Afghanistan, the military history of Afghanistan and the US role in the history of the region.

News, articles and discussions about the United Sates military presence and combat operations in Afghanistan. It is also about the history of Afghanistan and honest discussions about how the history and culture of the people of Afghanistan affects the war. This is analysis of the new remote technologies in warfare, a discussion of the new global 24/7 warfare and a discussion of the wisdom or lack thereof of United States policy in Afghanistan.

I Am Battle Comic. Review.

by Daniel Russ on August 27, 2017

  It is perfectly appropriate that I write a review of I Am Battle Comic on my military history site. My site is about all things military and sending entertainment to keep the morale of US military personnel has been a long held tradition. In World War I women fought for the right to go […]

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Warthogs “War Wagons”     If ever there were a bellwether for the fall of empire it’s this arcane show, one of hundreds showcasing Coalition soldiers in the occupation of Afghanistan. Like so many shows, it is well produced, and the cameras are actually there when the crack of AK-47s sound overhead, the whizzing past […]

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Are Combat Deaths Receding?

December 11, 2014

    Angolan Children Troops (Getty Images)   .I think about the fact that in a single evening, the Germans dropped 1000 tons of ordinance on Stalingrad and killed  an estimated 40,000 Russian men, women and children. In an 8 day and 8 night raid beginning on July 24th, 1943, 42,600 residents of Hamburg died […]

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CIA vs Pentagon.

April 8, 2014

    Since 9/11, the CIA has been transformed from an intelligence agency to a paramilitary force. This of course bothers people that there are now two dozen weapons bearing national security firms careening around the arc of instability, keeping it unstable. It bothers many people that the US government appears to work for the […]

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Two Marine Generals Fired.

November 9, 2013

    Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos   On September 14th, 2012, 15 Taliban operative disguised in American uniforms, stormed Camp Bastion Using small arms, mortars, RPGs, suicide vests and grenades the 15 men attacked and destroyed six AV-8B Harriers from the Marine Attack Squadron 211, based in Yuma, Arizona. Marines have less than […]

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The Worst Job In The World.

September 6, 2013

      The numbers of suicide bombings that occur in Afghanistan, and in Kabul in particular are so great that Khwaja Naqib Ahmad has a good job, if not a difficult one. He is the guy who reclaims the bodies and buries them. Suicide bombings in Kabul were unheard of before we invaded Afghanistan. […]

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Great Old Soviet Private Collection Of Occupation Of Afghanistan.

April 1, 2013

I found this great website called englishrussia.com. It has an assortment of glimpsed into daily Russian culture, and on one of these pages they feature military history and culture. Hare are a collection of photos from the  Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the odd thing is, they are posing with Mujahadeen that will later toss […]

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Photos From The Soviet Occupation Of Afghanistan.

March 29, 2013

I found this great cache of photos from http://englishrussia.com, a website that has a n eclectic assortment of articles on Russian life and culture. This one post had photos taken of the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. There is a man in many of the photos who looks like a civilian contractor, not unlike a CIA agent […]

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War In Afghanistan Political Cartoons.

January 9, 2013

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How To Use War Coverage As Cover.

August 17, 2012

Last month indigenous insurgents from the Haqquani network staged a mini Tet Offensive in the Kabul area, hitting a couple dozen targets from embassies to airports, the insurgents struck and engaged defenders for hours. The defenders were Iraqi National Police trained and abetted by US troops close by. The story out of the area is […]

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Brilliantly Funny Review Of Chow In Kabul Military Dining By Andew Sand, Wrtiting For The NYT.

August 9, 2012

  June 14, 2012, 12:57 pm   I’ve risked my life in Afghanistan for a plate of French cheese. While not as arduous as serving in rural Afghanistan, the prison like conditions on Kabul bases — no family, long hours, repetitive food and confined spaces — often drive service members to extremes to escape the […]

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Even A Blind Squirrel Finds An Acorn Occasionally.

June 6, 2012

          How a victory in the field for the Aghan Army will appear in the Presidential debate.   I can sum this up in a single news item. Apparently, an Afghan citizen wrote a poem in praise of the Afghan Security Forces we have been training.   It looks like the […]

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The Salang Pass Is The Only Shortcut We Have Left.

June 5, 2012

  The Pakistanis have closed the main roads down into the Afghan theater that ISAF has been using to resupply after a NATO strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Thus we see the first immediate consequences of the drone wars.     For 20 miles north and south of the old Soviet-built tunnel at Salang Pass, […]

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After Spending A Year on Patrol In Different Provinces In Afghanistan, Lt. Colonal Claims War Is Going Badly.

April 1, 2012

  By SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON — On his second yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis traveled 9,000 miles, patrolled with American troops in eight provinces and returned in October of last year with a fervent conviction that the war was going disastrously and that senior military leaders had not leveled with the […]

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Forward Operating Base Armadillo. The Documentary. The Review.

January 5, 2012

    This is a documentary made in 2009 in Denmark and debuted at Cannes in 2010. It follows a modern Danish military regiment serving a six months tour in Afghanistan. It is very well made. It is filled with surprises. Not everyone makes it back, or makes it back in one piece. The demographic […]

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Shell Casing Chess Set Built By Marines In Afghanistan.

June 17, 2011

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Dramatic Footage Of Afghan Insurgents Planting IED That Detonates Suddenly

June 3, 2011

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M-1 Tanks Headed To Afghanistan.

December 2, 2010

So the news is that the US is going to bring in a  company of M-1 Abrams tanks into Afghanistan. You know there is a saying that history repeats itself, and it amazes me that after the Russians had entire tank divisions all over Afghanistan and still had their asses handed to them, we are […]

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The Terrible Retreat From Kabul To Gandamek

September 14, 2010

We’ve talked here a lot about the anti-colonial movement that began in the early 18th century in British Protectorates and occupied territories. It began slowly with rebellions and small military losses around the British Empire and accelerated after World War II. A century before it could be said that the sun never set on the […]

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Gurkha Soldier Disciplined For Beheading Dead Taliban

July 27, 2010

July 21, 2010: In Afghanistan, a British Gurkha is facing court martial for beheading a dead Taliban gunman. The trouble began when the accused Gurkha’s unit had been sent in pursuit of a group of Taliban believed to contain a local Taliban leader. When the Gurkhas caught up with the Taliban, a gun battle broke […]

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