Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera

 

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In October 2001 Allied forces started a war on the taliban in Afghanistan. Almost 10 years later those allied forces are still there. Trying to rebuild a country, mould it into a democracy, keep the Taliban at bay and help future generations have a better life. Fighting still goes on and IEDs are a daily occurence. In short; Whatever you may think of the war, a soldier’s life in Afghanistan is not an easy one.

 

98871905a3f1301cc44e26c8b8bb7723 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera1U.S. Army First Lieutenant Jonathan Austin from Charlie Company 4th Platoon, 1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry checks inside a barn during a patrol in the village of Sarah, in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan June 10, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

38a90a0bf37c9c0d026c82f7db2613c2 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera2A .50 caliber machine gun is manned at the rear of an Osprey aircraft as it flies over southeastern Afghanistan from FOB Walton to FOB Dwyer, June 5, 2011. The gradual withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan set to begin next month will be done responsibly and will not expose other coalition and Afghan forces to undue risks, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday. REUTERS/Jason Reed

c0527f7a2a14dcd1dbaaeba35412edca Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera3U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates meets with troops at Combat Outpost Andar in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, June 6, 2011. Gates is visiting troops on the ground in the South and East of the country for the final time as Secretary of Defense before his retirement later this month. REUTERS/Jason Reed

a6f2abdc95d41f69850ddf8f1ec46b99 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera4U.S. soldiers listen to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at he meets with them at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank in Logar Province, Afghanistan, June 6, 2011. Gates is visiting troops on the ground in the South and East of the country for the final time as Secretary of Defense before his retirement later this month. REUTERS/Jason Reed

71c22d8d13c66f2088ab6a814feb3f26 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera5A picture made available June 8, 2011, shows German Bundeswehr armed forces armoured howitzer Panzerhaubitze 2000 as it is loaded into a Russian Antonov AH-124-100 cargo plane in Mazar-e-Sharif, north of Kabul, May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Bundeswehr/Ingo Schmidt/Handout

f607eb59fff707be3c7fffe35a709bae Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera6Canadian soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment observe a moment of silence during a ceremony for fallen comrades in FOB Masum Ghar, Panjwai district in Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 8, 2011. Canada will bring home the last of its combat troops by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

28933861cf0c25533ae28d9a098009ca Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera7Canadian soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment stand before a ceremony for fallen comrades in FOB Masum Ghar, Panjwai district in Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 8, 2011. Canada will bring home the last of its combat troops by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

f64bdd095ad45fc8d2fadee64452581a Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera8A Canadian Army crewman sits in the rear of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over Panjwai district in Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 8, 2011. Canada will bring home the last of its combat troops by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

050be7c0d4fee677169ab744f129dcf8 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera9U.S. Army soldiers from Charlie company 4th Platoon, 1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry walk past an Afghan boy during a patrol in the village of Sarah, in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan June 10, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

5cef023044d63aa01a1a4f95bc746d23 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera10U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Calvin Stammer from Charlie Company 4th Platoon, 1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry takes aim with his weapon during a patrol in the village of Sarah, in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan June 10, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

b763506b1ad28773fa19956323e25881 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera11U.S. Army First Lieutenant Jonathan Austin from Charlie Company 4th Platoon ,1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry checks inside a barn during a patrol in the village of Sarah, in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan June 10, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

04e0fe1370adf482f0b1546b7835602c Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera12A pistol is seen holstered as a U.S. Army soldier from Charlie Company 4th Platoon, 1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry prepares to go on patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan June 10, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

86397b1120f204137f732ecae1321313 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera13Members of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul transport an injured patient to a waiting UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Forward Operating Base Smart in Qalat, in this June 9, 2011 handout photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South). The patient was transported to FOB Smart from Zabul Provincial Hospital after an improvised explosive device detonated injuring two civilian children. Both children were medically evacuated by helicopter for further medical care. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Handout

d108205f5838da4a5eebe60dd555db84 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera14Security personnel from Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul depart for the Zabul Provincial Hospital after an improvised explosive device detonated injuring two civilian children in Qalat in this June 9, 2011 handout photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South). Both children were medically evacuated by helicopter for further medical care. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Handout

3dee76ca1316976ef241fec17b560ede Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera15Captain Dawn Russell, a physician assistant assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, treats an injured Afghan boy while PRT personnel hold flashlights, at Forward Operating Base Smart in Qalat in this June 9, 2011 handout photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (south). The patient was transported to FOB Smart from Zabul Provincial Hospital after an improvised explosive device detonated, injuring two civilian children. Both children were medically evacuated by helicopter for further medical care. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Handout

bb5db313fef41953569838599ab32e78 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera16Canadian soldiers from 4th platoon, bulldog company 1st Battalion, 22nd royal regiment walk
during a patrol in the village of Sarah in Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 11, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner 

1811df67a2dbc015c1a123f78de7d65c Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera17Afghan girls watch a Canadian soldier from 4th platoon, bulldog company 1st Battalion, 22nd royal take up position during a patrol in the village of Sarah in Panjwai district of Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan , June 11, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

