Tag Archives: American army

Nuristan – province in terror as Taliban return

The Sunday Times The Al-Qaeda instructor spent an hour schooling his protégé, a 12-year-old Afghan boy, in the art of suicide bombing. Flanked by retired officers from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Arab militant is said to have shown the boy how to approach his target calmly before pressing the handheld button that would detonate […]

Chasing Taliban ghosts

The Sunday Times Two Taliban fighters crept into the middle of a dirt road near Kandahar city. Unaware that an American spy plane had spotted them, they began to dig a hole as the sun beat down on their heads. American soldiers at Forward Operating Base Wilson little more than a mile away watched the […]

‘Hang in there, man – talk about your baby’

The Sunday Times The blast from the mine tore into the American soldier’s body, tossing him backwards through the air like a rag doll. He spun in mid-flight and thumped onto a dirt path 20ft away. Silence descended for a moment as a large brown cloud of dust settled over his comrades where they crouched […]