More joint operations with the French

Alasai District, Afghanistan - I spent the past few days outside the wire, in Alasai.  I blame my lack of blogging on the ‘stan’s lack of internet connectivity!
Alasai District, Afghanistan –
I spent the past few days outside the wire, in Alasai. I blame my lack of blogging on the ‘stan’s lack of internet connectivity!

This picture was taken at an observation post in Alasai district, Afghanistan. I don’t look cold in the pic, but trust me, I was FREEZING! More pics from my last few days have been added to the Afghanistan Pics page.

Sorry I haven’t been posting as much as I used to.

The truth is, ever since we moved to FOB Morales-Frazier, I’ve been busy almost every day, often going outside the wire. Couple that with the lack of internet connectivity, and I hope you understand why I haven’t been blogging as I said I would when I was back at FOBbit land (Bagram.)

We’re performing more joint missions with Task Force La Fayette (our French higher command.) We went to Alasai for a few days to check on some coalition construction projects (while hopefully NOT getting shot at.)

We stayed overnight at an observation post, where I met a nice French sergeant, who was nice enough to teach me how to eat French rations. (FYI, if you’re ever offered french food in a can, pass.) We shared war stories until the power was shut off at night. They shut off the power so insurgents won’t shoot at the lights. Insurgents have such a hold on the area that they disable all cell phone towers so people can’t communicate at night. Needless to say, using the internet was out of the question while I was there. Once the lights were off, and I grew tired of talking, I unrolled my sleeping bag and claimed a spot on the ground.

The next morning, we did a foot patrol into Alasai market/bazaar, to check on a mosqu

e repair. I was worried about walking into this area, as we hadn’t been there in a while, and Alasai is one of our more hostile areas. The hostility showed, as people were giving us the stink-eye and not smiling, nor asking for things like many Afghans usually do. (See the picture I took of the crowd as they gathered around me, left.) We inspected the mosque and left the area quickly, worried that insurgents might try to rally up quickly to attack us on the way out.

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