ANA Security

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier provides security during a foot patrol in Allikozai village, Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2010. U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division patrolled the area with ANA soldiers to meet with village elders and deliver funds to help repair a mosque. (DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. William Price, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier provides security during a foot patrol in Allikozai village, Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2010. U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division patrolled the area with ANA soldiers to meet with village elders and deliver funds to help repair a mosque. (DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. William Price, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

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  1. His bling is red, white, and blue, man!

    We’re winning the minds of the gang bangers on the street!

    Or, um, on the cart path/sewer system/water supply, or whatever that is….

  2. His machine gun looks like one of those wooden trucks from the Dangerous Roads series on History Channel. All he needs are some cute stickers to round it out.

    Toejam, I saw that yesterday. Sad news, but a great life. Time for a Band of Brothers marathon tomorrow on my day off.

  3. More worrisome than the bling – or the stylish beret instead of a helmet, is the ammo. You DON’T take the ammo out of the boxes. The boxes are made to attach directly to the gun so you aren’t exposing ammo to the elements.

    The first time he has to dive into a hole or hit the deck, those pretty belts of ammo are useless until cleaned and any bent links removed.

  4. LOL! Great photo…………..and an even better reaction, from my peers here at MO, of well…………would I be out of line to describe it as “awe” LOL!!

    Brings back fond memories of tour around the “The Friendliest Country in the World, Possibly the Universe!” (according to Afghanistan Online…..Murdoc’s little known younger cousin).

    http://www.afghan-web.com/

    As we were traveling about, spreading democracy, modern western style policing methods, or freeing the peaceful Afghani people from the scourge of drugs we encountered many individualistic and stylish members of both the ANA and ANP. My favorite was the gate guard at the Urusgan provincial Governors Compound in Tirin Khowt. To this day, I kick myself for not getting a pic of the guy (I was pulling PSD for a visiting American Colonel, and part of my job description was to pretend I was semi alert while performing my duties). Anyway………Mr. Gate Guard was the picture of martial splendor, straight outta Gunga Din mixed in with some Road Warrier. Huge Turban with jewealry, very swarthy countenance, HUGE manly beard with and outstanding walrus mustache, ANP uniform jacket hanging open, decorated with more jewelry and a bright sash, cum belt with a very large ornate dagger/sheath stuck in it. And what I can only describe as some seriously bitchin’ pantaloons and boots with upturned toes. ****** awesome!

  5. Damn! I forgot to mention his AK, which is what I intended to post about before I become lost in nostalgia. All the wood was covered in some sort of real shiny reflective metalised material; kinda like green aluminum foil or something. All the metal was cover in elaborate central asian sworls and swirls like you see all the time on the local jingle trucks or motorcycle rickshaws. Add in a couple very stylish bright bows and braided cords with metal looking beads dangling from the barrel and trigger guard, and this bad boy was one tricked out AK! BTW: He offered to trade it for my partner of the day’s (Navy Lieutenant in BDUs) rifle; an M4/203 combo. See………..everybody else’s stuff always looks better! LOL!

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