Finland At War 2/8 Afghanistan


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Dedicated to the peacekeepers who have fallen during crisis management operations.
Communist soldiers carried out a coup d'├ętat in Afghanistan 1978. On Christmas night 1979 Soviet troops crossed the border to Afghanistan to support the coup. Afghanistan became a theatre in the cold war.
USA, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia and China supported the Mujahideen who fought against the communist government, and which later became Al-Qaeda.
In 1988 the Soviet Union backed away from Afghanistan because of financial difficulties and Perestroika.
Beginning 1990 Afghanistan was reigned by anarchy. Religious leaders fought for the dominance of the country. The Taliban movement started to rise. In 2000 they controlled 90% of the country.
11th September 2001 Al-Qaeda hit the WTC-towers in USA. The Taliban refused to surrend the mastermind behind the attacks, Osama Bin Laden, to the Americans.
7th October 2001 American and British forces launched an attack in Afghanistan. The Taliban was defeated by December.
The International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, began its operation in Afghanistan December 2001 authorised by the UN. NATO has been in charge of the operation since 2003.
Finland has been involved in the operation since 2002.
This documentary series follows the Finnish peacekeepers who served in Afghanistan 2010-2011
Afghanistan part 2: foot patrol
Patrol base Ali Zayi, Afghanistan
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Alright,
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Good day. How you going?
-He said you guys are our neighbours- -Yeah we are.
We've been at peace in this region, no one has disturbed us
We have had a good relationship with ISAF as long as they have been here.
Trust me, I say the same behind your back, as I say now, in front of you.
In the evening we pray and we go back to our home.
We close the door and do not come out at night.
If we went out and we do not have a common language in ISAF's guard of soldiers with, -
there can be misunderstandings.
We are trying to stay inside.
Thank you, thank you.
I have not heard anything about the rebels, or that they would like to prevent the construction of the road.
We definitely want to improve the road.
You'll have more information about Jeu Shirin and Nav Sahrin villages than we.
Have you ever been there? Yes, me and my friends we go out there. We have to.
You really go there?
No, we haven't been disturbed.
Everyone know ISAF is there keeping the peace.
You are here with us, and because of all the residents.
There are more than 17 000 inhabitants, and here is the region's water resource used by everyone.
If ISAF weren't here the people would get no water.
It's really good that you are here.
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It's the place where we had our own IED.
Couple of guys, threw grenades and used assault rifles. The Swedes cope with each other.
However, we are not ready now.
Do not know even if the other party to try to circumvent.
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-Being sent home? -Yes sent home.
The main thing is that we are all healthy. It's more comfortable to go with all legs intact.
Healthy physically, but mentally somewhere else.
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