FOB Jackson is currently home to Battlegroup headquarters for 2 Rifles. The area around the river is called the “Green Zone,” but just as appropriately could be called the Opium Zone. During season, the area is covered with colorful poppies, whose 2009 products are probably showing up by now on the streets in Europe. European money flows back here and buys fertilizer in the Sangin Market, which can be used to make bombs, produce more opium, get more money and make more bombs and grow more opium and make more money and bombs and grow more opium. Sangin is at once an ATM and weapons bazaar for the enemy. Nearly all fatalities in this unit have been caused by fertilizer bombs. The decision to mostly ignore the drug dealers has been a strategic blunder.Via Calling England I learn that our bureaucratic Ministry of Defence has pulled the great battlefield photojournalist Michael Yon's 'embedded' credentials.
The same bloody wankers who've been buying new armoured death-trap vehicles for our troops to replace the old unarmoured death-trap vehicles have now pulled the plug on the only consistently honest down-and-dirty internet reporter about whom I know into operations within our defensive war against the jihadis.
He's supported solely by public subscription - in short, his honest non-mainstream media non snowjob reporting is all online and all financed voluntarily.
It's the essence of what the Internet and freedom-lovers the world over should be supporting.
But we're not supporting him, apparently, in sufficient numbers and he may have to stop reporting our side in September if we don't help.
So you can let the odious BBC and Newsweek and the New York Times and the Washington Post and the Guardian and the Independent and Sky and NBC, ABC, CNN and CBS go on monopolising the news war for their Islamist heroes, or you can help to maintain somebody who thinks that “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” He believes they are needed and do a job against all odds and including against their own worthless political class. He tells their stories and you can help him go on doing it here.
Please pass the news on.