no idea that the U.S. troupes go threw so much and a lot of people don't give them credit and run them down all the time. I support all the things the army, navy, air force and all the men and women who get up every morning and protect our country from danger. God be with you and kick some ass!!!

Posted by Kimberly April 6, 09 08:58 PM

I pray we stabalize the area. We helped kick the Russians out and then left them high and dry. The Taliban filled the gap and destroyed a beautiful country. They fought ten long years to free themselves from Russia and we didn't keep our promise then, we are paying a heavy price now. What suffering.................

Posted by themotherboard April 6, 09 09:51 PM

War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things;
the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.

Semper Fi

Posted by Gordon April 6, 09 09:51 PM

Why is that only British, Canadian and US troops rate a mention whenever there's anything posted about Afghanistan? Why is there never anything about the Australian Special Forces stationed there who are doing an equally great job?

Posted by Harry Taylor April 7, 09 04:13 AM

34 is fu..... SAD

WAR making the rich richer and the poor deader since the dawn of time !

Posted by Bringbackthetroops April 7, 09 10:30 AM

"The few who could understand the system will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favours, that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of the people mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests." - John Sherman

In America we've been systemically conditioned to believe that everything is "normal" in our society, culture, country, and politics when just the opposite is true. True believers. Yet some of us miraculously eventually wake up, usually after experiencing a traumatic event. At first, it's rather startling to realize the stark darkness that our twisted consensus reality conceals. The thin veneer of normality begins to peel away a little at a time.

It's painfully paradoxical to see the props, the stage, and the actors for what they really are and not be able to leave the theatre. If we communicate to others about our awakening, too openly and persuasively, we are at least marginalized, possibly prosecuted, or even executed. So now we are caught in a double bind, the cognitive dissidence of having one foot still in the matrix and one foot out.

Nevertheless, anyone who "really wants to" can see the fake "government" for the front group that it really is. Actually, the government exists to ensure the elite cabal calling the shots from behind the scenes remains undetected, and that the financial elite maintain and even increase their covert control. Isn't that precisely why your vote has no power? The lever you pull in the curtained, voting booth is disconnected from the hidden source of power that actually runs 'our' system of government. It's a sham. The secret government makes all the important decisions behind another curtain, and the pretend government implements their agenda not 'ours.' Meanwhile the media repeatedly tells you what a great democracy you live in. The big lie.

You'd think by now more people would realize the fact that no one in the "front group" or facade government has any real power to manifest the will of their constituents-- even if they really wanted to. Yet, some politicians can deliver stirring speeches, vote the way you want them to on some occasions, but in the end nothing really happens of lasting benefit for the people. When there is a victory for the people, or at least what appears to be a victory, it never seems to last. It gets watered down, or there's no funding to implement it. It's all a movie, and most of the politicians are paid actors.

Posted by Yo Yo April 7, 09 11:26 AM

My father is there as part of the spanish air force army, I´m looking fordwar to have him at home soon :(

Posted by Rachi April 7, 09 02:21 PM

1989 in eastern germany we fought for democracy, but we gained another sick system which is interested in getting some parts of the big cake called ressources all over the world. Therefore our politicians changed our constitution, to be allowed to send german soldiers all over the world. Nowadays we have a fake democray in germany, ruled by a mainly corrupt government!

If the human help is the main effort for sending troops to AFGHANISTAN, I ask you:
where are the helping hands in all the other pour countries, signed by civil wars over years, for instance somalia? Think about it!

Posted by falseflagoperation April 7, 09 03:35 PM

We fight in hopes that we assist mankind in living free and free from evil. It is the only avenue we have to deal with evil, murderous men.
Simple, force is all a G/Damn radical muslim understands.

They die in hopes of having rewards of sex and power.
Get them to allah asap please.
My thanks to the United States Armed forces for volunteering to help free humans worldwide from Islam

Posted by Ground Zero April 7, 09 05:05 PM

because, even if it sounds impossible, nobody has to know the war

Posted by marco April 8, 09 12:38 AM

All people are created equally. Dont judge on just ones beliefs. For all of us have a mind that we can decide are own actions and beliefs. So in that we are all different and individuals. Find the ZEITGEIST. It can open your minds to much more than whats been brainwashed into many of us of all different religions, views, and beliefs.

Posted by Michael Garcia April 8, 09 03:47 AM

#234 Fatal

You should drop a script somewhere, that's good stuff.

Posted by Bobleponge April 8, 09 04:03 AM

The photos are very thought provoking particularly for those who have not been there. They do help to show part of the story.
I've been there twice and I can say that the Afghan people are great and very cordial, particularly farther out in some of the provinces where the Taliban once ruled, the Taliban however ... I used to think we could bomb them back to the stone age, only problem is they are already living in the stone age. The only cure I have seen work is the cooperation between the US /Allied Forces and the local population. In the areas where the Afghans have stood up and taken back their land, peace has taken hold and they are prospering. However, In the areas controlled by the Taliban, food is expected from the residents to feed the Taliban, men women and children (girls as young as 8 and 9 )are dragged into fields and murdered, women are beat and stoned, and extortion money from the sale of poppy is used to fund the Taliban, just to name a couple.
I hope this current surge of troops will help, the people of Afghanistan and their children deserve the right to live and decide their own fate, not to be held captive by radicals like the Taliban. Freedom is not just an American birthright, It's God's gift to all mankind.
And for all those America haters, Say what you will, rant on, scream and yell about how bad we are.. chances are you have that freedom because somewhere in the past America stood up for you and country (Or maybe your mad because we kicked your country's butt for terrorizing someone else), and guys like me and my brethren scraped the dirt and blood off our boots before leaving your country a better place than when we found it.
So for all you 'haters' if you want to make a difference.. put down your 'We Hate Bush' signs (He's gone by the way) and go out in your communities. Open the door for a stranger, help an old lady across the street, make a donation to a church, volunteer your time to a community group and tell them.. an American Soldier sent you.
As for me.. I'll be back on patrol in Afghanistan by mid-summer.

Posted by SSgt Michael S., US Army April 8, 09 11:15 AM

Those that are brain washed into thinking the US or Canada had financial interest in this, are on drugs and paranoid. They have been deceived by the great deceiver Satan. There has been more bloody wars in history, you just did have the cameras to show it. And if people don't make a stand against terror you would be victim soon your self. Just as many other have been. You don't stop a Hitler with "please don't do that". People are so stupid in this world. They go to Universaties and come out dummer than nails.

Posted by The truth April 8, 09 12:18 PM

A lot of wrong headed thinking here - many of the comments reflect just a rosy ignorance of the real world we live in. Say whatever you may, America has done a heck of lot more good than bad. One post suggests the US during the course of its brief history, has "killed" more good people than bad. That is about the most stupid comment I have ever heard. What lands have we taken? - What people have we conquered? Yet we have sacrificed so much so others may live in freedom - If that is a country you are ashamed of - or hate - then move!

Posted by Mike33 April 8, 09 04:24 PM

@234 I applaud your spirit, but i am gonna have to be anal about the history. If in fact the US did not exist... lets say America was discovered, but the natives put aside their differences and caused us to fail to get a foothold. They also had resistance to our diseases, and learned from the technology we used (firearms).

Hitler originally got his idea of eugenics from America, he probably would have gotten from somewhere else to be honest, but who knows. Japan could very well still be an isolated backwater of Asia by the 1930's, seeing as it was the US that opened it up for trade. The America's... Could either be various smaller countries that have no influence with the rest of the world, it could be that a couple larger, much more barbaric empires emerge... or it could be today's Africa, with warlords holding power through the barrel of a gun (possibly antique by that point). They would very likely have histories of human sacrifice, a legacy of diffusion from Aztec culture.
The world would be a more ignorant place, as you said. Europe would be reeling from constant wars (no America to decisively end WW1). European governments would probably be made of tougher stuff, and be a little less forgiving, seeing as they would have to rely on themselves to deal with threats throughout the world. I wonder if The Bomb would still be invented.. and would it be used before significant stores are built up?

@251 WW2 blows your unsubstantiated claims out of the water. rising tide that DID lift all ships.

Posted by lol April 8, 09 04:48 PM

No cabe duda que pasa todo en Iraq, es el lugar en el mundo con más contraste que he visto. En una foto nos muestran a un hombre calcinado y en la siguiente una gran sonrisa.

Que canción seria la canción para Iraq?

Posted by Fabian C April 8, 09 05:44 PM

It's all about the bottom line and this is the bottom line, fighting must end for prosperity to continue and peace to ensue

Taliban or US or Canada or UK it doesn't matter who's shooting, there's shooting and it must stop, we need a new approach...


Posted by Joseph April 8, 09 06:03 PM

I wish more women were respected and empowered in this world, because everyone of them would know that War means sacrificing a son. Love finds alternatives to death

Posted by Joanne April 8, 09 08:59 PM

I know in my heart we need to be were we are. GOD help us all.

Posted by Nancy Brown April 8, 09 09:54 PM

Second picture....THIS IS BRAD PITT !!!!!!

Posted by angelina April 9, 09 08:38 AM

congrats to John Moore...he's really a specialisty covering Afghanistan well done buddy.

Posted by Paulo Whitaker April 9, 09 10:40 AM

when the bush polices on the terrorism becomes global then terrorism becomes global, now its time for us soldiers to use brain and leave afghanistan and iraq..................

Posted by bilal April 9, 09 02:42 PM

The stupidity found herein appalls me. I think it was Churchill that said "Democracy is the worst form of government...except for all the others that have been tried." Those of you spouting cliches and trite comments are irony personified. You rail against what you perceive as the world's injustice, unable to comprehend that your ignorance, your selfishness, your apathy and your tolerance for greed are what brings the very injustice you decry into this world. Human nature is imperfect. You cannot cure it, you cannot perfect it. It will always produce those who bring evil into the world. To borrow another quotation (albeit paraphrased): evil triumphs when the good do nothing. You may choose for for yourself your own level of exertion against and tolerance for evil., but evil is not overcome by fleeing from it. The meek would do well to remember that when they are kept free by the exertions of better men.

Posted by Dave April 9, 09 02:42 PM

Subhanallah. Number 33 is surreal. It looks like something from the middle ages.
God willing the Americans will leave soon.
(tail between legs no doubt)

Posted by txc April 9, 09 07:25 PM

Very Compelling pictures that depict what life and conditions are really like in war torn areas around the world. We are blesses that our Constitution lays the foundation for our way of life and relative civility. Most people of the world would prefer peace over violence anytime, however life has taught us that there are those in this life who would rather dominate and intimidate their fellow citizens to exercise control over them for their own benefit, profit and power. Thank GOD that
America and our Allies have the decency and commitment to defend freedom and liberty, wherever it is infringed upon.

Posted by Doon April 9, 09 09:21 PM

We hosted an Afghan student four years ago. I believe that he gained a perspective in the US that will serve him and his country well. His first meal with us was a real eye opener. It is our family tradition for me (mom) to cook and the men (husband and whichever son is around) in the family clean up. Rahim's eyes were wide with amazement. By the time he left, he was popping up after every meal to help. We never required him to do so. After his year in our local high school, he left us to go back to Kandahar. While cleaning out his bedroom, my husband found a letter that fell out of one of the "Great Books". It was addressed to his mother (oddly, written in English . . .was it really to me?). He lovingly implored his mother to forgive him for mistreating her and his siblings, and he promised to help around the house and give her the respect she deserved. It was a very long letter. I only tell you this because Rahim has since told me that the two things his country needs most are education for all, and the liberation of it's women. Unfortunately, these two things can never happen with the Taliban in power. He and his family appreciate our sacrifices and our efforts. He says that Afghans do not like having occupying forces in their beloved country, but he knows that the alternative is intolerable. There are never simple answers. We miss him terribly. Thank you to the troops.

Posted by Marianne Head April 10, 09 02:02 AM

#24. I have stood there in that spot many times, watching the caskets containing friends solemnly marched by.

The picture brought back some bad memories, but it also brought back a lot of good ones.


Posted by Mike April 10, 09 04:32 AM

I don't know why that Marine is wearing white socks! LOL
Semper Fi. AMERICA... (you know the last two words!)

Posted by RGA April 10, 09 05:22 AM

#203 - Nicki, thank you for your sacrifice. Nothing I , or anyone else can do to make it better.

I'm currently in Afghanistan and I don't want to let down honorable men, like your husband. He wil not be forgotten.

Posted by Drew April 10, 09 11:18 AM

This war in that part of the world has been going on for centuries, and will continue long after our troops are gone.

Please read: Three Cups of Tea

This is how, the Americans will win.

Posted by Anonymous April 10, 09 12:20 PM

Thank you blogger 259 - SSgt Michael S., US Army !!!!!!

Posted by SC Grandmother Patriot April 10, 09 02:14 PM

Ever notice how many of these America bashers always have the name "anonymous"? LOL!!! Cowards til the end.

Mrs Bunting, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

And to all of our brave men and women who wear the uniform of the United States are the best of the best and we LOVE you all!

Posted by USMCDaughter1 April 10, 09 09:13 PM

This war on terror is next door to us In India. Rest of the world have come a long way from home. India is not a rich countryin itself but better off than Af-Pak. That is why it attracts them. In fact, its been attaractive from time immemorial.
However, if we fight them and both use nuclear boms then Pak will be obliterated, but India will limp back to Pak-Afgan way. So, we tolerate spurious attacks and lay still. Like the proverbial holy cow, it just says Boooww when kicked. Its high time India shows the Horns of the robust Indian bull !

Posted by Sqn Ldr JP Chhetry April 11, 09 10:49 AM

"Big J "( #239 ) Im quite confident If you look up the word 'Idiot' on Wikipedia you will find your indepth resume.........

Jason the Canadian.....

'pro rege et patria'

Posted by jason April 11, 09 11:43 AM

#201....why do you think the United States of America needs to be the saviour of the world? Why don't we let people alone and mind our own business and see how that works. It is the responsibility of the repressed to rise up and take their own country back...remember 1776? Speaking of minding our own business, wasn't it our own meddling that caused the rise of the Taliban anyway? We armed and trained them to fight the Russians, encouraged them to exercise their new found national identity and religious fundementalism to further polarize the country against Soviet incursion. And then after they won, we walked away. This is just one example, but isn't it interesting that as soon as we, as a military force, step into a situation to save a people from themselves, we usually end up creating more problems. How about this, obey the Constitition as it is written instead of fighting proxy wars and creating new conflicts. The Congress had no constitutional authority to defer its powers to the Executive branch and allow the White House maniac to do whatever he wanted! The Constitution...that's the bottom line. Why don't you read what Thomas Jefferson wrote about getting entangled in foreign affairs....he was right, of course. We've proven it over and over again. Argue semantics and and with heart felt emotion all you want, I have history, the founders and the Constitution on my side! We should not be doing this...anywhere....Afganistan, Australia, Iceland, Congo,, nine, nada!

Posted by stevo1 April 11, 09 05:03 PM

Thank you for your Service.

Posted by Ray April 11, 09 10:20 PM

Thanks for the photos.
"Those Canadian Soldiers fighting in this war are the only Canadians worth their skin in my opinion"
Your ignorance is shining through Poster #239.
Don't forget, Canada was involved in many other wars prior to the U.S. getting involved. Not just soldiers, everyday, ordinary Canadians. A friend of mine is in Kandahar right now, a "contractor". Is his skin worthless?

Posted by CBV April 11, 09 11:53 PM


Posted by Zstrong April 12, 09 03:30 AM

Stevo1 .... Funny, you try to use Thomas Jefferson for your argument. He was the first American president to send troops to a foreign war. Ever here of the Barbary war? It was against Islamic terrorist pirates. Read a little history before you actually try to say something to try to sound intelligent.

To the troops....Thank you for your service and sacrifice! May you stay safe until you return home!

Posted by Big Daddy April 12, 09 10:32 AM

As a Vietnam vet, I will live the remaining days of my life with pride. Actually, all I did was serve my country in the company of a " Band of Brothers" who did what they did because they believed it was the right thing to do. Let others agonize and gnash their teeth over events they can not control and about which they basically have little understanding . Let them band together with over-paid Hollywood actors and addle-headed "progressives" who believe some sort of global socialism is the answer to the world's ills. God bless our troops and all who love and support them.. And God bless America - the beacon of hope for the rest of the world !.

Posted by Howard D. Deane April 12, 09 11:50 AM

Poster no 159 is a slime ball who sits on his fat @ss and slanders the soldiers in the pictures. He is free to pick his nose and scratch his butt because of soldiers like those in the pictures and those that gave up their lives to secure HIS freedom. Would he deny the SAME freedom to others in the world? Bless his little greedy lazy fat ass-ed heart.
American soldiers are among the most gentle hearted and kind people in the world, more than willing to share their food and medical care with the people of the country they are in..

Posted by PJ Street April 12, 09 01:17 PM

As a mother of a "military" son and the wife of a "retired" military husband, my heart goes out to all the family members who have lost their loved ones, for the ones who are facing a future deployment, for the ones who are serving 2 and 3 deployments to either Iraq or Afghanistan, and to the children who may never see their fathers or mothers return safely. I pray for each and every one of them every day. God Bless everyone of them and God Bless America.

Posted by Charlotte April 12, 09 04:46 PM

To the person who posted comment #159.......
If You Don't Stand Behind Our Troops, Then Please, Please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!!!!!!
If it wasn't for those soldiers you so openly disrespect you wouldn't have the freedom to sit here and talk your BS!
God Bless Our Troops May They All Come Home Safe!

Posted by NinaB. April 12, 09 06:21 PM

God Bless our man and woman in our armed forces may they all come home safe.

Posted by Juan April 13, 09 03:16 AM

may god rest there souls and that we all find the peace and harmony that we all need to keep going in this world ,may we all live as one and to realish the lives of other people in stead of all the greed and hate that is in this world ,may other people who see these images see the amount of hurt and suffering that happens when we can not accepet other cultures and that some day we will find the will to live as one, may my prays be with each and one of you in the tormal time,regards marie fuller.

Posted by Anonymous April 13, 09 07:06 AM

Thank you for the graphic image warnings.

Posted by RTG April 13, 09 11:51 AM

Wondeful photos.

Posted by jphonse2 April 13, 09 03:14 PM

the pic were great i pray for our men and women we have over there and hope all come home well and safe thank all of you for what you are doing for me and everone else and our country

Posted by Anonymous April 13, 09 06:58 PM

I agree it's a good thing the troops are there, but stop saying "God bless..". There is no god.

Posted by anon April 13, 09 08:05 PM

Complaints about pic-30; in Viet Nam,I was in that seat (albeit UH-34d's): if you saw the flashes and the holes were coming through the skin of your a/c...Light em up. Gender,age,skin color,it don't matter.We were carring out wounded;again; gender,age,race,no matter.You shoot and you WILL get immediate response. Semper Fidelis

Posted by tgfahey-usmc-ret April 14, 09 09:36 AM

There's a lot of passion here. That's good. A point not often thought about by those who sacrifice is how American corporations are making gigantic profits while you poor bastards give your lives. This is why they say war is 'good' for the economy. Where's the sacrifice on the part of chicken-hawks like dick cheney or donny rumsfield? The sit back and make big profits while dumb ass 'patriots' give their lives to the cause? Seems a little hypocritical to me. I will put on the uniform when our leaders begin to encourage their own sons and daughter's to bleed for their country. C'mon, two members of Congress have children serving in combat zones?? WTF?? This is a sham. Join the resistance. See and protect

Posted by Bobby B. Bobinson April 14, 09 11:35 AM

#217 If I remember correctly the over 3000 people that were MURDERED on Sept. 11th was the motivating reason we went to afghanistan. As I also remember that is the point of origin for the orders given by bin ladin. Having served as an infantry soldier in qalat, having lost two friends I will say this, Its not about flag, country, democracy or anything else that most who have never served in a combat zone like to quote, Its about the joe to your left and your right. making sure you give all so they make home or at least to the next day...... just my opinion 11bangbang

Posted by 11bangbang April 14, 09 09:02 PM

Because of these men and woman, I can go to sleep every night, and wake up every morning knowing that my family is safe. We do not know how lucky we are in America, we take so much for granted. I THANK all the men and woman who serve so we may have the life we have. It is what it is, whether we believe in it or not.
God Bless each and everyone of them!

Posted by Gina G April 15, 09 05:18 PM

Unbelievably poignant photos, clear and crisp as harsh winter dawn. Incredibly rugged country. Perplexingly difficult choices to make. I want to go.

Posted by tom s April 15, 09 06:33 PM

God bless each and every soldier who puts his/her llife on the line so that we may have freedom that we take for granted.

Judy April 15

Posted by Judy Rimel April 15, 09 07:55 PM

God Bless you Nicki Bunting, for your husbands sacrifice to keep us safe at night. I am always greatful everyday that we have a free country because brave men such as your beloved husband are willing to stand and fight for all that we believe in.

Posted by Christine Breed April 15, 09 09:09 PM
304. We love you and God bless you!

Posted by Steve April 15, 09 10:23 PM


Posted by usafresv April 15, 09 11:17 PM

my son-in-law has just returned to this country after leave at home, these photo's bring back vivid memory of times past and better forgotten, but oh so relevant as to what is happening over there today. My son-in-law who is a medic in charge sees so much and in 9 months has changed so much, 2 more months and he is home, please stay safe Jason and return to your love ones in Australia.

Posted by Lindsay & June Howard-Smith April 16, 09 03:12 AM

Reading many comments here, I am totally puzzled of the ignorance and ridiculous position of those who criticize America. Just read the followings: Where were you when Eastern Europe (where I am from) was enslaved by the USSR, and more than 30 millions died at the hand of Stalin and henchmen in all Communist countries? Where were you when Mao in China killed more than 70 millions of his own people? Did you know that these people were taken away from their dear one in the middle of the night to never appear again? Where were you after the fall of Cuba, South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc. many other millions were murdered by the Communists just because our troops were forced by a stupid Congress to leave those countries? Where were and are you when terrorists started to kill innocent people all around the world? Where were you when Taliban was forcing and beating their women because they were not willing the wear a burqua, and girls were not allow to go to schools? With little exceptions: Basque terrorists, former Red Army in Germany, former Italian Red Brigade or Corsica, most of the terrorists are Muslims, and they started in early ’70. Why I never see in the streets, you people, who condemn America for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, condemning Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Hezbollah, Hamas, PLO, etc. for criminal acts against so many countries (see terrorism in Philippines, Indonesia, the almost 3000 people dead in America, Kenya, Israel, France, Great Britain, India, Chechnya, Pakistan, Lebanon, etc. etc.? How about the other side of America you never read too much in the main media? Who is helping countries around the world when there is a hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, famine, countries attacked and occupied by Nazis or Japan, or Saddam Hussein, etc.? You hear nothing about those who sit on billions like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran, Russia, etc.? The country who is always on the front line is United States with money from us, the US citizens. Another thing, you “the so-called defender of the weak”, Russia just announced that Chechnya is peaceful now. Did you hear how? Have you look to any pictures? No! They did what they needed to do without any fanfare, and nobody was in the street to condemn them. How about Russia invading Georgia, after they, Georgians, tried to liberate their own territory from Russian occupation? Where were you? You are just cowards because United States is a free and democratic country and allow criticism and openness. Shame on your ignorance! Long live our heroic soldiers who know that freedom is not free! We have the guts, while you are in denial, thinking that retreating under the advance of the Muslim attack will appease them! What naiveté? I just consider you either dumb or totally naïve. That’s all from someone who fled the Communism and lived a life of a dog under the “the bright future of the world – C

Posted by Thefreeman April 16, 09 02:39 PM

Carol, comment #210.

I have friends who served their country with the Red Army when it invaded Afghanistan.

What do you think of their service?

Posted by Chris April 16, 09 04:23 PM

NinaB @ 290 says:

"If You Don't Stand Behind Our Troops, Then Please, Please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!!!!!!"

Right on.

