Zerok, Afghanistan

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000126141142" title="U.S. Army" href="/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/defense/u.s.-army-ORGOV0000126141142.topic">U.S. Army</a> Engineer Staff Sgt. Rick Atkinson of Roswell, N.M., plays with a puppy that soldiers of Forward Operating Base Zerok adopted a few weeks ago. Oct. 7 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Afghanistan war in 2001; eight years later, thousands of American and international troops are camped out in field bases around the war-torn country.

( Chris Hondros / Getty Images / October 7, 2009 )

U.S. Army Engineer Staff Sgt. Rick Atkinson of Roswell, N.M., plays with a puppy that soldiers of Forward Operating Base Zerok adopted a few weeks ago. Oct. 7 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Afghanistan war in 2001; eight years later, thousands of American and international troops are camped out in field bases around the war-torn country.

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