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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 out to be 15 hours of driving through the Dasht-e Margo (Desert of Death).  Our mission that day was the dedication ceremony for the Charborjak Irrigation system which we had built, mostly with shovels, wheelbarrows and lots of man power, over the previous 11 months.  We had originally scheduled the ceremony for the 5th of October but changed the date at the last minute.  On the 5th there was an ambush waiting for us; when we moved out last Thursday we were a mobile ambush looking for anyone who was looking for us.

The Provincial Governor of Nimroz Province is Al Haji Karim Barahwi and those of you who have read this blog know I’m a big fan of his.  He’s a graduate of the Kabul Military Academy and served in the Afghan Army as an officer until the Soviets invaded.  Governor Barahwi then became a Muj commander who fought the entire war without any help from the United States.  He was working out of Iran and obviously had a little help from them despite the fact that he is not too happy with Iran at the moment.  The trip he took us on was remarkable because we did not go the way we have always gone to Cahrborjak; we jumped the Helmand and moved deep into the desert where the Governor wanted to show us something.  This story is best told through pictures and I have around 1800 from that one drive alone.  So stand by for a story told the Marine way – lots of pictures, no big words, and no cussing.  I was an officer in the Marines and know that cussing is good for morale, but only enlisted men rate morale, so, only they can cuss with impunity.  Officers are supposed to find more appropriate language to record observations, write reports, etc…  My Dad reminded me of this fact due to my proclivity for inserting colorful language in my posts – which, for the record, I think is (word deleted)  but I’m trying to talk him into writing for the blog and therefore am compelled to entertain him.

We drove to the Governors compound where a large escort of various Afghan Security Forces and a dozen or so Baloch fighters who did not wear uniforms.  All of the Afghans escorting us on that day were Baloch men from Nimroz Province

We drove to the Governors compound where a large escort of various Afghan Security Forces and a dozen or so Baloch fighters who did not wear uniforms waiting to escort us to Charborjak.  All of the Afghans escorting us on that day were Baloch men from Nimroz Province

We exited Zaranj and headed towards Charborjak on the Lashkary Canal road

We exited Zaranj and headed towards Charborjak on the Lashkary Canal road

I note the Lashkary Canal was dry - we just finished that project last year and I ask Bashir why the canal is dry - he claims to have no idea

I note the Lashkary Canal was dry – we just finished that project last year and I ask Bashir why the canal is dry – he claimed to have no idea

We entered the choke point of ambush ally spread put and moving fast

We entered the choke point of ambush ally spread out and moving fast

Moving out of ambush ally we passed the spot where the Highway Patrol Commander's truck was torched after the ambush last week

Coming out of ambush ally we passed the spot where the Highway Patrol Commander’s truck was torched after the ambush last week

And stopped on a plateau for what turned out to be a brief on the days route

And stopped on a plateau for what turned out to be a brief on the days route

Governor Barahwi walking along with the Provincial Chief of Police and Haji    the Chief of the Highway Police and the man who fought his way out of the ambush last week is directly on the Governor's left

Governor Barahwi walking along with the Provincial Chief of Police and Haji Nematullah, the Chief of the Highway Police and the man who fought his way out of the ambush last week.  Haji Nematullah is directly to the Governor’s left

The ANSF convoy team - most of them are from the Zaranj QRF - gets the word from Gov Barahwi and that word is we are sending a small force up the regular route while the rest of us ford the Helmand and head out into the desert.  We will ultimately arrive at the Charborjak site from the opposite direction and on the other side of the Helmand River then originally planned

The ANSF convoy team – most of them are from the Zaranj QRF – gets the word from Gov Barahwi and that word is we are sending a small force up the regular route while the rest of us ford the Helmand and head out into the desert. We will ultimately arrive at the Charborjak site from the opposite direction and on the other side of the Helmand River then originally planned

Our escorts head back to their trucks for the next stage of the trip

Our escorts head back to their trucks for the next stage of the trip

Once we crossed the Helmand we were in the bad lands of the Dasht-e Margo.  There is nothing out there is this triangle of land that borders both Iran and Pakistan.  The Taliban (and smugglers) move through this area regularly

