From the Frontline: journalist Vaughan Smith takes Taliban fire in Helmand Province video


You might think your job is hard, but take a look at this.

Video journalist Vaughan Smith – also founder of the Frontline Club – has just returned from Afghanistan where he was embedded with the Grenadier Guards as they begin Operation Moshtarak to win regional control from Taliban fighters.

The video was made for Channel, 4 two years after he last joined the Grenadiers on operations in 2007.

As this astonishing video shows, “frontline” really is the best word to describe his approach to reporting, as his unit takes fire from two directions:

Read Smith’s own thoughts on his experiences at

Speaking in 2008 at the Rory Peck Awards (via Smith claimed he’d been “shot more times than I have been credited by the BBC”.

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