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'Iraq was not like this. This is war-fighting'

12 September 2008

The serious fighting is just getting started.  There are far too few helicopters in Afghanistan.  Please send more helicopters, or more coffins.

Michael Yon
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

"Some of them are 18 going on 30," said one officer of the men under his command. "They've done a lot of growing up, fast."

The soldiers at the sharp end of Britain's battle against the Taliban in Helmand have fanned out from their hub at Camp Bastion, the biggest British base to be built in decades. They are ferried to their outposts by Chinook, flying high to avoid ground fire.

Click here to read the entire article in the Telegraph by Bill Neely in Gereshk




# Carol 2008-09-13 01:20
I think I remember Obama saying recently something to the effect that "Afghanistan is the right war", not Bush's "illegal war". Instead of talking serious business and doing whatever it takes to support all the troops fighting in a very dangerous war, we have to listen to candidates fighting like kindergarteners back and forth and talking about lipstick! I pray some day that more in this country wake up and understand what the hell is going on elsewhere in the world that eventually will trickle down into our little safe haven. When it hits us again, it's gonna hit hard.
Thank you for what you do, Michael. You are a true hero.
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# mcmill1599 2008-09-13 01:27
You don't pull your punches, Mike. Thats good.
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# stokes 2008-09-13 03:00
We all should write our senators and support Michael. Feel Free to copy my letter, below, to send to your representative.

God Bless you Michael Yon
Thank you for facing our enemy so bravely.

Dear Senator Daniel K Inouye

I am grateful for your heroic service for our country.

Today, I come to you with my hat in hand asking you, to hear the pleas of Michael Yon and many US Armed service members like him who are on the front lines of Afghanistan.

He is asking for more support, specifically helicopters, quoting his website:

12 September 2008

The serious fighting is just getting started.
There are far too few helicopters in Afghanistan.
Please send more helicopters, or more coffins.

Michael Yon
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan


I implore of you Senator Inouye, Please take the steps necessary now, to expedite their needs.

Thank you.

God Bless you.
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# Ed Rogers 2008-09-13 19:59
Does anyone know how to contact Michael Yon's attorney. There is a you-tube posting that I'm fairly certain is using his Photo(s) without authorization, for a purpose that I'm fairly certain Michael would not support.

They stole another poster's audio track and replaced the video with scenes of their own choosing, including Michael's most famous photo.

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# Ed Rogers 2008-09-13 20:08
Oh - the original, from which the audio was stolen is


It's actually worth watching.
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# Darren Stewart 2008-09-14 18:20

Thanks for the brilliant coverage. We have been in Afganistan for years. In all that time, the continuous requirement in all coverage of British operations in Afganistan, and in Helmand, is the urgent requirement for more Helicopters.

The British Government prefers to screw around with flight safety certification of fouled up Chinooks. These chinooks cannot fly in bad weather, but could take the weight in better weather, leaving those that can do bad weather, to do so. Still they screw around.

For many years, I have watched, as Britain and others cut spending, and retrenched their fighting forces to be like mobile, short course, world policemen. In Afganistan, this theory has hit the rocks. The theory was we all spend less on defense, and we all work together, to cover our joint requirements. In Afganistan, British soldiers are dying, because these shared resources are suddenly unavailable. Europe has 3000 Helicopters, most of Europe is in NATO. Tells its own story.

Continued coverage is required to SHAME countries who are supposed to be joint members of a commitment into an end to the screwing around, and the committments need to be honoured NOW. If you have no balls to actually fight, then hand the helicopters over to those who do, and will. I apply that to the penny pinching asswipes in Britian, who commit men to fight and ie, but lack the courage and balls to provide them with what they need. The lack of Helicopters for British troops in Helmand is a British scandal. And a NATO scandal. And a European scandal.

If this scandal continues, it brings to question everything. NATO membership, joint commitments on weapon programs, and spending, and in totality a review over the supposed co-operation that dries up everytime things get real. Some people, and some states seem to think their membership and commitment to NATO is a part time, good time thing. They need correcting yesterday.

We will not win by fighting in Afganistan in this half hearted political way. The men there are fighting too damn hard for this to continue. I ask anyone reading this to write to their MP, Member of Congress, House of Representatives , Presidents, Prime Ministers, others in a position to make things happen.

If NATO partners will not supply what is needed, then as ever, the Anglo-phile nations must procure and provide the helicopters. And it needs to happen NOW. Make no mistake, those helicopters are urgently NEEDED, and they are needed right now. Our men can wait no longer.
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# HLH 2008-09-15 01:07
Check the "Linking Policies and Media Inquiries" section under the "About Micheal" tab at the top of any page on this website.
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