first published on August 24, 2018 by Josh
We’re going to preface this article with the fact that the following footage is unsuitable for some audiences. It shows a real-world example of a stereotypical ambush attack that is conducted in order to draw in more targets and create more casualties. The purpose of this article is to explain how attacks like this can occur, and how they can also be avoided. We encourage our active duty users to take this video and article to their fire-teams, squads, and platoons in order to open up a line of discussion into this topic. At the bottom of this article there will be several links to other attacks of this type, complete with footage and information, that will allow units to conduct a period of instruction on this exact style of attack.
On the modern battlefield, it is a common tactic to maim the enemy. The intent of this maiming is to draw in more targets that are in a rush to save their comrades. Subsequently, those targets are then eliminated through the use of follow on attacks which can maximize the damage and carnage created. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we saw this in the form of secondary improvised explosive devices that were off-set in order to inflict damage on the forces that moved to assist. In Vietnam, and even as far back as World War 1, we saw enemy snipers shooting to wound with the hopes of drawing out more troops to rescue their wounded comrade. An intelligent fighting force is aware of this tactic, and will not fall into traps set by their enemy without taking proper counter-measures.
With snipers, we would employ counter-sniper tactics and obscuration techniques with smoke grenades. Eliminating the sniper, or severely limiting the enemy’s field of view would often allow troops to maneuver to the location of the injured troop, and drag them into hard cover where they could be treated. With improvised explosives, the implementation of sweeping tactics drastically reduced the threat of secondary and tertiary devices which would often be laid specifically to inflict damage upon the forces who moved to assist their wounded or disabled platoon members. It is imperative to keep up these post-attack techniques in order to get the wounded troops off of what is often referred to as the X, so that they can be treated and saved. Failing to do so will often make the path to and at the X a killing field for friendly forces which could potentially result in the total elimination of an American unit.
In this new age of conflict, which is often an ugly taboo topic that the world chooses to ignore, it is a must that we keep tabs on our potential enemy’s tactics, techniques, and procedures. In the video below, we get to witness first hand one of the newest tactics to grace battlefields in the Middle East. Small bands of extremist factions have established Anti-Tank Guided Missile teams that use a range of weapon systems thanks to our good friends at the Central Intelligence Agency who turned them onto this style of weapon system. Because of the success the groups have been having with the ATGMs, they are now frequently being purchased on the black-market, and seeing widespread use throughout the entire Middle East by extremist agencies. Some of which are not great friends of Western-Civilization.
With American troops ranging from U.S. Army Artillery to American Special Operations on the ground in these locations, it is time that we begin adopting counter-measures ahead of attacks. While it is still impossible to tell what tools and systems the defense industry will come up with in order to defeat wire-guided missile systems, there is something that we can start doing today. Units across the U.S. Military need to start developing Immediate Action drills and standard operating procedures for dealing with ATGM attacks. These attacks will not often be conducted against moving vehicles, as the speed at which the armored columns can travel proves to be too difficult a target for these groups to hit most times. Instead, we will see these attacks against dismounted patrols of Soldiers and Marines, who are moving slowly.
Once bottled down a narrow path, where dispersion is difficult to maintain, these attacks may occur in devastating style. The initial missile attack may wound or kill several troops, but it is the secondary attack against the casualty collection point of American forces that will be most deadly. Take this video in stride, and learn what you can from it on the tactical level. Discuss with your units from the smallest to the largest level how to deal with these attacks today, right here and right now, so that we do not need to learn this exact same lesson in American blood. Below this video are several links to similar attacks that we have seen in the past that can also be analyzed and used for instructional purposes. If you need assistance getting your hands on the videos, please e-mail the author of this article at [email protected], and I will get back to you as soon as possible.