Tuesday, December 18, 2007
An Ambush That Can't Be Forgotten
Check out the story from CNN's Nic Robertson on CNN.com

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- I've been on many military embeds. But when I stepped off the Black Hawk Helicopter on September 12 at Forward Operating Base Keating, I knew it was like no other I'd been to.

We'd landed on boulders in the middle of two fast-flowing rivers, in the remote mountains of Afghanistan, just 15 miles from the Pakistan border. Mountains towered over us, incredibly steep and imposing, on all sides. The sun sets early here.

Read the FULL STORY on CNN.com

Watch for Nic Robertson's report tonight at 10p ET on 360
Posted By CNN: 6:54 PM ET
  13 Comments
Nic,
Nice to hear from you again! It's been too long!

I think that what all of these men and women are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan is nothing but amazing! To put their lives on the line day in and day out to let those people experience freedom like we have is so selfless! I am glad that you are telling their stories! And I too hope that the ones who lost their lives won't be forgotten. Hopefully some type of memorial can be made for them all.

Hope to see a report from you soon!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 7:09 PM ET
Nic/AC360:
This is exactly what we need to hear back in the states; we need to hear about the stories of our soldiers, about their dreams and about their losses.

Romancing the war doesn't give credit to the men and women who are bunkered down in mountain crevices or behind the green zone.

Instead, I would like to hear about what day to day is really like in Afghanistan, the fear they face, the friendships they cherish, and how their lives may have been changed forever.

I look forward to you report, Nic.
Posted By Blogger Sharon from Indy : 8:08 PM ET
Nic, thanks for being willing to go to those remote and dangerous spots !
I cannot fathom what it must be like for a soldier to be at war.
I appreciate reporters who go there and tell the soldiers' stories.

What kind of drugs do they give them??? Is a drugged soldier accountable for his/her actions? Doesn't sound good to me. If they are so emotionally traumatized, send'em home already so they can start the healing process.
Posted By Blogger Minou,NYC : 8:11 PM ET
Nic,
Nice to hear from you again! It's been too long!

I think that what all of these men and women are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan is nothing but amazing! To put their lives on the line day in and day out to let those people experience freedom like we have is so selfless! I am glad that you are telling their stories! And I too hope that the ones who lost their lives won't be forgotten. Hopefully some type of memorial can be made for them all.

Can't wait to see your report tonight!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:33 PM ET
You go Nic, I have been really depressed with the lack of coverage given to the announcement that they want to pull out of Afghanistan due to “lagging progress.” I mean talk about a forgotten war….sigh….I can’t imagine how if this is a lagging war how they can continue to justify Iraq. The questions that I have include: are they pulling out so they can go elsewhere? Are the troops stretched too thin so they need extra power in Iraq? I’m glad to see your report tonight, stay safe and if anyone is wondering what I’m talking about….

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/12/16/us.afghanistan/index.html?iref=newssearch

Marcy
Mobile, AL
Posted By Blogger beaslma : 10:20 PM ET
Shame on you, Anderson and CNN. As a war veteran, the father of two Afghanistan theatre veterans, AND a musician, I am aghast at the added upbeat soundtrack (any soundtrack) added to Nick Robertson's important report. The sounds of war are far more powerful--the silences are particularly salient. Are you trying to romanticize the situation? What will that accomplish?! Get real!!!!
Posted By Blogger James : 11:12 PM ET
Anderson: Please omit the catchy music in your next broadcast concerning war. The sound track of war is nothing so romantic as what was presented during Nick's report. As a war veteran and a father of two sons who have been in Afghanistan since 9/11 as soldiers (Iraq as well) I am offended by the musical soundtrack that CNN superimposed on that situation. The silences in the war zone are as powerful as the sounds. If you want to purvey the truth, leave out the upbeat, catchy drum beats and music. They serve the purpose of those who would make war a "Rambo" scenario. Thanks!
Posted By Anonymous James : 11:36 PM ET
Nic, it was such a pleasant surprise to see your entry on the blog - I follow your reports with great interest on CNN International, and look forward to your next posts.

I agree with Minou's comment that soldiers who are so traumatized as to need medication might be better off sent back home. It doesn't sound right, from any angle, to have them out on the field like that.

Isn't it interesting to note that the key phrase from every war that's ever been fought - WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and now the Middle East theatres - is, "Never Forget?" Yet somehow, we do forget - or if not totally forget, we push the memories aside for memorial days.

Thank you for helping us to remember.

Cynthia M. Genato
Makati City
Philippines
Posted By Blogger Starshadow : 12:45 AM ET
Thank you for the incredible report from Afghanistan. Lt. Alex Newsom is our son. The brief e-mails we receive from him do not begin to describe what we have seen in your report. The courage, anguish,and brotherhood shared among the troops leaves us humbled and speechless. These men are truly America's finest. Thank you for your courage in venturing there.

Mary and Bob Newsom
Posted By Anonymous maryte : 3:39 AM ET
As a mother of a son who was involved in this ambush I greatly appreciate the truth of this story finally being revealed.

Waiting for his return home,
Adrienne Anthony
Crescent City, CA
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 4:32 AM ET
Thank you so much for telling us about this battle and about these men. Their courage and sacrifice as they serve over there is humbling and awe-inspiring. Shame on us if we forget them.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 10:11 AM ET
Please bring us more stories like this! I was so proud of our fine young men and women, completely surrounded yet was able to make it out. It was sad that we lost two of our finest, but it could have been so much worse. I'm touched that they returned for the one fallen soldier.

WHY??

--With all of the money being spent on military technology, why can't we develop helicopters that can get the armor-improved humvees to their location?

--If we can't do that, why can't we figure out a way to send the humvees in two parts and technicians that can put them together?

--Why can't we make additional flights so that our soldiers in harm's way can get both the ammunition AND the food they need?

--Why did we move so many soldiers and equipment to Iraq before we made significant improvements in Afghanistan?

--Why can't there be a segment on Afghanistan and one on Iraq every day? These brave young people put their lives on the line for us every day, the least we can do is report/listen to reports about what they face. I know the second hour is a repeat, so apparently someone thinks there isn't enough news to fill two hours anymore (have to say WHY???) but perhaps someone else can introduce these segments...I'm sure it would be an honor.
Posted By Blogger Pixiedust : 11:46 AM ET
I watched the story, excellent material. However, as a combat veteran myself, I was somewhat offended by the cheap soundtrack and silly imagery such as the constant flashes to an AK-47 or RPM. It lowered what could have been an exceptional story to a second rate music video. Please present the facts in a professional manner and skip the theatrics. The story was engaging enough.
Posted By Anonymous Trevor : 1:02 PM ET
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