Sides of the Wire | Afghanistan
Multimedia photo documentary by photojournalist David Bathgate
An ever more fortified line of defense separates U.S. led NATO troops from the hearts and minds they’ve been sent to win in the name of a stable, democratic Afghanistan government. Traveling beyond their military fortifications - going “outside the wire,” as it’s called - spells a necessary danger in deadly roadside bombs, suicide attacks and in recent months, a bolder and more brazen insurgency. Yet after nearly a decade and thousands of lives lost on both civilian and military sides of the divide, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for a reduction in U.S. presence - an action he says his people want, but one that stands at point blank odds to U.S. policy for his country.