From Himalayas to Helmand



For almost two centuries, the Gurkhas have held a place among the fiercest and most loyal warriors in modern history. This group of young men, who come mostly from the rugged hills of rural Nepal, have fought for the British in almost every war since 1815. Today, members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles have a robust presence in Afghanistan's Helmand province. They play an invaluable role in training and mentoring programs for the Afghan National Police and the Afghan National Army, mainly because of the cultural knowledge they bring with them.

Anup Kaphle

Anup Kaphle is a digital media fellow at the Atlantic. He was recently in Afghanistan under a grant from the South Asian Journalists Association.

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