By Sean Rayment
The Sunday occasions Bestseller 'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq -- sizzling, dusty and entire of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face demise each day within the most deadly quarter in the world -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive gadget -- the IED -- the lethal selfmade bombs planted through the Taliban. not easy to notice and straightforward to set off, an envisioned 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the zone. IEDs are actually the most killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the last word mental weapon. Bomb Hunters paintings in 50-degree warmth as they take the 'long walk' into the kill area, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. some time past 12 months the casualty expense has soared because the troops became locked right into a lethal video game of cat and mouse -- to find and deactivate the lethal bombs prior to they maim and kill infantrymen, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and unavoidably natural success play a massive half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already noticeable -- a unmarried lapse of focus can lead to fast loss of life. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a trip into the warmth and mud of Helmand Province as he meets those brave infantrymen whereas they positioned their lives in danger to avoid different British troops falling sufferer to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they practice their tasks at the frontline and paints a wide ranging photo of what existence is like for the lads who play poker with their very own lives on a daily basis, who dwell figuring out the enemy watches their each stream, watching for a weak point to teach itself, a development in strategy to be exploited, or an errors to be made that triggers the gadget itself. this can be as bright and dramatic as conflict reporting will get, blending 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, a few of whom have been hence killed in motion. No punches may be pulled on what those males think concerning the battle, their position in it, the politicians and generals who ship them there, and the way they take care of the relentless strain of the task itself within the middle of the world's such a lot antagonistic strive against environment.
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Israel's defense policy has consistently been to move the battle to enemy territory. This has been the strategy in every war, including the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where Egyptian and Syrian forces succeeded in crossing into the Sinai and Golan, under Israeli control. These forces were quickly routed, and the fight was moved into Egypt and Syria proper before the international community called for a ceasefire. The Gulf War took place on Israeli soil. And that was not all. It was a war in which civilians were specifically targeted, while Israeli soldiers could not prevent the attacks and were not permitted to retaliate.
But the five and a half months of uncertainty and denial all seemed to come to a head in the unprecedented night of Israelis who, for the first time in the country's history, were neither in a position to fight nor convinced that they were properly protected. , when CNN correspondent Peter Arnett announced the Coalition air attack on Iraq. The news spread quickly phone to phone, and by the time they switched on the morning news many, maybe even most, Israelis knew that war had started. A state of emergency was declared; the public were told to remain at home, unpack their gas masks, and stay tuned to the radio for further instructions; schools, universities, and public offices were closed.