Brit officer plans to tweet from Afghan frontline

A senior British Army officer says he plans to keep the world updated on life in war-torn Afghan by Twitter.

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 17:50 PM IST

London: A senior British Army officer says
he plans to keep the world updated on life in war-torn
Afghanistan through social networking site Twitter.

Lieutenant Colonel Dougie Graham, commanding officer of
the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment
of Scotland, said that he plans to tweet during their
six-month tour.

Though military tactics will still remain confidential,
Graham said there will be plenty of material to keep the
public interested.

"I would like to be able to give people a feel for the
reality because it`s not all fighting, it?s not all bombs and
bullets," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

"What we`re trying to do is draw everything together so
that we can get messages of support to the men, as well as
updates of what the battalion`s been doing back home."

Saying that he was unaware of another commander
previously using Twitter, Graham said he was not "reinventing
the wheel".

Insisting that he is a pragmatist, the commander said
that tweeting is the obvious thing to do as most of his
friends communicate via social networking sites such as
Twitter, MySpace and Facebook.

Lt Col Graham is consulting the Ministry of Defence about
the possible content of his tweets.

He is leading around 450 soldiers, who will soon leave
for Lashkar Gah, the capital of the Helmand Province.

PTI