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By Matthew J. Morgan

ISBN-10: 0275999998

ISBN-13: 9780275999995

ISBN-10: 0313344752

ISBN-13: 9780313344756

In October 2004, greater than 8 million electorate of Afghanistan became out to vote within the first democratic election within the turbulent, 5,000-year heritage of the rustic. This awesome voter turnout within the face of terrible threats and genuine bullets, rockets, and bombs was once a shout of defiance and an important setback to the previous Taliban regime and their al Qaeda allies. It used to be a gorgeous good fortune and severe breakthrough for the Afghan humans and for the us within the crusade opposed to overseas terrorism. The swap is extra dramatic than the yank Revolution, within the aftermath of which the recent American democracy maintained a consultant kind of executive just like its British roots. The switch can also be extra optimistic than the French Revolution, which degenerated into tyranny and anarchy. The Afghan Revolution of democratic governance, albeit aided and guided by means of foreign army and political powers, is hence the most ancient occasions of our time.Written by means of a former U.S. military intelligence officer, this booklet presents readers with a candid account of Afghanistan's first presidential election and its next transition to democratic self-governance. particularly, Morgan speaks to the safety equipment and the measures keeping the election. The election's protection method marked a defeat for the al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist insurgents trying to frustrate Afghanistan's transformation right into a democratic kingdom. Morgan's narrative of Afghan improvement is interspersed with firsthand, own debts from the author's eleven-month deployment as an officer serving within the U.S. army in Afghanistan. His stint there, embedded in the United international locations in a civilian-clothes position, permits him to jot down from the point of view of a UN protection officer, delivering insights past those who should be won at the battlefield.

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These units fall into four Regional Command Advisory Groups, mirroring the CJTF-76 regional commands, with the addition of the northern command that is controlled by the ISAF. The Afghan National Army training regional commands are known as RCAGs (Regional Command Advisory Groups). Camp Phoenix, Kabul, the headquarters for this training unit, was where I lived for most of my time in Afghanistan. Major Greg Hall was one of my roommates. He was assigned to Task Force Phoenix as a liaison officer from RCAG South.

S. Army and Operation Enduring Freedom could the chaplain possibly distribute crosses and other religious paraphernalia in one of the most conservative regions of the country. Any civilian missionary would surely have been killed many months before. S. national interest by confronting the Afghans’ own legal system. Finally, the conversion of indigenous people is not the role of the military chaplaincy. A chaplain’s role is to minister to soldiers who would otherwise not have religious ministry available.

It seems to me that most Army training time—and most Army time in general—is not spent in activities that are so memorable or exciting. Most of it is spent doing nothing, or something like it. This is why “Hurry up and wait” has become an Army motto, or so it seems from the regularity with which I have heard it repeated. I remember part of the last day of the school in which our platoon spent two hours in the stone parking lot. It is one of those gravel parking areas with little gray rocks. ” The platoon was divided into two groups, so that one was responsible for picking up rocks that had been dislodged from the parking lot and tossing them back into the gravel area.

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