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 final part of a five-part series.
This final installment, however, features another facet of Basetrack's original mission. When photographer Omar Mullick was in Pakistan, en route to Afghanistan to join the U.S. Marine Battalion 1/8 on Feb. 1, 2011, Basetrack's embeds were cancelled. Mullick proceeded to make trips in and outside of Kabul, documenting the lives of ordinary Afghans affected by the grim toll of war. The following images are from Mullick's travels during six weeks from March and April 2011.
Above, a young shepherd boy stands on the walls of an outhouse located on the edge of his village in Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan.