U.S. Army Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (4-4 Cav.) talk on their radios in Mullayan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2011. They were calling a Medical Evacuation for a Soldier who had stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device on a rooftop. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)
This was my first true exposure to the war; also my first IED. I was documenting the interrogation of a Taliban member we had detained when the soldier triggered the IED. Everyone's first thought was that it was an unannounced BIP (and IED getting blown-in-place by our EOD techs). It was the screams that alerted us to our fallen comrade. Blood was everywhere. I caught this image as the MEDEVAC bird was landing at our location. The image of the soldier being carried out on the litter holding his lower leg and his foot against his chest is something that will never leave my mind. To the man that we nearly lost that day- you are a hero. Though you made it home under horrid conditions, at least we didn't have to bring you home underneath a folded flag. Thank you brother.
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Not sure why the Crimea is thrown in with the rest. Uncomfortably, there was a referendum and the Crimean people voted to return to Russia. At this point the NATO has to choose between coming across as weak (Chamberlain's disastrous appeasement politics aren't forgotten yet) and starting a war with Russia while being the villain to the actual Crimeans. Or perhaps the referendum turns out to have been rigged, which would most likely lead to war in Ukraine.