To be fair, we (on H10) were always told that IED layers were to be reported up so that ISTAR assets could be brought in to track them to their bomb making chain and attendant bomb making workshops and CofC. The logic that one dead IED layer has just stopped one IED being laid (and then probably only temporarily) whilst a live one who is identified can lead to the elimination of an entire operation, is a sound one, but no-one at grunt level put too much faith in it. Truth also be told, we did have one or two blokes in our platoon who just wanted an excuse to kill someone and I doubt they were the only ones in the Army.
J9 Legal etc
I'd like to see ALS do a month of patrolling/ sanger/ compound clearing.
That's not really their job is it though. It's like saying I'd like to see a gunner do a month of legal work.
Having seen the ALS working as part of a targeting process they are not necesserially the bad guys. Some of them work to allow us the legal justification to strike, I.e. the maximum latitude within the law.
Understood, I'm not reallyhaving a pop at the individuals, more the system. Though in answer to Airbornejock above, I worked with them too. You must have had a better bunch than we did.
Yeah, they do manage to be the least soldierly people imaginable, and some of them are the smuggest people who feel the need to lecture anyone as if they are an imbecile. Because in their eyes soldier= stupid
So he says:
Then goes on to say:
On another note; this is just another reason why we'll never achieve anything out there. We're too busy making sure we are whiter than white rather than actually trying to defeat the taliban.
Trust me the good guys in Helmand know not to dig holes in view of the sangers.
Who says the bag existed?
Ah, the bloke under investigation.
I don´t see any drama at all,an oppo tells him there´s a guy who may be planting a bomb,he gets exicited and is probably tired due to patrolling in a hostile area,sweating his nuts off all day and and watching a mate get killed.Throws a wobbler after the suspected bomber starts doing what appears to him to be arming the bomb, presses the wrong button and fails to get comms,at the time he didn´t realise that he was pushing the wrong button,takes the decision to stop the threat.6 rounds was a bit OTT but if he was still a threat in his opinion then why not,those guys in Gibralter didn´t exactly spare the ammo and the ASU they slotted weren´t armed either.Shit Happens.
The monkey´s should crawl back into their holes and It´s this sort of `Hug A Taliban´ attitude that got 6 of their mates killed.
If you wan´t to start a War and send soldier´s then people are going to die,the ultimate responsibility lies with the politicians that decided to send them,end of.
And here is the main issue, this is only his side of the story, he obviously thinks if he gets it out there first then not only will he make a couple of quid but will get public support. Sadly for him his story has more holes than an Afghan farmer.