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Barclays/Unreasonable
San Antonio
By TTM Originals
09 Jan 2018

Travis Green lost both legs from combat wounds while deployed as a Marine in Afghanistan. His injuries left him with little hope of picking back up the life he left at home. He’s a dad to five young girls, an avid martial arts practitioner and enjoys working on his truck and trekking around the wilderness of his land in San Antonio, Texas. “I wondered how I could do simple things again like climb a ladder and get on a roof.” Traditional prosthetics, he hoped, might give him a shot. Instead, he says, “I looked like Robocop. They were good for walking, but not for kneeling. And really heavy. Not good for getting under a truck or moving across different terrain.” He put his mechanical skills to work as his own test subject. In his own garage, he invented an early prototype of Stump Armour, a multipurpose foot design. It locks into his knee socket and gives him enough traction to move across pavement or a roof. He can even roll around when performing close to the ground activities like tinkering under his truck. This mobility allows him to perform a myriad of tasks he can’t do in traditional prosthetics. As a participant in the 100 Entrepreneurs Project and the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), he started a business to show other amputees that an active, outdoor lifestyle is attainable. Along the way, he met Samantha Snabes, NASA scientist and co-founder of re:3D. She invented a mid-sized 3D printer geared towards individuals and community businesses. Last winter, she kickstarted his business by printing a batch for his local veteran hospital. Since then, he’s honed the design and is hard at work training other veterans how to reclaim movement using Stump Armour. More than 1,300 American service members suffer from amputation due to injuries sus-tained while fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. In addition to American veterans, Stump Ar-mour’s mission is to make devices as affordable as possible worldwide. “I want to em-power other amputees like myself to be more independent with certain tasks and to open more work options. An amputee in my position in a developing country often do not have many options for work to earn a living. With Stump Armour and future projects along the same concept, some amputees may have more fulfilling lives.”

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Stump Armor: Barclays/Unreasonable (L...
San Antonio
By TTM Originals
14 Apr 2017

Travis Green lost both legs from combat wounds while deployed as a Marine in Afghanistan. His injuries left him with little hope of picking back up the life he left at home. He’s a dad to five young girls, an avid martial arts practitioner and enjoys working on his truck and trekking around the wilderness of his land in San Antonio, Texas. “I wondered how I could do simple things again like climb a ladder and get on a roof.” Traditional prosthetics, he hoped, might give him a shot. Instead, he says, “I looked like Robocop. They were good for walking, but not for kneeling. And really heavy. Not good for getting under a truck or moving across different terrain.”

He put his mechanical skills to work as his own test subject. In his own garage, he invented an early prototype of Stump Armour, a multipurpose foot design. It locks into his knee socket and gives him enough traction to move across pavement or a roof. He can even roll around when performing close to the ground activities like tinkering under his truck. This mobility allows him to perform a myriad of tasks he can’t do in traditional prosthetics.

As a participant in the 100 Entrepreneurs Project and the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), he started a business to show other amputees that an active, outdoor lifestyle is attainable. Along the way, he met Samantha Snabes, NASA scientist and co-founder of re:3D. She invented a mid-sized 3D printer geared towards individuals and community businesses. Last winter, she kickstarted his business by printing a batch for his local veteran hospital. Since then, he’s honed the design and is hard at work training other veterans how to reclaim movement using Stump Armour.

More than 1,300 American service members suffer from amputation due to injuries sus-tained while fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. In addition to American veterans, Stump Ar-mour’s mission is to make devices as affordable as possible worldwide. “I want to em-power other amputees like myself to be more independent with certain tasks and to open more work options. An amputee in my position in a developing country often do not have many options for work to earn a living. With Stump Armour and future projects along the same concept, some amputees may have more fulfilling lives.”

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the male prison in Herat in Afghanistan
Herat
By Giusi Cosentino
17 Feb 2015

The Afghan prison was considered important by the Italian military authorities who have funded for purposes " humanitarian " .

The opening of the prison in Herat took place in March of 2010 . The prison facility in question is located in Herat , the second largest city in Afghanistan . The prison is divided into two : the male part is made ​​up of 3310 inmates , and female , from the same prison 160.

In the same prison funded by the Italian government - specifically in the men's section where does the alleged Taliban captured by our contingent - are made of systematic torture . A complaint has been the UN through a dossier of 2011 accompanied by evidence defined as " overwhelming ". 

