Strap hanging, cheroot dangling from his lips, Captain Wayne Swan is leading us into this quiet space. The anti-GFC campaign is nearly over. The men are tired. There are just a few of these villages to secure and we can all go home.
Ahead, the road leads out of town and due north to prosperity. Behind, is the safety of open country where we might make no progress, but we won't be trapped and picked apart by snipers. And it's quiet ... too quiet.