Posted by oryx April 16, 09 08:43 PM

For those of you who are saying that you dont think we should be in war and there is no reason and stuff like that. Imagine what it is like to be those kids living in refugee camps. We take a lot of our stuff for granted we have our iPods cell phones and computers and they have pretty much nothing. The pictures are depressing but whats more is you guys are dissing every single soilder and person out there fighting. Obviously if you are commenting or readinh this you are not a person out there fighting for people you will probaly never meet, in a country you probaly didnt even know was there when you were younger, fighting for other peoples lifes while risking yours. I do not know about you but im proud that we have people in this country like that. They went all the way to the middle east even if they didnt want to and are fighting for people they dont know and previously probaly didnt even care about. It is crazy how you guys can just sit here and diss these people YOU ARE NOT OUT THERE. You cant say this war is dumb and there is no point to war. Put yourself in the little childrens shoes. How many siccer games do you think they will play? How much are they going to learn by the age of 10? How many good friends will they have? How long will they have to live in fear?? I dont even know what this war is about but i belive these soilders are doing awesomeso dont even think about saying one negative commet towards them

^^ was written by a 13 and 6 day year-old ^^

Posted by ------anomynous----- April 16, 09 09:56 PM

I'm a former Marine,and I stand for the troops,behind or in front of them and I'm for them 100%

Posted by tiny April 16, 09 10:32 PM

#311: "I'm a former Marine,and I stand for the troops,behind or in front of them and I'm for them 100%"

No sir. You stand _with_ them. God bless you.

Posted by Dave April 17, 09 10:39 AM

Where is the logic that there could be peace in this world? There is none even between members of each and every family alive. Some scream for peace even while they are commiting emotional, & mental war. Some even to the extent of killing family or friends or people they don't even know for innumerable reasons, and yet think there should be peace between us and nations that would kill us and destroy our country by any means possible. Over 50,000 people are killed in car accidents alone every year.Those people didn't give their lives for anything-certainly not their country. Support,and bless our country as our troops are doing.

Posted by Elizabeth April 17, 09 08:09 PM

Do something for your country, let's reinstate the draft/peace corps, etc. Then you can complain.

Posted by Fernando April 17, 09 09:57 PM

Ref photo #30: ROE(Rules Of Engagement) for ANY area is: If it shoots at you, it ain't a friendly, return fire. Thus if you shoot at a plane, LAV, Hummer, chopper, etc., you aren't a friendly........ Troops don't just open fire for 'kicks' in spite of what some would imply or say. There always HAS to be a verifiable reason to justify it, contrary to the nay-sayers and wishful thinkers.
2nd comment: Reading a lot of the other comments - don't you just LOVE all the Neville Chamberlain wanna-bes, including the ignorant, inexperienced new-comer in the WH? What'cha gonna do when the 'bad guys' get tired of screwing up their own people/country and come knocking on YOUR door? Have a prayer meeting? Pay a bribe? Sing "Kum by Ya"?, Talk 'nice' while they loot, rape and/or pillage, and then kill any witnesses?
Problem with this is: If you don't discourage them(the bad guys) right off the bat, then you have a situation where if you 'give them an inch, they'll take a mile' cause some folks just don't know when to stop.
Get a reality check, folks. Like it or not, sometimes it comes down to brute force being the only answer, especially when the bad guys never intend to negotiate in the first place, use negotiation as a delaying tactic and consider any who do negotiate as 'cowards and weaklings'. Cowards and weaklings would rather talk than stand up for themselves, and thus they are 'fair game' or prey and anything is justifiable against them.

Sorry, not interested in becoming prey.


Posted by Bob April 18, 09 02:14 AM

There will always be war and rumor of war, what many people don't understand is that these men and women put their lives on the line for our freedom to do and say what we want. And people give them no blessing. It breaks my heart

Posted by D. Duchene April 18, 09 12:07 PM

All Eval Needs To Suceed Is For Good Men To Do Nothing. We did nothing and 911 was the result. With these bad guys you have to take it to them, or go someplace they can get to. Afghanistan and Iraq fit the bill. I am proud that all those people I trained back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s are so OUTSTANDING. The professionalism shows. I was talking to one of the "I hate America types the other day and like most of them he didn't have a clue. All the could talk about was the 10s of thousands of U. S. was dead. I had to give him the truth. In Afghanistan 443 died in combat. In Iraq 3,425. Non-Combat 220 and 836. Wounded in Afganistan 960 returned to duty in 72 hours, 1,765 required hospital. In Iraq
17,433 were returned to duty in 72 hours, and 13, 698 needed hospital stays. This was as of March 19, 2009. Talking to GIs returning most would go back and all said it is worth it. We have 31, 000 of the 47, 000 allied troops in Afganistan, and all of them are doing what needs to be done. God bless them all. We need to honor the hero's. The families of the fallen have my condolence in their bereavement. To the troop like we said in Vietnam "Find the SOBs and pile on".

Posted by Mike C, MSgt, USAF Ret. April 18, 09 01:23 PM

God bless Our troops!! The Islamic Radical Movement which is real close to taking over a nuclear nation in the region must be stopped!! Our troops are protecting our Democracy, Capitalism, and Christianity. We cannot allow Islam, the new U.S. Socialistic power grab take over our country or the world

Posted by Bob Mc Donald April 18, 09 01:28 PM

"If You Don't Stand Behind Our Troops, Then Please, Please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!!!!!!"

Hmmm... so in what way does that show how they are fighting for our freedom? If you don't agree prepare to be shot? Go f*** yourself.

Posted by Tim April 18, 09 11:58 PM

I too, question the validity of what is going on in picture 30. Not only could you not make out a small target...but your moving too! So this gunner would be recklessly spraying bullets at everything and nothing. Hitting what ever stops the rounds. I can't believe that scarying is a tactic, either.

Posted by hammer April 19, 09 08:42 AM

Afghans are the only people that were NEVER DEFEATED by the mightiest of the mighty be it Alexander, Ghengiz Khan and the likes.......

But I am sure we can do it....

Posted by Ram Mhod Desouza April 19, 09 10:51 AM

Maybe if our fearless leader in the White House and his Cabinet, together with his puppeteer Ms Pelosi, and all of the other nodding heads in Congress and the Senate, were to spend some time (at least a year) on the ground living and fighting alongside our troops male and female, they would have a far better feel about what Loyalty, Service and self respect means. They sure don't now.

Posted by Larry Broadhurst April 19, 09 06:23 PM

To those of you who oppose armed conflict of any kind, oppose what the US and the coalition forces are doing and critically condemn all military actions in Afghanistan (and Iraq) . . . . . may I have you consider the alternative. Otherwise, stick your head in the sand and await your fate. In the meantime, do not expect me (or any logically minded person) to agree with you. Appeasement . . never!
Anyone who ignores the past is doomed to repeat it.
Semper Fi!

Posted by Dave Evans April 20, 09 08:05 AM

God help us. So many people who can't spell the simplest of words but feel we should value their opinions.

Posted by Max April 20, 09 09:50 PM

to Ram Mhod Desouza: We're not trying to defeat the Afghans. We're trying to save them from the Taliban savages. The Afghans realize that.

Posted by Max April 20, 09 09:54 PM

to "tucsonted" don't believe everything you read. it is a common practice in afghanistan and iraq to test fire the weapons on all helicoptors about 5 min after takeoff. you are exactly right about the max effective range. which is why i am sure a test fire of the gatling gun is all that is happening. im a Staff Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne, with almost 3 years total time overseas. thanx for your service.

Posted by waggs April 20, 09 10:13 PM

@216,221, and 228

Its a freaking Test Fire! No you cant effectively engage a target at that hieght, YES you can suppress a target at that hieght and get the MORE EXPENSIVE helicopter out of the enemy range. And No you cant determine what is a civilian, comabatant or otherwise. But You CAN find an open field, look for people or livestock and when clear, TEST FIRE. We did it daily over there. Of course when there is a reporter or photagrapher on board you want to show off a bit...and those mini guns are fun to show off. And you get the ability to look like you'e engaging something when really its a TEST FIRE. Just making sure the gun doesnt jam and works properly before you get into the $#!*

Posted by Joe April 22, 09 11:36 AM

The misconception of a lot of these posts are that we are trying to defeat afghanistan. We are not, want afghanistan to strive, to fend for themselves, to not have to relie on the drug trade to make a living, to not have to be threatened for learning... Learning people, paint that picture to yourself, of your daughter, neice, mother, sister, ect... Having their life threatened... a gun to their head,.. because they wanted to learn, they wanted to go to school...

Posted by Deltron Z (SGT US ARMY) April 22, 09 11:55 AM

While it certainly is not unAmerican to criticize the military expertise of our leading politicians, it may be worthwhile reviewing the military experience of our recent leaders. Number One managed to join the AF Guard, receive very expensive pilot training - and then went AWOL. Number Two managed to acquire five student deferments - and then did not earn his degree. Then that war was over, hurrah!

Posted by CPC April 22, 09 07:51 PM


Posted by Coenraad April 23, 09 12:11 PM

God bless all of the troops over there.

Semper Fi,


Posted by Chode April 23, 09 12:35 PM

the only people to benefit from war are the arms manufacturers.
these people have no concience.

Posted by Donald April 25, 09 09:17 AM

I tink is horrible all does things happen in our wold, the only thing we can do is
try to made a better would arround us, in our litle wold, in our family and city.
please we have try to do the best in our lifes. ( sorry if my orotgrafhi isn't fine )

Posted by gabriela calderòn c. April 25, 09 07:34 PM

people forget real reason we go to war ... if we dont stop these tyrant bullies in other countries ... then it wouldn't be long before they invade our country ... so rather fight and destroy their lands ... than ours and wreck our families ... WE fight for peace ... a better world ... i served in iraq ... and i would say 95% of people were happier now ... WHY? they now have choice and more freedom ... i know ... because i saw and spoke to these people at first hand ... afgan ... taliban are bullies and women, etc are used and abused, what life is that? ... so stop moaning those anti-war people ... of course i dont want war ...unless we stop it at the route ... it would soon come knocking at our doorstop ... then you will be sorry x mmomoanini

Posted by m mcmahon April 26, 09 11:02 AM

For all the troops serving in afghanistan ,i only wish i could turn back the hands of time,and pick up my weapon and join all of you.Rest assured what you do there and arround the world does matter and we care .My youngest son will be there soon to serve with his fellow marines and all the troops in his area,i have never felt a greater pride then when i myself served my country.again my heart goes out to all of you and i salute you.God bless you all.

Posted by Richard Wright April 26, 09 03:59 PM

Since earliest times men have had to fight to protect their loved ones. With the shrinking of the globe by the industial revolution the men willing to fight to protect their loved one have had to go overseas and far away to defeat those who would come to distant shores to hurt and kill our loved ones and defeat our clountry. Remenber "PEARL HARBOR - Deceember 7, 1941" and remember " Sept. 11, 2001 THE TWIN TOWERS in downtown New York City" What can be next? You and I had better pray that we have men willing to fight to protect Tony L., Veteran of US Navy WW II

Posted by Anthony F. Limoggio April 26, 09 07:41 PM

"...thank GOD for our troops who are fighting the fight for freedom everyday"


sharpest contrast ever my friend....

Posted by smeiko April 27, 09 06:00 PM

very good photos!

Posted by vitor April 27, 09 09:25 PM

God Bless all our troops fighting in Afghanistan & Iraq. God Bless the Corpsman and Medics taking care of our fighting men. My son a Corpsman is thought of everyday by friends and family, Semper Fi

Posted by Mike Heimer April 28, 09 01:40 AM

very good .

Posted by iran April 28, 09 02:04 AM

I wish that U.S.A send some of their troops in my country ( Iran ) too,beacase i think that we really need them too.same as Afghanistan and Iraq, Iran need those army too,Anshalh we going to have them im Iran too.God bless us.

Posted by Mohammad April 28, 09 02:09 AM

War is never over... too many lives will be lost

Posted by Mann April 28, 09 05:01 AM

A huge shame on those which wish to see the US army and troops in Iran.
We as Iranian are not like Afghans or Iraqi people. We do not like the current situation and government in Iran, but it does not mean that we are ready to see our country destroyed. We need to try to change the situation ourselves and I am sure we can and we will.

Posted by Harika April 28, 09 07:29 AM

#31. Paula Bronstein's work is amazing!

Posted by Calvin April 28, 09 12:15 PM

Contrary to what some people said, I'm not a supporter of the operation in Afghanistan as it has been carried out. Not at all, but anyway. I'd rather not make this discussion forum.
Even though I appreciate the shocking photos of the conflict, which are indeed very important, i'ts preety much all we've seen. So far I hadn't seen images of afghan landscapes, and by saying that I mean you've done a fantastic job. Spencer Platt and John Moore, thank you for showing us what a beautiful place Afghanistan is. What a scenery.. And Paola Bronstein, congratulations for giving us people and their faces.

