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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Hero Shots

Friday, May 21, 2010

Colleague Jeremy and I have been toying with the idea of starting a new business: Hero Shots.

In a nutshell it is a photographic services that makes you look cool, tough and or bad ass.

Typical clientele would be egotistical security contractors, journalists and diplomats.

Here is some examples:


 anyone....
posted by Travis, 3:47 pm | link | 7 comments |

A long way to post

A month ago someone contacted me saying that they wanted to send me a free piece of jewelry in exchange for a review on my blog.....

I thought sure if you can get your product to Afghanistan then ill review it.

Sure enough last week a small package arrived with a 'Love Ring' inside. Impressed I am that is made it all the way here. So if anyone is looking for the purrrrfect ring to express you feelings to that someone special then look no further!

http://www.jewelryartdesigns.com

Now i just got to find someone to give this ring to............
posted by Travis, 3:33 pm | link | 4 comments |

The Taliban strikes back

By DEXTER FILKINS

Taliban insurgents launched a brazen but ultimately futile assault on the American base at Bagram on Wednesday morning, igniting a ferocious gun battle that left at least one American contractor dead, a dozen soldiers wounded and 10 guerrillas dead.

Four of the insurgents wore suicide vests but were killed before they could detonate them, American officers said. Earlier in the day, a Taliban spokesman had claimed that seven fighters had struck at Bagram’s gates and allowed 30 others to get inside.

Americans officers said the attempt failed.

“At no time were Bagram defenses breached,” said Col. Wayne Shanks, a spokesman for the American command. No suicide bombings succeeded, he said.

Still, the attack represented an aggressive attempt by the Taliban to strike at one of the most important symbols of American power here. Bagram Air Base, about 50 miles north of Kabul, is one of the largest American bases in the country and the headquarters for the military campaign in the east.

While the details were sketchy, it seems clear, given the number of American casualties, that the Taliban fighters had successfully infiltrated the area and achieved some level of surprise on the heavily fortified base.
posted by Travis, 10:30 am | link | 4 comments |

M2M expo featurung My images and vids

M2M held an exhibition titled Streets of Afghanistan in Denver, Breckenridge [USA] with some of my video and images from the streets of Kabul



Check out M2M work at this link:

http://www.mountain2mountain.org/
posted by Travis, 10:26 am | link | 1 comments |

Afghan passenger plane crashes

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/05/201051793149842954.html

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Search craft on Thursday spotted the wreckage of a commercial airliner that disappeared Monday while flying over Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountains with 44 people on board, including 6 foreigners, officials said.

Photos supplied by NATO forces show that the plane had broken into four pieces that were strewn across a steep mountainside, suggesting that it was unlikely that anyone survived. It was not known whether any of the helicopters flying over the crash site for much of the day were able to land on the rugged terrain.

The airplane, an Antonov-24 operated by Pamir Airways, was flying from the northern city of Kunduz to Kabul when air traffic controllers lost track of it north of Kabul, the capital. Three British citizens and an American were among the six foreigners who were on board, officials said.

Poor weather and the rugged mountains hampered the search, but aircraft confirmed that the tail section had been found in mountains about 24 miles north of Kabul

posted by Travis, 10:09 am | link | 1 comments |

White City UNPLUGGED

check out the live recording here:
http://www.myspace.com/whitecitykabul

and here is a vid:


Predator from Combat Commo on Vimeo.
posted by Travis, 10:05 am | link | 0 comments |

US Afghanistan death toll passes 1,000

The American death toll in Afghanistan has passed 1,000 after a suicide bomb struck a NATO convoy, killing 18, including five US soldiers.
posted by Travis, 10:03 am | link | 4 comments |

Combat Comms proudly presents: THE ANJUMAN

Monday, May 10, 2010

Last year we had our sights on the 4500m Anjuman Pass

We climbed
We conquered
We were arrested
Twice

check it out here:

http://www.vimeo.com/11595982

posted by Travis, 8:53 am | link | 6 comments |

Taliban to launch major offensive in Afghanistan

(Reuters) –
Taliban insurgents announced on Saturday an offensive against NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan, just as Afghan President Hamid Karzai is due to travel to Washington.

In a statement from an email usually used by Taliban militants, it said the new offensive will begin from Monday and would target foreign troops, Afghan government officials, and foreign diplomats with suicide and roadside bombings.

"In order to expedite the momentum of the Jihadic activities, the Islamic Emirate announces this spring operation by the name of Al-Faath (victory) to be launched against Americans, NATO members and their surrogates," the statement said.
posted by Travis, 8:44 am | link | 0 comments |

Congrats to Maral



Maral just won first place in the Moody melancholic masterpiece category at the AVIMA Awards for the song – My Clothes on Other Bodies
maral 199x300 FULL AVIMA 2010 Winners List (Official Release)

Check out a personal message from Maral here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzILfuDIFcI
posted by Travis, 8:38 am | link | 0 comments |

Mock Canberra village teaches Afghan survival skills

Australian police sent to Afghanistan have been trained in a mock village on the outskirts of Canberra.

The latest group of AFP officers was formally farewelled in Canberra earlier this week.

The contingent bring the number of AFP officers in Afghanistan to 28.

Assistant AFP Commissioner Peter Drennan has told a forum at the Canberra University that police have had to learn skills like bartering to survive in a foreign culture.

"We have a purpose-built village which is part of our international deployment group at Majura," he said.

"It's a replica of an indigenous village in a non-descript country, and they actually spend time there in as real as type circumstances as possible to replicate conditions when they arrive."
posted by Travis, 8:33 am | link | 1 comments |

Winter Collection for a song

My dearest Min Furn is having a private sale of her woolen garments, if you are in the grand city of Melbourne go down and check it out:



This year, the winter soiree will be held at the lovely Mr. Wilkinsons. Please drop by to say hi, for a glass of wine and to check out the current range. Current designs will be available for sale and to order, and past designs for sale. All pieces are priced at 40% less than RRP.

When: Wednesday 12th May, 6-8pm
Where: Mr. Wilkinsons
295 Lygon St,
Brunswick East

Support locally designed and crafted knitwear and please pass this onto anyone who may be interested!

Practicalities: I will be accepting cash and a laptop with an internet connection will be available for funds transfers.

Check out www.wendyvoon.com for the latest collection.

Hope to see you there!

--
Wendy Voon
Knitwear Designer Maker
Website: www.wendyvoon.com

posted by Travis, 8:32 am | link | 4 comments |

Respect to M.I.A.

GINGERS: RUN WHILE YOU CAN!

posted by Travis, 8:30 am | link | 5 comments |