first published on April 11, 2016 by Will
A Taliban ambush video out of Paktika province shows Afghan security forces getting wrecked by machine gun and recoilless rifle fire. It’s easy to sit in a chair and point out flaws in tactics, and there is no context with the video to know exactly what was happening down there on the ground. However, the first point of action when being engaged by a linear or L-shaped ambush from an elevated, far position is to get out of the kill zone as soon as possible. For some reason, these Afghan gun trucks stay and attempt to trade blows with the Taliban who were behind well-protected, predetermined fighting positions. This was a no win situation for them, and it took multiple vehicles taking direct hits from high explosive rounds before they determined it was a good idea to fall back.
This video, although recently released, is a throwback to the same threats our own troops faced when fighting in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Many times, there was only one route you could take, and the enemy would be waiting.