Here’s What War-Torn Iraq And Afghanistan Look Like To An America Soldier

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As bloody and devastating war is, there is sometimes another side to being on the frontline.

The War on Terror and subsequent invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq has cost more than 200,000 human lives and trillions of dollars. There shouldn't be an upside to this really – except there is.

The Internet is filled with images of devastation and sadness from these military interventions, but most of those are from the lens of photojournalists. One view that gets ignored is the pictorial account of those who were a party to these wars.

A recent Reddit trend whereby soldiers post photos of their deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq is fascinating. The raw nature of the images, their interesting backstories and the hilarious captions tell a fresh story of these wars and the people on ground- both who are in fatigue and natives. The galleries are intriguing but also eerie.

Featured in this post is the collection of a Redditor named 'swingsetmafia' in his own words:

Starting off with the trip over to Iraq

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Beautiful scenery

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Pimped out chrome plated AK

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Bored, hot, and tired...just another day

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We named the dog OP because he always hung around OP3

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Taking cover from incoming rockets and mortars

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IED's suck...

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This is our 5 star bathroom

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Just gotta pee in the tube

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Since when do wires grow out of the ground? oh wait....

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Now we are off to Afghanistan. This is probably the best mustache I've ever seen. It just screams "I'm going to tie you to some train tracks."

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Me taking a nap with my little buddy

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We hooked him up with some water and some tuna

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Soon

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Never leave home without your combat goat

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Found this piece of shrapnel in my turret after the truck in front of me got hit but an IED.

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Halloween in Afghanistan

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By the end of the deployment I’m pretty sure my blood was 50% Red Bull.

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Hey Russia, you guys left your shit here.

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They ran out of gas. Good thing we always bring extra.

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They hooked us up for helping them out

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We would find this stuff just growing randomly all over the place.

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To view the entire album, click here or head over to the relevant Reddit thread.

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