Recon Marines Use Fire and Maneuver to Repel Enemy Ambush
This is some of the more "intense" footage from a 3 hour long patrol in Upper Sangin Valley. The video begins just after Alpha Element is engaged in what turns out to be a small preliminary ambush.
A word about tactics:
The overwhelming majority of casualties in this area were from IED's. These were usually located in channelized areas between buildings and walls (where there was cover from gunfire). We stuck to open fields because it was easier to repel enemy fighters and treat gunshot wounds than it was to find IED's and treat blown off limbs.
*Side note: Names are muted for privacy, and aftermath footage was left out as a courtesy to both the viewers and the fallen (no Marine casualties).
Alpha Company, 2nd platoon executing a dawn raid on a Taliban compound in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
U.S. and Afghan Army soldiers are caught in a sniper ambush after conducting a search on villages to locate enemy weapons, and IED factories. The U.S. mission is to disrupt Taliban activities in the area and to mentor Afghan soldiers so that they'll be able to take over operations by 2014.
action starts @ 01:40 Firefights and Big Explosions.. one of the best videos
see the smoke built up from the mud house corner when the RPG shot aiming at the Soldiers.