afghanistan

Helmand

The Sun Rises in Helmand: An award winning book of war poetry

“Welcome to Helmand. The leg lottery.” Helmand, Afghanistan was one of the bloodiest provinces of Operation Enduring Freedom. Improvised explosive devices were rampant, robbing young Marines of life and limb. In particular, the cities of Sangin and Marjah were viciously brutal. If you are unfamiliar with those battles, they highlight the very definition of American …

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Taliban

Did they just release 900 Taliban from prison?

The government of Afghanistan just released hundreds of Taliban prisoners as part of an attempt to make peace. Specifically, this was to encourage the Taliban to extend a three day truce. A truce the Afghan government claims has dramatically lessened violence. However, this comes shortly after a terror attack by an anonymous group on a maternity …

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Terrorists storm Afghan hospital, killing newborns and mothers

Panic-stricken mothers rushed alongside Afghan Security Forces, Tuesday. A desperate effort was underway to save lives. Militant terror forces had stormed a maternity hospital in the capital city of Kabul. The resulting bloodshed saw 2 newborns and 12 others dead. The gun battle lasted several hours before over 100 hundred mothers and babies were evacuated. …

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Taliban walks out of meeting, Afghan gov’t release 100 prisoners

Sometimes we wonder if the movie “Groundhog Day” was foreshadowing 2020. On today’s American Grit Live, we spoke about how the Taliban walked out of peace talks with the Afghan government. Well, less than an hour later, the headlines show 100 Taliban prisoners were released. Less than a month ago, we wrote a piece, here, …

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Afghanistan this week- Two presidents? Troops withdrawing? No peace deal?

Is anyone else getting whiplash from Afghanistan yet?  It seems they cannot make up their minds.  In the news this week- both presidential nominees took their oath, troops are withdrawing and there are reports the peace deal is off already. This also makes us ask- if there is no peace deal, why are we still …

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treaty

Taliban treaty- The end of war is peace?

This past weekend, the Taliban signed a peace treaty.  For most who have served, those are hard words to swallow.  The Taliban have been in Afghanistan for many decades, while the war with the US has been ongoing for almost two. First and foremost, the Taliban has to continue a “reduction of violence.” They had …

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Negotiating with Terrorists? US vs Taliban

Peace. War. Peace. War. Peace.  It seems at every turn, the Taliban changes the tune on what they want.  One moment they are claiming they want peace talks, the next- bombing troops.  It’s honestly giving us a headache, yet…. here we are… still negotiating. Earlier today the deputy leader of the Taliban, Sirajuddin Haqqani, even …

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Why is Veteran humor so offensive?

Imagine working in an office setting and the first time you ever meet the Vice President of your company, he yells “HEY YOU DUMB FUCK!” because he saw you standing on grass. Insanity, and maybe offensive, right? That’s how most Soldiers and Marines meet their First Sergeant. In that environment, you don’t have to know …

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Burn Pits 360: NDAA 2020 just the beginning

On Tuesday, we had Rosie Torres with Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization on a special American Grit Live.  There, we talked about the NDAA 2020 getting approved and what it means for the fight against burn pits.  Burn Pits 360 is currently working with Jon Stewart, several Veteran Service Organizations, and Grunt Style to come …

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