The US military’s unofficial tip-off for when to send troops into Afghanistan

Written by Staff Writer

KABUL (CNN) — But enough about refugees. Take heart, afghanistan — a ragtag group of un-Navy-trained U.S. volunteer seamen has just saved your life.

Our hero is Capt. Mudd, commander of the Liberian-flagged Liberian Point, which has been docked in Gomal port in Peshawar, Pakistan, since the outbreak of the Yemen war. Capt. Mudd is so sure that war won’t spread to Afghanistan, he has a gray beard. It’s a surefire tipoff.

Capt. Mudd spends most of his time filling out forms and strategizing how to get 115,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people who are woefully underserved. But once the port handlers and aid workers go on strike, Capt. Mudd doesn’t waste any time.

Using sketchy satellite imagery, Capt. Mudd zips up the Liberian Point’s engine, dismantles the hulking cargo hold and sends it on its way. With 20 rats onboard and two guns, the ship can now easily reach the Afghan coast.

“Many people think boats and guns are the only form of protection we have, but they’re not,” he says. “We provide resources that need to be provided. Using smaller resources we’ll get better results.”

At the blacked-out HQ of NAVFAC (the Non-Combatant Maritime Fire Control Office) in the port town of Gomal, we hear the full story. A group of Marines and an experienced CIA agent send out a request for help.

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