US troops rescue kittens in Afghanistan


Wonderful story, and great photos.


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20 Responses to “US troops rescue kittens in Afghanistan”

  1. BuckBlack says:

    Of course, no mention of the kittens killed in cold blood and dismembered for trophies.

  2. teammarty says:

    Finally, something good came out of Desert Scam II.

  3. Martin says:

    Care for some more Kool-Aid, John?

  4. Harlequin kobain says:

    Adorable. And so are the kittens.

  5. wearing out my F key says:

    History repeats itself… from the first Anglo-Afghan War-

    “Despite the safe-passage the British had been granted, they were attacked by Ghilzai warriors as they struggled through the snowbound passes. The evacuees were harassed down the 30 miles of treacherous gorges and passes lying along the Kabul River between Kabul and Gandamak, and were massacred at the Gandamak pass before the survivors reached the besieged garrison at Jalalabad.

    The force had been reduced to fewer than forty men by a withdrawal from Kabul that had become, towards the end, a running battle through two feet of snow. The ground was frozen, the men had no shelter and had little food for weeks. Of the remaining weapons possessed by the survivors, there were approximately a dozen working muskets, the officers’ pistols and a few swords. The remnants of the 44th were all killed except Captain James Souter, Sergeant Fair and seven soldiers who were taken prisoner. The only Briton to reach Jalalabad was Dr. William Brydon… cradling two ginger kittens in his arms as he ran for his life.”

  6. markpkessinger says:

    Very nice story. But can I volunteer to rescue that soldier?

  7. Keith says:

    How cute and loving.

  8. wearing out my F key says:

    “General: US Casualties in Afghanistan to Mount”

    “NATO Blames Communications Error for Killing Afghan Troops”

    “Corruption Doubled in Afghanistan Since 2007”

    ‘Pakistan to Welcome NATO Withdrawal From Afghanistan’

    “Makeshift Bombs at All-Time High in Afghanistan”

    AND KITTENS!

    http://www.antiwar.com/

  9. wearing out my F key says:

    103 NATO troops killed in the month of June, including 61 Americans. two ginger kittens, safe and sound. was it all worth it? this reporter says “YES!”

    http://news.antiwar.com/2010/07/08/general-us-casualties-in-afghanistan-to-continue-to-rise/

  10. wearing out my F key says:

    aw. kitties! ya know, i was against the war, but now… money and lives be damned! let’s stay til the job gets done!

  11. Whether you agree with the war or not, our troops there are simply doing their job. I think seeing the human side of the war, on all sides, is useful, and interesting, and in this case, adorable. You don’t have to be anti-soldier just because you’re anti-war, or anti this war.

  12. Peter says:

    Thank you, Pentagon News Service! This article has given me an entirely new perspective on the slaughter.

  13. KarenMrsLloydRichards says:

    What with the Afghan womens all walled up and in full burqas, this is the only pussy these guys can get.

  14. KarenMrsLloydRichards says:

    For every kitten saved, 125 civilians kilt as “collateral damage.”

  15. mirth says:

    Sweet story, and I agree this will aid the soldier’s emotional health.

    PS: I wouldn’t mind sharing that bed with James and his kitty friend.

    Just sayin’…

  16. jixter says:

    There’s probably no better way to maintain good mental health (and, I would think, especially during a war) than to bond with and love a puppy or a kitten. This would be an interesting study re: PTSD : if soldiers are encouraged to find and bond with an animal would they be less likely to be effected by PTSD?Great story, great pictures and great Marines.Thanks for showing me this, John; you made my day.

  17. megatronbomb says:

    Aw, the sleeping guy in the pic is adorable! Heartwarming story!

  18. Reality1984 says:

    …and only killed 38 Afghani civilians in the process.

  19. PeteWa says:

    this post should be subtitled:

    How I Learned To Love The Occupation

  20. Butch1 says:

    Soldier and kitten in repose; how peaceful looking considering where they are.

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