For the first time since the war began, the Taliban is commencing a summer fighting season with less control and influence of territory in the south than it had the previous year.
The door gunner in a U.S. Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter scans the landscape for a reported gunfight between U.S. troops and Taliban insurgents in Sangin. The gunner has access to detailed military maps on an iPad. The helicopter's crew is from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Rajiv Chandrasekaran/The Washington Post Buy Photo