The troubles of documenting war

Image by U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel BendetImage by 080219-F-1936B-036.JPG U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michelle Emery documents a cordon and search conducted by U.S. Army Soldiers from Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, and Iraqi's Emergency Service Unit, Amulshabi, Kirkuk, Iraq.

The Air Force offers a brief write up about the challenges of documenting troops' activities:
The 1st Combat Camera Squadron Airman based out of Charleston AFB knew it would be a long day. Already the videotapes, two pounds of batteries, Kevlar helmet, body armor, 9 mm pistol and 40-pound rucksack she carried were getting heavy.

But it's her high-definition video camera — not her pistol — that is her most vital piece of equipment.

In this type of mission, Soldiers cordon off an entire village and do a house-to-house search looking for weapons caches. It's a dangerous job. But the combat camera videographer's job is to provide a visual record.

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