Taliban lose 130 in three day battle with Royal Marines

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Taliban lose 130 in three day battle with Marines

By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent

A force of 700 troops from 42 Commando along with Danish and Afghan troops swooped on the Taliban base of Marjah in a helicopter air assault that took three waves to offload the men.

With Marjah a main base for processing opium and training forces, the enemy put up a fierce fight as the commandos swept through a network of mud brick compounds.

Fighting was at very close quarters with troops using pistols, machine guns and in one instance a £49,000 Javelin rocket to take out the enemy.

They were also supported by Dutch F16 jets, British Apache attack helicopters and American Cobra helicopter gunships.

Only two commandos were injured during Operation Blue Sword compared to an estimated 200 to 300 Taliban wounded. It is believed that the enemy dead included a Mullah regarded as a “high value target” by the military.

The Taliban were said to have been so determined to hold onto the stronghold that reinforcements were called for from the Pakistan border 160 miles away.

“This was a very successful, deliberate joint operation that demonstrated clearly to the enemy that the Task Force continues to operate where and when it chooses,” said Lt Col Al Lister, chief of operations for Helmand Task Force. “Marjah has previously been a safe haven for the enemy; we have shattered that illusion and more will follow. We will continue to erode the capability.

“Marjah has long been a region that the insurgents claimed as their heartland, a place they felt secure and where they could gather, equip and train their forces,” the MoD said in a statement. “It was also where they moved and stored weapons and explosives, and where the links between the insurgents and narcotics trade have been at their strongest.”

The Marines also discovered an arsenal of weapons and ten Improvised Explosive Devices which were disarmed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...h-Marines.html
 

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Marines of any flavor get the job done... Congrats Royal Marines and semper fidelis.
 

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It's disconcerting that the Taliban is still able to mass in those types of numbers, seven + years on...

Nonetheless, glad to hear about the mission's success.
 
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IMHO - they should try this again but do this for every major stronghold they know about at the same time or at least as many as they can create support packages for. I wish the number of troops needed were there to get the job done a long time ago.

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IMHO - they should try this again but do this for every major stronghold they know about at the same time or at least as many as they can create support packages for. I wish the number of troops needed were there to get the job done a long time ago.

Inspiring Job!

There always have been plenty of troops available to get the job done.
It's up to higher command to allow the right troops to take the gloves off and get the job done;):2c:.
 

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There always have been plenty of troops available to get the job done.
It's up to higher command to allow the right troops to take the gloves off and get the job done;):2c:.

Crazy talk! Hmph, you act like you spend time over here and have formal training and experience in things like COIN.

Look, the pros are in charge. Their years of mech infantry have prepared them for this moment. Take a knee.

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"Take a knee..." LOL

I love it when the politicos find a general that agrees with them and then use THAT guy's opinion. :doh:
 

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Crazy talk! Hmph, you act like you spend time over here and have formal training and experience in things like COIN.

Look, the pros are in charge. Their years of mech infantry have prepared them for this moment. Take a knee.

;) :D

I just laughed hard enough to have a little dribble of pee come out:eek::D.
 
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