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Afghanistan, November, 2009

President Barack Obama recently announced that he was determined to "finish the job" in Afghanistan, and aides signaled to allies that he would send as many as 25,000 to 30,000 additional American troops there. Obama will formally announce his decision in a national address at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the Military Academy at West Point. As casualties mount on both sides, 2009 is shaping up to be the deadliest year yet for coalition troops - twice as deadly as 2008. American and Afghan officials have been encouraged by the recent rise of independent anti-Taliban militias in Afghanistan, even though their emergence is recent and supporting them raises fears of the consequences of arming and training Islamic militants. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. (42 photos total)

Cpl. Casey Liffrig leaps for cover while Lt. Thomas Goodman gets down as Taliban fighters ambush U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during a patrol in the Pech Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province on November 3rd, 2009. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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214 comments so far...

Picture 28 is more graphic than I expected...

Posted by moorlook November 25, 09 12:53 PM

Wow, a compelling set.

#35 speaks the most to me - the way it is framed, juxtaposing the warm interior of the tent with the seemingly cold outside world.

Posted by Eugene November 25, 09 12:54 PM

Really amazing photos !

Posted by André Weigel November 25, 09 12:58 PM

... A quien corresponda: ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡PAREN TODAS LAS GUERRAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by UN SEÑOR MUY SERIO November 25, 09 01:03 PM

why does man kill man? why doesn't man want everyone to be home for thanksgiving?

Posted by bhargavi November 25, 09 01:04 PM

amazing photos, very impresive

Posted by Anonymous November 25, 09 01:05 PM


Posted by wow November 25, 09 01:06 PM

The photography is great. Thanks to those with the cameras that are putting themselves in danger to show the world what is happening. Thanks also to Mr. Taylor for selecting photos. I am sure it is not an easy task, and the work always seems to inspire people, create debate, and hopefully create action on behalf of readers.

Posted by Nick November 25, 09 01:07 PM

A country in turmoil.

We should just rule the place Bosnian style for a few years, try and get rid of the kickbacks. Create town councils, give them some cash direct.

Posted by John November 25, 09 01:08 PM

Awesome pictures, as usual. Can anyone explain what the sign on the soldier's chest in #17 means? Magnetic turd? thanks

Posted by Markus November 25, 09 01:11 PM

#17: The face of a hero.

Posted by Jeremy November 25, 09 01:14 PM

This set of photos shows the grim reality of war. It brings the war and all its actions right up close and makes one wonder how people can do these sort of things to one another.

I can not find the to describe what I think about it except to say that someone some where must be mad.

Adios, Howie.

Posted by howie November 25, 09 01:24 PM

That's "shit magnet" - as in "someone who seems to attract, or easily and inexplicably gets into, trouble" which I can assure you is not too far off for a soldier's life.

Posted by another Markus November 25, 09 01:24 PM

Great gallery.

Hat's off to the dedicated protectors of freedom and everything decent.

Posted by Jon T November 25, 09 01:25 PM

Not only is this war destroying Afghanistan, it is also destroying our country economically, culturally and morally.

$13 Billion already spent, and probably another $15 Billion to go. This will severely impact the already strained internal economy and will seriously lower the standard of living.

Not to mention the young men and women who will return with horrific images and experience seared to their brains and souls; forever emotionally scarred. Those who are physically maimed represent a whole other challenge - to us as a culture and to our economy which is obligated to provide support and assistance. God bless them.

How will the transition of these brave soldiers reintegrating back into our society affect our culture going forward? We only had a taste of it with Vietnam.

How did we as a country allow George Bush to do this to us?

Posted by David November 25, 09 01:30 PM

@ Markus : More like "sh*t magnet ! His unit must be often in troubles.

Posted by Zapan November 25, 09 01:30 PM

Well, NATO and good people in the whole world must understand - this war has no end and no winner. We already have an example - USSR failed. Having more than six billion population on Earth we should be having enough smart people who could help all us to find ways to help Afganistan and others in some other than military manner. It is XXI century, but take a look at the photograph No 30 - it is sort of dejavu, look at second word war photos. It shouldn't be like this today.....

Posted by Artūras November 25, 09 01:34 PM

It's amazing to think that every American soldier asked to go over there of his/her own free will. What are they thinking?

Posted by osbess November 25, 09 01:36 PM

#17 almost brought tears to my eyes, just look at the guy. Man.

Posted by Frederik November 25, 09 01:39 PM

Amazing pictures, it´s a good job.

Posted by Alex November 25, 09 02:03 PM

Picture 17: Wow.
I go along with Jeremy: "The face of a hero". He must be so brave.

Posted by Pierce November 25, 09 02:06 PM

#28 Sorry but this is inhumane!!!
Everybody how have seen the film War photograher (James Nachtwey) would assent to this opinion!!!

Posted by André Kl. November 25, 09 02:08 PM

#17 & 39 struck me :/

Posted by scchen November 25, 09 02:21 PM

Thank you once again big picture for continuously posting these thought provoking pictures here. Much appreciated.

Posted by Robert November 25, 09 02:32 PM

#28 is a bit much...

Posted by Geo November 25, 09 02:38 PM

#28 might be the most disturbing image I've EVER seen.

Posted by John November 25, 09 02:39 PM

#42 russian helicopter???

Posted by John November 25, 09 02:42 PM

I'd like to suggest that you be more sparing with your use of the "graphic" warning. That way, when I see such a warning - like on #28 - I know what I'm in for. There's an order of magnitude between that picture and #11, which also had the warning and wasn't nearly as disturbing.

Posted by Kevin Miller November 25, 09 02:57 PM

I really think #28 should have a bigger warning.

Posted by Frank November 25, 09 02:58 PM

I've seen a lot worse images than #28... disturbing yes, but it's the grim reality of war.

Posted by Carrie November 25, 09 03:02 PM

Why on earth are the locations of the Taliban fighters "undisclosed" while the locations of every single US Military unit is listed on these pictures? OPSEC should be followed on here, as it's important to keep priviledged information just that. Perhaps if these photographers disclosed the locations of the enemy, our men could fight better.

Posted by HaLeigh November 25, 09 03:09 PM

"It's amazing to think that every American soldier asked to go over there of his/her own free will. What are they thinking?"

As a Marine Corps wife I can tell you that then men and women who volunteer are thinking they need to stand and defend their country from every threat that is placed upon the US. The horrible unit of extremeists who took the lives of thousands of people on September 11th need to be extinguished...that's what they're thinking and thank God there are people out there volunteering for our freedoms so you don't have to.

Posted by HaLeigh November 25, 09 03:15 PM

RE: Comment # 15

Grandpa, seriously, get out of your 1960s mindset. Afganistan is not Vietnam and all of the brave military members joined voluntarily and are well trained before going in country - somewhat different from the unprepared conscripts of the Vietnam era. Also, if it makes you feel better, keep blaming George Bush, but I imagine any president in the same situation, even Gore, would have done the same thing to the Taliban who sheltered the planners and instigators of the 9/11/01 attacks.

Posted by Pedro November 25, 09 03:15 PM

How did you get to take picture no. 12? I mean, since it is an undisclosed location AND there are face-to-face Taliban forces. Thanks, I'm really curious about it. Does the photographer get to go where soldiers can't or what (even though that doesn't make sense)?

Posted by Milos Bohonek November 25, 09 03:30 PM

There should be MORE photos like 28. Only when i see pictures like that one, i realize what is war.

Posted by Patryk November 25, 09 03:30 PM

@ David: it seems to me by reading your post you are more interested in your standard of living than helping people?
There is always a cost to fight for what is right.

Posted by Pastor Keith November 25, 09 03:32 PM

@John - Yes.. It's Mi-8. It is used by some NATO members.

Posted by dev November 25, 09 03:35 PM

Excellent photos as usual. Quick correction of the caption for #17: Bryan Eickelberg of Arden Heights, Minnesota is from Arden Hills, Minnesota rather than Heights (there is no Arden Heights, MN).

Posted by Ed Kohler November 25, 09 03:55 PM

RE: Comment #33


Better trained but still dead and maimed. My comments are not directed towards the soldiers, but to the administration who pursues goals in an unrealistic manner.

We are pursuing Bin Laden, like the police in a reckless high speed car chase; while innocent civilians are having their lives destroyed. I believe that over 300,000 people have died in this mess, many times more than died in 9/11. Eye for an eye or is it a thousand eyes for an eye?

Vietnam mindset - possibly - but history is to be learned from.

War sometimes is necessary for maintaining sovereignty of our country, not for imposing our ideals upon others.

I don't believe this war can be won.

That is the Vietnam mindset reality.

Posted by David November 25, 09 04:20 PM

We need these graphic images in the mainstream news...If the people of the United States only really knew what we are doing in the countries we are attacking...for a few Taliban, or Al Quida, (which I believe are a creation of the CIA) we would kill the rest of the people? It's not worth it. Have some empathy. Give peace a chance.

Posted by Leisa Irwin November 25, 09 04:43 PM


Carne de forocoches


Muy fuerte, creo que una foto tan morbosa y poco artística sobra en este blog, hay formas más sutiles de representar la carnicería de la guerra que de una manera tan explícita

En todo caso muy buen trabajo de recopilación, como siempre

Posted by Stranno November 25, 09 04:45 PM

Humanity Hall of Shame !
I'm so sorry.. so sorry for that.. that I'm a human..
Even Animals don't deserve this,
If you think otherwise, then tell me,
what makes you a human?

Posted by E.Uckan November 25, 09 05:17 PM

All excellent pictures - number 3 and 29 are particularly captivating, though.

Posted by Anonymous November 25, 09 05:20 PM

Why are people surprised at hoe gruesome #28 is? ..... its a war, afte rall.

Posted by Guy November 25, 09 05:22 PM

After seeing these pictures I would expect everybody saying "we must stop sending our troops, we must stop war, we must evolve." But no. Instead, I keep finding the same retrogrades saying that are proud to see "their" soldiers killing people for the security of "their" country, "their" nation. And then they continue with their shopping during the thanksgiving holiday.

Posted by diego November 25, 09 05:35 PM

I'm part of this war. An #28 is a reality we deal with on an almost daily basis. I hope they show more. Yes it's graphic, and so sorry it offends your sensibilities, but that's whats happening, even to our guys. If the media is gonna be following us around I hope they show the craziness involved with this instead of trying to just push whatever agenda they have.

As for the comments about bush or whatever, We went to Iraq as a country. The mass majority of America was blood thirsty after 9/11. The president can't start a war on his own. He can tell us Marines what to do, because we are his personal army. The rest don't have to do anything until war is agreed upon. Which at the time America wanted. They wanted blood so badly.

Now we've started something that can't end well if at all. America in general wanted this and now it has to live with the situation.

It's YOUR country, instead of bitching like little girls to each other, get up and do something about it.
I did, I joined the Marines and decided I like the US enough to make sure I fight for my freedom. When you fight for your country, you deserve the boons it offers, until then you aren't owed anything so deal with it.

Posted by Marine SSGT November 25, 09 06:12 PM

#14 gives me the heebiejeebies

Posted by lieschen November 25, 09 06:18 PM

I'm irritated by the fact that we believe us to be civilized, educated and peaceful human beings. But we made not one step further from when we crawled out of our caves and jumped down those trees to start ravaging the earth.

Posted by Hannes November 25, 09 06:45 PM

#28 was the worst image I have ever, ever, ever seen in life.

I advice you to describe (not very detailed) what is inside the image.

'This picture shows graphically disturbing content. This picture contains a very detailed image of an individual whose amputated leg is being treated.', for the other image in example. Describing images (not too detailed, but not too questionable either) could make visits more pleasurable.

Image #28 was just too shocking.

If you agree, please reply.

Posted by Tom K November 25, 09 06:47 PM

People complaining about image No. 28 must be new to the internet.

Posted by Anonymous November 25, 09 06:56 PM

Picture 28......why did I click ....... ?

Posted by Strop November 25, 09 07:00 PM

Terrific Ter*rif"ic, a. [L. terrificus; fr. terrere to
frighten + facere to make. See Terror, and Fact.]
Causing terror; adapted to excite great fear or dread;
terrible; as, a terrific form; a terrific sight.
[1913 Webster] Nr.20 - like Mary, I'd call it equanimity and she is only 14.
Thank you very much.

Posted by augis November 25, 09 07:19 PM

Another war. Another war president.

When will Americans comprehend that "Democrat vs. Republican" is a joke that is played on them year after year, election after election? The financial elites and military corporations that run your country don't give a damn about the 'D' or 'R' by your name, as long as their agenda remains on the table. They certainly don't give a damn about bombing the heck out of "lesser" people outside of America. It's just business. Always business.
On the photog side, there are some outstanding images here – 14, 34, 35 & 41 particularly. #14 (Afghan boy's face) is an award-winner. Incredible capture. Thank you!

Posted by Bill S. November 25, 09 07:20 PM

I think war is a terrible thing and these pictures make me mad at those who feel violence is the answer to getting what they want. I will say, however, to those who think this is all George Bush's fault, that they better get ready for tonight when Obama announces that he's sending 30k more troops to this hell hole. What happened to that promise of getting us out of there? Hope you're sufficiently disenchanted.

Posted by Liz November 25, 09 07:40 PM

If these images were to be in everyday life, every paper, every news cast just maybe the people of the US might care and be more proactive with regards to a war that was let waste, drain and deplete our coffers, soldiers and the people of Afghanistan.
If Obama decides to continue with the Bush policies in Afghanastan as he did with TARP, domestic eavesdropping and Iraq, GitMo etc., I am all set to vote him out in 2012. Why would we need another four years of the last twelve?

Posted by Spole November 25, 09 07:57 PM


Thank you Diego.

Posted by David November 25, 09 08:00 PM

its is wars i history cite hitlerr evil kill million kids mans woman ,just moment woman mans kids kill in wars in worlds >>>> STOP WARS stop politic hands guns politic hands blood it is stupid

Posted by paulo de andrade November 25, 09 08:06 PM

Hey #15 You may hsve forgotten that the USA was viciously attacked on Sept 11. That's how George Bush did this. Would you rather have our economy collapse because of another 9-11 or take the battle to the enemy?

Posted by John November 25, 09 08:26 PM

It's absolutely mindnumbing to see how there are still people claiming that occupying foreign countries, changing their political regimes, killing hundreds of thousands (or millions, reports vary here) civilians can be justified by anything.
There's no arguing that 9/11 was hell - but how many more innocent people need to die till the lust for vengeance is satisfied?

Posted by danvolodar November 25, 09 08:31 PM

Can someone please tell me whats floating in the sky on picture number 2? Looks like a fish...

Posted by Robert November 25, 09 08:39 PM

Amazing photos, thank you.

Posted by Azog November 25, 09 08:49 PM

Sad that such pictures still don't stir enough people to actually make the right thing happen.

Posted by Eric November 25, 09 08:58 PM

#5, thanks for that subtle irony.

Posted by no, not the contradiction November 25, 09 09:25 PM

#28 is very gruesome.

#27 those guys don't want kids, do they?

Posted by Elliot November 25, 09 09:28 PM

I wonder how representative the boy in #37 (thumb down to the French Foreign Legion) is of the Afghan people in general . . . if there were [allowed] a plebescite tomorrow, would we still be there?

Posted by Thomas H. Weiss November 25, 09 10:18 PM


Posted by jack November 25, 09 11:11 PM

Why War

Posted by Tony November 25, 09 11:13 PM

# 28 is graphic because THAT IS WHAT WAR !!! I would venture to say that these are tame compared to what is seen almost daily

Posted by kmr November 25, 09 11:13 PM

You people complaining about #28 must lead some real sheltered lives. It's a common occurrence anywhere in the middle east and is something our guys deal will all the time.

It is no different than scraping someone off the highway when a drunk driver runs them over.

Posted by Scott November 25, 09 11:38 PM

First Iraq, and now Afghanistan. This is going nowhere. Killing Taliban "militants" will only create more militants, and more resistance to US policies and military practices.

