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Entries in Michael Yon (9)

Saturday
Oct292011

Calls arise for removing red crosses, adding guns on Army MEDEVAC helicopters

Hoist training is conducted with a Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter by the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion at Ft. Riley. ((U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Roland Hale, CAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

In my opinion, one of the best correspondents writing about war is Michael Yon. Yon is very good with a camera, agile with descriptives and understands the importance of immediacy. His knack for drawing the reader into a sensory experience of battle is indisputable.

Yon and others like the father of a soldier about to deploy for a second tour in Afghanistan are calling for removing the red cross emblazoned on MEDEVAC helicopters. Guns and weaponry would then be allowed on the helicopters

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Thursday
Mar312011

Yon says Rolling Stone committed ‘literary crime’; boycott called for

Updated on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 2:57PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

War correspondent Michael Yon files dispatches from around the globe. Yon is a widely published correspondent who has authored several books about his experiences.War correspondent Michael Yon said Rolling Stone magazine committed a “literary crime” and he’s called for a boycott of advertisers in the publication long associated with the entertainment business.

The magazine also does sporadic investigative journalism about issues like the foreclosure epidemic, a piece that was well-written and documented.

On other occasions the magazine does political hit jobs. Yon’s criticism was sparked by a cover story ‘The Kill Team: How US Soldiers in Afghanistan Murdered Civilians for Sport.’

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Michael Yon to return to Afghanistan

Band-e-Amir in Bamyan Province is Afghanistan's first national park; it consists of six spectacular turquoise lakes separated by natural dams of travertine. [CIA World Factbook; photo and caption.]Michael Yon just wrapped up a series of dispatches from Nepal, Afghanistan, Thailand and Burma, and he will return to Afghanistan in February. It’s been almost a year since he was last embedded with troops there, but he hasn’t exactly been away from action. He left Afghanistan in 2010 and headed to Southeast Asia. Then he returned to Afghanistan alone.

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Thursday
Jun242010

Michael Yon invited by Brits and US to embed again

by Kay B. Day

Michael Yon has been invited to embed again by both Great Britain and the US.Michael Yon isn’t a correspondent who sparks a neutral reaction in the reader. You either love him or you don’t. There’s not much of an in-between.

In April Yon’s embed in Afghanistan ended abruptly. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, was in charge and some of Yon’s fans blamed the general. The official reason given was “overcrowding by journalists.”

In a dispatch announcing the change, Yon wrote, “Haven’t seen a journalist in weeks.”

In the preceding month, Yon had pulled no punches in his dispatches,  criticizing Canadian Brig. Gen. Daniel Ménard who commanded Task Force Kandahar. Yon took some heat for that one too, until the truth came out.

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Tuesday
Jun222010

Michael Yon’s criticism of McChrystal deemed prophetic

Updated on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 1:36PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

by Kay B. Day

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Aug. 20, 2009): Col. David Haight, commander of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (left), briefs Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of International Security Assistance Force, on the progress of Task Force Spartan's area of operation and the efforts of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams at Forward Operating Base Shank, Aug. 21. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Thompson; courtesy Dept. of Defense.).Rolling Stone’s advance of an article with controversial remarks by Gen. Stanley McChrystal about President Barack Obama’s prosecution of the war will be on the screen for days to come. Apparently the general opened up to a freelancer and held little back when it came to deriding vice-president Joe Biden and ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry. Eikenberry retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant General.*

But war correspondent Michael Yon had begun to ask questions about the leadership in Afghanistan weeks ago.

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Tuesday
Jun082010

Yon’s paperback release of ‘Moment of Truth in Iraq’ an eye-opener

By Kay B. Day

'Moment of Truth in Iraq' pulls the reader into a unique journey into the dark heart of war.Michael Yon’s ‘Moment of Truth in Iraq’ has just been released in paperback, and if there’s one book that makes sense of the war, this is it.

Most pundits, analysts and academics don’t see war up close. Yon has and he pulls the reader into accounts of combat in the field and political negotiations in tribal meeting places. Above all, the book details what America faces in bringing together factions in a country with a history like that of many others—manipulation by imperial powers both in the West and in the East.

Yon describes in great detail the value of troops working alongside Iraqis who above all, just wanted their country restored to functionality. We take clean water and electrical power for granted in the US, but Iraqi villagers were shorted on those necessities even before Saddam Hussein was removed from power.

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Wednesday
Jun022010

Canada finally sacks top soldier in Afghanistan

By Chris Carter

Fabrics on display at a bazaar in Kabul. [Photo courtesy CIA World Factbook.]Following a series of damaging events, Canada has sacked its top soldier in Afghanistan.

Until this week, Canada's top soldier, Brig. Gen. Daniel Ménard, commanded Task Force Kandahar, preparing for what could be NATO's most major operation since 9/11. But after a female Canadian soldier confessed to having an inappropriate relationship with Ménard, both soldiers were sent home, and sources are saying that Ménard's military career is likely over.

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Thursday
Apr152010

Top war correspondent’s embed in Afghanistan halted 

By Kay B. Day

Top war correspondent Michael Yon's embed in Afghanistan comes to a close. [Photo used with permission, Michael Yon]No one reporting on the Global War on Terror has done a more effective or honest job than Michael Yon. For one thing he knows the military, having served in U.S. Army Special Forces. With his camera and his pen, he enabled readers to see aspects of war corporate media could or would not divulge.

On Saturday, April 10, Yon posted a message on his magazine-style website. “[A] message came from military that this embed has ended.” He headed off to pack his bags.

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Thursday
Apr082010

War correspondent waiting for answers on January arrest at Sea-Tac

It’s hard to imagine. One minute you’re an independent war correspondent—that’s rare as a polar bear in South Beach, by the way—and you’re back on US turf, making your way through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The next minute you’re basically being arrested by Customs and Border Protection.

Why? No one really knows, but it happened, said Michael Yon, and apparently, CBP asked him who he worked for and how much money he makes.

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