Report from the Field, Afghan
Excellent interview, many of my OSINT inputs meshed
with his personal experience, but he was able to add a depth
to the context not available in the news.
There were 3 or 4 occasions where he wouldn't go,
some of my questions lead to classified material.
But I am happy to report the troops seem to be over
all content with the current armor, personal and vech.
Exceptions being the collar which most don't wear and
the crotch protection.
Collar to stiff and hot, sometimes 140 degrees.
12 bottles of water a day.
And the crotch protection too difficult to enter/egress
Both not used as much.
Another are the smells and hygiene, many Afgani out
side the main cities don't bathe much. Open sewers
and garbage dumps near their homes.
R&R not much, can't go anywhere alone, few green zones
are safe. And there is NO beer, I expected that would be
official position but much beer smuggled on base.
There isn't any beer on bases.
Who are the Taliban? Depends on what day it is,
Civilians move back and forth depending on need
for money. Eye scans help separate long term
Taliban from the occasional worker.
And they tend to eye scan everyone.
To Track Militants, U.S. Has System That Never Forgets a Face http://goo.gl/7Lk7P
Drugs: Every where. Many confiscated from the
Afghan civilians when they come on base.
And it depends on which drugs are seized by
which nationals are doing guard duty at the time.
All seize heroin but some let maryjane and hash
Afghan diet in outlying areas mostly vegetables.
And eaten with the right hand, left hand is used for
personal hygiene. You never want to shake their
As a culture they don't seem to be afraid of death,
going to see Allah and the virgins.
Women are treated worse than dogs.
Cases of Afghan men almost beating their
women to death and US troops are prohibited
from intervening. Women and kids are renewable
resources, sell them as bombers, strap a bomb on them
and send them off. Marry a new wife or have another
Most of the religious strife and terrorism can be traced
back to money as primary motive.
Over all they are very religious and pray 5 or more
times a day, and see no conflict in praying 5 X a day
and beating the wife.
Most up to about age 40 would rather party than
work, something like Punks in US.
If they get angry with each other they tend
to settle it among themselves, cases he has
seen is smashing out all the car windows,
trying to run some over with the car, justice
belongs to the one with the most power.
They fear the Taliban, and might not even
know who the Taliban cadre are in their area.
They don't tend to fear Americans and are aware
of American limits on the use of force.
About attacks on Americans, not may left alive
on Taliban side after attack, and they get bonuses
for killing Americans, but need video proof.
Which accounts for all the terrorist videos.
Heard Taliban pay $10 per dead US trooper.
with proof, video.
Buying from locals: everything tends to start
at $100 even if price ends up a $1.
Hope this provides additional insight into
what our troops are facing in Afghan.
Again I thank all active duty troops.