What happened to Obama's diplomacy, and "we are ready to sit across the table with anyone" promises?

Just makes me believe more in Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent pratices. "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind", he used to say - and India has managed to stay relatively non-violent in the 60 years after him.

Posted by Nishith Prabhakar November 25, 09 11:41 PM

Fantastic photography and absolutely heartbreaking. I'm a lot less upset at the graphic content of #28 than I am with the need to show it. Reality is frequently not beautiful.

Posted by FragmentFour November 25, 09 11:42 PM

Thanks Big Picture, for bringing a perspective to my life every time I check out pictures like these that make my day to day problems looks minuscule in contrast..

Posted by Shivank November 25, 09 11:56 PM

are you americans done?

do you really like demmocracy? start destroying guns and building schools, at your country, educate your people, build a democracy in North America

when the 51% of your people knows the difference between democracy and plutocracy you may start exporting your knowledge

nice pics, as usual

Posted by quique lomeli November 26, 09 12:03 AM

RE: # 58
If you actually believe that the Taliban are responsible for 9-11 then you need some serious counseling. In any case, you are right, George Bush did this. Read about the New American Century and the need for a Pearl Harbour like event. Get wise and stop your mainstream media rhetoric, that's so 2001-2002.

Posted by pete November 26, 09 12:29 AM

People seem to be forgetting a couple of things. One is that almost all of the September 11 hijackers were Saudi Arabians. Why haven't we invaded Saudi Arabia? Because it is an ally. The death of 3000 people, however tragic, has been matched many times over by the hundreds of thousands killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Invading countries and killing innocents only makes another terrorist attack more likely.

Most people seem to advocate vengeance- Muslims killed Americans, so Americans must kill Muslims. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Posted by Justin November 26, 09 12:37 AM

#32 Sean Penn?

Posted by Bobby Manakis November 26, 09 12:52 AM

Stop the war!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by redrabbit November 26, 09 12:54 AM

I'm guessing people who are complaining about #28 have never been to a gore website...

Posted by Name required November 26, 09 01:25 AM

# 31 shows pretty well the situation in Afghanistan.The Americans will fail because they can't stay forever and the moment they leave everything will collapse.

Posted by steve November 26, 09 01:43 AM

Wish everyone in afghan is safe!

Posted by Bei November 26, 09 01:57 AM

No 3 did it for me. Great shot.
Didn't look at the graphic shots.
Don't want to look at them.

Posted by Robyn Melbourne Australia November 26, 09 02:01 AM

Picture 21: Why is the US flag patch on the soldier's arm reversed? The stars should be on the left side, right?

Posted by Tamas November 26, 09 03:19 AM

one year...
Maybe Barack Obama know........

Posted by phoenix November 26, 09 05:49 AM

Picture 28! wow...

Posted by T November 26, 09 06:07 AM

Absolutely stunning photography. Give me this over Flickr sunsets and children, any day.

Posted by matr November 26, 09 06:49 AM

Pic 21 .. is the real John Macintosh from Modern Warfare 2? a question .. why the US Flag is backwards? .. well a point of humor in the middle of sadness

Posted by Ariel November 26, 09 06:53 AM

Thank you for sharing ... oh my goodness ... WAR is hell on earth!
I have passed this article onto others via twitter, myspace and facebook.
Lets hope that these photos of the truth of war reach the rest of the world.
Please send this to every leader on the planet to give them something to think about and have a touch of reality about the suffering of war for all.
It is essential that President Obama, Michelle Obama and The White House get the first copy of this article and an enlarge copy of each photo.
God bless you and those who are caught up in this nightmare of war that is going on everyday of their lives for several years.
Kind regards
Sydney Australia


Posted by Shellsey November 26, 09 07:10 AM

@ Robert, think the fish thing is a blimp

Good photos. #17 is probably the most striking to me, you get the sense there is a heck of a lot going on which you can just glimpse at in his facial expression.

I noticed the American flag on his sleeve is reversed (I always thought the stars went on the left?) Is there any significance to that?

Posted by K Swiss November 26, 09 07:27 AM

very touching photos !!!!!!!

Posted by michael Ayto November 26, 09 07:51 AM

@ 41

Posted by 41 November 26, 09 08:20 AM

It seems that US American folks need this kind of explicit graphics such as in #28 - probably desensitized after 40 years of violent tv, cinema ... sorry folks but I have the feeling that you are not the home of the brave any more but the home of the sad, frightended and angry.

Posted by Bertram Voss November 26, 09 08:32 AM

War is unconscionable. Images can never describe the smell, taste, sound, heat, cold, weeping, screaming that accompany them. The war still cannot penetrate our cocoon.

That said, I only saw one post that spoke to the photographic merits of the images. This is after all a photography contest.

Check out #3 for the incredible visual impact, lighting, composition, and dynamic feeling in this still scene. Fantastic image.

Posted by GlenLuttrell November 26, 09 08:44 AM

#17 shit+magnet?

Posted by Latente November 26, 09 08:45 AM

Amazing photos of a terrible thing...
War is not the way!

Posted by Gui Queiroz November 26, 09 08:46 AM

#60 - I had the same question about #2 - maybe kites?

Posted by Laura November 26, 09 09:28 AM

A lot of questons, but no sensible answers or suggestions. I am 85 years old and I have been to war. What you see in these picturs is less than a fraction of what I saw and experienced in WWll. Why don`t you study history. History tells us that any nation that does not meet the enemy head on, and as far from home as possible, and stop him there he will eventually destroy you. He will eventually return and finnish his long range plans to defeat you.
War is a terrible thing. There will always be wars and rumers of war, because at any given time there is some person in some nation that decides the Gods have ordaned him to take over and rule the world.

Posted by Paul Divine November 26, 09 10:27 AM

Thank you, #96. You know what you're talking about. Thank you for serving your country.

Posted by Colin November 26, 09 10:46 AM

More examples of "man's inhumanity to man." Why has the president made this "his" war????Will we never learn from history, Russians in Afghanistan,Americans in Vietnam?

Posted by Allan Muir November 26, 09 10:54 AM

Photo #2

My guess is aerial surveillance balloons

There is a string of them, and the closest one looks like a radar blimp.

Posted by David November 26, 09 11:25 AM

Great set. No. 1 is my wallpaper now. Thanks

Posted by wojtek ptak November 26, 09 11:25 AM


Great-Grandpapa, our shadow government created what we now call the enemy in Afghanistan, and told us they were our friends when you were 60, remember? Now they're our enemy because they're in the way of Western corporate control of the region's oil and gas. They would have no "long range plan to defeat you" if we left them the hell alone in the first place. The person(s) trying to take over and rule the world aren't in Afghanistan.

Posted by Ernst November 26, 09 12:00 PM

My daughter came home from school one day and asked me why there is war. (thats a tough one). I said "remember when you came home last week mad at your friend and said I HATE HER." I told her that is why there is war, becuse it starts with something small and turns into what we have now.

Posted by Thomas Thies November 26, 09 12:18 PM

And this war is all for make Karzai the president, a man of the Bush and their company and only for the gas.

Picture 11, i wish this happen to the people that organized this war.

Posted by Antony November 26, 09 12:48 PM


Posted by Camila November 26, 09 12:57 PM

these are pictuers of a war zone, graphic means dead!

Posted by brad November 26, 09 12:59 PM

yo soy de México ....y este es el tipo de fotos que realmente me hace comprender que la gente en este lado del mundo no tiene la mas minima idea de lo que sucede en nada mas piensa que hay soldados y se le ocurre que es lo que realmente siquiera me puedo figurar la reaccion de personas que conozco si realmente supieran lo que esta pasando alla...

Que buen trabajo...como siempre...

Posted by Juvenal November 26, 09 01:10 PM

#102, I did not mean to give anyone the impression that the enemy is Afghanistan or Irac, the enemy is a world-wide order of more than one billion people who live in many countries,they all state that they are of one mind. Ninety percent of these people follow leaders who preach and teach that their greatest advesary is the U.S. and that their long range goal is to destroy the U.S. Every confrontation must have a beginning and that has to be started at some specific place. Afghanistan is just one of the places on this earth where this beginning has already started. Sir, you seam to be un-informed as to the overall picture of what is realy beginning to take place in the world.

