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Afghanistan, June, 2010

This month has been the deadliest month yet for foreign troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense now reports that one hundred coalition troops were killed this month. The death toll for 2010 to date now stands at 320. With soldiers and equipment still arriving in the country, peak troop strength is anticipated to reach 150,000 by August. And, with the removal of General Stanley McChrystal from command of Afghanistan following an embarrassing article in Rolling Stone magazine, a shift in leadership is underway with General David Petraeus attending confirmation hearings now. Efforts are now being made ot both weaken the Taliban and pressure them to reconcile with the Afghan government, but progress is slow, and many earlier gains are becoming unstable once more. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. [Editor's Note: I will be on vacation next week. Next entry will be published on 7/7] (42 photos total)

Two-year-old Faith Marie Adams reaches for one of the U.S. flags from her father, Army Spc. Christian M. Adams' coffin, during military honors ceremonies at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Huachuca, Arizona on Tuesday, June, 22, 2010. Christian Adams, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, died in Afghanistan on June 11. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Kelly Presnell)
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250 comments so far...

#15 is so surreal... looks like a glimpse of what a moon base could look like

Posted by Dominoh June 30, 10 12:47 PM

I'm feel very poorly about all those women, whose cannon fodder husbands died in this pointless war started by politicians, who's just making money on it

Posted by Oleg June 30, 10 12:48 PM

What are we doing there? Lets get our troops home.

Posted by Dre June 30, 10 12:51 PM

I was going to write something very harsh on the US - Afghan relations...

...until I saw photo #37.


Posted by cegg June 30, 10 12:53 PM

I appreciate more than anything, even though they're painful to look at, the scenes of coffins draped with other than American flags. We're not the only ones making sacrifices.

Posted by alm June 30, 10 12:58 PM

#37 is hard to take

Posted by hhm June 30, 10 01:07 PM

Picture #1 is absolutely heartbreaking.

Posted by Sri June 30, 10 01:12 PM


Posted by soldier June 30, 10 01:14 PM

War is indeed meaningless.

Posted by Jerson June 30, 10 01:17 PM

This war is ridiculous. Our soldiers are getting killed for no good reason. The fighting ends up killing Afghan civilians which rightfully makes them angry. We should remove all our troops right now. We are wasting lives. How is picture #1 something any of us can tolerate!! We are wasting billions of dollars on this fool's errand.

Posted by CNR June 30, 10 01:24 PM

Soooo, is bombing the whole country not an option?? Just sayin.

ps - thanks religion....

Posted by Trev D. June 30, 10 01:25 PM

Unemployed people here in the USA are being thrown out onto the streets. We are building schools and homes for people who do not even want us there. A disaster bigger than 9/11 is going on in the Gulf of Mexico and nobody is being held responsible.
Obama, Bush, and whoever is elected next have absolutely no power to do anything about any of this. That's the scary part.

Posted by pete June 30, 10 01:27 PM

"...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ( Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness) ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

-Declaration of Independence

We are there to preserve freedom and liberty around the world. Our troops are there for a noble aid ANY country in the world (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) in establishing freedom when they cannot establish it for themselves. Anyone who feels that these wars are pointless should get the chance to trade places with someone who has to live without the gift of freedom. Shame on anyone who can't see past their own comforts to realize America is great because of her freedom and ability to bring freedom to others.

Posted by nitro June 30, 10 01:28 PM

#30 should be rated NSFW. I bawled like a baby. God I hate war.

Posted by Shawn June 30, 10 01:31 PM

Humans sure do love war, don't they?

Posted by Number23 June 30, 10 01:40 PM

Amazing images. #28 (kids holding skateboards) really resonated with me and instantly brought one word to my mind - freedom.

Posted by Steve Coutts June 30, 10 01:40 PM

The agony projecting from #37 is incredible; yet at the same time, there is this eerie sense of peace. I'm sorry for her, and all other women out there in the same boat. Also, thank you to the photographer for displaying one of the most touching photographs I have ever seen.

Posted by Jake L. June 30, 10 01:40 PM

from europe, i want to thank for the photos

my thoughts while viewing the pictures:

not much left

Posted by peter June 30, 10 01:50 PM

I have tears in my eyes because of #1, #30, and #37... These peoples families are being torn apart because of war profiteers and we're ramping up to goto Iran now? More of these pictures and families torn apart because of some politician's career. And before you dump me into any crazy lefty... I served. 2nd Marine Division and III MEF. I feel so bad for these families, I'm at work and I'm fighting to hold back tears. That poor child will never know her dad. Never... all because of politicians.

Posted by Matt June 30, 10 01:56 PM

Our children, fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles should be home not fighting a war.

Posted by Jessi's Aunt June 30, 10 02:09 PM

"Editor's Note: I will be on vacation next week"
Bonne vacance, mon Capitaine!
(If I got that right ...)

Posted by Anonymous June 30, 10 02:10 PM

big diference betweet photo n 41 (she couldn't choose) and 42 (they choose go to war for nothing.

Posted by shame from barcelona(catalonia) June 30, 10 02:15 PM

#37 must be the picture of the year...

Posted by Swedish June 30, 10 02:18 PM

These pictures are extraordinary. They're always hard to look at especially when they hit close to home. We've lost quite a few friends and have a battalion full of them in Afghanistan right now. The best anyone can do is support our troops and remember the mistakes made in the past. These men and women need to hear that we support and appreciate them. They work harder and experience more than most people.

Posted by Kim June 30, 10 02:20 PM

Sometimes wars must be fought (WW II). But todays wars are at least doubtable. Most of the time I hear the word freedom from a politician, its followed by a lie. So be aware the next time you hear it.

#37 is so damn sad that I (30 y/o man) almost started to cry. All the best to the bereaved.

Posted by Fritz June 30, 10 02:22 PM

Photo #37 is gut-wrenching

Posted by Jon June 30, 10 02:31 PM

Going to war for nothing? You do realize that if we weren't there, those pictures of girls with their faces exposed wouldn't exist? Are you also aware that most of the families who's sons and daughters died in the war, SUPPORT the war effort?

A lot of you are so naive and brainwashed it borders on the ridiculous.

Posted by newsian June 30, 10 02:32 PM

This is so incredibly sad. It is amazing how pictures depict an issue so much more than words and policies could ever provide. If people saw these pictures, day after day, the war would be much more real to them. Thank you for posting these. Pray for our troops and for those who have lost loved ones- I know I am.

Posted by Angela Blake June 30, 10 02:32 PM

How can Obama endorse this war? He knows Iraq is meaningless, but he says Afghanistan is justified. Does he not know that our troops die in war? Obama, I still have HOPE where is the CHANGE?!

Posted by River Dancer June 30, 10 02:35 PM

agreed #37 is the one that really got me

Posted by Jeff Tamagini June 30, 10 02:49 PM

This war made sense when Bin Laden and Al Queda were in Afghanistan but they've been gone since Dec 2001 when they escaped from Tora Bora. Why all these years of carnage?

Posted by toosinbeymen June 30, 10 02:51 PM

Really moving pictures. They tell a thousand stories: so much can be discerned from them.

41. merits a warning.

Posted by Bruce June 30, 10 02:58 PM

Y al hombre que podría detener toda esta violencia no lo hace.
El mismo hombre que le dieron el premio nobel de la Paz.
Que ironia.

Posted by Rosa June 30, 10 02:58 PM

37 and 42 are extremely sad. War is sad.

Posted by etienne June 30, 10 03:02 PM

@Fritz: I'm a 47 y.o. and I just broke up on #37. I can't remember ever seeing a more touching photo. I hope she has found some peace lying there.

Posted by Bob June 30, 10 03:05 PM

this war is only being fought so that we have more oil and look where that gets us! if you don't know, then just ask the birds in the golf of mexico! OMG!

Posted by Gina Laxbury June 30, 10 03:08 PM

Typing between tears. I lost it on #30.

Posted by Bonnie H. June 30, 10 03:08 PM

The war is incredibly sad, but I hope against hope that something tangibly good will come out of all this sadness. The pictures of the girls, particularly in 25 and 35, give me hope that things can change for the better.

What is perhaps even sadder, perhaps, is to compare the photos of how it was/is for women was under the Taliban (e.g. 20) to how it was back in the 1960s. There was an excellent article in Foreign Policy magazine about it, with pictures that were just mind-blowing.

My heart goes out to the civilians in Afghanistan as well as the service members.

Posted by Ellie June 30, 10 03:19 PM

#1: Yes I feel sorry fer her but she is luckier than the children in Afghanistan whose parents are alive. She will still receive proper education and live a comfortable life style.

Posted by John Dvorak June 30, 10 03:40 PM

Why are we in Afghanistan? Perhaps all of you forgot what happened on 9/11. Why are we still in Afghanistan if we have already succeeded in disrupting the Taliban? Perhaps you all have forgotten what happened when we left Iraq in the 90's, or when we left Afghanistan in shambles in the 80's. We're not still in Afghanistan simple because some random radical Muslims knocked down a couple of our buildings. What happened on 9/11 was much more than the murdering of almost 3,000 Americans. It made us realize how much the world has changed and how insecure and cruel it can be.

If you believe that we should leave and let the Taliban re-take Afghanistan and its population then you should re-examine history. They are far worse and far more immoral than the conflict we are currently engaged in there. Read Ellie's post (38) on how different Afghanistan was in the 1960's.

I am currently serving and I still believe in the mission in Afghanistan. I am volunteering to be the man in picture number four. However I believe the answer to Afghanistan is more complex then simply Military action. Our occupation is simply a step in the right direction for developing this country and routing out an oppressive regime.

There is nothing wrong with questioning your politicians. But do not dismiss this war because if you do you dismiss every death and injury that so many have endured for a mission that many of us still believe in.

Posted by Sean June 30, 10 03:54 PM

Eh. It is strange, but on #37 and #42, are most sad.

Posted by wit June 30, 10 03:54 PM

War is hell, meaningless, cruel and unfathomable. Civilians are always the ones caught inbetween. Yet freedom is not free. These lost young lives did not die in vain-even for those who oppose it and call it senseless. I know what it is to be under the gun of Communist and Islamic fanatics. They trully have no respect for human rights, do not value life and the future of people. We are free to think, write and speak right, as we wish, because we are free, not oppressed or threatened by religious fanatics, tyrannts or an oppressive regime.

I'm here too because my dad and mom were liberated during World War II by the men and women of the United States who came over to face a fanatical enemy in heat, rain, sickness, exhaustion, mosquitos, fear, death and starvation-things too mind boggling for most of us. I always keep this in mind with every man and woman who serves out there. It's not a walk in the park.

