The new old war | Starting over in Afghanistan

  • Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick and photographer Richard Sennott spent four weeks embedded with the Minnesota National Guard's 114th Transportation Co. in Afghanistan. They also joined a special Guard team that is helping train Afghan army members to defend the country against insurgents.

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  • Mark Brunswick Afghanistan Vlog, pt.6

    Article By: BRETT AKAGI , Publish / Update February 7, 2010 8:35 AM

    Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick's vlog from Camp Nolay, a British camp in Afghanistan. Mark talks on camera about the journey so far.

  • Mark Brunswick Afghanistan Vlog, pt.7

    Article By: BRETT AKAGI , Publish / Update February 7, 2010 8:35 AM

    Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick's vlog from Camp Spann, the largest U.S. base in Northern Afghanistan.

  • The silk road

    Article By: KYNDELL HARKNESS , Publish / Update February 7, 2010 8:38 AM

    The Minnesota Army National Guard's 114th Transportation Company's main mission is to carry the stuff of war on the the old silk road. This ancient route has carried goods from East to West for centuries. In Afghanistan, the ring road is the road for commerce - it's the heart and soul of the economy.

  • Reporter's Notebook: About the Afghanistan series

    Article By: BRUCE BISPING , Publish / Update February 3, 2010 11:26 AM

    Reporter Mark Brunswick and photojournalist Richard Sennott talk about reporting from the Afghanistan war zone with the Minnesota National Guard.

  • Mark Brunswick Afghanistan Vlog, pt.5

    Article By: BRETT AKAGI , Publish / Update February 4, 2010 10:21 AM

    Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick's vlog showing how bad the sand is in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

  • Mark Brunswick Afghanistan Vlog, pt.4

    Article By: BRETT AKAGI , Publish / Update February 4, 2010 10:21 AM

    Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick's vlog captures a firefight on video from Camp Nolay, a British camp in Afghanistan.

  • Mark Brunswick Afghanistan Vlog, pt.3

    Article By: BRETT AKAGI , Publish / Update February 4, 2010 10:21 AM

    Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick's vlog from Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Camp Leatherneck is a U.S. Marine base in Helmand Province.

  • Mark Brunswick Afghanistan Vlog, pt.2

    Article By: BRETT AKAGI , Publish / Update February 2, 2010 4:43 PM

    Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick's vlog from a plane above Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Mark Brunswick's Afghanistan Vlog, pt.1

    Article By: BRETT AKAGI , Publish / Update February 1, 2010 5:19 PM

    Star Tribune reporter Mark Brunswick's vlog from Kabul, Afghanistan. It's the beginning of his journey covering the Minnesota military impact in the fight against terrorism.

  • Afghanistan: Riding with the convoy

    Article By: RICHARD SENNOTT , Publish / Update January 29, 2010 2:41 PM

    Minnesota Army National Guard's 114th Transportation Company traveled 52 hours and 146 miles through the dust of the desert and the fog of war in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

  • Afghanistan: Life in the Fob

    Article By: KYNDELL HARKNESS , Publish / Update February 2, 2010 5:53 AM

    Fobistan is a place where the drone of American TV shows and rock and roll compete with the hum of generators. Many soldiers spend a deployment fighting the main enemy - tedium and boredom.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Afghanistan

    Article By: MATT GILLMER , Publish / Update January 30, 2010 3:40 PM

    James Lileks speaks with Mark Brunswick about his story in the Sunday paper. Minnesota troops in Afghanistan, the Afghan army and a soldier with PTSD.

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  • Scenes from the Silk Road

    Article By: DEB PASTNER , Publish / Update February 7, 2010 8:44 AM

    The Old Silk Road has carried goods from East to West for centuries. Now, the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 114th Transportation Company’s main mission is to carry the supplies and weapons of war on this ancient route.

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  • Crossing the Desert of Death

    Article By: DEB PASTNER , Publish / Update February 1, 2010 8:05 PM

    A Minnesota National Guard unit is thrust into the front line of a new and dangerous Afghan strategy.

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