Afghan police drive Ford ‘Danger Ranger’ in combat with Marines

Afghan National Police 'Danger Ranger' truck

Members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police stand near their green Ford Ranger. Marines have taken to calling the vehicles 'Danger Rangers.' (James J. Lee / Staff)

OBSERVATION POST SHRINE, Afghanistan – With a few minutes of downtime here in Kajaki, I wanted to touch base on something for the truck lovers out there.

What you see above is a photograph of the vehicles the Afghan police drive while on duty. It’s a green Ford Ranger pickup truck, and they can be found across Helmand province.

It’s no normal Ranger, however. The truck has four doors and operates on diesel fuel. If there are any similar trucks in the U.S., they are few and far between.

Marines jokingly call the trucks “Danger Rangers.” Considering the Afghan police are driving the same dirt roads and paths that U.S. personnel are in mine-resistant vehicles, it seems like a fair name.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.


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