A set of beautiful photos from Afghanistan caught my eye tonight and, even though they are more than a month old, I decided they were worthy of publication with little excuse.
These three photos were taken by Corporal Oliver Carter on Christmas Eve 2015 near Kabul, Afghanistan, when members of the Australian, New Zealand, British and Danish contingents hiked to the top of a nearby hill to watch the sun rise – for no other reason than to admire the rugged beauty of Afghanistan.
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It was -5C when the soldiers set off for the top of Charandaz peak, located within the training area of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy.
In its two year history, members of the ADF have been central to the early success of ANAOA, proving mentoring and force protection to advise and assist the Academy’s Afghan instructors as part of a five-nation, British-led task force based at Camp Qargha.
The ANAOA, modelled on the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK (and similar to the Royal Military College Duntroon), is designed to teach Afghan National Army officers key leadership and tactical skills.
Other Australian Defence Force personnel are deployed across Afghanistan in a variety of roles on Operation Highroad, Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
Video of this dawn trek is included in CONTACT TV’s “Season’s Greetings from our troops overseas” compile here…