Photostream : US Army & Afghan Children

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: U.S. Army Chaplain Carl Subler puts his sunglasses on an Afghan boy while at an opium poppy farm on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. He had accompanied soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment on an offensive operation against Taliban in the area. Although U.S. military chaplains are non-combatants, CPT. Subler goes on combat patrols to provide support for troops in the field. Military chaplains travel the battlefield throughout Afghanistan, providing a backbone of support for thousands of soldiers struggling with the difficulties of war and year-long deployments away from home.

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: An Afghan child watches U.S. soldiers who had stopped at her family’s farm after a firefight with Taliban insurgents on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment had maneuvered into a Taliban-held area in order find and fight insurgent forces, when the Taliban opened fire from the rear of their joint operation with Afghan Army soldiers. Officers said they shot several Taliban during the brief but intense firefight, although deaths could not be confirmed. No U.S. or Afghan troops were injured during the exchange, which occurred in an opium poppy field.

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: Afghan children sit in a grape orchard where U.S. soldiers paused after a firefight with Taliban insurgents on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment had maneuvered into a Taliban-held area in order find and fight insurgent forces, when the Taliban opened fire from the rear of their joint operation with Afghan Army soldiers. Officers said they shot several Taliban during the brief but intense firefight, although deaths could not be confirmed. No U.S. or Afghan troops were injured during the exchange, which occurred in an opium poppy field.

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: U.S. Army Chaplain Carl Subler (L) prays with soldiers before a military operation on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. He accompanied soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment on an offensive operation against Taliban in the area. Although U.S. military chaplains are non-combatants, Subler goes on combat patrols to provide support for troops in the field. Military chaplains travel the battlefield throughout Afghanistan, providing a backbone of support for thousands of soldiers struggling with the difficulties of war and year-long deployments away from home.

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: Catholic Chaplain Cpt. Carl Subler (2L) blesses U.S. Army commanders before a military operation on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. He celebrated communion with officers before accompanying soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment on an offensive operation against Taliban in the area. Although U.S. military chaplains are non-combatants, Subler goes on combat patrols to provide support for troops in the field. Military chaplains travel the battlefield throughout Afghanistan, providing a backbone of support for thousands of soldiers struggling with the difficulties of war and year-long deployments away from home.

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: U.S. Army soldiers rush for cover through an opium poppy field after Taliban insurgents opened fire on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment had maneuvered into a Taliban-held area in order find and fight insurgent forces, when the Taliban opened fire from the rear of their joint operation with Afghan Army soldiers. Officers said they shot several Taliban during the brief but intense firefight, although deaths could not be confirmed. No U.S. or Afghan troops were injured during the exchange.

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: U.S. Army Cpl. Heath Smith crawls for cover as Taliban insurgents open fire on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. His unit, Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment had maneuvered into a Taliban-held area in order find and fight insurgent forces, when the Taliban opened fire from the rear of their joint operation with Afghan Army soldiers. Officers said they shot several Taliban during the brief but intense firefight, although deaths could not be confirmed. No U.S. or Afghan troops were injured during the exchange, which occurred in an opium poppy field.

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HOWZ-E-MADAD, AFGHANISTAN – MARCH 14: U.S Army soldiers depart after a firefight with Taliban insurgents on March 14, 2010 at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment had maneuvered into a Taliban-held area in order find and fight insurgent forces, when the Taliban opened fire from the rear of their joint operation with Afghan Army soldiers. Officers said they shot several Taliban during the brief but intense firefight, although deaths could not be confirmed. No U.S. or Afghan troops were injured during the exchange, which occurred in an opium poppy field.

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