2008 Photo Contest, Spot News, 3rd prize

Michael Kamber

The New York Times

18 May, 2007

A soldier sits stunned and blinded after being hit by shrapnel from an IED ('improvised explosive device') in a Sunni stronghold. His sight later returned, but he suffered severe hearing loss. After three American soldiers were captured during an ambush in the area, US and Iraqi troops mounted a search operation. As patrols fanned out to search the countryside they were hindered by IEDs buried far from roads.

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Michael Kamber

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