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WAR in AFGHANISTAN
(2001 - present)
Afghanistan's battlefield slang - 28 October 2014
"Most wars can be identified by their own slang, and Afghanistan was no exception. As British combat operations come to an end, BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale and Thomas Martienssen pull together a short lexicon of words and abbreviations used during the conflict."
ex.: "UGLY An Apache gunship helicopter - an obvious reference to its menacing appearance."
Afghanistan war logs: the glossary
"What do all those military initials mean? This is our guide."
"TIC, RPG: glossary of military terms for incidents like this, where an Afghan Army soldier fires a rocket propelled grenade at suspected Taliban at combat outpost Nolen, north of Kandahar."
- IED = Improvised explosive device
- TIC = Troops in contact
- RPG = Rocket propelled grenade
- ISAF = International Security Assistance Force
US Says Military Operations in Afghanistan Remain the Same - 26 November 2014 - Text + Audio
"Also in the news, India-Pakistan tensions remain at a major South Asia conference in Kathmandu, Nepal;
Hong Kong police arrest student leaders and clear streets around Mong Kok;
The Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) of Colombia frees two soldiers to restart peace talks with the government."
War in Afghanistan Marks 13th Anniversary - 7 October 2014 - Text + Audio
"Tuesday marks the 13th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The Afghan war is America’s longest war.
The United States military has been active in Afghanistan longer than in any other conflict on foreign soil."
Inside Camp Bastion - 24 September 2012
"Camp Bastion, a sprawling, well-fortified British-run base in the desert in southern Afghanistan, is the size of the UK town of Reading and home to almost 30,000 people. Bastion - with its own water bottling plant, hospital, police force and even Pizza Hut - is widely regarded as a safe haven for troops. However, ..."
"Explore the graphical representation of the base..."
DGA Delivers the First Ground Robots MINIROGEN - June 11, 2012
- "intended for the engineer teams in charge of the mine clearance of roads susceptible to be trapped."
- UK troops in Afghanistan - a file (BBC)
US special forces Afghan helicopter downed 'by Taliban' - 6 August 2011
"Thirty US troops, said to be mostly special forces, have been killed, reportedly when a Taliban rocket downed their helicopter in east Afghanistan.
Seven Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter were also on the Chinook...
US sources say the special forces were from the Navy Seal unit which killed Osama Bin Laden...
Several air force personnel, a dog and his handler, a civilian interpreter, and the helicopter crew were also on board, AP reports...
There are currently about 140,000 foreign troops - about 100,000 of them American - in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban insurgency and training local troops to take over security.
All foreign combat forces are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and some troop withdrawals have already taken place."
+ Nato's worst Afghan moments
+ Who are the Navy Seals ?
+ a video : "BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says the crash was a significant loss for the international mission."
Taliban conflict - a file (BBC)
Sad deaths of a soldier and his dog in Afghanistan
(Timothy Hubert from Brest / eration.blogspot.com)
USS Abraham Lincoln provides air support to Afghanistan
"When British troops in Helmand need air support, it doesn't only come from airfields within Afghanistan itself - it may come from a floating
runway 500 miles away...
The USS Abraham Lincoln does not only carry fighter aircraft. It is an entire air force at sea."
U.S. Boosts Afghan Surge
"Pentagon Plans to Send 1,400 Extra Marines to Supplement Spring Campaign...
to try to cement tentative security gains before White House-mandated troop reductions begin in July. "
Hotshot sniper in one-and-a-half mile double kill - May 2, 2010
"A BRITISH Army sniper has set a new sharpshooting distance record by killing two Taliban machinegunners in Afghanistan from more than a mile away...
The 8.59mm bullets took almost three seconds to reach their target after leaving the barrel of the rifle at almost three times the speed of sound. "
Q&A: Foreign forces in Afghanistan
"There are currently about 140,000 foreign military personnel in Afghanistan operating under US and Nato command, supporting Kabul's Western-backed government against a Taliban-led insurgency that has gained strength in recent years."
- Excerpts: Leaked US Afghan war records
"Leaked US military records on the war in Afghanistan, which were posted on the Wikileaks website as the Afghan War Diary, are a classified
- and previously unreported - daily rundown of incidents of violence and criminality in Afghanistan.
The documents offer a snapshot of the grim reality of conditions on the ground in Afghanistan and the challenges facing troops operating there.
