Category Archives: SALAAM

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 leaders from Task Force Phoenix visited with Udkhail elders and Afghan powerplant engineers to discuss physical and monetary improvements Task Force Phoenix could make at the powerplant to improve the quality of life of the Udkhail villagers. The 40-year-old powerplant was destroyed by the Taliban in the 1990s, but was since rebuilt with the help of coalition funding and forces to restore power to the Udkhail neighborhood. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal


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 © 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 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 © The Image Arsenal

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