Bamyan

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Memories

We’re at United Nations Air Operations Movement Control (MovCon) Special Terminal. Everything is sticked with a UN tag and you see loads of African-Americans going here and there. It feels good. Its a business flight and that it is the first logistic mission I am going to have to Bamyan.

To my knowledge, The helicopter is a Russian Mil Mi-8 combat helicopter which is converted into a civilian transport helicopter. It more seems like a warship than a transport helicopter. Of my combat experiences, the Chopper is flying high and is a bit difficult to shoot it with an RPG-07 or a Stinger Missile. The special characterstic of the Stinger Missile is that it is integrated with a Heat Signature Following system. It means, that when its fired, it followes wherever there’s a point of very hot string or fire.  Some aircrafts, specially the military ones, have a Chaff and Flare system. This enables the aircraft to deploy some Chaff and divert the route of the Stinger to the flares and explodes the missile right in the sky. But this Mil Mi-8 is not having that particular system. Even the radar is a very unsophisticated one. Another thing about Mi-8 is that it will not crash in case of a moderate explosion inside the aircraft. It is absolutely fine against even 1 KG of TNT or C4. Because the rotors are covered with Silicon sheetting from inside the helicopter.

C4 is in my opinion the best explosive material available. It is a plastic explosive and is almost 1.30 times stronger than TNT. It’s chemical name is Composition 4.

You can step on it, you can make holes on it with a plier, with a screw driver, with a knife. You can slice it like butter, you can chop it like onion.

A major advantage of C4 is that it can easily be molded into any desired shape. C4 can be pressed into gaps, cracks, holes and voids in buildings, bridges, equipment or machinery. Similarly, it can easily be inserted into empty shaped charge cases of the type used by military engineers.

C4 is very stable and insensitive to most physical shocks. Detonation can only be initiated by a combination of extreme heat and a shock wave, as when a detonator inserted into it is fired. C4 cannot be detonated by a gunshot or by dropping it onto a hard surface. It does not explode when set on fire or exposed to microwave radiation.

You can step on it, you can make holes on it with a plier, with a screw driver, with a knife. You can slice it like butter, you can chop it like onion.

Bamyan:

Bamyan,  holds the greatest and the world’s highest and largest statues of Buddha. Alongisd this, there are so many other ancient artefact as well; coming together, making the province one of the toppest in Afghanistan from the cultural point of view.

Here in the terminal, there’s a beautiful woman seating a couple rows behind us. She’s beautiful and is doing fine with the beauty. Can’t guess the nationality but seems northern european. Not american, for sure. She is going to Herat, and as our flight was cancelled, so happened with her flight.

I have decided not to use extreme description language in my conversation and in my notes. If I savor the extreme language, I can have the best  taste, the best weather, and the best girl described using that. It is useless to describe everyone and everything in extreme language. We should have something for the time of need.

Thursday, March 03, 2011 – 0530 GMT
United Nations Movement Control Air Operation Terminal
Kabul (Afghanistan)

This is the second day. Nothing so far. We came at 0450 GMT at the UN terminal again and we were told about the flight delay. First it was delayed for one hour, then the tech officer said that we must wait for another half an hour to see if they can get clearance for the flight at that time. Apparently, maybe that time even will not be possible to fly and we roll back to office.

We are doing a far greater job working in the “WarZone” and facing bullets and grenades and suiciders and obsessed with a bullshit body armour that most probably will not stop a 12 Gaug Shell Shotgun from penetrating the body and killing us on the spot. Its easy to roam in other countries and work.

What makes me upset is that why we are not valued and respected as people as such are recieving a huge respect.

Its time now, “Goodnight Moon” by Shivaree is on the headphones and is a very good song. It was used in the ending titles of the Kill Bill 2. Was matching with the video and the scenery in the movie. My French friend is taking a “nap” as he would call it.

Its 0650 GMT now. The flight is cancelled and we are en route back to Office. No new call for the next flight oppurtunity so far.

 

The Great Team:

We are blessed with a team of nice people. A french journalist, who speaks the language of love, A 16 years-experienced photographer who cracks jokes a lot; And me, an ex-EOD member, a Journalist, and an entrepreneur.

We have made quite a good team and a good friendship. We have things to share with each other and that our job is a joint mission and we are suppossed to help each other in any condition.

We, specially are taking good care of our French friend. He is a smily man, happy, and serious at work. He knows a lot about Afghanistan, and the geography because he has been working in Afghanistan long before for a long term. Before we find out something, he gives us the answer sometimes. He’s doing a great job with Afghanistan and information about it. Impressive record.

Our Photographer, has spend 16 years of his life in the same company. He has seen europe and some unrest parts of the Asia and middle east. He is after all an Afghan and has well-kept his traditional values alive and intact. He uses to crack jokes at things and remembers quite happy and funny jokes. Some of them are out of frame, and not allowed for “some” women.

Me, is me. Currently a journalist, I  joined the French Government’s Agence France-Presse in early January 2011. Im going on very good with the job. It’s excitful and advanturing as well as sometimes highly risky.

The flight day:
We’re gonna finaly make it. I’m walking towards the US Embassy’s Mi-6 Combat helo. The chopper is all hot and good to fly….
It took us two hours from Kabul to Bamyan. Its a wonder why made it so long. But we finally landed on Bamyan Air Field…
Did so many works. Went to Ski and hiking. Works are done and we’re good to roll back…
The chopper is visible from high ranges…
Switching to Body Armour and rolling towards Helipad…
In the sky now…
30 minutes…and we’re in Kabul Air Space now.
Mission accomplished…..

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