FRIDAY FOTO (February 10, 2012)

February 10, 2012 at 10:40 am 6 comments

I’m Batman

Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen

No, it’s not really Batman and some of his high tech crime-fighting gadgets descending on a frozen valley in Afghanistan. But these dark parachute canopies do bear a resemblance to the Dark Knight’s cape as they near the ground. The rugged mountains provide a pretty striking background, too.

This photo shows a member of the coalition special operations forces approaching pallets of supplies on an all terrain vehicle in the snow during an airdrop in the Shah Joy district in Afghanistan’s Zabul province on Jan. 25. The ATV is just part of a motley group of vehicles (see photo below) including one of the smaller MRAPs (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected truck) and what looks remarkably like the golf carts security guards use to patrol the perimeters of large facilities like industrial plants and airfields.

Defense Dept. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen, U.S. Navy

Zabul is in southeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Afghan and coalition (United Nations International Security Assistance Forces) have been active in the area.


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Luke Heikkila  |  February 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Glad to have found your blog…found it searching for ‘Afghanistan’. I am a journalist from Minnesota (local PBS station). In April I’ll be embedding with a group of National Guard soldiers the 135th Agribusiness Development Team to see how they are working with and through locals to create some better opportunities for farmers. I’ll be reading ‘back issues’ of your blog, I like the term 4GWAR, will be interested to learn more. Regards, Luke Heikkila,

    • 2. John M. Doyle  |  February 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Luke —
      Thanks for your kind comment. Good luck in Afghanistan (stay safe) and send us more comments, e-mail or photos if you have any spare time.
      We’ll post it with your permission.

  • 3. Luke Heikkila  |  February 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I failed to mention…the 135th is in Zabul, Province.

  • 4. A province of Afghanistan. | Dum Spiro Spero  |  February 17, 2012 at 5:31 am

    […] There is something enchanting and mysterious about this photo of the mountains of Afghanistan and the Batman capes! […]

    • 5. John M. Doyle  |  February 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I think its the contrast between the pure ice and snow and the totally unworldy-looking manmade stuff.

      Hope you’ll visit 4GWAR often.


  • 6. John M. Doyle  |  February 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Oops, meant to say otherworldly on that last comment.


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