December 15th, 2009
12:19 PM ET

Views from inside the machine

An embed with any military can involve practically surrendering to their logistics. Everything from transport to food is supplied. Journalists find the lack of independence tough, but there are very few alternative avenues to cover the story. The aircraft and vehicles in which you are cocooned can be some of the most advanced on the modern battlefield - and at times some of the most uncomfortable. Time on the ground among the local population is often short and occasionally tense.

Much of what you see and film is from inside the machine. See more of the photos

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