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It was the height of British military and government involvement in the ill-fated NATO-led effort to crush the Taliban, and Kabul was inundated with people needing close protection services. From diplomats attempting to build infrastructure and civil institutions to corporate honchos sniffing out potential business opportunities, there was no shortage of clients for security firms to pitch. As my conversation with the in-country manager progressed, I broached the subject of IBGs – individual bodyguards. I told him in no uncertain terms that the idea of having an individual effectively carry out the functions of a close protection team was utter and absolute flannel. His response: “Maybe, Bob. But it brings in the dollars!”
I was a seventeen-year old military recruit when I was issued my first rifle. That marked the beginning of what would amount to nearly forty years of carrying firearms professionally. Twenty-three of those were in the military, including nearly twenty years with the SAS, followed by almost seventeen years of commercial security work.
You might be forgiven for thinking that a life on the frontline is exciting, even glamorous. And on occasion, it is. But for the most part, my job is nothing of the sort. It’s dangerous, it’s far from well paid, and it’s stressful. And I mean, stressful. Nothing focuses the mind more than the sight and sound of a guerrilla army and its arsenal of fully-automatic weapons. And nothing destroys the mind more than the sight of women, children and innocent civilians lying dead or dying at one’s feet.
US foreign policy has been a dismal failure in the Region of today’s Greater Middle East. It has really had no end game at all, when we look at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria.
My job is to look after my media team first and foremost. With the right mindset and approach, most of the time, this can be communicated to the military in a way that not only will they understand but also gets them onside.
Trump Is Bringing Troops Home, and in contrast to most US foreign policy of the past 20 years, Trump is making the right call. The question is – will it herald a more sensible US foreign policy in the years to come?
A political solution with the Afghan Taliban must take place while there is still hope for one and before the situation morphs into something far worse! Afghans need and deserve a stable country in which to live their lives with hope for the future.
Taliban Attack IEC in Kabul Overview: On March 29 2014, AGE launched an attack on the Headquarters of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) in Kabul. The attack began at approximately 1220hrs, when 4 x AGE took over a disused villa close to the IEC HQ. The attackers are reported to have been disguised in […]
Serena Hotel Attack 20 March 2014 At approximately 2055hrs, on 20 March 2014, the Serena Hotel located close to the Presidential Palace in Kabul was attacked by four men armed with pistols. Incident Detail At approximately 2055hrs, on 20 March 2014, the Serena Hotel located close to the Presidential Palace in Kabul was attacked […]