A Window On the War in Afghanistan

As Washington debates what to do about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, photographer Adam Ferguson captures and describes the daily lives of the men fighting it

Adam Ferguson / VII Mentor for TIME

Specialist Codey Johnson is crying, trying to comfort his best friend, Specialist T.J. Fecteau.

The war in Afghanistan is at a crossroads. President Obama will soon decide whether to commit more U.S. troops to a conflict that's already on the verge of becoming the longest military action in American history--or perhaps begin to dial back our commitment there. It's been more than eight years since the war began, and for much of that time, it was a conflict that took place at the margins of our awareness. First the quick fall of the Taliban regime made Afghanistan seem like a problem largely solved. Then the extended agony of the Iraq war drew all eyes in...

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