Afghanistan: Lashkar Gah - Home of the Warriors Part I

From 2007 to 2008 an American served as an adviser to an Afghan-led counter-narcotics advisory team in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. This was, and still is, the scene of half the world's opium poppy production and ground center zero of a raging Taliban-fueled insurgency. It is a microcosm of why U.S. efforts failed in Afghanistan - the damage was all self-inflicted. More

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About Leonard H. Le Blanc III

Leonard H. Le Blanc III was born in San Antonio, TX in 1951. He grew up in Danbury, CT. He graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Geography and two MA degrees from Webster University in Management and International Relations. Leonard also graduated from the University of the State of New York (now Regents College) with a BA in History and from Charter Oak State College with a BS in Individualized Studies (English, History and Psychology). Leonard honorably served in the US Air Force and US Navy. He has lived and worked overseas in military and civilian jobs for over 21 years in Nigeria, Japan, Thailand, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Leonard has resided in Bangkok, Thailand since 1991 when he is not working on overseas defense contracts. He has also been a freelance reporter for THE BANGKOK POST and a volunteer advisor on Peace and Human Security issues in South and Southeast Asia plus an editor and proofreader for UNESCO Regional HQ-Bangkok. He is married to the former Lana Adnan Issa al-Shareeda of Basra, Iraq and they have two children, Lujane Jasmin (L. J.) and 'Joseph' Leonard (J. L.).

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