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Afghanistan, November, 2010

Saturday, November 27th marked a milestone in Afghanistan - after that day passed, the United States and its allies have now been in Afghanistan longer than the Soviet Union had been when it withdrew in 1989. Recent announcements by the U.S. appear to show that it plans to remain at least another four years. In the south, U.S. forces are increasingly encountering abandoned buildings that are heavily booby-trapped as they pursue the Taliban, leading them to systematically destroy the structures. Arghandab district governor Shah Muhammed Ahmadi said "In some villages where only a few houses were contaminated by bombs, we called the owners and got their agreement to destroy them, In some villages like Khosrow that were completely empty and full of IED's, we destroyed them without agreement because it was hard to find the people - and not just Khosrow, but many villages. We had to destroy them to make them safe." Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. (43 photos total)

One of twenty surrendering Taliban militants is presented to the media while being held for safety in a mosque belonging the NDS (National Department of Security) on November 4, 2010 in Herat, Afghanistan. Following an amnesty launched by President Hamid Karzai in November 2004, hundreds of anti-government Taliban militants have since surrendered to the government. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
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143 comments so far...


Posted by Dawan December 1, 10 12:57 PM

kudos to our troops for having more balls than I do. that is some rough stuff. i wish them all the safety they need until we get out of that place

Posted by Ed Harris December 1, 10 01:04 PM

make me wonder and shiver at the same time

Posted by Mic December 1, 10 01:09 PM

#38 Brooke my heart...and it makes me remember that it's still happening will righting this....

Posted by Stephanie Boulais December 1, 10 01:22 PM

Can anyone direct me to any source,info,sites on if and how America is handling opium in the Middle East. Thanks in advance.

Posted by Nia December 1, 10 01:35 PM

#21 isn't "phosphorescence", it's white phosphorus.

Posted by rb December 1, 10 01:35 PM

21 is probably phosphorus, not phosphorescence. It's an incendiary round and the Israelis caught some flak for using it in...Gaza, I think, not that long ago.

Posted by Jay December 1, 10 01:38 PM

So thought provoking every time.

Posted by Frederik December 1, 10 01:45 PM

What I'd give to karate chop that guy in the first picture right in the jugular...

Posted by Trev D. December 1, 10 01:48 PM

#11 where are the women??..#20 how to get yourself shot...#38 rips my heart out. What a hellhole.

Posted by Sarah December 1, 10 01:48 PM

Please let there be peace for the Afgan people soon.

Posted by Evan December 1, 10 01:49 PM

Breaks my heart to see the children suffer, all becasue the adults can't get along with one another.

Posted by Greg December 1, 10 01:50 PM

#5, #41....What a waste. Why are we still doing this? Why are we throwing fathers, sons, husbands, wives, daughters, mothers into the meat grinder in this place and achieving nothing? Why are we flushing our tax dollars down the toilet?

Thanks to the servicemembers for your valiant service. You deserve better.

Posted by CNR December 1, 10 01:59 PM

Nia @5

Can anyone direct me to any source,info,sites on if and how America is handling opium in the Middle East. Thanks in advance.

No sources, offhand, but common sense says morphine is a hot commodity around the world.

Posted by cgauthier December 1, 10 02:09 PM

"Now in darkness, world stops turning
ashes where their bodies burning
No more war pigs of the power
Hand of god has struck the hour
Day of judgement, god is calling
on their knees, the war pigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings
Oh Lord Yeah!"

War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Posted by Klosk December 1, 10 02:09 PM

almost every posting brings a tear to my eye. this time it was the girls in 38 and 42


Posted by sj December 1, 10 02:19 PM

37? incredible!!!!

Posted by KillaMilla December 1, 10 02:27 PM

#9 - I'm sure he'd love to do the same to you sunshine.

It's a very complex situation, no doubt many mistakes have been made to add to the length of occupation and I doubt there's a simple solution to it all.

I do recall the rah-rah yahoo mentality of many people here in the US when America first went in to Afghanistan. The price being paid is extremely high.

The more antagonistic emotions people have about the situation will definitely add fuel to the fire and prolong things.

Posted by rpk December 1, 10 02:39 PM

#38... .

Posted by emre saglik December 1, 10 02:58 PM

Total waste of time, this war will achieve nothing except to further reduce the reputation of the US.

Posted by bob December 1, 10 03:16 PM

#38 made me cry.

Posted by mkp December 1, 10 03:20 PM

11 is why we are doing it.

