On the 24th of May, dozens of Taliban leaders were congregating in a building located in the Musa Qala district of Afghanistan. The U.S. military authorized a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System strike on the meeting place, which killed at least 50 Taliban insurgents, according to U.S. military officials in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Quezada

For three years, Mohammad Nadir served alongside infantry and reconnaissance Marines, police advisers, and coalition forces in volatile districts like Kajaki, Lashkar Gah, and Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan. As an interpreter for U.S. service members at the height of the war in Afghanistan, he considered himself the “ears and eyes of ISAF.”

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Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

The top U.S. general in Europe said on March 23 that he believes Moscow’s influence in Afghanistan is growing and that he suspects the Russians may be supporting the Taliban, Reuters reports. The general delivered his assessment on the same day the insurgent group captured the strategic district of Sangin in Helmand Province.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Hernandez

A resurgent Taliban force has taken control of Sangin in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, bringing denials from the country's fledgling government and bad memories for Marines who fought and bled to make the district safe.

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Photo via DoD

Since 2001, the War in Afghanistan has been a sort of tug-of-war with concertina wire, with both sides coming out bloody, battered, and sinking deeper and deeper into a quagmire with no end in sight. From its start in 2001, to the low troop levels in the mid 2000s as the Iraq War picked up, to the massive troop surge in 2009, followed by the official end of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2014, the war has ground on and on.

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Photo by Anthony Geathers

Professional fighters and athletes spend their careers preparing for the brief moments in the ring or on the field. But what happens after the match, or the game, when the athletes hang up their gear and step out of the limelight?

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