U.S. Navy Cmdr. Philip Kapusta, former Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team commander, accepts the Bronze Star from Polish Army Brig. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, Task Force White Eagle commander, during the Ghazni PRT change of command ceremony Nov. 6. The Bronze Star is awarded to members of all branches of military service and may be awarded either for combat heroism or for meritorious service. The ceremony was held on Forward Operating Base Ghazni
Polish 17th Wielkopolska Mechanized Brigade - COIN Counter Insurgency Training in Kabul - November 2010
Poland Celebrates Indepedence Day in Afghanistan - 11.11.2010
National Independence is a public holiday in Poland celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of Poland's assumption of independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia. The foundation of the Second Polish Republic is considered a key event in the history of Poland.
10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade of 8th Rotation of Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan - November 2010
Interior looks very modern, what was changed in Danas ?
Danas were upgraded with digital fire control system Topaz from WB Electronics.
Howitzer has new digital radios, digital intercom system (working on IP network), intercom (voice) terminals for every crew member and computer terminals with dedicated software.
Last picture was made inside a Honker serving as artillery command vehicle with Topaz system.
Was that combat shoting or exercises?
NATO and counternarcotics in Afghanistan
Friday, November 28, 2008
The Budapest informal meeting of NATO defence ministers, recently, in October, approved of tougher counternarcotics action in Afghanistan, mostly against major dealers and laboratories. This was the lowest common denominator which perhaps should not have been achieved. For me Haji Bashir's example shows that you cannot just take out individuals from a complex web of qawms and hope you can thus achieve lasting results in the face of an instantly non-replacable economic activity, in which extensive networks are involved. If you do that, it may even have destabilising/antagonising potential, as I think there may have been just such a destabilising effect with Haji Bashir Noorzai's removal.
I knew that at the time, in Budapest, countries like Germany, Italy and Spain were most opposed to backing any common resolution on the counternarcotics issue. I know that my country, Hungary, would never be among the most active in this domain. There seemed to be an agreement reached that it would still be left to individual ISAF member countries' discretion how much they were actually ready to do. But meanwhile some officials also seemed to imply to the media that there may be attempts in the future to micro-manage countries' stance in this respect, in somebody's desired direction, by "having" defence minister Mohammad Rahim Wardak (quite well-networked with some elite circles in the US) say publicy who is supposed to do more.
So I was wondering about other countries' approach, willing to know more about the issue. I'm doing some research on Poland at the moment, and I always suspected they would be among those generally not opposed to taking on more of a role in CN matters. I found what could appear to be photo proof of this, from Ghazni province, from ******* (the photos are dated November 25; I can't find a link to the original site now.)
Of course I don't pretend to know the context of the visual information presented here. I see what may be hashish plants burning. The Afghan soldier making a funny gesture in the picture below, on the left, is making some sort of joke that wasn't shared with me. (Was he standing too close to the fire, for too long? Is he just implying that for fun?) Anyway, here are those photos but that's as much as you and I get on this at the moment.
Operation "Autumn Adventure" - Polish 1st Motorized Company of Battle Group ALPHA at Ajiristan District, Ghazni Province - November 2010
and a few other photos ...
I enclose a few movies that have been posted on YT by my friend. Many people seeking information about the Polish military mission in Afghanistan have certainly seen them before...