Award Winning Work By Paula Bronstein
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 20 Afghan policeman Bahadur Shah,25, from Paktia waits for an operation on his burned hands at the ANA Military hospital October 20, 2009 Kabul, Afghanistan. Bahadur was severely burned 18 months ago along with two other co-workers when a rocket hit their office blowing up a gas stove. The military hospital gives medical care to all the Afghan military and police as well as civilians. The Afghan National Army are extremely vulnerable to Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) attacks on the front line, many have been attacked while traveling along the roads in Helmand and surrounding towns in the south. The Taliban are now staging suicide attacks and roadside IED blasts in densely populated areas to create a bigger impact as more of Afghan's war wounded hit the headlines. A recent U.N. report has described 2009 as the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan ever since the start of the U.S.-led war against Taliban in the country. In a recent report presented to the Pentagon, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. top commander emphasized the need for winning the hearts and minds of the Afghans.
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