We wish for a safe and fast return of the four journalists.
The missing journalists are Anthony Shadid, the Beirut bureau chief and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for foreign reporting; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and rescued by British commandos; and two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, who have worked extensively in the Middle East and Africa.
In the Thick of Libya's Brutal Fighting
Tyler Hicks has covered Kosovo, Chechnya, Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the battling Wednesday in Libya ranked among the worst he has seen.
When Tyler Hicks says that he has just witnessed what may have been the “thickest fighting in a single day” that he has ever experienced, with the “most firepower — coming and going,” he is describing extraordinary hostilities.
Report From the Taliban Heartland
I’ve been working here for nine years and it’s become worse and worse.
New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks gives a first-hand account of a firefight in Afghanistan.
Marja Embed: Six Weeks in Helmand Province
The first in a series of reports by C.J. Chivers on the early days of Operation Moshtarak, the major offensive launched in Marja, Afghanistan, in late February.
After spending more than six weeks with the Marines and Afghan National Army in Helmand Province, Tyler Hicks and I left Afghanistan in early March. We plan to return a few times this year. Meanwhile, our colleagues will follow developments there, as Rod Nordland just did. But even as the conversation pitches forward, there are items from the opening of the Marja offensive that merit more attention. The limits of space in the newspaper, as well the shortages of electricity and time while on the ground, meant that material worth sharing at the outset never found an outlet.
On Assignment: Under the Radar in Kandahar
Tyler Hicks of The Times has learned to be careful of where he points his camera in this southern Afghanistan city, and to rely heavily on his translator and driver.
Tyler Hicks has three rules when photographing in a dangerous, unstable city like Kandahar, Afghanistan. Keep moving, watch the crowd and always listen to your translator and driver.
James Estrin, Lens Blog says:
After the explosion, with very little cover, Tyler Hicks ran with Specialist Soto downriver to a creek bed. Five minutes later, they made a run for safety and attempted to ford the river as gunfire rang around them. Mr. Hicks’s armored jacket, helmet and camera equipment together weighed over 40 pounds
From State of the Art:
In the past couple of weeks, New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks has been publishing a series of astonishing war pictures from Afghanistan.
Tyler Hicks, New York Times.
Photographer Tyler Hicks, from the New York Times:
The Americans face the hard job of trying to tell local farmers from Taliban insurgents, who have gained strength across southern Afghanistan. The Americans set up a base, then probed into villages. They were soon ambushed. The Taliban can easily persuade or coerce villagers to assist them. They arm the villagers or equip them with radios. Almost any man is suspect. During one raid, which was typical, the Americans separated the men. Homes were searched, and the men were marched to the base for questioning.