April 28th, 2010
05:56 PM ET

Photo Spotlight: Leaflet drop

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies toward the Joghatoe District, Logar province, southeast of Kabul, where it will drop leaflets announcing a radio broadcast.

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  1. Pvt. Ryan, US Army

    I served the army. I have to thank all the soldiers who is fightning for our will. We all are shooning and fightning in afgan. 2 years in service. I was in one of those helicopters and helped drop the fliers. It was not fun but i still had a first helicopter ride. I always want to see my parents. I'm right now in afgan. I feel sad people killing people.. I wish the war ended.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sgt. Rob Morneau, US Army

    Unfortunately Paramedic, we are guests here at this point, and taking over radio transmissions is not quite the kind of behavior that keeps us in the good graces of the populous. If you turned on your AFN radio in Iraq, or your AFN television, what would your reaction be if all you could receive was anti-American propaganda?

    The pamphlet drops are a compromise at best. I am sure the pamphlets don't say "retain this paper for future reference". Since most of the population including a large portion of the Taliban do not read or write, It is simply one way among many that we are trying to spread the facts about our presence here. The same thing was done in Iraq with some success as I recall.

    At any rate, stay safe, and soon enough all of us will be home to debate these issues over a cold one.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Pvt. Ryan, US Army

      Hahaha... your right.

      June 1, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Iraq Paramedic

    Can anyone say "Good Morning Vietnam" sounds like some poor Afghans that will be caught by the Taliban with these leaflets are going to be tortured or killed for cooperating with the infidels. I am sure that Greg & the rest of the brave men & women over there are doing their best & are hoping the Afghan Government, Army & Police mature & do there rightfull part. Radio is the most readily available sorce of mass comunication but, couldn't we with all our technology just override the existing signals & do the broadcast anyway, you know send out times that way so the Taliban won't have any excuse to kill inocent people carrying a piece of paper. I don't know I am just asking.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Col Gregory Breazile, USMC

    Radio is the best way to reach the Afghan population since most don't own a TV or have Internet. I am serving with the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (www.ntm-a.com) and we are trying to inform all Afghans about what we are doing to build their security forces. Radio is a good means. I actually had an interview on a radio station where the Afghans called in with their questions and I answered them. It was a great experience and the callers really just wanted to know what was going on and how we were building their forces. They want peace and are overall thankful for our forces being here. They have a much better life now then they had under the Taliban. We will keep pushing until the Taliban are defeated and the Afghan people have a secure environment.

    Semper Fi,


    April 29, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |