Photo Feature: A Fragile Calm in Helmand, Afghanistan

Photo Feature: A Fragile Calm in Helmand, Afghanistan

Balint Szlanko has been embedded with the 2nd battalion, 2nd Marine regiment and the 3rd battalion, 4th Marine regiment in Garmsir and Now Zad districts, Helmand province, Afghanistan, in January. His WPR briefings can be found here and here.

Following a surge of American troops last year, both areas have recently been cleared of Taliban insurgents. With the onset of winter, fighting has for the moment given way to patrolling and busily interacting with the locals.



Cpt. Jason Brezler of Lima company, 3rd battalion, 4th Marine regiment, and an Afghan elder share a moment in the sun in the town of Now Zad, Helmand province; Now Zad has recently seen its population starting to return after four years of war (Balint Szlanko).


A teacher reads from an English textbook to a U.S. Marine in Now Zad, Helmand (Balint Szlanko).

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