A ceremony honored a French soldier of the 13th engineering regiment in his hometown of Valdahon, in central eastern France, on Monday, with French Defense Minister Herve Morin (center above) in attendance. The soldier was killed in Afghanistan by a bomb during a reconnaissance operation north of Kabul last week. France has 3, 500 soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, with 45 troops killed since their deployment in January 2002.
A view of Kandahar as seen through the irregularly-shaped window of a M-ATV. The M-ATV, which stands for MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) All Terrain Vehicle, is the armored successor of the Humvee. The M-ATV and its mine-resistant brethren replaced the Humvee for transporting U.S. troops throughout Afghanistan. The windows are thicker and irregularly-shaped to help protect troops from roadside bombs and other threats.
As Afghan and coalition troops gear up for operations in Kandahar, the 101st Airborne MedEvac unit readies a Blackhawk helicopter at the Kandahar Airfield. The unit is tasked with transporting troop casualties as well as sick and injured local residents.
U.S. Army soldiers along with Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Forces recently traveled through the Laghman province, meeting with villagers, inspecting schools and conducting security patrols. To help stabilize the region, the team's mission is to help encourage the local population to participate with their provincial government as well as build and repair the local infrastructure.
The eastern Afghanistan province‘s economy was destroyed during the war with the Soviet Union, but it has growing agricultural and mining industries.
U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Morris shoots a mortar round during a training and certification test at a combat outpost in Afghanistan.
Notice that you can actually see the round in the plume of fire and smoke. You can see the full sized image via the Department of Defense's website.
It’s being billed as the biggest military offensive of this eight and a half year war and it could be just weeks away.
The U.S. military is beefing up its troop numbers in and around the city of Kandahar, the spiritual heartland of the Taliban. At the same time the Taliban is moving into the heart of the city. No one knows how many fighters have blended into the crowds in this southern Afghan city but violence has definitely increased in recent weeks.
Kabul is a city clogged with an estimated 4 to 5 million people and traffic to match that human crush. Traffic in Afghanistan's capital city is notoriously awful. CNN's Michael Holmes gives a first-person account (as a passenger, of course) of a commute to work through the Kabul streets.
Investigators inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul targeting NATO troops that killed at least 18 people near the parliament buildings. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had targeted "invading NATO forces." (Photos courtesy Getty and the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, visiting the grave sites of Afghan war veterans buried there. He was joined by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The group visited Section 60 of the cemetery, the burial ground for personnel killed Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 500 veterans are buried there. FULL POST