It’s been nearly 10 years since the U.S. war in Afghanistan began back in October 2001. Journalists and photographers flocked to Kabul and Tora Bora as the first bombs fell. The iPhone had not yet been invented; it would be another three years until anyone knew what Facebook was. Back then, Afghanistan was a war of necessity, a war of revenge. A decade later, Osama bin Laden — the erstwhile target of the U.S. invasion — is dead. The Taliban are dispersed; but still potent, still deadly. And we’re almost five generations into the world’s favorite smartphone.
This experiment in photojournalism comes to FP by way of Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi, who embedded with Marine Battalion 1/8 in Helmand for five months starting in September 2010. They collaborated with three other photographers on a project called Basetrack — a multiplatform, social-media cornucopia; a hybrid of digital maps and feeds, Facebook posts and musings, interviews and stunning photographs. We’re pleased to share their remarkable images with our readers.
I think above all it’s our troops that were dragged & kept in this “war on terror” for all these years, that deserve our recognition & thanks. For all the days & nights & fearful situations that none of us can even fathom, thank you for your bravery.