Returning a failed terrorist factory state into a decent law abiding society where people have the freedom to pursue happiness...

May everyone who have lost family and friends in the process feel proud when it is finally all over.

Posted by Jon T December 1, 10 03:55 PM

@Trev D: dude, he surrendered.

Posted by dl December 1, 10 04:09 PM

@CNR @bob and to those who will post similar remarks

you'll find your answers in pictures: #8, #11, #12, #23, #31, #35, #39

Posted by Nost December 1, 10 04:21 PM
Posted by Jose D. December 1, 10 04:31 PM

#4: a thousand yard stare.
#5: I bet she has one too.
#11: where are the women?
#38: breaks my heart. This is a sh*tty world sometimes.
#41: ditto

Posted by Lulu December 1, 10 04:38 PM

So many of these pictures affected me so deeply..#1 such anger and hate where is God'ss peace in this man and all of the Taliban #11 I wish & pray that they would always looked like this.. #20 we/they teach innocence violence and not peace #40 Bring him home; he looks so broken. #27 I am at a loss for words..#38 & #41 we should all be ashamed of ourselves when we see pictures like these. Gods Angels are wailing in anguish. We should all go to our knees; we so desperately need peace.

Posted by AJ December 1, 10 04:53 PM

Whenever I hear someone say we shouldn't be in Afganistan or we should pull out of Afganistan, you are not looking at the "Big Picture". Look at pictures 11, 12, 23, 30, 31, & 35, this is why we are there. We are not in Afghanistan to kill, plunder, and force ideals. We are there to free the people from tyranny and support Freedom. The pictures I listed above show that we are making a difference. The Taliban only make up a small % of the total population in Afganistan. The world must never give up on Freedom OR give in to terrorism. You may believe whatever you choose to believe, but you cannot deny the pictures listed above. Smiling, freedom to choose, a park, and a music festival would have ever happened with the Taliban still in power.

Posted by Peace December 1, 10 04:54 PM

You can't have some sunny days, without some rainy days.. without this war, the world would be a lot worse off. backing down to the taliban is like hiding from terrorism... "you can't hide from terrorism"

Posted by US Pride December 1, 10 04:57 PM

peace please some one?

Posted by Anonymous December 1, 10 05:00 PM

Very powerful images once again. This war is complex in its motives and reasoning. I'm torn, on one hand I have a great appreciation for my Western lifestyle here in Canada and wish to see equal rights and freedoms given to the Afghan people without them having to be under the control of a fearful regime. On the other hand I see flaws in our society and wonder if it's our place to be enforcing and spreading our cultural beliefs in another country. Without understanding an Afghan perspective I will not be able to understand. I just wish that humans could find compromise before war becomes the answer. I pray for peace on Earth.

Posted by Nathan Fisher December 1, 10 05:13 PM

God bless our troops, especially our snipers.

Posted by TonyG LBCA December 1, 10 05:43 PM

#38 :(

Posted by Roland December 1, 10 06:52 PM

#5 is so very sad
#16 is very telling
#17 is just plain awesome artwork!

Posted by hoowah December 1, 10 06:56 PM

#37 Long exposure is very cool! HOW ABOUT SHARING THE EXIF DATA FOR THE PHOTO! so that us photo geeks can see the exposure duration, aperture, ISO values.

Posted by Gebster December 1, 10 08:58 PM

#38.........words are useless.....imagine if that were your daughter.....

Just stop killing each other, please.

Posted by humanbeing December 1, 10 09:08 PM

Thought provoking stuff indeed.

Thank you Big Picture / Boston Globe and Alan Taylor for putting together and making freely available such collections of images.
It's stuff like this that keeps me in mind of just how very lucky I am to be living the life I do.
It's a largely useless sentiment I know, but my heart truly goes out to all those who suffer at the hands of others.

Posted by Terry December 1, 10 09:27 PM

Yes, thanks to Big Picture for continuing to post images of Afghanistan. We need to be informed as to what is going on there.

If we could make Afghanistan a "nice safe place", great. We've been trying since 2002. No progress. It's not going to happen.

Let's get our people home. Let's prevent more #41.

Let's stop the drone attacks, which I'm sure is how #38 happened.

Posted by CNR December 1, 10 10:20 PM

Human life is sick...

Posted by Chandu December 1, 10 10:58 PM

Simply incredible!

