Thankyou Pap that was the sort of comment I wished to encourage after 8 cans of Spar Special and a night of Sky News........I thought the rather panicky "Stop shooting" added some degree of realtime to the entire afffair don't you?
CNN are showing some night vision pictures of a bunch of yanks on a roof top (shoulder to shoulder) standing and kneeling looking out over Faluja.
One yank pop's an Illume from his 203, I presume in order to give away any night vision equipment advantage they have or more likely, just because he hadn't fired an illum in anger before.
Another scene see's a SAW gunner open up with long bursts on something after some shots were heard (note. NOT crack and thump, just shots) - the SAW goes through 30 or 40 rounds - quite exciting for the yank viewers war on terror I suspect.
Another scene has a sniper fire a shot and his no.2 loading the next round into the bolt action weapon. Q1) WHY? Did't the bolt action rifle have a small magazine of some kind and Q2) Why wasn't the no.2 spotting like a good no.2 should?
Another scene has the roof top full of yanks opening up for a minute or so on a 'target' though I suspect the target will be "a road", "a building" or "I dunno, I was jus' shootin' at what ya'l was shootin at"...
The footage reminded me of the fire support group on the roof top that (I think) the BBC filmed. Though they were supporting an assault on a location about 50m in front of them rather than apparently peppering the whole city.
Comment from a Pentagon Official taken from another post. In the footage it didn't look like the Marines were being very deliberate and precise in the application of combat power:
Dear Mr Henderson
There are those who falsely report that US forces are targeting non-combatants. The truth is, US forces have attempted to protect civilians to the best of their ability. When US forces are attacked we apply the appropriate, proportionate combat power to eliminate that resistance. With respect to the Marines in Fallujah, they are being very deliberate and precise in the application of their combat power to prevent non-combatant casualties in the area.