Probably unbeknownst to most people but the United States is still a symbol of hope and freedom- a light unto the world whether you like it or not. The UK and other freedom-loving countries, including the nation of Israel, which everyone is calling oppressive, is also taking its stand on this. One will only know it when he/she has lost his/her freedom. Then one can see what liberty and justice for all means.

Be proud and cherish our soldiers! Pray for them, send them packages and respect them. Our President and military officials face a tough task ahead of them. Support them and pray for them. This is not to disregard the dead but everyone should realize deep in his/heart that someone is maimed, dead or a family member's life will never be the same so we could live the way we want to live-in freedom. Think about it each day and night.

For if the light that shines from the United States, Britain, France, Gernany and so many other freedom-loving countries would go out then it will surely be a dark world full of ignorance, fear, oppression, mingling with the stench and sight of death.

Posted by Anonymous June 30, 10 04:13 PM

PIC #37 AND #42 ...

Posted by Batka25 June 30, 10 04:19 PM

What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
War is something that I despise
For it means destruction of innocent lives
For it means tears in thousands of mothers' eyes
When their sons go out to fight to give their lives

What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing

It's nothing but a heartbreaker
Friend only to the undertaker
War is the enemy of all mankind
The thought of war blows my mind
Handed down from generation to generation
Induction destruction
Who wants to die

What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing

War has shattered many young men's dreams
Made them disabled bitter and meanLife is too precious to be fighting wars
each day
War can't give life it can only take it away

It's nothing but a heartbreaker
Friend only to the undertaker
Peace love and understanding
There must be some place for these things today
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord there's gotta be a better way
That's better than

What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing "

Posted by Batka25 June 30, 10 04:27 PM

It would make more sense to me if the govt we were propping up in Afghanistan seemed remotely capable and honest. Yes, we abandoned them last time and ran into Iraq, but that cannot be an excuse to continue on for years and more lives. Whether those soldiers chose to be there doesn't matter. The cost is immeasurable. Nation building is not what the American public was sold.

Posted by John from Westport June 30, 10 04:34 PM


Posted by simon June 30, 10 04:45 PM


even though I believe you mean good, I still find your post sickening. Who are we to choose who ought to be "liberated" and who not? For example, the Palestinians are clearly not worth liberating. Israel is "taking a stand" against people she stole her land from.
You also talk of "freedom-loving" countries. What makes a country "freedom-loving"? The ability to bring war to countries whose people are unfortunate enough to be oppressed? And those oppressed, they have no love for freedom do they? Every country is "freedom-loving", you should not mistake governments for countries. If people are happy with their lives, then they are free. If they are unhappy, they will rebel and overthrow their oppressors. In this rebellion we can aid them, but we should never bring war to another country by our own demand.

Posted by Njyyrikki June 30, 10 04:53 PM

This is Russian song by Alexander Rosenbaum called "Black Tulip".

Posted by Alex June 30, 10 05:04 PM


The Declaration of Independence makes a poor justification for nation-building wars. The People referred to must be the Afghans: Jefferson's handy little document posits a Right to Revolution, not the burden of the Free to impose democratic forms of government. Such acts are tyranny, even if well intentioned, and stink of the Victorian fascination with "spreading civilization." While the War in Afghanistan might be just, it is incorrect to use documents whose purpose was the intellectual foundation of a rebellion to justify an act of nation building.

No less important is this consideration from Niccolò Machiavelli:

"And, first, if the Princedom be not wholly new, but joined on to the ancient dominions of the Prince, so as to form with them what may be termed a mixed Princedom, changes will come from a cause common to all new States, namely, that men, thinking to better their condition, are always ready to change masters, and in this expectation will take up arms against any ruler; wherein they deceive themselves, and find afterwards by experience that they are worse off than before. This again results naturally and necessarily from the circumstance that the Prince cannot avoid giving offence to his new subjects, either in respect of the troops he quarters on them, or of some other of the numberless vexations attendant on a new acquisition. And in this way you may find that you have enemies in all those whom you have injured in seizing the Princedom, yet cannot keep the friendship of those who helped you to gain it; since you can neither reward them as they expect, nor yet, being under obligations to them, use violent remedies against them. For however strong you may be in respect of your army, it is essential that in entering a new Province you should have the good will of its inhabitants."

Posted by troutwine June 30, 10 05:25 PM

This war lost its meaning a long time ago for me. I supported the decision to go in to Afghanistan, but now, it almost seems like there is no point to be there. I still support our troops (my father is in the Air Force, and my brother just joined a month ago), but it seems like now all they are doing is obeying orders. Coming from one who has seen the military on the inside, its time to come back I think. This is turning into another 'Nam

Posted by MK June 30, 10 05:46 PM

#1, #37 & #42 are extremly sad!.. :'(
That was the price... but the price for what?..
shame on us (humans) really..

Posted by Ivan June 30, 10 05:47 PM

@ nitro (#13)

Your comment made me laugh a little because I'm pretty confident the Founding Fathers didn't mean go into some other "Peoples" country and abolish/alter their government for them. It is the responsibility of that country's citizens (people) to do that. Now, you're probably thinking I don't have a heart for other people, well I do and it hurts to see what is happening over there, but in the end we can't be going around and trying to take care of other peoples problems especially when we don't have a full handle on ours.

Also, our Declaration of Independence wasn't written as a "universal apply to all" document. It was for the U.S. and not other countries. Sure they can use it too, but it wouldn't be authentic and meaningful compared to if they write their own. I'm grateful for what I have and it does suck to see how other people live, but the answer is not war, it is peace.

Posted by Mat June 30, 10 05:47 PM

I'm no astronomer, but I think the center of photograph #15 is also the center of our galaxy.

Posted by Mantaray June 30, 10 05:59 PM

Why is #5 & #39 labeled as objectionable? They are Taliban and deserved worse than they got. #41 is objectionable. #26 is objectionable if they were not taken out back and shot in the face immediately following the picture.


Posted by Ped O. Mohammed June 30, 10 06:16 PM

We, humans have allways engaged in conflicts through the means of weapons and power, rarely through the means of dialouge and communication.

Let me quote Khaled Hosseini:
(it goes something likes this):

>>Never steal/rob; you take a mans money you steal, you take a mans food you steal, you take a mans life you steal. Never steal.

These pictures, and all other footage of war and murder and crime, make me want to escape this world, hide on a far away island and live my life alone or with few of my closest relatives who share my thoughts...

I have a strange feeling though, that no matter how much one try to flee from the misseries in this world, the misseries will haunt you till death.

Posted by Anonymous June 30, 10 06:29 PM

They witnessed it all...
and maybe in the youthful afghan boys heart there grew a craving for revenge?
And maybe in the blood stained american marine there birthed a cry for peace?...because they witnessed it all...and that "all", was telling them something.
We say war is hell, usless and measningless. But where does it start if not in the heart? In your and mine. Who is king there, in that heart of yours? You? That broken, proud you? that wounded, western, weathly you?
Maybe it's the "fallen you"?
Maybe Man truely is born evil.
Maybe that's why the price of real peace is so costly? figthing our fallen nature.
Hear what I'm saying, before there can be real peace there needs to be real Salvation. Not some religoius bullsh**t, but a true turn of hearts. Jesus in and me, myself and I, out.

And then, when Jesus is King of hearts, probably the afghan boy and the american marine can lift their gaze from their personal borders & orders to deny revenge its entrance and reinforce peace into its rigthful place. Who's King? It's up to you!
Stop the war in your heart and help those bleeding by war to bleed no more.

Bas v.d. Eijkhof

Posted by Bas v.d. Eijkhof June 30, 10 06:31 PM

No.47. Call it sickening. I have been a hostage myself. I have counted the minutes and hours to see if I would live. I have lost friends and almost lost my brother because of terrorist activities. I believe I can speak of what freedom is.

Since you ask, a freedom-loving country is wherein you can live and are free to chose the way you live, respected for your liberties, rights, given VALUE FOR LIFE, rights and liberties, given the opportunity to excel and rise up to be what you want to be, FREE FROM FEAR AND THREAT OF DEATH. I know this because I am an immigrant too. I did not have these benefits before but now I do have it. Freedom, though, should not be abused and taken responsibly. You ought to know that too.

The ability to bring war in this case is not against a people but against extreme Islamic groups who threaten not only these people but those outside their nation too. It's a movement to take over the world with use of any means-including violence.This is already a jihad we are fighting. And jihad calls for violence. The bad thing about any conflict is that the civilians are always caught inbetween. Free media covers only those it can reach with the UN forces but cannot cover the atrocities on the other side. We are not fighting the people of a nation. We are fighting a terrorist group who is using people as shields-very much what Hamas and Hezbollah are doing to the Palestinians.

It was very easy for you to say that if people are unhappy they will rebel and overthrow their oppressors. As history has proven fanatics, terrorists, tyrannts do not respect gender or age when they want to kill. If a member of the family fights against, it retaliates by killing all your family members-men, women, children, pets, livestock and burns down everything you have. To instill more fear mutilation and public display of the bodies is done. There is no law nor rules of war as you might believe there is.

Not all the world has the resources the US has to fight terrorism and oppressive regimes. You see it as the US bringing war but I don't see it that way. Now, if you don't want war over there then do you want it here? Because that was what the terrorists were doing already since the early 90s (first World Trade Center attack). We would be another Israel if we chose to have it here. If this fanaticism is not contained it will cover the world. It's on the move. India has been attacked last year by terrorist from Pakistan. The Abbu Sayyaf and MILF are on the move in the Philippines.

I can speak of Israel too as I have been there. Some of my good friends are the Israeli Arabs. Why don't I call them Palestinians just like those who Arabs who call themselves Palestinians? A Palestinian in is someone born in Palestine before 1948. Israel's land is theirs. They were there thousands of years ago and it was given to them by God. The Israelis offered the Palestinians to stay but some of the Palestinians did not chose to and believed Yaser Arafat that they would drive them to the sea. So they believed and left their houses despite the offers from Israel that they could stay. But that didn't happen and they are now left without a nation land of their own. Had they stayed with Israel or the Palestinian Authority and not voted/driven the PA out of Gaza they would have been better off. I encourage you to see Israel and the cities of the PA. The Israeli Arabs are doing well living side by side with the Jews, Christians, etc. Once you enter the PA cities like Jericho they look like third world countries-trash, shantys, no work, no infrastructure, water system despite the billions poured into them by the UN. The Palestinians in Gaza are willing hostages for Hamas. They elected them because they are not seeing quick results from the ruling Fatah party of the PA. Hamas took over violently killing Fatah members-Muslim against Muslim. They themselves are killing each other. It's the same thing with Hezbollah in the North who have killed Muslims in Tiberias with their rockets.

