U.S. Army soldiers in the 1/501st of the 25th Infantry Division shield their eyes from the powerful rotor wash of a Chinook cargo helicopter as they are picked up from a mission Oct. 15 in Paktika Province.(PHOTO MSNBC)
8 U.S. soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in Zabul Province near the Pakistan border. The soldiers in stryker combat vehicles were hit by a roadside bomb and then ambushed by gunfire. Also Afghan security forces were attacked near the city of Zabul in the same province.
The Taliban and foreign Islamic fighters have stepped up attacks in the recent months as many Taliban were run out of Helmand province in August and U.S. forces stepped up eradicating poppy production for the heroin trade which funds most of the Taliban military activity.
U.S. Army Pfc. Repass, right, of 2nd Platoon, Baker Company, 2-12 Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Air Force Airman Moulton return fire on enemy positions as the platoon came under intense fire during an ambush at the village of Lanyal in the Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, on Oct. 20.(Photo MSNBC)
U.S. marines fire during a Taliban ambush as they carry out an operation to clear an area in Helmand province, Oct. 9.(Photo MSNBC)