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URGENT WEATHER ALERT ISSUED: Afghanistan US Soldiers under 4 feet of snow.(MAF email)
Move America Forward ^ | December 12, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 12/12/2008 5:41:59 PM PST by Syncro

URGENT WEATHER ALERT ISSUED: 2:57 PM PST // 5:57 PM EST

Strong storms are forecast to strike positions of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by Monday.  Snow will blanket many parts of the country where U.S. troops are stationed, and temperatures will plunge down to the single digits in some locations. 

We here at Move America Forward have been monitoring this situation closely and a complete weather report follows below.

Weather report from Afghanistan follows, along with first-hand report from military support family on four feet of snow that has blanketed soldiers at OP Fritsche.

 

We are saddened to think of our brave troops enduring single digit temperatures by next weekend as they trudge through the snow - far away from their homes, family and friends as Christmas approaches.

Here is a report we received a few days ago from a supporter who sends items to our troops in Afghanistan:

I’m emailing you because your email struck a sensitive note with me.   Please do not take my email as negative.  It’s just that I’ve been supporting troops in the northeastern provinces of Afghanistan (Nuristan, Kunar, Nangahar and Paktika) for about three years now beginning with the 10th Mtn 1-32 then the 173rd, 2-503 and now the 3-1, 6/4 Cavalry. 

When I read your statement “In fact, snowfall should begin in these areas within the next couple of weeks…” I couldn’t help but think about our Soldiers at OP Fritsche who are already under 4 feet of snowWho barely got simple and rustic plywood shelters built before the snowfall. 

That have only dirt on the roofs to keep the bullets out but didn’t have time to properly roof them before it became too cold and snowy.  We have sent several 40’ X 60’ and 50’ X 100’ tarps to them to keep the melting snow from dripping through on them. 

And I couldn’t help but think about our Soldiers at two other Ops that have been under snow for three weeks now; who are lucky if they get two resupply opportunities a month because of their proximity to the Pakistani border, the danger of resupply (which is only at night and the helo can only stay on the ground for 5 minutes – NO exaggeration). 

The Soldiers, at times, must ration everything.  No showers, no electricity, no hot meals, not outside communication, in fire fights every day and often more than one a day. 

 


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; maf; military; moveamericaforward; soldiers; troops

1 posted on 12/12/2008 5:41:59 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Wow... our troops defeated global warming!


2 posted on 12/12/2008 5:42:41 PM PST by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: pnh102

LOL, yea they are pretty awesome!


3 posted on 12/12/2008 5:51:27 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro

It is amazing how we tend to take things for granted when these brave young men and women give so much. I am glad you posted this to remind us to keep all of them in our prayers and maybe even move a few to get involved and send them a little something.


4 posted on 12/12/2008 5:52:57 PM PST by angelsonmyside
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To: Syncro

Damn. Global warming over there too.


5 posted on 12/12/2008 5:55:43 PM PST by tips up
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To: Syncro
I'm here in Upsate NY. It's cold out but I'm toasty warm in my comfortable home. I won't complain about it for the rest of winter.

God Bless Our Troops, our allies and President Bush. Thank You and Merry Christmas to All.

6 posted on 12/12/2008 5:59:36 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: All
Check out these threads also:

7 posted on 12/12/2008 6:08:15 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Thank you. Thank you all.

You are the best of us.


8 posted on 12/12/2008 6:17:02 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: Syncro

They are grunts and grunts can hack it!


9 posted on 12/12/2008 6:20:38 PM PST by meandog (Wasilla warrior in 2012!)
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To: Syncro

The Soldiers, at times, must ration everything. No showers, no electricity, no hot meals, not outside communication, in fire fights every day and often more than one a day. ****

My neighbor Joe just went back 8 weeks ago for a year in Afghanistan...he said he would rather spend 2 years in Iraq than 6 months in Afghanistan.


10 posted on 12/12/2008 6:25:26 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Forget the 3AM phone call. Obama can not even answer the phone at 3PM.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

“My neighbor Joe just went back 8 weeks ago for a year in Afghanistan...he said he would rather spend 2 years in Iraq than 6 months in Afghanistan.”


Please relay our thanks and support to Joe and his buddies.


11 posted on 12/12/2008 6:40:01 PM PST by unkus
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To: Syncro; Jarhead2844; USMCWriter; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ...

Ping


12 posted on 12/12/2008 6:48:17 PM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: freema
It is going to be a tough winter in Afghanistan. They probably are going to get record amounts of snow in most areas where mountain ranges exist.
The good news part is the Taliban and AQA and AQP will not be able to do a damn thing. Many new FOB and lesser stations will be set up by NATO and US troops, where it makes sense to do so.
In the spring or early summer once conditions allow the goon squads to yet again play games they are going to get their teeth kicked in royally.
13 posted on 12/12/2008 6:57:06 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice.)
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To: meandog
Yea, they don't need no help.

