Capitals of Central Asian Countries:
Astana, Kazakhstan. - “Capital” (x)
Tashkent, Uzbekistan. - “Stone City” (x)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. - “Pishpek (churn)” (x)
Dushanbe, Tajikistan. - “Monday” (x)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. - “City of love” (x)
Kabul, Afghanistan. - “Named for Kabul river.” (x)

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The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan

Kaindy Lake is a 400 meter long lake in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains located 129 km from the city of Almaty. The lake was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a large landslide blocking the gorge and forming a natural dam. Subsequently, rainwater filled the valley and created the lake.

The lake is famous for its scenic beauty particularly the submerged forest and the imposing trunks of spruce trees that rises out of the lake water. The water is so cold (even in summer the temperature does not exceed 6 degrees) that the great pines still remain on the trees, even 100 years later. (x)






With the term originating in the 1990’s during the United States occupation of Somalia for local fighters paid with “Technical assistance grants” to protect personnel, “Technicals” has expanded to just about any truck full of armed personnel.

Technicals, a ubiquitous sight in middle eastern countries, are typically described as armed pick up trucks, sporting anything from recoiless rifles to machine guns. Many hi-speed-lo-drag operator types argue that these vehicles are the best way to operate in urban environments, as many vehicles can be armored subtly to keep a “gray man” dynamic, and can operate both on and offroad.


Nothing, especially not a technical, can beat one of these bad boys:

Nothing can compete with these.

I think you are misunderstanding the purpose of a Technical. Technicals aren’t mine resistant, they’re used on off-hand situations when an armed or armored vehicle is needed but not present. They are not intended to provide massive amounts of ballistic protection. Well, most aren’t. I know there’s been a few examples of armored technicals with BMP-1 turrets jury-rigged to a mount in the bed floating around the internet.

And, perhaps to your surprise, MRAP’s aren’t indestructible beasts, either. Technicals are a broad term, and make no mistake in thinking that it’s beyond a desperate insurgent to mount an SPG-9, or even a TOW missile to the bed of a truck and use their newly made Technical as a form of tank-destroyer. And while MRAP’s may offer some degree of protection to most HEAT rounds, I promise you that they are not yet capable of defeating an unguided tandem warhead from a recoiless rifle.

(via htenoodleincident)

the wilderness &#8220;heart of Eurasia&#8221; soon

the wilderness “heart of Eurasia” soon

(Source: kayratlove)


Welcome to Transistria. Transnistria is a breakaway state. It declared its independence in 1990. Since then it has been ruled as a presidential republic. A lot of the imagery in Transnistria can be compared to old Soviet Imagery. 

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