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US and NATO forces continue to train the Afghan troops in advance of the handover of the country's security in 2014. The US-led war in Afghanistan has cost the lives of around 3,000 US and allied troops, seen thousands of Afghans killed and cost hundreds of billions of dollars. We check in on our soldiers for May (and a little bit of June 2012.) -- Paula Nelson (45 photos total)
A female US marine and members of USN Hospital Corpsman from the 1st battalion 7th Marines Regiment walk at FOB (Forward Operating Base) Jackson also known as Sabit Khadam in Sangin, Helmand Province, June 7, 2012. The US-led war in Afghanistan has cost the lives of around 3,000 U.S. and allied troops, seen thousands of Afghans killed and cost hundreds of billions of dollars. (Adek Berryakek Berry/AFP/GettyImages)

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Tribal elders say the Taliban are far from defeated.  The Taliban continue to wage a brutal war, taking a toll on Afghan citizens and American forces.  The Department of Defense has identified 1,761 American service members who have died in the Afghan war and related operations as of Sept. 21, about 10 years since the start of the war. In visiting Afghanistan monthly in The Big Picture, we try to reflect our troops presence in the country as well as their interaction with the Afghan people.  -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)
US soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment fire 120-mm mortar rounds toward insurgent positions at Outpost Monti in Kunar province on Sept. 17. After a decade of fighting in Afghanistan, 130,000 troops from dozens of countries continue to battle resilient Taliban, who use homemade bombs and guerrilla tactics in a bid to undermine the Afghan government and the NATO mission. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

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STUCK IN THE MUD STUCK IN THE MUD: U.S. Army soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment pulled a tractor out of the mud at their mountaintop position at Observation Post Mustang in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Friday. (John Moore/Getty Images)

LOG PILE LOG PILE: A worker loaded timber on a truck at a processing site on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui Province, China, Friday. (Reuters)

MONEY RETURNED MONEY RETURNED: Crew members on a Royal Air Force aircraft accompanied a large consignment of Libyan currency to Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday. Around 280 million Libyan dinar banknotes from Britain, frozen at the start of the Libyan conflict, have been released and delivered back to Libya. (Associated Press)

A LOT OF SMOKES A LOT OF SMOKES: Cigarettes were stacked on a production line at Bulgartabak’s cigarette mill Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria. BT Invest, a company controlled by Russian state VTB bank, won a tender to buy a 79.8% stake in Bulgaria’s dominant cigarette maker for 100 million euros ($145 million). (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

WEAK JOBS REPORT WEAK JOBS REPORT: Traders worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday. Data showed the U.S. economy failed to add jobs in August for the first time in almost a year, raising the odds of a return to recession. (Jin Lee/Associated Press)

HINDU PRAYER HINDU PRAYER: A woman prayed as she touched the toes of a 52-foot idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesh during the ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ Hindu festival in Hyderabad, India, Friday. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW NATION
NEW NATION: A South Sudanese soldier stood at attention during a parade rehearsal in Juba Thursday. The world’s newest nation will celebrate its independence Saturday in South Sudan’s capital, as the mainly ethnic African south officially breaks away from the Arab-dominated north. (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

FOR MOM
FOR MOM: Pfc. Joseph Amato, 33, of Patterson, N.J., showed off a tattoo Thursday in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. ‘I was 19 and originally had my girlfriend’s name there but we broke up so I had my mom put on it to cover it up. I should have just had Mom on it from the beginning ‘cause I love my mom. It always make me think of her, makes me miss her and her good old Italian home cooking.’ (David Goldman/Associated Press)

HELP NEEDED
HELP NEEDED: A malnourished child lay on a bed at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday, after fleeing from southern Somalia. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance, due to lack of water and food. (Farah Abdi Warsameh/Associated Press)

HOMELESS
HOMELESS: Street children slept on a cardboard box as vehicle passed by in Pasay, Philippines, Friday. (Francis R. Malasig/European Pressphoto Agency)

BACKFLIP
BACKFLIP: Young people cooled off in a pool in a ruined warehouse in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don Friday. The pool was created from a spring in the buildings, which date to the 19th century and are federally preserved monuments of architecture. (Sergei Karpov/Reuters)

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In today’s Pictures in the News: A Libyan rebel does a wheelie on a bike as he celebrates the liberation of Al Qawalish after six hours of battle. A rainbow appears near tthe space shuttle Atlantis as it sits on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center for Friday’s scheduled liftoff. Workers get the Incan citadel in Machu Picchu, Peru, ready for the centennial commemoration. Then there’s the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (more photos here). These are the highlights; there’s more.

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Features and Essays – Pascal Maitre: The Pierced Heart of Madagascar (NGM: September 2010)

Pascal Maitre interview from 08..

Features and Essays - Philippe Brault: Welcome to Prison Valley (TIME: August 2010) Fremont County,CO has made incarceration into a local specialty industry

Features and Essays – Mustafah Abdulaziz: Ramadan in New York City (WSJ: August 2010)

Last year all the Afghanistan stories seemed to come from the Korengal Valley (Kunar Province). This year it seems to be from Marjah (Helmand Province)…Go figure…

Features and Essays – Mauricio Lima: Soldiers’ Tattoos in Marjah, Afghanistan (TIME: August 2010)

Features and Essays – Matthew Niederhauser: China’s New Tomorrowland (FP: August 2010)

Frank Evers’ INSTITUTE just keeps growing and growing…Introducing David Maisel…

AgenciesDavid Maisel joins INSTITUTE for Artist Management (INSTITUTE: August 2010)

Maisel’s work in BJP…

Articles - BJP: The dust man settles (BJP: August 2010)

Maisel’s website

CollectivesMJR Weekly Collection 73

I’m putting together portfolios for Perpignan and been wondering how to show my work as my big 12x16in portfolio box is back in Swansea where I’m not returning to before heading to Visa Pour l’Image end of next week via London.

Was in touch with Daniel Cuthbert who’s putting his own portfolios together and he pointed out this Lightstalkers thread he started…LS can be so useful. Shame about all the bickering that goes on there often…

Tutorials - Lightstalkers: Digital portfolios and editors (LS thread: 2010)

Daniel’s info btw… PhotographersDaniel Cuthbert | Twitter

TwitterBrent Foster

InterviewsJ H Engstrom (Viceland: August 2010)

More of these great interviews done by Gerard Holubowicz on the present and future of photojournalism…

InterviewsPaul Melcher (gholubowicz.com: 2010)

Interviews - Jean Pierre Pappis : Polaris Images (gholubowicz.com: 2010)

More on the topic…

Articles - Jeremy Nicholl: And Now For Something Completely Different: Is Photojournalism Dead Yet? (Photographer’s blog: August 2010)

Blogs - Peters Marshall: Flattry, Thieving and Photojournalism (Photographer’s blog: August 2010)

And now REALLY for something completely diffrent…As a Finn I feel I must give a shoutout to Newsweek for their World’s Best Countries piece…And the winner is…

I’m living in number 14 though…

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