Fighting in Kandahar

by Joshua Foust on 9/8/2009 · 3 comments

Alex Strick van Linschoten has posted some video of a skirmish between Canadian forces and the Taliban just outside of Kandahar from last night.

Taliban attack Mahalajat (southern Kandahar City)

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BruceR September 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Dunno, Josh, when we saw this in K-Har when I was there such a display meant only one thing. We called it “Thursday.”

Joshua Foust September 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Man-love Thursday? I don’t get your point—does the regularity of gunfights make them less significant or interesting to see on video?

BruceR September 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

You’re right, more like “Tuesday.” Thursdays people were busy with other stuff…

My mangled point there was supposed to be that gunfire on the outskirts of Kandahar was at least a weekly and sometimes a daily phenomenon when I was there. So on one side I’m thinking, I just wasted 4 minutes watching something on YouTube I’d watched several times before in real life, and on the other I’m thinking “thanks for the memories!” Cheers.

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