The Togs Of WarS

[Kandahar, October 13. Image via Getty]

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 13: Salima,13, sits in the Mirwais hospital October 13, 2009 Kandahar, Afghanistan. Salima is suffering with burns after she was, along with her sister and mother, was burned when a helicopter fired into their tent according to their father. Three members of the family were killed in the incident. The family belongs to the Kuchi ethnic tribe, nomads living in tents out in the open desert whom are very vulnerable to a war they have little understanding of. Mirwais hospital in Kandahar city is the largest regional hospital in the area, supported by the ICRC and the Afghan government it caters to most of the war wounded in the most hostile part of the country. A recent U.N. report has described 2009 as the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan ever since the start of the U.S.-led war against Taliban in the country. In his latest report presented to the Pentagon, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. top commander emphasized the need for winning the hearts and minds of the Afghans. The Taliban are now staging suicide attacks and IED blasts in densely populated areas to create a bigger impact as more of Afghan's war wounded hit the headlines. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)