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AFGHANISTAN. Kunar Province. Korengal Valley. 2007. O'Byrne takes cover from the dust being generated by an incoming Chinook helicopter delivering supplies to ‘Restrepo’ firebase. Battle Company, 2nd Battalion Airborne of the 503rd US Infantry are currently undergoing a 15 month deployment. The valley is an epicentre of the US fight against militant Islam in Afghanistan, and was previously held by the 10th Mountain Division. The Korengal valley is infamous as the site of the downing of a US helicopter. The valley has the highest concentration of fighting in Afghanistan and has the most munitions used than any other area of operation.

Photograph: Tim Etherington/Magnum Photos