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Afghanistan, July, 2010

This past month, much of the attention focused on Afghanistan centered on the release of thousands of classified documents from the war effort by WikiLeaks. While the consensus appears to be that nothing significantly new was revealed by the release, the picture painted by the documents remains rather bleak. NATO and the United States now have 143,000 troops in Afghanistan, set to peak at 150,000 in coming weeks as they take a counter-insurgency offensive into the insurgents' southern strongholds. Taliban control remains difficult to dislodge, and once removed from an area, Taliban forces often return once larger forces leave a region, especially in rural areas where local government presence remains small. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. (47 photos total)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-18 Hornet aircraft prepares to refuel over Afghanistan July 8, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin/Released)
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206 comments so far...
1.

this f**** depressing...

Posted by dio July 30, 10 01:02 PM
2.

The Big Picture leaves me speechless with every new post, the site is incredible and the story telling is a totally different experience!

Many thanks to Alan Taylor for having the vision and the force to make this a reality. And many thanks to all those brave photographers in the world showing us the beautiful, incredible, sad, impressive stories around them.

Big Picture inspired me with a friend to launch our website, telling stories the same way about our little country, Paraguay. I invite all readers to pay us a visit.

http://www.yluux.com

Thanks, and keep the great job Alan.

tetsu.

Posted by tetsu July 30, 10 01:15 PM
3.

Lets get our troops home as soon as possible.

Posted by Andre July 30, 10 01:15 PM
4.

does all off this really need a comment ....

Posted by kosmo July 30, 10 01:17 PM
5.

Nice pics, a lot of dedication from the soldiers. I wish the politician would send their own sons to Afganistan.

I also wish they were actually there to save people from the Taliban and help them have a better life, but I beleive the real reason has nothing to do with these people.

Best of luck to the soldiers, be careful out there.

Posted by Etienne July 30, 10 01:25 PM
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Being a father of 1.5 year-old son, #21 just brings tears to my eyes.

Posted by P July 30, 10 01:25 PM
7.

Thank you for continuing to report on this.

Posted by Jessica July 30, 10 01:26 PM
8.

Oh God STOP this.

Posted by Mahesh July 30, 10 01:26 PM
9.

The war is already lost..

Posted by abuies July 30, 10 01:31 PM
10.

#32 just breaks my heart. Poverty is such a cruel thing in this world.

Posted by Ryan July 30, 10 01:34 PM
11.

That pic with the boys severed head was probably unnecessary

Posted by zk July 30, 10 01:35 PM
12.

Wow. Great pictures.

Posted by Huggies July 30, 10 01:44 PM
13.

@abuies there are no winners in a war, only losers.

Posted by Andreas July 30, 10 01:45 PM
14.

Photo 4: "Items for sale in the Nader Pashtun Market in Kabul, Afghanistan, where virtually everything comes from China...."

Uhh, have you been to Walmart lately? ;)

Posted by kevjohn July 30, 10 01:47 PM
15.

If we win in Afaganistan, what have we won?

Posted by Michael July 30, 10 01:52 PM
16.

It is awesome how it is the US's job to fix every other country - wtf, seriously.

Posted by Dan July 30, 10 01:54 PM
17.

Photo's like these should be shown by the MSM every day! A single photo truly is worth a thousand words.

War sucks.

Posted by Jojo July 30, 10 01:59 PM
18.

War is obviously always a Sh*t thing. But these are some awesome... awesome photographs. Thanks once again big picture.

Posted by Amit S July 30, 10 02:17 PM
19.

If No. 32 had not been taken in Afghanistan, one would have thought, pretty girl with most likely a nice future ahead of her. As it is... :-(

Posted by Robert Zimmerman July 30, 10 02:27 PM
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#37 - What dedication that that solider is still serving after losing his leg. A true hero

Posted by Kay July 30, 10 02:30 PM
21.

People this is war. I have respect for people that will willingly die for thier country. But I also think that they are stupid...

Posted by Colin July 30, 10 02:33 PM
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As upsetting as this topic might be. I am enthusiastic.
The Big Picture is one of the best websites I know on up to date photojournalism. Most papers and blogs limit their visual information to 1 or 2 pictures per article. This is a terrific and impressive piece of media, keep up the good work!

Posted by Iris July 30, 10 02:38 PM
23.

War is war - anytime, any place.

Posted by Oliver Küch July 30, 10 02:42 PM
24.

Michael:

But if we lose, then who will have won? The people who want to resume their war on women and pluralism. The theocrats, the antisemites, the twisted misogynists.

With their defeat, 'we' win - in as far as humanity wins.

Posted by Fred July 30, 10 02:45 PM
25.

#29 is so Metal!

Posted by metalpete July 30, 10 02:49 PM
26.

This is war. Nobody wins.

Posted by mae July 30, 10 03:06 PM
27.


The Americans lost the war! Back in 2001 no one could imagine that after 9 years the Talibans would be alive and kickin'.Only those who have read history of course,not the American's national sport.I dont like the Talibans and Islam but Dan (No.16) fix your own country first and leave the other countries alone.You need help,not imperialism.

Posted by Antonio July 30, 10 03:12 PM
28.

What a profound perspective this series gives, every picture moves me. I have so much to express about these but am having a hard time finding the words, overwhelmed seems fitting.

Posted by Nathan Fisher July 30, 10 03:27 PM
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RE: #14 -- If there is an organization we can donate to in order to bring animals back from Afghanistan, why not set one up where we could donate to bring the soldiers home? My vote and taxes have not helped to do this. Maybe a charitable donation would.

Posted by Jenise July 30, 10 03:31 PM
30.

To see all this is very upsetting no one wins in war...no one for sure when where all being lied too...

Posted by moeshere July 30, 10 03:31 PM
31.

#25.
I find it ironic that US forces in Afghanistan play a game where you're an insurgent who is trying to defeat an occupying force by using roadside bombs and raids.

Posted by Carl July 30, 10 03:52 PM
32.

Fred (24), no one wins. Humanity don't win. This is a problem of hate and violence. When you make the war you create more hate, and that will be reciprocal. People thinks that when one part "wins" a war everything is over, but no, it's just the beginning.

Look Israel. They -virtually- "win" their war with Palestina, but that didn't end anything. Just prolonges the problem in fact. But that is a think of perspective that many americans don't have because we are so far from those.

Posted by Edgar B. July 30, 10 03:55 PM
33.

Does anybody know if there is a way to view these pics in full resolution? Other than the really intense photos, most of them are beautiful and I would like them as desktop backgrounds

Posted by maltman July 30, 10 04:36 PM
34.

32 is just heart wrenching !

Posted by Ulysses July 30, 10 04:52 PM
35.

You can actually use them as desktop backgrounds, I do it all the time. Would like to be able to print them (on canvas) as well. Is there a way to do that? Would love to pay for it...

Posted by Martine July 30, 10 05:03 PM
36.

#13 - that is "the" severed head...

Posted by carlos ribeiro July 30, 10 05:11 PM
37.

impeach obama please...he said troops would be out of iraq! I don't think I can lose another brother.

Posted by Corey July 30, 10 05:18 PM
38.

Nobody want's to die for there country. There are just other reasons. War is so 1900. Let's build and help those "enemy" country's, do not destroy or kill it. I have deep respect for all those young soldiers. Please help them when they are coming home. Give the soldiers good jobs and time for changing. So many are not able to manage the normal life after such a war.
By the way good pictures.


Posted by Chase July 30, 10 05:31 PM
39.

if thee's a god out there, this is a proof that he's really REALLY sadistic

Posted by Micaela S.R. July 30, 10 05:35 PM
40.

This is heart breaking, we as human being should know that war only bring pain mentally and physically. The solution is not this please bring the troop home......

Posted by TY July 30, 10 05:48 PM
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It looks very clear to me that this long-lasting war is intentionally set up so that someone can profit from it enormously.

Posted by faithful reader July 30, 10 06:29 PM
42.

The poor and working in our country are sent to kill the poor and working in other countries to make the rich richer...

Posted by r July 30, 10 06:58 PM
43.

Sad, really sad what is happening down there.

Posted by Guille July 30, 10 07:17 PM
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This isnt "war" anymore. Yeah there is military action, but you can now consider it "Nation building". I.E., we will not desert the Afghan people again. We left them when the soviets lost, this time we have to stay and help them defeat the fundamentalists and build a stable nation. If we dont, you can bet there will be more destruction in the future. This time its going to be on our front door though.

Posted by bob July 30, 10 07:33 PM
45.

when will it all end....???????

Posted by Jim July 30, 10 07:44 PM
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OMG #35 should be a Hollywood star, he's TOO hot to be a soldier!

Posted by Marion July 30, 10 08:23 PM
47.

The love of my life is there.. I see the days turn to night and night turn to day. My only wish is for this to be over. How can people sleep when there is such touching photographs.. Everyone please keep the troops in your prayers! They all needed!

Posted by Armywife2009 July 30, 10 08:34 PM
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my son is in kandahar; 101st Airborne; and witnessing all of this firsthand; not only do i pray for his safe return (as I do all our brave men and women every second of every day); i pray for his return without traumatic lasting effects. thank you for posting these photos; we get a much better description of what they are actually going through rather than the little bottom-line blurbs on the 'news channels' and his messages which say the standard, 'everything is great mom...don't worry....' keep it up and i'll make you a 'favorite'. I go to the foreign press websites to get info.....and it's Un-American to do that.

Posted by Kathy July 30, 10 09:19 PM
49.

Wow. I find myself deeply troubled...not so much by the pictures but rather by the reactions and comments by most you. This is the harsh reality of what our soldiers face on a daily basis in Afghanistan and Iraq. These are the same situations that soldiers have faced throughout modern history as well. The only difference is that now, the public half a world away is able to receive real time updates and photos of a war via the internet and news media.

For those idealists that are so critical of war, I ask is there ever anything worth fighting for? Thank goodness the brave American patriots who fought in the wars of the past in defense of freedom and the Constitution of the US did not feel the same way as most of you do. They understood that there was something worth fighting for and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice if necessary.

God bless our troops and thank you for all that you do in defense of this great nation!

Posted by Ryan July 30, 10 09:59 PM
50.

Increíbles fotos que demuestran lo fea y terrible que es la guerra, tenga motivos justos o no.

Posted by Carlos July 30, 10 10:45 PM
51.

Haunting pictures, as pretty much every monthly Afghanistan update. The kids on 11, 21 and 27 are the real war victims.

Posted by Mosez July 30, 10 10:51 PM
52.

NO.21,32 and 17 are so sad.

Posted by Frank July 30, 10 11:05 PM
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RE NO.37
I hope you don't, may God bless the soul of the one you lost.

Posted by Frank July 30, 10 11:10 PM
54.

This is a war that is not worth fighting. It is not win-able. It is not worth the lives of either Afghanis or US people. It is much too far from the US to be worth anything. It is sapping the US financially, politically and economically....US does not have an endless supply of money, people or the will. All those on Congress are much too too far away from the ground to feel anything other than dictating policies. They have no personal loss to make them feel anything. War never has any real winners ever.

Posted by deshi July 30, 10 11:11 PM
55.

Reading the caption on #27, and looking at the previous picture of Major Bowman is one of the most powerful and heart-braking things I have ever seen on this site.

Posted by Ryan Morris July 30, 10 11:53 PM
56.

Great pic... but if US leave Afghanistan, more great things will happen.

Posted by Rafi July 31, 10 12:00 AM
57.

agree with #55; reading the caption wondered immediately if it was the fellow sitting & talking from the previous post. Strange how simply having seen him before can make his loss feel personal.
the contrast of his apparent approach to soldiering & the actions of an Afghan soldier who turned against his allies is particularly sad & confounding.

Posted by ali July 31, 10 12:30 AM
58.

fight for nothing.......... please stop it; sent it home (back to their family)

Posted by shaifulzamri July 31, 10 12:56 AM
59.

Ogni volta che clicco su questo sito spero che non ci siano foto sull'Afghanistan, perchè mi riportano alla realtà dei fatti, di una guerra senza senso, del numero spropositato di vittime, della sofferenza che attanaglia l'aria... Ma quando ci sono, mi impongo di vederle, per obbligare me stessa a ricordare che la violenza, non serve a niente.

Dite bene, l'odio genera odio.
Spero che questa catena si interrompa al pià presto.

Posted by Eleonora July 31, 10 02:30 AM
60.

Never been conquered, is not conquered and never will be. Thats Afghanistan.

Posted by Duckling July 31, 10 03:18 AM
61.

"Being a father of 1.5 year-old son, #21 just brings tears to my eyes." - So #21 does, but #11 doesn't - is it because #11 is a brown kid? I have no sympathy for hypocrites like you. People like you are the reason the world is in trouble. As long as you think other people's lives are worth less there will be no peace and no hope.

Posted by SameOle July 31, 10 03:21 AM
62.

This pictures tell us what is the situation in Afganistan. Terror is around us..Every moment is not make sure us whether it will live or dead. Photos are force to fry us to think again about this War..US,INDIA,SOMALIA,KORIA,UK suffering from this terrorism!! Hope future will be peaceful..

Posted by SUDARSHAN N. SUTAR July 31, 10 04:10 AM
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@comment 16, you are the usual ignoramus who likes to think the US is holding the World in one piece. Check other news than biaised Fox or CNN. It looked promising since you're reading this blog, well watching the pictures i should say since you obviously didn't notice the words Italians and Australians in the dead soldiers in this post. You're familiar with the concept of coalition?

also in Afghanistan, I tend to believe that the US (and dragging other nations in) is cleaning its own mess: too busy to do whatever to piss off the Russians more than 20 years ago, they didn't notice they were helping their very future enemies, the talibans. The enemies of our enemies are seldom our friends...

how come History is such poorly learnt and understood in America?

Posted by ben July 31, 10 04:29 AM
64.

the culture and economics of war.. it will become a tradition, hell, is... just what is the future economic for the locals? it's hell left for what? the meek, the survivors who don't fight there anymore? the oil or valued dust? this has gone on too long while politics have moved on. what is going to happen with all these soldiers later here and there.. can they only destroy upon direction cause it's what to do? the fiery heart of men who lead Men to fight need to rethink the throes they lent. Men! you aren't directed by military unspire now. You all have a return to peace? somewhere? it's going to be and get worse, much worse. You have a way to change the direction you do.

Posted by Sky July 31, 10 04:47 AM
65.

Heartbreaking pictures!
Picture #22 ".... famous Band-i-Amir lakes outside the central Afghan province of Bamiyan during a local annual festival aimed at promoting tourism in the central highlands...."
I hope they are promoting to local citizen, because I have to be completely out of my mind if I even thought of going to Afghanistan as a tourist.
I certainly hope and pray that the Afghan government can take care of their country once the US and Nato troops pulls out. It seems to me, that for every once successful step forward, they take a hundred steps back.
Sad, Sad, Sad pictures.

Posted by jt July 31, 10 05:01 AM
66.

Why and what for? Good old U.S., stop shooting and killing, then others will stop too. This bahaviour is only breeding contempt by creating hell in foreign countries. Withdraw all soldiers and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq right away. These people have been punished enough for anything you accuse them of having committed.

