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Afghanistan, January 2011

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Traditionally, fighting slows in the middle of Afghan winters as opposing sides dig in to establish gains already made or make plans to retake losses. This winter, coalition troops are working to solidify positions in former Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan, holding ground and working with locals. Meanwhile the Taliban continues its campaign of sporadic attacks, and steps up efforts to create a sort of shadow government in parts of eastern Afghanistan. Though conflicts were light last month, 32 coalition troops still lost their lives. Collected here are images of Afghanistan and the continued conflict there during the month of January. [40 photos]

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Injuries are visible on the face of Spc. David Buzzard from Fayetteville, North Carolina, part of 1st platoon (Blacksheep) Creek Company. 2/4 Infantry. 4th Brigade Combat Team. 10th Mountain Division, deployed to Afghanistan's Tangi Valley. The photographer, Infantryman Chase Steely wrote: "This is my boy Buzzard. We were in an IED blast on Jan 31 and he took some shrapnel to the face. I wish we could say everyone came back with us that day, but we can't . We will never forget this day." Chase Steely)
Injuries are visible on the face of Spc. David Buzzard from Fayetteville, North Carolina, part of 1st platoon (Blacksheep) Creek Company. 2/4 Infantry. 4th Brigade Combat Team. 10th Mountain Division, deployed to Afghanistan's Tangi Valley. The photographer, Infantryman Chase Steely wrote: "This is my boy Buzzard. We were in an IED blast on Jan 31 and he took some shrapnel to the face. I wish we could say everyone came back with us that day, but we can't . We will never forget this day." Chase Steely)
Marines from Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan as an augment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit January 15. (Sgt. Derek B. Carlson/USMC) #
In this aerial photo taken Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, a section of the Helmand River Valley is seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah in the volatile Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
A US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines passes in front of a drawing on the wall at the Musa Qala District center base on January 27, 2011 in Helmand province. (Photo credit should read DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty Images) #
Pakistanis gather by burning oil tankers after gunmen attacked a terminal in Dera Murad Jamali southwest Pakistan, early Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. A government official says gunmen in Pakistan's southwest have set ablaze 14 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. A driver also was wounded during the Saturday attack. (AP Photo/Fida Hussain) #
In this aerial photo taken Thursday, Jan. 27,2011, U.S. Marines drive in a MRAP's as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah , Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
Abdul Samat Durrani, the District Govenor of eastern Kandahar Province's Maruf District, an area with a population estimated at 50,000 Afghan citizens, is photographed on Jan. 26, 2011. (Sgt. Ben Watson/U.S. Army) #
Corporal Christopher Pereda, 21, a heavy equipment operator from Yuma, Arizona, sits next to his vehicle after driving into a mud patch during a vehicle convoy in Garmser, Jan. 24, 2011. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), were faced with soft and muddy terrain that immobilized many of their vehicles. Marines were forced to dig out their vehicles with shovels to get them free. (Cpl. John M. McCall/USMC) #
In this aerial photo taken Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, Afghans work in a traditional brick factory as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
Afghan policemen stand around the lifeless body of a Taliban militant, who was killed during a clash with Afghan police in Laghman east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. A group of Taliban militants attacked a police check post stationed on the Laghman to Nangarhar highway on Sunday night, and one of the militants was killed in the attack, Afghan officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) #
An overview of part of Herat, Afghanistan, seen on January 22, 2011. (Daniel Wilkinson/U.S Embassy) #
Afghan children relax on a hilltop as they observe U.S. servicemembers, with Special Operations Task Force - South, conduct training Jan. 26, 2011, in Khakrez District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Spc. Daniel P. Shook/U.S. Army) #
Lt. Col. Charlie Youngblood, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-135 Stratotanker during an air refueling mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz) #
Alpine soldiers carry the coffin of Corp. Maj. Matteo Miotto, killed by sniper fire in Gulistan district in western Farah province, Afghanistan, on Friday Dec. 31, 2010, upon the arrival at Ciampino military airport, near Rome, Italy on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP photo/Alessandra Tarantino) #
An armoured vehicle of US Marines from 1st Battalion 8th, Bravo is seen in front of The Milky Way Galaxy during an operation not far from Shir Chazay in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on January 23, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Afghan detainees sit guarded by (unseen) US Marines from 1st Battalion 8th, Bravo during operation in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on January 23, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Afghan boy watches as US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines walk during a foot patrol outside Musa Qala District Center base on January 28, 2011 in Musa Qala. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Robert Wayne Pharris, second from right, son of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Pharris, weeps as he holds the American flag handed to him during the burial ceremony for Sgt. 1st Class Pharris, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Viginia. Pharris died Jan. 5 of wounds suffered at Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device. Other are Sgt. Ist Class Pharris' widow, from left, Pamala Pharris, son Lance Cpl Ben Pharris, father Alvin Pharris, and son Daniel Pharris. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) #
