Hold the Fries: Afghan Bases Cut Fast Food

AP Photo, file
AP Photo, file

The U.S. military has long had the Taliban in its cross hairs, but it's recently set its sights on another target in Afghanistan - the Whopper.

Fast food joints like Burger King, Pizza Hut and T.G.I. Friday's have given soldiers at military bases throughout the country a taste of home during their combat tours. But those days are numbered, according to a Reuters report.

"This is a war zone -- not an amusement park," Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall blogged earlier this year.

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"Supplying nonessential luxuries to big bases like Bagram and Kandahar makes it harder to get essential items to combat outposts and forward operating bases, where troops who are in the fight each day need."

There are other cuts in the works. Orange Julius, Dairy Queen and Military Car Sales are on the way out and Hall said there would be fewer canned and bottled goods coming into the country, as well cutbacks on first-run movies and other entertainment.

According to Reuters, some soldiers aren't happy about the cuts. But until the chains' contracts expire, there's still time to get one last order of fries.