September 9th, 2009
10:57 PM ET
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Koral Mae from Shelton, WA

    I am so proud of our hometown hero, Phillip Howard!

    September 9, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Godspeed 1/5

    September 9, 2009 at 8:11 pm |
  3. Darla Benjamin

    Thank you Mr. Cooper and your team for letting us see the young men who are fighting away from home to protect our country, I wish more could understand that this is a very differrent war being fought and that if we let up it will only get worse and closer to home, these people have such a differrent outlook, I wish we could understand them more and they would try to understan us instead of hating us.. We watched with an excited father who has a son in the unit you are with, even though we didn't see him (Dave Johns Jr) we were proud of the job you did and the men you did show, we'll keep watching, My husband has never watched CNN with me but I think you have hooked him, I think CNN is much less biased than "network" news and I do enjoy your reports, let us see more of the young men wo are protecting our country. Thank you

    September 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  4. Bruce B-P

    Hello Anderson:

    You are doing such a good job on this series, I'm watching it intensely. Do you have any plans to visit with our British allies who are doing so much with so little at great sacrifice just a few miles from you? I think they deserve a little mention in the spirit that we are all trying to pull the oars in the same boat.

    September 9, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  5. Mari

    President Obama end this senseless war, bring our Troops home!

    September 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    Everytime the young man scanning for IEDs took a step forward I held my breath – I simply cannot see how they can get their job done with the conditions over there but they are exceptionally well trained soldiers to be able to do what they are doing and tolerate the climate as well. The main thing I think is so sad is that after a hot day of looking for IEDs, they go back to their camp and have the treat of hot water there. I would be missing ice really quick. Nothing like cold water to cleanch one's thirst – hot water though – ugh. I hope all our soldiers stay safe over there – I thought I saw my nephew (a new father since yesterday) in the background but I cxouldn't be sure. Thanks for showing and talking to some of the troops. Hearing their explanations is heartening.

    September 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  7. Victoria Alameda


    I really appreciate your reporting on how simply the IED's are made. The simplicity of the IED make them easy to over look. Like debris on the roadway or landscape.

    One thinks that you have to have a very complicated device to do the kind of damage Dr. Gupta's patient had. Not true.

    Thanks again. And as always stay safe.

    September 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  8. Jessica H., WA

    My brother was the US Marine that you interviewed in the first part of this video clip who is in front and and runs the minesweeper for IED's!! He also is an IED dog handler! We were SO excited to get to SEE and HEAR him last night!!!!! Thank you for getting the video of him!
    There were a couple of still photos that you showed during your show that had him in it, but I can't find them online? Is there a way to view them??
    Thanks again!
    Proud sister of 3 US Marines & one in boot camp!

    September 9, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  9. maria

    Hey there Anderson,

    Thank you for covering and sharing stories on Afghanistan. My fiance (who is a captain in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton) will be deployed this Novermember (for his 5th tour since 2004) to Helmand Province. We will not win this war on terror overnight....it will be a long hard battle for these men and women. I guess the people who are anti-war don't understand or see what really goes on behind the scenes and the true meaning of these wars. Like my fiance said last night, "I'm still fighting for what happened to the US on September 11th, 2001, and I will never forget." I want to thank everyone who has served or who is currently serving for our great country. I pray everyday for my fiance and all his fellow soilders that God protects them on their long hard journey and every army, navy, airforce and marine will return home safely!

    Maria, San Diego, Ca

    September 9, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  10. jill a


    i wish for you and the entire cnn crew a safe time over there. thank you for all you do to keep us informed back here in the states.

    safe travels to all,

    September 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    President Obama was recently quoted in an interview that he doesn't like the term 'victory' when descibing our goals in Afghanistan. Well in war there are winners or losers, so I guess he's saying he's keeping our troops there fighting for a loss.

    September 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  12. jpolk

    Thanks Anderson Cooper & all that are with you from the team, for revealing THE TRUTH about what it's like in Afghanistan. I will say a prayer for your safety and all the guys with you, so that you can continue giving us the facts. Be careful!!

    September 9, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  13. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Sorry missed your life shows,but it is 4 clock here in Germany,and sometimes there is no sleepless in Germany,
    So now watching the video makes me clear what a trustful and fair journalist you are.You really go deeper in a storry,shows us facts and at least the people on both side of this terrible war.
    Thank you for realize that the only way to win this war,is to win the trust of the Afghan people.
    Pleace dont risk your life,stay safe,i know its easy for me to ask you,but the world needs journalist like you.

    September 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  14. Rick

    Both of my sons are U.S. Marines, my oldest is an NCO with Alpha Company 1/5. That being said I was looking forward to your broadcasts from 1/5's location. Unfortunateley, a vast amount of the hour you are on, we are getting news from Washington and other domestic subjects. I really couldn't care less about the conditions that you and your staff are "enduring". I find it self indulgent, you are not the story. The story is the efforts of our men and women who volunteer to defend us and our allies and the need to help others. Washington is now playing politics and endangering our forces and the mission when they should be providing our forces to resources to be successful. Semper Fidelis

    September 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  15. Lori, IL

    Great report - think it's time the story of the daily efforts/hazzards our troops face are brought to light. God bless our troops in Afghanistan and hope Anderson and the 360 crew stay safe. Godspeed.

    September 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  16. Lori, IL

    Great report - think it's time the story of the daily efforts/hazzards our troops face are brought to light. God bless our troops in Afghanistan and hope Anderson and the 360 crew stay safe. Godspeed on your journey.

    September 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  17. Abdul Rahman Aref

    Hello Mr. Cooper, hope you are well & safe. I am an Muslim/American/Afghan. I just visited Afghanistan after 36 yrs. I greatly admire your work @ CNN. My wonderfully talented 2nd cousin Ms. Attia Abawi works in Kabul with CNN. My other cousin Mr. Daoud Soltonzoi is an MP from Ghazni. Mr. coope if you really want the "TRUTH" you must interview MP Soltonzoi. he has a terrific recore of bipartisanship @ the Parliament. He is the perfect story of an Afghan that has done very well for himsel in the U.S. as a commercial pilot for 25yrs @ United Airlines. He left the great life of his in Malibu Calif. to help his Birthplace -Afghanistan. Your job has just began , InshAllah has they say in Afghanistan we will have the fortitude to see this War end successfully. I came to the U.S. in 1972 as a son of Afghan diplomat. my father was a handful of Afghan Diplomats with an Oxford eductaion. I have been involved off /on in the matters of my birthplace. I have really worked hard along with my family since 9/11 to work for my Country & my birthplace. Please try to be upbeat as possible. Our country is in the midst of unforseen economic calamity no thanks to Mr. Bush. It is our sacred duty not to lose our Faith/Courage & most importantly our Credibilty to the much maligned people of Afghanistan once again.They were the main reason for the DESTRUCTION of THE EVIL EMPIRE!!!. God Bless you/ The U.S.A./ our courageous soldiers/the great people of Afghanistan & May God Almighty help Pres. Obama to guide us through these very turbulant times for our beloved nation. BE Safe!

    September 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  18. Lori

    All of the conditions there look so severe. How do the soldiers maintain their spirits other than with drinking? I do not think I could survive one-half day there. Thank you for your coverage and take care of yourself.

    September 9, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  19. Mara

    That was my son James Buttery that you interviewed last night! Thank you for being there it was so good to see he was ok after he had driven over the IED. I was able to see him, the area he is patrolling and the living conditions. God bless them all! We love you men and women of the military and pray for you daily!
    Proud Mom of a Marine, Mara

    September 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  20. misty

    you interviewed my marine 🙂 is there any way to get the pics that were displayed on cnn with him in them??

    September 9, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  21. idisi obaruene

    Hi cooper how re u doin than there with the marine?i know its not easy but congrats for ur efort.

    September 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  22. TK

    looks like time is not the only thing our troops need in Helmand province. I sure hope something... maybe bureaucracy could be of use in motivating the locals to get off the fence.

    September 9, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  23. MikeV

    Please take care and give our best to the soliders.

    BUT please tell me when we have reached our goal and WHAT is the goal?

    Feeling like LBJ and vietnam again.

    September 9, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  24. Lilibeth

    Yikes, I wouldn’t want to have that on-point person’s job. I mean, I know that being in a war zone is dangerous, but when I saw this segment, it really hit home with me and I have a better appreciation of what our military have to go through on a daily basis in a place like this. Thanks, Anderson, you stay safe now.

    Edmonds, Washington

    September 9, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  25. Cindy

    Great report Cooper!! I like getting to see the day to day goings on that the soldiers have to endure. The IED sweepers are too brave risking their lives for everyone else! Hope they all stay safe!


    September 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |