Photojournalist Spencer Platt made an interesting set of pictures while on a raid with members of the 82nd Airborne. The soldiers were looking for anti-American militia members. Spencer's pictures show everything from young men to pot-bellied, older men being rousted out of bed in the dark. But the pictures that resonate with me are Spencer's pictures of wives and mothers reacting when their men and sons are taken away. The photographers ability to make touching pictures in what must have been a difficult situation is close to incredible.
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A woman cries as a male member of her family is detained as a suspected member of the Shia militia Jaish al Mahdi in an early morning raid by U.S. Army Alpha Company 82nd Airborne on August 25, in Baghdad, Iraq. Most of those detained in the raid were later released due to lack of evidence against them.