272496bad0766a4712a35ef9569f1533 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera18Canadian soldiers from 4th platoon, bulldog company 1st Battalion, 22nd royal regiment walk during a patrol in the village of Sarah in Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 11, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

bfbcba54ecce828b4428b6a5aa26faa1 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera19A Canadian soldier from 4th platoon, bulldog company 1st Battalion, 22nd royal regiment climbs a wall with an AK-47 found during a patrol in the village of Sarah in Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 11, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

d66d27ec938a48dbcb4ef254e4f23f21 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera20A Canadian soldiers from 4th platoon, bulldog company 1st Battalion, 22nd royal regiment enters a house during a patrol in the village of Sarah in Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 11, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

6e434621bf88ad0ab518797189baea1c Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera21U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

91906626f1de68d576cdfa7a39a46ce5 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera22U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar Forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

8ba82c5f7f8609dfbd5dfab2ac0c110b Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera23U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar Forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

055a3069a63c2296358ee337be0f6725 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera24A U.S. Army soldier from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, takes a picture of a howitzer artillery piece being fired at Seprwan Ghar Forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

76222354566e5b00aad21a36d8c55054 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera25A Canadian soldier from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment, walks through a field of Marijuana plants during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

4cec712d1d5e3a1871329e2a1a7e1370 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera26Afghan girls walk past a female Canadian soldier from 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment as she rests
during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan , June 13, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner 

a50c3a8ac4cc2e896cc7d6cf04cf6a53 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera27A Canadian soldier from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment walks through a poppy field during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011.Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

f0dae23fb548f3d01bc9a7c771cc12a5 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera28A Canadian soldier from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment uses his night vision goggles during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

49e60912b0182425e37ba46dbc8766a2 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera29Canadian soldiers from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment search inside a barn
during a patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting. REUTERS/Baz Ratner 

67d0bdcdb04d2fc3d815d597105d87bc Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera30Canadian medics from the 5th Field Ambulance attached to the 22nd Royal Regiment carry a wounded Afghan policeman who had been shot by Taliban fighters to a helicopter in Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

9a025f26bd0a2e4a4ef100020421a25e Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera31Canadian army medics from the 5th Field Ambulance attached to 22nd Royal Regiment carry a wounded Afghan policeman, who had been shot by Taliban fighters, to a helicopter in Seprwan Ghar forward fire base the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011.Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

8e3de776a755761e19d4c6cbadeb0782 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera32Canadian soldiers from the 6th Platoon, Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Royal Regiment patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province southern Afghanistan June 13, 2011. Canada will end its combat role in Afghanistan by the end of July, after nearly ten years fighting. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

d275088ae17d8ab81841fe4a02e75e03 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera33A special forces bearer party walks alongside Sergeant Brett Wood’s casket as he is driven to the awaiting C-130 aircraft at Tarin Kot Airfield in Uruzgan, Afghanistan May 28, 2011, in this photo provided by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command (South). The commando was killed in action on Monday during a partnered Special Operations Task Group and Afghan National Police mission. REUTERS/Australian Navy Able Seaman Jo Dilorenzo

0c9e4e69dc162baf4a4d9a7a65d312a6 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera34Special forces soldiers embrace as the C-130 carrying Sergeant Brett Wood departs Tarin Kot Airfield in Uruzgan, Afghanistan May 28, 2011, in this photo provided by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command (South). The commando was killed in action on Monday during a partnered Special Operations Task Group and Afghan National Police mission. REUTERS/Australian Navy Able Seaman Jo Dilorenzo

285a31827bdbf01c9262dc52a49391b3 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera35LCPL. James Edward Orr, 20, from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company lifts weights made from barbed wire at a makeshift gym at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

073fb40be531c37faeff2f31b1543ad8 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera36U.S. Marines from the First Batallion Eigth Marines Alpha Company wrestle at their outpost at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

e781de309ee8ded627fc11865712202f Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera37U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

25b605cfddb7ea115e54614ca215370f Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera38A Chinook helicopter lands to pick up U.S. soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division following a night raid in Yahya Khel, Paktika province February 21, 2011. The night raid is a controversial tactic that has been stepped up dramatically since General David Petraeus took over running the Afghan war last year, despite strong opposition led by President Hamid Karzai. Petraeus says the pressure on suspected insurgents and their networks has brought a new dynamic to a near-decade-old war. Critics argue it is fuelling violence because poor intelligence means dozens of innocent people are killed or detained. Although more than 80 percent of recent raids ended without a shot being fired, violence escalates fast when it does break out, with 600 people killed on operations in the three-month period. REUTERS/Matt Robinson

db3772db817a7bae7419e202a4f1a3b3 Life of a Soldier in Afghanistan through Lens of a Camera39U.S. medic Corporal Breh Schlieve from the Arctic Dustoff team, Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment asks an Afghan boy to squeeze a finger as he checks his condition as another boy, his brother, looks at them aboard a medevac helicopter outside Kandahar, southern Afghanistan April 3, 2011. Both of the brothers are wounded with gunshots in the legs due to a manifestation taken place in Kandahar city. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

 

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