Not that I glorify war but terrorism and jihad glorifies it, I know this is sensitive but that's what their book teaches if you have not read it. The extreme form of it calls for anyone who does not submit to it to be killed or taxed heavily. It's in there and in their laws. We cannot sit back and be an audience or be victims ourselves.

I hope I have shared enough with you beyond the ideologies and principles you believe as a free man. You need to step out and see these places to know-if you would be willing to take the risk. Then you will know,

Posted by Anonymous June 30, 10 06:38 PM

Woah, #37.... omg.

Posted by Chad June 30, 10 06:52 PM

@ #37 thank you to that woman for her sacrifice to me for my freedom. makes you wonder if everyone had to sacrifice like her would war still be around.

support the troops but not the war

Posted by Erik June 30, 10 06:55 PM

saad :s

Posted by Remy.b June 30, 10 06:58 PM

I don´t have word to express how I feel about war, is so confuse. Just I know I love a joung man, he will joint to soldiers in Afganistan, he will figth, I don´t know for who, I don´t know why, just I know because he is a good person and he wants to do good thing, he will done good thing. It is hard for everyone, and I also share the pain, not equaly, but the only thing we can do is support our man there, pray for them, and give them all our support because they need it, and if God assit us, please just give a reazon to end war and everyone can live their live in peace, with freedom, and without anyone interfering.Thank you and my pain for all that families that lose a precious member.

Posted by Isel June 30, 10 07:07 PM

foto 37 stuck me so hard. So sad..... Bring them all home now
Over here in Holland we also have TOO MUCH casualties

Posted by Jos Schuurman June 30, 10 07:15 PM

Picture #22
" A US survey has uncovered at least one trillion dollars worth of mineral deposits in Afghanistan,"

Ahh, now I understand....

In the midst of mayhem and carnage, there's still an opportunity for sneaking through the back door and rifling through the family trinkets......

Posted by Andy June 30, 10 07:18 PM

# 41 tore me up inside :(

Posted by Malik June 30, 10 07:55 PM


US are disturbing other people's country!! STOP interfering in their own's country business and act like a saint trying to help them when infact all you want is War.

Why cant we just live in Harmony!!!!

Posted by all the way from the ASEAN June 30, 10 08:38 PM

could we leave already? these wars are stupid.

Posted by dan June 30, 10 09:27 PM

:'( stupid war .. 41 & 42 :'(

Posted by Nazi June 30, 10 09:45 PM

Some heartbreaking images, #42 and #37 pushed me over the edge. Humanity acts without sense or awareness of the consequences on all sides. There will never be an end to war or tragedy.

Posted by Mark June 30, 10 10:02 PM

I like how everyone was more affected by #37, a picture of a woman laying on the grass in the sun, rather than #41. A picture of a child hurt and screaming/crying. You Americans are inhuman.

Posted by Afghan June 30, 10 10:11 PM

#33 amazing capture in this endless see of disaster...

Posted by LPAPHOTO June 30, 10 10:52 PM

Hope we have more of 21s, 25s and 28s.

Posted by Rahul S June 30, 10 10:55 PM

Those who have hands in this tragedy are now equally gaining and loosing certain apsects of life ..slowly.. slowly..

Posted by Rakesh June 30, 10 11:08 PM

Bring them home. This is too much to bear.

My heart goes out to all the peoples affected by the deaths of these brave soldiers.

Posted by HadEnough June 30, 10 11:25 PM

#3 is an amazing shot, the lighting is incredible! I hate politics so no comments about anything else

Posted by Brandon July 1, 10 12:12 AM

when it will end?? pointlesssss

Posted by teguh951 July 1, 10 01:05 AM

Tears in my eyes when seeing that....

Posted by Roland July 1, 10 01:19 AM

Are you people kidding? Just walk away?? Really? We've done it to the Afghans before. When the Mujahdeen were fighting the Russians, we backed them and promised aid once the Russians were gone. The Russians left, and we broke our promise, and they do remember.

There can be no reconciliation or peace talks with the fundamentalist Islamic terrorists, it is seen as a sign of weakness there. If you are weak, then you are vulnerable. Their recent attacks against much larger NATO bases show how much they want to be perceived as being "strong" or a threat.
The future is in the children, young adults and upcoming generations and education. The only way that this can successfully be settled, without another 911, is to change the infrastructure of the country. The people want running water and electricity. They want competent medical care instead of going to Pakistan. They want to police their own, without having to pay bribes to elected officials. They want jobs.
The challenge is that the Taliban controls with religious manipulation, keeping the mass of the population illiterate and in terror. If a village challenges the Taliban, they will often find their elders without their heads. The people are TIRED of war, war with the Russians, war with the Taliban, war with NATO. We can still make a positive impact, but not half heartedly.
We have made progress, but that is NEVER shown in the media.
Oh, and yes, I have been there and am damn proud of my service and all of our soldiers.

Posted by Denise Price July 1, 10 01:31 AM

those who say this war is okay, because of 9/11 and freedom -- you do realize that the US government paid for the training of those responisble the terrorist attacks, right? so pointless.

Posted by cegg July 1, 10 01:47 AM

You have to love people who are privileged to be born into a country that is free, and has never seen the horrors of war on their own borders or streets wring their hands and call the task of giving others the same opportunity as 'pointless.'

Just keep shedding your crocodile tears for soldiers you no doubt believe are stupid, and made all the wrong career choices and keep asking "what price?" of a war you were never asked to sacrifice a thing for.

"The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price,peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life."
-Teddy Roosevelt

The usual Boston dullards love their soft living.

Posted by sarlac July 1, 10 01:51 AM

What are you doing there ... go home an care for your famillies ...

Posted by Robert July 1, 10 01:52 AM

very painful war.please stop this tragedy

Posted by Narcie July 1, 10 02:09 AM

instead of using the army to clean up the gulf, they are sent off just to cause more suffer...

Posted by elisabeth July 1, 10 02:20 AM

But Colt Firearms, and many war related manufacturers, are doing very well, (profitably). And isn't that really what this is all about?

Posted by Carbon July 1, 10 02:25 AM

Wow. #37 is such a powerful image. I think we'll see it pop up more over the coming years.

Posted by Andy July 1, 10 03:22 AM

Vajpayee and Bush are sitting in a bar. A guy walks in and asks the barman,
'Isn't that Bush and Vajpayee?'
The barman says 'Yep, that's them.'
So the guy walks over and says, 'Hello, what are you guys doing?'
Bush says, 'We're planning world war 3.'
The guy says, 'Really? What's going to happen?'
And Vajpayee says, 'Well, we're going to kill 14 million Pakistanis and one bicycle repairman.'
And the guy exclaimed, 'A bicycle repairman?!! !'
Vajpayee turns to Bush and says, 'See, I told you no-one would worry about the 14 million Pakistanis!'
I mean to say that no body is worried about pic # 41. What was her fault??? and nobody worries coz she is an Afghan and Muslim

Posted by SAIF KHAN July 1, 10 04:13 AM

#37 shows true love .... shocking pictures never shows these kind of pics.

Posted by Heeren July 1, 10 04:18 AM

La foto n. 37 è devastante per l'animo.....

Posted by Simone July 1, 10 04:27 AM

really strong pictures. moving.
i don't care if a soldier that is ir has been in afghanistan or in any war writes here saying that the war is useful, that it brings freedom, that you should respect it blablabla...
if you are there and have seen your friends die it's because of "the powers that be", it's not because of freedom (unless you mean freedom to be disgustingly rich and live comfortably while the rest of the world suffers so you can live that way).
of course if afghanistan is left alone now it would be a bigger mess, so why not DO THE RIGHT THING FROM THE BEGINNING?? that means, why was it left to rot under taliban rule in the 90s?? just like Rambo III; taliban friendly, now: enemy. this is a recurrent thing with US foreign policy. when they serve your purpose they are friends. if they rebel or become annoying they are the worst enemies of "freedom". pathetic.
stop living in that propaganda world of freedom and bringing democracy to the world... it's not about that, it's never been about that. it's all about acquiring strategic resources, PERIOD!

Posted by juancs July 1, 10 04:30 AM

Superb images, you can only marvel at the efficiency of the US war machine's publicity arm. Pity the war itself isn't quite as polished.

Posted by Tom July 1, 10 05:46 AM

Am I the only one who thinks they have seen #37 somewhere before?

Posted by Perie July 1, 10 05:59 AM

there is nothing in the world to justify such images...

Posted by denisa July 1, 10 06:13 AM

So why no pictures of afgan burials (ie. civial casuelties)? Just wondering. And why so many pics of dead afgans and none of isaf troops? Is it not okey to show a dead isaf fighter? Aren't we alla equal no matter what ethnic or religious background.

I really like the series of afganistan and I can understand the patriotiorism, but a wider view would be even nicer. The effect of this war for normal afgan people is enermous. They will suffer and struggle many decades-centuries of this and previous wars.

Posted by white male living in scandinavia July 1, 10 06:28 AM

we can live in harmony if others stop invading foreign countries -- go home, U.S.A. and leave people to decide how they want to live for themselves -- they will prosper without interferring Know-it-alls who only bring disaster and devastation -- clean up the Golf and leave these people alone, please --

Posted by g.h. July 1, 10 06:32 AM

@13 (nitro) .. so if the afghan constitution would have the same wording, the afghans could come to your house and free you from all the enslavery and non-freedom you are being forced to? and in the act of freeing you from the bad could shoot and kill your family and kids and call it colleteral damage?
your freedom ends, wherever you start to contain the freedom of another person.
i think the troops could do better in cleaning up oily coasts and instead of weapons the money would be well spent on health care, dont you think?

Posted by chenzen July 1, 10 07:40 AM

#30, #37 and #42 said more than words ever could... heart-breaking...
Every picture is amazing... thank you.

Posted by mdailly July 1, 10 07:51 AM

A very powerful set of images. Thank you.

Posted by AmericanJarhead July 1, 10 08:04 AM

#30 such a heart-breaking moment!

Posted by Kristin July 1, 10 08:07 AM

Devastating far the most heartbreaking and emotional series on The Big Picture yet. Painful to look at....and yet people are living this pain every day over there. Will it be worth it in the end? We may never know........

