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Bird’s Eye View of FOB Ghazni

Looking at a Blackhawk about to take off out of window of an MI-8. World's colliding in the realm of military hardware. ©2009 Derek Henry Flood

Looking at a Blackhawk about to take off out of window of an MI-8. World's colliding in the realm of military hardware. ©2009 Derek Henry Flood

We weren’t told we’d be refueling at an 82nd Airborne Forward Operating Base. Even seeing a base like this without an ISAF accreditation or being “embedded” (a concept I loathe) is highly unusual. The American soldiers who refueled us didn’t even look inside to see a chopper full of journo’s from coalition member states. They only interacted with the ANA. Ghazni is the place to be if one desires to be in or around “Obama’s Viet Nam” as the press unoriginally and condescendingly labels the fight for Afghanistan.

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