FRIDAY FOTO (January, 5, 2018)

January 5, 2018 at 12:06 am 2 comments

In the Red.

Eyes in the Sky: Afghan Air assists ANDSF offensive maneuver during Maiwand 10

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Justin T. Updegraff)

In case you forgot, there’s still a shooting war going on in Afghanistan, although U.S. troops are deployed largely in advisory and support roles.

As a reminder, here we see U.S. soldiers firing an 81 mm mortar to support Afghan soldiers during Operation Maiwand 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 26, 2017. The U.S. soldiers — assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment — fired multiple illumination rounds to light the nearby area of Marjah, in southern Afghanistan, where Afghan soldiers encountered a nighttime ambush.

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  • 1. GP Cox  |  January 5, 2018 at 6:45 am

    We’ve been “teaching” the Afghan army for years now – haven’t they got the hang of it yet?
    People ignore the fact that we’re over there because it doesn’t affect their daily lives as it once did in WWII. If their son or daughter died because of that war, as mine did in the first Gulf war, they just might pay more attention.

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  • 2. John M. Doyle  |  January 8, 2018 at 4:27 am

    GP —
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know that. As for your rhetorical question, we’re still in Korea and Japan and Germany more than 70 years after World War II. Afghanistan is even more complicated — although a big problem is the fact that it’s not really a nation state like the three mentioned above. There are tribes and warlords and countries like Pakistan and Iran that are using the war in Afghanistan to further their own aims. -jmd

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