Afghanistan

February 21, 2011

Blood and Dust film

Vaughan’s new film, Blood and Dust, is below for those who didn’t catch it on Al Jazeera’s People and Power strand. If you want to see it on a large screen we will showing it at the Frontline Clubon 6 March. Followed by a discussion about how war is represented by the broadcast media. Vaughan writes: I have […]


February 18, 2011

‘I was concerned that I hadn’t filmed the suffering of war, just its machinery’ – Vaughan Smith on his new film showing the reality of war in Afghanistan

Vaughan Smith, founder of the Frontline Club, spent two weeks with the US Army’s 214th Aviation Regiment shooting Blood and Dust, a film being broadcast on Al Jazeera this week. The film will also be shown at the Club on 6 March and will be followed by a discussion about how war is represented by […]


February 17, 2011

What WikiLeaks has told us

Since 2006, the whistleblowers’ website WikiLeaks has published a mass of information we would otherwise not have known.  The leaks have exposed dubious procedures at Guantanamo Bay and detailed meticulously the Iraq War’s unprecedented civilian death-toll.  They have highlighted the dumping of toxic waste in Africa as well as revealed America’s clandestine military actions in […]


February 16, 2011

Vaughan Smith’s new film ‘Blood and Dust’ broadcasting on Al Jazeera

Above is a preview of Vaughan Smith’s dramatic new film BLOOD AND DUST recording life and death with an American helicopter medevac unit in Southern Afghanistan. ‘These Medivac teams, US military air ambulances, are amoungst the only soldiers that go to war to save lives and they are very good at it.’ See BLOOD AND […]


February 14, 2011

Friends show support for freelance photographer Giles Duley injured in Afghanistan

Photograph by David Bowering: Giles Duley has shown me the strength and depth the human spirit is capable of. I hope for a speedy recovery so that we may see more of your excellent work. Hats off to you sir. News that Frontline Club member Giles Duley was injured in a bomb blast while embedded […]


February 10, 2011

Like father like son

I ended up at COP Spera for longer than I had anticipated. On arrival, Lieutenant Corcorain, explained that they had only been told to expect me hours ahead of time and when I replied “don’t worry, I’m only here over night” he shot straight back “I wouldn’t bet on it, that’s what the last reporter […]


February 8, 2011

The End of COP Spera?

Combat Outpost (COP) Spera is located 800 metres from the Pakistan border in Afghanistan’s Khost province. The platoon section that occupies the COP can only come and go by helicopter as they have no vehicles based here. As the Lieutenant in charge explains “all we’ve got here is our legs and as you can see […]


January 22, 2011

Deaths in the Military, Mutiny, Mail and the Minister

To put it mildly, Germany’s Minister of Defence, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, will be facing a hostile parliamentary and media environment this week. Three military episodes are dominating headlines following reports from the German parliamentary ombudsman to the military. – The treatment of officer-cadets onboard the German Navy tall ship Gorch Fock, including events surrounding the […]


January 11, 2011

Kabul street Photography

                                     Some pictures that I took in Kabul. I tried posting this a week ago or so, hopefully it works this time . . . . .                               This is a rather big lady, I half suspect John Simpson is under that Burka!    The […]


January 10, 2011

Guido’s Pakistan Road Trip and Afghan ‘Outdoor Look’

Journalists accompanying Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, on his trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan this week had a few surprises. Thick fog prevented Mr Westerwelle’s plane from landing in Islamabad, forcing Germany’s top diplomat and journalists in tow to land 400 km away in Lahore. To keep to schedule, Plan B was to pile everyone […]


December 21, 2010

Covering the Marines on Facebook: embedded journalism goes open source

Teru Kuwayama is embedded with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, but he’s not there with a traditional media organisation. He and a team of photographers are using funds from a Knight Foundation grant as part of an experimental project covering 1/8 battalion’s deployment in Helmand province. The team’s photographs and material relating to the deployment […]


December 20, 2010

Kabul, kaboom, kabubble or kabust

 So I fell behind on these blog entries. Time permitting, I’ll hopefully fill in some of the gaps but for the moment I want to forge on. I’m in Kabul, where I’m moving around unilaterally. Having previously spent so long in the city under lock and key and after a solid month embedding, it’s refreshing […]


November 19, 2010

Hardly an auspicious start – fired upon on the first day . . . . surely not!

Before I get onto the matter of the title, I should just explain a little about why I’m in Afghanistan and what brought me here. Over the next month(s) I’ll be writing stories and shooting pictures on a freelance basis, starting with commentary and articles for Executive Magazine, based in Beirut. If all goes well […]


November 17, 2010

Medal of Honor awarded to Korengal valley soldier

The video below describes the story of America’s first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam war. Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta was awarded the United States highest military honour for rescuing a captured colleague in the Korengal valley, Afghanistan. The Sal Giunta Story from Sebastian Junger on Vimeo. Meanwhile according to Militaryblogging.com, […]


November 11, 2010

In the Picture: a discussion with World Press Photo Winner Adam Ferguson

Adam Ferguson, one of the first prize winners of the World Press Photo Awards 2010, talked about being a war photographer and recent assignments in Afghanistan at the Frontline Club.


