Reporting Afghanistan

John Wendle

Archive for June 2012

New photos soon at

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I’m still editing photos, but a couple new stories will be up soon at I’ll post here once they’re up.

And if you haven’t checked out the site already, take a look and see images from around Afghanistan.


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June 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

ISAF casualty release 2012-06-C-014 (UNCLASSIFIED)

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I get these killed in action notices almost daily in my inbox from the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ – the NATO body here:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE


For Immediate Release

ISAF casualty

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jun. 7) – An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today.

It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

The boilerplate has only a few variables: the region – usually only varying between southern and eastern; and the cause – improvised explosive device (IED) or insurgent attack or a green-on-blue incident in which an “Afghan dressed in an army/police uniform opened fire on…”(Read more: The Koran-Burning Riots: Can U.S. and Afghan Troops Work Together?).

Emails like this are the only notice NATO gives that troops are still dying. There are never releases for Afghan troops – and that would be at a far greater pace. I’ll continue posting these when I receive them.

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June 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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The Swirling Dervish

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Take a listen to The Green Tree Dervish just posted at This Land Press. This audio story by my sister, Abigail Wendle, tells how photographer Gaylord Herron got into the business with beautiful, audible visuals about trees and cameras.

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June 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm