Am back in the thick of it. The area of Sangin, in Helmand Province, is very dangerous. British officers say there are more IEDs here than anywhere else in Afghanistan. Many casualties from this immediate vicinity. One soldier that I talked with today got knocked down two days ago by an IED. I have to shout while talking with him. He can hardly hear a thing. He's been blasted four times: twice in Iraq, and that was his second time here. Will be walking back into combat with him.
Am with an excellent British unit that I was with in Basra, Iraq. Anticipate immediate combat. Resupply helicopter was shot down here in last week or so, just near the perimeter. Soldiers here saw the helicopter crash and burn, killing all aboard. My helicopter flight made it in with no problems, but this remains a potentially hot LZ.
Meanwhile, please see the final photo-dispatch from Ghor Province.
Your support is crucial.-- Very Respectfully,