Sturgis moves to three wheels -
A trip to South Dakota to see how the tough biker crowd is taking the road, just a little older.
Large armored vehicle in Marjah.
Marine in Marjah.
A Marine haircut in Marjah.
Afghan police station in Marjah.
The rural life in Marjah.
Me in a very large armored vehicle.
A stop with the Marines at Marjah’s Afghan police station.
Our latest: Marjah all cleaned up but nowhere to go -
When we visited Marjah the Marines had cleaned it up quite a bit from the crazy shoot outs that my colleagues told me about 2 years prior. This time were able to hang out freely at the bazaar, talk to shopkeepers one even gave me a watch. It was quite a different scene but now the question is can the economy, Afghan security and the NGOs we didn’t see keep it going…? i’m posting some pictures from our itme there too.
Where was I…
I think I left you back in Baghram..
We went east.. to Ghazni. It is amazing.
There is still a thin frosting of snow on the highest mountains. They provide the background for this largely deserted high–desert (7000plus feet up) landscape of canals and mud compounds that wind around village paths only big enough for a large camel, a cart or a motorcycle which is how most people get around – or helicopter if you’re theUSarmy.
There are also actual camels. Lots of them.
It is the last clearing operation of the US led war inAfghanistan. The province links the Afghani provinces that border Pakistan, where a lot of the legitimate and a lot of the illegitimate goods and services are coming from with route 1, the ring road that circles Afghanistan and links the country’s 2 most important cities, Kabul and Kandahar.
Why weren’t we there before?
The Poles were.
We got to go out on patrol, interact with Afghans here in Ghazni, interact with Afghan soldiers and interact with American soldiers doing a real clearing operation to meet Afghans and get the weapons and bomb making materials out of here
Like the other stories, I’ll wait till the story runs to give you all the details but it was an exciting trip.
More old fort
The leftover walls are now reinforces with Hesco baskets, huge metal baskets lined with brown fabric and filled with dirt to ward off incoming.
Oh sorry, I forgot, Polish too.
The remains of an old Afghan then British then American fort.