LT Travis Shatraw, with the U.S. Army's 3rd Squadron 71st Cavalry, looks out for suspicious activity on a night patrol near the village of Pandi Bala under moonlight in Afghanistan's Logar province Friday, May 1, 2009. The 3/71, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division, based out of Fort Drum, NY, were originally slated to deploy to Iraq but were re-routed to Afghanistan. They are the U.S. forces' first major push into the Logar and Wardak region that saw a heavy anti-coalition resurgence last year marking the worst since the war began in 2001 for deaths among NATO forces. In an attempt to secure Kabul from falling back into the hands of the Taliban, the US bolstered the number of forces with the deployment of the 3/10 in nearby Wardak and Logar Province, about 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 500 troops last year to 3000 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.  (image by David Goldman)
LT Travis Shatraw, with the U.S. Army's 3rd Squadron 71st Cavalry, looks out for suspicious activity on a night patrol near the village of Pandi Bala under moonlight in Afghanistan's Logar province Friday, May 1, 2009. The 3/71, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division, based out of Fort Drum, NY, were originally slated to deploy to Iraq but were re-routed to Afghanistan. They are the U.S. forces' first major push into the Logar and Wardak region that saw a heavy anti-coalition resurgence last year marking the worst since the war began in 2001 for deaths among NATO forces. In an attempt to secure Kabul from falling back into the hands of the Taliban, the US bolstered the number of forces with the deployment of the 3/10 in nearby Wardak and Logar Province, about 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 500 troops last year to 3000 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.
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