2008 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Balazs Gardi

VII Network / Alexia Foundation

01 October, 2007

Combined American and Afghan National Army forces conduct Operation Rock Avalanche to flush out insurgents in northeastern Afghanistan. Korengal Valley is 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. American military strategists believed that al-Qaeda was trying to revive the route.

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Balazs Gardi

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