Our first hour today got down deep into the battle going on right now in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. If you want a sense of what it's like on the front lines, there are some striking images, both photos and video, to check out online.
The Washington Post's Pamela Constable joined us today from Kabul. The Post's video blog of the battle for Helmand is a must-see. Also, this photo gallery by Post photographer Nikki Kahn, on the ground in Helmand. Another good photo gallery from Helmand is by NPR photographer (yes, NPR photographer) David Gilkey.
The Associated Press offers this video of Marines in Helmand Province last month:
The BBC is at the front lines, too, with this video of British troops:CNN's Ivan Watson watched recently as U.S. forces blew up an opium poppy cache in Taliban territory:
This program aired on July 22, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.