first published on October 28, 2015 by Josh
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne pin down a group of Taliban fighters after an ambush during Operation Dragon Strike.
Chaos is a factor in every gun-fight, and it is the duty of every small unit leader to control it. This is much easier said than done, especially when you are not only attempting to control your men, but also foreign soldiers who do not speak your language. This Airborne squad leader does an astonishing job of command and control, swinging the initiative back in his favor.
Operation Dragon Strike was conducted by the 101st Airborne Division during late 2010. The purpose of this mission was to go into Kandahar, and kick the Taliban out of an area they considered theirs. This operation marked the beginning of an onslaught of missions conducted within the Kandahar province of Afghanistan to return control of the area to coalition forces.
While the operation was largely considered a success, the collateral damage in the areas the operation was conducted in was considered to be too high. Many Afghani people were left homeless or with destroyed crops due to aerial bombardment, and Taliban traps meant to kill coalition forces. Those Afghani’s left in duress were able to make claims, and they were fully compensated for their losses by coalition forces.