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Iraq Veterans Find Afghan Enemy Even Bolder

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In three combat tours in Anbar Province, Marine Sgt. Jacob Tambunga fought the deadliest insurgents in Iraq.

But he says he never encountered an enemy as tenacious as what he saw immediately after arriving at this outpost in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. In his first days here in late June, he fought through three ambushes, each lasting as long as the most sustained fight he saw in Anbar.

Like other Anbar veterans here, Sergeant Tambunga was surprised to discover guerrillas who, if not as lethal, were bolder than those he fought in Iraq.

“They are two totally different worlds,” said Sergeant Tambunga, a squad leader in Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines.

“In Iraq, they’d hit you and run,” he said. “But these guys stick around and maneuver on you.”

“If they had better weapons, we’d be in real trouble,” said Lance Cpl. Vazgen Matevosyan.

What the Taliban lack in munitions they make up for in tactics, even practicing “information operations” and disinformation, Marines say. Knowing the Marines listen to their two-way communications, they say, the Taliban describe phony locations of ambushes and bombs.

“They’re not stupid,” said Lance Cpl. Frank Hegel. “You can tell they catch on to things, and they don’t make the same mistake twice.”
In full

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/world/asia/26marines.html?hp


The American Public starts to rediscover the War in Afghanistan.....
 
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This might be a good time to point out Micheal Yon's blog

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/

yank independent journo that embeds with frontline units or just walks around on his own, self (and fan) funded from a military past and is generally very well informed.

he's currently with 2 rifles and has reported previously from brit units.

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/table/death-in-the-corn/
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/table/death-or-glory/
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/table/men-of-valor/
 

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