I love "Big Picture"

Posted by RavS December 1, 10 11:48 PM

wish #16 was translated-- what do Taliban fighters write on walls?

Posted by ali December 1, 10 11:51 PM

awesome pictures..salute to our troops..they are the real heroes..may God bless them always!

Posted by spudsman December 2, 10 12:29 AM

great photo, endless war, exhausting, not profit, making the disaster the people of Afghanistan,, not war, make peace there.

Posted by ian December 2, 10 12:30 AM

Comment #35, posted by 'humanbeing' has made me finally comment after many months of looking, long and hard, at these photos and sharing this link with others.

"Just stop killing each other, please."

Here's a brief history lesson since you seem ignorant of some harsh truths. Humans have been butchering one another since the dawn of time and that will not end, now or ever. There will always be two sides to every issue and in some cases, though not all, the stronger of the two sides will use violence to force their point. There are tens of thousands of examples of this throughout human history.

Now, there's a thousand facets to this truth. Let's look at our young democratic republic, The United States. We have done horrible wrongs in our collective past and in the vast majority of cases, we have made mistakes trying to preserve life. Please let that sink in. Whatever one may think of Red and Blue states, religion, morality, philosophy, etc., the American people have always shown a strong, collective desire to help. We do not enter wars lightly, we do not run to the bugle call blindly. We have resisted violence, wished for and worked for whatever fleeting peace we may have, whenever we can have it. But these radical fundamentalists do not like our way of life, are diametrically opposed to it and rather than leave us to it, they are called by their belief of and in their idea of god to destroy us. To destroy our sons and daughters, schools, churches, businesses and everything we have ever made or stood for or been a part of.

Make no mistake. Pay attention! We are not at war, ultimately, to sell cheeseburgers and cars. We are at war to fight individuals who desire our extinction. While we fight this war, we are freeing people from fascism and tyranny. We are trying our damnedest to make things better.

Posted by Sean C., Sgt., USMC, retired December 2, 10 12:41 AM

Grteat pics.............

Posted by Pardeep Kochhar December 2, 10 01:54 AM

Purely out of interest, do you think these photographers have got signed model-releases from all the subjects in these photos?

Posted by Dee-El December 2, 10 02:25 AM


24 is love. Says it all
6 awesome. hoorah!

Posted by UnionSqNYC December 2, 10 02:26 AM

Auch die USA wird diesem Land den Frieden nicht bringen....

Posted by Tom December 2, 10 02:37 AM

#38 I don’t know how is responsible for this, but God will never forgive them!!!!!

Posted by Hanfi December 2, 10 03:33 AM

Good photos.

Posted by Lisa Wan December 2, 10 03:46 AM

Great pix but hope that soon you won't have this topic.

A total waste of time, resources and more important lives from all involved.

Posted by seikomatic December 2, 10 04:12 AM


"an event that could never have taken place under the regime of the music-hating Taliban"

yeah, its not anymore few leaders of Taliban who dictate, now EVERY MALE has his own freedom to opress and discriminate. I can't see single woman enjoying that concert.

Posted by antonio December 2, 10 04:42 AM

Thats one huge nasty blood filled hole being dug there. Its only going to get bigger and deeper.
And we are all expected to have a nice swim in it and somehow enjoy it.

Posted by Rob December 2, 10 05:18 AM

I know that what is going on over there is awful but at the same time this is the lowest amount of violence Afghanistan has seen in the last 30 years. In the 80’s 1 million civilians died when the soviets were there. In the 90’s at least half a million civilians died during the civil war. In the 9 years since Nato have been there, the highest estimate of civilian casualties is 30,000 and the majority of those were killed by the Taliban.

Posted by James, London December 2, 10 06:55 AM


a briefer history lesson:

" U.S. Presidents have chosen to overtly intervene with U.S. armed forces on more than 400 occasions since 1798, violating the sovereignty of over 100 nations. Since World War II, as the Cold War unfolded, the U.S. constructed a global network of several thousand military bases and "listening" installations which have supported more than 200 U.S.-led interventions, virtually all in the "Third World" [Joseph Gerson and Bruce Birchard (Eds.), The Sun Never Sets: Confronting the Network of Foreign U.S. Military Bases (Boston: South End Press, 1991), p. 12]. The U.S. is the only nation to have used nuclear and atomic weapons, causing the deaths and maimings of millions. In addition, U.S. Presidents have directed more than 6,000 major and minor covert actions since 1947, destabilizing and overthrowing governments and justice movements, and assassinating political leaders throughout the world. More than 20 million people have been murdered, many more maimed for life. All of these overt and covert interventions have been illegal and unconscionable under the United Nations Charter, international law, and, as well, under U.S. Constitutional law."

