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Osama's dead. Now back to the active warzone

Last updated on: May 10, 2011 15:18 IST

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The war on terror may have got a shot in the arm following the hunting down of Al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden, yet the war against terrorists continues in Afghanistan.

Casualties are mounting on the frontline. Operation Enduring Freedom seems distant from meeting its objectives.

Over 1,500 American troops have fallen in Afghanistan since the start of the campaign in Afghanistan. The coalition tally goes up further.

Let's take a look at the active warzone. Click on NEXT for more PHOTOS...


Photographs: Courtesy US Central Command
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A Now Bahar District resident voices his concerns during the Afghan Local Police validation shura at the district centre



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A US Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division returns fire with a M249 light machine gun during combat operations in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan



Photographs: DoD photo by Pfc Cameron Boyd, US Army
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US Army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Focused Targeting Force, board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Khowst province, Afghanistan

Photographs: DoD photo by Pfc Donald Watkins, US Army
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US Army Pfc Joshua Clark and Spc Saikan Corbitt move behind mud walls in order to take over an enemy sniper position during Operation Charkh Restoration, Charkh District, Logar province, Afghanistan



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Lance Cpl Zach R Mullin, a team leader in 1st Platoon, E Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion communicates through an interpreter with a local Afghan. Mullin knows enough of their language to give basic commands and courtesies



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On display are weapons captured from the Afghan Taliban militants after an operation in Kandahar



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US Army Pfc Ben Bradley (left), a Bulldog Troop, Red Platoon scout (7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment), ducks away from small-arms fire, as fellow scout Sgt Jeff Sheppard, launches a grenade at the enemy's position, during a combat engagement in northern Bala Murghab Valley, Baghdis Province, Afghanistan.

Bradley, Sheppard, US Air Force Tech Sgt Kevin Wallace, US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Lee and his military working dog 'Valdo' were all wounded by a rocket propelled grenade blast in the engagement. All servicemembers suffered minor wounds and Valdo was critical, but survived the attack



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US Army Capt Michael Butler, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Urgun civil affairs team chief from Chicago, gives an Afghan boy a wooden toy car. The PRT met with Khallafai Rashedeen students and teachers to distribute school supplies. Because of the poverty in outlying villages like Ali Haydar, many families have trouble purchasing basic school supplies like notebooks and pencils.

The PRT works continuously to support the reconstruction of Paktika Province through its partnership with the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Photographs: Photo by US Air Force Senior Airman Ashley N Avecilla
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Army Sgt 1st Class Jeffrey Cesaitis, Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, secures an area at a bridge construction site in the Zabul province of Afghanistan. Members from the US Army Corps of Engineers are on hand to inspect the progress and quality of several bridges being built in the area. The PRT consists of members from the Air Force, Army and civilian agencies



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US Marines with Battery F, Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 2, fire the Expeditionary Fire Support System 120mm Mortar at Combat Outpost Ouellette, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The fire mission was in support of Marine snipers protecting villagers from Taliban murder and intimidation in the area. Elements of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Afghanistan to provide regional security in Helmand province in support of the International Security Assistance Force


Photographs: US Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sergeant Bryce Piper/Released
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