July 22nd, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Photo spotlight: On patrol in Kandahar

A young Afghan shepherd watches U.S. soldier Trebor Moore on patrol in the Dand district of Kandahar province this week. NATO and the U.S. forces have turned their focus to the Taliban's southern stronghold of Kandahar province for an upcoming offensive.

Filed under: Kandahar • Photo Spotlight • Troops
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  1. WRL

    Anyone notice that the flag on the soldier's uniform is backwards? – print must be reversed.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • forgotten veteran

      the flag is that way to symbolize running towards the enemy, as if it was being carried on a guidearm into battle.

      July 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      you're an idiot.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. forgotten veteran

    There was one day that we felt as if we had fallen. And on that same day we had all risen together. We stood together in support of those who left off to defend our freedom, defend our peace and way of life. Those who left knew the consequences, some knew they wouldn’t not return. We went to put our selfs in harms way, we went so that the only sounds later to be heard in america was cries of protest and how awful it is that we are over there fighting where we should not.
    Ladies and gentalmen , I am a former soldier , I have served both near and far. I lived by a creed , to defend my country our peace and way of life. Although wonded I was not lucky enough to die fighting for my country. And as I look at what is now, I would be ashamed for my life being lost. All this bickcering back and forth. I think is time for 100% encouragement and support towards our defenders. Life will be lost but life will move on and so will our wars. Shame and dispair to those who talk slander to our defenders.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pashtun

      B prepared 2 hail china as the next superpower soldier. U sound loyal 2 politicians, changing every 4 years, owing china about a trillion dollars plus a budget deficit of 1.5 trillion and growing. Unless ur bigot and think US still has policing powers over the world

      July 24, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      These are the same People that probably would have called the Military that fought in Vietnam baby killers!!! They would rather support the Enemies Troops that Their Own Troops... They are either Muslin are sick in the head...

      July 25, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Quite possibly both.

        July 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Not Important

    Do you people who constantly comment on articles regarding the War in Afghanistan actually do anything about your apparent beliefs? I'm guessing you just post ridiculous comments everyday saying pretty much the same thing over and over and doing nothing to change the situation. I fight for freedom, so people can do and say what they want, so stop simply saying and start doing – or shut the hell up.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. head devil

    HEY AH. The word is JEALOUSY AND HATE. We do more in this country for blacks than any country in the world. We treat muslims with more respect than their own country does and how about the muslim women they love America just ask one. We never took any land when we have been at war. Just enough land to bury our dead. You arer a HATER.

    July 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. head devil

    jerry do really believe if they killed 500 of the soldiers they would tell that. Those people do not believe their own goverment but you do. LOL

    July 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. EOD8

    I guess you've all got it figured out, huh?

    July 23, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. AH

    And still the "Americans" (US inhabitants) ask themselves why is it that the world hates them

    July 23, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      I guess they must be extremely ignorant not to figure that one out,especially after Vietnam and Iraq and what happened on Feb.13,1991 when two U.S.pilots in a B2 stealth bomber dropped one or two bombs on an air raid shelter in the heart of Baghdad killing no less than 414 civilians obliterating the shelter and the American public acted as if that was no big deal.Enough said.

      July 23, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Doug


        Intel and photos indicated it was an Iraqi Command Bunker. Not an air raid shelter. If there was uncertainty it would not have been bombed. We stopped the policy of attacking civilian targets to force a country's surrender after WW-II. That incident in Iraq was not meant to be a repeat of Dresden or Manheim.

        July 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Please Doug,do get serious!!!

        July 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Come on,Doug.You know better than that,I'm sure.

        July 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Squid

        Right, but when we kill civilians it is unintentional (I'm not saying some jerks out there haven't intentionally harmed civlians but right now that is not what we do.). The enemy on the other hand doesn't care who they kill be it American or Afghan, civilian or military. Don't put the mistakes and misdeeds of a few US service members on the same level as the entire mentality of the Taliban. We are not the same.

        July 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Come on Squid.Not you too.Enough of this nonsense,please!!!

        July 24, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I just love when someone makes their own history stories!!! Please tell us some more stories... I'm sure if you write a book it would be a best seller by Our Enemies!!!

        July 25, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Larry have you already forgotten what happened in Baghdad on Feb.13,1991?I haven't!!!

        July 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Real

      You have a southeast asian world view of the "victumhood" mentality.

      July 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • GDS

      Americans do not need your love or your pity, but we demand your respect. Anyone who disrepects us (see 9/11) will feel our wath.

      July 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KATAR


    July 23, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stephen Real

    Kandahar is the poltikal center.
    Kandahar is were this war will end.

    A deep strike against the Haqquani network in Baluchistan, Pakistan is a must.

    July 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Real

      I don't want to escape.
      I want to do what ever it takes to go all the way.
      Counter Insurgency is not for the weak
      (and I don't see you as weak)
      or pathetic.
      It takes real strength and heart to work with the poor and the ignorant.

      July 23, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. PFC Castro

    we are all doomed until we find the discipline to will ourselves against our own animal natures

    July 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Real

      pathetic thoughts

      July 22, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stephen Real

        Antique poetry is just that, it's ancient and just plain useless in today's world.
        I'm not trying to knock you down dude by saying your thoughts are pathetic.
        pa·thet·ic/pəˈTHetik/Adjective1. Arousing pity, esp. through vulnerability or sadness.
        I'm just calling like I see it man.

        July 23, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Even Animals protect themselves from those trying to kill them!!! Otherwise how will you stop them from doing it again???

      July 25, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. PFC Castro

    if what you say is true, then religion, and the ancient human nature that creates and fuels idealist extremism...is the true enemy. these ancient religious wars and fueds that you have listed are in a sense ancient political wars disguised under the structure of morality, that are echoing through time and modern history. what a beautiful picture. but shame on us hypocritical animals for repeating history over and over again...our only hope is that wisdom will bring understanding, then peace, then love.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sgt Lee

      I think you are both full of crap!!

      July 23, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      If everyone went by GODS laws the 10 Commandments!!! We wouldn't have had any reason for wars...

      July 25, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. dindy Sri lanka

    May God help both shepherd and soldier Trebor to return to their families safely!!!

    July 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Proud Marine's Mom

      My son just got back from Afghanistan, what he remembers the most are the children.

      July 24, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
      • sfhr

        that's the outcome of 25 over odd years of instability and war... obviously there would be more children than grown up males/men...

        July 26, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
      • AfghanKiwi

        I Just returned from Afghanistan, and yes the demographic is towards people under 30, there are very few older males. Very few.

        September 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Yahobi: Will you tell us what better way there was with out going there and fighting them like we are now???

      July 25, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel-2

    Too bad the Communists failed to triumph here 25 years ago.Today this unnecessry war wouldn't be going on and there'd be no Taliban and no corrupt government in Kabul!!!

    July 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • alf67

      Unnecessary war seriously did u forget about september 11 already.

      July 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • hanh

      no they would still be there, just with a few less rpgs, and US military training. theyd just mirror iran.

      July 25, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Really you rather be under the Communist than America??? Go to Russia and you can get your wish!!! We sure rather have our freedom here...

      July 25, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Thought you might like to read this letter to the editor of a British national newspaper. Ever notice how some people just seem to know how to write a letter?.
      Written by a housewife, to her daily newspaper. This is one ticked off lady.

      'Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores in July 2002, and in New York Sept 11/2001 and have continually threatened to do so since?

      Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day in London , and in downtown Manhattan , and in a field in Pennsylvania ?

      Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

      And I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of the nation they come from and are fighting against in a brutal insurgency.

      I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11 and 7/7.

      I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan

      I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

      I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents' in Afghanistan come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques and behind women and children.

      I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of Nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

      I'll care when the British media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting at home to hear about them when something happens.

      In the meantime, when I hear a story about a British soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this:

      I don't care.

      When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take this to the bank:

      I don't care.

      When I hear that a prisoner – who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and 'fed special food' that is paid for by my taxes – is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts:

      I don't care.

      And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.' Well, believe me!! you guessed it ......

      I don't care!!

      If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behaviour!

      If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great country! And may I add:

      'Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Our soldiers don't have that problem.'

      I have another quote that I would like to add, AND.......I hope you forward all this.

      Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

      1. Jesus Christ

      2. The British Soldier.

      3. The Canadian Soldier.

      4. The US Soldier, and

      5. The Australian Soldier

      One died for your soul, the other 4 for your freedom.




      July 26, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Anabel


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        August 19, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Che

      during the russian occupation whose side would the nothern alliance be on ... and whose side would Karzai be on??

      July 31, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |