Captured: Chris Hondros in Afghanistan as presented by: Denver Post

Chris Hondros has been covering international conflicts since the late 1990s. Hondros spent years photographing the Iraq War and its consequences for both U.S. military personnel and Iraqi civilians. In Afghanistan, he has spent years accompanying troops on missions, documenting U.S. military hospitals in Afghanistan and the people who live in the regions of conflict. Here is a collection of Hondros’ photographs from late 2009 to the present. Pfc. Kendall Travis of Spartenburg, South Carolina with the 3/509 of the US Army's 25th Infantry Division patrols October 8, 2009 in Dabay, Afghanistan. Dabay, a desperately poor agrarian ethnic Pashtun village, sits about 10 miles from the border of Pakistan in Afghanistan's rugged mountains, and American soldiers based at Combat Outpost Zerok nearby frequently patrol the area, looking for militants who often travel over from Pakistan on ancient trails through the mountains. A soldier with the 1-71 Cavalry sits in a field of cannabis plants while on patrol June 9, 2010 in the village of Zor Mashur, south of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Cannabis produces the hashish drug that is popular in Afghanistan, where alchohol is banned. Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division have fanned out in the vast hinterlands south of Kandahar, part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at protecting Afghan civilians and legitimizing the government of Afghanistan in the minds of the rural local populace. American, Canadian and Afghan Police vehicles sit nearby as a Canadian bomb team explodes a roadside bomb found in the path of a joint patrol of Afghan Police and the US Army's 293th Military Police October 22, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A joint US-Afghan patrol on a contentious hillside on the edge of Kandahar came under fire by suspected Taliban militants holed up nearby, who also set a roadside bomb that the US forces detected and defused.


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