Posted by utah July 1, 10 08:53 AM

Being an european resident, i wonder why most of you comment especially on #1 #37 and #42, as the most blessing of the photos. Why do many of you just feel sorry about american victims? wouldn't it be a better world if there was compassion for humans in general and not just for americans?

@Trev D: "Soooo, is bombing the whole country not an option?? Just sayin."

Did you really want to say this? I guess that most would agree that posting this is a shame for other US people which know how to give reflected statements

Posted by Jo Feldmann July 1, 10 09:51 AM

The Bilderberg Group must keep it going. This is their way of earning a living. Watch them when Iran is included in the war. David Rockefeller anf friends will continue with war as long as we the people continue to fight it for them.
I have a great deal of a problem resolving in my mind the fact that my brother lies in the ground in Holland. War is the toy of the rich and famous. The poor slobs like my family do the dirty work.

Posted by Anonymous July 1, 10 09:56 AM

my heart goes out to all the innocent people in Afghanistan -- how dare anybody invade their country and just shoot them down ! They are helpless ! Soldiers are paid to go out and kill and many get killed because they intrude, while innocent citizens are killed because they breathe the air in their own country.

Posted by gaby July 1, 10 09:59 AM

Just for oil. Too sad.

Posted by JohnMcop July 1, 10 10:37 AM

Although war is sad, and I agree But remember they attached us. we must fight and fight to the end or we will not have freedom we ( our children and our childrens children) all will live in a world of fear. We did not ask for this war. THIS war stated on Sept 11, let not forget

Posted by Anonymous July 1, 10 11:16 AM

they would find that in this country? think himself

Posted by ukrain pingvinius July 1, 10 11:16 AM

ok listen, i hate gw bush and i love obama, ok?!?! but wtf for obama bc these are the things he promised:

no war
gas less expensive
free healthcare
lower the morgages
lower the tax
punish the bankers [bc they steal money in broad daylight, obvi]
make equality
fair politics with no lobbies and ful FULL disclosure

so ok, he makes good on like most of that but do you SEE the first one?!?! looks like war is still happening! thanks obaba! nice! please fix it!

Posted by Amanda July 1, 10 11:26 AM

I had a long discussion with my professor about these images yesterday. I would like to share his thoughts as they are deep, profound, subjunctive, and he is a very wise man. He has been a professor of natural European history for two decades now and is fiercely intelligent. Our conclusions are thusly:

- Obama is the only president that could possibly have handled this mess.
- People do not talk enough about GWB anymore. REMEMBER: GWB more than likely knew about 9/11 beforehand.
- Obama is knocking them down like dominoes: healthcare first, bankers second, environment third, wars fourth. He is truly a modern day Robin Hood!
- People need to understand that Obama hates war, hates poverty, loves open-mindedness, loves America, and loves his family. He's written two books, both of which have been classics. He's a student of the fine arts and of European class and civility. He's got that toughness that one needs to be a great president. He's also a truly independent thinker.

My professor [I can't say his name here] once remarked during one of his better lectures that when Obama speaks, he "can see different color tones and modalities that [he] hasn't experienced since visiting the Sistine Chapel."

Now, we have no doubt that Obama will successfully end this useless indefatigable conflict and restore peace to humanity once more.

There is hope.

Prosperity, justice, light, and harmony.


Posted by Peter Willis July 1, 10 11:44 AM

It. Is. Time. To. Leave.

Posted by DvD July 1, 10 12:12 PM

All in the name of petty vengeance and greed, is it al worth it ?

Posted by Niels July 1, 10 12:24 PM

As a deployed U.S. Soldier, #42 made me cry

Posted by Bruce July 1, 10 12:53 PM


Posted by Anonymous July 1, 10 01:05 PM

If you live in a poor American community, and you are trying to make a better life for yourself, who do you call when the thugs across the street break into your car, steal it, and smash it into a freeway siding? Maybe, the police. Who do you call when your daughter is raped by a gang of boys? Maybe, the police. If the police aren't responsive, what might you do? If you are able, you gather a posse comitatus and take on the bastards, if you are many and they few.

It takes very few thugs to terrorize an notherwise poor, but hopeful community. When the thugs become to many, it may no longer be possible to fight them by your own hand. It may not be wise to fight them without the mantle of Law authorizing your wll. You definitely need help, and that is one of the many things that civilization has afforded people, groups, towns, counties, states, nations.

When the "riots" arose in Watts, Los Angeles, CA 'way back then ... was the response by the police - to thwart, suppress and defuse the "war" ignoble? Were they bad? was it, like some posters here quip, "pointless"? Are we really supposed to just move out of the way of those who wish to shake-down civilization - because they are themselves brutal, numerous, ganged together and skilful in their divisive rhetoric? Can having "God" (you, mine, our, their) behind you really stand to authorize your actions, to oppress another people in your midst BECAUSE you simply will, can, and shall?

These are the principles behind war: mostly, but not always, to root out an offensive element in an otherwise peaceful society. To offend the aggressor, to defend property, resource, chattels and community.

To those here who feel war is useless, I challenge you back: to save "our guys", you would walk away from the oppressors of the whole Afghan people, the forces that want woemen to be enslaved, farmers to be indentured, merchants to be sapped by graft, essentially at the whim of a group of thugs who name themselves Lions of God, or some such bucket of tripe?

The heartbreaking picture of teh little girl, wounded. Have you considered that the wound might have been at the hands of the very people we are also trying to root out? Must you assume that her wounds are collateral from the WAR itself, its existance "bad" because it takes "two to tango", and we, being one of the partners thereby is inflicted with guilt for her wounds? Were we just to tuck-tail and flap off, what would happen to the girl's school? What would happen to her brothers, wrested from her parents, to feed teh maw of the Taliban? There would be - as evidence accrues - no sudden Pax Afghanis, no. There would be only a few thugs at the top, keeping their "followers" in abject poverty, the way - as some have said - it has been for a thousand years.

If you would positively consider adopting the little girl (since her parents are both dead) ... why wouldn't you support the defense of the peaceful people of her country, so that the next generation of little girls aren't also robbed fof their future, their parents, their brothers, their freedom, their equality?

No, it is not "war is pointless, for nothing". It is that to the simple, war SEEMS pointless, and for nothing. In truth, war is a competition between the two oldest forces in the world: a fight between those who wish to oppress a people, and those who wish to free them.

It is clear which side we're on. It is just as clear which side the Taliban is on. Between, there are few principles that are grey. But the victims between, the hostages called "the people" ... must, like all indigenous victims, cower, hide, mendicate, wait ... for one side, or the other, to win. Only then can they make the best of the situation, to ally with the winner, and try to make a living, as distasteful as the winner makes it.

Posted by GoatGuy July 1, 10 01:44 PM

Are you actually that ignorant?

Gas prices are controlled through a relationship between the consumer and producer. Well its more complicated then that, but there is little that a government can do to directly lower the pricer.
There is no such thing as free health care. Someone has to pay for it. In the USA its the consumer, in many other countries its the tax payer.
Mortgage rates are also complicated, but this is ultimately determined by a relationship between the lender and borrower, a third party. If you don't like a mortgage rate, don't take it.
He could attempt to lower the tax, but he has no power to do so. Taxes in the United States are regulated by the congress.
"Punish the bankers" This one is just funny, as well as a bad idea.

"make equality" This sounds like it comes from a 7 year old who still believes in santa clause. Equality is earned, not granted; which brings us back to the topic of the photos.
18, 25, 28, and 35 are worth noting. Ten years ago, all of these things were illegal. It is sad to think that the Taliban wants to deny those girls the chance to go to school, or that boy the joy of football.

Posted by Jer July 1, 10 01:58 PM

war = not good far

Posted by anis July 1, 10 02:06 PM

As a member of an army part of NATO and ISA F I say we pull out everyone, civilians, military and NUKE the country and start from scratch. In 2000 years that country has had 20 years of calm and peace. Alexander the Great did not even succeed way back then.

Mario L


Posted by Mario July 1, 10 02:28 PM

#37 is heart braking

this picture should get a price for sure..

peace from Holland.

Posted by josh July 1, 10 02:54 PM

We, Russians , had been in Afgan before US + so-called coalition. Before us were British. Before - some Romans. Before ...
Its' useless - nobody can conquer them.After some time there will be no Russia, no America, no Western World - but they will be there forever, in there stable tribal society and medeival traditions enjoing war and their pride and the way of life. JUST LIVE THEM ALONE.

Posted by Alexis the Russian July 1, 10 03:33 PM

#17 looks badass

Posted by Sergiu July 1, 10 04:07 PM

War love young...

Posted by michael July 1, 10 04:24 PM

This is hard to take. The entire reportage. And I actually believed when US president said he would do something about the war. Now ... they should just revoke him the nobel price he does not deserve. Actually, the fact he has been awarded one is an insult.

Posted by Francesco P. July 1, 10 04:35 PM

...just cant forget the look of the boys face in 39! he aint a boy anymore since this... i guess.

Posted by siobhan July 1, 10 04:46 PM

Canadian soldier firing an anti-tank rocket in exercise?! Do Talibans have tanks? LOL

Yes indeed, people are finally realising that this war is initially a war of corporations and military-industrial complexes. Americans, Britons, Canadians and the rest have to pay heavy taxes to their respective governments so that they can buy armaments. Otherwise these arms producing industries would go bankrupt.

Posted by Iran Zamin July 1, 10 08:34 PM

I hope to attend the funerals of some of the soldiers in 42 as they're were from my region. I didn't know them personally but I owe them this much.

Posted by Tom July 1, 10 08:55 PM

#37 is lovely and emotional, that I won't deny, but I don't understand why more people are talking about that and #42 over picture #41. Picture #41 is the most heartbreaking picture in this entire set. An innocent little girl is in physical pain, her expression clearly distraught — a rather unpleasant situation compared to #37. #37 is touching, but it is not gut-renching. I can understand the emotion in #30, because you can also clearly see the man's pain. I'm just curious why everyone is mentioning #37, #42, and #30 — all of which depict Americans mourning, over the picture of a wounded Afghani girl in pain. For me it is all the pictures of children that are the most profound — the children at the funeral, the Afghani boys with their skateboards... because they are the ones that will truly be impacted by what is happening now. Whether or not it will be a positive or negative impact, we still have yet to see.

Posted by Sil July 1, 10 09:11 PM

from what I've seen and the comments I've read I hope with all my heart that the U.S. does not try to "free" Iran. I am an Iranian woman who has immigrated to America and I absolutely love and cherish the freedom that I have here. And I know for a fact that if America sends troops over to Iran the freedom fighting students will fight against the U.S. to protect their beloved country. I know for Iran the only way to freedom is for the Iranians to get it themselves and if the U.S. wants the same thing they can aid them with free high speed internet, better cellphone service, more vigorous economic and political sanctions on the government and through granting political asylum to the students in prison by putting them in the media (oh yes the media has a lot of power), but unfortunately I know this is not how it's going to pan out, after all what's in it for America?
this breaks my heart, this war has been just as bad for the Afghanis as for the American, my heart goes out to all the women and kids that have lost brothers and fathers let it be Afghani or American.
I hope to live long enough to see religion dead and peace prevail.

Posted by Ellie White July 1, 10 11:46 PM

Странно наверное, но мне совсем не жалко американских головорезов (какими бы душками они не выглядели) ... Может потому, что надоело их рвение туда где им совсем не место, и где их нужно будет снова жалеть. А местных жалко ... к ним в жилище влезли и хозяйничают (крайне избирательно и придурковато), при этом недовольными им быть не положено ... это какой-то театр абсурда.

Posted by Man July 1, 10 11:53 PM

#37 - she looks as if she's with him in her memories when the photo was taken, yet her expression is nearly lifeless. Ugh. As a mother of a soldier who's served in Afghanistan, knowing he will be going back, photos like these help me savor every second I get to spend with him.

The other day I heard about a feature length documentary where National Geographic followed a platoon for a year through Afghanistans Korengal Valley. It's called Restrepo. No actors, no script. Just real soldiers putting their lives on the line. You can view the trailer and see more details here...

Posted by Jen July 2, 10 12:01 AM

People are not supposed to do these things.

Posted by Dain Miller July 2, 10 02:20 AM

Different of feelings between these 3 pics...#21...#30....#37..

Posted by putra heights MALAYSIA July 2, 10 04:38 AM

its sad to see a war. It is even more mind blowing to see the denial. People need to understand the simple truth i.e. Taliban did offer to take care of OBL if US gave them the proof. US didnt. US said, "hey our words should be good enough". Well the reality is that outside our little word of modern west, no one believes a single word we say and excuse for attacking Iraq was a simple proof to their belief. For how long US citizen are going to pretend that their leaders made fatal mistakes. I mean can you guys even imagine what US would be today if only they have said, "hey here is the proof and now give us the justice".

We can pretend that what we are doing there is right but unlike the past, history is written by the both sides today and truth eventually comes out. The whole drama of Iraq is proof of that. The real question is that are we willing to accept the truth?

In the end, morons will control the power and us citizen, the real casualties, will be written off from the books as one more mistake.

Posted by realityiscruel July 2, 10 05:53 AM

can take #37 .atleast there are some girls #25 happy about US occupation.
The cost for the US/Nato for occupying afgahnistan is enormous., but it would be a much higher cost if those talibans control those lands.

Posted by sid July 2, 10 05:59 AM

for what .....???? :((( when it will end ? The war is incredibly sad..

Posted by Saynur July 2, 10 06:52 AM

All these wars and violences are so unbelievably useless. Why do people still don't understand this after thousands of years? Just burry your damn gun instead of your relatives and do something constructive.

Posted by Roy July 2, 10 07:25 AM

Aren't 19 and 5 equally tragic?

Posted by Tom July 2, 10 07:42 AM

Man bekommt Gänzehaut und macht sehr betroffen

Posted by Andreas July 2, 10 09:28 AM

Muy buenas fotos, impresionantemene reales e impresionantemente parciales:
¿donde está el dolor en los funerales afganos? ohhh, no existe!!
Y el dolor de los funerales afganos cuando los asesinos son las tropas USA? OHHH, no existe!!

Eso si, un víuda americana delante del coche fúnebre que con su coste salvariamos decenas de niños afganos... eso sí que es dolor... que pena de mundo. Los ricos también sangran.

Posted by Juan Quijano July 2, 10 10:58 AM

I thought #41 and #42 together as a one two punch just chewed me up.

And non americans, don't be so quick to judge at peoples reaction to #37. Part of what makes it so devastating is the extreme contrasts of human beaty and natural tranquility to the thought of violent death in a hostile environment overseas.

Posted by You July 2, 10 11:17 AM

Very sad to see these snaps. Very very sad. How many of them we do not know sacrifice their lives for us? In the name of Peace? What exactly are we trying to do here? Seeing them die? Can't help but cry.

Posted by Vaidy July 2, 10 11:21 AM

#25, #28, and #35 are all the more reason to stay in and fight this war to the end.

Stand and fight like men against these barbarians. Don't be pu$$ies and run home....

BTW, this is the cost of supporting religious fanaticism all over the world.

Posted by Rahim-alhindi July 2, 10 11:24 AM

banish religion and world would be so peaceful and amiable!

Posted by Jahanzeb July 2, 10 11:30 AM

We are dying for nothing! We are killing ourselves for the high the benefits of the corporate companies who don't give the slightest care to the people who die for them or their families. Come on, they don't even care to clean the oil they spilled, what good can they give back to us people? Most of them even don't pay taxes to our goverment, but to some off-shore country which I have never earned just to save their hard-earned! money. This war is stupid.

Posted by Maxx July 2, 10 11:45 AM

#1, #37 and #42 are heartbreaking but #41 really got to me - Innocent victim

The fact that most people seem to be commenting only on #1, #37 and #42 points to utter solipsism on the part of Americans who think their is no grief in this world but their own.

Posted by Brahmastra July 2, 10 12:31 PM

#17 Why do the Canadians always look so badass with their beards?

Posted by Anonymous July 2, 10 01:39 PM

#37 is so touching i could hardly suppress my tears

Posted by Gabor July 2, 10 02:24 PM

They ever think that what they are doing with Muslims,
i ask only one Question, why Just America have a strong concern about
their sovereignty?in this world there is only America?wake up American Nation, the Jewish lobby will drown you, your economy is almost sunk.

Posted by Irfan Ullah July 2, 10 03:30 PM

To: JohnMcop

Know that you can make such an ignorant statement because of the difficult images you see.

Posted by Roger Almond July 2, 10 04:06 PM

Thank you to all the photographers, for their talent.
# 30 brought tears to my eyes, # 37 is as peaceful as it is painfull

Posted by J-P Devaré July 2, 10 04:47 PM

I am wondering... does any of american citizens who, more or less, voted (indirectly) for this war feel guilty about these pictures ?

Posted by Mits July 2, 10 06:15 PM

What is the only thing that Britain and the United States can do? I think the pictures say it all, there is an answer, they do, they do, so we are blind around the world!!...

Posted by Peixe July 2, 10 08:01 PM

WTF! People nº1??? nº37??? nº30???? That's what makes you sad! How about the poor little girl crying in 41 that should makes you sad!

Posted by user July 3, 10 12:41 AM

war meaningless ?

my god think of all the afgan heroin production, rights to oil pipelines, mining rights, not to mention a nice piece of real estate, and that's before we get into all highly priced weapons being used not to mention all the military support contracts to private corporations........

what do the lives of a few innocent citzens of any country matter, when you have business to do ?

Posted by Anonymous July 3, 10 12:49 AM

Amazing photographs.... Why the people do not live peacefully.... I hate these terrorist.. they dont have human value.. they are bastards...

Posted by ko July 3, 10 01:31 AM

If the US,NATO are really want to defeat,dismantle the terrorists they should find out who are supporting the taliban.i will tell them Pakistan is supporting them.the US should treat Pakistan as a terrorist University.terrorism is not in the villages of afghanistan.they shoul fight this war at the right the Russians defeated?bcoz pakistan was supporting the the US is being defeated?bcoz pakistan is supporting the taliban.Pakistan does not want a stable afghanistan.bcoz they fear a hostile gov in afghanistan could not be in benifit for them.and they dont want indian infulence there.

Posted by Anonymous July 3, 10 06:48 AM

War is not to solve the problem, peace is one word for whole

Posted by emwady July 3, 10 09:40 AM

It's just hilarious how there are claims in the comments that "America brings freedom to other countries". Who the hell gave it that right? What about the right of any people to establish their own government, without someone across the globe deciding what's best for them? This one, unlike the "freedom"-dispensing, is established by UN.

Posted by danvolodar July 3, 10 10:42 AM

estoy harto de ver como los gringos matan gente por todo el mundo. me enferma su patriotismo manchado con la sangre de pueblos pobres.dios los perdone o mejor...los reviente.

Posted by cuto July 3, 10 11:38 AM

When you are lying wounded, abandoned in Afghanistan and women go out to kill you - turn around, take a rifle and knock out your brains and your head for God like a soldier.
- Rudyard Kipling

#37 - nightmare...

Posted by Russian people July 3, 10 12:04 PM

Picture #37 :'(

Posted by Wouter July 3, 10 01:17 PM

War is baaaad! (I wish to join all those other self-righteous commenters who pretend to wisdom by stating the obvious.)

Posted by Harold Geroge July 3, 10 01:36 PM

There is no equal to Woottan Bassett in the United States. Instead, our beloved soldiers arrive in the dead of night and quickly whisked away for processing, not as the British term - repatriation. Thank you for assembling these photos.

Posted by Basel July 3, 10 07:43 PM

As I scrolled down each photo tears came to my eyes realizing that all these lives and the affect the war is having on them and their families is probably in vein since the progressives are taking over our country and the freedoms those of us from past generations have charished so much are being taken away and the sovereignty is being thrown to the wind. GOD BLESS AMERICA AS SHE WAS INTENDED TO BE BY OUR FOUNDERS.

Posted by Irene July 3, 10 08:33 PM

I'll put my cards on the table and say I support of the removal of the Taliban.

As an interventionist, I'd love to see all the brutal regimes removed.

That's not going to happen, of course, for a variety of reasons, (and yes, including that business is making too much money from cheap labor/lax laws/no tax/no environmental protection, etc.)

However, I too am amazed at how many say no 37 is the picture that affects them, and a few pictures later is a young child in pain, yet nothing said.

It's nationalism. From my experience, once someone has it, you can throw away any form of reason, or expectation to be treated equally. I find it as equally chilling as religion.

37 is a poignant photo, but would we get the same response if it was an Afghan woman lying on the grave of her brother/husband, even if he was with the Afghan National Police, or a farmer?

Posted by paul w July 3, 10 09:15 PM

#42 More people should see this!! The sad thing is our leaders and can end this anytime they want.

