Afghans Learning to Fly and Fight

A war photo a day #32

Afghans Learning to Fly and Fight Afghans Learning to Fly and Fight

Uncategorized September 12, 2013 0

David Axe photo Afghans Learning to Fly and Fight A war photo a day #32 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than... Afghans Learning to Fly and Fight
David Axe photo

Afghans Learning to Fly and Fight

A war photo a day #32

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In early 2010 I returned to Afghanistan for my third visit with U.S. and allied troops in that ravaged country. At Bagram air base near Kabul I hopped on board an Afghan air force Hip helicopter for a practice air assault delivering Afghan commandos on a training mission to a nearby village. The plan was for the commandos to hand out school supplies. Hearts and minds, etc.

The helicopter drop-off, pictured above, went off without a hitch. But the commandos went a little off-script in the village, roughing up the schoolkids after the kids got a little grabby.

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