Monthly Archive

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 252 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.


Afghanistan Elections Spot Report

20 August 2009This dispatch has been dictated by satellite phone due to communications difficulties.  My satellite gear has failed on election day.  I do not know how well the elections turned out in read more..


Bad Medicine

On Pharmacy Road 24 August 2009Helmand Province, Afghanistan The British soldiers of 2 Rifles had a mission:  clear and hold Pharmacy Road. FOB Jackson is currently home to Battlegroup headq... read more..


Important Update

Greetings, The British Ministry of Defence canceled my embed after today's dispatch.  Please Read "Bad Medicine". Next Stop U.S. Forces. Your Writer, Michael   ... read more..


The Kopp-Etchells Effect, Part II

27 August 2009My embed with British forces has ended.  Will be out with U.S. forces for the foreseeable future.  After that, will strike out alone into the wilds of Afghanistan.  There are two more st... read more..


Precision Voting

31 August 2009Helmand Province, Afghanistan The historical Afghan elections scheduled for 20 August were days away.   While the west mostly continued to vote for Afghanistan, the big question was, read more..


New Afghan war: Frontline correspondent says fight has morphed – but we still can't afford to lose

6 September 2009This story was published in the New York Daily News on 6 September 2009. By Michael YonHelmand, Afghanistan - The West is losing this war. This has been obvious for more than three ... read more..


Eight Years After 9/11

08 September 2009Helmand Province, Afghanistan Just before the mission, soldiers form up near the memorial for our fallen.   The mission was simple.  Taliban had been watching FOB Inkerman an read more..



14 September 2009Helmand Province, Afghanistan With the war increasing, Air Force Pararescue has been crisscrossing the skies picking up casualties. That’s the Green Zone of Helmand Province, read more..


Afghanistan Force Requirements

Published: 22 September 2009 Please click here to view the entire pdf from Fredrick and Kimberly Kagan.   ... read more..


Maqaleh v. Gates Amicus Brief

America in Danger: Important Courtroom Battles Published: 24 September 2009 Dear Mr. Yon: It is my pleasure to forward to you the attached copy of the amicus curiae brief which we filed with the Un... read more..


Bullshit Bob

By Michael Yon25 September 2009 The surprise discontinuation of my embedment from the British Army left my schedule in a train wreck.  Until that decisive moment, I am told, that my embed with the Br... read more..


Two Firefights: One Video

05 October 2009 In July, British soldiers and I boarded a CH-47 helicopter at Camp Bastion for the flight to FOB Jackson at Sangin where fighting is brutal.  The helicopter was so stuffed with read more..


The American Pedros - No Nonsense Combat Rescuers

I asked Danish journalist Camilla Fuhr Nilsson to write two dispatches about USAF Pedros.  Camilla accompanied me at Camp Bastion.  Here is the first: By Camilla Fuhr NilssonPublished: 27 S... read more..


Pedro Inspired the Vikings

Note: I asked Danish journalist Camilla Fuhr Nilsson to write a couple of stories about the Air Force Pedros.  After publication of her first installment, she emailed from Afghanistan, surprised ... read more..


Securing Helmand

30 September 2009 Please Click Here to view the entire Report from Jeffrey A. Dressler   ... read more..


YON: The Greatest Afghan War

Published today in: 01 October 2009 By Michael Yon The Greatest Afghanistan War has deteriorated so noticeably that one can now feel the enemy's growing pulse. Each month it beats steadier, stron... read more..


Nick Gurr: Reply to Michael Yon

Official News Blog of the UK Ministry of Defence « Defence News: 1 October 2009 | Main  | Defence Diary: 2 October 2009 » Thursday, 01 October 2009 Nick Gurr: Reply to Michael Yon Last week Micha... read more..


A Story From War

Published: 08 October 2009 “In April this year it became 2 Rifles’ dubious fortune to be sent to Sangin on a six-month tour. By mid-August their battle group, a composite force from various units b read more..



Market Garden A Remembrance During Time of War   Kandahar City, Afghanistan Slowly, surely, the city is being strangled.  Signaling the depth of our commitment, security forces are thi... read more..


Afghan Lunacy

[This dispatch was written by me in December 2008 in southern Afghanistan. It was never published though I recently found it in the unpublished archives. The photos came from the same period.] Publ... read more..



18 October 2009By Michael Yon The inbox was peppered with hyperlinks to Dexter Filkins’ story in the New York Times, Stanley McChrystal’s Long War.  One message came from Kathryn Lopez at National read more..


Afghanistan: Electrification Effort Loses Spark

21 October 2009 In 2008, I was trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal preparing for a return to Afghanistan. A message came from a British officer suggesting to end the trip and get to Afghanistan. Som read more..



A military watchdog gets it wrong on the debate over camouflage.By Michael YonSome things are not as they seem. Many people, for instance, seem to think Stars & Stripes is a military lapdog, but t... read more..


Huge Money is being wasted in Afghanistan

The following interrogative from McClatchy Newspapers to USAID is the tip of the iceberg.  The more one looks, the more squandering one finds.   Please Click here to view the entire docu... read more..


Great Britain Loses one of its Finest

03 November 2009 British soldiers at war are an incredible group.  Courageous, competent, and committed in very difficult conditions.  An email came today from London, from a BBC correspo read more..


Smithsonian Air&Space on Kopp-Etchells Effect

November 04, 2009 Helo Halo Luminous halos twirled above a Boeing CH-47 Chinook on a recent night around 11:30 p.m. local time at Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afgh read more..


Ambush of the Common Sort

08 November 2009 Got a ping today about an attack on the road between Jalalabad and Kabul.  It's a dangerous road and I don't like to drive it.  The source has always been reliable, so I pinged Tim read more..


Japanese Aid to Afghanistan

Published: 12 November 2009By Michael Yon Kathmandu, Nepal — The Japanese are pulling naval assets from the fight in Afghanistan, but they are adding assets in another category. I asked Secretary of ... read more..


Japanese Aid to Afghanistan II

12 November 2009 I asked General David Petraeus, General (ret.) Barry McCaffrey, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, about the Japanese decisions on Afghanistan.  (The Japanese plan to recall thei read more..



Michael Yon16 November 2009 When New York Times journalist David Rohde was kidnapped last year in Afghanistan, the company engaged in a painstaking effort to squash the story. They succeeded in persu... read more..

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