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A look behind the scenes

Post by Scott Fontaine on March 12, 2010 at 10:55 am |
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.

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