And now of course, we have wikileaks to fill in the gaps

Posted by Uncle Sam December 2, 10 07:03 AM

Nice pictures. So terrible! Feeling so sad.

Posted by Nico December 2, 10 07:04 AM

Its a moment for all those to think that why are they fighting.Its a proxy war being fought on afghan soil.All these people know who are taliban and alqaeda and from where they are emerging but no one cares and only innocent afghans are being killed.
Taliban are taliban but i ask the US forces that they are educated,well trained and well armed with modern weapons and technology so why are they killing afghans?
Why do the Afghans hate these forces? They need to think about it?

Posted by Dr.Abdullah December 2, 10 07:36 AM

@ 41 The translation of the writing on the wall is as follows:
" When a bird is confined in cage, it wishes to be out in the garden, and when a man is put in prison, he wishes to be back in his homeland(village)."
the top line just lists someones cell phone number.

Posted by Amin December 2, 10 08:18 AM

The comments here are so thought-provoking! Especially #44 and #54. One of the reasons I love this site is the windows that are opened to us - things are literally brought into focus. And the comments, sometimes, refine points that are overlooked, or blurry.

Thank you, people behind The Big Picture. Your work is impressive.

Posted by Lulu December 2, 10 09:00 AM

Excelent , as always.

Its hard to believe that this site is absolutely free..

Posted by Ab December 2, 10 09:21 AM

Flip back and forth between picture #1 and #4. The expressions are the same. The only question is who will win?

Posted by Paul December 2, 10 09:41 AM

#11 should read: "Crowds of men...." It is still a Muslim country and we have yet to obliterate the Taliban.

Posted by Adrienne December 2, 10 10:06 AM

Excelent , as always.

Its hard to believe that this site is absolutely free..

Posted by Ab December 2, 10 10:11 AM


Posted by Hiroshi December 2, 10 10:12 AM

certaines photos sont terribles....

Posted by angus December 2, 10 10:51 AM

Excellent as always... Boston Globe has been giving us some excellent photography of various style & taste... photojournalism to glamour not forgetting landscape & astrophotography... & to increase our pleasure tenfold: All these are free!

Thanks Boston!

Posted by Yussuf Ayoub December 2, 10 12:31 PM



Posted by EDUARDO HOYLE December 2, 10 01:54 PM

All photos are amazing.

Posted by Kitija December 2, 10 02:14 PM

When I see these pictures, I thought that war is a stupid act of people to promote their ideas, religion or their desire of power. I cannot understand how people at 2010 could believe that war is the way to find peace, seed peace and then you`ll get peace.

Posted by Mauricio Quintero December 2, 10 03:10 PM


Posted by MARIA December 2, 10 03:15 PM

This sits squarely on the warmongering shoulders of Obama.

Posted by peacenow December 2, 10 03:28 PM

At this point should be advertising...

Posted by michael December 2, 10 04:18 PM

photos are amazing, priceless. I just cant see us leaving that place (hell) for another several years over even more. If that place is not hell then I don't know what is.... The sad part is I feel we wont achieve anything from this 15-17 years of war. Those people are born to fight, a person that is in his or her 30's they never had a piece full day in their live. when you have no job, no school, war becomes form of entertainment.

Posted by Roger December 2, 10 04:31 PM

I thought the same thing about #11 (no women). Also, I didn't really need to see #38. It's pretty graphic/sad :(

Posted by pedro December 2, 10 06:56 PM

#11, 12 and 35, this is why we are there.

Posted by Aaron December 2, 10 07:22 PM

My heart goes out to the Afghans women who are oppressed by the hypocrite Taliban. Same goes for the Saudi women who are oppressed by hypocrite Saudi men.

Fighting for Islam, eh?
Pic 19: A Taleban man smoking cigarrette. Strictly speaking, smoking is forbidden in Islam, just like taking alcoholic beverages, cos' the harms far outweigh the benefits.
I can't think of any benefit to smoking.

However, is the US really fighting for the Afghan women and few straight- headed Afghan men? I'm so not buying it.

The poor US soldiers are actually fooled into sacrificing their lives for the titanium and other natural resources in Afghanistan, for the benefits of the ultra-rich US investors.

