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).
deployment with 3rd platoon in khandahar province Kandalay.
too close for comfort
Video of U.S. Marines with Company B., 1st Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a key leader engagement and fire upon enemy forces near Sangin, Afhganistan, October 21, 2010. 1st Reconnaissance Battalion is conducting counter insurgency operations in support of the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marine Motion Imagery by Cpl. William J. Faffler
1st ID 1st Brigade 2-34 Bravo Co 3rd PLT REAPERS Kandahar Afghanistan 2011 Firefight. This was about a 2 kilometers away from COP AJK.