In today’s From the Front: (Click on link to read stories highlighted below) This post is courtesy of The Thunder Run. Dispatches: Red Bull Rising: Places, Please 270 Days in Afghanistan: Afghanistan Interrupted al Sahwa: Exploiting the Rift in Taliban Leadership Katherine Tiedemann: Daily brief: U.N. shuts Kandahar mission Bilal Baloch: What’s in a name? Army Blogger Wife: Deployment Question #14–Packing IraqPundit: Iran’s Influence Family Matters Blog: Reserve Family Programs Receive Recognition Bill Roggio: Taliban shadow governor killed in Kunduz: Report Knights of Afghanistan: Friendly Fire? Loving A Soldier Blog: Celebrate Memorial Day with Children Manatee’s Military Moms: I’m heading to Afghanistan! The Unknown Soldiers: Justice for Navy SEALs The Unknown Soldiers: ‘A hard charger’ Wings Over Iraq: What’s in a Name? The Kitchen Dispatch: Restrepo: One Platoon, One Year, One Valley. An Interview with the Filmmakers The Captain’s Journal: Counterinsurgency and Water Polo Greyhawk: War Stories Bill T: TINS! Taxi Driver… News from the Home Front: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint Different state, same drill: the 116th Cav is bound for Iraq Bonds forged under fire The Afghanistan war, through the eyes of a soldier’s wife Obama Renews Vow Of “New Beginning” With Muslims DOD Announces Replacement Unit for Iraq Rotation News from the Front: Iraq: Gulf War battle reignites as Kuwait tries to freeze Iraqi Airways assets Odierno Notes Progress of Iraqi Forces U.S. ambassador says Iraq must act faster in establishing a new government Election Ruling in Iraq Favors Prime Minister Afghanistan: Pakistanis Living on Brink, and Often in the Dark Officials: US Drone Strike Kills 5 Militants in NW Pakistan Afghan crunch time: Obama must decide whether to talk to the Taliban Taliban Commander, Advisers Killed in NATO Air Strike in Afghanistan Air Strike in Afghanistan Kills Senior Insurgents Karzai’s Brother Says UN Should Not Leave South U.N. Shuts Mission In Afghanistan’s Kandahar U.N. pulls foreign workers out of Afghan city of Kandahar U.S. training Afghan villagers to fight the Taliban Government, PRT Work on Development Projects in Pusht Rod IJC Operational Update, April 27 Afghan Civilians, Government Join Forces to Defeat and Remove Taliban Pak forces kill six key Taliban commanders in Swat Afghan Peace Talks Await A Karzai-Obama Confab Despite mounting death toll, Afghan war barely an issue Afghanistan: 2 U.S. Soldiers Killed During Search Three Afghan kids killed in donkey-drawn cart bombing NGOs urged to help quake victims RCMP to train police Three explosions hit Kandahar, two dead Marines Stabilize Afghan Town Of Marjah In their own words, Black Watch troops tell of Afghanistan tour The Thunder Run’s From the Front is a daily series that highlights news and personal dispatched from the front and the home front.