Posted by lizzie December 2, 10 09:48 PM

Commenter 71 " This sits squarely on the warmongering shoulders of Obama. "
Riiight. So the Taliban are just sitting around minding their own business being all friendly and peaceful like are they?
And when exactly did all this begin? Let me see.. Pretty sure Obama wasn't in power at the time.
Seriously, what a pointless thing to say. Literally.

To commenter 55, well quoted!
To commenter 44 - way to miss the point of what commenter 36 was probably trying to say. With a mindset like yours, I'm glad you're retired. It's time for an open eyed approach, not simply a "traditional" approach to these situations.

That said, my utmost respect to ALL the serving soldiers in any of these arenas, for they are out there with their lives on a limb walking the walk, not merely talking the talk. Like us lot.

Posted by Tex December 3, 10 12:25 AM

America ! What are you doing for humanity?

Posted by Steve December 3, 10 01:16 AM

So much pain in #41

Posted by Andreas December 3, 10 02:23 AM

Pictures are great

Posted by lucky December 3, 10 03:30 AM

#38 :"( .................................................

Posted by Elvis December 3, 10 03:36 AM

wow just NO.1

Posted by Anonymous December 3, 10 04:37 AM

#17 Excellent artwork.

Posted by MK December 3, 10 06:00 AM

#38 - che schifo di mondo è questo...

Posted by Grif December 3, 10 07:27 AM

Amazing Pics! It is heart-breaking to see pics such as these and what the TRUE cost of War is. Like it or not though War has always been here and always will be, sadly it is in human nature to hate and kill one another.

Posted by JM December 3, 10 09:20 AM

Nathan Fisher - On the other hand I see flaws in our society and wonder if it's our place to be enforcing and spreading our cultural beliefs in another country. Without understanding an Afghan perspective I will not be able to understand.

Try and look deeper. Are we spreading our cultural beliefs? Or supporting freedom so that the Taliban cannot execute someone for listening to music or watching a movie.. We are not trying to convince the Afghan people to build McDonalds and all become Christians.. We are helping them shape their country into a free nation with Democracy of the good people who live in it. I garauntee you a normal Afghan would choose us to be there helping them rather answering to a Taliban leader because his wife's face wasn't covered up.

Posted by Anonymous December 3, 10 10:37 AM

pic. number 17 would be an awsome tattoo

Posted by huba luba December 3, 10 11:00 AM

I have to say, go home, US army, please don't kill people outside your countory.

Afghan didn't threat US, they can't, the weapons of mass destruction of Afghan maybe just several Ak-47.

Posted by Alex December 3, 10 12:40 PM

#38 très dure à regarder

Posted by lek80 December 3, 10 12:52 PM

Thank you, Sean C., Sgt., USMC

I truly admire all of our soldiers and am so grateful.

Posted by csin December 3, 10 01:13 PM

Keep killing the taliban. eventually they will stop being taliban.

Posted by Anonymous December 3, 10 01:16 PM

wonderful, sobering

Posted by j December 3, 10 04:50 PM

Meanwhile the Chinese are laughing at us all the way to the bank, saying "We'll keep buying your debt to pay for the war so we can own you in 20 years, our own restive Muslim population will go fight with the Taliban and Al Qaeda instead of against us in East Turkestan, and when it's all over, we'll get all the lucrative UN/World Bank/IMF construction contracts to rebuild the place, plus the popular goodwill compared to dislike for America, Russia (and the Brits from the 19th century - Afghans have long memories)." Very clever, Beijing!

Posted by Sun Tzu December 3, 10 05:14 PM

Picture 4 ; The look in his eyes, simply heartbreaking, the things those eyes must have seen...
Pictures 5, 26, & 41 ; such tragedy, for men of honor, integrity, and courage to die so young...after all, is it said that only the good die young. So many families torn apart by the brutality of this war.
Picture 40; God bless you.
Picture 38; you still claim you can achieve peace through war? The greater good? Are the deaths and sufferings of those innocent children, truly worth reaching the "greater" good as some may call it? The concept of war will never change, in the end, it is those poor people who pay the price.
Those pictures reminded me of a quote from Khaled Hosseini's book, The Kite Runner :"The desert weed lives on, but the flower of spring blooms and wilts. Such grace, such dignity, such a tragedy."
Those pictures are worth a thousand words and more.

