armyreal.com - Forums

Go Back   ArmyReal.com Forums > Army.com General Discussions > Current Events
User Name
Password

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes

  #1  
Old 06-08-2008, 05:12 AM
Texas's Avatar
Texas Texas is offline
Major General
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,765
Default Parachute Regiment launches surprise attack on Taliban in Afghanistan

By Thomas Harding in Zabul province, Afghanistan
Last Updated: 2:55AM BST 04/06/2008
The Parachute Regiment began major operations against a Taliban redoubt in Afghanistan on Tuesday, launching a surprise raid on suspected insurgent strongholds.
With Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries booming out over loudspeakers, paratroopers embarked on large Chinook helicopters at Kandahar airfield to fly into enemy-held territory.
Accompanied by Apache attack helicopters, the aircraft swept low over a scorched desert landscape of dry river beds.
Flying just 50ft above ground level, the lumbering Chinooks twisted from side-to-side as reports had indicated that the Taliban were equipped with anti-aircraft machineguns and were determined to shoot down an aircraft.
Inside the Chinook, an RAF crewman swept his multi-barrelled machinegun from side to side, searching for targets.
Five minutes before landing, the Paras, their chests crammed with grenades, ammunition and bayonets, clambered to their feet under the weight of 100lb of equipment and body armour.
The helicopter pulled a tight turn, swooping over small, mud-brick compounds surrounded by apricot and mulberry trees before landing next to an orchard.
The troops streamed off dropping their extra loads of mortars bombs and two gallons of water next to a quad bike and trailer that had just been driven off the aircraft.
Walls were blown through in an uninhabited compound as A Company, 3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment searched the area. A grenade was thrown down a tunnel suspected of containing arms.
It heralded the start of Operation Southern Earthquake in which the British have entered an area of Afghanistan hardly any other Nato troops have previously visited.
"In Zabul there are areas where the Taliban think that they can operate unmolested by us," said Lt Col Huw Williams, the commanding officer of 3 Para.
"We are not going there to find them and fight them but if they come looking for us they are going to find out what we are about."
Behind the colonel's words stands the force of battle-hardened veterans of the intense fighting in Helmand from two years ago in which the battalion distinguished itself with a host of gallantry awards, including a posthumous Victoria Cross for Cpl Bryan Budd.
The soldiers expect that the Taliban will "stand and fight" in areas that are important to them and contain arms depots and cave hideouts.
"The Taliban have told the people that they are strong," said Lt Col Williams, 40. "But we will go to the villages and say, 'We're here, where is the Taliban?'
"We are here to discredit them and to enhance the image of the Afghan government in the eyes of the people."
The Taliban have regarded the mountainous Mizan district of Zabul as a haven but Major Jamie Loden, the commander of A Company, said the Paras' presence would change that. "We will disrupt their ability to carry out insurgent activity and deny them sanctuaries," he said.
Outside the village where we landed, an Afghan told troops that armed Taliban passed through the area "every day" but then refused to answer further questions. As night drew in there were reports that at least a dozen Taliban on motorbikes had been seen in the area.
Over the coming fortnight, The Daily Telegraph will accompany the Paras as they seek to drive out the insurgents, discover their arms dumps and win over the population.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	afghanistan-zabul-a_676074c.jpg
Views:	309
Size:	38.3 KB
ID:	262  
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #2  
Old 06-08-2008, 05:17 AM
Texas's Avatar
Texas Texas is offline
Major General
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,765
Default Paratroopers launch biggest battle in Afghanistan for two years

