Helmand

A Scandal in Belgravia (abridged)
  • John: *glances tragically at Sherlock* He will never love me.
  • John: But just being by his side is enough. I am at peace with my fate.
  • Irene: *flirts with Sherlock*
  • John: I AM CAPTAIN JOHN HAMISH WATSON, FIFTH NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS, A VETERAN OF KANDAHAR, HELMAND, AND BART'S BLOODY HOSPITAL. STEP🔪🔪 AWAY🔪🔪 FROM MY BOYFRIEND.
  • Sherlock: what???
  • John: what

NPR journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna died a year ago this week, ambushed on a remote road in southern Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment traveling with the Afghan National Army.

Since their deaths, NPR has been investigating what happened, and today we are sharing new information about what we learned. It’s a very different story from what we originally understood.

The two men were not the random victims of bad timing in a dangerous place, as initial reports indicated. Rather, the journalists’ convoy was specifically targeted by attackers who had been tipped off to the presence of Americans in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

Gilkey, an experienced photojournalist, and Tamanna, an Afghan reporter NPR hired to work with him, were sitting together in a Humvee when they were attacked.

“After the loss of our colleagues, we wanted to be sure we understood what really happened on the road that day,” said Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director at NPR. “So we kept reporting.”

Not A Random Attack: New Details Emerge From Investigation Of Slain NPR Journalists

Illustration: Isabel Seliger for NPR
Caption: Journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna were killed on the road to Marjah, Afghanistan, last year during a reporting trip.

the signs as john watson yelling

aries: MAJOR PLEASE, I’M JOHN WATSON, FIFTH NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS, THREE YEARS IN  AFGHANISTAN, A VETERAN OF KANDAHAR, HELMAND  AND BART’S BLOODY HOSPITAL. LET ME EXAMINE THIS BODY.

taurus: because sherlock holmes thinks it’s a perfectly OKAY THING TO DO

gemini: tell me where my bloody wife is ya pompous prick, or i’ll punch ya lights out

cancer: they’re givin’ me an asbo

leo: why is everything always MY FAULT

virgo: DAMN MY LEG

libra:  no it’s NOT it’s NOT OKAY

scorpio:  SHEEEEERLOOOOCKKKKK!!!!

sagittarius: SWEAR TO GOD

capricorn: WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING IN THERE JAMES, STOP IT RIGHT NOW, I WILL KICK THIS DOOR DOWN

aquarius: THERE IS NOTHING THE MATTER WITH ME imagine i said that without shouting

pisces: dear gOD ABOVE