Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment based out of Ford Drum, NY,  look on as SFC Stephan Eldred briefs the troops before a mission to build a new command outpost on a hillside in the Nerkh Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak province Tuesday April 14, 2009. The outpost will be the permanent home of 2/87's Blackhawk company securing the U.S.'s presence in the rural areas of the Nerkh Valley against the Taliban. The 2/87, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, 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 U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment based out of Ford Drum, NY, look on as SFC Stephan Eldred briefs the troops before a mission to build a new command outpost on a hillside in the Nerkh Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak province Tuesday April 14, 2009. The outpost will be the permanent home of 2/87's Blackhawk company securing the U.S.'s presence in the rural areas of the Nerkh Valley against the Taliban. The 2/87, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, 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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