Afghanistan Center Of The War

In this April 28, 2011 photo, an Afghan National Army pickup truck passes parked U.S. armored military vehicles, as smoke rises from a fire in a trash burn pit at Forward Operating Base Caferetta Nawzad, Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Marines recently pacified this once violent town center, but there isn’t much left of it. Nawzad’s center is quiet, but its desert outskirts are still contested. The southwest province of Helmand, where Nawzad sits, is where the Afghan war is being fought hardest. The majority Pashtun province remains a vital base of operations for the insurgency. (AP Photo/Simon Klingert)