Images: Needles in the woodpile [Image 3 of 28]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Crail
Afghan civilians mill about the Charbaran Bazaar as coalition forces prepare to enter and search the area. The wood piles in the foreground of the photo contain a cache of explosives later detonated by the clearing force. Afghan National Security Forces and soldiers of Task Force Black Lions, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade air assaulted under the cover of darkness into the rugged mountain ranges ringing the Charbaran Valley in order to disrupt insurgent activity in the area and prevent planning for spectacular attacks elsewhere in the country. The air assault was the largest ever conducted by the 172nd Infantry Brigade, involving two battalion-sized task forces.