Axeghanistan ’10: Commando Comic Book

29.03.10

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There’s a new Afghanistan war plan. Last fall, NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal rolled out more restrictive rules of engagement, heralding a “population-centric” approach to the war. U.S. President Barack Obama announced more U.S. troops. While U.S.-led forces in eastern Afghanistan doubled their efforts to prop up faltering local governance, troops in the south identified Taliban strongholds in Marjah and Kandahar and went on the offensive. “Has the U.S. broken the Taliban’s momentum?” reporter Nathan Hodge asked. Maybe. But there are new risks, too: the Dutch might pull out of a key southern province, and Afghan national leadership remains weak. The war might be going our way, for once, but it’s far from over. David Axe and Greg Scott head to “The ‘Stan” to see for themselves.

by DAVID AXE

Afghan commandos give out watercolor comic books to illiterate villagers when they drop in for missions, all in an effort to help explain to everyday Afghans what their security forces are for. We snagged a copy during a commando air assault mission in Bagram.

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5 Responses to “Axeghanistan ’10: Commando Comic Book”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Those are amazing. Do you have any higher resolution pictures?

  2. [...] commandos on a hearts-and-minds mission near Kabul. To win over skeptical villagers, the commandos handed out crude comic books depicting the commandos kicking down doors, arresting Taliban fighters and making nice to [...]

  3. [...] my artist Matt Bors or cartoonists Ted Rall or Joe Sacco or writer Robert LeHeup. The Afghan army uses comic books to smooth relations between commandos and civilians. In remote eastern Afghanistan, the local [...]

  4. [...] my artist Matt Bors or cartoonists Ted Rall or Joe Sacco or writer Robert LeHeup. The Afghan army uses comic books to smooth relations between commandos and civilians. In remote eastern Afghanistan, the local [...]

  5. Mitesh soni says:

    nice. hmm.really good drawing
    Mitesh

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