Where are the world’s major war zones? Here’s the top 10, broken down into alphabetical order, because who’s to say where the most bloodshed is? Some pictures below are current, some are not, but they’re haunting in their own right. Afghanistan remains one of the bloodiest places on the planet. So far this month alone, 32 NATO coalition troops have been killed, bringing the 2011 total to 99. And it’s hard to put a good soldier down, as evidenced by the first photo.
- 1. Afghanistan
- 2. Bahrain
- 3. Congo
- 4. Egypt
A special forces team medic assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan treats another soldier who received shrapnel wounds from an RPG explosion while battling Taliban fighters in the Sangin District area of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on April 10, 2010. The Soldier was able to continue fighting minutes later. Photo credit: U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Daniel Love, www.army.mil.
Sailors man a line during sea and anchor detail aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur in Mina Salman, Bahrain on March 9. The Decatur is on routine deployment conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/Released
Children listen as interviewees tell their stories relating to the Congo conflict. Photo credit: By babasteve/Steve Evans
Here’s a view of the burial chamber at the Pyramid of Unas, 5th Dynasty, Sakkara, Egypt. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Archives
A U.S. Army solider drills Iraqi policemen on how to clear a building with possible suspects inside at the Tunis Iraqi police station in Hasua on May 17, 2007. The training was carried out in conjunction with the 127th Military Police Company and international police advisors. Photo credit: Spc. Olanrewaju Akinwunmi
A group of men stands on temple ruins at Gerash, East Jordan. Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum Archives, Goodyear Archival Collection
A surgeon treats the wounded at Tripoli, Libya. The image may be related to the Italo-Turkish War of 1911. Photo credit: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)
A crumbling building in Apamea, Syria. Photo credit: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library
This picture accompanied a story titled, “Tunisia Staff Ride – U.S. Army Africa Soldiers apply WWII North Africa campaign lessons to current mission,” in May 2010. Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Rick Scavetta
An unidentified crew member on the HMAS Hobart in South Yemen, 1940.Photo credit: Australian War Memorial’s collection