First Lt. Benjamin Amsler, from Titusville, Pennsylvania of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry, drinks coffee as he works on a laptop at Badel Combat Out Post in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan, bordering Pakistan, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a commercial market district January 24, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Estimates of the damage and cause of the fire were still unknown at the time of publication. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) #
In this aerial photo taken Friday, Jan. 21,2011, a Muslim cemetery is seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah, Southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
The combat boot of a wounded U.S. Marine sits next to him on a medevac helicopter from the United States Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment after he was injured by an improvised explosive device near Marjah, Afghanistan on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
A US Marine from 1st Battalion 8th, Bravo plays with a duck as he rests following a patrol in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on January 24, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Snow falls on Sgt. Abram Camacho from La Joya, Texas, part of 1st platoon (Blacksheep) Creek Company. 2/4 Infantry. 4th Brigade Combat Team. 10th Mountain Division, deployed to Afghanistan's Tangi Valley. Chase Steely) #
A CH-47 Chinook comes in for a landing to pick up soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, following a mission to the Daymirdad District Center, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2011. (Sgt. Sean P. Casey/U.S. Army) #
An injured Afghan boy lies on a stretcher as he is flown for care by the United States Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment following the explosion of an insurgent placed improvised explosive device near Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
An Afghan shepherd directs his sheep through an opening in a mud wall as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment on Jan. 21,2011, near Marjah, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
Kelly Hugo reaches out as a flag is presented to her during burial services for her son, Marine Corporal Sean A. Osterman, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Osterman died Dec. 16, 2010, from wounds received in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Dec. 14th. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
A NATO military re-supply convoy kicks up dust in the desert as seen on Jan. 21, 2011 from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment in Southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
U.S. Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment conduct a census patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2011. The Marines conduct patrols to suppress enemy activity and gain the trust of the people. The battalion, assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, conducted counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). (Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/USMC) #
Bundles of fuel are air delivered recently to Forward Operating Base Waza K'wah in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. The fuel was part of a C-17 Globemaster III air delivery to help sustain members of Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, whose only means of re-supply is through air delivery. (Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force) #
Afghan children smile and gesture, in a village near the Forward Operating Base of Tora, in Surobi province on January 21, 2011. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
Afghan National Security Forces patrol the Shinkai Bazaar as villagers walk through, Jan. 22. (Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/U.S. Air Force) #
A Canadian national from the 1st section "Les Aigles " (the eagles) of the 2nd REG (Régiment étranger du génie), serving as a soldier with the French Foreign Legion, at Forward Operating Base Tagab-Kutschbach near Tagab in Kapisa Province on January 24, 2011. The French Foreign Legion, a military unit established in 1831, was created for foreign nationals of any nationlity wishing to serve in the French armed forces. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
A 120mm mortar round flies out of the tube as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ramey J. Brown (left), a section sergeant from Marshville, North Carolina, Spc. Tyler L. Dillon (center), a team leader from Williamstown, West Virginia, and Pvt. Gabriel C. Fields (right), from Fort Worth, Texas, all mortarmen assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Bandits, take cover while at Observation Post Mustang in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province on Jan. 26. "It gets pretty intense sometimes when firing, especially if a firefight is going on," said Dillon. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th MPAD) #
An bloodied Afghan man, wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED), is transported to hospital in a helicopter of the United States Army' Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Lashkar Gah, in central Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
A 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies into the sunset from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (Spc. Edward Garibay) #
U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Smith, 2-502, 101st Airborne Division looks into a pit of unexpolded ordinances turned in during the Cash for Work Program at Stronghold Dog, Afghanistan, Jan. 29, 2011. The program provides partnership with the local community by providing income for day labor and the turning in of unexploded ordinances. (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford) #
