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GWOT hot wash, straight from the wire

Welcome to The Sandbox, a forum for service members who have served or are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, returned vets, spouses and caregivers. The Sandbox's focus is not on policy and partisanship (go to our Blowback page for that), but on the unclassified details of deployment -- the everyday, the extraordinary, the wonderful, the messed-up, the absurd. All correspondence is read, and as much as possible is posted, lightly edited. If you know someone who is deployed who might have something to say, please tell them about us. To submit a post click here.


February 04, 2009

Name: Vampire 06
Posting date: 2/4/09
Stationed in: Afghanistan
Hometown: Folsom, CA
Milblog: Afghanistan Shrugged

Yes, I am still alive! There's been quite a long delay in posts, and that's due to my soul-sucking journey back to the United States of America. It's great to be back in the US; getting here can crush your will to live.

I'm working on some posts, but seeing my wife, drinking a beer and eating food that didn't come out of a cardboard box have taken priority over writing.

I'm also trying to convince myself that the kids running up and down my street are not recon-ing my house for a possible IED or rocket attack.

In attempting to formulate my ideas about my journey into a coherent post, "truth is stranger than fiction" comes to mind.  Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a good base to start from, so that's what I think I'll use.

So; I just wanted to give you a SITREP and let you know that I'm alive and kicking and will be back up on the net soon.

Damn, there goes that kid again up the street. He looks kind of fishy. I may have to plan a Cordon and Search of the playground...


I am sure the kids on your block are planting an IED to take out your SUV when you make a beer run! If I were you I would call in a strike to wipe them out! Who needs strange kids on the block anyway! Go for it!

For our troops in Iraq- Vacation is over, next stop, Afghanistan???

2 Afghans face death over translation of Quran
By HEIDI VOGT, Associated Press Writer Heidi Vogt, Associated Press Writer – February 6, 2009

KABUL – No one knows who brought the book to the mosque, or at least no one dares say. The pocket-size translation of the Quran has already landed six men in prison in Afghanistan and left two of them begging judges to spare their lives. They're accused of modifying the Quran and their fate could be decided Sunday in court.

The trial illustrates what critics call the undue influence of hardline clerics in Afghanistan, a major hurdle as the country tries to establish a lawful society amid war and militant violence.

More at [url=]2 Afghans face death over translation of Quran - Yahoo! News[/url]

These are the Afghan scum our troops have given their lives for. Arm the Kurds and let them run the country or at least defend their piece of it. Bin Laden isn't there; lets bring our people home.

Uh, Kurds in Afghanistan? The Kurds live in Northern Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. It is true that there are pockets of Kurds who left Iran for Afghanistan at times, but there aren't enough to run the country.

Enjoy your time at home, Vampire 6. It refreshes and disturbs all at the same time. The trip itself sucks, I know. Just enjoy your time here. Afghanistan will be somehow different when you get back. It just happens.

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