Back in Britain with a Bag of Video Tapes

September 15, 2007


Sadly my time is up with the British Army in Afghanistan. There are lots of journalists who want the space and I will have to wait my turn to come back.
I tried to get back to Kabul in time for my scheduled flight to London’s Heathrow, but this wasn’t possible so I ended up taking a military flight back to Britain. I have returned in some disarray, now separated from some of my bags in Kabul.
I still have more stories to report from this Afghan trip and will keep putting them up here. I have plenty more video to show, including an interview with Brigadier John Lorimer, the Brigade Commander of 12 Brigade, whom I knew from my time in the Army.
I have lots of related stories that I want to follow up here too. I will visit some of the familes of the soldiers. I don’t want to give too much away about my plans yet, but the war doesn’t stay in Afghanistan. It comes home with the injured.
I am very excited to report that BBC Newsnight have agreed to show a 15 minute cut of some of my Sangin material. I will be busy editing it this coming week but I will warn everybody on this blog when it is to be broadcast. I am really pleased to get this length on such a prestigious news programme.
I will of course put the material up here afterwards. Since the editor of Newsnight agreed to link my film to this blog I am going to have to keep working on it!



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5 thoughts on “Back in Britain with a Bag of Video Tapes”

  1. Colin says:

    Thanks for your work, I have been very interested in your stories and appeciate your efforts for our troops out there.

  2. kelly says:

    My Fiance is off to afganistan very soon and im so scared reading what you have wrote gives me a idea of what goes on out there. Its a shame he has to go as im expecting our 1st child but i know he will be ok. You have done very well reporting what is going on well done x

  3. Jeanne Bryer says:

    Hi Vaughn

    I am circulating your blog in the next issue of the Afghan Links Newsletter coming out later today.

    Thank you for sharing these experiences with Front Liners! Can’t wait
    And looking forward to seeing more of your material on BBC
    and other places.

    Jeanne

  4. Jeanne Bryer says:

    sorry Vaughan! apologies.

  5. stonker says:

    DOn’t forget to keep the Army Rumour Service posted when the Beeb do your 15 minutes.

    Your work is very, very much appreciated by soldiers (if not by the MoD!)

    Very glad you are safe home – I hope your baggage, abandoned in Kabul is as lucky 🙂

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