U.S. Army soldiers in four-wheel drive vehicles wait as bundles of fuel are air delivered by a C-17 Globemaster III to Forward Operating Base Waza K’wah in Paktika province, Afghanistan. Jan. 30, 2011
Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four wounded in an attack Wednesday by gunmen wearing Afghan security force uniforms in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. defense officials said.
It’s not clear whether the attackers were actually members of the Afghan military or simply in disguise. The story notes that the frequency of “insider attacks” has declined since the Afghans took the lead in combat roles.
Afghan authorities released 65 detainees from a detention facility Thursday in direct defiance of protests from the United States, which said the men were connected to the killing of Afghan civilians and coalition forces.
The U.S. command says more than two dozen of the men were freed have been linked to the deaths of 32 U.S. and allied troops, have ties to the most violent terror groups in Afghanistan and were caught with weapons and materials for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to documents obtained by USA TODAY. They were being held at the Afghan National Detention Facility-Parwan.
Sometimes attackers are dressed as Afghan politicians instead of Afghan soldiers.
A lot of folks were concerned that the military was overbuying the MRAPs by a pretty significant margin.
It costs about $12,000 to crunch and dispose of a single MRAP here, said Mark E. Wright, a Defense Department spokesman. To ship one back to the U.S. and rebuild it to current standards would cost $250,000 to $450,000, he said. Selling the vehicles as scrap instead of shipping them home and refitting them will consequently save about $500 million, Wright said.
They’re too advanced for the Afghan forces to operate and maintain. Despite over a decade of assistance and training, most of their military appears to be at the irregular foot soldier stage.
Afghan troops are not known for their dedication to maintaining equipment; they prefer to run vehicles rough and hard until they break down.
Yah don’t say.
Two years ago:
“We have some planes.”
The man who said that is no longer in this world, and Murdoc strongly suspects that he is disappointed about how things turned out for him in the next one.
For Murdoc’s thoughts and feelings about what happened on this day in 2001, see 9/11 Report: “Planes. As in plural.”
We don’t always get to choose which wars to fight.
From his citation:
Specialist Ty M. Carter distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Scout with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. On that morning, Specialist Carter and his comrades awakened to an attack of an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of Combat Outpost Keating, employing concentrated fire from recoilless rifles, rocket propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small arms fire.
Specialist Carter reinforced a forward battle position, ran twice through a 100 meter gauntlet of enemy fire to resupply ammunition and voluntarily remained there to defend the isolated position. Armed with only an M4 carbine rifle, Specialist Carter placed accurate, deadly fire on the enemy, beating back the assault force and preventing the position from being overrun, over the course of several hours. With complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of his own wounds, he ran through a hail of enemy rocket propelled grenade and machine gun fire to rescue a critically wounded comrade who had been pinned down in an exposed position.
Specialist Carter rendered life extending first aid and carried the Soldier to cover. On his own initiative, Specialist Carter again maneuvered through enemy fire to check on a fallen Soldier and recovered the squad’s radio, which allowed them to coordinate their evacuation with fellow Soldiers. With teammates providing covering fire, Specialist Carter assisted in moving the wounded Soldier 100 meters through withering enemy fire to the aid station and before returning to the fight. Specialist Carter’s heroic actions and tactical skill were critical to the defense of Combat Outpost Keating, preventing the enemy from capturing the position and saving the lives of his fellow Soldiers.
Specialist Ty M. Carter’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army.
Much more info here.
The Army’s XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system has been removed from service after a training accident injured a soldier in Afghanistan early last month.
A soldier was injured during a Feb. 2 live-fire training event during which the primer of a 25mm high-explosive air burst round ignited as a result of a double feed, according to Army spokesman Matthew Bourke.
The injuries were superficial.
The Army really hypes this thing, but Murdoc has heard that the 25mm round is lacking in lethality.
Let’s hope they aren’t going to be using their skills against US troops.