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Hellfire takes out Afghan insurgents

Watch this video as a Hellfire takes out three insurgents placing an IED on a road in Afghanistan. What impresses me is the care with which they assess the situation, making sure the targets are not just random civilians burying their treasure or something. Once they've determined that the three of them have planted an IED, Foosh! Good night, Achmed! Hellfire indeed.

I rejoice in the death of no man, but this particular operation saved innocent lives. God bless our military!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution!

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Aug. 11th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
There was a similar one on YouTube where the Apache Pilot and the area commander (Watching real time through a predator drone), went through all this type verification before taking out a group of terrorists sniping off a roof in Iraq. I'll see if I can find that one again.

Its amazing the patience these folks have to verify who they blow away before they do. Folks who thing our military is just a bunch of hyper aggressive barbarians need to watch things like this more to buy a clue.
Aug. 11th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Yupyup. The training these guys get shows up loud and clear in vids like this.
Aug. 11th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAxf35EX0Eg

Unfotrunately the dickhead reposter had to add his music which washes out a good chunk of the ROE discussion.

Looking for the raw video again WITHOUT the music.
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
That's how it works, unfortunately. Either we shoot them or they blow us up. Most of the Canadians in Afghanistan have been taken out by these cowardly devices. At least previous enemies had the decency to shoot at us instead of doing it remotely.

What's the difference between an IED and a land mine? Are they the same thing with a new buzzword name, or something different?
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
I think the difference is between mass-manufactured devices versus hand-made stuff patched together...
(I could, of course, be wrong, but that's what it sounds like through the media, so YMMV)
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
IED "Improvised Explosive Device" ie home made out of whatever they can find, rather than factory manufactured munitions like landmines.

I think anyway, I'm not an expert on the subject.
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Improvised Explosive Device.

Many are backyard constructions, but a lot over the last couple of years have Iran written all over them. Shipped over the border to supply the terrorists. Lots of times they are artillery shells strapped up to a timer or remote.
Aug. 11th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
And in the way they'll set off one with another waiting to get folks clearing up the mess shows how much they've learnt from the Irish since 1969....

Bayonets are too good for them.
Aug. 11th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
IED's are becoming terribly sophisticated. Land mines are generally buried things which are detonated by pressure or magnetism. These can be detonated remotely with cell phones, concealed at the side of roads in heaps of garbage, and more and more containing powerful shaped charges which direct the force of the armor-piercing explosion towards the target.
Aug. 11th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
The "Achmed" part doesn't sit well with me. There are plenty of non-terrorists by that name, some of whom may be fighting the terrorists. It's as bad as saying "Good night, Nguyen" in the Vietnam War.


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