This image won Readers Choice in The Week in Pictures the week of May 15 - 22, 2008. While images of our armed forces often get a strong response from our readers, this very close call also made the editors gasp at both a perfectly timed photo and a very lucky marine. We very much agreed with the majority of readers here and included this image from Afghanistan in the Year in Pictures.
A U.S. Marine, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan May 18, 2008. The Marine was not injured.