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Published on December 29th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

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Afghanistan Today

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This pretty much says it all, no?

Col. Babagul Aamal is a proud veteran of 28 years in the Afghan National Army. Short and fit, with a thick black beard, he’s a leader who blurts out exactly what he’s thinking.

“I don’t talk politics — I talk facts,” Aamal said, wearing a sweater beneath his uniform in his unheated command office on a dusty base 40 miles east of Kabul.

It shames him, Aamal said, that he is not allowed to wear his pistol when he enters the fortified gate of the new American military base next door. Though he’s a brigade commander, he’s required to stand before an airport-type scanner with his arms raised, almost in surrender. [emphasis added]

Caption: A Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), watches cattle run for their lives while a CH-47 helicopter prepares to land on Landing Zone Shetland during Operation Saray Has July 19 near Forward Operating Base Naray, Afghanistan.www.army.mil” (U.S. Army Photo)

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Jasmin Ramsey is the editor of LobeLog and a journalist with a special focus on US-Iran relations. Her articles have appeared in numerous print and online publications including the Inter Press Service (IPS News), the Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Le Monde Diplomatique and Guernica Magazine. You can email her at jasmin[dot]ramsey[at]gmail[dot]com.



One Response to Afghanistan Today

  1. He is ashamed. And Americans should identify with that.

    What a sin it was for the US to think of invasion and correction for the good of USA global control of oil and money. Invasion has worsened the United States in every way, insidiously. The USA – once a great country. It makes one add to personal despair.

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