The aftermath from a rocket attack by the Taliban last fall can be seen on the exterior of the Nerkh District Center as an Afghan man passes by 1LT Colin Riker, left, with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment based out of Ford Drum, NY,  in the Nerkh valley of Afghanistan's Wardak province Tuesday April 14, 2009.  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)
The aftermath from a rocket attack by the Taliban last fall can be seen on the exterior of the Nerkh District Center as an Afghan man passes by 1LT Colin Riker, left, with the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment based out of Ford Drum, NY, in the Nerkh valley of Afghanistan's Wardak province Tuesday April 14, 2009. 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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