FRANCE 24's Nicolas Ransom and Mathieu Mabin spent a fortnight following the French commandos in Afghanistan.
Nicolas Ransom's notebook
I must get back to Kabul now. We’ll get a ride on a military convoy. We must leave quickly so as to reach Kabul early enough, to avoid the heavy traffic of the city. It’s night. Black night. A dark 1:30am dawn at the back of an armored vehicle. I can only see the lights of the cars driving towards us. Drivers are honking. It seems all of them are… In Afghanistan military convoys never stop, even if they have to drive on the wrong side of the road or even leave the road… Every vehicle is potentially dangerous. Suicide attacks with loaded vehicles are quite frequent here. Jean GAEL and his unit lost one of their comrades last September 21st. A 16-year-old kid exploded as a convoy was passing by. We reached safely Warehouse, the French camp in Kabul. It was one heck of a rodeo in an armored vehicle.
Date created : 2007-11-02