Posted by Jason T. Smith July 3, 10 09:17 PM

Afghanistan"s are are is the whole world......i solute all the hero's who lost their lives but why ?????thats the big question for the sake OF A WAR..thats not an excuse,am sad i light a candle every day for the world and pray to God that all this stops because it is destroying Humanity at large...God has sent us to the world to live peacefully and not to fight battles and conspire on the next battle..NO...people we have just one life to lead why are we making it you know a world full of harmony is better than a world full of destruction....but all in vain because people are not humans anymore.....animals are the best...there are so peaceful...they lead a good life..unlike us.....we should learn from them if nothing...the money that is wasted in all this ruthless battles rather spend it on constructive will help.......REMEMBER WE ARE NO ONE TO STOP....IF THIS DOES NOT STOP I CAN FOR SEE THE FUTURE WE WILL HAVE NO FUTURE BECAUSE IF THE CREATOR ANGERS HE WILL DESTRUCT THE EARTH HIMSELF....he made the earth lets just respect it ..we are disgracing HIM everyday and all that he created we are slowly destroying .....SHAME ON US.....

Posted by NIKITA NICOLA MAKANN July 4, 10 01:35 AM

these photos make me think more and again about what are we trying to reach for.
dead counts and emotions have to sharpen our senses.
How many lifes are spent? How much money is spent on the war maschine?

How much is really done to change the life in Afghanistan? What are we doing to make the very young "to be Talibans" have a choice?

which split of the war bill is really spent on making the Afghan people have a choice in their life and therefore make a vote against Taliban?

Achim Lutter, a German in Moscow

Posted by Achim Lutter July 4, 10 08:48 AM

41, 42 :(

Posted by Jake July 4, 10 09:28 AM

For the serviceman who commented below, I thank you for your service. I was not deployed and requested that I be sent home. Believe it or not, I was permitted to and honorably discharged. I thought I could ignore my conscience and continue but the reality is that if my heart isn't 100 percent in that mission, I will be needlessly risking the lives of others. That would be selfish of me.

For the service member that I offer thanks to, I have this to say: At what point do we realize the unintended consequences of our foreign policy? We armed these people to fight Russians. Now they terrorize the populace. We give Saddam nerve gas. He uses it, then we invade Iraq.

I could assemble a list of all the bribery and evil committed by vain men in power. The reality is, nothing we do makes anything going on over there, right. The ends do no justify the means. To wage war and maintain so many military bases around the world is to make every American pay in loss of liberties, loss of economic safety and a future. This war will end, whether we like it or not. There is simply no way to pay for this war without inflating the money supply. These people will never stop fighting us until we remove our bases out of the Arab Peninsula and stop playing favorites with Israel.

Posted by Giovanni July 4, 10 10:14 AM

т.е. и русские что погибали в Афгане не кажутся вам душками?
как можно так говорить, если там все в политике! солдатам говорят - они делают. они люди! а вот те из за кого война - они не люди.

Posted by Honor July 4, 10 10:49 AM

Thank you for your democracy u.s.a. Iraq and Afganistan are doing so much better now. (Yes, I am being sarcastic).
Maybe you should try and put some effort on living in peace with others and less in imposing your shameful oppinions.

Posted by Agustin July 4, 10 11:23 AM

with a few words i would like to covey my sampathy to the families who lost their loved once in afghanistan, As an afghan i can clearly describe afghanistan , A WAR ZONE
Omid Sadat

Posted by Anonymous July 4, 10 12:52 PM

How many of you who have posted have ever served or have a family member who has served? Your comments are appreciated. All others, who have done nothing, we don't really care what you think.

Posted by Anonymous July 4, 10 12:53 PM

When would this inhumane war end? Is civilization going back to the dark ages? The world's resources are limited but the global population is exploding. Aren't we digging our own graves? The war is at one end of the spectrum that has natural disasters, climate change, food shortage , water scarcity and hungry mouths at the other end. I think its the unsustainable population that is at the root of all evils. All nations must act fast to address this alarming situation.

Posted by Javich July 4, 10 01:53 PM

May God watch over all our men and women that are defending our beautiful country and for those who lost their life may it not be in vain They are people who we will never meet but hold them all in our hearts and continue to pray for those that they have left behind. MAY GOD HOLD ALL OF YOU CLOSE AND WATCH OVER ALL OF YOU

Posted by Terri Lu Allen July 4, 10 09:14 PM

#37 is really touching...

Posted by akira July 5, 10 12:27 AM

sorry about all these people may god bless there familys

Posted by sonu July 5, 10 02:16 AM

To fight a war you don't understand, for a reason you don't understand, for a cause you don't understand against an enemy you don't understand, in a land you don't understand, with allies you don't understand, who don't understand you is very hard to understand.

What is very worrying is how the hell are we going to explain all the things we don;t understand, to our children and their children, why they must continue to fight for a cause they will never understand, come back to a home that does not understand why they are as they are, to doctors who are the sons and daughters of doctors who could not help because they did not understand why they could not help these soldiers who came home to a country who not only did not understand why they had done what they did in the name of a God who does not exist, for a country which does not and never has cared nor even tried to understand but has wantonly used those wonderful folk to simply make the wealthy, who don't even want to try to understand, more wealthy just like the enemy who they have more in common with, than all of us who will never understand.

Though I am an atheist, I often hope I am wrong and that there is a God, a Heaven and a Hell and that in that Hell are these wealthy scum suffering for all eternity.

Posted by Chris Cooke July 5, 10 09:15 AM

Tears on my eyes

Posted by Carol July 5, 10 09:46 AM

F*cking tears in my eyes when I see this, just look at the last picture. Why can't this end.

Posted by Jelu July 5, 10 10:12 AM

Amazing pictures, sad content. Pic #37 made me cry

Posted by Geradine July 5, 10 11:19 AM

En muchas fotos los protagonistas sabían lo que estaban haciendo y las consecuencias que esto podía traerles, pero la niños de otras imagenes como la 1 y la 41, que son el futuro, no tienen la culpa, no decidieron vivir y sufrir la guerra, esa es la parte mas triste de todo esto, de nuevo estamos repitiendo la historia y ese es el mensaje que estan aprendiendo.

Posted by motoblades July 5, 10 05:35 PM

This war has not been alwayse been executed the best (do to politicians) but let me remind all of you who think that this is Americans beating up on the poor people. We lost 3000 on 911 and I have had close family and friends fight in this war. Do not think we just wanted to show up and kick but becouse it was something to do and we needed to rotate the bombs! Radical islam left unchecked will come to know on your doors one day. People in the thirties thought that Japan and Germany could be appeased. Ask 20 million dead Russians, 6 million jews and hundreds of thousands of americans if the poor Natzies should be left alone. I hope that we finish these wars real soon and the people of Irak and Afgansitan can move on.

Posted by charles July 5, 10 09:37 PM

I have a heavy heart as I look as these pictures. This has got to end. We need more "good" in this world and less "bad".

Posted by Anonymous July 5, 10 09:51 PM

Vajpayee and Bush are sitting in a bar. A guy walks in and asks the barman,
'Isn't that Bush and Vajpayee?'
The barman says 'Yep, that's them.'
So the guy walks over and says, 'Hello, what are you guys doing?'
Bush says, 'We're planning world war 3.'
The guy says, 'Really? What's going to happen?'
And Vajpayee says, 'Well, we're going to kill 14 million Pakistanis and one bicycle repairman.'
And the guy exclaimed, 'A bicycle repairman?!! !'
Vajpayee turns to Bush and says, 'See, I told you no-one would worry about the 14 million Pakistanis!'

I'm a bicycle repair man! this joke isn't funny.

I do not care for war. I feel sad for all involved. I wish that the Taliban would sign a peace agreement and all would be fine. I do not expect them to in my lifetime. I do not hear anyony saying anything about flogging women if they fail to cover their faces, Stoning women to death if she isn't as pure as she's expected. Killing their son's if the seek Jesus Christ, The distrution of the Budest statues etc..
As for the coments about palistine, It seems to me that the land was Jewish prior to the Muslims runnig them out under the treat of death sometime around 1,000 A.D.
It would be a great world if we could live in a world where we all could get allong. I would love to see the United States of America to not be the target of terrorists. To be able to be like Switzerland and say "Meh, It's not my problem, you deal with it!"
War isn't the Answer, but we haven't seemed to had another 9/11 since.

Posted by Jim July 6, 10 12:03 AM

This war win end when the Taliban, who buy the way are mostly from other nations, decide to sit down and negotiate with the Afghan Government. The
Taliban want to keep girls from attending schools, ban music, ban internet,
ban television and revert back to the seventeenth century.

I see alot of uneducated comments on here by people who don't know
what they're talking about. This war has nothing to do with oil,corporations
making money. This war is about a radical Islamic belief system vs modern
world society.

Posted by college professor July 6, 10 12:24 AM

Either let our soldiers to their job without handcuffs or bring them home. I don't care which but soldiers dying because they have to wait for air support to go through the chain of command is bullshit. Not to mention all of the other ROE doctrines in place.

Posted by Michael July 6, 10 12:36 AM

una guerra que no sirvio de nada! con una excusa poco razonable! EE.UU (su gobierno o lo uqe sea) debio, y debe aun, ocuparse de su realidad nacional de su problemas dentro de su territorio! la gente se le esta muriendo de hambre y eso no es secreto para el mundo! y sigue gastando millones de dolares en guerra y masacrando pueblos inocentes! creo que es hora de que uds el pueblo de EE.UU comiencen a actuar ya tomar las riendas de su pais! uds son muchos y el pueblo unido puede haer grandes cosas en beneficio de todos! no se dejen engañar por "el premio nobel de la paz" no sean ingenuos! Obama no gobierna su estado! alguein mas lo hace y uds son los unicos q pueden detenero! TRANSLATE THIS COMMENT!!!!! PLIS!!!!

Posted by Skrln July 6, 10 12:47 AM

So why are the British colors all touching the ground in the last pic?

Posted by pat July 6, 10 12:52 AM

It's perfectly acceptable to show insensitive, graphic images of slain Taliban fighters, but not a single slain coalition soldier, except for the dignified and graceful memorial services. Is it an effort to put a subtext that the coalition is more civil and human than the crazed sub-human savage in the hills of Afghanistan?

Those men might be misguided for the cause that they're fighting for (not very different from your own boys), but they still are someone's son, brother or father- they are still human.

Yes War is all gore and horror and you want to drive home the reality of it. However, there are casualties are on both sides- unless you're fighting an unequal war. You don't really have to pander out this pornography that is demeaning to a people regardless of what you or they are fighting for.

Posted by Alice July 6, 10 07:32 AM

Does let anyone comment anything on here? I actually think I lost brain cells reading some of these responses. Obama promised to FOCUS in Afghanistan and he's doing what he SAID HE WOULD AND YOU STILL VOTED FOR HIM HAHAHA.

How is this war about oil? If Afghanistan had oil then maybe they would also have infrastructure like Iraq.

How is this war about corporations? When we leave NO ONE will want to stay in Afghanistan besides the Taliban.

This war is not about OUR is about ousting an oppressive regime that rules without rationality. The British and Russians went about their military operations completely differently...Russians slaughtered civilians on PURPOSE. Of course the Afghani's are going to want you out of there.

So many of you idiots say "NO WAR, PEACE"...if we leave Afghanistan there will be no peace. The Taliban will demolish schools and hospitals, publicly execute anyone they want, probably with an emphasis on females since they hate the opposite sex, and Afghanistan will continue to be a place of great suffering. A bumper sticker is not the solution to Afghanistan, this isn't the 60s anymore, hippies.

Posted by sean July 6, 10 07:46 AM

This Unocol oil pipeline deal has a lot to answer for....but I suppose as long as the big corps are making big money its ok?

Posted by G Mac July 6, 10 02:17 PM

#42, so emotional...

Posted by mattias jakobsson July 6, 10 06:09 PM

Why are we over there? Bring the troops home!

Posted by mike b July 6, 10 06:52 PM

This is nothing compared to the war that is coming... People who despise or don't want war are naive. It is simply human nature - it may be upsetting but like all things in nature, we are powerless to stop these things. It would be no easier to figure out how to stop human warfare than it would be to figure out how to stop hurricanes from occurring. You may say take away the bombs and guns but that would only lead to warfare with spears and arrows again. You just can't escape it, so the only real question you need to ask is whether you want to be the victor or the one who surrenders. I personally feel victory is the best option to pursue in a war - forget about everything else. If I was in charge, Afghanistan would've been wrapped up before the year 2001 ran out and we'd be cleaning up on Iran right now - I say let's get it on. Send more troops, drop more bombs, ban the press and just get nasty with these people.

Posted by Dennis Delaney July 6, 10 07:22 PM

As the invaders, you can win the battles but never win the war.

Posted by Bill July 7, 10 12:56 AM

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

Thank you for supporting our troops from 47 countries and our mission!

ISAF, in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, conducts operations in Afghanistan to reduce the capability and will of the insurgency, support the growth in capacity and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and facilitate improvements in governance and socio-economic development, in order to provide a secure environment for sustainable stability that is observable to the population.

In accordance with all the relevant Security Council Resolutions, ISAF’s main role is to assist the Afghan government in the establishment of a secure and stable environment. To this end, ISAF forces are conducting security and stability operations throughout the country together with the Afghan National Security Forces and are directly involved in the development of the Afghan National Army through mentoring, training and equipping.

Reconstruction and development
Through its Provincial Reconstruction Teams, ISAF is supporting reconstruction and development (R&D) in Afghanistan, securing areas in which reconstruction work is conducted by other national and international actors. Where appropriate, and in close cooperation and coordination with GIROA and UNAMA representatives on the ground, ISAF is also providing practical support for R&D efforts, as well as support for humanitarian assistance efforts conducted by Afghan government organizations, international organizations, and NGOs.

ISAF, through its Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTS), is helping the Afghan Authorities strengthen the institutions required to fully establish good governance and rule of law and to promote human rights. PRTs’ principal mission in this respect consists of building capacity, supporting the growth of governance structures and promoting an environment within which governance can improve.

Posted by ISAF July 7, 10 02:16 AM

I realise that I don't have to look at the pictures of the dead taliban fighters - but I wonder why they are included at all. You wouldn't include pictures of dead US soldiers, out of respect for their families. So why are there pictures of dead Afghans?
Just a thought... generally hugely impressed with everything the Big Pictures produces!

Posted by Alexa July 7, 10 02:54 AM

semoga TUHAN dapat memberikan yang kesabaran..

Posted by kartika July 7, 10 06:33 AM

Trillions of dollars of minerals…

Someone will gain from this pain then!

Tragic Images.

Posted by David Marsh July 7, 10 07:40 AM

I was a peace keeper with ISAF in Bosnia. I came back home torn to pieces, both emotionally and physically. There's absolutely no need for violence on this grand scale. Men I've killed still haunt my dreams, my nightmares and my memories. everyone one of these pictures tells a story that needs to be told; but when does it end? When does this human propensity for war chokes on its own greed?

Posted by MS July 7, 10 09:54 AM

Why showing images of dead Afghan people is fine, but we never get any images of dead American soldiers?

Posted by AA July 7, 10 10:40 AM

# 24
What´s your name?
is 10 on the list

Posted by suki July 7, 10 02:57 PM

Contrasting this photographic depiction of the bravery of our forces here portrayed, we then have the 8th District US Congressional representative, the Hon. Gabrielle Giffords, in a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee, asked General David Petraeus the following question:

"General Petraeus, what are you doing to reduce carbon emissions in the war on terror?"

Here are American sons & daughters dying every week on the foreign battlefields of southwest Asia. The nation is completely bankrupt and - quite literally, borrowing 43 cents for every dollar in federal spending. We have the largest environmental disaster in the nation's history in the Gulf of Mexico, and we have mexican drug armies invading our nation. And yet ...

A member of Congress from Arizona's 8th congressional district took the time to ask our battlefield commander what he is doing to curb carbon emissions in the war. Gabrielle Giffords is the poster-child for what is wrong with the US Congress. We are being led by imbiciles. To the rest of America reading this blog, and to Gen. Petraeus if this e-mail makes it to your inbox - my sincerest apologies for the stupid question asked of you by my US congressional representative. General - I am sure you have better things to worry about than carbon emissions on the battlefield.

Posted by Anonymous July 7, 10 04:22 PM

dlaczego zawsze odpowiadamy za U.S.A życiem i pokojem??!!!!

Posted by plaga July 7, 10 04:29 PM

Pic #14.......... I get by, with a little help from my friends.

#30 hits home. We used to drive by that funeral home and crack jokes about the name when we were kids. The folks going there are giving up way too much for wise-cracks.

Posted by Buffalo Dave July 7, 10 04:30 PM

I don't cry often, but #37 conjured freakin tears in my eyes :,(

Posted by Dawid July 7, 10 08:02 PM

Very poignant pictures.

Posted by Sash July 8, 10 05:00 AM

Foto #1... habrá valido la pena la muerte de su padre? Es el precio que ella tiene que pagar por la ambición de otros....

Posted by Brenda July 8, 10 12:25 PM

@ ko (#151)

"The United States created Al-Qaida and the Taliban and supported both organizations for many years. But each of these groups had an expiry date. When that date passed, they became terrorists, to be destroyed by the mighty army of the US.

The word 'terrorist' has no fixed definition in the American political lexicon. Anyone or any groups opposing US interests can be deemed to be a 'terrorist'. Conversely, as long as they abide by US interests, they remain allies of the US and enjoy its support both financially and strategically.

It is well known that Bin Laden, the infamous Middle East 'terrorist' was created by America during the Cold War. Then the Cold War ended and the US no longer needed Al-Qaida or the Taliban, which were then deemed to be terrorist groups. Both groups had the blood of innocent people on their hands, of course. But it was only when the US no longer needed their services that it questioned their actions. This was when the superpower remembered its responsibility and its mission and launched into its war on terror.

The story of Saddam Hussein is one that is deeply connected to the personal lives of Iran's people. During the 1980s no Iranian could escape from images of Saddam and his army. This was the mighty army behind which the US had thrown its weight. Theirs were the bombs and missiles that rained down on the heads of Iranians in Tehran and other cities. Chemical weapons were used against both Iraqi and Iranians. These weapons were given to Saddam – who was not yet deemed to be a terrorist -- by the superpower, the USA.

The US has either created or supported three major terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Abdul Malek Rigi and his Jundallah was not the first. But they were the first since the US officially started its war on terror in the Middle East. We're still waiting to learn how the US defines the word 'terrorist'."

Posted by DR July 8, 10 12:43 PM

this photoalbum is so sad because its so real.

Posted by ehmoz July 8, 10 01:49 PM

Definitely the first photoalbum that has moved me this much.

Posted by Terpentin July 8, 10 08:53 PM

La muerte del pueblo fue como siempre ha sido:
como si no muriera nadie, nada,
como si fueran piedras las que caen
sobre la tierra, o agua sobre sobre el agua

(Pablo Neruda)

The death of the people was as it has always been:
as if no one died, nothing,
as if they were stones falling
on the ground, or water on water.

(my translation)

Posted by Felipe M. July 9, 10 12:49 AM

When we become united?
Will this day come?

How can we solve these issues?
Is there an answer?

When can we all be free?
Will this day come?

How will we become one?
Is this day near?

If you are searching for the answers know that hope is nearing than it feels. There is a man who came, died and by faith we are his.

I'm not taking about the ritualistic religion some have so often confused. I am proclaim there is a way, there is truth and there most certainly is life. These promises are certain if we keep our eyes on the only things that can save us.

Created in his image to do good works we are. But how can we do good works with evil all around. We can strive and push to see truth and good prevail but there can only be one way. There can only be one truth.

If you are in search on this truth I ask that your soul would find what it has always been designed for. There will be no denying this truth one day.

Posted by Lisa Frank July 9, 10 02:46 PM

So, Mario, I'm curious...nuke the area because in 200 years they've only had 20 years of peace.

So what about the United States? In it's 200+ year history there has only been THREE YEARS AND SIX MONTHS when the US hasn't been involved in a 'conflict'. Shall we nuke the U.S. too?

Posted by Morgan July 10, 10 09:01 AM

I will never understand, war

Posted by Anonymous July 10, 10 04:23 PM

Do we find the cost of freedom burried in the ground?

Posted by Newton July 10, 10 09:45 PM

Wow the Taliban is crafty but the U.S should at least get things clear having CIA being the most technologically advanced Intel and all. The army literally landed in Afghanistan seemingly with no plan to capture Bin Ladin and got itself into this bloody mess after nine years.

