Friday, March 19, 2004
If y'all haven't been reading the Command Post's coverage of the fighting in the NorthWest Frontier, check this out. Not only is the main post and updates an excellent summation, but "jeffers" has an absolutely brilliant series of comments which describes the situation in a concise, brilliant manner that actually makes sense of the terrain and the reports. You would not believe just how goddamn hard it is to find open-source topography information about that end of civilization, or lack thereof. None of the villages or towns mentioned are shown on even the most detailed of maps - the best I could do was find Wana, the capital of the agency in which all this is going on, South Waziristan. Somebody cobbled together a pseudo-map from false-color NASA imagery here.