Got your six covered.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann, a dog handler with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and native of Arlington, Texas, sights in with his infantry automatic rifle while providing security with Ty, an improvised explosive device detection dog, during a patrol.

Marines and sailors with 1st LAR and India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder. Marines with 1st LAR led the operation on foot, sweeping for enemy weapons and drug caches through 324 square kilometers of rough, previously unoccupied desert and marshland terrain. Mobile units with 1st LAR set up blocking positions and vehicle check points while India Company, 3/3 conducted helicopter inserts to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement.

[Photo by Corporal Alfred V. Lopez, 16 February 2012.]

 Hyper-vigilant, with just cause.

An Afghan National Army commando with 3rd Company, 1st Special Operations Kandak, pulls security from a window in a compound during a clearing operation in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces conducted the operation in order to disrupt insurgent networks and support Afghan Local Police efforts in the area.

(Photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown, 8 MAY 2013.)

Night photography.

Members of an Afghan and coalition security force during an operation to uncover an insurgent bomb-making facility in which they seized more than 180 kilograms (400 pounds) of explosives in Muqer district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

(Photo by Specialist Michael Mulderick, 10 AUG 2012.)

[Not the same photograph as the other; strong possibility this is the raw unedited version of it. -R]

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I am that which walks the night.

Afghan and coalition security force members provide security during a night operation in Arghandab district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The operation resulted in the detainment of a Taliban facilitator that was responsible for procuring improvised explosive devices and distributing them to multiple extremist groups throughout Arghandab and Dand districts. He was also involved in indirect fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

(Photos by Spc. Matthew R. Hulett, 24 MAY 2013.)

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Smoke break, night ops style.

Members of an Afghan and coalition security force provide security during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Sherzad District, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. The leader was responsible for directing and participating in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district. He was involved with a network that executed Afghan citizens and actively sought to recruit fighters to perpetuate insider attacks against coalition forces. He also had a history of extorting money from the residents of Sherzad District, forcing them to provide funds to perpetuate his illegal activities.

(Photos by Pfc. Elliott N. Banks, 2 MAR 2013.)

So then this would be the…male engagement team.

U.S. soldiers with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), smile as a young Afghan boy approaches them in Kaske village, Paktia province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were providing security for a female engagement team and a civil affairs specialist while they talked to villagers.

(Photo by Specialist Jenny Lui, 31 OCT 2012.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Gloaming guard.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alec Blackmon provides security from a rooftop as the sun sets on Camp Oqab in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 16, 2013. Blackmon is assigned to the 439th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron Security Forces. Camp Oqab is home to the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, which is responsible for advising the growing Afghan air force.

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Busy nights, noisy neighbors.

[Top] An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani facilitator in Mota Khan district, Paktika province. The detained Haqqani facilitator conducted, coordinated and directed improvised explosive device suicide-vest IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elliott N. Banks, 6 DEC 2012.)

[Middle Left] An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban senior leader in Ghazni district, Ghazni province. The detained Taliban senior leader planned and coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces that were executed by his subordinate Taliban fighters. Prior to his arrest, the Taliban senior leader was planning an impending suicide attack and facilitated the transfer of supplies and weapons for use in the attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Stephen S. Cline, 11 DEC 2012.)

[Middle Right] An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, arrested a Taliban leader in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The detained Taliban leader was a lethal aid facilitator responsible for coordinating complex attacks and managing the transfer of homemade explosives and improvised explosive device materials. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Philip Diab, 14 DEC 2012.)

[Bottom Left] An Afghan and coalition force arrested 15 insurgents during a security operation in search of a Taliban facilitator in Bati Kot district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. The Taliban facilitator is responsible for manufacturing improvised explosive devices and assists in IED emplacement throughout Nangarhar province. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Ryan S. DeBooy, 20 DEC 2012.)

[Bottom Right] An Afghan and coalition force arrested two insurgents during a security operation in search of a Taliban leader in Andar district, Ghazni province. The Taliban leader commands a large number of Taliban fighters and manages improvised explosive device emplacement for attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Stephen Cline, 29 DEC 2012.)

[I’d be very curious to know if IRoA government officials and district/province level leaders are still railing against the night raids now that their own personnel are leading them. A fascinating study in social and cultural influences, what a population will accept more readily from seemingly familiar sources — and if /you/ can distinguish between ANA Commandos and Coalition forces in these photographs, do advise/enlighten me because I am unable to do so. Except for the  individual kneeling in the foreground in the bottom right photograph, who has a US flag patch on his right shoulder. -R]

Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Gyrfalcon.

U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Gonzalez provides rooftop security during a meeting with the Farah provincial council at the governor’s compound in Farah City, Afghanistan, April 18, 2013. Gonzalez is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah.

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Thieves in the night.

During a security operation in search of a Haqqani leader, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested four suspected insurgents in Pul-e Alam district, Logar province, Afghanistan. The Haqqani leader acquires supplies to plan and execute suicide attacks against Afghan and coalition forces while directly reporting to senior Haqqani leadership.

(Photos by U.S. Army Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle, 30 SEP 2012.)

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