With American air support vanishing, Afghan soldiers will now have to rely on their own air force, which is struggling for resources, and unarmored ambulances that are dangerous on the long road to the nearest hospitals.
April 29, 2013 Afghan air force medics Azizullah Mosawi, left, and Ali Nawaz, right, carry Pvt. Sayed Nooruddin, who was shot during fighting, to a waiting ambulance in Kandahar, Afghanistan. An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) medic, center, assists the two Afghan medics to transfer the patient from an American Black Hawk air medevac helicopter that performed the evacuation from Panjawai in Kandahar province. According to hospital officials, the soldier later died at Kandadar Regional Military Hospital from gunshot injuries to the head. Most battlefield casualty evacuations like this one are done by ISAF helicopters. Michel du Cille/The Washington Post Buy Photo