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A look behind the scenes

Post by Scott Fontaine on March 12, 2010 at 10:55 am with 3 Comments »
March 11, 2010 5:15 pm

The Army Times has an interesting, behind-the-scenes look at a recent Special Operations screw-up in Afghanistan. And it involved a unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord:

From the story:

[T]he Army officer said the battalion-level command was SOTF 12, formed around 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, and based at Kandahar Airfield.

It is unclear what orders, if any, Benton or Lt. Col. Brian Petit, the SOTF 12 commander, gave in relation to the convoy as it was tracked by the Predator.

But after a lengthy delay, the A-team leader eventually decided to call an airstrike on the convoy from the Kiowa Warriors, the Army officer said. At about 9 a.m., the helicopters attacked. The Kiowa Warrior can carry Hellfire missiles, 2.75-inch Hydra rockets and a .50-caliber machine gun. It is not clear which weapons were used in the attack.

I won’t ruin the ending, but it doesn’t turn out pretty. Still, it’s an interesting narrative on a form of warfare that doesn’t receive that much attention.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. bobbysangelwife says:

    Ugh, that was quite possibly THE most long-winded account I’ve ever seen in my life!!
    ACK!! All that crap didn’t need to be in that article, I swear…..just the FACTS of the account would have been sufficient I think. ;)

  2. It’s a war, folks. People die. The problem lies with soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan relying on what some pogue weaponeer at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada may or may not have seen. Electronic surveillance will, ultimately, never suffice when what you need are are eyes on the potential target, especially when civilians are possibly involved, before calling in the air strike.

  3. How does one distinguish civilians from active combatants in our War on Terrorist? Does the Taliban and Al Qaeda wear bright pink uniforms? The answer to this simple question is no. Our enemies can’t be distinguished between civilians and active combatants. Our enemies blend in with the general populace therefore creating a dangerous situation for innocent people. The story I read is idiotic and smacks of Liberal Main Stream Media journalism. (And I use the word journalism loosely here).

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