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US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah

 
Anonymous Coward
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02/15/2010 08:46 PM
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US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
The skill displayed by Taleban insurgents showed high levels of tactical awareness and training — including “walking” mortar fire on to the Marines and persistent and accurate sniper fire.

The unit has lost one Marine and five have been injured. Many others have had near misses, including one soldier who was hit yesterday by a Taleban bullet between the eyes, but an inch above the rim of his helmet.

The offensive in Marjah involves 15,000 US, British and Afghan troops. It is the biggest joint operation since the 2001 invasion that ousted the Taleban. The troops are fighting over an area of less than 100 square miles, with a population of 80,000.

US Marines said they are constrained by strict new rules of engagement that make their task more dangerous. Under the rules, troops cannot fire at people unless they commit a hostile act or show intent.

Corporal Travis Anderson, 20, from Iowa, said his platoon had repeatedly seen Afghan fighters dropping their guns into ditches before melting away into the civilian population.

“It’s hard to fight a war like this,” he said. “They’re using our rules of engagement against us.”

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02/15/2010 09:07 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
i don't like out soldiers fighting under un rules,our goverment needs to get out of the un.these are some crazy rules that they keep putting on our soldiers.i always said from the start of these wars,no one can win a war like this.i think our goverment and the un want these wars to keep going on forever.we can't even use our state of art weapons because the un said it wouldn't be fair. i read that crap and i could not believe what i was reading. i think when anyone is fighting a war of anykind you fight to win,not just keep going onan on.
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02/15/2010 10:02 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
I also heard on BBC that the British soldiers are meeting little resistance.
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
I also heard on BBC that the British soldiers are meeting little resistance.
 Quoting: htp,nli 686272


Yeah thats where they usually are

Following US Marines
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02/15/2010 10:09 PM
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i don't like out soldiers fighting under un rules,our goverment needs to get out of the un.these are some crazy rules that they keep putting on our soldiers.
 Quoting: avd 785819

You do realize that the soldiers in Afghanistan are under NATO control don't you? Frickin bigoted idiot.

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02/15/2010 10:11 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
I also heard on BBC that the British soldiers are meeting little resistance.


Yeah thats where they usually are

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 892213

Wow another retarded comment. British forces are attacking from the North the Americans from the South.
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02/15/2010 10:21 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
I also heard on BBC that the British soldiers are meeting little resistance.


Yeah thats where they usually are

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Wow another retarded comment. British forces are attacking from the North the Americans from the South.
 Quoting: all2human



Yeah well
When the brits get bogged down the US Marines will be there to save your azz once again
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02/15/2010 10:33 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
I you put troops in a battle, let them do what they need to get the job done as quick as possible. The down side is there will be collateral damage. That is war.
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02/15/2010 10:36 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
Maybe one of you Dickheads who are arguing can tell me... WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE THERE FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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02/15/2010 10:43 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
i heard this spam today on NPR as well...

spam
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
The problem is not the US fighting men and equipment. the problem is with the overall tactic that is being allowed to be employed.

Adolph Hitler could have ended this problem in leass than 3 days with these men and equipment and probably zero loss of men.


Tanks vs pea shooters, tanks are hamstrung by allowed tactics.


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02/15/2010 10:56 PM
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and Giants...
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02/15/2010 10:58 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
The problem is not the US fighting men and equipment. the problem is with the overall tactic that is being allowed to be employed.

Adolph Hitler could have ended this problem in leass than 3 days with these men and equipment and probably zero loss of men.


Tanks vs pea shooters, tanks are hamstrung by allowed tactics.


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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 882932

Killing everything in sight isn't going to win this war.

You all are forgetting about the battle for hearts and minds. This is even more important than killing bad guys.
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02/15/2010 11:01 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
Maybe one of you Dickheads who are arguing can tell me... WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE THERE FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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9/11 is claimed to be the reason.
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02/15/2010 11:01 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
Hearts and Minds costs lives, not worth it.

Search and Destroy...


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02/15/2010 11:20 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
The problem is not the US fighting men and equipment. the problem is with the overall tactic that is being allowed to be employed.

Adolph Hitler could have ended this problem in leass than 3 days with these men and equipment and probably zero loss of men.


Tanks vs pea shooters, tanks are hamstrung by allowed tactics.


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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 882932

ignore the UN mandates on terms of warfare . U.N. is for Mslims anyway ..
Reality Is B.S

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02/15/2010 11:25 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
Hopefully enough Americans and Brits are killed so that they finally get their heads out of their asses and go home. The only way the murder stops is if enough of the aggressors die and are injured that they finaly have enough of it. Fucking barbarians.
Throwing more erroneous useless information into the original arguement.
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02/15/2010 11:41 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
Belleau Wood,Tarawa,Iwo,Frozen Chosun,Khe Sahn,Hue.Point being that in another hundred years it will just be another battle streamer.
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02/15/2010 11:48 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
The problem is not the US fighting men and equipment. the problem is with the overall tactic that is being allowed to be employed.

Adolph Hitler could have ended this problem in leass than 3 days with these men and equipment and probably zero loss of men.


Tanks vs pea shooters, tanks are hamstrung by allowed tactics.


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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 882932



The Soviets couldn't do it with brutal all out tactics, and that tells me there is no way we can.
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02/15/2010 11:53 PM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
Belleau Wood,Tarawa,Iwo,Frozen Chosun,Khe Sahn,Hue.Point being that in another hundred years it will just be another battle streamer.
 Quoting: shovelhead 892276

u need lot more than one dead to transfigure it into a glorious victory
hoot no more/hasheater
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
Outnumbering them 15 to 1 we should "win"
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02/16/2010 12:21 AM
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Glorious victory?Guess I wasn't clear enough.In a hundred years nobody alive will give a shit.
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02/16/2010 01:50 AM
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Re: US Marines and Afghan troops bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs in Marjah
892263 - UN does not belongs to Muslims. It runs by US and Israel - are you an idiot ? Dont shift the blame on muslims. Remember before Iraq war an ex-Vietnamese General says that US and the Allied forces can never win. They are fighting against people of that homeland.

Its been over 8 yrs with innovative and advanced weapons and yet, cannot overcome a ragtag Taliban army, its pathetic isn't it. The west will never learn and in the end, will go down further to poverty

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