A young U.S. soldier hangs out between missions in his air-conditioned trailer on Forward Operating Base Marez, a large American base in Mosul.
On the larger U.S. bases, enlisted soldiers live two to a room in massive networks of generally comfortable trailers. Units rotating home sell televisions, stereos, furniture and video game systems to their incoming replacements. Most soldiers then plaster the walls with "Maxim" pinups -- nudity is forbidden -- and pictures from home.
For a companion slideshow, Embedded in the Middle East -- Inside the ER, click here. (Peter van Agtmael)