Editor’s note: Jonas Dovydenas first photographed Afghan fighters in the 1980s, during the resistance to the Soviet invasion. Since 9/11, he has made eight more trips to Afghanistan. This spring, he spent two months there, in Kabul and in Logar province, Pul-e-Alam district, where he was embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Regional Command East. His portraits of members of the Afghan National Army begin in the Army Hospital in Kabul. The soldiers in the field were photographed at combat outposts Charkh, Jaghatu, Kherwar, and Baraki Barak and forward operating base Shank. In the outposts, American soldiers live and work with the ANA, conducting joint patrols on foot and in vehicles as well as more extensive field operations. The series ends in Kabul in the offices of civilian and military officials at the Ministry of Defense.

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