Good Deal for Afghan Kids: Candy and Meal in Exchange for Live Rocket

A 107 millimeter rocket has a kill radius of 50 yards. You learn things like this in a war zone. It contains more than 1.3 kilograms of TNT.

It’s a devastating weapon and very common in Afghanistan. It was used with impunity during the civil war here after the Russian’s pulled out. Thousands of rockets rained down on Kabul and claimed the lives of just as many hapless Afghans.

The first time I heard a “1-0-7” streak over head I immediately thought of the cliché term used by so many of my fellow Americans who are interviewed by television crews after a disaster that featured a loud noise: “It sounded like a freight train went over my head.” Well, a 107mm rocket DOES sound like a freight train over head.

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