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Search Operation

Search Operation
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US soldiers go out on a search patrol for three missing comrades in a Sunni stronghold. After the three American soldiers were captured in an ambush, some 4,000 US troops and 2,000 Iraqi soldiers mounted the search operation. As patrols fanned out to search the countryside they were hindered by IEDs ('improvised explosive devices') buried far from roads.

Commissioned by: The New York Times


Photo Credit: Micheal Kamber

Micheal Kamber was born in Maine in 1963. He attended Parsons School of Design and has worked as a freelance photojournalist and journalist since 1986.

He has covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, the Sudan, Cote d’lvoire, Somalia, Haiti, Israel, the Congo and other countries. He has also worked as a writer for The New York Times, contributing numerous articles from Haiti, Iraq and West Africa.

His photos have been published in nearly every major news magazine in the United States and Europe, as well as in many newspapers.

Kamber is a former Revson Fellow at Columbia University. He is the winner of the Mike Berger Award, the Missouri School of Journalism’s Lifestyle Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club Award, American Photo Images of the Year and is a member of the New York Times team that won the 2003 Overseas Press Club Award.

He has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize—twice for photography and once for reporting.

He is currently attached to the Baghdad Bureau of The New York Times.

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