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August 12, 2009
AP photojournalist Morenatti injured in Afghanistan
KABUL (AP) -- A bombing wounded two Associated Press journalists embedded with the U.S. military in southern Afghanistan. Photographer Emilio Morenatti and AP Television News videographer Andi Jatmiko were traveling with a unit of the 5th Stryker Brigade of Fort Lewis, Wash., when their vehicle ran over a bomb planted in the open desert terrain, the military said. Both men were immediately taken to a military hospital in Kandahar. Jatmiko suffered leg injuries and two broken ribs. Morenatti, badly wounded in the leg, underwent an operation that resulted in the loss of his foot. The attack took place in open country 15 miles north of the town of Spin Boldak near the Pakistani border, and 120 miles southeast of Dahaneh, a Taliban-held town where helicopter-borne U.S. Marines launched an operation before dawn Wednesday to uproot the militants. Morenatti, 40, a Spaniard, is an award-winning photographer based in Islamabad who has worked for the AP in Afghanistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2009 by Pictures of the Year International. The Frame today takes a look at some of Morenatti's stunning work during the past two years. We wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery. (25 images)




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U.S. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade take positions next to their armored vehicles during a patrol on the outskirts of Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7. Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti made this picture on Friday. Wednesday, he was injured while embedded with the U.S. military covering the deployment of troops in southern Afghanistan as part of an effort to prevent the Taliban from disrupting the country's Aug. 20 presidential ballot. AP / Emilio Morenatti


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A Pakistani child looks on as women covered with burqas from the tribal region of Bajur and Mohmand agency wait to be registered at the Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 30. More than 200,000 people have fled the fighting in Bajur and Mohmand agency to camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Shi'ite Muslim worshippers flagellate themselves with knives to celebrate the end of Ashura during a procession in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Monday, Feb. 16. The holiday of Ashura is when Shiites remember the death in 680 A.D. of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, the event that led to the split in Islam between Shiites and Sunni Muslims. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, gestures as he delivers a speech to his supporters during a rally in Narowal town near Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, March 2. In February, the Supreme Court banned opposition leader Nawaz Sharif from elected office, triggering violent protests by his supporters. If the political unrest continues, some worry Pakistan's military may intervene, repeating a pattern that has put the country under military rule for much of its turbulent history. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A Pakistani police officer reacts next to burning tires during clashes in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15. Pakistan's opposition leader defied house arrest on Sunday to join anti-government protests that quickly descended into violence and chaos, with running battles between stone-throwing protesters and police. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif shout slogans during a demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15. Pakistan's opposition leader defied house arrest on Sunday to join anti-government protests that quickly descended into violence and chaos, with running battles between stone-throwing protesters and police. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani lawyers hold candles as they shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration next to the High Court of Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, March 14. Pakistan's government put the army on alert ahead of planned opposition protests in the capital, the military said Saturday, as the U.S. called for talks to end a crisis endangering the country's efforts against Islamist extremism. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani worshipers travel on a van as they arrive for a celebration of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, marking the anniversary of the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed on the outskirt of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 10. Thousands of Pakistani Muslims took part in religious processions, ceremonies and distributed free meals among the poor. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A Pakistani boy looks up to the sky as displaced people line up waiting their turn during a food distribution at Chota Lahore Refugee Camp in Swabi, Pakistan, Sunday, May 24. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis have fled fighting between the army and Taliban militants in a northwestern valley, raising the risk that public support could turn against an offensive Washington sees as a must-win battle. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani women struggle as they try to order food outside of a subsidized food store on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on March 5, 2008. Basic food and fuel prices soared in Pakistan in 2008, causing many to depend on government subsidies to simply get by. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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The hand of a woman is seen next to rice grains as she waits for her donated ration of rice at the Sufi shrine Beri Iman on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday, March 29, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A Pakistani boy releases a dove during a rehearsal for the upcoming Olympic torch greeting ceremony at Pakistan Sport Complex in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. The Olympic torch arrived in Pakistan on April 16 on its 20-country, 137,000-kilometer (85,100-mile), global journey. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani boys play billiards in the Christian neighborhood of Khashi Kaluni in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, April 15, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Afghan women walk through a street in the central market of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 26, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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An Afghan man carries a bundle of balloons as he walks along a street on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June 27, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Afghan Niurkhan, 11, stands next to his tent in Afshar refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 28, 2008. Niurkhan who lost his parents two months earlier during fighting between coalition forces and Taliban militants fled his village in Helmand province to seek shelter in the refugee camp in southern Kabul. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A Pakistani man washes himself in the rain during the monsoon in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani Muslims walk near the Badshahi mosque after 'Iftar', the time to break the fast, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. During Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani girls from the Bajur tribal region are seen in a school supported by UNICEF at the Katcha Garhi camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. Nearly 200,000 people fled the fighting in Bajur regency to camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani Kushti wrestlers prepare the soil in the ring prior to a competition at the Champion Shahadra Wrestling Club in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Kushti, an Indo-Pakistani form of wrestling, is several thousand years old and is a national sport in Pakistan. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A Pakistani soldier fires his Rocket Propelled Grenade toward militant positions on top of a house at the Sabagai village in the Bajur tribal region on the border with Afganistan and Pakistan on Nov. 28, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani rescue team members search for victims among the rubble of a collapsed building in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008. A building that caught fire and then collapsed in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi killed three people and injured 40 others. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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A Pakistani lawyer runs away from tear gas fired by police officers outside the residence of the country's deposed chief justice Iftikhar Mahmood Chaudhry during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, March 9, 2008. Police fired tear gas at protesters outside the residence of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the chief justice whom Musharraf suspended exactly one year earlier and accused of conspiring against him. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association's president Aitzaz Ahsan, who had been under house arrest for three months, shouts slogans against Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf, as he arrives to vote for the Association elections at the High Court in Lahore, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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Pakistani people line up in the street before 'Iftar', the time to break the fast, as they wait for donated food during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. AP / Emilio Morenatti



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