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Living conditions are good — abundant food, air-conditioned tents, hot water, free internet — but most of the men are on their second, third or fourth tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, with barely a year between each. Staff Sergeant Erika Cheney, Airborne’s mental health specialist, expressed concern about their mental state — especially those in scattered outposts — and believes that many have mild post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “They’re tired, frustrated, scared. A lot of them are afraid to go out but will still go,” she said.
Lieutenant Peter Hjelmstad, 2-87’s Medical Platoon Leader, said sleeplessness and anger attacks were common. A dozen men have been confined to desk jobs because they can no longer handle missions outside the base. One long-serving officer who has lost three friends this tour said he sometimes returned to his room at night and cried, or played war games on his laptop. “It’s a release. It’s a method of coping.” He has nightmares and sleeps little, and it does not help that the base is frequently shaken by outgoing artillery fire. He was briefly overcome as he recalled how, when a lorry backfired during his most recent home leave, he grabbed his young son and dived between two parked cars.
Crying and trying to run / hide from the action
An Indian Soldier after getting a beating from Kashmiri locals.
Christina Palmer | The Daily Mail
A group of experts assigned to probe rising suicides among Indian soldiers in Kashmir have recommended sending the soldiers back to India at least once a month to be with their wives. Since this is not possible, India’s military leadership has taken a leaf from the book of the old Soviet army: A woman battalion at the war front. A committee headed by a Lieutenant General of the Indian army is putting last touches on the new battalion.
Dr. Israr Ahmed sheds some light on historical aspects of demand for Shariah Laws and Qazi Courts by people of Swat which was tired with corrupt Western judicial system. After sketching backgroun till third part, he explains the bigger game of Americans against Islam from fourth part.
Many brave men of the Pakistan army are falling in the line of duty. Some will be recognised, others will go into history as unsung heroes. Let’s not forget them and keep their spirit alive. This is the tale of a young officer, a lieutenant, with less than six months of service, who went beyond the call of duty. After receiving an SOS call from one of the patrols, which had come under ambush laid by the militants, the commanding officer ordered to immediately dispatch a party to beat back the militants and evacuate the casualties. The lieutenant volunteered himself for the task. He was not allowed as probably he was considered too young and inexperienced. The boy felt dejected but was overwhelmed with his commitment to the country.
When the party was leaving, he quietly sneaked into the vehicle, taking advantage of the darkness. When the party reached the ambush site and was dismounting, the captain leading the party noticed him. He asked him why he had come. The lieutenant replied: “Sir, I have attended anti-terrorist training and know how to tackle them. Now it’s time to use those skills”. Later the party successfully repulsed the militants. This officer got three bullet injuries and is now convalescing in a hospital — and looking forward to go into action again.
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MINGORA: The security forces entered the Swat area of Bahrain and people carrying national flags welcomed them with chants of ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ and ‘Pak Fauj Zindabad’, Geo News reported on Thursday.
A number of media outlets have also reported that the soldiers have been sharing their limited food rations with the local population trapped in the curfew, as well as harvesting crops and leaving them at the houses of farmers who had migrated due to the military offensive.
Related: The Gentlemen Soldiers of Pakistan
“There were checkpoints, bases and training centres in the mountains. We were clearing and destroying all this. They positioned snipers in holes made out of the walls of houses. They used civilians as human shields. They used to attack from houses and roofs.”
“They are well-equipped, they have mortars, they have rockets, sniper rifles and every type of sophisticated weapon,” said Lt. Zaigham.“I am certain that foreign elements are behind these militants. Can I ask something very simple — who are their sponsors? What are their sources of funding? Who runs their logistics?”
Kashif Abbasi visits our troops in Buner and witnesses first hand the battle against TTP Terrorists, as well as soldiers harvesting crops and leaving it at the houses of poor villagers who have had to leave due to the fighting. Pakistan Army Zindabad!
An interesting and thought provoking article from an Indian writer, Shivani Mohan, where she discusses the human side of soldiers and mentions a beautiful incident in 1965 when Pakistani soldiers had captured Indian territory and a whole village evacuated in face of advancing Pakistani troops, leaving behind 3 elderly Indian citizens. The two elderly men and a woman were well looked after by the Pakistani soldiers until ceasefire was declare and the three were joined by their families..
A high-level army court of inquiry probing the killing of two civilians in Indian-administered Kashmir has found three soldiers guilty of “lapses”.
The defence ministry said that the inquiry had singled out a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and two other soldiers.
The inquiry relates to the killing of two Muslim men last month in Bumai. Local residents allege that soldiers fired without any provocation and the deaths sparked mass protests. The army authorities initially gave conflicting versions of the incident – in which a civilian was also injured – but finally ordered the court of inquiry.
The military at first said that two unknown people masquerading as Indian soldiers had opened fire. Later it said the civilians had been caught in crossfire between troops and militants.