The Irish party will base themselves in Iran rather than Dubai after the FAI said the country was safe enough to stay in during the build to the game, while US-led bombing raids over Afghanastan
continue some 350 miles away.
HMS Triumph, a nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarine, is the most likely of the British subs to have been involved in last night's attacks on Afghanastan
. Her exact location is unknown but she steamed into the Gulf last week.
I am now on a team of eight heading for Qalat, Afghanastan
, (altitude 5,085 feet, just north of Khandahar), to fill in as the communications officer.