No tarps, no care packages.

Some of us like to acknowledge the fantastic job they are doing though.

We all know they can handle it mean dog.

You can go to MAF or dozens of other organizations to send them some goodies if you would like to.

14 posted on 12/12/2008 7:03:44 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Gosh,we pray for them everyday.


15 posted on 12/12/2008 7:06:52 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: freema

Thanks for pinging your list, freema!


16 posted on 12/12/2008 7:07:08 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
The Soldiers, at times, must ration everything. No showers, no electricity, no hot meals, not outside communication, in fire fights every day and often more than one a day

Wow! Just like American warriors have done for 233 years. I think they can handle it. God bless them all.

17 posted on 12/12/2008 7:17:23 PM PST by chesty_puller (70-73 USMC VietNam 75-79 US Army Wash DC....VietNam was safer.)
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To: Syncro
And we are concerned on this thread:

CA: Rain, wind, snow to pummel the region (Wet Week Ahead Alert!)

18 posted on 12/12/2008 7:17:24 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: fatima; Syncro

>> Gosh,we pray for them everyday.

Indeed!


19 posted on 12/12/2008 7:18:49 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: My Favorite Headache

Viper Company at The Tip of the Spear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Q6Bi-G3D4


20 posted on 12/12/2008 7:24:47 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: Syncro
Yea, they don't need no help. No tarps, no care packages. Some of us like to acknowledge the fantastic job they are doing though. We all know they can handle it mean dog. You can go to MAF or dozens of other organizations to send them some goodies if you would like to.

I do send packages...this is what grunts like (if you want to send one too):
Cigars (preferably Punch, Fuegos, Cohibas instead of White Owl, etc.)
Snuff (Copenhagen preferred)
Hot sauce (Texas Pete or Tobasco...kills the taste of MREs)
Gum (any brand)
Dried fruit, smoked oysters, and good sardines
Sun block (even in winter)
Cans of Beanie Weenies (always a favorite)

You can stay away from such items as crossword puzzles, popular coffee table magazines (unless porn), hankerchiefs, or fancy food items (like Godiva chocolate). Grunts don't read, eat or use them!

21 posted on 12/12/2008 7:28:48 PM PST by meandog (Wasilla warrior in 2012!)
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To: meandog

Cool, thanks for the reply.

Silly string is a good thing to send too.


22 posted on 12/12/2008 7:32:16 PM PST by Syncro
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To: chesty_puller

234

And God Bless them all again!

I think only one other poster mentioned “handling” it.
That was never the issue.

We know they are the best and will continue to kick ass what ever the conditions.

Nice to see ya, buddy.


23 posted on 12/12/2008 7:37:59 PM PST by Syncro
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To: fatima
Yes, I know you do fatima.

Lots of prayers go up for our brave warriors fighting to keep us free and safe.

Keep it up, as if I have to say that...

24 posted on 12/12/2008 7:42:03 PM PST by Syncro
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To: RummyChick

Incredible report.


25 posted on 12/12/2008 9:26:53 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (Forget the 3AM phone call. Obama can not even answer the phone at 3PM.)
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To: Syncro
They could be in Pocatello with single digit temperatures, 28 knot gusts and 2-6 inches of blowing snow this weekend. They would be welcome here...even if the weather isn't any better.
26 posted on 12/12/2008 9:30:51 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: pnh102
Wow... our troops defeated global warming!

Awesome!

27 posted on 12/12/2008 9:32:55 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: paratrooper82

Prayers are being sent to you and all your fellow Soldiers in harms way. Stay warm tonight and every night.


28 posted on 12/12/2008 9:53:56 PM PST by Chgogal (Voting "Present" 130 times might be a sign of a smart politician. It is not a sign of a good leader.)
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To: Syncro
It's that Brutal Afghan Winter™ again.
29 posted on 12/12/2008 10:10:39 PM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (ACORN is a criminal enterprise)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Of course that idiot Brian Williams pronounced it wrong. I think Part 2 shows the friendly fire that killed Sgt Penich. There is also one done that shows the reporter under fire as they hide behind a vehicle.


30 posted on 12/13/2008 4:50:56 AM PST by RummyChick
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To: Syncro
I can cope with any amount of heat you can throw at me, I love heat. But Cold weather destroys me. And the conditions those guys are in is just plain demoralizing.

Fortunately our guys are a heck of a lot better equipped to deal with it, it must now suck being an AlQuaider........

31 posted on 12/13/2008 4:58:46 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (What size shot works best on 4 calling birds?)
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