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My years of living (and surviving) in Afghanistan

Udkhail village elder Haji Om Rakhn stands in the snow while speaking to soldiers from Task Force Phoenix at the Udkhail powerplant in East Kabul on January 6, 2007. Haji Om Rakhn is a supporter of U.S. troops from the neighboring Camp Phoenix where Task Force Phoenix is based. On this day, military civil affairs […]


Helicopter “LZ” snowstorm in Pol-e-charki, Afghanistan

Task Force Phoenix U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Clifford Kinra guards the Pol-E-Charki landing zone in Kabul, Afghanistan as a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter takes off carrying Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corp General James Conway on December 26, 2006. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal       


Kabul’s downtrodden

An Afghan beggar missing a right leg panhandles from a U.S. Army ground patrol along Jalalabad Road in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 14, 2006. Years of war in Afghanistan has created a large population of disabled veteran who have fought against the Russians, the Talibans and in cases, coalition forces. Photography by Anthony Bolante © […]


Afghan resilience

An Afghan boy’s tough childhood is painted upon his face in this portrait of this Herat, Afghanistan boy photographed in the country’s Western desert plains bordering Iran on October 18, 2006. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal


Italian soldier vigilant in ‘the hatch’ during Kabul patrol

An Italian Alpini Paracadusti Ranger mans the 50-caliber turrent gun during a dangerous convoy thru East Kabul on December 26, 2006. These elite Italian army mountain troops are part of the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition in Afghanistan focused on reestablishing a safe, secure and selfsufficient Afghanistan. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The […]


Snowy walk to school in East Kabul

Two Afghan children walk past a Task Force Phoenix ground security footpatrol of U.S. Army soldiers through a snow filled field while heading to school in East Kabul on January 5, 2007. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal


Afghan capitalism, hard at work

A carpet peddler naps at a neighborhood bazaar in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 21, 2006. While Kabul is in Northeastern Afghanistan, carpets made in the Western province of Herat, which is located along the Iranian border, are known for their fine silk quality and are exported for sale throughout the country. Photography by Anthony Bolante […]


Soldiers ‘foot patrol’ through East Kabul neighborhood

Task Force Phoenix U.S. Army Specialist Cory Harboldt of Lawton, Oklahoma secures an alleyway during a security foot patrol stop of the neighborhood of Udkhail in East Kabul, Afghanistan on January 5, 2007. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal


Kabul family brave the chill

An Afghan father and daughter bunddle up to stay warm in the dead of winter while waiting for a taxi along Jalalabad Road in East Kabul on January 5, 2007. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal