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#1 Little Bird

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 23:24

Does anyone here fly there? Good and bad points? Is it really that dangerous?

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:00

I operated there for several years, will be heading back soon.  


"That" dangerous?  What's your frame of reference for comparison?


It's still a combat zone.  This hasn't changed.  

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 23:15

How dangerous it is depends on who you are working for and what you are doing. You do have to keep in mind that if you are outside of the wire, and something happens, there is a chance that you could fall into the wrong hands.  The bad guys over there don't care if you are a civilian.  You are just a poker chip to them, and if you don't get rescued right away you are likely to wind up as a guest star on the hit show "Honey, I've Lost my Head" on Al Jazeera. 

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Posted 23 February 2018 - 11:56

And it's 'asymmetric' combat. Never been to SouthWEST Asia, but assymetric means there isn't any front lines so no rear, safe areas. Even big, established, 'secure' bases are targets if and when. Like the experienced posters said, there's risk in everything. One would probably be safer in Afghan than on some streets in the US, just don't be stupid.

Just a pilot (retired, so I have a LOT of time)...

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