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January 2, 2009

Getting Killed Out There

(image: Bob Strong/Reuters

I find this an extraordinarily effective, if emotionally heavy-handed visual status update on U.S. military activity in Afghanistan. It’s found (without any story link or other context) in today’s NYT Pictures of the Day slideshow.

Looking at the image, you could say the message is “we’re getting killed out there.” … You could only say that, however, after reading the caption (after the jump).

(image: Bob Strong/Reuters)

“American soldiers held on to boxes and shielded themselves from the prop wash as a helicopter landed at Observation Post Mace in eastern Afghanistan’s remote Nuristan Province.”

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