Afghanistan

The Worst Job In The World.

by Daniel Russ on 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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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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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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Someone In Uniform Is Asking “Was This All Worth It?”

August 8, 2012

    Great debate in the New York Times about a discussion that few of us can even have outside of West Point without being accused of treason. By the time this article posts, two months will have passed. But this debate is timeless and I am encouraged that someone in uniform is asking “Was […]

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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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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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Thank You France. For Still Being Our Ally. For Fighting Beside Us, Shoulder To Shoulder.

December 9, 2010

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Excogitations on Vietnam, Afghanistan and Policy.

December 4, 2010

  UH-60 Blackhawk     John Fitzgerald Kennedy was so successful using negotiation and saber rattling to convince the Soviet Union to remove its offensive missiles that it convinced his cabinet to deal with the Viet Cong the same way. It wouldn’t be the right policy to succeed. . .One of the reasons why South Vietnam […]

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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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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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Two US Soldiers Kidnapped By Taliban

July 26, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two U.S. Navy service members disappeared in a dangerous area of eastern Afghanistan, prompting a massive air and ground search and appeals on local radio stations for their safe return, NATO and Afghan officials said Saturday. The New York Times reports that, according to local residents and officials, the two soldiers have […]

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Confidence In Afghanistan Mission Reflects Reality, Defies Spin.

July 25, 2010

For two months, Democrats in Congress have been holding up billions of dollars in additional financing for the war, longer than they ever delayed similar requests from President George W. Bush. Most Republican leaders have largely backed a continued commitment, but the White House was surprised the other day when one of Mr. Obama’s mentors […]

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McChrystal Out As Afghanistan Commander

June 22, 2010

” ‘WASHINGTON (AP)— A furious President Barack Obama weighed whether to fire his Afghan war commander at a perilous time in the conflict as he summoned Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Washington to explain disparaging comments about his political masters. McChrystal’s complaints about his commander in chief and Obama’s aides put his job in jeopardy. Obama […]

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Hate To Say I Told You So, But I Did. Turkey, Watching US Fail To Take Korengal, Fail to Take Marja, Begins Negotiating With Insurgents.

June 20, 2010

“ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Afghanistan and Pakistan are talking about how to make peace with insurgents fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, including one faction considered the coalition forces’ most lethal foe, according to Pakistani and U.S. officials. The discussions reflect the beginnings of a thaw in relations between Kabul and Islamabad, which are increasingly focused on […]

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The Music Is Horrific, And I Apologize For That. But This Is A Reminder That Those “Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys” Are Fighting And Dying Shoulder To Shoulder With Us In Afghanistan.

June 20, 2010

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Shades Of Avatar, Afghanistan Has Mineral Reserves!!!

June 17, 2010

“The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials […]

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