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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