By Frank Walker at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, September 15, 2002 The Sun-Herald.
AS the world waits this weekend to find out what happens next in the war on terrorism, the Australians fighting phase one are awaiting fresh orders. Weapons and helmets are stacked against the walls inside Bagram air base in Afghanistan, home to the SAS who still patrol the foothills looking for the remnants of Al Qaeda. The base commander, US General John Vines, heaped praise on the Australians, saying he would "move heaven and earth" to have the SAS fight alongside him in any future conflict. But the men themselves, unable to be quoted or named, were markedly less gung-ho about the prospect of war with Iraq. Their average age is 32 and most are married with children.