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American Soldiers In Afghanistan

An US lady soldier gives a candy to a Afghan girl. Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 15, 2010.

A U.S. Army medic treats an Afghan child for sunburn in the village of Meryanay in the Kherwar district of the Logar province of Afghanistan on April 9, 2010.

U.S. and Afghan soldiers watch as the CH-47 Chinook helicopter that brought them to the village of Mengal Kheyl in the Zormat district of Afghanistan’s Paktya province, lands after completing an air assault mission, April 22, 2010.

A U.S. Marine fires a Javelin anti-armor missile at a Taliban position on the outskirts of Marja, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2010.

An US army medic  shows Afghan National Army soldiers how to splint a leg during a combat life saver course on Jan. 16, 2010.

U.S. Army soldiers watch the surrounding hills for insurgents while fellow U.S. soldiers race to their positions dodging heavy sniper fire during a three-hour gun battle with insurgent forces at Waterpur Valley, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 3, 2009.

U.S Army soldiers cross the Arghandad River to assist Afghanistan police on a humanitarian mission in Kashani village in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Oct. 9, 2009.

An U.S. Marine runs for cover during an attack on Patrol Base Bracha in the Garmsir district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 9, 2009.

A U.S. Army soldier watches as U.S. Air Force F-15 Fighter Jets destroy insurgent positions with a bomb after a 20-minute gun battle in Korengal Valley in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2009.

An US soldier is watchful as a herd of goats pass through the Nawa District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2009.

U.S. Army soldiers prepare to move from cover during an attack by anti-Afghan forces in the Tantil village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, March 13, 2010.

Investigating a possible improvised explosive device while on a patrol in Marjah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2010.

An US marine relaxes at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, on June 3, 2009

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deploys flares during a flight over Afghanistan on Nov. 12, 2008.

Standing by on a hill top, men of the elite 101st Airborne Division watch as two Chinook helicopters fly in to take them back to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2008.

A marine and an Estonian Defense Forces service member make their way over rubble in Northern Now Zad, Afghanistan, as a controlled detonation explodes behind them on Oct. 26, 2008.

An US soldier checks out the 50-caliber machinegun on an HH-60G Pave Hawk Aug. 2 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan

US marines attached to the International Security Assistance Force cross an expansion bridge while on patrol in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on July 1, 2008.

Using a mine detector during a mission with Afghan police officers to search for enemy weapons caches near Shah Wali Zarat in Khost province, Afghanistan, July 24, 2009.

An U.S. Navy sailor provides security while patrolling through a village in Farah province in Afghanistan, July 31, 2008.

U.S. Marines return fire after being fired upon by members of the Taliban during a mounted patrol outside a forward operating base in the Farah province of Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2008.

US marines search travelers outside Garmsir, Afghanistan. They set up a vehicle control point to deny Taliban fighters a key supply route. Date: 2008-05-08

 U.S. Marines communicate with their command operation center during a raid on a Taliban headquarters in Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2008.

US pilots walk out to an F-15E Strike Eagle July 26 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

An U. S. Marine congratulates a member of the Afghan National Police after a successful joint patrol in Garmsir, Afghanistan, July 11, 2008.

A U.S. Marine looks through the scope of his 5.56 mm M-4 carbine rifle during operations in Garmsir, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on April 29, 2008.

U.S. soldiers move out to assist Afghanistan National Army soldiers in searching several suspicious structures for weapons caches in the Narang Valley, Kunar province, Afghanistan, May 18, 2008.

Paratroopers conduct searches for terrorists and weapon caches the Spin Buldak Region of Afghanistan.

An U.S. Air Force Airman  during a foot patrol in Charikar, Afghanistan, April 22, 2008.

Marines take cover from rocket-propelled grenandes and machine gun fire while trying to clear a route in Garmsir.

U.S. Marines take cover during operations in the Madrassa area of the Helmand province of Afghanistan, April 29, 2008.

A Marine rest his legs while playing with Afghan children in a village in his compaony's area of operations. 


Christian Johnston makes his feature film debut with the dramatic thriller September Tapes. The story takes place in Afghanistan, one year after the events of September 11. American journalist Don Larson (George Calil) and his two companions travel to Kabul in order to investigate the search for Osama bin Laden. After meeting with members of the Northern Alliance, he is arrested for taking photographs. While he's incarcerated, Don learns about a bounty hunter named Babak who may be able to help them. 

September Tapes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition


With exclusive access National Geographic chronicles the lives of the war-hardened Green Berets charged with protecting local civilians from the wrath of the Taliban in a remote outpost in Afghanistan. In a dramatic turn of events a tragic explosion strikes the soldiers and film crew. 

With intimate firsthand accounts National Geographic provides a rare up-close look at the sacrifices challenges and deadly risks that American soldiers face on the front lines every day during war.


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