Local children watch on as a U.S.-Afghan patrol walks through their village in the Pech Valley, Afghanistan. Military officials are debating a possible withdrawal from the region.
Local children watch on as a U.S.-Afghan patrol walks through their village in the Pech Valley, Afghanistan. Military officials are debating a possible withdrawal from the region.
U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers on patrol in the Pech Valley, Afghanistan. As part of the planned transition, coalition forces now rarely conduct missions without their Afghan counterparts.
Afghan National Army soldiers and U.S. troops from Charlie Company, 101st Airborne, on a routine patrol in the Pech Valley.
Haji Wazir Ghul, an influential elder in the Pech Valley, talks with U.S. soldiers. Ghul expressed concerns that his safety would be jeopardized if coalition forces withdraw from the area.
The view of Observation Post Pride Rock from the crow's nest. In the past few months, defenses on the post have been bolstered considerably as attacks increase.
The mouth of the Korengal Valley, as viewed from the .50 caliber machine gun pit at Observation Post Pride Rock in the Pech Valley.
Sgt. Tooryalai Jigarkhoon, commander of the Afghan National Army unit manning Observation Post Pride Rock alongside U.S. soldiers, sits in the Afghan bunker.
An Afghan National Army soldier on guard duty at Observation Post Pride Rock.
Pfc. Kyle Boucher interacts with Afghan National Army soldiers around a cooking fire at Observation Post Pride Rock.
Pvt. William "Doc" Bloedow reads under a flashlight in the plywood shack at Observation Post Pride Rock.
Lt. Armin Farazdaghi gets some rest during a break at Observation Post Pride Rock. The soldiers have little but their sleeping bags to ward off the cold conditions of the valley during winter.
Pfc. Kyle Boucher, 24, consoles Observation Post Pride Rock's pet puppy, whom soldiers call Patches, minutes after an intense firefight with insurgents.
Pfc. Matthew Morgan, 22, fires the .50 caliber machine gun toward "Ranger Rock" from the pit of Observation Post Pride Rock.
An artillery team of the 101st Airborne during a live firing of the M777 howitzer at Forward Operating Base Blessing in the Pech Valley.
Officers of the Afghan National Police assemble at Nangalam District Center for an official roll call observed by coalition forces in the Pech Valley.

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