Post by exoticimports on Jun 29, 2017 20:36:36 GMT
Yes, me too. I've spent a lot of time in a civil war country where there were a number of "incidental" deaths as well. And got kicked out of Northern Thailand and wasn't allowed into Bougainville. But it strikes me that most of Afghanistan is just on the other side of reasonable risk- kind of like Istanbul right now- most everyone is harmless, but there is somebody looking at you that would rather see you dead.
If you waving a net in Afghanistan, best to use a white net (peace) or should it be a black one (Taliban), or carry both. I am surprised to hear there are visiting westerners, are you sure, and its not local catchers sending out butterflies! I cannot imagine a worse place to visit.
But it strikes me that most of Afghanistan is just on the other side of reasonable risk-
Here is the official UK advice for those wishing to visit Afghanistan.
"Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Afghanistan. Multiple threats are issued daily. Terrorists and insurgents conduct frequent and widespread lethal attacks against Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), domestic and international political and civilian targets, and those working in the humanitarian and reconstruction fields. There is a threat from high-profile, large-scale attacks in Kabul.
Afghanistan-focused insurgents seek the full withdrawal of foreign forces in Afghanistan and the fall of the elected Afghan government. Other groups involved in the insurgency include the Haqqani Network, an Islamist insurgent group whose main goal is to re-establish sharia law in Afghanistan, and are allied with the Taliban. Separate to this, an affiliate of Daesh (formerly known as ISIL) has been active in Afghanistan. The group has conducted several attacks, mainly in the east of Afghanistan. The group also claimed responsibility for a high profile attack in Kabul in July 2016 and for the attack against the military hospital in Kabul in March 2017.
The insurgency has a strong anti-Western focus; this could make any UK interest or person a target. Attacks include bombs (roadside and other), suicide bombs (either on foot or by vehicle), indirect fire (rockets and mortars), direct fire (shootings and rocket propelled grenades), kidnappings and violent crime. Daesh is also fiercely hostile to the UK and other western countries.
There are large amounts of unexploded bombs and land mines (both anti-tank and anti-personnel) throughout the country.
You should be particularly vigilant in and around landmark locations and places where large public crowds can gather. Hotels used by the government of Afghanistan and western nationals, ministries, military establishments and religious sites have been attacked and further attacks are possible. Avoid regular visits to public places frequented by foreigners, including hotels, restaurants, shops and market places, especially at times of day when they are particularly busy and congested. The British Embassy does not allow official visitors to stay in any hotel overnight, and has placed restaurants off limits to staff.
Kidnap The risk of being kidnapped throughout Afghanistan remains a very high and constant threat. Over 100 westerners have been kidnapped in Afghanistan since 2001, a number of them have been British nationals. The motivation and desire to undertake kidnapping in Afghanistan is likely to continue. You should take the utmost care, vary routines and avoid setting regular patterns of movement. You should take professional security advice while in the country.
The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage-takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage taking.
There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack".
I have hunted in Angola during the civil war. With the sounds of cannon shots, staline's organ firing at the foot of our Hotel and troops going on the front on the way where we hunted. I don' t tell problem to go in the bush because of mines etc. Our trucks have been destroyed several weeks later on a mine in a locality where were hunting (all died but the driver severelly injured) ... We were the only non local people in the region except a old Portuguese coffee planter we met that was leaving the country. Prohibition of lighting a hunting lamp, under penalty of serving as target for the adjustment of the guns of the rebels. What a hunt ! one the best I have ever done. and I have to say that it is probably the only time I thought collecting insect ridiculous ! and during some times I was terrified to be there
I forgot to say that any people, man or women, caught by the rebels was promised to become BMC (or "bordel militaire de campagne") (I don't know in English)
But it strikes me that most of Afghanistan is just on the other side of reasonable risk- kind of like Istanbul right now
You must be wrongly informed about Istanbul to compare it with Afghanistan... There are still thousands of European and Americans living their with their families, night clubs and bars everywhere, women in skirt, European companies everywhere, many artists, etc... Comparing it with Afghanistan is a nonsense.
True that their have been few terror Attacks (in the rest of Europe too) and that islamism is increasing its dark power thanks to Erdogan... but it is still a city full of freedom and parties. And a big part of Istanbul citizens (especially the youngsters are defending strongly their liberty). Nothing like Kabul !