It's sad to think of all that was lost during the 2 Rifles tour, It was during this period that I lost My friend SSGT Oz Smidt (Team leader of Rainbow 6) , who you met and photographed during your embed, and if I know Oz, he would have regailed you with his sharp whit.
Unfortunately, those lessons which should have been learned haven't and yet again ISAF (in particular US Marines) are relearning those lessons.
In Afganistan, once you remove the security you create a vacuum, one that Terry Taliban is only too willing to fill. So yet again, we find ourselves trying to remove a ruthless, determined and deceptively versatile foe.
Once they are kicked back this time, lets hope that the powers that be don't rush to hand it back to them.
Keep up the good work Michael