Unusual Hazards in Afghanistan (and Elsewhere)
Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
OTTAWA, Canada (Reuters) -- Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of marijuana plants 10 feet tall.
General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.
One soldier told [Hiller] later: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."
Well, I knew Afghanistan was a high-altitude kind of place, but I didn't realise they meant high-altitude...
Also, for a bit more blog-related Friday fun, my friend Tomble spotted this picture somewhere.
Someone takes a blog comment to the Big Blue Room.