Cherry or Ice? - Popular Mechanics in Afghanistan
Posted By Blackfive

There is a good article and some amazing photos at Popular Mechanics about Operation Thunder Alamask.

The Afghan Helicopter War by PM editor Joe Pappalardo is a great look into offensive air assault operations (and it will explain the title of this post).

The Afghan War Gallery: Photos from Mission Thunder 2 by Chad Hunt will give you a snap shot of how the soldiers operate. Hunt captures a medevac and some other operational pieces that tell a great story. And he also points out little things like the grid coordinates written in ink on the hand of a squad leader looking for an enemy that Army Intel just told him (via radio) that are looking right at him ("They know where you are!").

The Helicopter War: PM Reports from Afghanistan

Afghanistan War Gallery: Photos From Mission Thunder 2