Posted by sad, sad ! July 31, 10 05:49 AM
67.

Such hypocrosy.

Killers killing killers who mourn killers that were killed by other killers while those left behind plan the next wave of killing to avenge the death of their beloved killers so there won't be any more killing.

They are not heroes, they are willing participants in killing. A soldier does not defend his country, they merely volunteer to kill and obey orders saying which people to kill, and expect to get paid for it.

A new idea.....Lets stop killing, what u say?

Posted by humanbeing July 31, 10 05:57 AM
68.

#27 is just heartbreaking. I remembered seeing the original photo with John talking to the villagers thinking that that is a side of the war we don't see very often and then to find out he was killed.........? Heartbreaking.

My son is being deployed in January and every day as it gets nearer I cry more.....

Posted by Andrea July 31, 10 06:33 AM
69.

The US have nothing to seek in Afghanistan, except from cold hard geo-politics. In the eyes of many afghans, morally, the US have no ground to prolongate their military presence.

I also see the exact same rhetoric the Britains and Sovjets used during THEIR occupation of Afghanistan.

RIP for the poor soldiers that fight for their country but dont know or dont want to know the higher principle of war being wrong in this case (Alcibiades). They are again being used for dirty geo-political politics.

Posted by GrotePier July 31, 10 07:20 AM
70.

Here depicts American courage and sacrifice. Such a huge human cost, and perhaps other than the few chance Afghan dirt farmers, no one else cares.

Vietnam 2.0... The war we vowed never to fight again. Won't we ever learn, that you can't liberate a people who dont want it bad enough; even their elected leadership seems bored by the whole idea of democracy.

I found these pictures depressing. Such magnificent soldiers; the very best in the world. I take deep pride in who they are, but I mourn their sacrifice; I resent the politicians who put them there and told them it was for my freedom.

Tom
http://www.dare2believe.com

Posted by Tom Desrosier July 31, 10 07:34 AM
71.

Fred # 55 said:
"But if we lose, then who will have won? The people who want to resume their war on women and pluralism. The theocrats, the antisemites, the twisted misogynists."

"Theocrats", twisted misogynists, yes, but antisemites? Please don't confuse the resentment Muslims feel against Israel with antisemitism. If ethnic cleansing by Israel of a whole people, destruction of their homes and cruel blockades evokes sympathy for Palestinians, is it antisemitism?

In no Muslim country were Jews ever prosecuted. There have been no pogroms, no concentration camps, no holocausts in any Muslim society. That distinction belongs to Europe. Golda Meir famously declared that the golden age for Jews was during Muslim Spain.

Posted by Jamil July 31, 10 08:24 AM
72.

@#27 We lost in 2001. You are an idiot. you probably get all your info from Jon Stewart,and have no idea whats really going on. You sit around playing X-box eating kit kats and watching the Colbert report and think you are some kind of political genius. People like you either need to volunteer for military service for two years to get some true perspective of whats really going on, or shut the f*ck up!!! I hate back seat drivers like you. If you haven't lifted a finger for any service to this country your opinion is worthless. If everyone was forced to join the military even for two years the people of this nation would have a lot more appreciation and understanding of the truth of what is really happening overseas. Israel does it and they have one of the most successful nations and military's in the world, but I know the constitution would not allow that unless there was a draft. Instead we have the same brave men and women going overseas multiple times with hardly any pay or respect, so some Jackoff can give his retarded perspective on the state of whats going on. Thank you Antonio for being an uninformed douchebag. Get your facts straight. We kicked the living sh*t out of them in 2001, we most certainly did not lose. Now go back to pissing your bed and sucking your thumb, and stay out of the comments section of pictures of the brave men and women who are willing to fight and die for your right to mock them.

Posted by Sam July 31, 10 08:35 AM
73.

the war should stop!

Posted by anwar jaber July 31, 10 08:53 AM
74.

I just feel for all the civilians lives that have been lost..

Posted by Jonathan July 31, 10 09:35 AM
75.

...They will spend it, then it will become an anguish for them, then they will be conquered. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto hell. Quran 8:36

Posted by Adam July 31, 10 09:51 AM
76.

We are always at war...why? I am only in my 40's and the US has always been at war for something. Truly sad that we have to raise kids in this type of society.

Posted by Anne July 31, 10 09:55 AM
77.

Photo #46: it's Revision - mission critical eyewear (see please APEL - Auth
orized Protective Eyewear List).

Posted by Sergio July 31, 10 10:11 AM
78.

War, War never changes

Posted by c July 31, 10 11:07 AM
79.

I hope that someone is forcing George Bush to view every photo that comes out of both Iraq and Afghanistan so he understands what a f*cking mess he created, all because of his stupid ego.

Posted by Matt July 31, 10 11:07 AM
80.

Curioso, que con el dinero gastado en llegar a hacer volar el avión de la foto uno, el resto de las fotos no existirian...

Posted by Juan Quijano July 31, 10 11:51 AM
81.

Why Obama continues Bush's war?!!! Now it's Obama's war!

Stop the killing and war is evil! Bring troops home!!!

Posted by flyingeagle July 31, 10 11:51 AM
82.

deshi, what about the war against Nazi? Had it real winners? Was it close enough to the US to be worth something?

Posted by George July 31, 10 12:23 PM
83.

#46 says so much with so little

Posted by jordanpdx July 31, 10 01:22 PM
84.

War is terrific business for many huge U.S. Corporations. Don't expect war to end anytime soon.

Coming up...the US and Israel invade Iran.

Posted by Charlie Potts July 31, 10 01:55 PM
85.

Nobody can win by war.....

Posted by Anonymous July 31, 10 01:56 PM
86.

Comment #39 Micaela S.R
Your perspective is wrong. What you see in these ictures is not the work of God but the work of humans who think they know better than God and ignore his commands. However, it is easier to blame Him for everything we don't like...
Very sad pictures indeed, but great photography!

Posted by Sola Veritas July 31, 10 02:09 PM
87.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed) Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 - 1948)

Posted by James SD July 31, 10 02:18 PM
88.

@ Comment #61

You said…
"Being a father of 1.5 year-old son, #21 just brings tears to my eyes." - So #21 does, but #11 doesn't - is it because #11 is a brown kid? I have no sympathy for hypocrites like you. People like you are the reason the world is in trouble. As long as you think other people's lives are worth less there will be no peace and no hope.

I say…
So you just go on asking the easiest-ever 'is it because…' question in your braindead reply and then right away, without any answer, go on assuming things? Great job indeed. Also, standing ovations for the a stellar way of showing your non-existing level of intelligence – well done.

Did it ever occur your tiny mind that I might actually be a father of what you call 'A Brown Kid'? Or that this entire post is full of pictures tearjerking, no matter which one you choose write your thoughts down about? Or that comments like yours actually do nothing but cultivate even more issues like the one we’re all looking at here?

Seriously, it is actually people like you who noone should have sympathy for. Shame on you, please do us all a favor and go get your meds on.

Posted by P July 31, 10 02:34 PM
89.

Be safe out there!

Posted by Jim S July 31, 10 03:06 PM
90.

Those sunglasses makes me real... WOW

Posted by Milosh K. July 31, 10 03:26 PM
91.

Qyìuando finirà questa guerra? Trppe persone se ne sono andate

Posted by Daniela July 31, 10 03:35 PM
92.

Extraordinary!

To all those who posted negative comments about war, take a good look at the TIME magazine cover of the woman without a nose.

War is ugly and sad, but there is not even a slice of peace without it.

Posted by Sadie July 31, 10 04:51 PM
93.

I wish these solider asked them selves why they are going to foreign land and put a country to war... the men with AK-47 are freedom fighters for locals.

Posted by Fuaad July 31, 10 05:49 PM
94.

#72 I will not answer to your insults and your filthy language.Anybody who read my post and has a basic IQ can understand of course that I'm not American.I say 'the americans' , 'fix your country' etc etc.My military service is not something you deserve to know about.

I really said 2-3 simple things:

-The Americans (the politicians, commanders and officers,not the poor brainwashed soldiers) have lost.After 9 years they didnt manage to supress a rebel movement of barefoot fighters who have no air support and heavy guns.

-They also lost forever the hearts of the local population by killing thousands of their friends and worse of all,their children.This way they just made a horrible regime (the Talibans) even more popular.Disaster..

-No future historian will remember of these commanders as military geniuses I suppose.

-Last but more important of all.You used the word 'brave'.If you have the guts go and say this word to the thousands of dead civilians that this army has murdered all these years from distance with hi-tech weapons.This is NOT bravery.I remember now another army in modern warfare that used to kill civilians (asymmetrical losses!) to get the job done.The Nazis.
Take care

Posted by Antonio July 31, 10 05:58 PM
95.

I'm surprised no-one mentioned #10... He does look like a former, not a killer to me... R.I.P.

And I'd love to go to the lake on #22, so please stop the war.

Posted by gej July 31, 10 06:16 PM
96.

#35 what game is he playing and on what with the bombs

Posted by Conor July 31, 10 06:25 PM
97.

#60: "Never been conquered, is not conquered and never will be. Thats Afghanistan."

You obviously know very little about the history of Afghanistan.
Well, let's give your intelligence the benefit of the doubt, shall we?

"Until 1840 Afghanistan was better known as a 'highway of conquest' rather than the 'graveyard of empires,' For 2,500 years it was always part of somebody's empire, beginning with the Persian Empire in the fifth century B.C."
Barfield, Thomas; Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History; 2010
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/07/26/bury_the_graveyard

"Since Alexander the Great, plenty of conquerors have subdued Afghanistan. In the early 13th century, Genghis Khan’s Mongol hordes ravaged the country’s two major cities. And in 1504, Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire in India, easily took the throne in Kabul. Even the humiliation of 1842 did not last. Three and a half decades later, the British initiated a punitive invasion and ultimately won the second Anglo-Afghan war, which gave them the right to determine Afghanistan’s foreign policy."
Peter Bergen, NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/opinion/28bergen.html

By the way, great shots as usual! Greetings from Germany

Posted by MBG July 31, 10 07:23 PM
98.

Well I'm glad they still have it in them to enjoy themselves. (#30)

God bless all the soldiers.

Posted by Edward Boutros July 31, 10 08:35 PM
99.

Getting sadder and sadder. Love to see images from the other side's suffering, as well. "Today's Vietnam" is already lost but containing China, India, Russia by demolishing Pakistan and attacking Iran has to go through this!
US and England may trick their people by manipulating and controlling media but rest of the world has already awaken long before. War is business to them and fallen soldiers are all forgotten the next day, Even in Arlington Cemetery, there is dirty deals on position/location of burials. Creating Armageddon would not be enough to revive capitalism for US and its political chimps.

Posted by Selcuk Askin July 31, 10 11:27 PM
100.

God Bless these men. My best friend is being deployed tomorrow..it sure is going to be tough especially after seeing these pictures..please keep the soldiers in your prayers. We may not agree on why were their and these men might not either but their fighting the war that we wouldn't and risking their lives for our freedoms.

Posted by Derek August 1, 10 01:07 AM
101.

This is for Jenise who asked if there was an organiztion that can help with animal rescues from Afghanistan see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Puppy-Rescue-Mission/106320572741421?ref=ts#!/pages/Puppy-Rescue-Mission/106320572741421?ref=ts

Posted by Cessie Chiasson August 1, 10 01:31 AM
102.

I wish these solider asked them selves why they are going to foreign land and put a country to war... the men with AK-47 are freedom fighters for locals.

Posted by Fuaad August 1, 10 02:34 AM
103.

sinnlos

Posted by Daniel August 1, 10 03:03 AM
104.

Who ever termed Afghanistan as the graveyard of empires could not have been more accurate. After nine years, the US has converted more to the Taliban and al Queda than they have killed. More likely than not, the boy in photo #11 will be recruited as a Taliban fighter.

Posted by Basel August 1, 10 04:12 AM
105.

Piękne zdjęcia !!!!

Posted by Fin2 August 1, 10 05:30 AM
106.

God bless the U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
I wish they would return safely to their families soon.

Posted by Jacov - Israel August 1, 10 06:23 AM
107.

Its ironic how at least half of the american soldiers comes from mexican backgrounds.

Posted by John August 1, 10 07:46 AM
108.

Stupid war...

"go to war, leave a leg there and return as a hero"


...no comments...

Posted by AS August 1, 10 08:18 AM
109.

Truth, transparency, accountability, and real democracy. If we had it here then we would not be in this war or economic situation. It is time for change everywhere. Eliminate electronic voting and go back to the written vote that can be viewed and recounted if necessary. We need to hold accountable all those that we vote in office. We must watch government not trust it. It is not about party but putting people into office that will do what we want them to do not what the party or those in the shadows tell them to do. Truth, transparency, accountability, and real democracy...

Posted by Donald August 1, 10 09:18 AM
110.

Who is happy anyway?

Posted by Vasu August 1, 10 09:27 AM
111.

@ post #13 Andreas.

There are winners in war, as a matter of fact some of the most profound changes in human history are brought about by war.

Think Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Ghengis Khan, Hannibul, Charlemagne, Patton, Erwin Rommel, Mao Zedong, Joan of Arc and so on and so forth.

Your comment is absurd and untrue. Now is war full of human suffering and death...yes it is, but to say there are no winners is just plain ignorant.

Posted by David August 1, 10 11:48 AM
112.

all good!!

kevin frayer's photographs, the portrait compilation and the shaving, was just awesome...

Posted by afsal August 1, 10 01:52 PM
113.

all good!!

kevin frayer's photographs, the portrait compilation and the shaving, was just awesome...

Posted by afsal August 1, 10 02:32 PM
114.

Just wondering why in the place there are American soldiers there is always no peace??????

Posted by Democray Exporter August 1, 10 03:32 PM
115.

Civilian casualties are tragic and truly horrifying, but consider the fact that less civilians are being killed now (the UN estimates 13,372 - 32,969 since 2001, split equally in responsibility between coalition and Taliban forces) then any time in the last half century. Soviet invasion, civil war, and Taliban dominance wreaked havok upon the citizens of Afghanistan. The US military uses more discretion and caution then any of the before-mentioned groups, but sadly accidents happen. Criticism for the Taliban, who are instructed to directly target women and children (revealed recently in a directive by Mullah Omar, the Talib spritual leader) is sharply lacking from any of these anti-war comments. It seems as though people believe Afghanistan will magically revert to a peaceful country if the coalition pulls out. They have been at war for the last 40 years and another power struggle will occur with countless civilian tragedies if we run from our responsibility. Try not to look at the geopolitical issue and focus on the human aspect of Operation Enduring Freedom. Withdrawing now means years of increased turmoil for Afghanistan, while winning the current war offers a stable future. Does shifting the civilian blood away from Western hands make it any more right?

Posted by MKrein August 1, 10 05:29 PM
116.

Shame on the United States of America.

Posted by America go home August 1, 10 09:51 PM
117.

Taliban or not Taliban, it's none of your bussiness, moron!
lt's the Afghanistan's domestic affair. Leave them alone!

Posted by democracy exporter August 1, 10 09:53 PM
118.

i just want to ask, when will this photo series will STOP?

END THE WAR!!!

Posted by hengki August 1, 10 10:20 PM
119.

Do American people still think they live in a politically democratic society? They desperately wanted to end the wars and voted in somebody who promised sweeping changes. I believe Obama was buying votes by talking left and right about the perils of America's warmongering ways. He successfully managed to ride the wave of anti-war sentiments. In his book he seemed to understand the suffering of third world countries and elaborated as to why the world hated America. He came along as a compassionate politician.

So what happened? The war diary of America's (mis)adventure in Afghanistan released by Wikileaks shows that America's military under the command of Obama has no regard for civilian casualties. Obama has proven to have no regard for civilian suffering. He has reneged to follow through many of the Middle-East initiatives he espoused during the presidential campaign. On the domestic front, his main success has been to save the elite and corporations who were responsible for the melt-down. Hasn't he ignored the victims of the melt-down for the most part?

How can that sort of about face by Obama be explained? Is it possible that America's president(s) no longer decide matters of foreign policy and aggressions? Is it possible that the military-industrial complex as well as the lobby and pressure groups are the chief decision makers in such matters? Whose war are these blokes, from poor and uneducated backgrounds, fighting in exchange for handsome salaries? Still, one can hope they return home safe as much as the wish for Afghan civilians to not feel more suffering.

Posted by Ebrahim from Iran August 1, 10 10:46 PM
120.

It isn't really about fixing other countries and helping other people. The US enters conflicts when it stands to gain something from them. The war in Iraq has proven very profitable for certain people in high places.
I do support the troops. The blame rests with the politicians, not them.

Posted by Alex August 1, 10 11:37 PM
121.

There is now an Afghanistan series almost every other week, this is getting a bit boring, though the images are of course strill striking. At least, it could have included some pics of the leaving Dutch forces, but this series is US only.
What about the Swiss national day, the European athletics, the floods in Asia, the fires in Russia... ? So many topics which are current NOW.

Posted by Tom August 2, 10 02:09 AM
122.

The US should do to Afghanistan what they failed to do to North Vietnam - bomb it back to the Stone Age, preferably with nuclear weapons.

Or, better still, walk away from it and let them destroy themselves from within.

Posted by Trevor August 2, 10 02:20 AM
123.

We need to think about children and what they daily see and live...
Big trauma for each of them! They grow up with fear and anger...
May God forgive us!

Posted by Andrea August 2, 10 04:03 AM
124.

I don't think US wants to pull out from there. Humanitarian cause (of 'saving' Afghanistan) will never work there. It makes sense to pull out and let the Afghanis solve their own problem. The US rather use up all the tremendous amount of money they are spending there to spend it on making US safe from further terrorist attacks. Have stringent visa procedures, robust coast guard etc. But of course US is never going to do that, because for them this is a political move. It has nothing to do with saving the world from terroists. And clearly Taliban have the upper hand here, since US still hasn't won the war inspite of battling this out for so long.

Posted by WellWisher August 2, 10 04:46 AM
125.

No. 19 shows a German ISAF soldier, you can see the flag on his arm.

Posted by Oberon August 2, 10 05:59 AM
126.

@ Post 16
Well who meesed up the country first?
Learn your history, it was the US who supllied the Taliban with weapons and training in the 80s.
And who left the country to its own problems after the russians left?
There was enough money to buy weapons, but none afterwards to rebuild.

So I hope its a lession to politicans all over the world, but I doubt it.

Young men from all over the world have to pay now for what old fools did 20-30 years ago.


Posted by Boomer August 2, 10 08:04 AM
127.

the world politicians must see these photos....

Posted by Anonymous August 2, 10 10:58 AM
128.

Can we can it with the "God bless" this and that? God has nothing to do with this and I certainly wouldn't want any deity to be blessing human caused carnage and suffering. Accept the blame and credit for this humanity- don't pawn it off on religion.

Posted by Retiredsoldier August 2, 10 11:24 AM
129.

this war is ONLY about money and resources; oil, nat gas, minerals. It's sad that in this time we still engage in this kind of behaviour and even sadder that the American people aren't in the streets stopping it. I guess they're too busy scrambling to keep their house from being foreclosed. It's almost like it was planned in the 80's to bring down the middle class so they no longer had time to oppose wars like they did in the 60's.....

Posted by bob dobolina August 2, 10 02:37 PM
130.

We should have never gone into Afganistan or Iraq. Never....
It was an invasion of these countries....to get to the natural resources. Criminal. Bush/Cheney and a bevy of corporate heads....should all face criminal proceedings and serve out their days in a dark, damp jail.

Posted by US citizen August 2, 10 02:59 PM
131.

My heart aches to see the suffering and the death. The changes...good and bad...are they worth this? Will it be enough? The people of Afghanistan have suffered enough. The American people are not war mongering animals. I resent what the last regime here set in motion. Ruining lives generations to come in both our countries.

Posted by Laurel August 2, 10 06:04 PM
132.

For those wanting to see what Afghanistan is like for American Soldiers I recommend the National Geographic feature length documentary called 'Restrepo' where a platoon is followed during their 15 month deployment in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. It brings these pictures to life in a stirring way.

Posted by ArmyMom August 2, 10 06:11 PM
133.

We went into Afghanistan to kill al-Qaida and the Taliban. In that effort, mission not accomplished. Afghanistan's only natural resource is opium.

Should have diverted forces from Iraq into Afghanistan to finish the job.

Posted by Dave August 2, 10 06:24 PM
134.

These are the photos that should be appearing nightly on American newcasts -- shame on American mainstream media.

Posted by Joshua August 2, 10 07:19 PM
135.

#32 is heartbreaking, but #33 isn't? wow, some of you people make me sick. shame on you.
May God bless our soldiers and those fighting alongside them.

Posted by john August 2, 10 07:27 PM
136.

If pictures like some of the ones viewable here were available during WW2, we would never have succeeded in that conflict. America is made up of too many people with so little resolve who have no business looking at images like these. This is why we seem so weak to other nations now. It's so sad. The information age has ruined us.

Posted by Jason August 2, 10 07:39 PM
137.

Sorry but the Talibans are hitting,when they find a efficient way to cope with unresolved problems.Edgar

Posted by edgar August 2, 10 09:20 PM
138.

Was there 9 months. Nothing can change the way we want. The way the west imposes. We are forcing at high speed the country to fall into civil war.
Deep pain is on the face of all.

Posted by Rom August 2, 10 11:07 PM
139.

#136 We do not appear weak to other nations, we appear barbaric. And there is no resolve because there are no facts to justify the deaths of these young men. The information age is making us ask questions and not swallow the spewed garbage. The one line you got right "It's so sad."..it is sad..it is sad that some people still think we are fighting for our freedoms. That was won a long time ago.

Posted by Jackson August 2, 10 11:27 PM
140.

@Sam of comment #72: I find it really depressing that you think the only way for Americans to understand the war is by becoming a part of it "for at least 2 years". I find it more depressing that you are stereotyping viewers of Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report, while having the audacity to tell someone else that their opinion is wrong while you so rightfully express yours. Americans don't need to experience this horrible tragedy for two seconds, much less two years to comprehend it. We need more transparency to comprehend it. Besides, why join the military for two years? To be brain-washed into thinking that killing "for our country" is our right and privilege? People like you are the reason I sometimes hate the fact that I am an American. You give all of us a bad name.

Posted by Sad August 3, 10 12:41 AM
141.

God Bless Our soldiers

And our Nation

Who is the big brother of the world

The fact is simple we're facing not just Cultural battle but also an Ideological one. The fact is extremism plagues that region and continue to do so while in the western world we realized that theocracy does not work because we love life,liberty and above all the ability to pursue happiness.And that extremism is to be avoided and should never be allowed to have power.

The salem witch trials are a testement to that fact. As long as those "religious rulers" can use God as an excuse to hide their inability to accept that the western world has surpassed their nations.That now we're the one abound in plenty.That our culture we fought for and will not accept terrorism or those who believe that fear will make us cower.

Once the middle eastern world was full of great thinkers and dreamers and had a great culture. Now it is nothing more than theocratic nations beliving whatever.

Once the western world was considered barbaric now it is the middle eastern world that are the barbarians. Irony is amazing when you read world history.

Posted by Anonymous August 3, 10 03:03 AM
142.

Pictures itself say lot, hat's off to the photographer to bring it to all, the silent story of deep pain. War can never be the solution of anything at all. Only they can understand the real pain of war whose relative or family have died both the side. When politic, religion and power become everything, things like love and humanity becomes nothing.MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON THE EARTH.

Posted by Arjun Jaisawal August 3, 10 08:23 AM
143.

When will we be outraged at all of this senseless violence? The only way this war will end is with the power of the people. In the words of the late, brilliant, Howard Zinn, there is no such thing as a "good war." The poor are sent to kill and be killed by the rich, just look at how big of a business war has become for private contractors. If you have a family member serving the military, you should be horrified and angry. This clash of cultures and xenophobia has to end, we have to learn to embrace our differences (i'm speaking to those who believe we are fighting a war against Islam). Islam is a religion of PEACE but if I had bombs falling all over my home, killing my friends and loved ones you'd better believe i'd be doing what I could to defend myself. These images should be front page, war should not be sanitized, it is brutal, terrifying and disgusting, but we shouldn't be allowed to avert our eyes from its nightmarish reality. Don't listen to the mainstream media, they want to keep us complacent. I'm a firm believer in direct action, we have to take the streets, people have to be shaken to wake up. Enough with candlelight vigils and organized marches, direct action NOW!

Posted by AnarchistAlice August 3, 10 01:20 PM
144.

All i can say is God Bless Every Man And Woman Fighting For Our Country.I Have The Most Respect For All Of You.IF If It Wasnt For You We Would Not Have The Freedom We Have Today.And I Thank You For That.

Posted by Anonymous August 3, 10 03:00 PM
145.

How come there are no large demonstrations like in the vietnam era?
Couchpotatoe critics.

Posted by Hemaworstje August 3, 10 07:05 PM
146.

As a Canadian, I'm glad someone is actually showing us this war as it is really is, with all it's atrocity, destruction, deaths. War is war, as it always was. Let's show it as it really is, not the watered-down-we're-building-schools-for-girls bullshit. And let's have people really grasp the effects of their political choices.

To the people that are offended by the pictures, think that you're not the ones living with the harsh consequences, today and for the years to come.

Posted by Sébastien Duquette August 3, 10 08:56 PM
147.

I feel incredibly sorry for the Afghans.

Posted by Noname August 4, 10 03:08 AM
148.

Las fotos son increibles !! Solo con ver la desesperación que muestra la cara del niño de la foto 11, es suficiente como para saber que esta guerra jamás tenía que haberse empezado. Gracias por mostrarnos en clave de arte, la denuncia de los horrores de lo que supone esta continua guerra e invasión injustificada !

Un abrazo.

Posted by Querelle August 4, 10 03:27 AM
149.

nr 16 amazing set !!!

Posted by achaj August 4, 10 10:16 AM
150.

Sometimes the alternative to war is not peace, but something worse than war -- terror, oppression and dictatorship. The antiwar crowd that rallied against the operation in Iraq five years ago while saying America should really be instead dealing with those in Afghanistan that attacked us on 9/11 are now the ones crying that we should ditch this fight too, since--surprise--people die in combat. More determination and fortitude is needed by our policymakers--and the leaders of America's allies--who take the long view and realize this is a battle that's been going for decades if not centuries and will be with us for the rest of our lives and those of our grandchildren. Let's remember and honor the fallen, heal the wounded and support those still serving in the field, rather than abandoning or responsibilities to our fellow citizens and our decendents to give them a safe and secure nation and civilized world.

Posted by Brookhouse August 4, 10 12:22 PM
151.

We aren't fighting for nothing. Defending the lives and rights of the women and girls of Afghanistan and honoring the sacrifice of those who have fallen and the bravery of those who are still willing to volunteer and fall themselves are more than enough reason to see this fight out. The geopolitical ramifications of the conflict are existential for much of the region, there is a high likelihood that Afghanistan would become the scene of a proxy war between India and Pakistan that could increase nuclear tensions. Afghanistan could very well become a safe haven for Al-Qaeda once again as well. Staying longer is a horrifying and painful prospect, leaving too soon is worse. I would hope those advocating withdrawal would take the time to learn more about the region and the conflict, maybe they would see the importance of our presence.

Posted by Evan Hutchison August 4, 10 02:19 PM
152.

American blood for nothing, except for making it safe for Chinese business. Well...that and a few American defense companies made out pretty well. No more Republicans...EVER!

Posted by Carbon August 4, 10 11:45 PM
153.

Aren't thoses pictures not enough ? Stop this useless war. Stop it

Posted by forum August 5, 10 07:56 AM
154.

kudos to our men in the field......but also my hat's off to the equally brave photogs who shot the pics. they're unarmed and are at equal risk in being killed or injured. excellent coverage.

no political comment from me....because I'm safe here in my own country...while others protect me 24/7. thanks.

Posted by Anonymous August 5, 10 07:38 PM
155.

Well #72 I guess you embody the anger and fear evident in American society whose logical result is a nation that roams the globe looking for other independent nations on which to force its own fearful and angry half-baked and self-righteous philosophies. Smile - you're on candid camera!

Posted by Jon August 6, 10 04:50 AM
156.

you know what, the only reason that afghan troops sometimes kill american troops is becasue that american soldiers dnt care who they kill and they just say in the end of the day that , he or she was a terrorist. well if you forigners really feel sorry for you troops and want them soo badly you should advise them to work together, without working together nothing will happen and nothing will change.Your troops should find some humanity and so should the terrorists. Peace I see that one day afghanistan will be a great countrybut only by the help of foreigners and our own people. Thanks to all american troops and foreigners that Already have this thought in mind before the say that i can kill this person and not get blamed for it as ive got a gun. But they say what will their family do without them. Peace One world .

Posted by Lost World August 6, 10 06:11 AM
157.

great photos, horrible war...

Posted by Matteo Crema August 6, 10 06:17 AM
158.

This "war" is not noble. Much of the media in the US is propaganda. People in US are kept in the dark. Other people in the world know more than US people, and see how little Americans understand about what is going on. US people are kept ignorant so they keep voting to pay for these stupid fighting and selfish occupations for resources and minerals.

Military has bombed many villages, houses, innocent people. They have destroyed many more families than they have helped. They keep the people there under fear for being called a "terrorist". Imagine how Americans would feel if a more powerful nation came in, through our skies, our land, with gunships, battleships, tanks, machine guns, and started shooting anyone who didn't follow their own arrogant rules.

These "terrorists" only want the military OUT OF THERE. There is very few "radical/extremist Muslims". There are radical/extremist Christians too.

Most people there who fire at US military want us out. Americans would surely put together their own militias to fight an occupying force if it came. Why should they bow to a greedy and power-hungry, arrogant culture that the US is doing there?

Posted by Roger August 6, 10 09:00 AM
159.

