In today’s From the Front: (Click on link to read stories highlighted below) This post is courtesy of The Thunder Run Dispatches: Knottie’s Niche: Happy Birthday Son Kandahar Diary: Haji in a dust storm Bouhammer: The war between McChrystal and Eikenberry Katherine Tiedemann: Daily brief: coordinated suicide bombers attack Kandahar police Free Range International: Unlimited OPM Bruce R: Stopped clock watch IraqPundit: Recount Confirms Original Results Matt G: On COIN, Courageous Restraint, and Clowns Kit Up!: Gear Review: Soldiers Like Army Plate Carrier — With Some Improvements Bill Roggio: US Predators carry out first strike in Khyber Loving A Soldier Blog: Have you noticed? Red Bull Rising: A Raspberry to the Beret Asher Kohn: Better Late than Whenever Sic Semper Tyrannis: Is the US Army still competent in real combat? Guard Wife: Borrowing Trouble Andi: Lady, Would You Please Go Away? She of the Sea: What They Didn’t Explain The Unknown Soldiers: Humble savior News from the Home Front: Army Recalls 44,000 Combat Helmets News from the Front: Iraq: Iraq Recount Fails to Overturn Allawi Election Win Recount in Iraq Preserves Victory for Maliki Rival Baghdad Vote Result Unchanged After Recount Combat Trucker Delivers Crucial Supplies Downrange ‘Chop Shop’ Soldiers Iraqi Insurgent Group Names New Leaders Afghanistan: Airplane with 43 on board crashes in Afghanistan Roadside bomb kills 2 Italian soldiers in Afghanistan Turkey sends humanitarian aid to flood-hit Afghan city Australian troops to play significant role in Kandahar offensive One Soldier, 19 Taliban Killed In Pakistan Clashes U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts Afghan Opium Blight Fuels Anti – Government Suspicions Afghan Troops Free Kidnapped UN Workers Taleban bullets bounce off ‘lucky platoon’ Joint NATO-Afghan Military Operations Kill 25 Insurgents Taliban Say They Killed 4 Afghan Interpreters Marine official says there is more ‘tough fighting’ ahead in Afghanistan War of persuasion: The modern U.S. officer emerges in Afghanistan Taliban Hold Sway in Area Taken by U.S., Farmers Say Kandahar fears greater peril as West rethinks its planned offensive Afghan President Meets New British PM The Thunder Run’s From the Front is a daily series that highlights news and personal dispatched from the front and the home front.