The Bad Guys Step It Up

It has been fairly quiet these past few days. I have the disquieting sense that it is just the calm before the storm. 

Taliban attacks have been stepping up in complexity and audaciousness. In a well planned and bold ground attack on the largest military base in the country, Bagram was hit with a ground assault at about 0500hrs 19 May that took hours to counter with a number of casualties. 

At approximately 1950hrs 22 May, KAF took over ten rounds of well aimed indirect fire and a ground assault from the north, fortunately with no casualties. We could hear the crumps of the incoming rounds, the crackle of small arms fire and the heavy thumping of HMG as KAF reacted to the assault. Air assets were soon up and giving the attackers the good news, while I stood my QRF to, with SH and MK on stag all night to make sure the Neps on the wall were alert. Since then, we have upped our readiness and, without giving the game away, it is safe to say we are prepped. 

Tools of the trade


The ISAF build-up continues and barely a day passes without the sound of small arms and heavy weaponry from the range, where the incoming troops are getting their eyes in and drills sorted. The second half of 2010 is going to be an interesting time in Kandahar. 

12 days to the end of my rotation and leave.


~ by Centurion on May 24, 2010.

14 Responses to “The Bad Guys Step It Up”

  1. Only 12 days. I’d better make sure I get a beer on ice for you….or maybe two.

  2. Im a civvy working on-base, been here on and off for nearly a year now and that worse the worst i have experienced. Talking to some other folks who have been here for nearly 3 years and they think the same, hopefully no-one was seriously injured, keep safe, Rob.

  3. Wanted to thank you for putting up this blog. I have been reading it for a couple months and you have given some interesting insight. Thanks.

  4. Hey Centurion, hows the iphone holding up? Keep up the good work and keep ur head down… Btw did u know there is now a wordpress app so u can update ur blog on ur phone : )


    • Hy Scotty… got the app. Posted a while ago from the iphone using it. great stuff! And I’m old enough to remember running these sorts of ops from a ntoebook (paper-style) and a pencil

  5. I hope it helps to know that I’m one of I hope many that don’t know you but think about you through your writing. Please stay safe.

  6. Hey, thanks for your blog. I’m heading to KAF in 6 weeks, so the info is appreciated. muchas gracias.

    • Thanks Shatterfly. You take it easy in KAF: look before you cross and stay away from the fast food! Seriously, stay safe.

  7. been reading this since post one. good to hear that you’re getting a break soon. itd be good to catch up at some point when you get back. hopefully it all keeps calm for a little longer.

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