Posted by Anonymous December 4, 10 08:26 AM

All brought to you by rapacious capitalists and their "free market". The story of the United States of America. True that.

Posted by John Q. Public December 4, 10 10:18 AM

Thank you for posting these pictures. My son is stationed in Herat and it gives me a glimpse of what he sees daily.

I pray all our troops will come home soon.

Posted by Lorie December 4, 10 04:43 PM

#38 :(( please stop WAR

Posted by aysha December 4, 10 06:13 PM

I am filled with sorrow for the young brainwashed militants of Afghanistan, for our troops who are sent there to deal with them, and for the children and families on both sides who are affected by this terrible, terrible war.

Posted by Kimberly December 4, 10 06:50 PM

Why such a little kids they have still suffering in each war ? Stop it in their names, please ! # 38 :((( !!!

Posted by iggy December 4, 10 11:39 PM

Great, great pics. Few of them really filled my eyes with tears.

Posted by Piyush K Singh December 5, 10 06:54 AM

#40. Yay, Screaming Eagles!

I hate the anti-American sentiments expressed in some of these comments. Truly disheartening. We are an imperfect nation, but we are better than the rest.

Posted by Carol Ann December 5, 10 07:36 AM

I wish you could also show the very kind and peace loving face of Afghanistan.

Posted by Ahmad Reza December 5, 10 11:35 PM

#37 You didnt mention that it is an AUSTRALIAN Bushmaster. Here is the caption from the Australian Defence Department website " An Australian Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle and it's crew maintain a vigil as they provide overwatch the Afghan National Army engineers building a new patrol base in the West Dorafshan region of Uruzgan province in Afghanistan during Operation Sur Gurabe" see

Posted by Dave Eaton December 6, 10 12:42 AM

#38 is BRUTAL... :'(
Shame on us.. (humanity)

Posted by Ivan December 6, 10 06:02 PM

I do not know why all these wars
Who will remain alive on this earth
I think the people who live on this earth will all die for each one hundred years all
Then comes another generation to retrace the difficult road that we created
We all die, so why is it war to survive and whether to stay forever
Determination and if one does not need to hurry the poor will die and the rich as well as the strong and the weak all die
This land is not owned by Lepesh

Posted by fares salman December 6, 10 10:06 PM

Antonio (52)
My view entirely on 11 ! I looked hard and spotted 1 female.
The pic speaks volumes - why are women so down trodden.
There is no god. It,s a bloated fairy tale as an insurance to a so called after life.

Posted by Amadeus Guernsey December 7, 10 01:02 PM

# 31.. woman :D:D

Posted by achaj December 7, 10 02:40 PM

What a great story behind #4. I recomend the interviews found on restrepothemovie (dot) com.

Posted by Ian December 7, 10 03:04 PM

You kill them with smart weapons because you have too many smart weapons.
They kill you with body bombers because their body are all what they have.
Wondering when all these could be ended....
God bless both sides of you...

Posted by PeaceLover December 8, 10 02:39 AM

I don't wanna be a parent as long as there's still a war

Posted by Anonymous December 8, 10 05:49 AM

On wednesday 8 december, like John Lennon sung: "Give peace a chance"

Posted by Eli Peeters December 8, 10 01:01 PM

# 38

If you tolerate this, then your children will be next.

Posted by Mora Uliu December 8, 10 01:11 PM

These pics are really impresive and sad... so sad...

Posted by Hazel Rodriguez December 8, 10 02:41 PM

Hi - This is Mustafa Kia from Afghanistan - I am a photographer and film maker - Can anyone tell me how I can share my photos from Afghanistan in Boston too - I tried many contact emails but there is no answer yet - Cheers

Posted by Mustafa Kia December 8, 10 05:28 PM

The boys of Lima Company 3/5 (in sangin) ask that you keep them in your prayers because its working everyday is a miracle the made it another day.I want to thank Darkhorse battalion for training my boys the best they could and I ASK GOD TO PLEASE BRING MY HUSBAND HOME SAFE! his little Munchkins Miss their daddy.

Posted by LimaWife0311 December 9, 10 02:03 AM

Сидели бы пиндосы со своей демократиеей дома, жизнь не портили ни себе ни другим...

Posted by Ник December 9, 10 12:02 PM

Let's not kid ourselves with corny comments about how our troops are "heroes", folks. The heroic thing to do would be to refuse to serve in Afghanistan. Our troops are an illegal occupation force engaged in the murder and oppression of a foreign population, nothing more, nothing less. The only way to end this is for every one of us to make it clear to our governments that we will not tolerate the killing of innocent civilians in our name. Any of you who doubt that this is what is happening need to wake up and take your blindfolds off. The whole mess disgusts me and makes me ashamed to be part of so-called "Western civilisation". Show picture #38 to YOUR kids and when they ask you "why?" give them the honest answer: "for absolutely nothing".

Posted by Disko December 9, 10 12:49 PM

figure 38, the perpetrators of war HHHHaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiii .......... what do you proud with these things ........... do not you think that in your house, have kids and your wife to be like This ..... nothing at all that proud of the war ...... I hope no more people would join the war so the army ....... what you actually afraid of ....... ..?????????............... and who the real enemy we ..........????????? ????????????????........... This is a picture that is not commendable ........ but why do you feel proud when done to a child .......????????????

Posted by asri December 10, 10 02:07 AM

figure 4, regardless of medals which would you give will not refund the people who have died ... because of your greed ... to continue to send troops to Afghanistan ... in fact what should be the pride of war .... .....??????,, every life is precious, if we want to make sense of life is so beautiful ...... whatever your reason for humanity .. that's a very foolish to kill .... others who are not in our own country ...... let the people living in Afghanistan who would think about his future ... that is why we must be busy in other people's homes, two lives mengelamat it means nothing .... for you maybe but Afghanistan .... ... how many lives they return to the family ... live in peace ..... STOP THE WAR ....... can you do ... to not send people to .......????? kill each other

Posted by asri December 10, 10 02:19 AM

stop the war

Posted by Anonymous December 11, 10 12:19 PM

Hate to see comments like the first one here.
Once again, a nation is invading another nation's territory under false pretence, feeling righteous. As if Vietnam taught nothing, as if it's nice to drop dead like a pawn in a political chess party. For causes outside general knowledge.
As a European, I strongly condemn USA politics. It also makes other belligerent forces, such as the Kremlin-controlled Russian army, think of similar steps towards their neighbours. They can easily ask: 'If the Americans feel free to move about the world in a military way, why can't we embark on military missions against other nations? We may find plausible reasons for that, we're not worse.'
In this way, the Americans are paving the way for similar excuses for manslaughter, hate, and prejudice, as in the top comment here.

Posted by From the Baltic States December 11, 10 02:18 PM

@101: You are not "better than the rest". This line of thinking is exactly the reason for "anti-American sentiments" you are complaining about.

Posted by ohno December 12, 10 10:50 AM

It is my belief that one can remain patriotic while standing against nationalism. The two are not one & the same. No war is black & white, cut & dry. There are a million angles. However, the U.S. has always tried to defend those who could not defend themself. Should they step in? That will always be up for debate. Nobody says "thanks" each day there is not a terrorist in our back yard. This kind of "peace" we take for granted, and that's OK, really. It's normative. However, it is quite inappropriate to think that to reject nationalism means to be anti-patriotic. If it wasn't for our the U.S. government/military.... can you even imagine? Thank God for the peace that U.S. troops secure every day.

Posted by Jason December 12, 10 04:01 PM

Peace, Love...
Make love.... no war !!

Posted by Victor December 12, 10 04:56 PM

War is Hell.

Posted by Anonymous December 12, 10 08:01 PM

You know, the comments here show exactly why the American viewpoint is so misguided, horribly-nationalistic (verging on social racism) and utterly destructive to world peace..

There is sadness in the window who has lost their husband and the family that has lost their son, but has even one of you noticed the tear in the Afghan child's eye?

The Afghan kids in #20 playing with the toy guns may be destined to the fate of those dead Aghan fighters in #27.. don't you see the sadness in that?

Wonder why there are no women at the festival.. the men would never allow it.. Taliban or no Taliban, the country has a feudal, male-dominated society.. 9 years of war and what you people think the US intervention has brought as an exemplar freedom is in essence absolutely nothing.

The quicker people see the war was done for political & economic gain, the better. Before the war the Taliban had never threatened its neighbours, let alone Global Peace, and they offered to give Osama Bin Laden up to the UAE.. yet the US still insisted on demolishing the country further. Who are the aggressors and who are the victims?

Posted by Leon December 14, 10 12:27 AM

Oh and another thing, don't any of you see the irony in the viewpoint "OMG, those Taliban want to the change the way we live and act because they think they know better so what we'll do is go there and change the way they live and act because we know better!"

