Jason Thomas

Jason Thomas

Jason Thomas worked alongside US forces in Afghanistan in 2009-2010 and in 2011 with the USMC in Helmand and is preparing to return in early 2012.  He has also worked in the Civil War area in Sri Lanka, negotiating with the Tamil Tigers and South Sudan.  He is undertaking his PhD on home grown terrorism through Curtin University.

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Mali could become the new Afghanistan, only worse

Mali could become the new Afghanistan, only worse

24 Jan 13 France’s military intervention into its former North African colony of Mali, dubbed Operation Serval, could become another Afghanistan if France…... Read more

Explosions will still rock Afghanistan after we leave

Explosions will still rock Afghanistan after we leave

06 Nov 12 The spate of so called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks, where members of the Afghan National Security Forces kill Coalition soldiers, has been…... Read more

We must be very clear what we’re doing in Afghanistan

We must be very clear what we’re doing in Afghanistan

31 Aug 12 The death of five Australian soldiers in Afghanistan demands that the Australian Government remind the public why we are there,…... Read more

We’re there to fight terror, not Taliban atrocities

We’re there to fight terror, not Taliban atrocities

11 Jul 12 The statement by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Bob Carr, that the public execution of an Afghan woman by the…... Read more

We’ve lost the battle for hearts and minds

We’ve lost the battle for hearts and minds

13 Mar 12 The murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a lone US soldier in Afghanistan this week is a tragic incident, which…... Read more

In Afghanistan trust no one and question everything

In Afghanistan trust no one and question everything

24 Jan 12 In yet another attack by a ‘rogue’ Afghan soldier, four French troops were shot dead last week. Proponents of the…... Read more

Strength, not kindness, will win Afghan hearts & minds

Strength, not kindness, will win Afghan hearts & minds

06 Jun 11 Australian Soldiers are the strongest tribe in Uruzgan Province and it is this profile that wins hearts and minds in…... Read more

Terror: Coming to a leafy suburb near you

Terror: Coming to a leafy suburb near you

05 May 11 The death of Osama Bin Laden will make no difference to global terrorism inspired by Islamic fundamentalism, and it will…... Read more

Our politically correct war in Afghanistan

Our politically correct war in Afghanistan

10 Mar 11 From working with U.S forces in Afghanistan, many Commanders observed how Afghanistan had become a politically correct war.  Ralph Peters…... Read more

We’ve got the watches, they’ve got the time

We’ve got the watches, they’ve got the time

15 Nov 10 A common saying in Afghanistan is “we’ve got the watches they’ve got the time.”  A perfect metaphor to describe the…... Read more

Our leaders have no idea how to “win” in Afghanistan

Our leaders have no idea how to “win” in Afghanistan

11 Oct 10 The Australian public are being fed a one dimensional view of Afghanistan by both sides of politics that is misleading…... Read more

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