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Shadowing U.S. troops in Taliban country

November 2, 2009 | 2 Comments

The Army had this elaborate plan to find the caves. Dozens of soldiers would be dropped via helicopter into an isolated valley in Taliban country, each carrying enough equipment, food and water for several days...

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A Camel Caravan

October 19, 2009 | 1 Comments

The Americans left the earthen walls of their base around dawn, taking a left on the dusty unpaved path that runs outside, in the direction of the boarder with Pakistan.  But they weren’t going that...

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Life at Combat Outpost Zerok

October 12, 2009 | 13 Comments

The US Army has some of the most modern military technology in the world.  Yet come to Combat Outpost Zerok, nestled in the remote mountains of Paktika province, Afghanistan, and very little of that technology...

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Life in Afghanistan Today

October 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

Everyone is asking me if things have changed in Afghanistan since 2002, when I was last here.  Of course it’s a too-simple question, with a non-answer: they have, and they haven’t.  Kabul for instance is...

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Rossini in the Green Zone

July 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

Chris Hondros/Getty Images The Green Zone is an unlikely place for a performance of Rossini. After years now as a besieged fortress, the seat of American power in Iraq is all but a wasteland: four...

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Night Patrol

June 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

BAGHDAD, IRAQ – MAY 09: Sgt. Kwame Williams of Aurora, Colo. of the 3-89 Cavalry in the 10th Mountain Division stands guard during a night patrol in the tense eastern suburbs of Baghdad in the...

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Going to Court in Iraq

November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Chris Hondros/Getty Images Iraq, many people might be surprised to learn, has a functioning court system. Well, “functioning” might be too strong of a word, but it does have an array of non-religious criminal courts...

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Mentoring at the Eddie Adams Workshop

October 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

Harry Cabluck/AP via Getty Images Seen in this handout photo, photographer Eddie Adams poses at the Republican (GOP) National Convention August, 1992 in Houston, Texas. Filmmakers have their Cannes; policy wonks have Davos; opera buffs...

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9/11 – Covering an Unhappy Anniversary

September 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

Chris Hondros/Getty Images I wasn’t sure where exactly to go this morning. The memorial ceremony itself was held adjacent to Ground Zero, but only a handful of photographers are let in down there. So I...

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Another day in Iraq…

July 13, 2007 | 0 Comments

  Chris Hondros/Getty Images  I rode in a Bradley again the other day, for the first time in a few years.  Bradleys are a rather old-fashioned Army armoured troop carrier; they have treads on them and...

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Iraq: Helicopter by night…

July 10, 2007 | 4 Comments

Chris Hondros/Getty Images A few evenings ago, I rode in a Blackhawk helicopter over Baghdad in the dead of night. The Army flies dozens of loosely scheduled Blackhawk runs here every day, ferrying troops and...

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Running in the Green Zone

June 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

  Chris Hondros/Getty Images BAGHDAD, IRAQ: A street in the Green Zone is seen through a U.S. military Humvee window March 8, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. I won’t be running in the Green Zone anymore,...

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Baghdad – Just Another Destination

June 14, 2007 | 4 Comments

It’s easy to fly to Iraq. There are three flights a day from Amman, Jordan on the country’s national carrier, Royal Jordanian Airlines; it’s about a 90 minute trip, soaring over the saffron sands of...

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Fallen Soldier

March 7, 2007 | 4 Comments

Chris Hondros/Getty Images The chapel of Forward Operating Base Falcon was packed; the pews were full of soldiers, from generals to privates, and more men stood alongside the walls and in the back. At the...

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