Today, our French friends were involved in another battle. According to news reports, Afghan insurgents fired mortars into a crowded market in our province, where they were hoping to kill a French general officer. (Sadly, they just killed innocent civilians instead.) No coalition forces were killed.
Before, when our Provincial Reconstruction Team only reported to other US units, I admit that I may not have paid too much attention to news that didn’t have a direct impact on our team. But, ever since we officially became a part of French Task Force Lafayette, I follow what’s happening to the French with great interest. Our team often integrates with the French for missions outside the wire. In fact, our first firefight occurred while we were rolling in a joint convoy with them.
So now, anytime we hear that the French are involved in combat, there is a real chance that WE (U.S. Forces) are WITH THEM. Likewise, anytime I mention a scuffle our team is engaged in, there could be a possibility that our French friends are with us.
Luckily, U.S. Forces were not involved in today’s conflict. We were back at Bagram, packing up our things for our pending move to Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier.
I hate moving, but I hate getting shot at more. So, with that perspective, today was a good day!