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In the past couple of weeks, New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks has been publishing a series of astonishing war pictures from Afghanistan. In today’s paper, he vividly captures a life-and-death struggle that occurred when Taliban fighters ambushed U.S. troops along the Korangal River. Go here for the story. The Times’s website also has a multi-media account of the story. In the photo above, Specialist Robert Soto runs for cover as two other U.S. soldiers crouch behind rocks. The images bring home the intensity of the fighting in Afghanistan, in a way I haven’t seen before.–David Schonauer