Michael's Dispatches

One Night in Zhari

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And lands.

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The rotors swirl in the dust creating the Kopp-Etchells Effect.

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We move to our helicopter and numerous people fall over obstacles on the way.

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The camera makes art when I fall in the swirling dark. The dust is blinding under the violently loud helicopter rotors.

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We approach the back of the CH-47 (Chinook helicopter). The powerful engines create much heat, and the smell of hot fuel remind me of IED strikes that have blown up Strykers and Humvees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The crewmen will be closely watching for enemy who may have slipped in among the ranks.  They count us as we board making sure we have exactly the number reported.

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We sit down with no effort to buckle.  Some troopers sit on the floor until the helicopter is full.

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As the helicopter pulls up out of the dust, another helicopter cuts past the open tail ramp.  The machine gunner on the tail is ready to suppress ground fire.  
Soon we are back on base and go to sleep in the tents.

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    Roger · 8 years ago
    Intermittent writing or not, OUTSTANDING report. Thank you!
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    Royal · 8 years ago
    Reading this takes my mind back to'03 when one of my nephews deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mtn. He saw alot of action then, came home safe. This has been a long war, to bad the Canadians cut and ran so we have to spill our blood to finish the job. God bless all of our troops, most of you are young enough that this war is a majority of your living memory. Keep up the work Micheal, we need the truth on what is happening.
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    Leanne · 8 years ago
    Could you please tell the WM6 we're thinking of him and sending our love. Thank you!
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    Tommy Barrios · 8 years ago
    Put the pinheads in Ottawa in there place didjya ;-)

    I have one question about all this night gear that tries to make our troops invisible at night. What happens if these "farmers" get this technology and start using against us, as any modern army would?

    Another point, careful using the acronym "IDF" when referring to munitions and such as to many of us that means "Israeli Defense Forces" :-*

    Which if we had those guys fighting with us, the war would be over in "six days", as they don't give a damn about the stupid useless Geneva Conventions or any other such politically correct crappola

    Belated happy "Patriot Day" Mike and keep up the great reporting, you are our only source for on the spot facts and honest reporting 8)
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    John - Capt in ANG · 8 years ago
    You're going to have a tough time ordering La Blatts beer north of the lower 48 :-) with your Canadian commentary. I'd phrase it like the Saturday Night Live skit about a decade ago, Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy, "Instead of saying I ran away like a scared rabbit. Maybe it was like an angry rabbit, who was going to fight in another fight, away from the first fight."

    Great stuff. I'm waiting for my air bridge in to Kabul, just biding my time for now. Take care. I'll be looking up the FOBs you are at and "keeping an eye from the sky" on ya soon.
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    Papa Ray · 8 years ago
    Great Pics and writing. But nothing like my experiences long ago and far away. We couldn't see fifty feet at any time, day or night and we didn't have the magic of Night Vision Gear. We had to depend on our silence of movement and our ears and nose to detect our enemy. Fighting on their ground, with them knowing it was like fighting blindfolded.

    There was no going back to a base, our base was where we burrowed in at night. Our supply was by our air brothers that brought it out and dropped it to us. Our fights were within fifty feet most of the time or a hundred yards other times. The night belonged to the enemy most of the time. But we made them pay for it.

    But we did it anyway and we did win. Not every battle or firefight but enough that we destroyed the enemy.

    I will never forgive the politicians and liberals for just quiting. Neither will several million Vietnamese and American Vets.
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      Frederick · 7 years ago
      Our current Vice President helped lead the congressional effort to cut off all aid to South Vietnam after the withdrawl of our combat troops. Being an ally of the US with liberals in charge is very dangerous territory. On this anniversary of 9-11 I am left wondering what on earth have we gained in the last 11 years? We have given up all the gains made in Iraq, we have, for all practical purposes surrendered in Afghanistan, Syria is in the process of falling to radical jihadists, Egypt is now being run by the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran is nuking up, and we have not dealt with Pakistan. It all looks very bleak!
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      Andy · 7 years ago
      Paul Galanti, American POW, was told by his captors at the Hanoi Hilton: "The Viet Cong didn't think they had to win the war on the battlefield," the ex-POW said, "because thanks to these protesters they were going to win it on the streets of San Francisco and Washington."
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    Max Doner · 8 years ago
    I am sure the Canadian soldiers were plenty brave - they just had crappy leadership from above. Good soldiers with bad leaders are made to look bad, when no doubt they were brave men.

