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November 17, 2009

Posting date: 11/17/09 

We haven't had any images on the site recently, so I thought I'd link to a remarkable collection of photographs by David Guttenfelder, chief Asia photographer for The Associateed Press, which is posted on the Denver Post's website.

Framed Sleeping Guttenfelder photo
U.S. Marines from the 2nd MEB, 1st Battalion 5th Marines sleep in their fighting holes inside a compound where they stayed for the night, in the Nawa district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, Wednesday July 8, 2009. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


Thank you for this image. It's one I will forward to everyone I know, heading into their weekend. It's important civilian American is exposed to daily life abroad. "Thank you" doesn't cover my gratitude.

Fantastic picture. I look forward to the rest. We all sit in our cushy chairs not thinking of what our troops go through. Thanks,

this image freaks me out. A model of efficiency. In case of attack, the military now requires the soldier to dig their own graves ? Oh the irony

The irony? Our soldiers are over there having to sleep in those conditions and deal with incredible hardships in order for people like Michelle to have the freedom to post incredibly insensitive remarks. God watch over and protect each one. Thank You to all service people and their families.

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Why more young people to lose their lives? Why?

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