Outstanding reporting from The Times' Anthony Lloyd in Helmand on 2 Rifles' tour. Vivid but sensitive, this is best work I have yet seen from the Afghan War. On-target descripion of it all: the gruesome deaths and maimings caused by IEDs and the excitement of a contact; the confusion of firefights and odditiy of watching live drone kills; the decision-making processes of the officers and the combat stress; the sadness of loss and the defensive black humour; then trying to make sense of it back home in the English countryside. Apologies if has been posted before, but definitely worth a read if you have not seen it. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6852533.ece I hope Lloyd is considering a book. The first-hand accounts are being churned out by the truckload, but thoughtful, smart and critical observors - who know how to wield a pen with this skill - are thin on the ground.