To Live & Die in Iraq

Living…

A US Army Soldier from the Fort Lewis Stryker Brigade (Bravo Company, 1/23, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division) leads the Stryker he commands through the fog as as his unit prepares to head out on a mission to try intercept insurgents. ©Thomas James Hurst/The Seattle Times (2003-2004)
A US Army soldier from the Fort Lewis Stryker Brigade (Bravo Company, 1/23, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division) stands watch as his unit sets up a spot-check roadblock to search vehicles. Soldiers are looking to arrest and interrogate anyone who might be transporting weapons or bomb-making equipment as they have seen an uptick in IEDs/roadside bombs, sniper fire, and direct shelling aimed at the Forward Operating Base they are assigned to outside of Balad, Iraq – North of Baghdad.
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US Army soldiers from the Stryker Brigade (Bravo Company, 1/23, 3rd brigade, 2nd Division), based out of Fort Lewis, Washington conduct a foot patrol in a suspected insurgent staging area not far from their Forward Operating Base North of Baghdad. ©Thomas James Hurst/The Seattle Times (2003-2004)
A member of the US Army’s Stryker Brigade (Bravo Company, 1/23, 3rd brigade, 2nd Division) out of Fort Lewis, Washington frisks the driver a car they stopped to search for weapons and insurgent bomb making material Outside of Balad, Iraq – North of Baghdad. ©Thomas James Hurst/The Seattle Times (2003-2004)
Members of the US Army’s Stryker Brigade out of Fort Lewis, Washington hold their position as their team conducts spot searches of vehicles. The goal of the mission is to intercept and apprehend weapons, bomb making materials, and insurgents in the area. ©Thomas James Hurst/The Seattle Times (2003-2004)
Two Iraqi men are pulled from their truck after initially not stopping at a US Army checkpoint being conducted by a Stryker unit based in Balad, Iraq just north of Baghdad. ©Thomas James Hurst/The Seattle Times (2003-2004)
The driver of the truck that initially did not stop at a US Army checkpoint is detained as a search of his vehicle is conducted. The driver was eventually released when it was determined the brakes on his truck failed making him unable to stop sooner. ©Thomas James Hurst/The Seattle Times (2003-2004)
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Dying…

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