Posted by João Miguel April 29, 09 12:07 PM

God Bless those whom have been sent to war,and the ones that have lost their lives.And i pray for God to give the ones that have lost their loved ones ,the stringth they need to be able to go on with life.I know it is a hard thing knowing they will never see them again.My heart bleeds for them all,and i know some day i will be gone through the same thing.God Bless all the broakin hearts. cuz when i looked at the pictures it was very heart breaking. May God Bless You All

Posted by Phyllis Hunt May 2, 09 03:45 PM

I wish you could know my language, so I could better express myself, but I will use my imperfect English to tell you a few things. I dare to say I speak for a majority that has no means to speak to you. Those Americans, Canadians, Australians and other NATO soldiers who lose their dear lives in my country Afghanistan, that’s the highest sacrifice anybody can make to help others. They do not die in vain, but they make the world a better place for all of us. we are all in debt to them and their families. I can not find words to explain how we are saddened to see young soldiers die far away from families. We know how it is to lose some one and how terrible war is. I lived all my life through that. A refugee with no country, no respect and no future. but because of these soldiers there is hope for a better life for many. of us. and for those who serve in my country we are grateful to all of you. Those who are familiar with the situation know how Afghans feel about the current war. The majority of Afghans support foreign forces presence in Afghanistan. They want them to stay. Do not be mislead by the media. What we are facing now is a proxy war run and funded by hostile states and wealthy individuals in Arab countries. This is not a local resistance against American and NATO forces. It is not a war on AFGHANS, otherwise I would not have been here to write these sentences. I feel bad for the Soviet soldiers who perished in my country. they were innocent but were sent for a wrong purpose. They came to Afghanistan to invade, to change Afghans, force them change their beliefs and distribute their land amongst others. They have a bad client, the communist afghan government that mislead them on many issues. The current afghan government is weak and corrupt to some extend but it is totally different from communist regime. And the myths about Afghans; the wars with Britain and Chengiz and Alexander were of different nature. Please do not accept what they say about undefeatable Afghans. In fact every nation is undefeatable. No nation can be enslaved if its people decide to fight for freedom. Afghans are no different from other nations. Eventually everyone dies, but isn’t it better to live with pride. My father fought the soviets, and I work for the Afghan government. When commuting to work every morning I think this is the last time I see my little kids but I go on anyways. This is indeed my war. And as we say, my blood is not redder than that of those soldiers who die to secure my country for me and for everyone else, even for those who deny it. That’s what keeps me and many more like me going. There is more to life than eating, sleeping and sex. As humans we need to care about others too, even those who might look very different from us. It is just a matter of time before we stand on our feet and fight our own war. In fact we are fighting this fight alongside our American brothers, British brothers and all other brothers that came to our help. We don’t want the dark ages of Taliban to return. Afghans are determined not to let it happen. I don’t want my kids to be refugees, like I was. But even if we are left alone again, there would be many Afghans who will continue fighting to keep their country free from al-qaeda and other extremists. Do not leave us alone again, as we did not let you down when you were facing the communism menace. You will find us reliable partners. As for me, I promise when my country is secured, I will volunteer to fight alongside Americans and others, anywhere in the world in wars to free people from fanatics and oppressors. Akbar

Posted by Akbar May 3, 09 08:58 PM

this is not agood place for all this childern if we can help it

Posted by Destiny klein May 4, 09 11:34 AM

I still have my, Support the troops, dogtags on; which I swore to wear until all our troops where out of Iraq. I now extend that same pledge to all the soldiers in Afganistan.
A special thank you, to the courageous photographers of these images:
John Moore -- Stefano Reladini -- Spencer Platt -- Ahmad Masood -- Shir Ahmad --
Rafiq Maqbool -- Fraidoon Pooyaa -- Omar Sobhani -- Paula Bonstein & Joel Saget.

Posted by Dennis Watts May 4, 09 03:36 PM

Proud of you!

Posted by Anonymous May 5, 09 03:51 AM

Incredible photos. They tell it the way it is. We are fighting a war that no one has been able to win that includes the French and Russians. Ooh Rah and Semper Fi!

Posted by Thomas Shipe May 5, 09 01:39 PM

I cannot see for the tears streaming down my face. I feel so helpless in this situation, but I do know God, and I will pray daily for these conditions to improve. Only God knows how this is possible, but with Him all things are possible!

Posted by Mercedes Brown May 5, 09 07:16 PM

To all U.S. troops: thank you for your service.

Posted by nate May 6, 09 08:40 AM

Fantastic photos BUT what are we doing in Afgan.! We are so deep in the forest we don't see the trees. This might be the most horrific and God forsaken country on this planet. We are protecting them and their crops which supply 90% of the worlds Heroin, which is not only illegal but destroys the lives of everyone who takes it. THE BEST PHOTO OF THE BUNCH IS OF AN AFGAN MAN GUARDING THE BURNING OF SOME OF THE HEROIN! The best thing we could do there is to fire bomb all their crops, we could give them seeds and teach them how to replace them with food crops which the world needs, Let's get out of there!

Posted by Bob Wood May 6, 09 12:13 PM

Thank God for our troops and all who are fighting with them to free a distressed country and God protect and bless them all.

Posted by Dale Hargrove May 7, 09 11:37 AM

Without the support of the French the the American Revolution would have not succeded. Without the Freedoms of the US the world would have not had an image of what could be. Opportunity cost keeps us from saying what the world would be like. We were isolated for a long time but as transportation improved we could not remain isolated. If we had turned the cheek when sruck by fascists; we would not be free now. We can not forsee the future but we have a chance to improve our security.

Posted by Sam May 11, 09 06:45 PM

Why doesn't our government buy the entire opium crop at the going price for these farmers. Then destroy it. That would be many times cheaper than trying to interdict the drugs coming into the U.S. and put a bunch of dealers out of business.

Posted by Richard Sullivan May 12, 09 03:08 PM

An extraordinarily beautiful, rugged country matched only by its enduring peoples and the brave men and women who volunteer to provide some security, a bit of hope, and relentless sacrifice towards a better outcome.

Posted by Steven M. Yedinak May 12, 09 05:34 PM

Thank a Soldier...always

Posted by Q May 13, 09 08:46 AM

265. I wish more women were respected and empowered in this world, because everyone of them would know that War means sacrificing a son. Love finds alternatives to death Posted by Joanne April 8, 09 08:59 PM

How about us that are not mothers, but combat veterans. Who lost our friends in Afghanistan? The paratroopers that we stood beside day in and day out for years through multiple deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. The men that knew things about us that our mothers will never know? I disagree with you Joanne, mothers are not the only people who love others. Also Joanna "Love finds alternatives to death" I love America and for 4 years 10 months I was willing to die for it, and if necessary am willing to do it all again.

Posted by Mike May 13, 09 11:10 PM

God Bless the World..I live near a military base and it is so hard to see this young people coming back from these places. They grow up so fast, they are never the same. War lives on in their minds forever and I pray they find some peace. My support goes out to all of them.

Posted by Eileen May 19, 09 09:03 PM

Nice one ellen
some people think America should leave people to their fate, well, maybe they should but, would u let the innocent face the horrors of life in the hands of rebels or terrorists when u know there is help somewhere. people are set to conquer what i don't know to the extent of convincing people to get strapped with bombs and then let it off where everyday people go about their business, so Akbar some people should be watched but to an extent though.

Posted by Buba May 20, 09 06:02 AM

Stop the war so the World can progress. it's that simple.

Posted by Joyce Ricks May 24, 09 02:39 PM

-It's very interesting to see these images for the last 6 years or so-
Always the confident looking american military GUARDING the crops that america desperately needs to keep its' black market running (heroin trade etc.) and to keep its own addictions sated. The pathetic taliban were able to shut down poppy production and it seems to me that THAT was the FIRST thing restored when the marines rolled in. Ever since then it has been mega-upscale poppy production (40x 2001 levels) with full protection of the U.S. military. War on threats to drug production would be one way to phrase it. Now the 'powers that be' claim this is their method of de-valuing poppies!! america has a short attention span.

Posted by Ivel Naberzenshi May 27, 09 03:56 PM

I am crying. Because of the photos, but more from the comments. I live a life based on faith in God and doing right. No matter the religion, I cannot understand how a person, any person, can interpret religious writings and beliefs and believe they are being given a license to take another's life. I understand war is sometimes necessary, but there has to be a better way to resolve conflicts. I support our troops and our leaders, but pray that someone, somewhere, can find a way to stop the violence, the destruction and the hatred.

Posted by 450fish May 28, 09 07:01 PM

What would this country be like if for one time everyone stood united in suppoeting our men and women at war.I will admit Im a mean person at times but it makes me tear up to see the wives the parents the children all in tears and i only wish i couldve been there to take their loved ones place so they could be at home with their families at times i feel selfish for enjoying television and eating what i want because these soldiers have lost all of that to make sure we can all sit here on our asses and complain and nitpick at every little wrong move. WAKE UP AMERICA we are soon gonna be dealing with north korea and god knows who else throwingnuclear bombs aat us be humble and for once be thankful for something that you can enjoy and not had to do a damn thing to get it its called freedom so when you all want to pick on the us remeber who comes running when you need help

Posted by catfish May 30, 09 03:41 PM

Posters 269. 271 -- If there is no deterrant, then terror takes over, it doesn't sit quietly and benignly. If US leaves Afghanistan while Taliban still have power and influence, it will mean only prolonged poverty and injustice for Afghanistan (do you remember the atrocities of Taliban rule in Afghanistan? How did that work out?)

Look what happened to Vietnam when US left before finishing the job -- it's still an impoverished mess, after decades of total Communist "victory" and rule. I was just there recently. If we had stayed, the outcome may have been similar to the stalemate of North and South Korea, but at least part of the country would be prospering with a high standard of living.

Posted by Mark Turner May 30, 09 09:49 PM

They have really destroyed the former part of india
They means americans, britishers and ofcourse OSAMA BIN LADEN...

Posted by danny June 13, 09 06:08 AM

Its very shame that the photographer shows the feelings of 1 or 2 soldiers killed and reaction of their relatives from U.S! Why the photographer dont wnt to show the Afghan civilians who lost their lives for nothing, its o.k. U.S. soldiers lost their lives during their job, but why they killed Afghan civilian who are innocent. Why the photographer dnt show the reaction/feelings of their relatives? Come on, Americans this is not ur job, please concentrate on ur inhouse problems which is left by ur supremo damn BUSH.

Posted by pooopooopon June 21, 09 04:31 AM

there is more important and historical pics and these are so intresting and very clear
i like more this pics and i have saved also in my computer

Posted by superkhan82 June 22, 09 02:25 AM

My Husband Is In the US Army,Im just 19 years old,sometimes its real hard on me but i support him wherever i can and he is doing a great job!And loves being a Soldier and Loves to Serve for his Country and Im more than proud to be his wife im proud to be an Army Wife!All my Prayers are with The Troops may they come home soon and Safe!
God Bless America!!

Posted by Sara Buchanan - SPC.Buchanan's Wife! June 24, 09 06:03 PM

I don't understand at all what the plan is. according to the pictures, U.S. soldiers are actually watching Teliban soldiers and they are watching us from each others bunkers? The people are growing poppy which the taliban uses to finance the war? Don't get it at all. As far as I can see it, our people are dying for nothing just like Nam. I would be very upset if my son died over there. Our government doesn't seem to care. If we don't know we can take care of the problem quickly, don't get involved at all. I don't have any confidence in our government at all. You cannot fight a war and have rules when the other side doesn't.

Posted by Bill Anderson June 27, 09 11:35 AM

These are the good photo's that every one should know that the war is not solving the problems we have to open the negotation door and give them to ivolved in the governament. Again i say for the leader of my country to Open the Negotaion Door.
Note: Their is many photo's that still hiden

Posted by Behrooz June 29, 09 11:44 AM

Nothing is left after war, except dead bodies, widoweds ,orphans ,and blood and revange and hate.Americans are just creating hate inside the Muslims nothing else. One day Americans will have to pay for that and they are paying of course.Never try to crush any body for your personal goals. No body is given liscence to kill the other one in this world. We can make this world Paradise, if we take care of others rights. "Survival of the fittest" this theory can be applied in jungle and in animals only, not in Human beings.Always think like human beings not like animals.

