Afghans…they only know tough love.

Many Afghans over the years including senior members of the Taliban have told me that the West is just too gentle with winning hearts and minds.

Projects to improve the country, especially away from Kabul and including the rural areas, backed up by the military giving out prayer mats…versus the Taliban version of hearts and minds…cutting off ears and noses as a first warning to comply…followed by cutting off heads as your second and final warning.

Well, I’m afraid that there’s only one winner there.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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  1. Hi Bob, with recent events it got me thinking. It would be great if you could combine all your articles and further expand into a book on your adventures in Afghanistan. Naturally you have covered it in various places but I just wondered how a book on “overall” time there with photos. Just an adventurers passage in Afghanistan! Enjoying your posts. Rennie

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