In today’s From the Front: (Click on link to read stories highlighted below) This post is courtesy of The Thunder Run Dispatches: A Handful of Dust: Destination Kabul al Sahwa: A Business-like Strategy: Al-Qaeda & Al Shabaab Kate Clark: Who will replace Saleh and Atmar? Army Live: Shoulder to Shoulder-No Soldier Stands Alone Battle Rattle: Marjah: ‘It’s like a petting zoo in hell’ The Canada-Afghanistan Blog: Moussada Jalal Fights Back The Canada-Afghanistan Blog: The Kandahar “Offensive” Family Matters Blog: Children of Fallen Express Emotions at Camp Helmand Blog – Afghanistan: Chinook Pilot Awarded DFC Home From Iraq: The Army Job I was Supposed to do is Open Kerplunk: Iraq/Afghanistan fatigue in the book industry Kit Up!: TF Rakkasan Commander Responds to MultiCam Moratorium Kit Up!: TF Rakkasan Camo Issue: Kit Up! Responds Bill Roggio: Taliban overrun Frontier Corps outpost in northwest Pakistan Bill Roggio: Afghan commandos strike at the Taliban in the northwest Red Bull Rising: P.A.C.E. Your Family’s Communications Plan Joan D’Arc: How do you handle “Good Bye?” Andi: Of Peace Symbols, Flags and Mental Gymnastics Terry Glavin: The Kind And Splendid Country You Never Got To Know The Unknown Soldiers: Dereliction of duty The Captain’s Journal: Followup on Patrolling Without Rounds Chambered in Weapons News from the Front: Afghanistan: Dangerous, but to Whom? In the Afghan Papers: Proselytizing Talking to the Taliban ‘bad news for women’: activist Helping Now Zad Locals Help Themselves NATO Plan Ties Afghan Economy to Growth of Forces ISAF Forces Push Back Taliban in Southern Nad ‘Ali CIA lifts secret cover of Afghan bomb victims U.S. hopes to share prison with Afghanistan Gates, Fox, Reaffirm Afghanistan Commitment Helmand for U.K. was a ‘Deeply Flawed Gamble’ NATO death toll hits 24 in June Gunmen Attack NATO Trucks Near Pakistan Capital 6 Die in Attack on Supply Rigs in Pakistan Suspected Militants Attack NATO Goods in Pakistan Afghan ex-spy boss calls peace strategy dangerous Troops kill 19 militants in Afghanistan Japan pledges $11m in aid to Kabul US urges Afghanistan to detail Taliban reintegration plan Dutch Afghanistan stance an embarrassment for former NATO chief Afghanistan: A war we’re winning The Thunder Run’s From the Front is a daily series that highlights news and personal dispatches from the front and the home front.