An Afghan man points to the holes caused by a bomb explosion outside a butcher shop in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. A police official in the western Afghan province of Herat says a bomb planted outside a butcher shop had killed one civilian. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi) #
Brady Rusk, 12, hugs Eli at a retirement and adoption ceremony at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The bomb-sniffing Labrador retriever was assigned to Brady's older brother, Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk, 20, who was killed in action in Afghanistan by Taliban sniper fire Dec. 5. The Department of Defense granted the Rusk's permission to adopt Eli and allow him to join their family. (Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III/U.S. Air Force) #
Marines from Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 266 arrive aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan as an augment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit January 15. (Sgt. Derek B. Carlson/USMC) #
In this aerial photo taken Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, a section of the Helmand River Valley is seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah in the volatile Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
A US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines passes in front of a drawing on the wall at the Musa Qala District center base on January 27, 2011 in Helmand province. (Photo credit should read DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty Images) #
Pakistanis gather by burning oil tankers after gunmen attacked a terminal in Dera Murad Jamali southwest Pakistan, early Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. A government official says gunmen in Pakistan's southwest have set ablaze 14 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. A driver also was wounded during the Saturday attack. (AP Photo/Fida Hussain) #
In this aerial photo taken Thursday, Jan. 27,2011, U.S. Marines drive in a MRAP's as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah , Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
Abdul Samat Durrani, the District Govenor of eastern Kandahar Province's Maruf District, an area with a population estimated at 50,000 Afghan citizens, is photographed on Jan. 26, 2011. (Sgt. Ben Watson/U.S. Army) #
Corporal Christopher Pereda, 21, a heavy equipment operator from Yuma, Arizona, sits next to his vehicle after driving into a mud patch during a vehicle convoy in Garmser, Jan. 24, 2011. Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), were faced with soft and muddy terrain that immobilized many of their vehicles. Marines were forced to dig out their vehicles with shovels to get them free. (Cpl. John M. McCall/USMC) #
In this aerial photo taken Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, Afghans work in a traditional brick factory as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
Afghan policemen stand around the lifeless body of a Taliban militant, who was killed during a clash with Afghan police in Laghman east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. A group of Taliban militants attacked a police check post stationed on the Laghman to Nangarhar highway on Sunday night, and one of the militants was killed in the attack, Afghan officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) #
An overview of part of Herat, Afghanistan, seen on January 22, 2011. (Daniel Wilkinson/U.S Embassy) #
Afghan children relax on a hilltop as they observe U.S. servicemembers, with Special Operations Task Force - South, conduct training Jan. 26, 2011, in Khakrez District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Spc. Daniel P. Shook/U.S. Army) #
Lt. Col. Charlie Youngblood, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-135 Stratotanker during an air refueling mission over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz) #
Alpine soldiers carry the coffin of Corp. Maj. Matteo Miotto, killed by sniper fire in Gulistan district in western Farah province, Afghanistan, on Friday Dec. 31, 2010, upon the arrival at Ciampino military airport, near Rome, Italy on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP photo/Alessandra Tarantino) #
An armoured vehicle of US Marines from 1st Battalion 8th, Bravo is seen in front of The Milky Way Galaxy during an operation not far from Shir Chazay in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on January 23, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Afghan detainees sit guarded by (unseen) US Marines from 1st Battalion 8th, Bravo during operation in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on January 23, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Afghan boy watches as US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines walk during a foot patrol outside Musa Qala District Center base on January 28, 2011 in Musa Qala. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Robert Wayne Pharris, second from right, son of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Pharris, weeps as he holds the American flag handed to him during the burial ceremony for Sgt. 1st Class Pharris, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Viginia. Pharris died Jan. 5 of wounds suffered at Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device. Other are Sgt. Ist Class Pharris' widow, from left, Pamala Pharris, son Lance Cpl Ben Pharris, father Alvin Pharris, and son Daniel Pharris. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) #
First Lt. Benjamin Amsler, from Titusville, Pennsylvania of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry, drinks coffee as he works on a laptop at Badel Combat Out Post in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan, bordering Pakistan, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a commercial market district January 24, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Estimates of the damage and cause of the fire were still unknown at the time of publication. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) #
In this aerial photo taken Friday, Jan. 21,2011, a Muslim cemetery is seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah, Southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