After crossing the Helmand we were in the bad lands of the Dasht-e Margo. There is nothing out there in this triangle of land that borders Iran. The Taliban (and smugglers) move through the area regularly

Once on the other side of the Helmand we passed no less than 25 old forts and walled cities - they were literally dotting the horizon for miles and miles in this empty desert

On the other side of the Helmand we passed no less than 25 old forts and walled cities – they were literally dotting the horizon for miles and miles in this empty desert

About 90 minutes into the desert we stopped so Governor Barahwi could explain in great detail why this area was not under his control and what he needs to seal the area.  Michael Yon video tapped the entire discussion and it is interesting.  What the Governor needs is helicopters and a flying squad with soime Americans in it so they can fly around and pounce on anything moving through the desert.  That's apparently what the Soviets did to him back in the day and he admitted that tactic had cost him a ton in weapons, vehicles and manpower

About 90 minutes into the desert we stopped so Governor Barahwi could explain in great detail why this area was not under his control and what he needs to fix that. Michael Yon video tapped the entire discussion and it is interesting. The Governor needs helicopters and a flying squad with some Americans in it so they can fly around and pounce on anything moving through the desert. That’s apparently what the Soviets did to him back in the day and he admitted that tactic had cost him a ton in weapons, vehicles and manpower

We headed back towards the Helmand - the old truck on the right was the Chicken Truck and carried all the food and drinks for our lunch

We headed back towards the Helmand – the old truck on the right was the Chicken Truck and carried all the food and drinks for our lunch

This is the first of about 15 times that the Chicken Truck got stuck in the sand

This is the first of about 15 times that the Chicken Truck got stuck in the sand

We had one armored HUMVEE with us and it didn't handle the sand any better than the Chicken Truck.  The Toyota and Ford light pickups had no problems

We had one armored HUMVEE with us and it didn’t handle the sand any better than the Chicken Truck. The Toyota and Ford light pickups had no problems

We arrive at the ceremony site - you can see dust trails from the escorts who have been working the flanks and are just now crossing the Helmand.  Which is dry downstream.  Because we built a check dam that is apparently checking the entire river at the moment.  I ask Bashir if maybe this dam had something to do with the Lashkary being dry and he said "maybe".

We arrive at the ceremony site – you can see dust trails from the escorts who have been working the flanks and are just now coming towards the Helmand.  Which is dry downstream. Because we built a check dam that is apparently checking the entire river at the moment. I asked Bashir if maybe this dam had something to do with the Lashkary being dry and he said “maybe”.  Five minutes after sending this picture in with my official report my email lit up like a Christmas tree.  Did you know that at Camp Leatherneck there is a PhD Hydrologist who is in charge of the lower Helmand water basin?  Me either, and she was pretty upset to see this dam, that she had no idea existed, plugging up the Helmand.  What could I say? It was in the proposal although to be honest this damn dam is much bigger than I thought it would be.  The Iranians are pretty upset about the water too and will make their ire known to all by launching missiles into a hamlet  just outside Zaranj later that evening.  That act caused the Governor to miss the morning ceremony the next day which is why I was sitting the following morning frozen in place as my bladder remorsefully filled from all the coffee I drank before I arrived.  

And here it is - the Charborjak canal intake.  Not bad for a cash for work program is it?  Know how much water it takes in when running at full capacity?  Six cubic meters per second. I had to find that and a lot more out about the project after receiving so many emails from agitated Americans who were trying to determine exactly what the hell was going on in Nimroz Province.

And here it is – the Charborjak canal intake our signature project for this year. Not bad for a cash for work program is it? Know how much water it takes in when running at full capacity? Six cubic meters per second. I had to find that and a lot more out about the project after receiving so many emails from agitated Americans who were trying to determine exactly what the hell was going on in Nimroz Province.

Governor Barahawi addressing the local folks who had made it out for the opening ceremony and the free chow which followed.  This is a sparsely populated area which I bet you can figure out from the photo

Governor Barahawi addressing the local folks who had made it out for the opening ceremony and the free chow which followed. This is a sparsely populated area which I bet you can figure out from the photo

Some of the QRF troops hanging out while the Governor talks

Some of the QRF troops hanging out while the Governor talks

After speeches by the local politicians, a prayer by the senior mullah followed by our ops manager Zabi (his dad is the senior Mulllah in the province) singing an Islamic hymn which I didn't understand but Zabi can sing - I mean he is really really good and I've since found out quite well know for his voice.

