Before coming to Afghanistan, I emailed to Nick Meo, a British journalist whom IRead the whole thing.
had come to know in Asia a couple of years before. Nick is now in Iraq, but he
had spent much recent time in Afghanistan. I asked Nick for suggestions about
traveling in Kandahar, Helmand, and Urozgan provinces.
Yes. My suggestion is don’t go. They are too dangerous to travel in
by yourself if you don’t know your way around. If you’re going with Steve then
you should be okay, but they are all very dangerous places now and security has
deteriorated massively in the last year. You might just about get away with
driving or flying to Kandahar, and making some trips outside the city—maybe to
Lashkargar. But you will not make it back alive from north Helmand or
I did not take his advice, but as of this writing I am still alive.
The journey has begun.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Michael Yon’s latest dispatch is up: