December 17th, 2009
06:22 PM ET

Views from outside the wire

"Outside the wire" is the phrase used for everything beyond the confines and security of a military base. General Stanley McChrystal’s plan for fighting insurgency in Afghanistan calls for troops to engage with the local population and protect the people. To do this, soldiers must go beyond the wire and climb down from their machines to interact face to face in the hope of gaining the trust of a skeptical population.

See more of the photos from outside the wire or check out the views from inside the machine.

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