Afghanistan: March 2012

After a tough February, the NATO presence in Afghanistan proved even more difficult in this past month. On March 11, United States Army Sergeant Robert Bales went on a violent house-to-house rampage in a village near his base, killing 17 civilians, including 9 children. Bales is in U.S. custody now and could face the death penalty. Coming on the heels of last month's Koran burning incident, the shootings have further intensified Afghan anger toward the United States. According to recent polls, domestic support for the war has been sharply dropping, but the Obama administration appears to be sticking to its timetable, aiming for a complete troop withdrawal in 2014. Gathered here are images of the people and places involved in this conflict over the past month, as part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan.

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