By Thomas Harding in Qarat-e-Hazrat
Last Updated: 3:48AM BST 07/06/2008

In one of the biggest air assaults in their history, troops from the Parachute Regiment have spent the last four days deep in Taliban territory.
Breaking one of the last insurgent strongholds in southern Afghanistan, the "Battle of Qarat-e-Hazrat" in Zabul Province ended in an enemy rout.
The Daily Telegraph's Defence Correspondent Thomas Harding watched as British firepower finally turned the tide in the Taliban's own "back yard".
Witnessing the firefight, he reports on a fight which destroyed the idea of Afghanistan's "mythical warriors".
Paratroopers fought their biggest battle in Afghanistan for two years as the Taliban attempted to push them out of their "backyard".
But the inability of the insurgents to make an impact on the British force during its fourth day deep in enemy territory was demonstrated by a brutal rebuff which resulted in an enemy rout.
As last light crept in, a stream of red tracer bullets lit up the sky, zipping 10ft above heads of those in the mudbrick compound held by A Company, 3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment.
"None of the British will leave that compound alive," local intelligence had reported a day earlier.
In reply to the threat, company commander Major Jamie Loden told a meeting of village elders that the Taliban "fight like women" and if they were men "they would dare to fight us".
Two hours later mortar rounds, heavy machine gun bullets and other weapons rained down on the Paras' positions but by the early hours of the morning the Taliban were a beaten force.
In one of the biggest air assaults in the regiment's history, the Paras have landed by helicopter deep in the heartland of Taliban territory in Zabul province to take on the last insurgent strongholds in southern Afghanistan.
For the last week the Paras have been relentlessly patrolling through pretty villages surrounded by apricot orchards and climbing mountains, redolent of wild rosemary, to provoke the Taliban into a response.
In almost every village the local population still lives in terror of the insurgents denying that the Taliban operated in the area.
With the insurgents murdering people who co-operate with security forces their lies were understandable but became more difficult to sustain after the major gunfight.
Using "dead ground" to get close to observation posts on a hill overlooking the Para's compound, the Taliban opened up from 800 yards with a heavy salvo.
Enemy fire was coming in from all directions at a ferocious rate, said one of the soldiers.
Capt Andy Mallet, Patrols Platoon commander on the hill, said mortars landed 20 yards from his position and tracer rounds "were winging past my eyes".
With the enemy sneaking upon the rear position, the soldiers were taken by surprise and in the desperate opening moments of the firefight they struggled to hold them back.
Cpl "Jack" Russell helped lead the counter-attack by running back to his position to grab a GPMG machine gun as his comrades held off the enemy with small arms fire.
"The enemy rounds were all around us," said Cpl Russell. "They were winning the firefight for a little while as they hit us by surprise. It was pretty hairy, like. When I was running back to my position the guys saw rounds landing by my feet."
With the enemy opening up a second front by firing from an orchard on a flank, the pressure intensified.
But the tide of the "Battle of Qarat-e-Hazrat" was turned as the Paras hit the Taliban with a barrage of 40 rounds from their 81mm mortars. It was followed up by machine gunfire and two 30,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles.
The heavy and accurate fire the broke the Taliban will to fight and they ran.
At first they tried to drag back two badly wounded fighters but then abandoned them and another dead insurgent.
Using thermal imaging equipment the troops spotted three heat sources on the ground.
"We had two heat sources that were seen crawling on the floor and one that was static," said Capt Mallet. "After about 45 minutes all three sources then faded."
French Mirage fighters also circled over the scene but were not used as the Taliban withdrew.
Spent bullet casings and smashed apricot trees littered the battle area as the Paras went on dawn patrol.
Major Loden said the battle showed that "contrary to popular belief this confirms that the Taliban are not mythical warriors".
"This shows they cannot match us force on force. When they try and take us on they always lose. They start it we finish it."
He added: "The ethos of the Parachute Regiment is all about being deep in enemy territory surrounded and destroying them regardless of everything they throw at us. So morale is exceptionally high."
Capt Mallet added: "The blokes reacted exceptionally well they are soldiers and paratroopers. You don't have to ask them twice to start returning fire. They are massively experienced and that showed last night.
A member of the mortars' platoon said: "The Taliban took us from the rear and we gave them a good spanking,"
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old 06-08-2008, 06:14 AM
jrj1000's Avatar
jrj1000 jrj1000 is offline
Brigadier General
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Living the dream!!!
Posts: 2,815
Default

I like good news...is good to hear the paras are keeping the taliban on their toes...
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old 06-08-2008, 06:21 AM
jrj1000's Avatar
jrj1000 jrj1000 is offline
Brigadier General
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Living the dream!!!
Posts: 2,815
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas View Post
A member of the mortars' platoon said: "The Taliban took us from the rear and we gave them a good spanking,"
you dont want the Taliban taking you from the rear...what were the Paras spanking???

sorry...im in one of those moods...the sun is shinning....and the girls are looking good...the beer is flowing very early
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old 06-08-2008, 06:39 AM
Exo1's Avatar
Exo1 Exo1 is offline
General of the Armies
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ireland (Ex Irish Army)
Posts: 10,457
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jrj1000 View Post
you dont want the Taliban taking you from the rear...what were the Paras spanking???

sorry...im in one of those moods...the sun is shinning....and the girls are looking good...the beer is flowing very early
lol... I suppose someone had to beat met to that one!!.. lol.. man, I never knew the Paras got taken from the rear by anyone, never mind the Taliban!!....

Tex, great articles, and nothing like dispelling myths of invincibility with actions... The story telling in their culture is very powerful (somewhat like the Bardic Traditions of ancient Ireland), and when told by dellusionally arrogant supporters of the Taliban the message can override logic with extreme prejudice, but when the super warriors of Jihad are handed crushing and loud defeats by the Paras in this case, then credibility is knocked and grip of the hand of Taliban Terror becomes loosened... Good job!!..
__________________
"Barrel High, Powder Dry!"

"Illic est haud effrego ex Veneratio"
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old 06-08-2008, 07:12 AM
Texas's Avatar
Texas Texas is offline
Major General
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,765
Default

LOL, Aye great news!...........Lashings of ginger beer all round
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old 06-08-2008, 07:36 AM
Exo1's Avatar
Exo1 Exo1 is offline
General of the Armies
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ireland (Ex Irish Army)
Posts: 10,457
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas View Post
LOL, Aye great news!...........Lashings of ginger beer all round
lol..............
__________________
"Barrel High, Powder Dry!"

"Illic est haud effrego ex Veneratio"
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old 06-08-2008, 02:27 PM
jrj1000's Avatar
jrj1000 jrj1000 is offline
Brigadier General
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Living the dream!!!
Posts: 2,815
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Exo1 View Post

Tex, great articles, and nothing like dispelling myths of invincibility with actions... The story telling in their culture is very powerful (somewhat like the Bardic Traditions of ancient Ireland), and when told by dellusionally arrogant supporters of the Taliban the message can override logic with extreme prejudice, but when the super warriors of Jihad are handed crushing and loud defeats by the Paras in this case, then credibility is knocked and grip of the hand of Taliban Terror becomes loosened... Good job!!..
Very good point Exo....stories of defeat dont boed well for the Taliban...the all powerful Taliban getting turned over by the paras....dosnt look good when they try to spread the word of the all conqering Al- Qaeda....
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old 06-09-2008, 03:28 PM
Exo1's Avatar
Exo1 Exo1 is offline
General of the Armies
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ireland (Ex Irish Army)
Posts: 10,457
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jrj1000 View Post
Very good point Exo....stories of defeat dont boed well for the Taliban...the all powerful Taliban getting turned over by the paras....dosnt look good when they try to spread the word of the all conqering Al- Qaeda....
Yup yup.. stories carry an extra weight of influence in the local culture and the credibility of the teller is the key.... make his story seem like bull****, and you will blow a whole in a major tool of control the Taliban and Al Queda have over the local tribes.....
__________________
"Barrel High, Powder Dry!"

"Illic est haud effrego ex Veneratio"
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old 06-09-2008, 04:47 PM
Debbie Debbie is offline
Corporal
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Telford
Posts: 32
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Exo1 View Post
Yup yup.. stories carry an extra weight of influence in the local culture and the credibility of the teller is the key.... make his story seem like bull****, and you will blow a whole in a major tool of control the Taliban and Al Queda have over the local tribes.....
Yup Yup RAOFLAO!!! OH GOSH
I just Feckin hit the flooor!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:15 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    
·Contact Us   ·Legal   ·Privacy   ·Link To Us    ·Advertise With Us    ·About Us    ·Site Map     
     Copyright 2004-2019 Activv, LLC. All rights reserved. Armyreal.com is a service provided by Activv.
This website is not affiliated, endorsed, authorized, or associated in any way with any government, military or country.