WAR IS NOT PRETTY. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT MUST CHANGE TO BE ABLE TO ELIMINATE HOSTILES THAT ATTACK. ELSE THEY WILL CONTINUE BECAUSE THEY HIDE WITH OTHERS. ANY MUSLIM THERE COULD PICK UP A RIFLE AND SHOOT AMERICANS. THEY HATE US. THEY EVEN FIGHT EACH OTHER.
WE ARE THERE TO ELIMINATE A THREAT TO THE USA WHICH IS THE GROWTH OF ALQUEDA. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THAT. NOT FOCUS ON WINNING THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OTHERS. ELSE THEY WILL THINK WE ARE TRYING TO BUY THEM. IF WE DO HELP THEM, THEN IT NEEDS TO BE MEASURED. KARZAI IS A CORRUPT MAN WHO HAS A PUPPET GOVERNMENT. HE ONLY USES THE USA FOR MONEY. HIS SOLDIERS DONT MIND KILLING AMERICANS BECAUSE MUSLIMS ARE TAUGHT TO KILL AMERICANS. ITS A VERY DIFFICULT STRUGGLE THERE, BUT WE MUST FOCUS ON WHY WE ARE THERE AND TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM.

Posted by STEPHEN August 6, 10 10:07 AM
160.

I served in Afghanistan all over the country, Kunar, Logar, Herat, Kabul, Jalalabad.

I find afghanistan is a beautiful country with in general beautiful and loving people. We as americans refuse to even try to understand their culture and social fopahs. Afghans in general do not want the taliban and the radical theology that it brings. I love photo number 18 as it shows progress and the willingness of their culture to have women in the workplace.

War in general, Sucks. I hate war and as a medic i want to build and restore. Not be a willing participant in killing by any means, but sometimes you must do what you got to do to preserve the lives of civilians and the soldiers you are with. The situation in Afghanistan is troubling and i feel a sort of spiritual connection to its people. I pray for the progress and healing of that country. Extremism is a philosophy of the past but i feel sometimes that our presence and unwillingness to learn their culture only fuels these philosophies.

I hate how some people here say the photos are "Thrilling" this war is a reality not an action movie to get your fix. To me these photos are a humbling reminder of how troubled our planet is and makes me think of how we can fix our problems. In our current status we are going to destroy ourselves over stupid ideals. Religion of all types should be enriching to the mind and soul not a pretense for war.

Posted by Jonathan Medic August 6, 10 03:23 PM
161.

Someone said they moved or sadden for the little boy in # 21 but not for the little boy in # 11??? There are some sick, sick, heartless, people in this world!

My heart aches for ALL who are suffering because of the lost of a loved one.

Posted by AJ August 6, 10 04:42 PM
162.

despues de ver el dolor de la gente invadida por extranjeros, no pidan que no los odien

Posted by daniel de ARGENTINA ( QUE PAIS¡¡¡¡¡) August 7, 10 06:16 PM
163.

in a Russian film about the war in Afghanistan is a phrase - never in the history of Afghanistan, he was conquered ... - True ...

Posted by CyberPunk August 8, 10 03:53 AM
164.

Type your comment here...
The only people winning this war are the arms manufacturers. It will not end until all foreign troops are withdrawn but that won't happen now that rich mineral resources have been found in Afghanistan. Human greed will ensure that the bloody carnage continues. Jill NZ

Posted by Jill Briggs August 8, 10 06:13 AM
165.

us government must take the right decision and leave Afghanistan , stop war , stop kill , stop blood rivers , stop orphans

Posted by Egypt sun August 9, 10 03:13 AM
166.

What Amercians are doing there! leave their country let their people to manage it! I am very sad to see the Amercian soldiers or Afgannistan people die, specially to see the little kids, women are suffering from the war! my heart is painfull to see this! we are in peace in part of the world same time there is fighting! unbelievable! let's stop the war! The earth is not satisfied with human being now, please stop war and save our planet!

Posted by sherry from China August 9, 10 03:19 AM
167.

War has been and always will be a grim business. Regardless of the outcome, the real victims are the children who are in the middle of the fighting and the children who loose family and friends.

These photographs capture moments that have been played out countless times in countless wars. The injured, the dying, and the dead always litter the battlefield.

War is part of the human species condition of life, and I see no end in sight for this seemingly genetically imprinted behavior. What starts as play in the playground, back lot, or street, sooner or later continues to its predictable endpoint.

Posted by Art16 August 9, 10 07:35 AM
168.

War is the hygiene of the world.

Posted by Aghvor Akopian August 9, 10 08:08 PM
169.

Photo #11 is why we'll never "win" this war. That child is the future of Afghanistan...and we just turned him against us. Sad.

Posted by Elizabeth August 9, 10 08:59 PM
170.

I feel sorry for our soldiers and I feel sorrow for the Afghan people. I just want the war to end.

Posted by Amy August 9, 10 10:54 PM
171.

Taliban are Pashtun and AF Pak policy will NOT work because Pashtun (Taliban) can never control Afghanistan.

There are other tribes which need backup by US forces such as: Baluchi, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Hazara, Nuristani, Turkmen, Uzbek and Ismaili.

Posted by Vivek Raghuvanshi August 10, 10 03:17 AM
172.

The winning move is not to play

Posted by Anonymous August 10, 10 10:56 AM
173.

Reality is so cruel.

Posted by Henrry August 10, 10 11:06 AM
174.

END THE USELESS WAR

Posted by sami August 10, 10 11:48 PM
175.

Every War starts with a Lie.

Posted by Zecher August 11, 10 01:39 AM
176.

There will always be war. If you read the Bible there were many wars and they still continue today.

Posted by Joel August 11, 10 11:19 AM
177.

Unfortunately freedom has its cost and no war has a winner. That's why I'm proud to be a Canadian.

Posted by creampuff August 12, 10 10:57 AM
178.

حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل

Posted by Robianosa August 13, 10 07:02 AM
179.

War in Afghanistan is killing all i.e US, NATO and Afghans. But who cares. Stakes are high. Central Asian and Afghan resources including containment of China, Russia and easy penetration in to India again on the example of East India Company which actually turned UK the ruler of India aftre 1857.
More than a million Afghans have died since 9/11(aproximately more than 1.4 millions). What a waste?
Now who will win it ? Not yet clear but its more clear that it will be difficult to hold it for long time.
Poor guys dying in the name of rise of multinational business. How Afghanistan could pose risk of threat to USA?
Because it is the most powerful country in the world. Afghans can not attack USA by any means. Osama is nothing more than an illusion. Instead of continue killing your soldiers, it is better you pull out more sooner than not. But in case there are really high geo-political and economic stakes then I suggest secure them as soon as possible and quit. Afghans do not have any human capacity to gaurd US interest in the area because of leaas education and poverty at large sinece long time in the past. Mopreover, many died in wars and only helpless women and children are found in abundence. Afghans have history of high un-reliability and revenge. They are stunch religious as of their own belief. Just see how effectively they have neutralized hi-tech weaponery and tactics with suicidal and IEDs attacks. All excellence went down the drain. They are indeed even different. So far all studies about them are prejudiced in many respects. We all have badly failed to read and judge Afghan's psyche. Perhaps we can not correctly read it. But what we can do is predict tomorrow that will be only bright in case we take our fate in our hands and let them be alone. I wonder we can understand it or not but we must quit. India and Pakistan both will not be able to stand in Afghanistan. So stop depending up on them. Afghans are liberty lovers and will not accept interferrence in their politics. But they need a friendly Pakistan for prosperity and trade with the world. Perhaps India can not be of any use. They will one day have to abandan their all investments in Afghanistan because they do not have any religious similerity. Afghans are very very stout and strict MUSLIMs and take India as Non Muslims. So their fate is decided before hand. Above all the suffering which all Afghans have passed through so far has the potentials to keep their blood warmed for times to come. Afghans do not gorgive and take their revenge at all costs. It may take more time but they will .... do it one day.