Here is a selection..." :
WIDESPREAD VIOLENCE / KIDNAPPINGS / TALIBAN INTIMIDATION / THREAT OF BOMBS / CORRUPTION / DRUGS TRADE /
CIVILIANS IN THE FIRING LINE / FIGHTING BETWEEN AFGHAN FORCES / AFGHAN TROOPS ATTACKING NATO ALLIES
Who are the Taliban ?
"Recent years have seen the re-emergence of the hardline Islamic Taliban movement as a fighting force in Afghanistan and a major threat to its government."
- War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
It "began on October 7, 2001, as the US military's Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was launched, along with the British military, in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US. The UK has, since 2002, led its own military operation, Operation Herrick, as part of the same war in Afghanistan. The character of the war evolved from a violent struggle by U.S.-led forces against Al-Qaeda and its Taliban supporters, to a complex counterinsurgency effort by U.S.-led forces, against Afghans who claim to be trying to expel those U.S.-led forces. The war has killed tens of thousands of people, the majority of whom have been civilians."
- Afghanistan : The war logs (guardian.co.uk)
The investigation: leak exposes real war
The interactive: IED attacks - "16,000 improvised explosive devices are recorded in the logs. See where and who they hit over those five years."
IED = Improvised explosive device
'They show the true nature of this war'
- Fact Sheet: War in Afghanistan - June 2009
"As the leadership of the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan changes hands, a look at a few key facts on the current status of the war in Afghanistan."
- Estimated War-Related Costs, Iraq and Afghanistan (infoplease.com)
- Afghanistan and the War on Terror - a file (PBS)
- A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder - interactive
"Troops from nearly 50 lands dine on combat meals in Afghanistan — each reminding them of where they’d rather be. "
Dickin Medal awarded to bomb sniffing search dog Treo
"A search dog that sniffed out bombs in Afghanistan is to be honoured with the animal version of the Victoria Cross...
Treo will be the 63rd animal to receive the medal created by veterinary charity the PDSA to honour gallantry in war...
A total of 26 other dogs, 32 World War Two messenger pigeons, three horses and one cat have won the award, introduced by PDSA founder Maria Dickin in 1943. "
- War in Afghanistan - 10 years on - an interactive timeline
"From 9/11 to the death of Burhanuddin Rabbani, trace the major events surrounding the international invasion of Afghanistan."
- Photo timeline: The war in Afghanistan. (washingtonpost.com) Some photos may be disturbing.
"The war in Afghanistan began on Oct. 7, 2001, as the U.S. military launched an operation in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. The war continues today."
The interactive: IED attacks
- "16,000 improvised explosive devices
are recorded in the logs.
See where and who they hit
over those five years."
Afghanistan's ethnic groups
Afghanistan: where the troops are
(13 March 2009)
- interactive map (guardian.co.uk)
Bringing the front line to UK streets
- 6 October 2014
"As British troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, their experiences there
are being reflected
in a series of striking photographs posted
on billboards across the UK."
Afghanistan, January, 2010
Photos - April 2009
U.S. Marines in Afghanistan
- Photos - March 2009
Seven Years in Afghanistan
- Photos - November 2008
War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Quiz (quiz.thefullwiki.org)
Afghan shootings - Cartoons
Afghanistan: Ten Years Later
Cartoon: Obama the Helicopter
Weapons of Mass Destruction
OBAMA AND AFGHANISTAN
US in Afghanistan
The Art Of War
South Asia :
A field guide for American
Day in life of Helmand patrol base 2 - 29 June 2013
"There are 8,000 British troops still serving in Afghanistan.
Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt visits one of the smallest UK bases still left in Afghanistan."
Afghanistan war: A decade of war - with videos
Newsy Video: Obama’s Afghan Exit Strategy Criticized by Both Sides
"President Obama tried to steer clear of extremes when outlining his Afghanistan drawback plan- making him a target for both sides."
Transcript & sources >>
Life with the Lancers with photos and videos
"Between December 2009 and 2010, BBC News followed the progress of four soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers from basic training to deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan."
Challenges facing Afghanistan's police in Kabul - July 2010
"Policing in Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, with eight officers killed every day on average."
More Troops Headed to Afghanistan - February 18, 2009
Obama Boosting U.S. Force by Nearly 50% to Address 'Deteriorating Situation' - an additional 17,000 U.S. troops
- Brothers "is a 2009 war-drama-thriller film starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.
Directed by Jim Sheridan, the film is based on Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre which takes place in Afghanistan and Denmark.
Both films take inspiration from Homer's epic poem The Odyssey."