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Troops celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — It was Army Sgt. Keith Wells’ first Thanksgiving Day away from his family and despite a cornucopia of food provided for the troops, his taste buds were craving his wife’s macaroni and cheese back home.

“My wife’s a foodie — you know, the Food Network, cooking shows. Everything she makes is golden,” Wells of Charlotte, N.C., said Thursday at a large international military base in the Afghan capital.

The dining hall served up mac-and-cheese along with traditional Thanksgiving Day fixings. Wells was thankful for the good food, but he still missed his wife’s home-cooking.

Huge hunks of beef greeted the estimated 2,500 diners as soldiers lined up in the dining hall. Red-white-and-blue decorations filled the room. Brochures titled “Learn about combat stress” served as table centerpieces.

There was roast turkey, sliced turkey, ham and rib-eye steaks. The troops were served steaming side dishes of dressing, corn, collard greens, yams and mashed potatoes and gravy that some lapped up with spoons. For dessert, there was a massive cake with a turkey etched in icing, pumpkin spice cookies and scores of pies.

A short walk from the dining hall, service members were playing a modified version of football.

Parts of the scene could have come from a snapshot of any U.S. city: American guys in sweats tossing the pigskin, a scoreboard, a coin toss to start the game.

But on this military base, concrete barriers surrounded the field. The referees wore camouflaged shirts and the spectators carried rifles. The artificial turf was frayed and so dusty that when one player spiked the football, a puff of dirt rose from the field.



  1. norman einstein

    November 23rd, 2012

    This story reminded me of this…Thanksgiving in Iraq under President George W. Bush:


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  2. tenmegaton

    November 23rd, 2012

    Bet they didn’t pardon any taliban.

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  3. Tuesday

    November 23rd, 2012

    All I know is that if iowntheworld and all it’s commenters were allowed to take over the war in Afghanistan, those troops would be out of there pronto with a win. It’s lousey politicians (who never seem to have a military backgrounds or send their own kids over that screw our military and America). I’m so sick of all of them!

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  4. Brian

    November 23rd, 2012


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  5. Unruly Refugee

    November 23rd, 2012

    You know those little tool sheds that sit out in front of Lowes hardware stores? That is what these troops have to live in when they are not out fighting, or trying to stay within the ridiculous boundaries of the ever-changing rules of engagement.

    Stay positive, and come home soon. God Bless you Troops.

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