Ben Brody

Contributor

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.

Ben Brody on assignment for The GroundTruth Project in 2015.

I was a soldier in a war I hated, and today I remember my fallen comrades

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.

I was a soldier in a war I hated, and today I remember my fallen comrades
GroundTruth photojournalist Ben Brody on assignment for GroundTruth in Afghanistan

Remembering the fallen giants I served with in Iraq

Remembering the fallen giants I served with in Iraq

Soldiers, doctors fight to keep spirits up amid drawdown in Afghanistan

Soldiers, doctors fight to keep spirits up amid drawdown in Afghanistan

There's no hiding US failure in Afghanistan

There's no hiding US failure in Afghanistan

Closing time at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield

Closing time at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield

Here are the signs that America's longest war is finally ending

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?

Here are the signs that America's longest war is finally ending

USAID’s $500 million dam project circling the drain in Afghanistan

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.

USAID’s $500 million dam project circling the drain in Afghanistan

The definitive glossary of modern US military slang

The past 12 years at war in Iraq and Afghanistan have given rise to an expansive (and amazing) new military vocabulary.

The definitive glossary of modern US military slang

US soldiers in Afghanistan adapt to life further from the fight

Combat situations are the bread and butter of infantrymen, but US forces are learning to go without as Afghans take over.

US soldiers in Afghanistan adapt to life further from the fight

In Afghanistan, 'force protection is the mission'

The measures soldiers take to defend themselves and their equipment have reached a new level as the threat of insider attacks rises.

In Afghanistan, 'force protection is the mission'

Back to Afghanistan as America ends its longest war

Correspondent Ben Brody lands at Bagram Airfield, the largest US base in Afghanistan, to begin reporting on the US drawdown of troops.

Back to Afghanistan as America ends its longest war

Afghanistan's Zhari district struggles to keep the peace (PHOTOS)

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.

Afghanistan's Zhari district struggles to keep the peace (PHOTOS)

Halfhearted poppy eradication program in Afghanistan yields inadvertent success

As an unexpected result of the government's eradication program, it's a bad year for poppy farmers.

Halfhearted poppy eradication program in Afghanistan yields inadvertent success

A soldier's best friend: military dogs in Afghanistan

As the combat mission tapers off for Americans in Afghanistan, their working dogs find a new role.

A soldier's best friend: military dogs in Afghanistan

US troops in Afghanistan: Packing up and moving out

Preparation to hand over US bases to Afghan forces is a huge undertaking for US troops.

US troops in Afghanistan: Packing up and moving out