The Times has published the latest in a series of photo galleries from Afghanistan, in which Robert Wilson chronicles the lives of UK troops in Helmand.
A Lynx helicopter takes off from the military base at
Musa Qala in Helmand province, leaving clouds of dust,
and a soldier from the Household Cavalry, in its wake.
The former warlord Mullah Abdul Salaam, 42,
recently appointed governor of Musa Qala district
after defecting from the Taliban and joining up with
coalition forces. He has since proved an important ally
and has been the target of several Taliban assassination plots.
A loadmaster strapped into a Chinook as it descends
into Musa Qala. The job entails loading the helicopter
and operating the rear-mounted machinegun.
Combat medic Jodie Kayhill, 21.