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The Chim Chims Speak

The Chim chims are intel weenies as regular readers of the FRI blog have probably deduced.  They are all former members of our Armed Forces, they are all working in their field of expertise today with traditional Pentagon contractors and none of them is involved with this supposed “contractor spy ring.”  Despite this they have […]

The Ramsdell Brief

Today a new collaborative project was launched by Kerry Patton called The Ramsdell Brief. Ramsdell was the middle name of Duane ‘Dewey’ Clarridge who mentored us while attempting to be a retired person on the coast of Southern California. Dewey was not that great at being retired but he was exceptional as a mentor. The […]

Crowd Sourcing the Answer to How the Taliban Launch Attacks Inside Kabul

This is a post I wrote in 2012 and submitted it to SOFREP. They passed on publishing it and  it’s been laying dormant in my files for two years now. The attack today at the Eid Gah Mosque which was targeting a compound belonging to the VIP Protection Unit made me think of it again. […]

Meet a Couple of Heros

This is a TBT post that first went up in 2010 and is posted now to help explain a Facebook post involving Ty and my Dad. Hero is one of those terms which comes up often in reporting about the military.  Not every service member is a hero nor is every hero we encounter in […]

Hotel California Naw Zad Edition

Facebook sent me a reminder about a post that went up 5 years ago and asked it I wanted to re-post it. I did then went to read and realized it was probably one of the better more prescient posts I ever wrote so here it is….back on the front page of FRI exactly 5 […]

What Is the Problem Here? Revisted

This was posted 5 years ago by one of the Chim-chims with whom I remain close. We are in the planning stages of building a site for guys like us to post on which means my lazy ass needs to be doing more writing and less running, lifting and dating site searching in order to […]

Free Range International Reviews the new film A War

Free Range International (FRI) was invited by our favorite Hollywood insider, the lovely Kanani Fong, to review the film A War. The editorial staff gathered on the Baba Deck of the Coastal Bend Taj on the night of January 22nd for the screening. We watched the film, all of us frozen in place until the […]

Kandahar Rocks

This is a post from March 2010 re-posted now as a reminder of how unstable most of Afghanistan has become in the past five years. There was a Taliban attack outside of the Kandahar Airport that killed over 50 people (Cartman says 61 in his reporting) two days ago. For those of us who spent […]

You Can’t Handle the Truth

This morning I was doing something I ought not be doing; reading the news sites (guaranteed to fill my bitter heart with enough anger to subtract a few months from my life span) when I came across an article on the latest failure of female officers to pass the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course. The […]

Gandamak

Last week I received and polite email from Professor Richard Macrory of the Centre for Law and the Environment, University College London asking me for permission to use some of my photos of the Gandamak battlefield in his upcoming book on the First Afghan War.  When most Afghan expats hear the name Gandamak the first thing they […]