On Patrol with 2nd Platoon, Apache Company, 2-87 Infantry, U.S. ArmyOctober 2009 View All Stories
The Path to Yaghestan
Yaghestan means “land of the rebellious” and has been used at various points in history to describe the habit of Afghan alliances to splinter into a million tribal shards when overlords—foreign or domestic—push the limits of centralized control.
The Soft Knock
The soldiers have been patrolling and searching houses, directly engaging the enemy, but with the “soft knock” approach, the owner of a property must give his permission to the troops at his door before they can come in.