Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Afghanistan, January, 2010

1. An Afghan man walks on the street as the sun sets over Delaram district in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan on January 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
2. A British soldier stands in front of an Afghan vehicle, known as a "jingle truck", as he provides security outside Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 2, 2010. The soldier is assigned to B Flight, 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, which is serving with NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. (Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/U.S. Air Force) #
3. U.S. Airmen from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron prepare to refuel an E-3 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft Jan.15, 2010, over Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence/U.S. Air Force) #

5. Afghan soldiers trained by US Marines from the First Battalion, 6th regiment, thumb through an issue of People Magazine as they wait to be transferred to another camp, in Mahafiz camp in the outskirts of Marjah in central Helmand on January 23, 2010. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) #
6. A soldier with the Afghan National Army (ANA) warms himself over a morning fire during an air assault operation with the Army 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Division on the town of Oshaky on January 18, 2010 in Oshaky, Afghanistan. Oshaky, close to the Pakistani border, is known to harbor anti-coalition fighters and to be the home village of an area Taliban leader. The air assault operation focused on gathering intelligence and conducting searches of homes in the village where it is believed that numerous attacks on coalition troops have been planned. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #
7. An Afghan girl stands by razor wire in Kandahar City, southern Afghanistan Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) #
8. Shepherds herd their sheep as Dutch soldiers of Charlie Air assault patrol in Chora valley in southern Uruzgan province on January 22, 2010. The Netherlands Royal Army leads the NATO/ISAF joint task force in this southern province of Afghanistan. (DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images) #

10. A girl looks out from her doorway at an Afghan National Army soldier searching an area used recently as a firing position by Taliban militants, during a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in the Pech Valley, Kunar province, northeastern Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
11. An injured Afghan National Security force member lies on the ground as his colleagues tend to him during a fierce gun battle in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Friday, January 29th, 2010. A fierce gun battle broke out between security forces and a team of Taliban fighters targeting U.N. and government buildings on Friday in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The fighting came nearly two weeks after a similar assault in the Afghan capital of Kabul, once again showing the ability of insurgents to penetrate heavily secured areas. (AP Photo/ Abdul Khaliq) #
12. U.S. Army Spc. Nick Ferrara laughs as a fellow Soldier pours fake blood over his t-shirt during a training scenario with Afghan National Police officers at the police station in the Shutol District of Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2010. The scenario consisted of a crime scene with one death and multiple suspects. The Soldiers are assigned to the 410th Military Police Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Brigade, III Corps. (Sgt. Teddy Wade/U.S. Army) #
13. Afghan policemen listen to Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Hanief Atmar during a function to honor policemen for their response to the recent Taliban assault on the center of Kabul on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
14. A charcoal seller covers his mouth with a scarf as he waits for customers in front of his shop in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy) #
18. Turkish soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), look towards the site of explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
19. An Afghan boy stands near a public water pump in Kabul January 13, 2010. Nearly half way through the Afghan winter, unusually warm and dry weather is raising fears of a drought that could cause food shortages, undermine efforts to slash poppy growing and worsen security problems. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood) #
20. Master Warrant Officer Charlotte Hawes from Dundurn, Saskatchewan from the Canadian Army Reservists attached to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry patrol talks with Afghan women during a meeting in Kandahar City, southern Afghanistan Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) #
22. A man finishes his exercise routine at a wushu club in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 4, 2010. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood) #
23. An Afghan widow clad in burqa waits to receive materials for making blankets during a cash for work project by humanitarian organization CARE International in Kabul January 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood) #
25. Canadian army captain Blaise Lapointe walks between cones while attending his rehabilitation program at the Institut de Readaptation en Deficience Physique de Quebec (IRDPQ) in Quebec City January 13, 2010. Lapointe lost his part of his leg after he stepped on a landmine while he was defusing a bomb under heavy fire in Afghanistan last year. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger) #
27. A soldier's snacks sit beside a case of bullets in a guard post at Combat Outpost (COP) Zerak on January 21, 2010 in Zerak, Afghanistan. COP Zerak, located in Paktika Province, works at disrupting and suppressing Taliban routes into Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan. The province, which is roughly the size of Vermont, shares a restive and porous 600 kilometer border with Pakistan. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #
28. At the end of a convoy in which he received and returned fire with his 50 calibre machine gun, U.S. Marine turret gunner Cpl. Ian Bole, of Port Royal, South Carolina, wearing a face mask with a skull design, breathes steam on a cold day inside an armored vehicle in the Pech Valley, Kunar province, northeastern Afghanistan on Thursday Jan. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
30. Ten-year-old Nahid grabs a thread while she weaves carpet in her home in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy) #
31. A fruit vendor holds lemons in his hands along a busy shopping street on January 27, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #
32. Afghan boys play outside as they wait for medical treatment at the Lindenau Clinic at Forward Operating Base Price, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2010. (Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/U.S. Air Force) #
35. Afghan men wait to be searched at a checkpoint at Delaram district in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan January 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica) #
36. A Canadian soldier (name not available) walks through a bunker at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) #
37. An Afghan refugee boy cries during a daily lesson on how to read verses of the Quran, taught by an Imam, not seen, at a mosque in a poor neighborhood of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #
38. An Afghan man buys plastic jugs in a market in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Farzana Wahidy) #
39. Taliban fighters display their weapons during a patrol in Ghazni province on January 23, 2010. Plans by Kabul to persuade Taliban members to lay down their arms would not apply to foreigners who had joined the insurgency, often for ideological reasons, US General Stanley McChrystal suggested in a NATO video posted on the web on. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) ##
42. A U.S. Marine from India Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, patrols at Delaram district in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan January 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica) #