Archived posts from category ‘Reich in Afghanistan’

12.10.09
Wired.co.uk: U.K.-Style Surveillance State Spreads to Afghanistan

by DAVID AXE and JASON REICH There was a noise like a monstrous kettle boiling over, followed by a deep crunch, as the Chinese-made rocket arced through the sky and exploded on the flat, sandy ground. A couple of minutes later, two American mortar rounds punched the earth about three miles away from Combat Outpost [...]

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23.09.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Afghan Gun Fun

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/nmkEfo1JsBk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE U.S. and French troops in Wardak, Afghanistan, use guns, mortars and grenades — first in training, then in combat. Jason Reich shot this footage in August 2009. (Video: Jason Reich)

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20.09.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Afghan Cop Training

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lq7_OWlBaMM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE U.S. Army soldiers train Afghan National Police in techniques for searching detainees. The cops then try out their new skills in real-life missions. Jason Reich shot this footage in Wardak province, in August. (Video: Jason Reich)

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19.09.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Wardak Chopper Porn

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/42cAzwjNx3s" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE With roads made inaccessible by IEDs, helicopters are vital to U.S. efforts to defeat the Taliban in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Jason Reich collected this montage of chopper porn while embedded in the province in August. (Video: Jason Reich)

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17.09.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Deadlier IEDs, or Just Cheaper Ones?

by JASON REICH The Taliban are an adaptive and learning enemy. Soldiers in Afghanistan had been telling me this since I arrived in August. A report from The Washington Times, revealing the Taliban tactic of using “plastic” IEDs to avoid detection, illustrates this perfectly. Over at Combat Outpost Blackhawk, where I was embedded with soldiers [...]

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17.09.09
The Washington Times: Afghan War Under-Resourced

by JASON REICH Editor’s note: Jason Reich, a former Israeli soldier who served in the July-August 2006 Israeli war against Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon, is a journalist in Afghanistan filing reports for Israeli and U.S. media. Here, Mr. Reich takes on the role of a military analyst, offering an opinion based on his experience in [...]

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16.09.09
Voice of America: Implementing “Smart Power” in Afghanistan Poses Challenge for U.S.

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/3JkysxAYCqM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE and JASON REICH Analysts and policy makers call it “smart power” — a seamless blend of investment, good deeds and military force that is intended to win friends while targeting enemies in war. In 2007, the U.S. Defense Department officially embraced this philosophy. But on the [...]

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14.09.09
World Politics Review: Remembering a Fallen Soldier

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/BEsyQc-u2U8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE and JASON REICH Elements of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division are engaged in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, southwest of Kabul. The division’s Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, lost 8 killed and 25 wounded in just three months in mid-2009. Twenty-one-year-old Spc. Justin Pellerin, who was [...]

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21.08.09
Reich in Afghanistan: “Elections Were a Joke”

by DAVID AXE “I’m dictating this message over the phone. I’m not in a place with any Internet access at all.” So began War Is Boring correspondent Jason Reich’s message from Afghanistan. He was writing to get the news out, that despite NATO’s assertion that the election was “encouraging,” and Kabul’s claim that they represented [...]

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19.08.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Calm Before the Storm

by JASON REICH The Afghan general elections are only hours away and the tension here in Wardak is on par with the soaring temperatures. In the past 24 hours, the almost daily rocket attacks have stopped, and the roads have been suspiciously clear of IEDs. These roads are free of traffic anyways, as the people [...]

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18.08.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Afghan Forces — the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by JASON REICH Part one, the Afghan National Army I was out on a daytime patrol with the soldiers of 4/25 Artillery and their Afghan National Army counterparts, when I overheard an interesting exchange. The ANA platoon leader, affectionately dubbed “Rambo” by the Americans, was expressing dissatisfaction with the U.S. soldiers’ house-clearing technique. Rambo argued [...]

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18.08.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Security and Governance in Wardak

by JASON REICH I’ve come here to Wardak province, southwest of the capital, to gauge how well the coalition provides basic security and governance in the Afghan government’s own backyard. I’m embedded with the U.S. Army’s Task Force Spartan, composed primarily of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. These troops represent [...]

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