Medical Teams Treat The Casualties of War in Afghanistan as presented by: Denver Post

The U.S. death toll has mounted in recent weeks as American troops try to extend their reach in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, while insurgents have mounted a summer counteroffensive aimed at both international troops and the Afghan government. June was the deadliest month for U.S. and international forces with the deaths of 103 service members, including 60 Americans. Including Monday’s deaths, 57 NATO troops have been killed so far this month in Afghanistan, 42 of them American. As combat operations begin to escalate near Kandahar, the 101st Airborne MEDEVAC unit transports casualties of war as well as sick and injured local residents to Kandahar Role 3 Hospital at Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The hospital, one of the most advanced in the country, recently moved into a modern, custom-built fortified building on the sprawling airbase that serves as the nerve center for the NATO military effort in southwestern Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cole Reece from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow wipes his forehead while tending to U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Duralde of Bravo Troop 1-71 CAV after he was injured by an IED blast. A U.S. Navy corpsman stands in a pool of blood while tending to a solider that was wounded by an IED blast at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital July 12, 2010 at Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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