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Sep 17, 2010
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Big chip gamble in Afghanistan


I’ve witnessed the U.S. military’s interaction with Iraqis and Afghans during several embeds with different units both in Iraq and Afghanistan, my latest embed with the U.S. Marines’ 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Helmand province was quite an experience.

I was told by an officer that they had a mission the next day to deliver snacks to a village called Deveelak on the second day of Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

Aug 23, 2010
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Routine hostage crisis turns deadly



By Erik de Castro

I arrived at the scene of the hostage taking in Manila with feelings of excitement because it was a big story. But also, with a pang of sadness as I was at exactly the same place two months ago when yellow was the color of festivities for thousands of people attending the inauguration of our new president, Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino.

I immediately noticed a parked tourist bus just in front of the grandstand. I was standing behind a police line about 300 yards away. I quickly snapped photos of the bus and and two women looking out from between the closed curtain of the bus.

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      "Erik De Castro has been with Reuters since 1985. He is currently Chief Photographers in Reuters Philippines. From 2006 to 2008, he was posted as the chief photographer for Reuters’ Baghdad bureau to oversee Reuters pictures operation on Iraq coverage. Erik has been embedded several times with the U.S. military covering war in Iraq and Afghanistan since the September 11, 2001 attacks."
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