Amazing slideshow of US Special Forces operating at night



This 30-minute exposure photograph shows a U.S. Marine armored vehicle in front of the Milky Way galaxy during an operation not far from Shir Ghazay in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on Jan. 23, 2011.


A Marine special operations team member fires a M240B machine gun during night fire sustainment training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 28. Marine special operations team members were deployed in Helmand to train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces.


Marines with Lima Battery of the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, fire M777A2 lightweight howitzers aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Dec. 11, 2012. This training was part of Exercise Steel Knight, a combined arms exercise conducted by Marines and sailors from all elements of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.


Marines with Scout Sniper Platoon exit a compound in Agha Ahmad, Afghanistan, on Aug. 27, 2012. The Marines with Scout Sniper Platoon and their attachments stood in an overwatch position to provide surveillance and gather intelligence on the enemy during Operation Helmand Viper.


Pilot in charge, Chris Morisoli, finishes the logbook for the medevac of the 159th Brigade Task Force Thunder after a mission on Aug. 24, 2011, at FOB Pasab.


The stars that form the Orion constellation are seen in the sky above an M-ATV (MRAP all-terrain vehicle) as U.S. soldiers of Task Force 3-66, Bravo Company, 172nd Infantry Brigade prepare for a mission at FOB Kushamond early on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The first and second platoon went out on a mission to FOB Sharana to escort a convoy.


A Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion engages a simulated tank with an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon during a company assault at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on July 15. The battalion is preparing for an upcoming deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.


An MV-22 Osprey prepares to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.


A Marine special operations team member fires an AK-47 during night fire sustainment training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 28. The team members were deployed to Helmand province so they could participate in the training and mentoring of Afghan National Security Forces.


This file photo taken on Sept. 21, 2010, shows French soldiers from 68 Regiment Africa Artillery (RAA) firing a 120 mm mortar from Rocco Combat Outpost while taking part in Operation “Glued Finger 2” in Surobi district.


A 3-year-old boy stares up at Iraqi and U.S. soldiers standing in front of his family’s home in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Hayaniyah, in Basra, Iraq, on July 4, 2008. When British forces withdrew in 2007, Basra deteriorated into street battles between numerous Shiite militias and criminal gangs. In April 2008, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sent the Iraqi army in to retake control of Basra.


A military working dog and its handler wait as soldiers with 1 Logistic Support Regiment are briefed beside a Land Rover on the night convoy route they will be taking from the main British base at Basra airport in Iraq to Kuwait on Feb. 11, 2009. The soldiers provided protection for the giant convoys of hundreds of articulated trucks — convoys that often stretched for several miles and left the base every few days carrying military equipment ranging from plasma televisions and camp beds to Portacabins and Challenger 2 tanks. The convoys, which were regularly attacked by insurgents, continued making their rounds throughout the summer as British troops prepared to leave Iraq.


U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Bravo Company sit near a fire as they rest after a patrol in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on Jan. 23, 2011.