Battered, Bloody and Mourning Their Friend

A war photo a day #15

Battered, Bloody and Mourning Their Friend Battered, Bloody and Mourning Their Friend

Uncategorized August 20, 2013 0

David Axe photo Battered, Bloody and Mourning Their Friend A war photo a day #15 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than... Battered, Bloody and Mourning Their Friend
David Axe photo

Battered, Bloody and Mourning Their Friend

A war photo a day #15

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 the summer of 2007 the Taliban launched an all-out assault on Afghan, Dutch and Australian troops in Uruzgan province, in the country’s restive south. A Taliban suicide bomber struck a convoy, killing 11 Afghan children and a 20-year-old Dutch soldier named Timo Smeehuijzen.

The Dutch and their allies were still hitting back with gunship helicopters, F-16 jets and 155-millimeter howitzers as hundreds of soldiers gathered to say goodbye to their dead comrade. I photographed the battered survivors from Timo’s vehicle, two more among the countless thousands of young men and women who have narrowly escaped death in Afghanistan.

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