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APTN Embeds - Southern Afghanistan 2010

In September 2010 I travelled to Afghanistan and was embedded with both US Army and US Marines in Southern Afghanistan.

  1. Task Force Shadow in Uruzghan

    The CH-47 Chinook helicopter is the backbone of the battlefield supply operation of the United States Army and its coalition partners in Afghanistan. And playing a pivotal role in that effort are the crews of Task Force Shadow, specifically Bravo Company 6th Battalion of the 101st Airborne, based out of Kandahar Air Force base.
    Uploaded October 2010

  2. 101st Airborne set out on Patrol into Sengeray, Kandahar Province Septebmer 2010

    Sgt Joey Robinson from Alfa Company of the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, 1-502, launched a Raven Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) over the area of Sengeray Friday September 11, to provide over watch for US forces as they conduct operations in the Sengeray area. The UAV's like the Raven, provide crucial real-time intelligence for US forces in their fight against the Taliban insurgency.

    A short while later Capt Nick Stout company commander of Alfa company leads out a patrol into the town of Sengeray to provide support for other US elements that came into contact with suspect Taliban fighter in the south of the town. While Capt Stout's soldiers did not come into contact with the Taliban on this occasion, the battle could clearly be heard as Apache helicopters , F-18 fighter jets and A-10 Warthogs could be heard engaging the suspected positions of Talban fighters. No Casualty figures were initially available.

  3. 101st Airborne set out on Patrol into Sengeray, Kandahar Province Septebmer 2010

    Sgt Joey Robinson from Alfa Company of the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, 1-502, launched a Raven Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) over the area of Sengeray Friday September 11, to provide over watch for US forces as they conduct operations in the Sengeray area. The UAV's like the Raven, provide crucial real-time intelligence for US forces in their fight against the Taliban insurgency.

    A short while later Capt Nick Stout company commander of Alfa company leads out a patrol into the town of Sengeray to provide support for other US elements that came into contact with suspect Taliban fighter in the south of the town. While Capt Stout's soldiers did not come into contact with the Taliban on this occasion, the battle could clearly be heard as Apache helicopters , F-18 fighter jets and A-10 Warthogs could be heard engaging the suspected positions of Talban fighters. No Casualty figures were initially available.

  4. Operation Tuunbaad: The opening 48 hours of the 101st Airborne's operations in Zhari, Kandahar September 2010

  5. 101st Airborne set out on Patrol into Sengeray, Kandahar Province Septebmer 2010

    Soldiers of 1st platoon, Alfa Company of the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, 1-502, went on a search and cordon operation in Sengeray Tuesday September 7, 2010. With an element of Afghan National Police (ANP) they passed through the town to the designated compound and the while US forces set up a security perimeter, the ANP went room-to-room looking for suspected weapons caches.

    The compound was a madressa and nothing was found. A hand grenade was thrown at the soldiers but exploded harmlessly outside the compound. No arrests were made and no one was injured.

  6. Sengeray Patrol - Sunday 5 Sept

    Soldiers of Alfa Company of the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, 1-502, began Sunday by scouting an observation post (OP) on a mountain overlooking the southern Afghan town of Sengeray. As US forces build up their security presence in the area prior to the holding of parliamentary elections later this month, they are concerned about the activities of insurgents in and around the mosque and sort to look for vantage points from which to observe their activites.

    Later in the day they provided security for an official of USAID to the Pir Mohammed school who came to inspect the renovation of the school. The rebuilding of the school is a joint project undertaken by the US military and USAID who are seeking to reopen the school after it was closed down and destroyed by the Taliban in 2007. The rebuilding of the school has been a point of conflict between US forces and the Taliban who have been trying to disrupt US efforts and its rebuilding has been done behind an intensive security presence, with both US forces and Afghan police and army providing a continual presence.

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