2008 Photo Contest, Spot News, 3rd prize

Michael Kamber

The New York Times

18 May, 2007

US troops use green smoke to mark a landing spot for a helicopter bringing them food and water in a Sunni stronghold. After three American soldiers were captured in an ambush in the area, some 4,000 US troops and 2,000 Iraqi soldiers mounted a search operation. As patrols fanned out to search the countryside they were hindered by IEDs ('improvised explosive devices') buried far from roads.

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Michael Kamber

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