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Winning hearts and minds

Despite the pessimistic text, some of us DO get out and try our best to win hearts and minds. This is Eddie Vernon talking to farmers near Kandahar
AFGHANISTAN - THE BATTLE OF KANDAHAR

June 19th 2010
Forty years ago I was a fit young soldier in the British Army, backed up with the full force of weaponry and, not least by any means, the lads in the squadron. Not much happened apart from the beginning of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and one scramble when we thought the Soviets would attack (they did in 1968, but stopped in Prague, ending the so-called Prague Spring). Scroll forwards to ... read more
Asia » Afghanistan » South » Kandahar

Afghan Flag Afghanistan's recent history is a story of war and civil unrest. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979, but was forced to withdraw 10 years later by anti-Communist mujahidin forces. The Communist regime in Kabul collapsed in 1992. Fighting that subsequent... ... read more
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