visitors since 4 oct 2008

Spiking The Ball One Year Later

Last night I was coming back from the Lebanese Restaurant located in the Wazar Akbar Khan section of Kabul.   Back in the day it had a full bar and open patio with large crowds of expat customers, but not these days.   Now you have to walk through a long blast proof hallway through […]

All Clear

At 0630 this morning, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the form of the Kabul Critical Response Unit (CRU) finished off a crew of villains who had been fighting for the past 16 hours.  These guys, most likely HIG militants, had barricaded themselves in a building under construction next to the Azizi Bank located on […]

Storm Warning

America is currently experiencing some monster tornados deep in the heartland.  As dawn breaks across the land, the scenes of devastation are dramatic, but the casualties so far, remarkably low.  Modern early warning systems have a lot to do with that.  When a sudden serious storm breaks in Kabul, it is a tornado of metal, […]

Operation Magistral

There was an article floating around the news on Afghanistan last week that got my immediate attention.  The article had a one day life cycle and have not seen any follow ups about it, which, given the content, is surprising.   I am not referring to the change in  night raid policy which I couldn’t […]

Extended Shelf Life – April Fools Edition

In my last post I claimed to have reached the end of my useful shelf life as a blogger which, it turns out, is not true.  I’m back in Afghanistan and what better day to turn the FRI blog back on than April Fools? Groundhog day would have been more appropriate but I missed it. […]

Back in the USSA

I’ve been trying to come up with a post for over a month now but don’t have any good pictures because I’m back in America, sans super cool Nikon which got blown up in the Helmand, and without good pictures I don’t seem to be able to write.  That camera cost over a thousand bucks […]

EFP’s

During our last trip to Zaranj we had one more task to complete before we went home.  The after action report on the ambush of Haji Nematullah, reported they seized three large buckets of Home Made Explosives (HME) and three Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) mines.  EFP’s were a big problem in Iraq and their source […]

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

Much has transpired since my visit to Zaranj last month.  I learned just this morning that the Surge apparently did not work and we are now, according to our esteemed Secretary of State, switching tactics too.  The new counterinsurgency tactic will be “Fight, Talk, Build” and if you have no idea what those words could […]

Sanctuary Denied?

Last week I received and heads up from Mullah John that General Allen and Ambassador Crocker were on 60 Minutes and was able to watch the show on AFN.  The one thing I noticed when watching General Allen was the emotion clearly evident as he discussed the truck bomb has had asked the Pakistani military […]

Free Ranging Balochistan

I’m back in my compound after attending a bunch of ceremonies in Zaranj marking the end of our efforts in Nimroz Province.  When we flew in last week the skies were dark and it rained that night.  The next morning was clear as a bell making for excellent photography and perfect weather for what turned […]