Lieutenant General Adrian Bradshaw, Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, here reflects on recent visits to Helmand and eastern Afghanistan, and gains made by ISAF over the past year.
Lieutenant General Adrian Bradshaw CB OBE is Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. In the first of an occasional series of blogs, he reflects on recent visits to Helmand and Eastern Afghanistan and the gains made by ISAF over the last year.
Last week I was on patrol with British Servicemen in Helmand and, as ever, I was deeply impressed by their courage and dedication. With remarkable coolness, they remarked that the area in which we were patrolling is subject to improvised explosive device (IED) emplacement by the Taliban. The servicemen showed me where an insurgent had blown himself up trying to lay a bomb in the track just a few days before. My guides were wary of the risk, of course, and proceeded with understandable caution – but they were also confident in their drills, their equipment and their ability to stay ahead of…
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