    I am from the USA.
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    Holly Kemp · 8 years ago
    Michael-Thank You So Much for keeping us informed. Sometimes it is hard to read whats posted as it is our LOVED ONES there fighting. I Pray daily God be with you ALL and Protect you ALL till you can return home...
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    MAUREEN · 8 years ago
    A SAYING I TOLD MY STUDENTS IS, "THE DIFFUCULT YOU WILL DO ONCE, BUT THE IMPOSSIBLE MAY TAKE A LITTLE TIME." MICHAEL, BE SAFE AND KEEP REPORTING BACK TO US. GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS. MAUREEN
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    Ken · 8 years ago
    The Canadian forces in Kandahar have fought well for a very long time. They have simply exhausted their capability wage war 6000 miles from home. Remember they have about the same population as California, they have a bit more socialism then here in the US, and they don’t print money like it is going out of style. Also the entire Canadian Army is only 2 brigades. In Comparison the US Army has 46 Combat Brigades, and that doesn’t include the marines.
    At last count 157 Canadian soldiers have died in the war in Afghanistan, which is a significant number compared to the 19,500 active duty troops in there Army. They like us feel that NATO member nations have not committed enough troops to the combat zones. They have chosen to protest this by pulling out of combat and going in to a training mission to help us (US) guy get out in 2014, like we are planning.
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    JB · 8 years ago
    1.IDF= Indirect fire. YOU are reading a war journal, not a Da#n political commentary. In war IDF is indirect fire. If you scream "IDF incoming over a radio" Not a single solitary soul on this planet. Not even you, sir, is going so shouts "SWEET the Israelis are here to give us some R&R"
    2. Canadian Forces are great, he never mentioned them Sucking, he mentioned their idiot leaders using their mouthpiece, the media, to twist the reality into the perception which the pinheads in Ottawa want to be the new reality.
    3. He never says what he is using to take photos. Plus I'm guessing this journal is NOT the #1 search when your local madrassa is training, the next set of 12-18 year olds to go get killed for the Imams personal beliefs.
    Not to be an A$$ here but FFS if you haven't been in war or close enough to touch it, then don't CORRECT someone who is there. His A$$ and people he cares about is on the line, by telling them how to kill him and his
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    JB · 8 years ago
    His A$$ and people he cares about is on the line. He isnt going to risk telling them how to kill him and his.

    Should read: Not even you sir, its going TO SHOUT.
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    Tommy Barrios · 8 years ago
    And you don't to be such a total jerk.

    I guess you have never heard of joking around and leg pulling.

    I have been commenting here since Mike first got stated so FO!

    BTW your anti-semite propensities stick out like flare on a moonless night!

    The Israelis would have had this over and done with in the first month pinhead!

    They don't have spineless political leaders who worry about what the MGMSM thinks of them!

    Notice how they take care of people who attack them, SEARCH & DESTROY with maximum prejudice!!!
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    a&n · 7 years ago
    Thanks Mike....on this day of remembering.
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    okiquit · 7 years ago
    "Notice how they (Israelis) take care of people who attack them, SEARCH & DESTROY with maximum prejudice!!!"

    Tommy you must have been in a coma in 2006 when the Israelis got their butts kicked in south Lebanon by Hezbollah. They probably killed more civilians than enemy fighters and finally withdrew without achieving their strategic objectives.

    So much for the infallible IDF.
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    Harley · 1 years ago
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    Ferne · 1 years ago
    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence
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