Posted by Rana Akbar Tabish July 8, 09 04:00 PM

My son is currently serving in Afganistan...he is 21 years old. Please pray for him. Thank you.....Josh's mom

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Posted by Bnxqcbat July 15, 09 06:00 AM

God speed to all of our coalition forces

Posted by Rick Alexander July 15, 09 10:37 AM

I Want to say that im glad that we live in a country that sends its children to defend and protect her that maybe one day are childrens children will also be free God Bless you all may you all come home soon . Also if we stop saying God bless well if God dont bless are children then i would hate to see who is. HOOAH!

Posted by Michelle July 15, 09 02:11 PM

if you dont support the troops, thats fine. afterall its your right to make that decision. But do me a favor, just stay the hell out of our way. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND HER TROOPS!!!

bring em' hell boys

Posted by WJP, USMC July 19, 09 07:43 PM

My husband has been deployed to afghanistan and And I am living in fear as what the outcome may be. I wish all the luck and all the prayers in the world for the troops serving over there. May God be with them.

Posted by Gerrie July 20, 09 03:06 PM

Its time to give these kids a rest and get the rest of the country involved. Bring back a mandatory Draft. Give everyone a stake in the country again instead of the few taking care of the many and receiving little to no respect and support for doing so.
I am a combat Vet of the Vietnam War and even when I disagree with policy I will always support and honor the troops.

Posted by Jim July 26, 09 10:36 PM

Prayers to all the US Army troops out there in Afghanistan. My darling has been deployed there and I am very much concerned and fearful of his well-being; however, I continue to pray for his safety, his good health, continued guidance and strenght to make it through until he returns to his family and loved ones.

Posted by Aneshia July 27, 09 04:19 PM

peace and love

Posted by ulgo July 30, 09 10:25 PM

Brilliant photos

Posted by gnear August 4, 09 08:55 PM

beautiful pictures....but we never see Afghans casualties, we tends to forget them , they are human too and many have been killed, much more than british soldiers.
The war will never end in this country, they have been fighting for decades now. Let them settle their matters by themselves.
The governments and media are bullshitting us, how come a single man could have ever planned an attacked against the towers from a remote and poor place ?
Furthermore, there are videos showing that those attacks on the 11th september were planned....
Governments are manipulating us, and I can say with certainty that no soldiers want to be in there.

Posted by truthseeker August 17, 09 06:09 PM

If you truly love and support our soldiers you would be out on the streets demonstrating for their return. We are fighting a war in a country alot of people had no idea existed or where it was on the map. Our soldiers are laying down their lives for the satisfaction of politicians and law makers in order to make more money, and to have control over the area. When are we going to stand up and stop singing the infuriating song of 'bless those soldiers' etc etc and get up of your arse and say 'bring our soldiers home, they dont want ot be there and neither do we.' what a waste of life and a drain on our resources especially in this eco. crisis.

Posted by Moad Taufik August 20, 09 09:06 AM

i feel really bad for whoever died there.....

Posted by ash August 26, 09 10:46 AM

Dear #296 - I pray for you even though you do not believe in God! You have your right to your opinions - but please don't tell me that there is no God! There is One - for me and countless others. God Bless our troops and may God Bless You.

Posted by Bobbie Toyne August 26, 09 11:56 PM

My Son Will be there to fight for all of you for the next 6 months i lend him to you, please return him to me. Please give him back to me along with all the 29 years of very proud memories. He is my life, i pray every day for him. I pray God will keep an angel close by to wrap their wings around him when he faces danger. I remember every second of joy i felt when he was born. I dread the thought of a knock at my door. Please God take care of our Babies.
For all the Mothers that wait in hope of one more smileI

Posted by Anonymous August 28, 09 07:29 PM

All wars are hell, but being a Vietnam Vet, I feel for all of our men and women in the Armed Forces today, with out them we would not have the freedoms we have here in the USA. Freedom of Speech! But I dont think nothing has changed since the Vietnam era. The leaders in Washington but then would dictate which targets we could shoot at or not, by the time the decsions makers made up their days or weeks, the targets had disapeared?? In our forward base camps, on permiter guard at night we had to call in to the command post to get permission to fire on the emenmy??.Seems like the powers to be should all be put into an area and fight to the end..

Posted by old solider September 2, 09 01:04 PM

Afghan never have been defeated , but this time is diffrent because the intention of the international communities are not hostel and have the support of majority of Afghan people good on you and keep up with your worthy job.

Posted by Basir Rashidi Herati September 4, 09 03:16 PM

As the sister of a soldier who was just sent to Afghanistan, I truly appriciate the photos, They gave me a realistic look at the war. If I'm completely honest, it scares me completely to death to see all the soldiers that have gone before him and have fought heroic fights, and have lived heroic lives, and sadly have died heroic deaths. I pray every single day that my brother does not become another statistic of tragedy. I pray that he comes home to us safe and healthy. I pray they all do

Posted by Anonymous September 5, 09 09:36 PM

i dont like the way the goverment is bieing a bit soft on all these terrorists and people like that but i do no this
if you people think you can sit here and talk about soldiers like that i think YOU should be fighting out there!
i also think the goverment should save taxpayers money by instead of putting criminals in jail, put them in iraq then we will be saving a bit of money and the criminals will proberly look at life differantly

im 14 and id like to say

Posted by Anonymous September 6, 09 02:21 PM

im currently waiting for my chance to go to afganistan as a contractor. any words of advice or wisdom.

Posted by danny September 10, 09 01:38 AM

please people save the WORLD..just peace stop war..

Posted by govinda tamang September 14, 09 01:47 AM

I am a mother of a soldeir and pray constantly for their safety and their victory! The waiting to hear is tortuous! But one little message or brief phone call gives a little bit of peace. I am so thankful that we have men and women who will bravely go fight for our freedom and others freedom AND in case we have forgotten they also ward off terrorism! Oh how forgetful we are! Thank you soldiers! Now for us in America. It is time for us to fight for our freedoms here also! We are ever so slowly losing them. Stand up have a voice and make it known we want to stay free here in the US.

Posted by Lora Titlow September 17, 09 08:20 AM

God bless the Canadian men and women who so bravely fight for the freedom of the True North Strong and Free. Your efforts will eventually pay off. But always remember, freedom and a better way of life comes at a great cost. We pray for and support your efforts back home.

God keep our land glorious and safe.

Posted by Todd Rolfson September 17, 09 04:23 PM

They should look at Afghan people in uk and they must give them indefenet stay. Because there is war in Afghanistan.

Posted by samar September 18, 09 02:03 PM

I don't know if every Marine feels like I do but I'm sure most of us from the wars of our grandfathers and through the years wish we could be the man fighting along side our young guns. You boys are doing great and don't come back until the jobs done.

Posted by Jeremy USMC 0341 September 18, 09 02:55 PM

Where were you when millions were massacred by communists? Where were you when millions more were massacred for race, security or economics in the Philippines, Indonesia, Chile, Central America, Spain, Southeast Asia, Korea, Argentina, Chile, the Congo, Uganda and the United States of America?

Politics is politics but dead applies to all those murdered. There isn't one political system much better than another when it comes to eliminating 'enemies'.

Posted by Quinn September 19, 09 06:20 PM

i am a British citizen who served with the British Army durinig the Falklands war, i now have a son serving with the army and a daughter serving with the Royal Air Force both posted in Afganistan. I do not know what the future holds for the country but i do belive that the men and women of the various countrys deployed there should be thanked for their sacrifices and not critised. The vast majority of the troops would rather be back home with their loved ones , if i have any doubts they are about the politicians that sent the troops out there in the first place.

Posted by Jim September 21, 09 06:11 AM

These photographs are trully Amazing!
We need as a country as a whole, brothers, sisters, all creeds and nation's to remember, just what happened on " OUR SOIL 911" Need I say more .
God's speed and Bless them all

Posted by Gary F d Smolinsky September 23, 09 06:39 PM

God Bless all of our young men and women who are serving over seas. We have not forgotten you. We thank you so much for keeping us safe. My prayers and every person i know are with you all. Peace and Love.From a mother of a Soldier.

Posted by Judith Thornberry September 25, 09 02:37 PM

Nobody have been able to conquer Afganistan since times of Alexanders the Great

Posted by Gonzilla September 25, 09 03:47 PM

Please pray for our success in Afganistan. Pray for our brave troops. Stop complaining about your own lives & think about those who have it 1000 times worse at best.

Posted by Tom McDonald September 30, 09 02:18 PM

I feel so sorry for those peole i whis they had what we have

Posted by sarh gobbs October 2, 09 10:14 AM

my name is logan clark i am 19 and I am glad to help any one so we can win this war and bring our men home and i only wish that they would send me because i am very brave and srong but my legs keep me out fo the war and i would give gladly give my life in retrun for any of the men that are over their now and i want to a tirde marine of tride solider a chance to come ps Marines and soliders kick some taliban ass My dad is a former marine

Posted by logan clark October 2, 09 08:13 PM

Logan trust me we would have loved to have you by our side... Do us (US soliders, airman, marine and sailors) a huge favor and continue to pray!!! Like your dad my dad was a marine (or still is lol) and i am in the Air Force and I see more then I wish i ever had at 22 years old. Just support us and continue to pray God has his plans and we will never know what it is till we get to heaven some day. Till then we have to trust in him!!!! thank you for being brave and Strong

Posted by Vic October 5, 09 01:50 PM

I've served...and continue to. Been there...done home safe. Those there in our/my place till we return, God's Speed and keep your eyes peeled! Trust no one but your battle buddy! Meanwhile...."Carpe diem"!!

Posted by Tomas Quintanilla October 6, 09 06:11 AM

Thankyou for these photos...and THANKYOU to all those who serve in the military. who understand the cause. I appreciate you and pray for you every day.

Posted by Jennifer October 6, 09 03:35 PM

Heroes everyone of them! Yet the leaders who take us into battle bear responsibility for its ultimate success or failure. God knows if we are using the best strategy/resources in Afghanistan. For the sake of our soldiers and the future of our freedom, let's hope so.

Posted by Elaine October 7, 09 08:03 PM

Give peace a CHANCE
& c the difference.

Posted by riaz October 8, 09 05:22 AM

Give peace a CHANCE
& c the difference.

Posted by riaz October 8, 09 05:26 AM

The people who flew the jets into the trade centers were Egyptians and Saudi Arabians not one was Afghan. When the Russians left Afghanistan they left a power vacuum which the Taliban unfortunately took control of. The U.S. backed Iraq in its war with Iran for eight years and Saddam fell out of favor. Its tragic how fires left untended are harder to put out later.

Posted by Mr.Raygor October 9, 09 11:44 PM

i still don't understand what were doing over there, haven't we killed everybody? i mean, we've been at war with these people since 2001, its been a long time now, what is the president doing not bringing our soldiers home and yes i agree that they are fighting for our freedom, but isn't America a free country regardless? Isn't America the land of the free and the home of the brave? Weather or not our American troops are over there, were still going to be a free country no matter what. Were still going to have our freedom and our rights, as American citizens we have that right, and no matter how many people our troops killed, no matter how many bombs and riots have affected these countries, the United States of America will be the freedom nation, so with that said, we need to bring our troops back, my beloved friend is in the Marines in Afghanistan, and for what, to keep watch of some people who kill themselves just to start a riot? No, that's not our problem, let their government decide what to do about that, we have things to worry about to, like the economy,,,,,Sorry if this pissed people off, but after all, freedom of speech is my right as an American citizen.

Posted by a very concerned mom and friend October 10, 09 03:02 PM

There is a old saying that "Suppose If you lost your money consider that you have lost nothing. If you lost your health consider that you lost something. but If you lost your manners & character consider you lost everything. Good Manners and Good character Counts more than Everything in Islam without Good Character and manners we are worst than animals. Go and see American and Western Culture they are just slaves of their desires and they want to spread this disease to Muslim world by waging illegal wars against Muslim Nations. Taliban and Alqaeda are Americans puppet's used for damaging and defaming Truthfulness of Islam. Islam is the true way of life.

Posted by Yousuf Ali Sajid October 11, 09 07:34 AM

None of the 9/11 attackers were from Afghanistan they were all from Arab countries but do not know why the Afghans are suffering for the last 10 years in the hands of American , UK and Nato force. All this stage is set and being run by the arms manufacturers and their cronies to sell their weapons. They don't care innocent people being killed.

Have a look at picture number 12 the terror in the eyes of a girl of around 8 or 9 years of age its simply unimaginable.

Why don't they get out of Afghanistan and let the Afghanis live in peace and so do they.

Posted by Shahid Ghazaal October 16, 09 04:40 AM


Just a thought from a father with a son serving in the United States Marine Core in Afghanistan as you post your self rightious well thought out comments!. You have no clue the sacrafices thease men and women are enduring to bring freedom and a life without the TERROR of being oppressed by the insurgents. Keep in mind if you voiced thease kind of comments about your own countries you would most likley be beheaded.
If not for the efforts of the USA and our partners, YOU would not be able to sit in OUR country and have your little bitch session on how bad the UNITED STATES is. Remember this country was founded on Christian principles not yours! this will never chaange no matter how conveluded our society becomes, You are the guest!

Posted by Dan October 16, 09 01:38 PM

The men and women who protect our freedom deserve our respect and full support. I challenge our political leadership to have the stones to do what is right..terrorists kill at will and will be relentless in pursuit of America and our allies.

Posted by Bob October 17, 09 10:46 AM

Thankyou to every man and women who has served or will serve our country. It is well known that it was not YOUR choice to fight this battle- i hope some of these dumb asses will open their eyes and see that! I for one support you, and pray for you every day. God bless our troops and may every one of them,including my 19 year old brother, come home safely.

Posted by KALI October 17, 09 12:53 PM

Ali Sajid and Shahid Ghazaal, ur absolutly ignorant. It amazes me how misinformed or maybe just plain stupid you are! I am a military member and my little brother just went to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps. I don't give a crap what religion anyone is, that's what freedom is about. Everyone is welcome in the U.S., except those who practice terror as a religion. We are only trying to extend those freedoms to those who donnot have them!!!! To you and the other Afghaniboy who said down with U.S., here's an idea.... GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY!!!!!! Everyone has a problem with someone or something, but if it's so bad here, simply go back to the middle east. See what happens. Of course you wont, because people like you just like to run your ignorant mouths but are too much of a bitch to act on your words. It's people like you who bring this great country down. God bless our troops and the troops of the rest of the NATO countries. Even if they don't agree with the cause, they're there, doing they're job. Protecting even your ignorant asses from the inevitible terror the Taliban would bring even you. How about this..... Come to Texas and just start running your mouth off anywhere you want and just watch the results. Or should I say feel them..... Have a nice day. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Cam October 19, 09 11:54 AM

How about take a look at picture number 11. Thats whats up. You point a weapon at any US troop, be prepared to have your ass handed to you on about a hundred different platters. Period. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!

Posted by Anonymous October 19, 09 12:45 PM

Get out of Afghanistan and let them live in peace????? Wow.... First of all there wasn't peace there to begin with. The Taliban is a terrorist organization bent on destroying the United States and its people. They are in control of Afghanistan, hence our war. Second the majority of the country makes a living growing and distributing illegal and highly dangerous narcotics. That's enough of a reason right there. Plus, I'd didn't hear much bitching when the UNITED STATES aided Afghanistan in getting out of the Soviet Union/Russia not too long ago. So how about reading a book before posting ignorant and just plain stupid comments. God bless our troops. Bring them all back safely.

Posted by Camden October 20, 09 12:26 PM

All the soldiers that came out to Blackbear Saloon in Hartford CT last night. It was an honor to serve your drinks. Good luck in Afghanastan and please come home safe. Kevin Santolini... good times this past year. See you when you get home.

Posted by Jason Poirier October 28, 09 02:21 PM

I wish Bush would have stayed out of their business. How is it that "osama" attacked the US, but we are all over the middle east militarily!! god bless alll those eho have lost loved ones and pray for those who are there and on their way there and home. My husband is being sent there and i cant wait for him to return home. this war is really hurting peoples families!! May god be with you babe and your brothers

Posted by Nina October 29, 09 05:27 PM

I Just want to thank all the men amd women in the service at this present time who are fighting in this war so us civillians are safe. Its a very very brave thing for them to do and i just cant thank them enough.

Posted by Rose November 6, 09 11:30 AM

First, the photos are spectacular. Second, it is great how all at home are supporting the troops. As a Viet Nam vet let us just say it didn't go so well. Third, we were attacked by Al-Quida who were being supported by the Taliban. As a fundamental principle in response to the 9/11 attack we went after Al-Quida and we declared those who harbored these criminals as being responsible too.

After the Russians left, the Afghan leaders all decided that they should be the one to lead the country and to hell with the ballet box. We will shoot the opposition and anyone else who does not agree with us. Remember, the Taliban declared no education for females, no music, no television, no books (only holy reading) and so on. To drive the point home they had mass executions of both men and women in the Kabul football stadium for religious crimes. We are attempting to help establish some sanity to peoples live in this country, not turn it into a western clone.

A thought on religion to Muslims, why do you think you are the only path to God? If you believe in a god of love and of peace than how can you take up arms agenst those who worship in another way? Is it not God's job to decide who is right and wrong, not an imperfect human?

To you Guys and Gals over there, stay safe and we will pray for your safe return to us.

Posted by Army Retired November 10, 09 07:18 PM

it's sad to see our soldiers out there fighting, but i know that it is a good thing because them out there means peace for us canadians

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Posted by KIMBERLY GONZALEZ November 15, 09 03:46 PM

it is very sad that its so bad afghanistan ;when i think about it the people in afghanistan really need help from other countries as well as the U.S.

Posted by keyonna November 17, 09 09:53 AM

hallo, wonderful photo's,make more about war photo's,friend from belguim

Posted by marc martens November 19, 09 08:34 AM

May God open our eyes to see the peace He intends the entire human race to enjoy. I salute both the "fallen" and "serving" heroes!!!

Posted by Mulenga S Chalata November 20, 09 05:44 AM

I am not proud of foreign troops in my country, I am not thankful for killing and torturing innocent Afghans.
Your government supported the taliban and with help of Pakistan they invaded our country, now I should be thankful for solving the problem that US brought to us???

I believe and many know that the US/CIA suicide bombing and use stupid fundamentalists especially from Arab countries and Paktisan to stay in Afghanistan, because if the war would be over, there would be no money to make no contracts to hand out!

All is so sad. I hope there is a god who will one fine day judge all of us.

Posted by Afghan November 20, 09 01:22 PM

I am in love with picture 12. These photos are amazing and really show what is going on. They capture the intensity of the situation over there.

Posted by qwerty November 21, 09 11:52 AM

Make LOVE not WAR. This is not pleasing seeing people dying. Thanks for showing us what is on Ground.

Posted by Rodgers Ngandi November 22, 09 12:31 PM

I personally detest any kind of war or violence.I experienced it during the Kenya post election violence.The pictures you have submitted almost resemble those of the Kenyan case.Let us all REJECT WAR/VIOLENCE.

Posted by stephen musyoka November 22, 09 12:36 PM

Nice photos

Posted by Anonymous November 23, 09 08:56 PM

Powerful photos. I am putting together a school project to show the cost of war, and i would love to use some of these. Could you send me the proper citing info.
God bless our troops.
-thanks Drake

Posted by Drake Farmer November 26, 09 12:18 PM

its amazing to see this and see more than what i thought. really just not even caring to much to see what happens over there whan it comes to the afgahns. but now that im preparing to deploy over there and im trying to inform my daughter on the activities over there, im seeing so much more and being informed even more myself. its not shocking but its still jus amazes me that all this bullsh*t is not as bad as before but still really bad. me being in the ARMY and getting ready to finally deploy for the first time is nerve racking, but im trying to get most of my info from my little brother who has been deploy 3 times in the marine corps. he will tell me the truth about everything since all my platoon wants to do is complain about Iraq not say whats really going on. but i just got to say to all the families of the fallen soldiers, my your soldier rest in peace and hopefully your days will get better know that that soldier past away protecting you and your family for something he loves. now its my turn to do the same and try to help protect our country for my family and friends and everyone that is an AMERICAN. god bless you guys and wish me luck.

Posted by Anonymous November 27, 09 07:31 AM

These photos are awesome. I'm here in Iraq now. I'm a nurse and its been quite as far as battle casualties. Hopefully it will be that way in afganistan soon.

Posted by anonymous November 27, 09 09:38 PM

I need to claim ignorance ...why do we allow the production and shipment of a drug that funds the Taliban???

Posted by Ken November 29, 09 11:56 PM

May God bless the NATO and American and all the afghanistan army men for the work they are doing. The Taliban is an enemy group though God loves them But hates what they are doing. Let be Peace makers now instead of keeping peace. Our Cry is to see the restoration of this wonderful country and chidren, women and men live in freedom , and enjoy justice in the land.

Posted by isaiah mwirigi December 2, 09 08:17 AM

This is all about stealing money from the taxpayers. If anyone can't see that they are just simplistic like cattle waiting to be lead to slaughter. Billions and billions of dollars are QUIETLY spent on contracts to politically well-connected private companies as long as there is a so-called war going on. Billions become unaccounted for or mismanaged and disappear into thin air. This could not be done without stirring up war. War enacts the perfect cover for thievery! IT WOULD COMPROMISE THE WAR EFFORT IF IT BECOMES PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT! Rich get richer and the dumber get RIPPED OFF.

Posted by imhotep December 2, 09 03:11 PM

I couldnt read all comments but just I would like to say, instead to include all Afghans photos in this gallary i saw many pictures of foreigns, I dont know what they want from my country but there are some reason they dont let us to breath in our own country ,

Today's war in Afghanistan is because of these foreigners.

I hope I could see a peacful without being of foreigners in my country.

I am University student and I love my country too much

Posted by Anonymous December 6, 09 12:52 AM

The support and Prayers that are needed for our troops, is given from me. as a mother wife daugter and human I agree with logic and proof. That country has been divided for centuries, There is very little flat land and I feel that our troops will be sitting ducks! I think it is a no win no loose situation for Obama, and i pray that he realizes that this is in a way, a trap. If we loose our friends and dearest family members to war for a country that has not been conqured, ever, wont that be in vain. I mean considering that a 34 year old mother wife and daugter can see that we can not win. My prayers are with every soldier and every human being of afghanastan that is praying for positive change.

Posted by Neai Amison December 7, 09 07:16 AM

in Afganistan so many live has been lost but the real thing is why so many important lives are being destroyed first Russians and than Americans and others did any body see those pics of the relatives of the died solders and the picture of the scared baby girl pain is everywhere please we should put all things on the tabel and lets not waste preisiouse lives.

Posted by Rizwan Farooq December 12, 09 05:42 AM

As an American, I am proud of men and women working to defend United States in those harsh and hazardous conditions in Afghanistan. As an Afghan American, I would like to thank all european nations for sending their loved ones to protect the very poor and disadvantanged people of Afghanistan from those terrorists who have no respect to humanity, and peace, and from those threatened to kill and destroy the entire civilized world. I hope that one day, Afghans will be able to stand to defind their land, dignity, and culture from foriegn imported supremist, radicalist, and fascist ideas of religious intolerance and injustices.

Posted by Ben Markhil December 16, 09 06:40 PM

1. poverty in afghan, poverty in world.

trade.... allow the people to trade. buy houses, buy stocks. invest in their family, cities and nation.

Free people allow free trade will live as free men and free women.

Put an end to poverty. All peoples of the world to trade.

2. Ignornace. know-nothing. No education. No knowledg. From 14th. century to 21st. century.

Donate or give afghans computers, cell phones. internet. Allow knowledge of the world.

No poverty in afghan. No poverty in world

No ignorance. Knowledge for all.

Posted by Bill Clinton December 22, 09 11:32 PM

why afghans why afganistan why is part of your policy killing your troops and afghan innocent people you are affraid of one or two percent alqaeda then what will you do with people of afganistan when they are outraged bless them and go to ur home dnt do any more bloodshed live and let them live

Posted by yawar khan December 23, 09 07:12 AM

So much hate all over the world,WHY? I believe it is jealousy and greed. It is time for the world to stand united and stop this craziness. We must not let countries like North Korea and Iran have nuclear weapons. Terrorist countries should be isolated, as well as any country trading with them. Destroy their military bases, weapons stock piles, weapon factories and take out their key leaders. Do not destroy their people, country and infrastructure. I believe the people of these countries are like the majority of the American people, stuck with leaders that need to be changed out until they represent the people not their greed for money and power. The pictures are great they show what war and countries destroyed really are. My son is serving in Afghanistan, I would give just about anything to have him home safe with me. But we must finish what we have started, all countries should stand together before their is no world left to live in. I realize we can not destroy countries and kill people that disagree with our beliefs however we must hold them accountable. In today's time countries freedoms are limited to what is best for the all countries and all people of the world.

Posted by Ed Peveto December 27, 09 11:03 AM

To all those who are serving in Afghanistan.. thank you for being there. There isn't much left to say except that as a Canadian I am great full and proud of all troupes. I personally can't wait to be there it would be an honour and a privilege to protect those who can't protect themselves.
This may sound well... I think Pte Kezar is well... hot. LOL

Posted by Pte R Erzsebet Zs.(lis) December 28, 09 04:14 PM

This war was forced on us.....WE HAVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL!

1 --- Kabul government too corrupt --- The people do not trust the central government.

2 --- We have to ally with the Pashtuns and make local government strong

3 --- We need to put our concentration on building a vaible economy centered around agriculture and self determination

4 --- Afghans want independence but also cooperation (they want Americans there but to help not to occupy)

America is the Greatest Country in the world --- it has given hope to many and I hope that it gives hope to those in Afghanistan.

Posted by Murwan Shinwari December 29, 09 11:55 PM

please get them out now. our soldiers are dying because they hav problems with other countries. i would evacuate. there is only 1 reason we should be there at all. they attacked the homeland.

Posted by Joe December 31, 09 11:57 PM

My husband just got deployed in December to there and i worry about him so much. I cant begin to imagine what he must be seeing there but he tells me that he is doing good. I miss and love you hun

Posted by Brittany Bosserman January 5, 10 08:53 PM

this is fricking awesome

Posted by Anonymous January 11, 10 09:27 PM

357Why doesn't our government buy the entire opium crop at the going price for these farmers. Then destroy it. That would be many times cheaper than trying to interdict the drugs coming into the U.S. and put a bunch of dealers out of business.

Posted by Richard Sullivan May 12, 09 03:08 PM

A simple, yet brilliant idea!

Posted by Rich D'Auria January 18, 10 03:44 PM



Posted by Gary L January 23, 10 03:36 PM

thats so sad

Posted by Anonymous February 2, 10 07:28 PM

the entire point of this war is to find Osama. But we're not finding him so why don;t we just stop the war and let the boys come home

Posted by Anonymous February 11, 10 04:48 PM

That was awesome!!

Posted by matt February 17, 10 12:40 PM

Amen to # 419

The Afghan people have not lived in peace since the USSR invaded it years ago. The muslims that are living in the US and critisicing us can leave and
go back to where they came from. The US was attacked by people that were trained and facilitated by muslims in Afghanistan. We, the British, the
Canadians, and the Australians should be applauded by you for our mercy.
We could have ended this many years ago! It is our restraint and reverence
for life that spares you. If it were up to me, you would cease to exist! Be
thankful. As for all of you that beg and pray for peace, just remember this, there has been only slightly over 100 years of recorded peace in all of human history. Appeasement does not work. The United States was
born of war and was baptized in the blood of patriots. Lead, follow, or get
the hell out of the way! Semper Fi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Stan C. February 19, 10 01:09 AM

i love my country long live to all afghans

Posted by Anonymous February 21, 10 08:17 PM

I have lived and been affected by the military my whole life. I have seen and felt the results of many wars. I can tell you this, none of them made sence, but this one least of all. Mr President please get your head out of your ass and those boots (all of them) off the ground. Your plan will take years and cost far to many of those precious lives. I totally support and respect our troops. Soldiers die in the line of duty and not one single one of them should ever be forgotten. They along with their families pay the ultimate price. I fear that this war will last longer than our investment can.

Posted by Anonymous February 22, 10 01:13 PM

world just see !!!!!!! this is example what two super power countries america and russia has done to the god gifted beautiful land of afganistan .atleast now learn some lessons and strive for equality and peace .since we are all sinners but way to repent it is to just don't repeat it .

Posted by massa February 28, 10 02:23 AM

my dad got back from afganistan about a year and a half ago from a year tour. I think he was in the 120th mountain division in the reserves. he retired as a sargent major. his name is Gary R. Anderson from wisconson.

Posted by John Anderson March 5, 10 01:41 PM

Hi iam afghan women living at uk ,I love all pics but some of them embarasing, and sometime i am diappointed when i heard solider killed, do they need to go in war and put themsekf in truble
? no save yu own country

Posted by Rahilah S Hassn March 5, 10 02:34 PM

no one wants to end this war

Posted by pramodh March 6, 10 09:28 AM

Afghan & Iraq disasters should come to an end, Innocent civilians are the victims and there is no single sign of reaching the goal of invasion of these two countries.

Posted by Happyson March 10, 10 02:58 AM

in first thanks of all of u to work hard for the pic it was good but u should add traditional and historical interisting pin thanks

Posted by shakorullah March 11, 10 09:09 AM

my prayer goes out to all the women & men that are fighting in the war, i hope they come back safe and sound, god bless,

Posted by R mckinnon March 17, 10 06:49 PM

What the U.S. doing in countries like Afganistan& Iraq 10000 KM away? Liberating or destroying human civilisation in the name of exporting Democracy and Freedom.
Let us not forget the fate of Soviets who wanted to export Communism to Afganistan.
May the Almighty bring sanity to all so-called super power.

Posted by shah March 21, 10 09:28 AM

hi to all
i'm one of Afghan girl and i think Afghanistan is not going to get any better so what is the point of soldier going from over sea and then killed by Taliban who don't care about thier family or friends. Because of English Solider who are in Afghanistan there are a lot of Afghan civilian are killed by Taliban. They just want to kill the places where are too many soliders are.

Posted by Magol March 23, 10 04:55 PM

picture 35 would be a beautiful place if there was no war.

Posted by david March 23, 10 09:27 PM

my son is serving in afganistan he is 20 eears old he is a navy he stay there tifor 5 months good bless him and evry one there one love from one mom

Posted by sonia cirino March 25, 10 10:27 PM


Posted by SUNNY KHAN April 1, 10 08:56 AM

I am not American, but I believe and have faith in what these men are doing. I also love a US Marine who is deployed in Afghanistan. My support is that I am praying every moment, that God keep them all safe and return them to their families and my man to me that we may be together.

Posted by For my King April 11, 10 12:16 PM

bring them all home to their families .does our goverment realy think we can change things over there they have been living the same way for hundreds of years. get our troops home and protect us on our home fronts .not in other countries .i want my son home i want him to come home safe .get them out of there .who is going to help our soldiers when they come home with all of the scarces and nightmares and trama from this never ending war. were will are goverment be then,when there own men and women who have fought for our freedom are in trouble with grief
will they be there to help them???????

Posted by a proud mother of a soldier April 15, 10 04:58 PM


Posted by Anonymous April 16, 10 05:09 PM

i only hope and pray the chlidren i witnessed inside the world trade center werent form here ones they died inside the tower in new york city new york called ugly children what a violent robber called them it appeared to that missing threir cash too from their wallets

Posted by kimberly r May 1, 10 07:42 PM

Why didnt anyone contact the troops after finding more evidence about the world trade center it had been staged by the mentally ill individuals for 65 billion dollars where is this in afganastan masshysteria and is causes are known by adults who suffered poverty as children and are ridiculous involve children too how to stop it where is the 65 billion dollars worse than mass hysteria a child in the world trade center someone had dressed him for a funeral what funeral middle eastern small kid and he died in the explosion but he did i wasthere i sar it.

Posted by kimberly May 1, 10 08:05 PM

My husband just got sent over for 9 months. Yes i said 9 months. We been married 25 years and its his first trip over there. I never really took interest or knew where does Afghanistan exist on the map. Six months before his deployment I started to research formation. I began with the location and went though it all. From how they live to children to women and there economy etc. .Then i read up all about the Taliban. How long this has been going on. The deaths of our soldiers and the lost of many. One of the main questions that kept running though my head was. Why do we continue to send our troops out there? When this has been going on for decades even Alexander the great could not end this. One of the hardest question to answer especially for those who have family and loved one being deployed. It took me a lot of research to kinda put my perspective of it in place. I would say if we did not send troops it would not stay contained there. Reviewing Sept 11 was just a small sign of power. Such a big price lost and a day of sadness and for many a lifetime of heart ache of love ones lost. I t will never end but sending our troops will keep it contained there. That's my opinion . Such a rich country 90 percent of that country is so rich with opium, etc. One article said just one field was estimated at 2 million dollars. There people are starving and homeless . Just seems so selfish for the higher power to have all that yet the people have nothing. I do know that the troops that are deployed there are fighting for what is right. They are brave and god bless them and keep them safe. To return home to there loved ones. To those who have loved ones over there and wives or husband GOD Bless you also for having the strength while they are deployed there. Its not easy being here when your husband or wife is there not knowing if they will return home safely.

Posted by A MILITARY WIFE May 2, 10 07:41 AM

best of to all of you soliders out there in afganistan. we wish you luck to eradicate those evil basterds.

Posted by ajay May 4, 10 10:10 AM

i have no words ... i salutet all army soldier...

i wish i ll born in u.s and i join army

Posted by manjeet May 6, 10 07:13 AM

My son is there. He was born with the desire to serve his country. I am proud of him and all of his buddies. He has made many personal sacrifices to train himself for this job. Every moment of every day he is in my thoughts.

Posted by mom May 14, 10 11:25 AM

proud of you peoples for helping other asian countries to eradicate this evil of al-quada. well, it is just like an old saying that, ''when you want to get some thing then you have to pay some thing''. i think india has to take some effective actions in eradicating this terrorist menace from this there is another thing that pakistan is plyaing the game of black sheep,whether its for al quida or lashqure tiaba.pakistan is playing double deplomacy with india and one hand pakistan cry for deplomatic dialog with india and in other hand they give shellter those millitant camps.
so my friends, pakistan is the main country and favourable hide out site for different millitant organisation.its is better for international community to put the pressure on pakistan so that pakistan in future will stop these non state actors.
because it is essential for pakistan and to the world to understand the basic agenda of these bloody millitants. i hate there criminals from the depth of my heart..................

Posted by ajay kumar May 25, 10 04:04 AM

my name is Jan M A i am from Eastern Afghanistan. british & american will not success in war in the Holly Soul of Afghanistan.Afghans are more brave then the western trops who are involved in the war. We are not very happy western trops killed so many children women destroyed villlages mum is away from son dougther is away from her home . the biggest terrorism start from America from George Warior Bush's Office in DC......

Posted by J.M.A June 4, 10 05:12 PM

i am a x marine that made a choice not to stay in and i lost every thing my sence of pride my respect and if there was any way for me to get over there and fight along side the marines that are already there i would gladley lay down my life for the freedom of others to make a safer place for our childern and others so if anyone can help me get back in let me no god bless our men and women over seas

Posted by Dannie Garwood June 22, 10 04:13 PM

I am the veteran of the Soviet-Afghan war in 1984-1985 y, Vasyl Novakovets.We lost our best friends...Please. win fanatics-muslims because they will not stop their struggle against all the progressive world or it will be the end.By the way,they did not like no cristians, no muslims from the former Sowiet Union.
Soviet Veterans for Allies from the west and other countries.Save yourselves and your friends...

Posted by Vasyl Novak July 24, 10 10:06 AM

I served 3 years in the Israeli military and I do feel for men and women serving now in Afghanistan. But please explain to me what do Americans do that country, because I am not buying this fighting Al-Qaida, Talliban or carrying for Afghan women and children.

Posted by sal July 30, 10 12:30 PM

i was in Afghanistan in 2008 to meet my husband who was working with some Indian based husband worked there for 4 was beautiful place.its heaven i must say,but i dont know wen this war will be over....y these taliban people are so heartless...Kabul is beautiful but you cant go out all alone coz its so dangerous and unsafe.

Posted by Anonymous August 1, 10 02:32 PM

As an Afghan i would say that its easy to bring peace into Afghanistan and keep soldiers from dying.
Attack on Iran and Pakistan this is a key for success.
And stop supporting the warlords, Criminals........ US and its Allies will never ever bring peace for their own interest in a region.
Why they are supporting the warlords? Why they are supporting killers of thousands of innocent Afghans like Marshal Fahim, Karim KHalili, Mohaqiq, Qanoni, Atah, Rabani, and others?????

Lets think about the truth and facts..

Posted by Killer of the day August 8, 10 03:23 AM

My grandson, Michael, is now serving in Afghanistan and I could not be any prouder of him. He feels that it is his duty to serve our country, and although I don't like him being in harm's way, I support him and his efforts. He is a wonderful person and if our country should lose him, it would be one of the greatest losses of the theater. God bless him and all his fellow soldiers. May he, and all others, come home safely.

Posted by Beverly Parrish August 9, 10 04:10 PM

As an afghan, I would like to say that THERE GOAL IS ONLY KILLING OF PASHTOON BY NAME OF AL QAIDA. but Pashtoon peple are very brave and the do not let any one as a manager and it is wrote in afghan history no one can beat afghan. so the American can not cantrol our country because all pashtoon people became disherten from them and they will starts fighting agaisnt them. staying of them in Afghanistan will be the big mistake for them and it will enterest our history book.

Posted by Rahil Tanha August 10, 10 01:25 AM



Posted by ABDUL RAZIQ August 14, 10 12:21 PM

these pics are freaking awesome

Posted by mario August 17, 10 03:45 PM

There's no point in this war, people - it's just another disaster crumbling day by day! Oh sure, we're all grateful for the troops and all but have we forgotten about the lives of the local Afghans? It's not like they have a choice or a say in all of this, do they? We don't see any real kind of sympathy going towards the deaths of the civilians! Also, I feel like the entire military ought to have a greeeeaattttttt big lesson on the history of Afghanistan. And I don't just mean a military history but an ethnic history! These people have been conquered SO MANY TIMES - since the time of Alexander the Great to the Soviets, they don't just classify themselves as "Afghans" (if at all!) - there are SO many ethnic groups there which we need to respect and that's what they base themselves off of! Don't think I'm completely bashing this entire situation, I do grieve for the loss of troops but i grieve MORE for the loss of civilian lives all due to complete IGNORANCE!

Posted by Pree August 22, 10 05:36 AM

I love America and what it stands for. I know that blood must spill for freedom to ring its bell. I am just not sure that so many of our brave young soliders die for the right reasons. In theses wars today remind me too much of the war of my day " The Vietnam " We were over there but we didn't know why, trying to fight a hand cuffed war by rules that should never apply to strategies to win a war. If you want to win, commit. And if you commit go all out. Use every resource that we have. It will be bloody and alot of innocent people will die. But it will be over fast and these militant groups will finally stop bullying the greatest country in the world. Don't play with the lives of our Best. This is worst way to win a war of this type. Our soliders have been convinced they are fighting for freedom but it's really all about oil and resourches. Aren't we tired yet of losing to countries that are not much bigger than the size of Texas.

Posted by Mike Deak August 31, 10 02:32 AM

Other than the fact that 80% of the postings on this site are written by a host of grammatically disadvantaged individuals. The real shame in all of this banter, is that the value of human dignity has become irrelevant. These pictures are fantastic, they bring life to the mundane ramblings of a 10 o'clock news anchor. I can't help but feel sad for everyone involved. ...this war is horrible! The problem in countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and most African countries is the fact that there is NO MIDDLE CLASS! There are very few wealthy individuals who are willing to buy the services of the poor and disadvantaged to fullfill their desires of greed and power! Moreover, those who are less fortunate sell their dignity, there self respect, and their values too easily! There is always dirty money to be made! The poor don't have the huevos to say NO THANK YOU!! and the rich don't have the guts to create an economy that helps everybody!! Drug sales are a fast buck that take lives just as much as war does! There is too much intolerance, and too little reverence for GOD and the human condition. There are mothers on each side of this situation that want the same thing. ...their child to be safe, healthy, honorable, and brave. We need to show our own children greater bravery by working to help one another in education, economics, health , and philosophy. We all love our countries, we all think we know what is happening, and we all are more similar than we are different. They guy pointing the gun is pretty much the same as the one in the crosshairs, with exception of the crap that their putting in his head. I feel bad for these guys. God Bless All of Them!!

Posted by Sorrowful September 1, 10 04:05 AM

i want to join the marins

Posted by canan kam September 1, 10 01:23 PM

I am 68 years now. I still remember how young indonesian people,
boys and girls only with spirits for independence, equiped with sharp bamboos and small arm fight against dutch colonial soldiers equiped with modern tanks, howitzers and back up with bombers and fighters. to many Indonesian young peoples died for Indonesian independence.
In Afghanistan the al qaeda has been ousted. now afghan people seen NATO and US soldiers as occupier and sould be fight. to win afghan heart and mine only one way open, stop the war. foreighn soldier get out from afghan. replace with international peace keeping.
stop all kind of rethoric, let afghan solve its own problem, as American dont like foreigner come to solve your probleem. Dont sacrifies young people anymore just to win your next term for president. I believe American not stupid to fooled by politician only to win your vote. you look after terrorist in afghanistan and pakistan, but forget may be they already in your front door, but you missed it because many politician ask more dollars to fight them in afghanistan. stop war and let young people back to their family and life. Its stupid to train afghan, sure that will point American’s arms to ameircans

Posted by syukri September 24, 10 01:24 PM

its realy good fotto clip... this is very danger waar and very saad tragedy....

Posted by ashraf umbu October 1, 10 05:56 PM

I am an Afghan, I am 25 years old. My point of view being an Afghan National is that Afghanistan alone can not win this war. If today the American forces and the International forces leaves Afghanistan , our very beloved neighboring countries ( which i will not mention the names) will again start feeding Taliban and Al-Qaeda and again the miserable people of Afghanistan will suffer another unbearable war. Our Government is being pressurized by its on supporters and its few neighboring friends that the International forces should leave Afghanistan, and let the Afghans to decide their destiny!!! it must be very easy for them saying it because it will be in their interest. But only we Afghans will suffer the consequences. On what bases are we gonna decide our destiny?? We do not have an Army, We do not have the Technology, Economy, we are just started building it up it is not that easy for a country who has suffered more or less then 30 years of civil war, to stand on its foot and to claim its Powers.
Our very beloved neighbors would never want a peaceful Afghanistan, history tells us that (specific neighboring countries) played the major rule in the destruction of Afghanistan.
Key to the solution is only if our beloved neighbors stop their personal operations and individual interests inside Afghanistan.
The problem is also with the Afghan people because we do not recognize our enemy and we are not united. Unity, Education, Faith, Discipline and Diplomacy can win this war for us. (
I have used a fake name and email.
Dedicated to all those Afghans, US, and International forces Soldiers who have lost their lives for claiming peace to this land.
Thank you

Posted by Afghanistan October 5, 10 04:51 AM

americans are cowards if you wnt to build acountry go in with your building material then will never win go home

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Posted by saleem October 14, 10 10:10 AM

"357Why doesn't our government buy the entire opium crop at the going price for these farmers. Then destroy it. That would be many times cheaper than trying to interdict the drugs coming into the U.S. and put a bunch of dealers out of business.

Posted by Richard Sullivan May 12, 09 03:08 PM

A simple, yet brilliant idea!"

That is the stupidest idea all that does is pays them for the drugs and then they will start over again and grow more and im sorry but i DON'T tax dollars going towards the drug trade, god that was just an ignorant statment.

Posted by an annoyed person November 12, 10 02:47 PM

Thancks from povider of this web :
for the first time i saw this really its reflector the fact of comunity:

Posted by muenudin khan November 23, 10 03:23 AM

i think that this was a totaly wrong thing that happened to all those families

Posted by Darryn riley November 24, 10 07:24 PM

I love all my people thats fighting for my freedom. To all of those I think you for your hard work. I know its hard for you to give up your free time and family.

Posted by kanesha December 2, 10 11:59 AM

by making elected government of Afghanistan authorized of the all decision itself , it help to finally stop the violence and mentain peace and stability kept in Afghanistan .

Posted by asad salarzai December 18, 10 02:46 AM

SO WHAT if Americans left, afghans will fights each other like dogs and slit each others throats. If America left, it won't make Afghanistan any better.
Why don't America makes Afghanistan a proper province of USA with afghan people geting the same rights as ordinary americans. America is already using Afghanistans' "Natural resources" for it's own purpose.

Posted by Afghani December 22, 10 08:42 PM

It is sad, when lives are lost each day. It does not matter if it is an American solider, an Afghan boy, a pashtun tribes man, a Talib. If we only take a step back and read history of Afghanistan, its people, its destruction over the centuries. Only then we will get a glimpse of reality and challenges that everyone faces in Afghanistan today.
We can not come here and make comments if we do not know anything about Afghans, their love for their country, their tribal codes.
Neither, we can blame any American or Nato Solider that is fighting with an order to foght in Afghanistan.

Posted by Afghan December 27, 10 03:36 PM

A campaign against extremism will not succeed with bullets or bumbs alone. B. Obama
Afghans are like spring, the more you press it will jump higher. Bring tractor instead of tank and bring books instead of bullets. The one and only way to change them.

Posted by Farahi January 22, 11 05:35 AM

My heart goes out to all military and their families. This is pure nonsense. I believe this was an excuse to go over and take over resources in these countries. Would we have been there if the attacks would have not been made? Absolutly.There would have been another reason. American people should unite and take back our own streets. The rich is only getting richer and the poor is having to deal with the outstanding crimes in the USA. We need to wage a war of our own for hunger, violence and homeless in the USA. Is this a joke!. It is not even safe to leave your home anymore. We need our military here to get control of our own streets. We are living in a world that is crumbling down around us. There are so many hidden truths about our government we will never know. I pray everyday for our troops I have a nephew fighting this unspeakable war. But I pray also for the ones who have lost there lives here in the USA due to unnecessary violence, hunger, and homelessness that doesn't get alot of attention. Thank You for letting me speak my peace.

Posted by Deniese January 28, 11 01:14 PM

This soldier are true heroes of the world- to protect us
u r the real heroes i proud u soldiers u give ur life to protact us and our world. Thank good blees the hole world.

Posted by Atul Kumar (India) February 6, 11 09:57 AM

My son is a United States Marine! OOHRAH!! God Bless Our Troops!! I pary God's protection on our men and women. I pray He confuses the enemy. I pray a hedge of protection on them. I ask Him to comfort them and give them wisdom. I pray that they feel our support and prayers and most of all know Him. In Jesus Name.

Please pray for our troops. It is documented that our prayers help. please hedge them in . Pray for their families that they would be comforted. Psalm 91 is the perfect Psalm to pray for our troops. I plead with you to pray as often as you think of them and make it often. God Bless our Nation and turn our hearts back to Him.

Promise from The One True God,
If My people would turn from their sin and pray I would heal their land.

Posted by Barbara February 8, 11 08:58 AM

My son will be deployed to Afghan in 62 days. May God protect and guide all f our TROOPS!

Posted by Mom February 9, 11 11:12 PM

These pictures are great!! We are not seeing enough of the story (or any story anymore really) on the news networks. We need more people to report online so we know what is going on.

Posted by R February 15, 11 09:21 PM

great photos: Its really quite simple stop poppy production alltogether then slowly but sureley life will be a whole lot beta for everyone .

Posted by t stevenson March 25, 11 05:31 AM

Afghanistan's civilians need help and support in terms of better educational infrastrucute, dismantling of taliban strongholds by NATO and other countries. Nobody can justify innocent killings of civilians in this war torn country, even there are pictures where NATO has been blamed to kill innocent civilians in the name of taliban extremists, if this is true it is a shameful act and should be stooped for GOD's sake.

Posted by Jaikumar Sharma April 3, 11 02:28 AM

Afghanistan's civilians need help and support in terms of better educational infrastrucute, dismantling of taliban strongholds by NATO and other countries. Nobody can justify innocent killings of civilians in this war torn country, even there are pictures where NATO has been blamed to kill innocent civilians in the name of taliban extremists, if this is true it is a shameful act and should be stooped for GOD's sake.

Posted by Jaikumar Sharma April 3, 11 03:16 AM


Posted by KHAN April 22, 11 04:25 AM

All pics awesome
really great photos who ever take this pic really good photos
keep it up

Posted by Manish Kumar April 24, 11 11:46 AM

All pics awesome
really great photos who ever take this pic really good photos
keep it up

Posted by Manish Kumar April 24, 11 11:46 AM

well that is good thing to defend we our county i am studing i want became a u.s marines

Posted by cristian May 4, 11 08:43 AM
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