The combat boot of a wounded U.S. Marine sits next to him on a medevac helicopter from the United States Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment after he was injured by an improvised explosive device near Marjah, Afghanistan on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
A US Marine from 1st Battalion 8th, Bravo plays with a duck as he rests following a patrol in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on January 24, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Snow falls on Sgt. Abram Camacho from La Joya, Texas, part of 1st platoon (Blacksheep) Creek Company. 2/4 Infantry. 4th Brigade Combat Team. 10th Mountain Division, deployed to Afghanistan's Tangi Valley. Chase Steely) #
A CH-47 Chinook comes in for a landing to pick up soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, following a mission to the Daymirdad District Center, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2011. (Sgt. Sean P. Casey/U.S. Army) #
An injured Afghan boy lies on a stretcher as he is flown for care by the United States Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment following the explosion of an insurgent placed improvised explosive device near Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
An Afghan shepherd directs his sheep through an opening in a mud wall as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment on Jan. 21,2011, near Marjah, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
Kelly Hugo reaches out as a flag is presented to her during burial services for her son, Marine Corporal Sean A. Osterman, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Osterman died Dec. 16, 2010, from wounds received in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Dec. 14th. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
A NATO military re-supply convoy kicks up dust in the desert as seen on Jan. 21, 2011 from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment in Southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
U.S. Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment conduct a census patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2011. The Marines conduct patrols to suppress enemy activity and gain the trust of the people. The battalion, assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, conducted counterinsurgency operations in partnership with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). (Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/USMC) #
Bundles of fuel are air delivered recently to Forward Operating Base Waza K'wah in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. The fuel was part of a C-17 Globemaster III air delivery to help sustain members of Task Force Currahee, 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, whose only means of re-supply is through air delivery. (Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force) #
Afghan children smile and gesture, in a village near the Forward Operating Base of Tora, in Surobi province on January 21, 2011. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
Afghan National Security Forces patrol the Shinkai Bazaar as villagers walk through, Jan. 22. (Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/U.S. Air Force) #
A Canadian national from the 1st section "Les Aigles " (the eagles) of the 2nd REG (Régiment étranger du génie), serving as a soldier with the French Foreign Legion, at Forward Operating Base Tagab-Kutschbach near Tagab in Kapisa Province on January 24, 2011. The French Foreign Legion, a military unit established in 1831, was created for foreign nationals of any nationlity wishing to serve in the French armed forces. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
A 120mm mortar round flies out of the tube as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ramey J. Brown (left), a section sergeant from Marshville, North Carolina, Spc. Tyler L. Dillon (center), a team leader from Williamstown, West Virginia, and Pvt. Gabriel C. Fields (right), from Fort Worth, Texas, all mortarmen assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Bandits, take cover while at Observation Post Mustang in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province on Jan. 26. "It gets pretty intense sometimes when firing, especially if a firefight is going on," said Dillon. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, 210th MPAD) #
An bloodied Afghan man, wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED), is transported to hospital in a helicopter of the United States Army' Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Lashkar Gah, in central Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #
A 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies into the sunset from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (Spc. Edward Garibay) #
U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Smith, 2-502, 101st Airborne Division looks into a pit of unexpolded ordinances turned in during the Cash for Work Program at Stronghold Dog, Afghanistan, Jan. 29, 2011. The program provides partnership with the local community by providing income for day labor and the turning in of unexploded ordinances. (ISAF photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford) #
An Afghan man points to the holes caused by a bomb explosion outside a butcher shop in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. A police official in the western Afghan province of Herat says a bomb planted outside a butcher shop had killed one civilian. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi) #
Brady Rusk, 12, hugs Eli at a retirement and adoption ceremony at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The bomb-sniffing Labrador retriever was assigned to Brady's older brother, Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk, 20, who was killed in action in Afghanistan by Taliban sniper fire Dec. 5. The Department of Defense granted the Rusk's permission to adopt Eli and allow him to join their family. (Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III/U.S. Air Force) #
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