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"Meanwhile, in the war in Afghanistan..."

"Meanwhile, in the War in Afghanistan..."

The decade-long conflict may be old news at home, but in one
Marine platoon, it starts new every day

Wall Street Journal April 9, 2011

On March 17, St. Patrick's Day, a dozen Marines, coated in mud, were sloshing through poppy fields in southern Afghanistan. Walking point for the patrol, Lance Cpl. Cody "Yaz" Yazzie swept a small metal detector back and forth. Twelve grunts from the Third Platoon followed carefully in his footsteps.

Back in the U.S., the news was dominated by events in Libya, the start of March Madness in college basketball and the latest court appearance of Lindsay Lohan. The fighting season in Afghanistan had begun, too, but in the U.S., the decade-old war is now largely ignored.

It can't be ignored here in the farm fields of Sangin district, where the Taliban have buried thousands of improvised explosive


Added: Apr-12-2011 Occurred On: Apr-12-2011
By: milfred
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Afghanistan, Middle East
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  • Bing West is a good writer.

    Respect to our troops.

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  • "Marines run toward our bullets."

    Hero's. Every single one of them.

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  • Bring them home. A waste of life and money.

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  • Who cares? Spare me the drama. If they don't get the credit they deserve, then refuse to fight and face courtmartial.

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    • Unfortunately your 'plan' wouldn't work as most well-trained soldiers possess things known as self-discipline, self respect and loyalty.

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    • Spoken like a true idiot, and given the bravery that Canada's soldiers have shown over there you could give a little more respect. BTW, no drama in the text just facts arm chair.

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    • The Canucks are doing heavy lifting in Afghanistan. True professionals and fearless....if Americans (like the douchebag from "RedEye" on Fox) don't get that...then they are retards.

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    • The article is a propaganda piece. Canadian soldiers may as well be american....aiding and abetting torture, committing and forgiving warcrimes, colluding with a rage filled american army, etc. If that's bravery and heroism, you can have it. If canadian soldiers were defending canada, they'd have my respect. They're there because they'll lose their job if they don't go(or at the least ruin their career or face ostracism.)Some are true muslim haters and rise to the occasion to kill them all for t More..

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