Free-market capitalism is against Islamic beliefs and they already have democratic assemblies to elect leaders under Sharia Law.. ignorance may be bliss for some of you but it's a good idea to stop watch Fox and perhaps read a little.

Posted by Leon December 14, 10 12:39 AM

Unfortunate and disturbing images ...
It is hoped the civil war in Iraq and Afghanistan is over and not start a war in my homeland Iran.

Posted by Nateghi Esmaeil December 14, 10 01:24 AM

USA never!

Posted by Alyson December 16, 10 04:44 AM

36# this gun is nice

Posted by crito December 17, 10 07:53 AM

nice pictures

Posted by rauf December 18, 10 03:47 AM

Guess everyone just skipped #21

Its white phosphorous that is being used - its ILLEGAL to use White Phosphorus in a battle scenario as per international law!!!!!

Oh right I forgot, Law does not apply to the US. Sure nuke countries, start proxy wars, heck invade countries which are hundreds of thousands of miles away all on a false pretext - its all legal to kill people of "lesser origins"under the red, blue and white!!!!!!

Gee and you guys moan when these people - who have seen and suffered at the hands of your double standard - rise up against you!!

You see #20 - those kids are pointing the guns at the sky - and who's up there in the sky in Afghanistan - yup ILLEGAL US Forces dropping bombs on their houses!!! They are not against the Talibans you morons, they are against the US for destroying their homes, their families, their way of life!!!!

Posted by Gibran December 21, 10 07:23 PM

@ comment #44

Not manny people could have said it better.
I wish I could say the same over & over again, every time people keep asking me why the hell we are there. Every time again the same question.

people who have never been there will never fully understand but at least they can try.

Respect to all who served in Afghanistan.

Posted by Belgian soldier December 25, 10 06:00 AM

all you anti americans out there, move to afghanistan, convert to Islam and you women start wearing the hijab!!! Then tell me you hate the west!!!.....I bet my lifes savings you wont, its easy to get high and moral when your not spending your life running from the likes of the Taliban isn't it!!

Posted by me December 28, 10 01:14 AM

So sorry for the images, the wounded and the dead.

Sorry for the troops who risk their lives there, people with morals used as pawns by the ones who rules us all , lusting for power and ready to do anything to preserve it.

Sorry for the civilians in Afganistan, even the eldest did not see a day of peace in their lives, those people as everybody else on this planet deserve peace and at least a chance to try to do something with their lives.

Humanity has to do something real fast, we all must find a way to show that we can better than that.

Posted by Amon December 28, 10 07:54 AM

speechless...... God bless them!!!!!

Posted by Mariana December 29, 10 07:31 PM

in every war, the victims are always our children. I hope today, tomorrow, next month, next year, in the future until the end of the world, wars will never be happened again. ameen

Posted by Fajar Nugroho January 1, 11 09:18 PM

:O :O nice pic :( :(

Posted by edu January 3, 11 05:15 PM

super photographes touching reality

Posted by jani January 7, 11 06:14 AM

Interesting though these photos are I would say on balance they seem to represent a pro american point of view. Why for instance is it acceptable to show images of actual dead Afghanis but not U.S. troops?
In picture 11 a man on the right is the spitting image of that bodyguard that just assassinated that Pakistani politician.

Posted by Johnny January 7, 11 01:10 PM

Couldn't agree more with Sgt. Sean (#44). Thanks for writing what you did. It is really important.

Posted by Margaret January 10, 11 05:32 PM

Picture #17 Was drawn by one of my Marines in my platoon while in Musa Quala in 2008. It was drawn on the "white house" wall.

Posted by Marcuss Hernandez January 21, 11 08:18 PM

Saw a BBC document yesterday where a soldier said: ''we must destroy their country to build it, they do not understand it''. Well I did not either so I searched and found this site and now I may got it:
Here are 2 things:we must and to destroy
Did he mean the places or villages where there might be mines are detonated rather than searched through /must=''cost effectively''/ or did he mean to destroy the old ways of living by force and build newly. /education and farming help would be a cost effective solution here- against talebs charisma/
The premise that Sean C sgt at 44 made (they are wanting to exterminate us so we must fight) is a simplification (reality check) and a product of after 9/11 media frenzy. The big picture and most logical solution to all this mess (even 9/11 trigger) is: just an effective field to promote weapons (production, selling).

Posted by Libor Supcik February 2, 11 04:17 AM
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