Feb 21 at 11:11am by David Tate
In August 2004, I participated in the first independent embedment with the fledgling Afghan National Army. The adventure began in Kabul and ended in Herat when forces aligned with warlord, Ammanulah Khan, attacked the famous mujahadeen leader, Ismail Khan, from three directions. I just happened to be there the day it happened.
This story also covers the Afghan Government’s reaction to the attack, which saw more than 1,500 Afghan soldiers and police respond to the crisis, the largest such endeavor ever taken on by the Afghan government. The move solidified the government’s hold on the country’s third most populous province and showed the world that the Afghan government did, in fact, have a stick big enough to wield outside the relative security of the capital.
Units covered: 76th Indiana Infantry Regiment (ETTs), Afghan National Army/Police, Afghan Militia Forces.
Feb 20 at 4:04pm by David Tate
This report was originally filed in 2004 and continues the assessement of what was known as the “Reconstruction Phase” that the US military undertook in 2004. This story takes place in Ghazni Province and includes members of 2-87, 10th Mountain Division.
Feb 8 at 8:08am by David Tate
Another report is online, originally filed in 2004, regarding the development of the Afghan National Army. I spent many weeks with this army, in many places across Afghanistan, During that time I was a participant in the first independent embed in the history of the ANA.
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Feb 5 at 10:10pm by David Tate
Citize TV continues to post, for the first time to the world wide web, my reports originally filed from Afghanistan in 2004. This segment comes from Chapter 3 of “An Experiment in Democracy” entitled, “The Surge Force”, which highlights the 22nd MEU on their historic 2004 deployment to Uruzgan Province.
This particular segment deals with opium harvesters that are caught up in a Marine dragnet during “Operation El Dorado”, as Marines look for the killers of a fellow Leatherneck.