Dispatches From Afghanistan: Night Into Day

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  1. Dispatches From Afghanistan: Night Into Day
    Wednesday, July 29, 2009
    By Michael Yon

    Michael Yon, an independent journalist and former Green Beret, is in Afghanistan reporting on the war against Al Qaeda terrorists and the Taliban. Here is a portion of his latest dispatch exclusively for FOXNews.com.

    SANGIN, Helmland Province, Afghanistan -- Orders are given before every operation. The orders filter down through various unit levels involved, until each platoon finally receives its specific mission.

    The concept for this mission came down from the 2 Rifles Battlegroup (battalion) to the companies, including elements of the Afghan National Army and their British counterparts from the Welsh Guard, and down to each 2 Rifles platoon involved.

    So for any mission there might be literally dozens (or more) orders and rehearsals until each man and woman knows the perceived enemy situaton, their specific tasks, and much more.

    While soldiers here at FOB Jackson received orders, undoubtedly pilots and others, stationed far away, perhaps on an aircraft carrier or even farther afield, were finalizing related plans.

    On 23 July, the afternoon before the mission, a call came into headquarters that two British soldiers had been wounded by two IEDs, and that the American helicopter medevacs known as “Pedro” had been called to extract the casualties.
  2. Linky no worky

    FORMER_FYRDMAN LE Book Reviewer

    Is this perhaps not already the subject of the 'Excellent Michael Yon piece' thread? Apologies if not, but much gratuitous humiliation and general ridicule if so.
  4. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    It is indeed, F_F:


    FORMER_FYRDMAN LE Book Reviewer

    I thought so. Let us ponder Skynet's genetic heritage.