visitors since 4 oct 2008

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 […]


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 […]

Spiking The Ball One Year Later

Last night I was coming back from the La Taverna du Liban, Kabul’s best Lebanese Restaurant, located in the Wazar Akbar Khan section of Kabul.   Back in the day it had a full bar and open patio and was packed with  expat customers.  Most of the expats back then had at least a pistol on […]

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 […]


After the creremonies described in the last three posts we had one more task to complete before we went home.  In the ANSF after action report on the ambush of Haji Nematullah, they reported seizing three large buckets of Home Made Explosives (HME) and three Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) mines.  EFP’s were a big problem […]

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

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