Afghan Army’s Test Begins With Fight for Vital Highway (59 images)

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After spending billions of dollars upgrading and repaving Highway 1, the international military coalition is now leaving its protection almost entirely to Afghan forces like these, the soldiers of the Afghan Army’s Sixth Battalion, Fourth Brigade, 203rd Corps. They patrol one of the world’s most dangerous roads like beat cops, responding to domestic disputes and traffic accidents, as well as hidden explosives and sniper fire. Their struggles, which are many, offer glimpses into...
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