But the release of the picture by a news agency in the U. The grim photograph shows Lance Corporal Joshua 'Bernie' Bernard, 21, shortly after he was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade during a Taliban ambush of his squad last month in Dahaneh, Afghanistan. Soldier Joshua Bernard is tended to by fellow U. Marines after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade during a firefight against the Taliban in the village of Dahaneh in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. It shows Bernard, 21, of New Portland, Maine, lying mortally wounded with one leg blown off and another badly mangled as his colleagues try in vain to save him. In a scathing letter to Tom Curley, president and chief executive of the AP, Gates said the decision was 'appalling', saying it was a matter of 'judgment and common decency' not to publish the photo.
This graphic shows why the Afghanistan war is getting worse after 17 years
Graphic Video: Afghan Soldier Steps On IED
The fact the conflict is becoming increasingly intense suggests the US military will not be pulling out of Afghanistan anytime soon. The war in Afghanistan is nearing its 17th anniversary and a new graphic suggests the conflict has reached its deadliest point in years. Data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program suggests the total number of battle deaths in Afghanistan, including civilians and combatants on both sides, will surpass 20, in The fact the war is becoming increasingly intense suggests the US military will not be pulling out of Afghanistan anytime soon. The US currently has roughly 15, troops in Afghanistan and only five US soldiers have been killed there in so far, as the death toll on Afghan troops and civilians is rising.
Afghanistan: A Chance In Hell (warning: extremely graphic images)
Photos from weekend attacks in Afghanistan 22 photos The Los Angeles Times published controversial photos today showing U. The images were given to The Times by an American soldier, who provided a series of 18 photos on condition of anonymity. Below are photos and reporting from war photographers in Kabul: An Afghan Army soldier is armed with a rocket-propelled grenade during the attacks in the city of Kabul. Explosions and gunfire rocked the Afghan capital Kabul as suicide bombers struck across Afghanistan in coordinated attacks claimed by Taliban insurgents at the start of a spring offensive.