Ben Brody has been photographing and writing about the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005. His work is featured in The GroundTruth Project’s Foreverstan, Afghanistan and the Road to Ending America’s Longest War, and on his personal page, photobrody.com.
Every memorial day, I think about Wild Bill Wood, and also Danny, Frost, Carver, Riv, Culbreth, Spike and the other people I saw die, but never learned their names or knew their stories. I think about my own place in the world, what it means to be grateful to have been a soldier in a war I hated, and how that war changed me, how it changed a tiny sliver of my generation.
Kandahar Airfield is unusually quiet and military contractors are looking for their next gigs. As Iraq falls apart, what will Afghanistan look like in a few years?
The strategically critical city of Kandahar will soon be without electricity after USAID's epic failure to finish a dam that has already cost half a billion dollars.
The past 12 years at war in Iraq and Afghanistan have given rise to an expansive (and amazing) new military vocabulary.
Combat situations are the bread and butter of infantrymen, but US forces are learning to go without as Afghans take over.
Correspondent Ben Brody lands at Bagram Airfield, the largest US base in Afghanistan, to begin reporting on the US drawdown of troops.
An influx of troops has, for now, weakened the Taliban in this once-violent district. But how long the tranquil farming community can keep the peace remains to be seen.
As an unexpected result of the government's eradication program, it's a bad year for poppy farmers.
As the combat mission tapers off for Americans in Afghanistan, their working dogs find a new role.