After speeches by the local politicians, a prayer by the senior mullah followed by our ops manager Zabi (his dad is the senior Mulllah in the province) singing an Islamic hymn which I didn’t understand but Zabi can sing – we cut the ribbon and opened the gates.  As the senior American present I had to relinquish my camera so I asked Mike if I could use some of his pictures for the post.  

After the ribbon cutting the Chicken Truck swung into action and we sat down on the VIP rug for an hour or so to eat lunch and drink warm soda.  I haven't been this sunburned in a long time but it was still an enjoyable afternoon

After the ribbon cutting the Chicken Truck swung into action and we sat down on the VIP rug for an hour or so to eat lunch and drink warm soda. I haven’t been this sunburned in a long time; note how I’m trying to keep the scarf up over my beet red ears, but it was still an enjoyable afternoon.  

After lunch we headed back across the Helmand towards the desert

After lunch we headed back across the Helmand towards the desert

But we didn't go into the desert hugging the bank of the Helmand instead which is why the Chicken Truck and Hummer got stuck so many times.  There really isn't a road here at all - just sand and every few miles a dirt poor small village

But we didn’t go into the desert hugging the bank of the Helmand instead which is why the Chicken Truck and Hummer got stuck so many times. There really isn’t a road here at all – just sand and every few miles a dirt poor small village

We crisscrossed the Helmand about 5 or 6 times

We crossed the Helmand about 5 or 6 times

We ran into these boys at one of the fords.  They are miles from anywhere and as I look at this pic I wonder what people back home will make of it.  Kids alone in a desert riding donkey's and without safety helmets!!!!!

We ran into these boys at one of the fords. They are miles from anywhere and as I look at this pic I wonder what people back home will make of it. Kids alone in a desert riding donkey’s and without safety helmets!!!!!

On this side of the river the villages are small and dirt poor

On this side of the river the villages are small and dirt poor

Along the way back to Zaranj we stopped at the village where Governor Barahwi was born and raised.  It was slightly bigger than this one.  We also stopped at the village of the ANP soldier who was killed in the ambush last week.  We did not take pictures in either place and we hung out in the village of the ANP soldier for a good hour or so too, paying respects as it were.  It was a great day and my camera battery died after I took this picture so it is time for analysis and commentary.

The kerfuffle over the dam being built is an interesting contrast between two styles of doing the “build” part of the current Afghanistan plan.  There are direct implementors like us who take USAID money and use it according to the priorities of the Provincial and District governments.  We did not build anything new – we restored a check dam and a major irrigation intake that had been destroyed back in the 80′s. We used the same plans and the same engineers who built those irrigation systems back before the Soviets arrived and depopulated the rural areas of southwestern Afghanistan.  The provincial irrigation department coordinated with their national level counterparts in Kabul on every step of this project and sent in regular progress reports.  We also employed every man who could handle a shovel in the district for almost a year which is the whole point to cash for work programs.

The dozens of very senior, highly credentialed people who reacted with great emotion boarding on distress when they found out about this project are the other side of the coin.  These are people who have been given a great deal of authority yet have no responsibility for tangible on the ground results.  They never leave the FOB’s and never see anything of the country except what they can see while flying over it. There is a PhD hydrologist working for the USG and also coordinating with a British subject matter expert to come up with the Helmand Water Shed Master Plan.  I am sure they are professionals who take their work seriously and spend 12 hours a day on the computers doing I have no idea what.  But, good intentions are meaningless and the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent to bring people like that to Afghanistan and keeping them here for a year might as well be thrown into a rubbish bin.  Do they honestly think that when we leave here their “master plan” will be worth more than a cup of warm of spit?  How can smart people be so stupid?

