May 7th, 2010
01:39 PM ET

Photo Spotlight: A trip to the markets of Jalalabad

The Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team, led by the U.S. Army, visits the markets of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar. The group visited the markets to assess the infrastructure needs and to evaluate the status of the local economy.


A toddler makes a face at passing International Security Assistance Forces during the visit.


Team commander Capt. Glenn T. Battschinger stops to talk to shopkeepers and residents.


Squad leader Staff Sgt. Brian J. McNalley works security during the visit as residents look on.


Rifleman Spc. Shane M. Bastin stands watch during the visit.

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  1. ShiftyP.

    oh maritta, what are the chances of the photographers actually going to the camp were your son is? don't be so ignorant and naive. and im so sick of people saying " bring our troops home" and they dont even know that its drastically important that they are over there in combat. I have a brother over there too, but you dont hear me complaining. I know he will be ok.

    July 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. spc siergiej

    i was deployed to jalalabad in 2008 and from first hand experince the people that i had meet over there were friendly to the us troops. yea there were some rough times but thats war it isn`t nice

    June 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    God blesss the soldiers in Afgan, fight for our will do stop the terrorist! Man, can't wait to go to military soon.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ryan

    Our military mens are doing great. I feel happy US Army soldiers get to have fun by stopping at the markets and talking to new people! We are doing great in the war fightning for revange. This war might not last long. Can't wait till the war is over.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nanci

    We should support our military..men and women who are putting their lives in harm's way...sacrificing their lives(leaving their families behind, great jobs at home) just to fight this war that Washington orders. What we do need is for Washington to listen to our people and our soldiers. Pres. Obama promise to bring our troops home but it seems we are sending more and tapping the reservist as well... I just hope that the Afghan people would know the huge sacrifice that these soldiers are doing for them to have democracy and take control of their lives not the Talaban controlling them. We need people to be the go-between (relating the good intention of the Americans).

    May 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohammad A Dar

    May 9th, 2010
    11:30 pm ET

    We are not at war aginst Afghanistan but at war aginst the Taliban / idiots (students of the Quran) which are holding the people of afghanistan hostage.--------–You have spoken the truth, The way you have shown your discontent for the students of Quran. Each and every Muslim, draws his life purpose from the Holy Quran. Purpose of Aliied Pagan forces or call them christian forces is not to help the Afghans, but enslave them in illegality. You have substantiated my previous post, that Afghan are not stupid, they can recognize the purpose behind all good talk,and they recognize the purpose of th snake oil sales man's pitch.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cinder

    God Bless you all for your sacrifice, love and willingness to serve.

    May 10, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. mitch wilson

    The only person on this blog that I respect and know speaks the truth is Col Breazile. I get the armys facebook and visit the FRG. My son-in-law is at a COP near Kandahar and has been there for several months. They have taken that area and continue to hold it and at the same time are training the locals to defeat the Taliban. Most people In that country do not support the Taliban. They are against the radicals. Keep up the great work Col Breazile and give a big shout out to the 2-508 4th brigade combat team82nd airborne division Charlie company!!

    May 10, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sean

    We are not at war aginst Afghanistan but at war aginst the Taliban / idiots (students of the Quran) which are holding the people of afghanistan hostage.
    The mission of the U.S./ U.N. is to fight the Taliban and to rebuild infastructure(SCHOOLS,courts,jails utilities...). Think about it what group would blow up people in the process of delivering food (idiots), first-aide & gen. living supplys to a village.

    May 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. makexi

    The U.S. war in Afghanistan is a mistake, and now Afghanistan, Iraq, continue to go on, is repeating the mistakes the Vietnam War. No cause known only invincible, no cause for dispatching defeat and waste of life Bale

    May 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mohammad A Dar

    The Afghan people are like other people in the world. They love their families and want to provide the necessities of life and education ahd medical care for their loved ones. It is good to help them have that opportunity. The Soviets came in to destroy. We have come to help them rebuild.
    Posted by:ndusens--------------Russians wand to impose their way, and thy thought it was good for the Afghans even though it was against the values very dear to the people. they tried it not through dialog but guns, they were defeated by the Mujahdin. Having made a claim, in same nature by the occupiers, self described Messiah have no different agenda. Until and unless, what ever is being done, through the barrel of guns, like the Russians did, does not conforms to the Islamic nature of Afghans, it is headed to nothing but a failure like the Russians only in a bigger scale.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vandusens

    The Afghan people are like other people in the world. They love their families and want to provide the necessities of life and education ahd medical care for their loved ones. It is good to help them have that opportunity. The Soviets came in to destroy. We have come to help them rebuild.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mohammad A Dar

    have been here in Kabul City for a year and I can say that Afghani is very warmth, hospitable, fun and loving people. Most of them were often misunderstood and they really needed more help and support in rebuilding their country back on track....
    Posted by: Gregberry------–Thank you, This was the purpose of my jokes. People are people, no matter, where you are. Love, brings love, Gun brings Guns. I hope one day, the stupid governments will get the massage.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gregberry

    I have been here in Kabul City for a year and I can say that Afghani is very warmth, hospitable, fun and loving people. Most of them were often misunderstood and they really needed more help and support in rebuilding their country back on track....

    May 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mohammad A Dar

    A toddler makes a face at passing International Security Assistance Forces during the visit.-------------It is funny, Can cartoons become alive. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. Send the American best, Private Gomer Payal. He can do better job than,divisions of these clowns. You bet, he can win this war.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mohammad A Dar

    These pictures depict Afghans as calm, easy-going people. See that toddler in his innocent look. The teens and those adults look attentively at the US soldiers.
    Posted by: Kolawole Ajao-------------Kids are happy, Is there a kid in the world, who is not amused to see a clown.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Afghan guy

    Hey I am holding a gun. Shake hands with me or I'll shoot you. Gotta love how it is always the kids because they scared otherwise. A real AFghan will never shake hands with these invaders.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mohammad A Dar

    American solders, come and Go, Talaban, Stay, How a foreigner can win a war in Afghanistan.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Col Gregory Breazile, USMC

    I am serving in Afghanistan and have to say that all of the Afghan's I have met both in the city and in the villages are good and very hospitable people. I am honored to serve so they can enjoy peace. Things are getting better everyday.
    You can see and comment on the our unit blogs about how we are helping build their Army and Police forces. Go to our unit website and give us your comments.

    http://www.ntm-a.com

    Semper Fidelis,
    Greg

    May 8, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. Kolawole Ajao

    These pictures depict Afghans as calm, easy-going people. See that toddler in his innocent look. The teens and those adults look attentively at the US soldiers.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Because thats how they are.
      Everyone – that includes the majority of these posters, CNN, and the media in general fail to realize that the people inflicting the minor amount of casualties (more people die in US committed homicide then in Afghanistan) in Afghanistan/iraq are not the norm. The average person is what is displayed in the CNN pictures. innocent toddlers, attentive kids (that love pens and footballs, even when you've given them one), and skeptical/wary/greedy adults that don't know any better because they only know war and corruption their entire life.

      People want to see "our servicemembers" out there. The average servicemember is sitting around bored.

      May 29, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  21. Maritta

    You show pictures of the Afghani's. I have a son at Camp Dwyer. We see/ hear NOTHING from that camp. People are much more interested in seeing how OUR PEOPLE are doing, especially the servicemen and servicewomen that have put their lives on hold and in harm's way. Everyone is so worried about being politically correct. Let's focus on supporting our troops and getting them home to their loved ones intact and whole.

    I have the same sentiment with respect to Iraq.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Maritta

    You show pictures of the Afghani's. I have a son at Camp Dwyer. We see/ hear NOTHING from that camp. People are much more interested in seeing how OUR PEOPLE are doing, especially the servicemen and servicewomen that have put their lives on hold and in harm's way. Everyone is so worried about being politically correct. Let's focus on supporting our troops and getting them home to their loved ones intact and whole.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • will

      Thats rite!

      May 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      The press can't go/be everywhere. Its not feasible. They stick to big cities or popular (media-wise) areas like Marjah, Helmand, etc.

      If you are not hearing anything, its your own son's fault. Even in remote areas its possible to communicate.

      May 29, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |