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This Brilliant Afghan War Photo Has Become A Meme

•, Geoffrey Ingersoll
 I got an email asking if this photo was one of mine.

Actually it isn't, but it was first published here in a recent slideshow. The photographer is named Ken Jasik, a Marine Combat Correspondent who was on patrol with me in Helmand, Afghanistan.

"It was when we were walking back to [the combat outpost]. It was the last stop before we got back," Jasik told me. "Lamaire says 'hey combat camera.' I look over he says "take my picture my girlfriend will love this." then he strikes the pose."

"There was no way i could not take the photo, and i love the meme."

Jasik is home now from Afghanistan, but, worth noting, the lens he took this shot with didn't make it — a Taliban gunman put a bullet in it during a particularly close call with Jasik (fortunately, the Marines with Jasik returned the gunman's favor).

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