The Helmand River Valley will never reach its full potential unless every farmers field is dug up, the clay removed, and proper drainage put in its place.  We discovered that back in the 1960′s when Lashkar Gha was called “Little America” and the State Department was trying to salvage the disaster that was the original Hellmand River Valley project run by the engineering firm Morrison Knudsen.  Since the completion of that project local farmers have irrigated their fields by flooding them. The NGO I work for tried to introduce drip irrigation to the local farmers years ago but they pulled the hoses out of the ground and started using them to tether sheep and goats.  The only way to water a field is to flood it; everybody knows that, and that is exactly what the farmers told the men who showed them how to use drip irrigation 8 years ago.  You cannot force change on Afghan farmers any easier than you can force change in Americas’ two-party political system.  Proving that drip irrigation is efficient and works better turned out to be completely irrelevant; if proving yourself right mattered the entire Helmand River Valley would be using drip irrigation and about 1/3 of the water they are currently using to water their crops.

Not that using less water is a big deal because, as any Afghan sod buster will tell you, that just means more water for the Iranians.  Water is a zero sum game for Helmand Valley farmers; changing that mind set is not going to happen in my life time….or yours.

Last year Michael Yon visited our Nimroz projects and put up an interesting post called Please don’t forget us.  He was writing about a massive women’s training program we ran that year because Zaranj has a more Persian culture, woman can drive in Zaranj, work outside the home and attend training courses without any problems.  We tried to do an even bigger woman’s training program this year but we’re rejected.  The woman had already been forgotten and this year’s crew in Kabul wanted “capacity building” which is the new buzzword on the FOB’s.  For 1/10th of the cost of keeping just one hydrologist in this country for a year, and I’m talking the million bucks of life support and security costs, not the salary or cost of mobilization which would easily add another million to the sum, for 1/10th of that we could have trained 300 woman and sent them on their way with the tools they needed (Sewing Machines, beauty salon equipment, wool and weaving boards etc..) to start their own business.

I know I sound like a broken record.  It just seems like it is always one step forward and two steps back around here.  My PM Bashir is now gone having moved on to bigger and better things.  I’m right behind him as my time living here is rapidly coming to an end.  The people of Zaranj have already been forgotten and are now on their own.

It doesn’t have to be this way and probably will never be this way again because we can’t afford to spend  2 billion dollars per week (according to last nights 60 minutes segment) to field an army of fobbits.  We have no business foisting a “watershed master plan” on the Afghans – it’s their country, their river, and their breadbasket and when allowed to do so they will build things back to the way they were.  It may not be optimal, there may be inefficiencies in the system that a PhD hydrologist could fix (if she had freedom of movement and actually spent time on the river) but who cares? What is going to remain when we leave is an Afghan system, built by and for Afghans and to be honest, I have no idea why we think we should be bringing all these “subject matter experts” over here in the first place.  Who are we to dictate to them how to manage their own natural resources?  We should send all the hydrologists back to America to aid in a gigantic shovel ready program I’d like to see started called “Get all our oil from Alaska and the Western States Project”.  There is where we should be spending 2 billion a week and we’d even see a return on our investment.  How strange would that be?

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    22 comments to Free Ranging Balochistan

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    • ken

      Great to see you back on the rant TimSan ! Really enjoyed the Pix, and the “repetitive experts” observation, that fobbits for the most part, don’t do shit, but are a good waste of money, and they are able to tell their family and friends they were in Afghanistan. It really needs to be repeated again, and again and again. And again.

      Get Outside the wire, BE inside the loop !

    • Patrick

      Great article Tim. But how are we suppose to win this war when those kids aren’t wearing eye pro or reflective PT belts while riding those donkeys?

      • Joe

        Hilarious! I worked in an international setting in Kabul for about 13 months, which I enjoyed very much, now I’m in KAF and it is everything Tim writes about brought to life. I never owned a reflective belt in my life before coming here. Plus we’re not allowed out at all, so the locals charge 3x Kabul prices for local goods sold on camp.

    • dennis

      A fine report Sir. Well done! But as we can see from the FOBs and from are high minded folks there,Afghanistan is a done deal.just to clean up a few things that have been done behind there backs.That dam should blow up nice and easy. “Afghans” What Afghans? take care Tim.

    • Nicely done, Sir. I’m sorry to read that you don’t fully understand the true value of the FOB, which, after all, is to ensure that the MWF of the warfighter is the number one priority here. All this contact with actual Afghans seems to be suspiciously effective, and we can’t have that spreading to the troops now, can we? Thanks for the posts. I reposted this one over at my blog…great stuff.

    • Scott

      Seems we make the same mistakes, war after war. Perhaps your book will provide lessons learned for future generations.

    • RJ

      “Who are we to dictate to them how to manage their own natural resources?”

      Spoken like a true member of the “American Peace Corps” right out of the late 60′s! Be the revolutionary that lays buried inside your heart…

      From the folks who insisted one always have a “Misson Statement” prior to leaving for…work!

      Oh for those days when LBJ, our one term president, came out and started that “Great Society” gambit, beginning with Urban Renewal.

      To think of those many projects–both here and abroad, that have come into being…from such a wise visionary!

      Re-elect Obama for more of the same…only with a new and improved sincere Marxist twist…which is funny seeing how you’re in a former Soviet occupied country.

      Soon…it may be off to Libya for a wreath laying ceremony at Col. Qaddafi’s grave; implementing the new mission statement, where you and those other pros you’ve met on the vistas of Afghanistan begin rebuilding that forlorn country! What a life…

      Even Clint Eastwood couldn’t write such a script as is playing out in our world today! “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Fools!”

      Maybe I’ll take a drive up north and visit similar people in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

      To be free, to do what one desires, to live the way one chooses.

      The job of a dictator is to dictate, right? Who are the dictators here?

    • Timsan…

      Every single time you post I thank God and the USMC, in that order. And I’m neither religious nor a Marine.

      ===

      This message for General Lynch…

      Yes, please Sir. New generations desperately need the Old Mans wisdom.

      PLEASE,
      R

    • JWest

      1. You look like you’re 25 in that first photo.
      2. I’m not gay -just jealous (and getting old).
      3. Dropping T count doesn’t make you gay.
      4. Just makes me wonder what the hell I’d do if one of the sweet young things I hit on (sheer force of habit) ever decided she wanted a piece of nasty old man.
      5. Article is a tour de force.
      6. Last six paragraphs nail it.
      7. Have been told several times by highly credentialed and relatively young SES’ers that I didn’t understand the issues underlying various situations.
      8. To wit, that the welfare and advancement of the Afghan people is a relatively low ranking consideration in our list of motives for OEF -or whatever they call it now.
      9. The circumstances I was concerned about worked to prove them correct and showed me to be a woolly lamb.
      10. The failure of negotiations on the SOFA with the Iraqi Government has been turned into a political asset for Mr. Obama.
      11. That possible outcome stiffened the backbone of the American negotiating team and now the Iraqis are probably wondering what hit them.
      12. The possibility of Iranians reasserting old claims to the Shat Al Arab or some of the southern oil fields has been classed as a long term consideration and prioritized accordingly.
      #’s 10-12 are another example of #7.
      13. The lower tiers are serious about their assignments and generally work hard to accomplish their missions. The folks on the upper deck have other concerns.
      14. The fact that I’m graveled by the way things work marks me for what I am: a chump.
      V/R JWest

    • RJ

      Ah…those blissful days of grand fellowship seem to be returning.

      US troops out of Irag…sooner, rather than later…is it “peace with honor” time again? Al-Sadr will be preaching to his boys just what?

      And now it is being reported that our dear friend Karzai, the present top dog of Afghanistan, will side with the Paks if America goes to war with his neighbor!

      Hidden in a comment on a blog I visit from time to time, a lady suggests Obama-Mao, being a muslim lovin kind of metrosexual guy, is doing his best to take down bad guys in the Middle East in order for the muslim religious leaders to gain total power…much like in Iran…which come to think of it…must be close to that big bang bomb it’s building for those nasty Jews….who may have to look at every neighbor coming for their heads…thanks to Obama-Mao and his progressive gal…Hillary Clinton…(who swear at every opportunity they love and will never abandon the Jewish people!) backing every team that has at its core a direct hatred for Israel and hidden feelings of similar energies toward America.

      Princeton Patreaus just has to come up with another grand idea beyond COIN, doesn’t he? Such leaders we have created…from behind they wish to lead, with flowers they wish to present, with guilt they make decisions…with new words covering hidden plans of victory…or defeat, do we even now know the difference? Bleed me with a 1000 cuts!