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A Pakistani, Wrongly Accused and Tort...
Pattan, Kohistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
24 Dec 2014

Kamil Shah was held in US-run Bagram prison in Afghanistan for five years, where he was wrongly accused of belong to a terrorist group and tortured by American authorities he assumes were working for the CIA. Just seventeen at the time of his arrest in 2004, Kamil was eventually found and contacted in prison by the ICRC before being released and taken back to his family in their village in Pakistan.

"People suffer terribly when they lose contact with their loved ones and don't know where they are or whether they are safe," said Yuriy Shafarenko, a spokesperson of the ICRC in Islamabad. "Kamil Shah was one of those who we helped through the ICRC's Restoring Family Links program."

The ICRC declined to speak about the conditions Shah faced in prison or whether or not he was tortured.

However, the physical, emotional and mental trauma he suffered still plague Shah to this day. He says he is unable to concentrate and is haunted by his experiences in prison. Education seems out of reach for the young man who married in 2010 and works manual labor to make ends meet.

The recent revelations in a US senate report detailing the CIA’s torture program give little comfort to the former inmate who witnessed the worst of the program during the five years he was imprisoned. Shah says he demands justice from world authorities for the torture he faced and the long term effects it has had on him, including his inability to meaningfully undertake education. He questions how the US will compensate victims for the crime which they have had committed against them.

The interview is one of the first given by a torture victim detailing from experience how inmates like Kamil were treated. After the 5 years of jail, he says he doesn’t feel like himself. Here Kamil Shah gives an inside look into the life of a torture victim, how he struggles to live in society now, and the pain this causes families of released inmates.

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On the Frontline with the Afghan Army
Herat
By laura.lesevre
13 Oct 2014

Afghanistan’s forgotten war continues with no sign of letting up as NATO troops ready to withdraw by the end of the year.

Now it's up to the army of Kabul repel Taliban attacks. Italian reporter Fausto Biloslavo follows a brigade of Afghan soldiers during a reconnaissance mission in Herat province, from their Camp Zafar base to Chest-i-Sharif, stopping at Salma dam where the soldiers built an outpost with an underground bunker.

Since January in western Afghanistan, there have been 422 attacks, mostly with roadside bombs and IEDs. The Afghan Army officials say they have lost between 200 and 400 men every month.

Footage and stand-ups by Fausto Biloslavo.

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With the Afghan Army
Herat
By laura.lesevre
07 Oct 2014

Fausto Biloslavo follows the soldiers of the Afghan Army during an operation against the Taliban who are surrounding all the areas close to Herat. He travels with the soldiers through the wild Afghan landscape and listens to the stories of the soldiers who are paid 200 euros for risking their lives against the Taliban. And as soon as the Nato mandate will end by the end of 2014, it would get even worse for the Afghan people.

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Text and Photos by: Fausto Biloslavo

"The policemen were ambushed. One agent was killed instantly, but the other five were alive, although injured," says the soldier Maitullah Wafa, back from a violent battle.

After placing the last belt of ammunitions, the young Afghan adds, "The Taliban have reached them while they were fizzling on the ground. They were shot to death one by one with a Kalashnikov.”

The forgotten war in Afghanistan continues with no mercy, but NATO troops are ready to leave the country by the end of 2014.

Now the army of Kabul has to repel the assault of the Taliban by itself, with no help from foreign armies. Since January 2014 there have been 422 attacks in western Afghanistan, especially booby trap attacks. Throughout the country, every month the Afghan army loses from 200 to 400 men.

The reconnaissance operation starts in the territory of Herat, from the base of the 207th Corps at Camp Zafar - which means"victory". At five in the morning, before dawn, the officials pray toward Mecca and they are illuminated by the lights of the armored jeeps left in dowry by the Americans.

The column of soldiers moves along a sandy track and goes through a valley surrounded by barren mountains where there are houses made from mud and straw. In addition to the tanks, with no anti-mine system, the Afghans travel on uncovered vehicles. If they bump on a booby trap they would explode ending in a thousand pieces like twigs.

The mountains on the other side of the river are Taliban-infested. A week ago the Talibans attacked the army along the road that leads to the great dam of Selma. "On the armor of the tank I felt the bullets bouncing. The rockets were exploding everywhere. A few meters away, I saw a Dushman (which means enemy), who had launched a rocket bursting in three steps from us. I took the grenade launcher firing at him and I saw him fall, "says Maitullah, a young soldier, with a bit of pride.

When the column of soldiers passes through their villages, the people remain composed. Women covered by turquoise burqas look like ghosts, some children wave to the soldiers while the shepherds look after their sheep.

To prevent any suicide bombing, the soldiers check all the cars and passengers, even the turbans of the men, which could hide a detonator.

The Afghan army is made up of almost 200,000 men. The base pay of an Afghan soldier is 11,500 afghani, less than 200 euro per month: this is all they are given for risking their lives every day.

The commander of the corps army built with the help of Italians, general Taji Mohammed Jahed, is convinced that "there is no difference between Daish (the Islamic state in Arabic) and the Talibans. Both distort Islam to use it against humanity. The first one kills in the name of the caliphate while the Talibans kill in the name of their emirate. "

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Afghan Interpreters for Italian Army ...
Herat
By laura.lesevre
07 Oct 2014

In December 2014 NATO troops will withdraw from Herat and other bases around Afghanistan after a ten years mission. Interpreters who worked alongside NATO forces now feel that they are in danger and receive death threats from the Taliban. They risked their lives for 10 years alongside NATO troops, and now some are beginning to feel that they are being abandoned. It is turning out harder than they thought to obtain the visas promised them by the governments of NATO forces.

Mohammed and Abbas were translators for the Italian NATO forces based outside of Herat. They are pleading with their government to put pressure on the Italian government to allow them visas, having risked their lives for ten years while working to protect Italian forces and ensure their communication with Afghan communities and leaders.

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Afghanistan's only Female General Att...
Herat, Afghanistan
By laura.lesevre
01 Oct 2014

RAW INTERVIEW + B ROLL
Length: 26'
[English translation on camera]

Maria Bashir is General Attorney of Herat, the only woman in Afghanistan occupying such a position. Her office in Herat is manned 24/7 by bodyguards. In the first interview she grants foreign press, she tells reporters that the NATO mission against the Taliban has been a failure, and that the country is still threatened by the Taliban.

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Afghanistan's only Female General Att...
Herat, Afghanistan
By laura.lesevre
01 Oct 2014

Maria Bashir is General Attorney of Herat, the only woman in Afghanistan occupying such a position. Her office in Herat is manned 24/7 by bodyguards. In the first interview she grants foreign press, she tells reporters that the NATO mission against the Taliban has been a failure, and that the country is still threatened by the Taliban.

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Another Afghanistan
Kabul
By karolinasamborska
27 Sep 2014

There is always a paradox in war; that it shows us how life continues. This is a reflection, a look at Afghanistan, but not the one we already know well from war, the Taliban and women who wear the burqa. It focuses instead on the people who - in the presence of war which offers only uncertainty and violence - have the courage to live, smile and walk calmly in the streets. The photos examine how everyday life is negotiated despite major political dramas, how people manage to find everyday joy, pleasure, beauty, poetry, rap and freedom. Tired of wars, these people try to live in peace. At least they pretend to live in peace. They are born, they die, they love, windows tremble, bombs continue to explode, but children continue to go to school. Life goes on.

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Fighting continues to displaced Afgha...
Kabul
By LK
04 Jul 2014

International combat troops may be preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of the year, but the escalating insurgency continues to drive Afghans from their homes. Helmand Province has been hit hardest by the Taliban insurgency, sending thousands of families fleeing to Kabul for safety. Some find shelter, but little else, at an IDP camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Lucy Kafanov reports. NOTE: THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR SALE BUT FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY.

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Veterans Protect Protesters in Maidan...
Kyiv, Ukraine
By lordcob
16 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
15 Dec 2013

Andrei served in the Soviet Army for 19 months in Kabul, and doesn't understand why the unarmed students had to be attacked. "If they didn't attack so intensely, the protests would have dissolved" he adds. He says he first came to the protests to watch, but later he decided to stay and join their efforts. Even though he was forced to go to Afghanistan with the army at just 18 years old, he finds it important now he's standing up for his own people in his land: "Yanukovych isn't Ukraine, he is not representing us, he's just friends with a dictator: Putin. We want a democratic country where people have rights, like in other European countries."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
15 Dec 2013

A defender of the barricades getting some advice from the Afghanistan Veterans. Next to the veterans, many of the other groups help defend Maidan Square. A central coordination doesn't exist among the protesters: the different groups just try and work together while protesting in the streets.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A group of Afghanistan veterans bring a suspected provocateur to the police station. They believe that Yanukovych supporters got paid to be drunk and disruptive in order to be provocative in Maidan Square, hoping for a violent reaction. They believe that police will let him go after a few hours.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A group of Afghanistan's Veteran return to their tent after a night watch.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A team of Afghanistan veterans controlling one of the entrances to Maidan Square.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

An Afghanistan veteran rests after a night watch.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A veteran exits the headquarter of the Afghanistan's veterans headquarters.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A poster in a tent of Afghanistan's veterans says: "Mr. Yanukovych, go away!" memorial for all the people who have been injuried by Berkuts, a special unit of riot police known for its use of violence.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Oleg, 42, was with the radio team of the Soviet Airborne Troops in Tskhinvali, now south Ossetia, in the Caucasus, between 1990 and 92. Now he stands in front of a memorial for all the people who have been injuried by Berkuts, a special unit of riot police known for its use of violence. For him, to try to kick peaceful people out of Maidan Square was the last drop after years of suffering under the bad ruling of the country. "It's not a government we should call it Mafia," he says. He continues, " I thought we would have never come back to Maidan after the Orange Revolution but no, in 2013, I had to come back."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A group of Afghanistan veterans bring a suspected provocateur to the police station. They believe that Yanukovych supporters pushed paid him to be drunk and provocative in Maidan, hoping for a violent reaction. They believe that police will let him free again in few hours.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A section of the Afghanistan's Veterans sing the Ukrainian National anthem, which is played sporadically on the main stage of Maidan Square.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Veterans control the access to Maidan Square. They have to keep their eyes open for provocators, which protestors believe might be sent in to give a wrong image of the Euromaidan.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

A independent group from the region of Khmelnytskyi, 200km from Kiev, helps the veterans and other people preparing food at all hours of the day and night.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Alexander, 50, prepares himself for his team's night shift. He served throughout Syria with a small team of special forces between 1983 and 1984. He arrived in Maidan after the violence of the police on November 30 to protect the people. Since he has children, he wants them to grow up in a democratic country. "I am awaiting changes since our independence in 1991," he says, "Yanukovich when he had finally the possibility of joning Europe, he showed his real face."

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

One of the barricades built around Maidan Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between the 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

An Afghanistan veteran controls the entrance outside one of the barricades. The missions of the veteran is to be alway the first line between the police and the protesters, they claim they are not scared and they know how to deal even with Berkuts, Golden Eagles, a section of riot police well known for its violence.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
kiev,ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2013

Alexander, 50, divides his team in smaller groups for the night watch. They will have to keep their eyes open for provocateurs, who might be sent in to disrupt the image of the protests at Maidan Square.

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Afghan Security Force Soldier With RPG
Kabul, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
24 May 2013

An Afghan Security Forces officer stands ready with a rocket grenade at the site of a major battle with the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. May 2013.

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US Soldier in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghan...
Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
01 May 2013

A US soldier on patrol with the Swedish led forces in Mazar-e-Sharif

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Local Afghan Bread Maker in Bamiyan
Bamyan, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
01 May 2013

A Bamiyan shop keeper makes a traditional bread called Bolani in the central Afghanistan province in Afghanistan.

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Afghan Soldier
Uruzgan, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
01 May 2013

An Afghan Soldier prepares to go on patrol in Uruzgan

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Afgahan Child of Bamiyan
Bamyan, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
01 May 2013

An Afghan child in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan

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Governor of Uruzgan, Amir Mohammad Ak...
Uruzgan, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
01 May 2013

Amir Mohammad Akhundzada ,the governor on Uruzgan in Southern Afghanistan.

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Bamiyan Buddhas Timelapse Video
Bamyan, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
30 Apr 2013

A timelapse video of the buddhas of Bamiyan destroyed by the Taliban.

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Veterans Protecting Protesters in Mai...
Ukraine
By lordcob
14 Dec 2012

A poster in a tent of Afghanistan's Veterans says: "Mr. Yanukovych, go away!"