Posted by Paul Divine November 26, 09 01:49 PM


Posted by Esther November 26, 09 03:02 PM

The Boston Globe is wrong in posting #28.

Posted by Jorin Cowley November 26, 09 03:21 PM

The little "thumbs down" boy in #37 is a much realistic picture of afghanistan than any other picture. I do not think this boy can locate the United States on a world map or has heard of WTC. And yet he is the face of the future taleban that will continue to target the west for decades to come.
The bush and cheney foreign policy has done more to encourage terrorism against the west than the entire post cold war foreign policy screwups.

Posted by Vijay November 26, 09 03:23 PM

Yes the patch in #17 is supposed to mean "sh!t magnet".

@60 They are aerostat ballons. They are anchored to the ground and have cameras underneath for surveillance.

@83 The US Flag is reversed and worn on the right shoulder to give the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.

@34 Media is supposed to be unbiased so that they can gain access to all sides in any conflict. Yes, the photographer knew his location when he took the photo but the agreement was that it would remain undisclosed. Just as any reporter would not disclose the name of a confidential informer. Freedom of the press...

Great pictures.

Posted by SSG, USA November 26, 09 03:58 PM

@101 - Ernst, do you see a conspiracy behind everything? Did this "shadow government" cause 9/11? Is everyone "out to get you?". How is it living in your mother's basement? Are you a WoW addict or do you prefer Halo II?

Posted by Pedro laughs at you November 26, 09 04:24 PM

the pictures' details really tell the story of this war -- the sparkly tennis shoe at the end of the prosthetic a toddler's mother wears; the medic's patch; the painted fuel tanker, the old acrylic sweater under the burka; even the contrast of faces in each shot: in pain, fearful, laughing, angry, compassionate.
always catch the Afghanistan posts and this is the best so far.

Posted by ali November 26, 09 04:49 PM

If you are offended by Picture 28 then you should honestly get out of your house and open your eyes to the way the world works.

In most parts of the world that is a sad reality of daily life.

In North America most people are too ignorant to comprehend what goes on around the world. I do not agree with the war but I know that if it was not for the people who go and fight that I would not have my freedom today. I would not be able to sit and type this as I am. For that I am truly thankful. It is a sad reality faced by Soldiers and Peace Keepers all over the world.

As for the poster who said the war has cost 13 billion dollars I would love to know where you are getting your figures. The government is spending in excess of 12 billion dollars a month supporting the war.

The sad reality of the world is there will never be peace. Humanity has too much intolerance of each other to ever allow peace to truly happen. We hate each other for the colour of our skin. If we have the same colour it may not be the same shade. Where we are born. Where our parents were born. What part of the country we come from. Where we go to church. If you even go to church. What you may call your God. If you believe in God at all. Who you think should run the country. The places we live. The language we speak. Right down to the petty what car you drive, who makes your clothes, what sports team you support and where you go to school. Until we learn a bit of tolerance and understanding of each other things will never change. Sad but true.

Posted by Cyndy November 26, 09 05:06 PM

Wow man. Thanks for having gone over 30 photos on this one. It was one of your best ones about Afghanistan. I'm still under the shock of photo # 28, but #6 has put a smile on my face.

Anyway, thank you so much. Better than words, twice the powa'

Posted by julien November 26, 09 06:02 PM

war is hell

Posted by toox November 26, 09 06:48 PM

Is there any hope that Obama will say "I am ordering everyone of our troops home" on Dec 1st? A chance, however small, is still a chance after all.

Posted by John November 26, 09 06:50 PM

Great photos! Just a correction, on # 5 isn't an afeghan soldier. It is a portuguese soldier.

#28 blew me away.

Posted by Nuno Figueiredo November 26, 09 06:50 PM

Obama never promised to get us out of Afghanistan, in fact he promised the opposite, to focus there and get us out of Iraq.

American soldiers don't necessarily choose to go to Afghanistan but the most certainly know the chances of them going to either war zone when they enlist. Perhaps they were thinking for others than simply themselves when they chose to join.

Once again The Big Picture gives us a view of what it is really like over there, and not only for American Soldiers, but for Afghan's as well. I always look forward to the Afghanistan pictures this website produces.

Posted by sean November 26, 09 07:47 PM

#28 is clearly labeled as a Taliban militant. It's a good depiction of what's left after you set off that suicide vest on your way to your 72 virgins...though it doesn't look like he has much left to enjoy them with.

Great pics!

Posted by David November 26, 09 08:00 PM

More pictures like #28 should be shown. That's tame in comparison to what is happening over there,

Posted by Jason November 26, 09 08:09 PM

These are indeed powerful images. t's important to looks at ALL of them.

Afghanistan is known as "The Graveyard of Empires" for a reason. At one time, it was a desirable place. Now it has nothing to give but Opium and no power except as a place for fundamentalists to train. If we continue to think of victory in military terms, it will be Americas downfall as well.

"Winning" in Afghanistan cannot be done militarily. The country has no infrastructure and a literacy rate of about 10%. Iraq at least has oil. To rebuild this country will take decades. Winning will mean schools, water, medicine. These are things the Taliban cannot give. If these things can be made available, the locals will fight to keep them. Without threats from the Taliban farmers will grow wheat instead of poppies and marijuana.

All of that will costs a lot of money. If the thought of twenty years of investment seems too high then we must walk away from Afghanistan. But it will fall into the hands of the fanatics again. There is no easy answer. "Stop the War" and "Kill 'em all!" are slogans, not answers.

Posted by Steve P November 26, 09 08:24 PM

Show 41 & 40 with an appeal but we must try that situation like 28 should not happen in anywhere of the world

Posted by Anonymous November 26, 09 09:07 PM

The Boston Globe is wrong in making images like #28 optional. War is horrific. War kills. Whether you support the war(s) or not, as Americans who initiated this war, we should not shy away from viewing the consequences. It is sad that 3000 people died in America on one day, but should we avenge those murders by killing directly or indirectly tens of thousands who had absolutely nothing to do with those murders.

Re #17, what do the icons and "A POS" mean on that chest pack?

Posted by Drew November 26, 09 09:25 PM

As a military member, these photos aren't exactly shocking. Honestly what struck me as the most horrific of these pictures wasn't number 28 but the picture of a child giving a thumbs down to the French Foreign Legion.
Some of you have the worst ideas about what this war is all about. Want to know why? Because you know nothing about the cultures that exist in this region. I always sit and listen to people say "The corporations want the gas and oil so that's why we're there" oh really? Afghanistan has gas and oil? If we're talking about Iraq, that looks like it's working pretty well-Iran controls the government and those corporate folks have to have security everywhere they go. It doesn't sound like a profit zone. It sounds like a hell hole thats about to expire in a few years. WTF are you people thinking when you say we need to leave Afghanistan? There are people who live there too, just because it's the graveyard of empire's doesn't mean that a humanitarian focused mission won't work. Maybe the difference lies in the fact that we aren't trying to enslave, indoctrinate, or exterminate anyone. Education is the only way to defeat terrorism. We're talking money. But it's money spent on a chance for others to prosper, take ahold of their country, reset the borders a little so that factions and clans aren't constantlly going at it, and survive. In the process we may be saving ourselves from a huge threat because we are the biggest nation on the block. People's ambitions will always drive them to destroy us so they can be on top. Screw the politicians, all I care about are people. Quit pretending to be democratic, independent, or republican or espouse some ideal that we can simply leave them alone and it will go away. It obviously won't. Our government constantly ignores genocide in Darfur, yet the nation cries fault, but when we lose U.S. lives in Afghanistan against a religious sect that has a goal of destroying the U.S. and imposing a global islamic order we feel the need to run away. What religious fanatics do constitutes genocide. I won't run away. You shouldn't either just because there is a price..

Posted by U.S. Army November 26, 09 10:20 PM

we need to stop the war send are troops home as soon as we get the problem over with to many people have died there familys miss them my son has all ready died from a suicide bomb we need to stop this

Posted by soldiergohome November 26, 09 10:30 PM

What completely astonishes me is the fact that someone can comment on these pictures without stopping to think. These photos are a product of a war which the United States, countries of Europe, and all other allies did not start, we were in the midst of this war without a proclamation of war from our own governments.

The Muslim Extremists groups (The term extremists does not apply to the peaceful sects of Islam before you even start in on me.) do not care if you are scraping your dinner from a garbage can or buying a private island with your wealth. They do not care if you are Athiest, Hindu, Hebrew, Christian, or even Muslim. If you do not believe in converting everyone or killing the non-converts, you are the enemy.

Don't kid yourselves by believing that they even for a second care about the people that they have attacked. Many peace loving Muslims died in the terror attacks carried out throughout time and there is no remorse for what was done. These groups have one goal, a world of Muslims who kill all non-believers.

The war is not going to end well, it will not end at all. Radicals will always be radicals and non-radicals will always be the enemy. The war is only going to deter acts like the bombing of embassies, the USS Cole, 9/11, and London.

Stop kidding yourselves into thinking that you can reason with the Extremists. If you think you can, then be the one who tries to make a difference. Board a plane for Afghanistan and go talk to them and see where it gets you. These people consider you less than a cur dog and place no value on your life.

You have freedom to do as you please, no matter how simple your life might be. The Muslim Extremists think that you should have no freedom from their perverted views. So if you have watched TV shows not in agreement with their views (most prime time TV), if you have had sexual relations outside of their context (married with the wife being submissive), if a woman has shown her bare belly in public, if you have ever expressed your dislike for your government, if you have chosen a different religion or no religion at all, these are your freedoms. These are not the freedoms that they accept, that makes you guilty and your life is not worth sparing.

Go about your life thinking that because you are not affected directly on a daily basis that you are not the enemy of these people. The reality is that we are hated for being different.

Posted by Michael November 26, 09 10:34 PM

@124: Drew, A POS is his blood type. It's SOP in a lot of units to wear this on the outside of the uniform for quick identification of blood type if you're wounded and non-responsive. It's also stamped on our dog tags.

The other patch was already explained. It means "shit magnet." Usually that kind of patch is worn as a joke because the guy tends to attract attention or be in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, a Paratrooper with hair/sideburns that long is probably going out of his way to earn the patch and the 1SG's irritation. I know, I know, don't try to understand it. It's an 82nd thing. It's just the way we are.

Posted by Brian November 26, 09 10:45 PM

Anyone offended by #28 should pull their head out of the sand. Thinking #28 is too graphics shows your lack of maturity.

As to 3,000 people dieing.. like OMG.. About 13,000 people die in the USA each year because of our horrible health care system. We could have paid 100% of college and health care to every American for several years just from the cost of 1 year of war. Grow up. All human life is valuable.

Posted by Benjie November 26, 09 10:45 PM

Comment #118 re the ID of the soldier, It is an Afghani soldier That is why he has the Afghani flag on his shoulder. (3 vertical bars Black, Red, and Green all bars equal. Coat of arms in the middle)
Portuguese flag is two vertical bars One closest to the Fly is a green vertical rectangle. Adjoined to a red square. The coat of arms is over the seam joining the two colors.

Great pictures.
When a caution is given as in #28 and you are sensitive to graphic photos DON'T OPEN IT!!! If you do, don't complain about it. You where given a warning and the choice was yours. You made it. Thanks for the shots. And thanks to all those who have, and who are serving over there.

Posted by Dave Howell November 26, 09 10:51 PM

Fecal material magnet.

I'm guessing A POS is his blood type. I'd sure want it in big letters, in case I needed a transfusion in a hurry.

Posted by Tacha November 26, 09 11:07 PM

To my friend,
To be clear, you joined the suck. Now deal with it.
You might die now.
Thats all there is.

Posted by pete November 26, 09 11:11 PM

Why are you guys complaining "oh no I saw blood graphic phooey".
You funded that blood with your taxes, but you cannot look at it. Laughable.

Posted by Shurik November 26, 09 11:29 PM

#30 is very touching

Posted by Chris November 26, 09 11:31 PM

On pic #21, his patch is on correctly, the stars always face forward to signify meeting the enemy head on as opposed to retreating. Also, if you would like to know the true cost of this war there is a helpful little chart called death and taxes here:

Posted by Bradley November 26, 09 11:51 PM

as a US soldier I have to admit these photos really capture the unfortunate natrue of warfare. very, very moving indeed.

Posted by thomas November 27, 09 12:59 AM


The US flag is backwards on the right shoulder because that is how the flag would look if the soldiers carried one while rushing into battle.

Posted by Donovan November 27, 09 01:07 AM

Why War?

...Because Freedom isn't FREE !!

God Bless Our Soldiers !!

Posted by RightWingTruth November 27, 09 01:32 AM

Thanks to the Globe for posting ALL photos. It is nice to see a wide range of images about Afghanistan and the war. It helps give me an insight into what my father sees everyday while fighting over there. He always tell me "you do not know how lucky you have it in America" and I believe it thanks to these images that capture situations.

To people who think 28 is too graphic... open your eyes, you will become a better and more conscious being.

Thanks to all the service men and women, as well as their families, all over the world for there service and sacrifice.

Posted by willa21 November 27, 09 01:34 AM

Re: Comment# 33
9/11 was planned by a cell in Hamburg Germany and the 9/11 perpetrators were trained in the United States.
The taleban in Pic#12 Undisclosed location are fighting for their homes and their families. They are uneducated and just like Miss teen North Carolina cannot locate America on a World Map and possibly might have even today heard of the 9/11 attacks. They are not fighting to destroy america.
Btw if you have not heard 9/11 hijackers were almost all Saudi Nationals (remember american presidents for a long time have always loved the saudis and the two bushes even went to war with saddam to ensure saudis are safe)
This is a war that will make a lot of people richer in America. For families who have troops on the ground, maybe the cost benefit analysis does not work to their advantage, but to a lot of other americans, war is good business.

Posted by Vijay November 27, 09 01:52 AM

All of us maybe for or against the mission in Irak or Afghanistan, but Boys (and Girls), you do a great job overthere, I will not forget you guys, either if you are American or Canadian.

Posted by Patrick DeLarue November 27, 09 05:10 AM

Yo soy apesadumbrado para las familias, y los muerto.
Es doloroso guerra no muere.
Verdad esta; con guerra no hay ganadores.
Todos humanos lamente guerras, por lo menos un poco.
Por favor todos soldados de todas las naciones, y todos familias retorno hogar.
Yo petition Dios para todos, porque lloro ya.
Va con Dios Amigos.

Posted by Xvr Jesus Ortega November 27, 09 05:46 AM

Why WAR?
Why US Army in Afghanistan?


Posted by b4rtman November 27, 09 06:42 AM

9 says it all, as far as the future goes.

Posted by edith hughes November 27, 09 07:02 AM

If all service-aged children of our elected federal government and our military were automatically conscripted and assigned to an in-theater infantry division, this war would have been long over. Add in the families of defense contractors and energy companies and it would be not at all. Spend your own treasure before you squander mine.

Posted by Bob Zee November 27, 09 07:11 AM

Beat the enemy with his own tool: brain washing. Use #28 and as many like it possible as psychological warfare. I mean if you had explosives stapped to your torso would you perhaps at least hesitate to pull the trigger with an image like that in your memory?

Posted by Evan November 27, 09 07:38 AM

Are people ever young in Afghanistan? 40 years old looks 60 and a 14 year old looks over 30 - it looks as though it's really taxing on the body and mind to live over there.

It's hard to believe we share the same planet - Afghanistan is like another world.

Posted by elena November 27, 09 08:18 AM

#39 did it for me........just look at her eyes........this is what it all comes down to. The families of the dead are left to deal with the aftermath and no amount of flag waving or speeches will change that.

I honestly don't see much good coming out of this war. If we kill 300 militants, 3,000 will simply take their place. And no, I don't have any suggestions as to how to fix it. The best minds in the world can't seem to figure it out.......

