I’ll start by stating the obvious: Afghanistan is a dangerous place. But two incidents this week shed a bit more light onto how tenuous one’s safety can be, even in areas not previously known for high rates of violence.
McClatchy Newspapers’ Jonathan S. Landay was with a Marine embedded training team in eastern Kunar province when it came under fire. The unit was pinned down. They were told they couldn’t fire artillery and received no air support. Four Marines were killed, along with eight Afghan troops and an interpreter.
And New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell has written a detailed account of being taken prisoner by the Taliban and eventually being rescued by a British special operations unit. (A British soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed in the rescue operation.)