Posted by Leonardo July 11, 10 12:23 AM


Posted by salvador July 11, 10 06:19 PM

This situation is really a problem...but as we know we have to think about the necessary things...right..
Engaging in these activities just makes this world worsen..supposed to be we are to focus on our important problems just like poverty...why do we need to have this problem while infact these problems are due to misunderstanding and pride...
Here in this world we don't have time for this..we aready have warming and etc...lets try to look at know some people are suffering from poverty..instead of dealing with wars...we could help those people in need..
I would call to the whole world that let be peace reign...instead give food to the hunger...

Posted by Steven Lopez July 12, 10 06:58 AM

i am currently serving as a medic in iraq, and all i can hope for is that all my brothers and sisters here in iraq and in afghanistan make it home.
May peace be with all of us!

Posted by Crystal July 13, 10 07:08 AM

@ #88 who says: so why not DO THE RIGHT THING FROM THE BEGINNING?? that means, why was it left to rot under taliban rule in the 90s??


It started before the 90's. But that's not really the point. Were there prior mistakes made? YUP. Absolutely. That's not a reason not to do something now. Past mistakes are a good reason to try ten times harder this time.

This is not Iraq. This is Afghanistan. Sadam brutalized his own people. The Taliban promote terrorism, support terrorism, fund terrorists, shield terrorists AND brutalize their own people. Everybody (should) know why we entered Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11. Astute readers knew all about what was going on there before 9/11. I was a consultant at the NY Times in the late 90's and remember their style guide mentioned how to write Osama bin Laden and other names.

War is horrendous. And horrendously unavoidable sometimes. Do you think if we abadoned Afghanistan, all problems in the Middle East would cease? Picking up and leaving... how on earth can that FIX anything?

Posted by Scott Lewis July 13, 10 02:56 PM

#42 Someone asked about why the British flag is touching the floor. There are people behind those flags who have lowered them as a sign of respect as the hearse pass. It is a piece of cloth, it is not bigger than those British soldiers who lost their lives. There are no rules as there are with the American flag, and it is not seen as disrespectful, but rather the contrary.

To the person who asked how Americans feel about the war since they indirectly voted for it, you really need to rethink your words. You have obviously forgotten 9/11. Additionally, President Bush was voted in before then and before this war. Certainly democratic societies vote in a leader, I hope you are lucky enough to come from such a place, but it does not mean that everyone that voted for them agrees with everything they do. Please use common sense in future before making such blanket statements against a nation as a whole.

Posted by Sharon July 14, 10 12:12 PM

#15 is the most powerful for me. It shows us just how pointless all this violence is when we are reminded of our insignificance amongst the universe.

Posted by James July 16, 10 02:59 AM

Thank you. We will never forget.

Posted by Jarek July 16, 10 04:47 PM

You, United States and NATO, presence in this country is only about finding minerals. Photo number 22 proves that. While you come to Iraq for oil, you come to Afghanistan for their minerals. After those countries, where you people will go? Iran? No doubt.

Posted by Mike July 16, 10 09:07 PM

Esperemos que todos puedan ver que el sufrimiento en los ojos de un afgano y en los ojos de un americano ingles o aliado no son distintos los que orquestan esta guerra no la sufren no la mueren dia a dia como los cautivos de la misma digamos no a un hombre matando a otro por el motivo que fuese digamos no vasta sigamos indiganandonos no nos acostumbremos a la muerte a la ipocrecia con esperansa y dolor desde argentina
emanuel girard

Posted by emanul girard July 17, 10 05:25 PM

If those Afghan kids can take part in a rollerblading competition in kabul, if those Afghan girls can go to school in helmand, if those young Afghan girls can actually pose for a camera without covering themselves from head to toe and without fear of being stoned to death, remember, they have the Americans to thank for that right.

A right that they exercise now, and one their children will hopefully exercise in the future.

You are wrong in saying America "conquered" Afghanistan, for it was given ample support by the Northern Alliance, who perhaps have a much greater right to Afghanistan than the Taliban themselves (who for a substantial part are mercenaries from Arabia, central asia and pakistan).

Posted by Kesava July 17, 10 10:14 PM

#17 Rocks!!

Posted by Alex July 18, 10 01:37 AM

# 13 sums up the whole thing.

There's this thing called "aiming" that you have to do if you actually want to accomplish anything ... you can sort of tell (in this photo it's obvious) when that step of defining some actual useful purpose has not been taken. Failing which, the whole thing is a waste; and then too, if you took careful aim, you might then reasonably say, "No, I don't believe I will kill that," and refrain from pulling the trigger. Perhaps this man has already reached that point, but he must still put on an appropriate show.

The will of the mind and the will of the heart and the will of the body must all be in harmony, for true objectives to be gained.

Posted by Ted July 18, 10 11:41 AM

I regret over the deaths of coalition forces against the insured even on the right to defend the homeland from the other side that was in Iraq or Afghanistan-For the U.S. and Co., who came to this country safe this is war and people are affected only

Posted by akram aljaf July 18, 10 06:13 PM

Such wonderfully shot images. So very powerful that they have moved me to tears.

Posted by Silke Fischer July 21, 10 10:31 AM

What a devastating and painful event that would be treasured by those grief families. In war times this tragic episode just couldn't be avoided. It comes together with their responsibility as soldiers to the Nation and the country they represent. May God bless their souls.

Posted by Mahmood Mohamed July 22, 10 08:51 AM

#26 Beautiful Taliban !!!

Posted by Dreamtrue July 22, 10 12:56 PM

war never a good thing but there are a few souls who survive through it

Posted by noel July 23, 10 09:53 AM

I cried while see these photos, the photos can tell the sad story....

Posted by irene July 26, 10 10:16 PM

I wonder why there is any surprise that this war can't be won. How can you defeat people in their own country, fighting guerilla style, blending seamlessly into civilians in country where almost everybody owns AK-47?
As many posted, sad images of grieving families, but there could be 100x more images of grieving Afghan families. But who would care in US? Just bomb them, right? It will solve our problems, and sure there won't be any terrorist attack.
I am sick of american uber-egoism, many of whom I met had the feeling they really need to push their democracy everywhere, by "fire and sword" if necessary. Oh, and don't forget the money behind all actions. Since cold war is over, the reasons for wars are getting more and more ridiculous, like WMD in Iraq. Why isn't Bush rotting in prison for that? Iraq has super-huge oil reserves, Afghanistan minerals, strategically very important, but nono, they are there because of freedom! Lie to me more, please :)
I like many americans and don't wish them anything bad, but time of your supremacy is ending, and it's your fault. It's sad but these guys are SOLDIERS - voluntarily. I don't care much if they die, not more than for any Taliban, who could be recruited forcibly.
Many people (including me :)) are writing here obvious things. Do you think politicians are stupid? They do realize all this stuff, and much more. That's the reason they managed to get into top politics after all. The question is why did Bush let it went this far. From disorganized bums Taliban improved to highly skilled guerillas; after all, everybody rises with challenges. But maybe that's good for not letting US armymen rot in barracks, who knows. If only would be all those army $$ used for something good rather than destruction, world be much better place (and it is getting worse, after 9/11).
These things have many aspects and layers, i don't pretend to know all of them. But please, at least try to look at it as complex thing and not only emotionally. After all, war is big business in first place, and always was.

Posted by Martin July 27, 10 10:46 AM

es muy triste, muy triste para todos. Tantas personas muertas, heridas, lastimadas. Lo siento tanto

Posted by Monica July 27, 10 07:06 PM

#17 is AWESOME!!!

Posted by Wendy Usher July 27, 10 07:36 PM

por favor paremos esta guerra que a todos nos duele,pidamos unidos todos los hombres a Dios que ponga un manto de paz .Pensemos en tantos niños,familias que estan sufriendo vivir esta guerra.

Posted by Anonymous July 29, 10 09:56 PM


Posted by 刘恩 July 31, 10 05:33 AM

21, 25, 30, 35.. all are emotional .. moments of life..
Especially 25.. school girls waving hands - jus tells , life is all about of “living.. “ inspite of bombs and shells

Posted by i1n1 August 2, 10 08:28 AM

I appriciate most people who care about all the peope in the pictures, But the people who just care about the pictures of american anad british troops thats just sad, why not on the afghans dont you feel sorrry that our past is littered with foriegn interferience. and please pay some respect to all the afghan soldiers and families that have died aswell as the british and american troops. Thanks

Posted by Bahram August 6, 10 05:49 AM

What is the point of war? The the human man kind has not even approached the early stages of a civilized manner.

Posted by Konstantinos August 9, 10 04:54 PM

Where is the outrage over oppressive regimes across the globe murdering their own people on a day to day basis? Wake up and see the world as it is. War is about change, or would you rather the unreported, silent murder continue because only war can be bad.

Your ability to comment freely is the result of war. Wwhat a bunch of comfortable hypocrites.

Posted by Chris August 18, 10 10:15 PM

U.S Army Is The Heros!!

Posted by Volition August 26, 10 04:59 PM

Афганистан развалил Советский Союз. Афганистан развалил США, война в нем это начало заката США.

Posted by Max TAG September 10, 10 01:34 PM

Americans, in their arrogance have a lot to answer for.. what's the big deal about #37. Sure its sad, but waht about 41? whay does no one care about her? Because she's Afghani? Put an american girl there and you'll have the whole country up in arms.. talk about bloody double standards.

Posted by Priyankara September 14, 10 04:31 AM

It is a disgusting world.
Too much words we know to say everybody...
I thing the words is the theory and the start of the revolution against to the evil humans that they create this all horror...
Your time is over...
The humanity wake up already and they know what is behind the mask...
Soon the action of Peace will start after the words and this action will be not hate, not revanche, not blood. This all the Nature gonna give you and not us. From us you will see soon very soon the change that you don't want us to be.
But is being already...PEACE

Posted by Nicolas September 16, 10 10:21 AM

#30 made me cry. To lose a child is heart breaking.


Posted by Diana September 30, 10 12:21 PM

Awesome photography! Mostly very sad but nice to see the smiling faces of Afghan children. I have a nephew fighting with the Canadian army and am proud of him for what he is fighting for ( part of an EOD team). As for comment # 246 I agree somewhat with you that ther is somewhat of a double standard. We tend to be more affected by someone or someting we can relate to, such as one of our own. I found #41 very sad and hope she turned out ok. Let's not forget what life was like under Taliban rule. We are there for the right reason but should not have waited for 9/11 to react. We fought the Nazi in Europe to liberate the people from tyrants and this is no different. The fight MUST continue.

Posted by Joe November 7, 10 12:10 PM

I think war in Afg is very hard becose its religion war

Posted by Murtaza December 29, 10 02:06 AM
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