Posted by utah November 27, 09 09:28 AM

For those of you who ask "why war?" Well it's because there's no such thing as peace. No matter how much you may wish there was or is or ever going to be, there never will be peace on Earth. And if you think number 28 is bad, then I take it you've never been over seas or haven't been in the military for that matter. I was in the military and I was in Iraq and I can tell you we are doing wonderful things over there! So for those of you that would rather complain about war and people dying, just remember that we were attacked and there are Amercian soldiers, marines, seaman and airmen that are dying to defend our freedom. (but I guess that really doesn't matter to some people, because you think Americans are just horrible people...)

Posted by Kira November 27, 09 09:57 AM

The "fish" in #2 is a Tactical Aerostat" observation balloon. It is an unmanned blimp with cameras, radar, etc. to provide an "over the horizon" - or in Afghanistan over the mountain peak - view of the area.

The patch in #21 is correct. On a wall the star field is always to the left. On a vehicle, plane, soldier or anything that moves, the star field is always "forward." So on the right side of a plane, vehicle, ship. or soldier, the star field is to the right. This the the way an actual flag would look from that side if it were mounted on a pole and moving "forward."

Posted by Mike Massa November 27, 09 10:05 AM

So only the afghan dead and wounded can be shown? Why the double standards, why can't dead and wounded american soldiers be shown?

Posted by Fernando November 27, 09 10:11 AM

If you don't like picture #28 then do your best to keep your country from war, because that is what war looks like.

Posted by Anonymous November 27, 09 10:41 AM

Picture # 28 should be viewed by all Muslims, but that is forbidden! Naturally, who would volunteer for such a mission, knowing what he/she will look like afterwards? If they would only read, they would understand that in the holly CORAN,
Committing Suicide is a Major Sin:
Bukhari Volume 2, Book 23, Number 445:
Narrated Jundab the Prophet said, “A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so Allah said: My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him.”
Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 73:
Narrated Thabit bin Ad-Dahhak: ”And if somebody commits suicide with anything in this world, he will be tortured with that very thing on the Day of Resurrection.

But as Golda Meir once said: “As long as they hate us more then they love their own children, we will have this problem!”

Posted by Pat November 27, 09 11:01 AM

Excellent photos. Yes, maybe the mainstream media should carry more gruesome photos to show people what war is like. Not just so that more people will maybe call for soldiers to be pulled back home, but so that more people understand what our soldiers have to go through to preserve our way of life.
Remember, there are deaths and horribly mutilated bodies on both sides. Whether or not you agree with the political motives behind the deployments, solders are serving their country and have to live this 24hours a day, to defend what we have.
Oh, and the 1000's of deaths caused by road traffic accidents every day around the world are damn gruesome too. I'd like more of those photographs publiced, maybe that would persuade more people to use a seatbelt, not drive under influence, etc etc.

Posted by LondonJohn November 27, 09 11:06 AM

Afghanistan brought the USSR to it's knees in the years they occupied that country. What makes the USA and obama think things will be different now.

It is a pretty scary, single minded statement from obama that we will continue over there. All I see is more soldiers being sacrificed on the altar of his arrogance.

He does not think thoughtfully Idont think before he speaks. Whether it is the Cambridge stupid acting cops or this. He is a fool and out of his league.
GOd help us all.

Posted by Kairen November 27, 09 12:22 PM

Thank you for the photo pictures from real Afghanistan

Posted by Andrew Eletskiy November 27, 09 12:36 PM

The Flag is backwards because the stars always face the rear.

Posted by Anonymous November 27, 09 12:42 PM

Take a look at history, your countries history. Has their been a revolt? Are you really innocent? The Americans didnt invent war, Life started in the cradle and Arabs, Jewish, Romans all killed for a slight, even for a woman! The US has been threatened and attacked by people that American citizens didnt know or care about, until you said we are your enemy. Now you are upset that we are bringing the fight to them! If they could get here..... Wait they did (9/11). We as a people and gov't spend countless amounts of money and labor to AID many nations with food and assistance. Does your country benefit from that? Most of you outside the US have no idea how we live our life. We see how you live yours because we are free to think, act and live. Stop commenting on what you think of us because you are wrong. WE DO NOT WANT WAR AND TRAGEDY! I see your countries every day in the news, Do you really think you see mine or do you see what you are allowed to see! I do see one thing that I think is the problem, your countrymen and women, blown up, kidnapped, tortured, abused, any possible way to make you think you are no good, and they are better than you. Why would you tolerate this behavior? Maybe you do not know better? Maybe you are not allowed to say anything? I have seen many bombs go off in your countries at cafes, markets, schools, hospitals, govt buildings. Why? Why do you tolerate this? The people are innocents, they are not at war! They were living a life! Stop this in your country before you blame others! The US is a great place to live and raise a family, its where dreams can come true! Can you say the same thing about your country? Leave us alone or well cut off our suppotr and then where will you be?
This is the best website ever! I cant wait to see the pics, they are beautiful.

Posted by Jason in Iowa November 27, 09 02:09 PM

Yes people "War is hell!" But JFK said... It is an unfortunate fact that the best way to keep peace is to be prepared for war" Remember EVIL PREVAILS WHERE GOOD MEN STAND AND DO NOTHING

Posted by Rick Wolfe November 27, 09 03:36 PM

Des photos désolantes malgré leurs qualités. Les vrais soldats sont nos photographes.

Posted by Benjamin November 27, 09 03:49 PM


Posted by abner williamson November 27, 09 04:30 PM

People talk about freedom like it's a giant living on the the hillside that comes out once in while to make an appearance and say, "Hey, I really do exist!" Freedom? What's freedom? Some notion that Americans coined as their destiny when they decided to get territory back from British colonists? The same freedom they took from slaves? The same freedom they took from their own people when they killed JFK? The same freedom they voted on when Bush came in office?

Freedom? Yeah right. There is no freedom except the illusion of freedom. The illusion that you actually matter and are part of a process that recognizes your choices and ideas and respects them. How can freedom prevail? It doesn't. You are sold the dream, the idea of freedom. You buy into it when you blindly accept what you are told by the very people who take it away from you, who tell you that they have to control some freedom in order for freedom to really exist. And so they take a little of this freedom, the freedom they say they gave you, in order to protect you and everyone else.

But no one gives you freedom. It's the natural state of your existence, of who you are. You don't have to fight for it, because the second you do, that means someone can take it away from you. And that's what people are doing. They accept that someone controls their existence because that someone says they gave them their freedom. There is no cost of freedom, only the cost of ignorance of believing others have freed you. Don't let yourself be owned by those who say they know what's best for you and want to help you and make things easier for you. They're just trying to control you so they can make you do what they want you to do.

Posted by Pete November 27, 09 08:17 PM

Thanks to George W. Bush for starting yet another "freedom" campaign... you will clearly be immortalized as a messiah of peace, dumbass...

Posted by Dean November 27, 09 09:53 PM

Now you know why so many of our soldiers come home with PTSD. If our government "allowed" us to see what war REALLY looks like (as in #28), there wouldn't be so much support, and perhaps we wouldn't rush in where we don't belong. (Altho, of course, we don't really have much to say about it, do we? Recent reports show that many other countries tried to discourage Bush and Boys from invading Iraq, but they did what they wanted anyway.) Good lord, what have we really accomplished in these wars? Please, President Obama, bring our men and women home. If we want to send money over there, use it to help THE PEOPLE to build schools (for girls, too) in the small villages, start small businesses, etc. To Kira, who commented above: It must be horribly difficult to have been in the military and think about how the military has been used and abused to further some politicians' and oilmen's agenda (certainly this realization has contributed to the problems our soldiers have upon returning to the States). We are not in Iraq or Afghanistan "defending our freedom." And, just because we protest war and killing, we do not "hate Americans." In fact, we love our people and no longer want them to die for oil or for the military-industrial complex to make some more money.

Posted by Deborah in Green Valley, AZ November 27, 09 10:36 PM

@158 "The US has been threatened and attacked by people that American citizens didnt know or care about, until you said we are your enemy."

It's ignorance like this that allows our government to do the things they do. And don't think that American aid overseas is always a good thing.

