2008 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Balazs Gardi

VII Network / Alexia Foundation

01 October, 2007

Combined American and Afghan National Army forces conduct Operation Rock Avalanche to flush out insurgents from the Korengal Valley. The valley is considered to be the epicenter of American fighting in Afghanistan and one of the deadliest zones of conflict in the region. Located near the Pakistan border, it was the first part of a former mujahideen arms-smuggling channel, used to bring men and arms into the country. American military strategists believed that al-Qaeda was trying to revive the route.

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Balazs Gardi

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