Bamyan Valley is home to the giant ancient Buddha statues, at least what is left of them after the Taliban destroyed them in 2001. They valley is stunning with a rich history, some of it very prosperous and powerful, other times tragic and violent (Ghengis Khan destroyed it in the 13th century).
Sgt. Cavazos and Spc. Reynolds, of Charlie Troop 3/61, keep an eye out while performing guard duty on July 7, 2009, Combat Post Pirtle King in Afghanistan. The main focus of Pirtle King is to maintain control over the Tsunnel Valley.
Photo by Chris Allison of the United States of America.
Allied Joint Forces Command HQ Brunssum is a NATO headquarters in Brunssum, the Netherlands. It is directly subordinate to SHAPE, the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe, and provides oversight to the International Security Assistance Force, in Afghanistan.