      You always hurt the one you love, right?

      Remember–for the malignant narcissist, you are the one who dies, not him/her!

      I sense America has produced it’s first dictator: Obama-Mao!

      Here’s your MacDaddy, up front and in your faces!

    • Great stuff…great work.

    • TS Alfabet

      Great post, baba tim. Godspeed on your journey home. Hopefully you can still recognize what’s left of it.

      In the meantime, the Admin has done its best to give the jihadis and Iranian terror masters every reason to think they can screw with the U.S. without consequence.

      It is only a matter of time until the U.S. gets hit again. If we’re lucky it will only be another 9/11 scale attack. If so, we should all remember how things have played out since that last attack and lessons learned (in no particular order):
      1. Wipe out those responsible with overwhelming firepower and force.
      2. Forget Colin Powell’s B.S. about “you broke it, you own it.” (In fact, forget Colin Powell completely). The rule is, “You attack us, we rain down death and destruction on you and leave your survivors to sort out the wreckage and rubble and bury your dead.”
      3. There will be no nation building, period. If you want to re-build your nation, we are glad to give some pointers after you have paid all our expenses up front, in advance. We will not accept credit cards, but will accept crude oil shipments.
      4. There will be no wussy rules of engagement. If it looks, feels or smells threatening, shoot it. Then re-load and repeat as necessary.
      5. We are only too happy to let you live in the 8th century if you want to, but reserve the absolute right to smack you down if you even look at us funny.
      6. Screw the U.N. They are useless gas bags that leech off our generosity. We don’t need or want their permission or “authorization” for anything. Just go back to your lattes and hookah pipes. And, by the way, find another place to hang out. NYC will be putting up some more skyscrapers and we can’t spare the space you are taking up there.
      7. There is no such thing in International Law or American thinking as “safe havens” for those who attack us. If you claim to be a “sovereign nation” but allow our enemies sanctuary in your territory, we do not call that a “safe haven.” We call that a “Welcome Mat.” And, no, we will not be wiping our feet at the door. Don’t like it? We have plenty of room on our target list. We can add you any time you like.
      8. Hey, Russia and China. We don’t give a flip what you think. Go drink yourself to death and abort all your women, respectively. You’re good at that, at least.
      9. Screw “proportional response.” If we are attacked, the American response will be completely out of all fricking proportion to the injury sustained or force used. Hiroshima and Nagasaki eventually recovered. So will you. Not that we care.

      There. Lessons learned. I invite all readers to add to this list as I am sure it is far from complete.

      • RJ

        TJ: I kinda like the direction of your thoughts.

        Recall those days in the 60′s when girls ran around without bras demanding equality with men. The guys loved looking; then had to size up the means to get what they wanted from these “emancipated chicks” as always.

        How many took the time to think how the female’s world had changed since the advent of the pill? Who was hunting who and for what?

        Fast forward a few decades. Think Bill Clinton and Monica while Hillary is at home throwing lamps across the room at the wall.

        Enter the “metrosexual” as defined by Obama-Mao, with his new Sec. of State Hillary. So cool…so detached.

        Now, think of those communities where the flag of America is often seen flowing in the wind, where sons dream of being men and decide to take the path of military experience to gain entrance to the male world. Laws of nature at work again!

        Bill, Hillary, and Barak lead the way (among many) in disdaining and laughing at such people, yet demand there be such men when others want to play “hardball” anywhere on this planet. Bone up on your Eric Hoffer.

        Recall that a castrated male is often referred to as a “eunuch” and is presented in the classical literature via the writings of Plutarch, Herodotus, et al. For the “mentally castrated” male you might wish to consider Reich’s thoughts as a starter.

        Keep in mind the need for “diversity” “gays in the military” and all those other demands that came from where? Male versus female thinking… Instead of going “ugly” early, go “deep” might be a better ploy.

        It’s a John Wayne moment for some, others just try to avoid such a persona for a variety of reasons, some known–many not.

        A generation where malignant narcissism is at play…big time!

        As Mom used to say: “You made your bed, now lie on it!”

    • hoping that one day peace reigns throughout the world

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