Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Lock / U.S. Air Force
For a long time, the memorable photograph of the exhausted face of "Marlboro Marine," Lance Cpl. James Blake Miller, seemed to sum up the existence of U.S. troops in Iraq. Now, a new corps of U.S. military combat photographers are revealing the war from the point of view of the military fighting it, in an exhibit at the Reform Gallery at West Hollywood, titled "Eye of the Storm: War Through the Lens of American Combat Photographers." Their photos show an inside view of the war that has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 American soldiers--estimates of Iraq dead range from close to 100,000 to hundreds of thousands--and cost more than $500 billion. Among the star photographers are women, who say they travel armed and uniformed in combat situations. What follows are some highlights of the soldiers' work. "Portrait": This photo of an Iraqi man was taken after an attack in which a dump truck bomb detonated at the gate of the Democratic Party compound in the town of Bartallah east of Mosul, Iraq, killing the driver and two others, and wounding five.
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