Posted by koho Tora August 13, 10 11:55 AM
180.

Vivid ...

Posted by peter dean rickards August 15, 10 04:42 AM
181.

I found this site the reliable one,

Posted by Abdul Hadi August 15, 10 06:28 AM
182.

Instead of invading other countries why some countries do not secure their own borders? Every cruel invader had an excuse to go invade other countries and only fools would fall for their excuses.

Posted by Kim August 15, 10 12:07 PM
183.

#33 breaks my heart. We are sending our young men over there to fight for what? The people in #46? It's not worth the cost of having so many of our kids maimed or killed. If they don't want us there let them do their own fighting...it's their country.

Posted by Martie Ring August 15, 10 10:41 PM
184.

#96, The game he is playing is called Red Faction: Guerrilla. It is about Mars and how the government becomes a police state and agents of such murder the Hero's brother. So he becomes a Guerrilla fighter blowing stuff up like the Taliban. Ironic isn't it? Except that the Taliban is fueled by religious hate, fear of economic progress and technology, and the same Old vs. New mentality.

The soldier is probably playing the game because it is fun and influences a point of view other than his own.

The political statement of the game is "One Country's terrorist is another Country's freedom fighter"

Posted by Know your adversary August 17, 10 06:20 PM
185.

an american armerd truck got hit by a road side bomb all the men survived if it was an english truck they wouldnt have. makes me wonder why our english troops dont have the same trucks.

Posted by Anonymous August 19, 10 06:53 AM
186.

Bring them home.

Posted by Kevin August 21, 10 02:21 AM
187.

una lastima ver este tipo de cosas, soy chileno Sudamericano y me da lastima y repudio ver esto por parte de EEUU, como me gustaria cambiar la mentalidad de tanta gente para que vean todo lo que producen.

Posted by Ivan Sandoval August 22, 10 01:07 AM
188.

Master Sgt. Todd Nelson,

Thank you.

Posted by Evensen August 24, 10 12:34 AM
189.

Let there be peace and harmony all over the world......!!!! I pray to God. People are already dying due to floods, earthquakes etc. Why there is a war, spending lot of money in weapons. WE WANT PEACE AND ONLY PEACE, PEOPLE OUT THERE UNDERSTAND AND LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH YOUR FAMILY.

Posted by venu August 24, 10 07:26 AM
190.

# 32 is just work of art...

Posted by Karolis August 26, 10 03:57 AM
191.

Y para que tantas muertes ?

Para la seguridad ?

Que lastima.

Soy Español y me da pena.

Posted by Juanra August 27, 10 01:52 PM
192.

What a waste of human life and blood, and for what?

Forget the Taliban, they were never a threat to our way of life and they never will be let them have their damn customs if they dont want democracy let them live under dictatorship, it is none of our business how they rule themselves.

All this carnage for some politicians sat back home that know how to manipulate the media to make these simple peasants look like monsters.

These stupid Wars are destroying our economy. To hell with the Pakistans, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and every other Stan or Iraq, let them toil on their own, bring our boys home. Enough is enough with this endless war.

Posted by David August 29, 10 07:17 AM
193.

If you want to make brilliant comments about why soldiers should be there or not.
Have a look at the women studying medicine instead of wearing a burqa and cowering in their homes.

Posted by Ben Higgins August 30, 10 06:41 AM
194.

#94
"-The Americans (the politicians, commanders and officers,not the poor brainwashed soldiers) have lost.After 9 years they didnt manage to supress a rebel movement of barefoot fighters who have no air support and heavy guns."

....... It's as simple as we follow LOAC, and they fight like uncivilized savages

Posted by Anonymous August 30, 10 11:56 AM
195.

№32 might go to first page of some magazine.

So much anger in her eyes. Waiting for vehicles...

Posted by Bek September 1, 10 03:46 AM
196.

#193, so now we're there to liberate the women? A noble idea, but that's quite the mission creep you've got going there.

Posted by Dave September 1, 10 10:32 AM
197.

Shocking images! Still, i dont have a clue about the feelings i see in those shots

Posted by José Marques Ribeiro September 2, 10 12:51 PM
198.

all thing end of the day coming thats day is on the we pry for poor peopul

Posted by saifudeen September 2, 10 08:38 PM
199.

don't kill the Muslims why can't fit against Israel

Posted by munawwar September 3, 10 03:02 PM
200.

THis is all going according to Plan... isnt it??

Posted by anonymous September 24, 10 04:27 AM
201.

Just a question that I always keep asking to the proponents of this and almost any other war:

Is an American tax payer's dollar spent on Afghan (or any other) war is resulting in a proportionate national security (measured in dollars) to the American tax payer?

At least I fail to see that return as something nearly even anything. I know it an internal american matter but I hold the view that all the resources are shared (ironically America seems to hold the same view) and we are wasting them on killing each other.

If these trillions of dollars injected to American education system, research facilities, than I can name you hundreds of projects that are highly beneficial but just would be lacking funds due to budgeting constraints.

Posted by Thinker September 25, 10 11:04 AM
202.

#75"....They will spend it, then it will become an anguish for them, then they will be conquered. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto hell. Quran 8:36"

* Surah 2:256 “Let there be no compulsion in Religion.”
* Mohammed said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.” (Hadith Al Buhkari vol. 9:57)
* “Whoever seeks other than Islam as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he will be with the losers” “Slay the idolators [non-Muslims] wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the last Day…. Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! (Sura 9:5,29,41).
* Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah” (Al Bukhari vol. 4:196).
* “Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.” Soorah an-Nisaa'4:75
* Sura 5:51: “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them for friendship is of them.”
* Sura3 3:64: “Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers (Christians and Jews) and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior. That Day their faces will be turned upside down in the Fire. They will say: ‘Woe to us! We should have obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!’ ‘Our Lord! Give them double torment and curse them with a very great Curse!’”
* Of the Unbelievers: Sura 4:89 “seize them and slay them wherever you find them: and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”
* Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Sura 9:5)
* 4:101 “When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the Unbelievers May attack you: For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.” 4:102 “For the Unbelievers, Allah has prepared a humiliating punishment.”
* 8:19 “(O Unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment, now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong), it will be best for you: if ye return (to the attack), so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they (were multiplied: for verily God is with those who believe!”
* 8:59-60 “Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better (of the godly): they will never frustrate (them). Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom God doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.”
* 9.123 “O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you”
* 9.73 “O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.”
* “To participate in Jihad in Allah's cause” (Al Bukhari vol. 1:25)

I could go ON and ON...


Posted by Sgt Pruett October 4, 10 05:58 AM
203.

So much pain just for money.

Posted by james December 1, 10 01:29 AM
204.

Some of you people complain about this war so much! Why cant you be proud of your soldiers? These soldiers are prepared to give their lives for you and your children, so that we may have a free country. They are working very hard to make other countries free from opression.

Posted by Jayjaythemedic February 4, 11 01:57 PM
205.

God bless you all and i hope that you can all be able to go home safe and sound to your loved ones wereever they are... i was in red cross i understand the brotherhood of your marine cor keep one another safe love you all for doing a fantastic sacrafice to keep the world safe....

Posted by mel harper February 15, 11 04:40 PM
206.

it reducules happens in afghan its unbelievable to think.

Posted by sanju March 8, 11 01:05 AM
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