Posted by Mike November 27, 09 10:50 PM

Time to get out.

Posted by David Wiewel November 27, 09 11:56 PM

The only terrorism I see here is from the US. Please leave these poor people alone. Stop interfering with these countries and they'll have no reason or desire to attack you.

Posted by Voice of Reason November 27, 09 11:58 PM

Photojournalism… Real! Congrats from Porto Alegre, Brasil.

Posted by RAMiRO FURQUiM November 28, 09 12:31 AM


My name is Anderson Esteves, and I'm from Brazil.

Please, look again at pictures #6 and #37. Can we see that there's still some inocence and hope in their eyes?

Can't we see that all that discussion just continues the war?

How can we hope war stops, if we can't just make comments on a blog peacefully?

I'm a doctor, and pictures like #28 are pretty shocking, even for me...

Everywhere, there are good and bad people - here in Brazil, in USA, in Iran, in France, in China, in Afghanistan... but I really believe most of human beings, everywhere, are very nice people, that just need to be understood.

Americans are a fantastic people. As well as Arabians, Indians, Australians...

But we are humans. All of us have faults, and imperfections.

We are so different... I think that's why mankind is so wonderful, and fascinating.

As sung by Black Eyed Peas, "Where's the love?"

I really like this clip.

Love for all of us. In our hearts, in our minds, in our words, in our gestures.

We can build a better world. We should believe it. If we don't, what we are raising our children for?

My best wishes from Brazil, for all of you.

Anderson Couto Esteves

Posted by Anderson Couto Esteves November 28, 09 05:43 PM

very good

Posted by Anonymous November 28, 09 07:38 PM

Gracias por enseñarnos unas fotos y con ello una información que aquí, en Spain, no llega a calar en los medios de información y no se le da la importancia que está teniendo esta guerra en el ámbito Internacional. Aquí se ve como un problema exterior en el que nosotros no estamos involucrados, cuando en realidad toda Europa y EE.UU estamos metidos de lleno. Una vez más, gracias por vuestra información.

Posted by Miguel Pastor November 29, 09 04:37 AM

@127 I agree! - almost all wars in the middle east have been caused because of religion. If people would just leave each other alone with their own religion, the worlds problems would be over. The wars over there have been going on long before GWBush and will continue, unfortunatly, past Obama. Those countries cannot stand on their own, and we, the US shouldn't have to sacrafice our troops to help countries and don't really seem to want it. The fanatics will stop at nothing...maybe one day they will have blow themselves all up and the peaceful Muslim tradition can once again thrive.

Posted by Meg November 29, 09 04:50 PM

We need to pull out of A-stan, or just shoot the place up to the point it will never be a threat to anyone again. Those are the only 2 real options. Like we needed to do Vietnam all over again.

Posted by Dave November 29, 09 09:52 PM

My friend is there, fighting.... for what?
He risks his life everyday so a few shareholders can get rich off of weapons contractor stocks?
Bring the troops home!!!!
Obama???!!! WTF??

Posted by fotopaper November 29, 09 10:49 PM

#42-"Humanity Hall of Shame !
I'm so sorry.. so sorry for that.. that I'm a human..
Even Animals don't deserve this,
If you think otherwise, then tell me,
what makes you a human?"

We are animals. I think we tend to forget that. Their will always be war. Its in our nature. To understand our differences is one part. To react to them another. That is why violence is a tool of survival. If you try to steal my plate of food and im dead-hungry...go and see what happens...

Regarding war, no one should experience it, but if its coming your way be sure to know were your headed. Its no secret that war is hell. And hell comes full of surprises (not the good ones). To me the kid with the thumbs down as in "get the f**k outta my country". Its clear who the enemy is to him.

Posted by chxdlx November 30, 09 03:13 AM

go b'rack go

Posted by Anonymous November 30, 09 06:46 AM

what is the ALL STUPID AMERICANS DOING THERE....fighting for what??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
and dont give me that crap about peace

Posted by Tantza November 30, 09 08:53 AM

We see war scenes in movies which are not real we know,but, here, my god ! what a life people are living there in Afghanistan? Show these pictures to them and let them realise the madness they are doing may be in name of land, religion or anything else!

Posted by Vilas November 30, 09 10:16 AM

War is such a stupid way to settle an argument. Amazing how many people want to rule the world, regardless of how many get killed in the process. Lives mean nothing to them. Killing means nothing. People living in conditions worse than Hell mean nothing to them.

Posted by Julia November 30, 09 11:00 AM

# 5 is Afghan National Police not Army

Posted by John November 30, 09 01:49 PM

These pictures really humanize what goes on in the war environment. President Obama please send more troops so that our efforts won't be in vain.

To Tamas (post 82) and Ariel (post 86) the flag on the soldier's uniform in picture 21 is backwards because it sybolizes charging into battle. The flag would look that way if he was carrying the flag into battle on a flag pole.

Posted by Ben November 30, 09 02:55 PM

flag is backwards because the us army always "charges" into battle, so if the flag were real and streaming, thats the way it would point because of how it is/would be mounted on a pole.

Posted by tl November 30, 09 05:32 PM

STOP THE WAR PLEASE! Send back your soldiers home!!

Posted by Hill November 30, 09 11:41 PM

Thank you. Thank you for your work. And for you strength. And courage. And tears.

Posted by John, Russia. December 1, 09 11:33 AM

Only Iran
My Love Iran (Freedom)
Die For USA

Posted by MnX December 1, 09 04:20 PM

what de hell they gonna show up 2 de poor civilians, why dont de world still understood that they can buy grains r whatever 2 feed de hunger needies instead of buying weapons, what makes de difference between rebels n armies, i dont find anything, here no one wanna stop war n make peace and all are like doctors who dont give their patience a cure but relief for instant in a belief that they have to come again


Posted by niyaz December 2, 09 01:28 AM

please leave our generations to live and survive

Posted by niyaz December 2, 09 01:31 AM

The usual line up of idiotic Vietnam comparisons and Bush Derangement Syndrome victims.

Unfortunately, BO is going to lose a war Bush had already won.

GOP in 2012. Take back America from the morons in office.

Posted by David Kincaide December 2, 09 09:52 AM

May God bless all the children of Afghanistan and America.

Posted by Zamri December 2, 09 02:29 PM

live and let live

Posted by Anonymous December 3, 09 05:43 AM

I think this is one of the best blog, since the photograph looks so beautiful

Posted by clipping path india December 4, 09 02:29 AM

that is a very cool piture and it was from some goood people .

Posted by demaya December 4, 09 10:42 AM

#37---It's so sad to see the purity of childhood stolen by war. This photo is the scariest and saddest one in the set. Will the cycle of war ever end?

Posted by John Kilpper December 4, 09 02:01 PM

As a 15 year old girl, this almost inspires me to go into this war. This war is clearly wrong but maybe the more work that gets done, the faster its over and if I can make more of a difference there than I can make in the US, it may be worth it. My life is only one, and if I die, it would be a much smaller tragedy than if a local girl in Afganistan dies because I would sign up for it. This is not easy to look at, but it needs to be seen. Share this.

Posted by 15girl December 6, 09 03:52 PM

Its three o'clock am while here in England as I watch these very depressing photos. Numbers 37 and 40 did it for me look at the face of that young Afghan boy as he gives the thumbs down to a passing NATO French Foreign Legion convoy. As young as he is he understands the pain and horror that him, his family and the may people around him is faced with very little to est as exemplified in photo # 15 where an Afghan women waits in line at a CARE food distribution at widows. Also disheartening is that of a little girl with in her small mind are deep thoughts I am sure of what really caused her mom's leg to look that that. look at her facial expression you will see both sadness and an expression of deep thinking. Most children her age in other parts of the world knows only how to play. She dose not have toys or a lot of food to eat as he lives a life surrounded by a constant war of bombing and killing.

Posted by Shawn Thomas December 6, 09 10:27 PM

it,s too good

Posted by asghar December 7, 09 02:31 AM

How the hell can you make the world a more peaceful place for human beings by killing them? Maybe we should just kill each other until we`re all gone and make the world a peaceful place for all the more dignified species (like cockroaches) that were sharing this world together long before we arrived.

