A message of thanks from KTM in Afghanistan Page 13

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  • Whizzo 31 Aug 2012 20:43:29 43,912 posts
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    Good luck KTM, I look forward to you posting on your safe return and just think of that back log of game releases you'll have to look forward to! You never know Rockstar or Valve may have actually released something by the time you get back.


    Possibly not though. :-)
  • Bremenacht 31 Aug 2012 20:46:46 21,602 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Try not to get shot or blown up please
    This seems like a jolly good idea! My bit of good advice is to try strapping your helmet to your bollocks for safety. Yes.

    Good luck KTM. o/
  • Psychotext 31 Aug 2012 21:11:03 57,287 posts
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    Watch out for the local police / military and come back safe buddy.
  • pinebear 31 Aug 2012 21:36:52 8,564 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    You're going back? It's going to be stressful every time this topic gets a bump over the next year (or 18 months, however long they send you for).
    Do try not to catch a bullet with the butt end of your rifle this time.
    Although if any bullets are going to come neat you, 1337 rifle butt catching skills are preferred as a last resort of course.

    Be safe!
    That's right, better a rifle butt than a butt! Peace out KTM, have fun power kiting off desert dunes (if only in dreams)
  • TheRealBadabing 31 Aug 2012 22:26:24 1,444 posts
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    Crap, almost forgot.

    When they tell you to fix bayonets ignore them. You will run faster with the knife.
  • boo 31 Aug 2012 23:31:03 12,119 posts
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    Stay safe.
    No collecting ears.
    No burning any books.
    No stopping any bullets.
    Come back with no additional holes or bits missing.

    Stay frosty!
  • Psychotext 16 Sep 2012 23:45:56 57,287 posts
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    I just read this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19619629

    Made me think of KTM.
  • KTM 25 Sep 2012 17:41:46 1,674 posts
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    Lots of dead this month. Remember our troops this November 11th please.

    Also; I got a nexus 7 to bring with me. OMG. Its awesome.

    A 7 inch ipad would be better...
  • Psychotext 25 Sep 2012 19:40:52 57,287 posts
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    Thinking of you guys all the time, not just November 11th. Good to you see you're Ok, stay safe buddy.
  • Armoured_Bear 25 Sep 2012 19:57:13 14,431 posts
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    We love you KTM!
  • jellyhead 27 Sep 2012 08:54:15 24,350 posts
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    Take care, KTM!
    Come back safe, y'hear!
  • buggrit 1 Oct 2012 18:11:19 5,179 posts
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    *salutes* Still with us bud, great to know - stay safe out there :)
  • Bremenacht 16 Dec 2014 11:48:12 21,602 posts
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    Did KTM come back safe and sound?

    Watching this on the news and thought what a waste of life and effort the entire incursion turned out to be. I was all for it. It was a moral war, rather than being motivated by oil, yet it came down to money in the end (imo) as the west didn't want to spend more money it didn't have, post financial crisis.

    So now the Taliban have freedom to shoot schoolchildren and carry on as they like. ISS are reaping what they sowed (not that they care) and Pakistan is turning into an even more rotten basketcase. What's surprising is that many Pakistanis are fine with it, because they see the Taliban as agents of Sharia, purging western influence.
  • Gus 16 Dec 2014 11:59:14 1,698 posts
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    100 children killed yes, but two white people died in a terror attack in Australia yesterday, so have some perspective please.
  • Salaman 16 Dec 2014 12:37:12 20,405 posts
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    Yeah ... when i flicked over to a news site an hour ago. That's quite upsetting. :-(
  • Deleted user 16 December 2014 13:16:05
    There's a really interesting article on Afghanistan in the newest LRB. Proper dismal.
  • Deleted user 16 December 2014 13:17:11
    Bremenacht wrote:
    What's surprising is that many Pakistanis are fine with it, because they see the Taliban as agents of Sharia, purging western influence.
    Whilst I don't doubt there are Pakistanis who like whoever is calling themselves the Taliban these days, I do wonder how many admire the murder of 126+ people in a school.
  • JuanKerr 16 Dec 2014 13:34:47 36,766 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    What's surprising is that many Pakistanis are fine with it, because they see the Taliban as agents of Sharia, purging western influence.
    Seriously?
  • Psychotext 16 Dec 2014 13:37:07 57,287 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    Did KTM come back safe and sound?
    Not posted since Feb 2013. Apparently played Forza 3 on XBL 7 months ago if you believe his profile.
  • BinaryBob101 16 Dec 2014 13:39:24 25,690 posts
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    Yeah, this is incredibly upsetting news. Fucking cunts.
  • TarickStonefire 16 Dec 2014 13:41:42 4,024 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    Did KTM come back safe and sound?

    Watching this on the news and thought what a waste of life and effort the entire incursion turned out to be. I was all for it. It was a moral war, rather than being motivated by oil, yet it came down to money in the end (imo) as the west didn't want to spend more money it didn't have, post financial crisis.

    So now the Taliban have freedom to shoot schoolchildren and carry on as they like. ISS are reaping what they sowed (not that they care) and Pakistan is turning into an even more rotten basketcase. What's surprising is that many Pakistanis are fine with it, because they see the Taliban as agents of Sharia, purging western influence.
    When I read stuff like that I think, "leave them to it, then". It's cold,and horrific, but... what are we supposed to do?
  • BinaryBob101 16 Dec 2014 13:51:23 25,690 posts
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    Keep out of it.
  • Bremenacht 16 Dec 2014 14:26:06 21,602 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    Bremenacht wrote:
    What's surprising is that many Pakistanis are fine with it, because they see the Taliban as agents of Sharia, purging western influence.
    Seriously?
    I composed that sentence a bit wrong. I didn't mean to imply Pakistanis are fine with the Taliban killing these kids (it's only just happened after all). I meant 'fine' with Pakistan turning into a rotten basket-case, just as long as Sharia prevails.

    Anyway. Posted in here 'cos it occurred to me that KTM hadn't posted in a long while.
  • Menace 17 Dec 2014 18:50:47 5,815 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    What's surprising is that many Pakistanis are fine with it, because they see the Taliban as agents of Sharia, purging western influence.
    Source?
  • Bremenacht 17 Dec 2014 20:51:31 21,602 posts
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    Sources. Reporting of support for the Taliban within Pakistan goes back years. Anyone who attacks India and attacks the US is going to have some popularity in Pakistan. Or rather, did, up until the other day.

    I'll need to go back some years to find and collate examples, and some will be paywall (WSJ, Times).
  • Menace 17 Dec 2014 22:10:16 5,815 posts
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    So in other words, no sources. Thought as much..
  • FartPipe 17 Dec 2014 22:12:46 4,077 posts
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    I just really hope KTM is alright. :(
  • Bremenacht 17 Dec 2014 22:51:22 21,602 posts
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    Menace wrote:
    So in other words, no sources. Thought as much..
    Don't be a dickhead. This has been going on for decades. It'll take a lot of time to pull together a series of articles to justify that view, and even then it a lot of it is based on inference and implication. e.g. the unofficial support for various terror groups. Does that indicate popularity amongst the general populace? No. You can only gauge the views of such a populace by the people they vote for.
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