Colorful Afghan horizon

A U.S. Soldier stands against the Afghan skyline after securing a combat outpost in Rajankala in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II


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  • tony babcock 6y

    fantastic shot the silouette is just perfect .. my prayers go out to you fellas and ladies every day
  • Lisa Bundy 6y

    outstanding photo
  • brass Magazine 6y

    Thanks for posting this picture under a Creative Commons license. I used it for this blog: Here's the attribution link I used: The U.S. Army / CC BY 2.0.
  • Robert F. W. Whitlock 6y

    It's wrong to put people in harm's way over policies of economic dominance.

    Seeking control in order to dominate the competition is wrong. Especially when taken to the level of war making.

    The war in Afghanistan is less about terrorism than it is about geo-strategic dominance and control of resources.

    The USA created terrorism via polices of economic exploitation - imperialism.

    The best anti-terror policy is to abolish imperialism.

    Create an economic model that truly strives toward genuine mutual prosperity for all people. That's the real anti-terror policy.

    Economic survival of the "fittest" is insane and stupid. The only place natural selection belongs is in the field of biology and reproduction. Economic survival of the "fittest" (or most willing to do harm) breeds hate, fear, division and violence.

    There's a better way than that. Another world is possible.
  • Howie31A 6y


    You really don't know what you're talking about. I spent a year in Afghanistan as a Soldier, and believe me when I tell you that what we were and are doing in that country has nothing to do with energy or money, except for all of it we're expending over there trying to help the Afghan people realize at least a tiny level of freedom and self-actualization. Every morning we drove down the streets of Kabul in our HUMMVEE, and watched thousands of young Afghan girls walking to school, and I would tell my Soldiers that was the reason we were there. We were thwarting the Taliban and allowing the children of Afghanistan to get an education. That is a priceless gift, and worth the blood of my friends spilled on that ground. You need to get your head out of your books and into the real world and get a glimpse of the "big picture" my friend...
  • Robert F. W. Whitlock 6y

    hahaha, Howie, thanks for that.

    I have heard from others who have spent time in the US Military occupying Afghanistan, and I have heard a different story.

    It's interesting how different people can come away with such different experiences.

    I was told, by Josh Stieber and Connor Curan, that the policy of the at least one detail of soldiers was to instill more fear of themselves than the Taliban. To instill fear in the civilians - that was their method for pacification.

    In reality - it was causing more Afghans to join the resistance.

    Visit their website:
  • Robert F. W. Whitlock 6y

    actually, I am a really nice person.
  • Shane Huang 6y

    Brass, FYI the license on this photograph is even more liberal than a CC license. Works produced by the U.S. government in official duties (like every photograph in this account) are public domain. You can copy, alter, and distribute to your heart's content, even commercially. It's good manners to give attribution, though. DoD photographers work pretty hard to get this stuff out to the public.
  • Evan Gray 6y

  • sfpd 6y

    Beautiful capture! thanks for sharing =)
  • Travelling.Angel 6y

    Awesome shot. It's beauty with a question-mark...almost a contradiction. Very moving...makes my heart go out to all those men & women serving their country. xxx
  • Henny HR 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ~New Envy of Flickr!~ Invited Only - 1 post - 2 comment, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    My late father and my late hubby were in the army too.
    I love everything about army.
    Have a great day.
  • Ko Fujimura 5y

    This brilliant photo is awarded a Nikon-flickr-Award!

    Nikon-flickr-Award (post1 – award 3)
  • Kal Sarwar 5y

    I can see what looks like a shotgun on his back and it made me think of that famous Aliens quote: "I like to keep this handy... for close encounters."
  • Dylan MacMaster 5y

    Fantastic silhouette!

    ~New Envy of Flickr!~
    Seen in the ~New Envy of Flickr!~
  • Bob Southgate 5y

    Beautiful image - so evocative - made me think for five minutes - ty
  • Steve Henderson 5y

    Great picture. God Bless you guys over there. Never forget 9-11
  • uorvmmpbhmug 3y

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