Posted by Rod Garratt December 7, 09 06:24 PM

Amazing picture. It makes me appreciate life more. Keep up the good job guys.

Posted by Joel Guzman December 9, 09 01:27 PM

Read Greg Mortenson's (Three Cups of Tea) new book, Stones into Schools, and understand that what will really work in Afghanistan, and in the developing world: meaningful communication and relationships with local elders and tribal leaders, then literacy and education, especially for girls; then there will be hope, then there will be peace.


Posted by Julia Bergman December 10, 09 01:00 AM

"Afghanistan brought the USSR to it's knees in the years they occupied that country. What makes the USA and obama think things will be different now."

Because we helped Afghanistan bring the USSR to their knees, without the USA, the USSR would have won easily.

Posted by Locklandworth December 10, 09 04:19 PM

Pakistani ISI (the Pakistani version of the CIA) who then invaded Afghanistan in the 1990s and waged a bloody campaign to overthrow the national government so it could be replaced by a barbaric islamic theocracy. They succeeded in doing so unfortunately although a Afghan resistance group was able to maintain their freedom in the norther region of the country.

Osama and his international islamofascist terrorist organization moved in soon after and were offered safe haven by the taliban "government", Then came 9/11 and Bush demanded that the taliban hand over Osama and his jihadist operatives immediately. The taliban leadership refused and thus we were forced to overthrow their entire evil regime.

We did so brilliantly in coordination with the Afghani Northern Alliance in only a matter of weeks. During this time both the Afghans and Coalition forces were hopeful and believed that the war in Afghanistan was largely already over. The taliban was forced to flee back to their native Pakistan where they found sanctuary from Coalition forces due to the Pakistani government being unable and unwilling to wipe them out.

The Pakistani government conducted some half baked attempts to defeat the taliban safe havens but ultimately decided to offer them peace treaties instead which the taliban happily accepted. During this time period the taliban recouped and reorganized and started to trickle back into rural parts of Afghanistan.

And the taliban, like all fascists, interpreted the peace treaties with the Pakistani government as a sign of weakness and decided to invade huge swaths of Pakistan for the purpose of spreading their disgusting version of strict sharia law over an unwilling populace using terrorism and intimidation - just like in Afghanistan now and previously.

This infuriated the Pakistani's - afterall; they created, fed and protected the taliban for years and now they dare try to overthrow the government of Pakistan? Hence the recent military Pakistani military operations in Pakistan aimed at pushing back the taliban. There's also no evidence to link the American government to the creation of the taliban despite common myths suggesting otherwise.

While it is true that we aided fundamentalist muslim fighters in Afghanistan in the 1980s in their fight against the Soviet Union, it was a totally different type of fighting force. The Soviets invaded Agfhanistan at the request of the communist Afghan government for the purpose of helping them to defeat a popularist uprising.

The Soviets did so ruthlessly with massive bombing campaigns and raids that targeted civilians. This enraged the entire nation of Afghanistan, the "muslim world" and the international community at large. Thus money and foreign fighters poured into Afghanistan and America got even with the Soviets for aiding the communists back in the Vietnam War by aiding the Afghan fighters.

The differnece between these fighters and the modern day taliban is immense. The fighters we helped in the 1980s were "the people". They came from every walk of life: poor and wealthy, educated and illiterate.and there were hundreds of thousounds of them - not to mention popular.

In comparison the taliban mostly come from small rural parts on the outskirts of Pakistan, are roughly 10,000-15,000 strong and are generally the dregs of society - and extremely unpopular in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Testament to that fact are the numerous polls from various sources showing 85% of Afghans support Coalition forces and want them in their country while only 6% support the taliban - although we're quickly losing support in southern parts of Afghanistan thanks to Obama's dithering and incompetent NATO forces.

This conflict has nothing to do with corporations, oil, gas pipelines, narcotics or any of that other conspiracy theory crap. It's a mission of international security and humanitarian aid. Period.

Posted by Marsh December 11, 09 08:42 AM

peace please

Posted by mauro December 11, 09 10:41 AM

Creio que as guerras nao deveriam de existir,mas com o facto de ver estas fotos,para mim sera uma arma didáctica para mostrar aos meus filhos e netos,o que nao necessitamos.

Posted by DZA_HIB December 11, 09 04:03 PM

Okay, EWW shredded guy.

Posted by Christina December 14, 09 08:34 AM

Its so hard to have Peace in this world when people hate us and want to destroy America at all cost!

Posted by Thomas December 15, 09 03:06 PM

I think the the Boston Globe is doing a near perfect job in showing the realities of war in #28. There are enough other news sources that shy away completely from the violence. For those of you that want more pictures of the violence, just remember that more images would probably weaken the power of the images both in terms of people becoming desensitized and in lowering the number of viewers.

With regard to making such images optional, I think there is some benefit for kids to be able to view these amazing photos without having to be exposed to the full atrocity of war. And yes, I am aware that kids in Afghanistan and other places don't have that option.

Posted by JK December 15, 09 08:22 PM


Posted by Anonymous December 16, 09 04:43 PM


No; better to show these pictures so people can see what real death looks like.

This is the "glory" of war.

Posted by Asaf December 19, 09 09:18 PM

US adventurism will soon be ending in a deep dark no return is to last only and only....till the day...when the merecanries of Paksitan (The current Pakistan Army led by US tout.... Kiyani) will go to hell under mass pressure and the days of the Pakistani mercenaries are also numbered....Insha Allah none of the US army personnel will return alive....why not you ask the Britishers what happened to them...and the Russians...who thought it is just a Bulgaris....

Posted by Abu Maryam December 20, 09 03:31 PM

#201 has a brisk and accurate account of this mess. The majority of these comments fall into two categories: 1. Oh, these pictures truly portray the agony of war (yes, they do) and/or 2. blame America first idiotic pronouncements such as "George Bush did it" regardless of the facts that the Tailiban and Osama's merry band of murderers had formed an unholy alliance long before Dubya left Austin. That alliance led directly to the worst slaughter of US civilians in our history. Moving forward, the US will upset the Afghan historical determinant as it has in numerous other places in the world even with a President who half-heartedly sends America's best into harm's way. God bless our troops.

Isn't it amazing how Iraq news has fallen into a black hole with exception of the occasional bomb blast report? Where are the pictures of the calmed streets, the young children attending school or the massive reconstruction efforts under way with the revenue from oil that the idiots claimed was America's aim from the first. I'm old enough to rememeber the maps the same idiots displayed of Viet Nam divided into drilling patches by big oil. The same type pea brains who bought that nonsense now buy the "Bush did it" sound bites today. These sick little minds will always be there to dream conspiracies beacause they are rightly revolted by the horror of war. The impulse reaction is to "feel" superior and righteous by simultaneously shutting off the underutilized "reasoning" parts dimly flickering within their craniums. One at a time they are pathetic harmless simpletons yet aggregate them into millions pouring from the doors of dumbed down schools and universities and they collectively represent the greatest threat to US security and world freedom imaginable.

Posted by Lee December 28, 09 12:34 PM

we can imagine the life a part of planet and we waiting for that moment only when we all will feel prosperity in Afghanistan lets prey for the humanity and beloved soldiers who are doing day night service god bless all of them

Posted by kishor Kumar February 7, 10 02:29 AM

I wish there were more non war images of this beautiful country. All we ever see are guns and dead people.Some people think the whole country are hashish growers and taliban fighters. Media doesn't help to straighten the facts by only showing what sells.

In November I went there on my own just to prove to myself that stuff we see is not what most Afghans experience.

If interested,
some images can be found on the blog. There's also a vide slideshow with even more images. None of them are military.


Posted by Dmitri Markine February 23, 10 05:00 AM

i see
i lack words

Posted by morrison moas July 29, 10 02:30 PM

what is more dangerously disappointing is the silence of the international community over the circumstances of afghanistan and deliberate cum forceful occuoancy of the land by USA and the supporting countries..

let these poor people live their lives.
ya allah please send your mercy on yhese people.

Posted by shabbir November 3, 10 11:45 AM
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