Foreign Policy is pleased to present this unique and remarkable collection of photographs, largely taken on iPhones (using an app called Hipstamatic that allows users to digitally manipulate "lenses," "flashes," and "film"), of the lives of U.S. Marines in Helmand province in 2010 and 2011 and of the Afghans they interacted with. It is by no means a comprehensive look at 10 years of war, but rather an evocative and profound slice of life -- at the beginning of the end of the longest conflict in U.S. history. This is part two of a five-part series.
- Part I: The War in Hipstamatic
- Part III: Female Engagement
- Part IV: Outside the Wire
- Part V: See No Evil
A U.S. Marine from Battalion 1/8 inspects the optics of his rifle on Patrol Base Talibjan in Helmand province, before going on an operation on Jan. 21.