As you’ll find reading Love Me When I’m Gone, Herat, for us, was a bit of groundhog day. Though there wasn’t much action for us there, a quick search on the web will show you that it is not devoid of activity; three advisors were recently killed there, the Italian SEAL’s were pretty busy before our arrival, and its NATO base was were troops were caught selling info to the Taliban before our arrival. For us, however, it was a lot of “hurry up and wait.”
Herat is based on the Western border of Afghanistan, bordering with Iran. Part of the Farah province, it has been in the news quite a bit since the beginning of the war. NATO soldiers were caught selling information to the Taliban there prior to our arrival, ISAF was blamed for dropping bombs on civilians there (the advantage of the Taliban not wearing uniforms…they can always claim that their dead fighters were civilians, a tactic they used quite often to use our own media against us). ODA 022 didn’t stay there very long, but our company HQ arrived there before us, and stayed there until after we were already in Kabul.