March 11th, 2010
12:43 PM ET

Photo spotlight: Readying for troops

On Thursday, U.S. Army soldiers from the 60th Engineer Company construct a perimeter wall while expanding an American military base for incoming troops in Kandahar province. Bases across southern Afghanistan are being enlarged to accommodate the surge of fresh troops ordered by President Obama as part of the new war strategy. Earlier this week Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, vowed that coalition forces "are absolutely going to secure Kandahar," as security efforts expand in the country's south. In February, Operation Moshtarak was launched in Marjah, Helmand province.

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  1. Gate Latch 

    we always use surge protectors at home because the electricity is very ustable*"'

    October 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Luke Jackson

    surge protectors are really needed for home appliances and PC;`.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. `Thermoplastic Elastomers

    surge protectors could really save your precious appliances agains voltage spikes-"`

    August 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom Zart


    Weakness invites moral plight, war and aggression
    Encouraged by mistrust, misjudgment and delay.
    All we love can be destroyed and transformed
    By the powers of darkness maneuvering our way.

    When something wicked stares us in the face
    To corrupt our morals, faith and resolve.
    God gives us courage to defend what’s right
    No matter the sacrifice or danger involved.

    Evil seeks to destroy the good in man
    And silence the memory of God’s law.
    It’s up to the faithful to stay unyielding
    Defending the liberty and justice of all.

    Our men and woman who serve in harm’s way
    Are the armor of what the free world depends on.
    Without their sacrifice of body and soul
    All that we stand for is gone.

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    May 14, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. S.Dixon, Kentucky

    My son is one of the soldiers that will be going to Afghanistan soon. I am very proud of him for serving our country. He is in the National Guard, and has already served a tour in Iraq.I pray for him daily, and pray for the other brave men and women who are sacrificing thier lives to proudly to serve ther country. Please remember them in your prayers as I do.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Major T, then you must have sucked up a lot of depleted Uranium dust. Did you submit a baseline urinary check for Uranium contamination when you returned to the States after your deployments?

    The total tonnage of depleted Uranium fired and dropped on Iraq and Afghanistan are equal to what would be dispersed by 400,000 nuclear tests. Needless to say with the seasonal sandstorms, microscopic depleted Uranium particles would be swept across those entire country's and regions.

    With a 1/2 life of radioactivity at 4.5 Billion years, that places depleted Uranium at the top of the list on area denial substances at 4.5 Billion years.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. r mcnertny

    Cheaper to rehab all the abandoned forts left by the brits and russians over the years

    March 16, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. cyberscriber

    All Military Campaigns success or failure hinge upon 1)The weaponry,2) Terrain and Situation, 3) Logistical Support, 4)Available and accurate Field Intelligence, and finally the #5,The Will to stick with it and win.America thinks it can solve all problems by throwing money at it. Usually all they do is feed more corruption within its own government, and the foreign government as well. Starving people cannot eat dollar bills, or buy when there are no stores. The enemy knows America is going home in 6 to 18 months, and they are more than willing to fight for their own lands for 20 to 100 years. America doesn't have that kind of will or staying power. This lack of resolve is only exceeded by the American Governments lack of good viable ground intel. The fact that most of the People in Charge don't know the difference between a Sunni, or a Wahabee Islamic group is a simple example. They don't know Islam (The religion, the culture, or the Islamic arm of the Governments run by the Koranic laws or variants there of. Furthermore, they don't want to know. They are much more interested in getting new phones, cars, status, money or getting promoted or re-elected to give a damn about details on the ground. American soldiers have lost their lives in fighting since 2003 because of these and other problems. I have a 19 year old son at an Army FOB
    . The enemy has no standardized uniform, can be of any age or sex, and can walk around with impunity among the local non-violent citizens who will not reveal who are the fighters. The fighters, are from where?,,,They report to who?. Their location is where? There motivation and ideology is what? Without a clear answer to those basic questions,,ie who are we fighting? The war is just a tool to spend more money on American war technology to assure the rest of the world that we are the dominate super power on the globe. The Vietnam war with the Gulf of Tohnkin Resolution and 35 thousand Americans dead, was just the same kind of testosterone driven pissing contest with the Communists. Rules of engagement consist of shoot back if you are being attacked. Some Strategy. Have we found enough WMDs or credible terrorist threats to justify even being in South Asia? I don't think so. Send American troops home to defend the Constitution from Legislators who still think clinging to their party lines is a way to service the needs of the American people.
    The Presidents strategy is a failed one from the start. The number one Ramadan present this year has been????You Guessed "Surge Protectors!".

    March 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alberto castro


    March 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Major T

    I lived in three different forward operating bases (FOB) in Iraq. Life in the FOB is made easier with good security. Having good food helps. In Iraq there was a small infrastructure to build on. In Afghanistan there is nothing to build on. So it will be very expensive to build, maintain, and run operations from FOB in Afghanistan. I would rather stuff money in a can and bury it in the yard then to waste money to support a FOB in a lost war in a third world country that does not want our help. Kill Osama bin Laden and come home.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Maiwand

    History is just repeating itself......

    March 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Devis Sri lanka

    the Engineers in the US Army and other freedom fighters in the desserts are working so hard .May all the peace loving people remember them in their daily prayers and thank you God for your power and wisdom within them.In the same manner to return to their families after the great work done.Amen.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    I can almost hear the conversation in the photo, 'Do you think the Taliban fighters will like this base after we are gone' asks one. The other replys, 'Of course, it cost us 70 million to build it and theyre' getting it for free, what's not to like'.

    All of these new bases and structures are going to end up in the hands of the 'Taliban' shortly after America pulls its troops out of Afghanistan. These 700 bases across Afghanistan should be temporary at best, not the large base citys with very expensive infra-structure which many of them now have.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |