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Afghan capital in Herat holds, after major Taliban push
Today’s post will mostly be dominated by news from Afghanistan, but for those who are tiring of that, I’ll have a few other important stories further down. So, just be patient and keep scrolling.
In Afghanistan, not only is a lot happening, but it’s also a country that I’m — frankly — obsessed with. In fact, I re-entered the Marine Corps voluntarily after 9/11, simply for the chance to deploy there, thinking my limited time in harm’s way (having previously earned a Combat Action Ribbon in Albania in ’97) would prove beneficial for a military that hadn’t seen major action in ten years (since Desert Shield/Desert Storm).
But all I did was play hurry up and wait for two years in the Marine Corps Reserve, while other members of the military overthrew the Taliban and searched for Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks.
Besides watching helplessly (and constantly) from the States the past 20 years, I’ve also written two books about Afghanistan (Hill 406 and Afghan Storm), so it’s safe to say my interest in the country is fairly high.
Most of the fighting the past few days since my last post on Friday has been centered around Herat, the provincial capital of Herat Province, where roughly half a million people live.
Herat is in the western part of Afghanistan, and it’s a huge city, as this image shows.
And while the Taliban made serious thrusts into the city, the Afghanistan government deployed a large assembly of Special Forces, who joined by local militia, managed to push the Taliban back.
And you can hear just how defiant the people are in Herat in this clip, which followed the heaviest day of fighting.
It appears as though Herat will hold. And I’m reminded of what President Abraham Lincoln once said, more than 100 years ago: “In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed.”
There is other Afghanistan news, such as U.S. planes now bombing the Taliban again, Taliban attempts to free thousands of Taliban prisoners, Lashkar Gah (another provincial capital) in the fight of its life, etc, but I worry I have pushed my luck with how much we’ve already talked about the country in this post. More to come in the future, for sure, but for now, I just hope the good people of Afghanistan can hold out against the terrible Taliban, who have already been executing some males and doing public hangings. (I’m not linking the latter item because it’s too horrific, but you can find photos on Twitter, and they’re real, unfortunately.)
I still say we should arm Afghan women.
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There were three small bits of news that related to our ability to counter China that I wanted to point out today.
First, I wondered if this is an early glimpse of the future of warfare? A rapid deployment of drones?
Similarly, U.S. Army airborne soldiers packed up, rode for 20 hours in planes, and dropped in on an airfield, just to prove they could do it. (I’ll pass on the 20-hour flight; or the parachuting in.)
Finally, Japan showed off a re-designed ship that can work as a sort of mini-carrier with F-35s. (Reminder for those who missed it: Japan has already agreed to help defend Taiwan.)
All of this is just a reminder that China is encountering a new reality.
Moving on, I came across this incredible story about a soldier receiving the Medal of Honor for the last bayonet charge of the Korean War. If you have a moment, it’s worth the read for sure.
Last but not least, in case you haven’t been keeping up, a lot has been happening in South Africa of late. Here’s a great video put out by the Economist that talks about what’s behind the riots there, which have left more than 300 people dead.
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