Medics at a British base in Helmand – the epicenter of the Afghanistan war – cope with sadness, stress, and the ethical pangs of caring for the ‘enemy.’
District governor Massoud Balouch visited to Khan Neshin in southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan, which is building a new government with help from US Marines and with foreign aid. Getting good leaders in the area has proved difficult.
The suicide attack was one of the most ambitious of the war, killing seven CIA employees and one Afghan on Wednesday. The attack occurred in Khost Province, near the Pakistan border.
As part of Obama's Afghanistan war surge, some 9,000 marines are moving into small Afghan towns near the border to stop Taliban soldiers and supplies coming from Pakistan. The view from this new front.
A worker passes by the statue of Vladimir Lenin, abandoned in the backyard of the Mogosoaia Palace in Romania, on Monday. The statue was removed from a square in Bucharest in 1990. This week Romanians commemorate 20 years since communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Bucharest during an uprising on Dec. 22 after ruling Romania for 25 years. More than a thousand people are reported to have lost their lives during the Romanian revolution.
The eye of a goose is pictured at the Schwarzbauer geese farm in Hohenried near Ingolstadt, Germany on Friday. Geese are traditional food in Germany during the Christmas season.
Marines will launch a major offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan's district of Marjeh. It could be similar to the battles of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004.
A senior American officer said Monday that the entire 30,000-strong Afghanistan troops surge will not be in country until November. The original plan was to send troops to Afghanistan more quickly to bring them back quickly.
United States Marine Cpl. Benjamin Zellmann from Virginia holds a puppy taken in by the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during a briefing before a mission in Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Friday.
In Khan Neshin, near the Pakistan border, recruitment of locals for the Afghanistan war effort is an often frustrating process. Obstacles include candidates' drug use, illiteracy, and fear of the Taliban.