Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Ladin is dead - Afghanistan

Osama Bin Ladin is in Jalalabad we're watching the breaking news holding our breath. What is this going to mean for us here on small outposts in Kunar Province up in the mountains on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Our FOB went from a Charlie Alert, to Delta and back down to Charlie. This means we don't have to walk around vested up with helmets, which I have to tell you is hot as hell, plus if you get a direct hit, mortar or RPG, you're dead. There are sandbagged bunkers everywhere for you to run for cover, but if the Taliban gets in the wire it's not good, especially for us that cannot carry a weapon.

Besides the possible retaliation for the death of Obama there is also the "Transfer of Authority". Last year this was a deadly time as it is spring and the Taliban is coming out from their caves.

So here in northeastern Afghanistan, close to the border of Pakistan, the celebration of the death of Osama Bin Ladin seems surreal.