Thank you for this respectful and accurate story. I served as an Apache Pilot in 2004-2005 and flew over that area of Sarobi many times. The nuances of Afghanistan detailed in your report, as well as the photos you share, take me right back. Unfortunately, as a pilot I was never allowed to leave Bagram (and later Kandahar) Air Field unless I was flying. I never got to see the country from the ground level. As a trained photojournalist, I dream of returning some day soon to experience what I sadly missed, the culture of the "Crossroads of Asia."
As for the French soldiers in Afghanistan, I can attest to just how brave, dedicated, and professional they all are. They have my utmost respect for the job they did, and continue to do. It was a pleasure working with them and supporting them in their, unfortunately tough and thankless mission. May their departed rest in peace.
-Eric K, OEF V
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