Monday, April 30, 2007

Apaches on the Warpath

From the Telegraph out of the UK via The Jawa Report comes this report of our guys in Afghanistan taking the fight to the enemy.

US aircrews show Taliban no mercy
By Gethin Chamberlain in Kandahar, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 1:17am BST 29/04/2007Page 1 of 2

Caught in the middle of the Helmand river, the fleeing Taliban were paddling their boat back to shore for dear life.

Smoke from the ambush they had just sprung on American special forces still hung in the air, but their attention was fixed on the two helicopter gunships that had appeared above them as their leader, the tallest man in the group, struggled to pull what appeared to be a burqa over his head.

As the boat reached the shore, Captain Larry Staley tilted the nose of the lead Apache gunship downwards into a dive. One of the men turned to face the helicopter and sank to his knees. Capt Staley's gunner pressed the trigger and the man disappeared in a cloud of smoke and dust.

By the time the gunships had finished, 21 minutes later, military officials say 14 Taliban were confirmed dead, including one of their key commanders in Helmand.

For the rest see this LINK

To be honest there is nothing really remarkable about this story other than the fact this stuff is never reported on...even now only by a UK newspaper. Your soldiers are carrying out missions like this every day in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq. Good job CPT Staley...I'm sure there was a Warrant Officer in there somewhere we weren't told usual.

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