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BBC Reporter Mervyn Jess with the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan.

February 9, 2011

“Once unpacked, the wire and geo-textile liner is filled with sand and gravel and you have a ready-made fortification capable of withstanding gun, blast bombs and rocket attacks. This is very reassuring from where I am sitting, because on the other side of these walls are what the soldiers call “the badlands”.

During the safety briefing, after our helicopter drop-off in the dead of night, one of the soldiers described the area as ‘highly kinetic’. In civilian speak, that means a lot of bullets flying about.”

As soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment and Irish Guards near the end of their tour of duty in Afghanistan, BBC Newsline journalist Mervyn Jess reports on life on the front line in southern Helmand.

This is a diary entry written by the light of a head torch in the relative safety of Khar Nikah forward operating base.

Mervyn Jess on the front line in Afghanistan with soldiers from the Royal Irish and Irish Guards.

Read the rest of Mervyn’s report here

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