Soldiers with the 3rd Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, prepare to load up into waiting Humvees for a mission into the Jalrez Valley at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Afghanistan's Wardak province early Tuesday April 14, 2009. The mission was called off due to the rain as patrols are often cancelled when medivac flights can't fly due to poor weather to evacuate casualties or injured soldiers in case fighting with the enemy breaks out. The 3/10 were originally slated to deploy to Iraq but were re-routed to Afghanistan. They are the U.S. forces' first major push into the 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 Province, less than 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 150 troops last year to 1500 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.  (image by David Goldman)
Soldiers with the 3rd Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, prepare to load up into waiting Humvees for a mission into the Jalrez Valley at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Afghanistan's Wardak province early Tuesday April 14, 2009. The mission was called off due to the rain as patrols are often cancelled when medivac flights can't fly due to poor weather to evacuate casualties or injured soldiers in case fighting with the enemy breaks out. The 3/10 were originally slated to deploy to Iraq but were re-routed to Afghanistan. They are the U.S. forces' first major push into the 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 Province, less than 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 150 troops last year to 1500 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.
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