Sgt. William Olas Bee, a US Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan May 18, 2008. The Marine was not injured.

Sgt. William Olas Bee, a US Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan May 18, 2008. The Marine was not injured.

Buddha of Bamiyan Afghanistan 1992 before destruction, Steve Mc Curry Built in 554 AD in the blended classic Gandhara art. Destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Buddha of Bamiyan Afghanistan 1992 before destruction, Steve Mc Curry Built in 554 AD in the blended classic Gandhara art. Destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

As a concussion rocks the ground a ball of smoke and flame and debris erupts into the air after a mine-clearing line charge detonates as Army combat engineers clear a section of road in the Gor Tepa region of the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Queen

As a concussion rocks the ground a ball of smoke and flame and debris erupts into the air after a mine-clearing line charge detonates as Army combat engineers clear a section of road in the Gor Tepa region of the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Queen

Face of War: U.S. Marine Carlos 'OJ' Orjuela was photographed by Louie Palu after a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Face of War: U.S. Marine Carlos 'OJ' Orjuela was photographed by Louie Palu after a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Army CW2. Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas. Died September 5, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when their aircraft crashed.

Army CW2. Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas. Died September 5, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when their aircraft crashed.

Fine terminated crystal of Indicolite Tourmaline!  ~  From the Laghman Province, Nuristan, Afghanistan.

Fine terminated crystal of Indicolite Tourmaline! ~ From the Laghman Province, Nuristan, Afghanistan.

Ramp ceremony. Honoring a fallen comrade, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

Ramp ceremony. Honoring a fallen comrade, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

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