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June 24, 2010
Army Medevac in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- America's Afghan and international allies embraced the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to run the war in Afghanistan, hoping the architect of the Iraq surge will seamlessly pursue the strategy laid down by his predecessor and smooth over divisions that led to his dismissal. Petraeus inherits myriad challenges. It is a difficult time for the military alliance in Afghanistan. At least 80 NATO soldiers have died so far in June, the most in a single month.
On the ground in Afghanistan, Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan brings us images from a Army medevac unit stationed in Kandahar. (25 images)

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U.S. Army soldiers carry a critically wounded American soldier on a stretcher to an awaiting MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 24, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. As combat operations begin to escalate near Kandahar, the 101st Airborne MEDEVAC unit transports casualties of war as well as sick and injured local residents. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan


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A U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow takes off from Kandahar Airfield enroute to an emergency MEDEVAC call June 22, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A soldier shields himself from rotor wash as a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow takes off from a field after picking up wounded Afghan National Army soldiers June 22, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army soldiers carry an injured man to a MEDEVAC helicopter on June 19, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A wounded Afghan National Army soldier (L) is escorted to a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 22, 2010 in a field near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jason Cho (R) escorts an injured Afghan National to a MEDEVAC helicopter June 20, 2010 in Qalat, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army soldiers carry a wounded Afghan National Army soldier on a stretcher to a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 21, 2010 in Qandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army soldiers assist a wounded Afghan National Army soldier to a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 21, 2010 in Qandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army specialist David Harrell of Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force looks on enroute to an emergency MEDEVAC call June 19, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army specialist David Harrell (L) of Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow monitors an Afghan man who was shot in the arm June 19, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army flight medics from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow give aid to a wounded Afghan National Army soldier aboard a MEDEVAC helicopter enroute to the hospital June 23, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A U.S. Army flight medic reads a medical tag attached to an Afghan National during a MEDEVAC flight June 19, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Dirt and blood are caked on the face of a wounded Afghan National Army soldier as he is transported in a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 23, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A U.S. Army doctor monitors a patient inside a MEDEVAC helicopter June 20, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A U.S. Navy Corpsman moves an injured Afghan National Army soldier from a MEDEVAC helicopter June 21, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. As combat operations begin to escalate near Kandahar, the 101st Airborne MEDEVAC unit transports casualties of war as well as sick and injured local residents. Four members of the Afghan National Army were injured by an explosive device while on patrol in a field in Qandahar. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A wounded Afghan National Army soldier looks at his bloody hand as he is airlifted from a field in a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 21, 2010 in Qandahar, Afghanistan. Four members of the Afghan National Army were injured by an explosive device while on patrol in a field in Qandahar. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army flight medics from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, tend to a wounded Afghan National Army soldier aboard a U.S. Army MEDEVAC helicopter June 21, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A tattoo is seen on the arm of a U.S. Army flight medic from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow June 24, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army Captain Erin Foley (L) and Major Jason Davis from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow sit in their MEDEVAC helicopter while a wounded soldier is dropped off at the hospital June 23, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army specialist David Harrell (L) of Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow moves an unidentified injured Afghan National to an ambulance during an emergency MEDEVAC call on June 19, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Stephanie Luke (2nd R) from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, helps U.S. Army First Lieutenant Christopher Kinsel (R) to the helicopter after he broke his foot in a non-combat accident June 17, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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A U.S. Army soldier from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow cleans blood from the back of a MEDEVAC helicopter following an emergency call June 22, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army soldiers from Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow perform maintenance on a UH-60 Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter June 24, 2010 at Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army Sgt.First Class Jason Cho (R) and Sgt. Patrick Schultz of Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow play a game of ping pong as they wait for MEDEVAC calls June 19, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. As combat operations begin to escalate near Kandahar, the 101st Airborne MEDEVAC unit transports casualties of war as well as sick and injured local residents. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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U.S. Army Sgt. Chad Orozco of Charlie Co. Sixth Battalion, 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, takes a quick break in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter after transporting a shooting victim June 16, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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