Martin C. Evans

Where is your soldier in Afghanistan?

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2009 at 10:32 am

A U.S. soldier earlier this year in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, near a lawless region of the border with Pakistan. Another soldier, Lt. Michael P. Murhy, a Navy Seal from Patchogue, was killed near here in 2005.

Ever wonder where in Afghanistan your loved one is deployed?

The Washington Post can’t tell you where your son, your sweetie or your cousin “Gus” is spending the night. But a graphic on its website shows where in that Texas-sized country U.S. troops are stationed.

It also tells where the troops of our “partners” in the Afghanistan war are positioned. And they are not exactly shoulder-to-shoulder with us.

Most U.S. troops are arrayed along Afghanistan’s eastern and southern borders – areas that just happen to be home to the most Taliban activity, or the busiest opium and gun smuggling operations.

The troops of our partners mostly keep order in the quieter areas of Afghanistan, away from the rugged and dangerous border with Pakistan.

Here is a link to the Washington Post map differentiating U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Not exactly an equal commitment..

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