November 10, 2010 7:00 PM

In The Picture: Afghanistan with Adam Ferguson

Adam Ferguson is an up and coming star in the world of photojournalism. His photograph of the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Kabul won him first prize in the Spot News category at the World Press Photo Awards this year. Ferguson will be speaking at the Frontline Club about his work in Afghanistan, his successes to date and his plans for the future.


November 8, 2010

Afghanistan in pictures- reminding us all of the price of war

On the eve of Remembrance Day, Afghanistan and the soldiers fighting there will be at the forefront of the minds of many. Adam Ferguson, a photojournalist who has covered the war in Afghanistan extensively, will be speaking at the Frontline Club on the 10th about his work there and beyond.


October 27, 2010

Reaction to the closure of Internet cafés in Kabul

Journalist Abbas Daiyar has an interesting blog post on this month’s decision by the Afghan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to close 17 Internet cafés in the capital. The cafés had been warned not to allow their customers to view pornography or un-Islamic material. Daiyar argues that imposing such bans will not combat "moral corruption":  "By shutting […]


September 21, 2010

BBC Newsnight says MoD refused to provide figures for Sangin attacks

British forces have handed over responsibility for security in Sangin, Afghanistan to their U.S. counterparts. More than a hundred British soldiers lost their lives in the district. As part of their research for last night’s coverage of this story, BBC Newsnight wanted the figures for "significant attacks on coalition forces in Sangin". They were trying […]


September 17, 2010

Afghanistan: the brittle compact between military and media

Vaughan Smith argues that news management by the military is a risky business. Smith founded the Frontline Club in London in 2003 and during the 1990s he ran Frontline Television News. He filmed the only uncontrolled footage of the Gulf War in 1991 after bluffing his way into an active-duty unit while disguised as a […]


September 15, 2010

Embedded in Afghanistan: “All you can do is give a snapshot”

Embedded journalism in Afghanistan is on the agenda at the Frontline Club this evening. Several journalists are on the panel including Caroline Wyatt, (BBC), Tim Marshall, (Sky News) and the Club’s founder Vaughan Smith. While they’ll be discussing Afghanistan and embedding tonight, The Independent‘s Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent, Kim Sengupta, will be heading back to […]


August 27, 2010

Embedded with the Taliban

Discussions around embedded journalism in Afghanistan tend to focus on journalists joining up with NATO or U.S. forces but what about the view we get from an embed with the Taliban? In the video below, Norwegian journalist Paul Refsdal risks his life to film Taliban operations with a commander in Eastern Afghanistan. There’s some intriguing […]


August 8, 2010

Tributes pour in for Frontline Club member Karen Woo, killed in Afghanistan trying to make a difference

There’s no more sad news for us at the Frontline than to hear that one of our own has died. So it is with a heavy heart we read that the surgeon Dr Karen Woo was shot and killed in a remote area of northern Afghanistan on Friday (there are many news reports, such as […]


July 28, 2010

At the centre of a media storm: The Frontline and WikiLeaks in links

It’s not every day that the world’s media descends on 13 Norfolk Place. But on Monday at noon the eyes of the British and international media were firmly fixed on our forum room as WikiLeaks editor and founder Julian Assange explained and defended the release of more than 90,000 confidential US military records on the […]


July 28, 2010

Hunting Men

Here is my director’s cut. 22 minutes from Operation Moshtarak, exciting stuff. Shows the war as it really is. First shown on Channel 4 News in February 2010. Vaughan


July 28, 2010

WikiLeaks founder at the Frontline: ‘We will fill the journalism vacuum’

Download this episode View in iTunes Watch the whole event here.    By Heather Christie “We’re not an organisation concerned with protecting troops,” said Julian Assange.  “We’re an organisation concerned with protecting human beings.” The founder of WikiLeaks, the secretive whistle-blowing website, did not mince his words at last night’s Frontline Club talk.  Rather, he […]


July 27, 2010 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Special event: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Frontline Club

Part 1 Part 2 View in iTunes Following the release of more than 90,000 classified military documents on whistle-blowing site Wikileaks on Sunday, founder Julian Assange will be taking part in a special event at the Frontline Club this Tuesday evening. Assange will be talking about the impact of the documents that were released in […]


July 26, 2010

Wikileaks founder defends Afghan War Diary files at the Frontline

Download this episode View in iTunes The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks today described the release of more than 90,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan as the equivalent to the East German Stasi secret police opening up its files after the collapse of communism. Julian Assange was speaking at the Frontline […]


July 26, 2010

Media round up: Wikileaks releases Afghanistan war logs

Main coverage Wikileaks "The Afghan War Diary [is] an extraordinary secret compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports describe the majority of lethal military actions involving the United States military. "We hope its release will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the war in Afghanistan and […]


July 1, 2010

British Armed Forces launch front line blogs from Afghanistan

Need to run out in a moment or two so excuse the brevity of the post, but I’ve just been helpfully pointed in the direction of a press release on military blogging: ‘British forces in Afghanistan have launched their first-ever mass blogging initiative, with dozens of personnel writing from the frontline on the Army, Navy […]