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Dispatches from Afghanistan

Camp Leatherneck: The headquarters of the 3/6 Marines battalion in Marja. (Courtesy: Steve Mumford)

Earlier this year, Need to Know spoke with artist Steve Mumford about his conflict paintings from Iraq. Recently, the New York City-based artist made a trip to Afghanistan, from where he filed these dispatches (originally published on

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