A helicopter executes a pass over the area of the ambush, passing over a lone villager as it scans for the remains of the lost soldier.
Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne lock and load weapons as they prepare to head out on a search for a missing comrade.
Shades of Vietnam as soldiers cross verdant fields under helicopter air-support
Two soldiers stare across the river where search and rescue operations are reclaiming the body of a fallen platoon commander.
A soldier aims his rifle through a thick screen of foliage. There have been increasing complaints that the spring bloom is creating problems by limiting visibility.
Wearing the obligatory flak-vest and helmet, an Afghan translator in shades rests against a tree picking at the grass-stalks.
A soldier of the Afghan National Army shouts at a villager to cross the river in the hope that he might have been an eyewitness to the ambush.
Knee-deep in brackish river water, a soldier scans the opposite riverbank with his rifle-sight.
A helicopter executes a pass over the area of the ambush, passing over a lone villager as it scans for the remains of the lost soldier.
An Afghan National Army soldier wades across the river with his American colleague.
The Afghan soldier then pats down a local villager to ensure he is not a suicide bomber.
The Afghan villager then continues on his way across the river, a Biblical figure in an idyllic landscape untouched by time but embedded with Soviet and American bullets.
Sergeant First Class Jeremiah Mason wades through an irrigation ditch to avoid mines implanted in the fields and country-lanes.
An American soldier pauses at the edge of the Arghandab River as a helicopter hovers over him.
The soldiers scan the area for any signs of the missing soldier.
As a helicopter hovers overhead, two soldiers make their way across the treacherous terrain.
A helicopter hovers over a compound of interest, searching for those involved in the earlier ambush.

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