Captain Berdy is realistic. These are positive, but small, developments. The big Taliban commanders are still at large. “We cannot clean the whole area,” says Berdy. “But at least we gave them a clear signal. If problems start again, we will be back in no time.”
The GI at left broke his leg during an ambush by Taliban, when he fell and was run over by his Humvee; behind him, Captain Michael Berdy talks to base camp on the radio.A soldier, above, searches a villager while the anguished detainee below waits to discover his fate.