The first installment is here and the second is here. The background to the essay is here. It was a wise move, but it could do nothing to increase their chronically narrow field of view. As the situation developed, it gained interpretive momentum, shaded by increasingly ominous exchanges between the Predator crew and the JTAC.
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The first installment is here and the second is here. The background to the essay is here. It was a wise move, but it could do nothing to increase their chronically narrow field of view. As the situation developed, it gained interpretive momentum, shaded by increasingly ominous exchanges between the Predator crew and the JTAC. They told us that [the vehicles] were coming in to reinforce here because they had seen in the past stuff like that.
When the MC read out these calls there was immediate pushback. The Predator had only one AGM Hellfire laser-guided missile left in its rack — the other had been fired earlier in its flight — and that would not be enough firepower to engage all three vehicles. But an AirTIC was a purely precautionary measure intended to bring aircraft on station in anticipation of an engagement; it had no official status and was not part of established military doctrine but had become standard operating procedure for Special Forces.
This consisted of two OH Kiowa helicopters tasked for armed reconnaissance. No further entries would be made for another two hours. The responsibility for maintaining the log fell upon the officer designated as Night Battle Captain. Ordinarily the role would have been filled by a major, but he had been seconded to assist with planning Operation Moshtarak in Helmand p.
While it was true that Operation Noble Justice could not be executed until dawn, the coalition forces were exposed to attack during the three hours they had to wait for first light. Drown your [shit] out and wait to get shot. That is confusing too — or perhaps just confused — since those are considerations required by International Humanitarian Law rather than the ROE. Throughout the night neither was contacted by the battle captains. This was exactly how the message was received by the helicopter crews, and in fact throughout the stream of communications that resulted in the Scout Weapons Team being scrambled the situation was consistently described not as an AirTIC but as a TIC: a live incident.
All they could do for the moment was watch the vehicles on their screens and wait as their drivers made heavy weather of it Figure 4. The dirt roads and uneven ground meant they rarely exceeded 10 m.
There were other stops, sometimes to let an overheated engine cool down and at others for punctures or repairs to the wheels fortunately for them — though not for him — they had a mechanic with them.
The fact that there were vehicles out there at all attracted suspicion. After our prayer, we left. This too was a leap of bad faith, followed by yet another. It also reversed the inferential order, since the role of the screeners was to pass expert calls to the Predator crew for transmission to the GFC rather than act as secondary confirmation.
The two aircrews that made up Scout Weapons Team 1 SWT1 had reported for duty at FOB Ripley at and anticipated carrying out routine armed reconnaissance along what coalition forces called Route Bear, the dirt highway that wound miles south from Tarin Kowt to Kandahar.
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