Photos Coalition Forces In Afghanistan

German Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) Operators, Northern Afghanistan
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An Australian soldier resting in Afghanistan in 2011
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A member of Charlie Company, 2RAR, pictured in Uruzgan Province in 2011
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Australian soldiers pictured in Afghanistan in 2011.
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22 SAS troops and Special Forces Support Group armed with AKms dropped by Chinook into an Afghan valley. 2006
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Canadian troops sweep a road for IEDs in southern Afghanistan 2010
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Patrol Base Wali Exit Point, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Mirabad Valley, Afghanistan 2011
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Canadian Leopard 2A6M with a mine roller in Afghanistan, 2010
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A wounded Canadian soldier crawls for cover seconds after his position was hit by a Taliban shell fired from an 82-millimeter recoilless rifle during an ambush in Zhari district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 23, 2007
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From the Time Article: Afghanistan: The Photographs That Moved Them Most

Finbarr O'Reilly, October 23, 2007 "On October 23, 2007, the Canadian troops I was embedded with were ambushed by Taliban while on foot patrol in Kandahar province. A shell from an 82 mm recoilless rifle exploded nearby and sent Sergeant Major Paul Pilote flying. I couldn't see Pilote at first, but then he emerged crawling dazed and injured through the dust. The ensuing firefight lasted a few hours, but the first moments were the most intense.
I was probably photographing to suppress my own fear as much as to get a good picture. One challenge of being embedded involves finding ways to illustrate the story without showing the Western military in an overly sympathetic or even heroic light. This image feels both honest and representative of the conflict. Despite all their machinery, muscle and technology, Western forces have become bogged down in a complex war against a resilient enemy. Perhaps the most effective weapon the Taliban has is time. Will Western troops still be there in another 10 years?"
 
Canadian artillerymen deployed with their French made GIAT LG-1 105mm Howitzers
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Czech soldiers Jiri Koca (left) and Marta Tomesova-Musilkova (right) pose with an Afghan National Police officer in Parwan province, Afghanistan (May 27, 2014)
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