Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    U.S. Marines operating out of Camp Payne in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, the most southerly combat post in the country, scour towns in Nov. 2009 for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that were left by the Taliban. Here, combat engineers move through a drug market known as Safar Bazaar looking for IEDs.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    A controlled explosion is set off by an explosive ordnance technician with the U.S. Marines to clear an IED in Safar Bazaar, once the biggest drug market in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and now a Taliban stronghold. Days before the Marines arrived, the Taliban disappeared.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    U.S. troops say their efforts to drive out the Taliban and rebuild these war-torn areas are pointless without trained Afghan soldiers and police ready to fight beside them and take charge of the areas when they are secured. Here, a U.S. explosive ordnance disposal technician clears an IED in Safar Bazzar, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    Right next to a crater that was caused by a controlled explosion of an IED, an explosive ordnance disposal technician checks for others that may still be remaining.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    A member of the Blue Platoon, Charlie Company, returns from a patrol in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. He is part of a Marine expeditionary brigade.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marines Expeditionary Brigade are on patrol near COP Castle in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    U.S. Marines of Charlie Company, Marine expeditionary brigade, meet with village elders at a "shura" – the Afghan word for a town meeting in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. In the four months that the Marines have been here, they have also worked with civilian agencies and locals to open a school, a radio station and fund the rebuilding of long-derelict canals and a job creation program.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    U.S. Marines and Afghan police hold a man for questioning while on patrol in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
    Nick Cornish
  • U.S. Troops Secure Taliban Strongholds

    A U.S. Marine confronts a group of Afghan men on motorcycles while on patrol near COP Castle in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. U.S. military commanders say President Obama's new Afghanistan strategy needs to be backed by dramatic action by Afghan President Karzai's government to be successful – chiefly, more Afghan forces.
    Nick Cornish
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