This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The weather in Kandahar has been quite stable with a slight dip in temperature in July, and now there is significant haze and dust in the air. It is a nice respite as it blocks out the sun and the temperature today was very tolerable – even cool by recent standards. Around this time of the season temperatures are supposed to start decreasing, and I am looking forward to the mid-20’s in a few months. The summer time is often referred to as the “fighting-season” when insurgent activity increases. This seems to have been the case this summer too.
Recently the camp was ground attacked again. This time 10 insurgents attacked with 2 rockets that impacted in the camp (I heard the explosions not too far away) and at the perimeter wire with a tractor-borne improvised explosive device which breached the wire and 2-3 suicide bombers ran in. These bombers either detonated early causing no friendly casualties, or were shot before they came any further. Various rocket propelled grenades and machine guns where fired into the camp, but beyond that it was nothing substantial. I heard the rocket alarm at about 10am, which was unusual as most rocket attacks are in the evening (earlier that morning at about 7am another rocket had been launched into camp as well). At this point in our deployment we are getting complacent about these attacks and didn’t think much of it. When the second rocket alarm sounded a few minutes later we started to think that something was up. Because the first rocket impacted within hearing distance, I went to see if I could see any smoke or indication of where the rocket may have landed but didn’t see anything. A few minutes later the ground attack alarm sounded. We all got a little excited at this because life on camp is usually pretty uneventful. We then adopted increased protective measures so we all had to get our gear: flak jacket, helmet, rifle etc… A few of us were concerned that the dining facility would be closed with lunch approaching. After I put on my equipment a friend and I went to the dining facility to check if it was open and luckily it was. There were few people at the facility so there was no line up and we quickly got our food. Periodically the ground attack alarm would sound. I had a chicken-pot pie with corn fully dressed in a flak jacket and helmet, rifle on the chair beside me. After lunch we returned to our compound to await further direction and see what was happening with the ground attack. Word came down that the threat was now neutralized and the attack was stopped, so we were able to stop wearing all our gear. This little buzz of activity was a nice break to the usually monotony, so I welcomed it.