first published on March 21, 2018 by Josh
A brazen attack with machine guns and RPGs against a Marine outpost in Haditha is carried out by insurgents from Al Qaeda in Iraq. The date of the attack is listed as 24 July, 2006, which puts the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in the area of operations at the time.
What the insurgents don’t know is that the Marines have spotted them on their brand new Ground Based Operations Surveillance System (GBOSS) and are recording every movement the insurgents make. Their next attack from that angle was probably not as survivable as this quick hit against the Marines.
The GBOSS camera system was relatively new in its use and employment at the time of this recording. That said, it is highly likely that the insurgent fighters were unaware of the use the 80 or 107 foot high tower played in the security of the Marine’s position. Later, insurgent fighters in both Iraq and Afghanistan would begin to understand the power of these highly mobile surveillance systems. As a result of this understanding of the surveillance system, the insurgent fighters would attempt to evade the vision of these systems in order to prevent themselves from being attacked with return indirect fire or airstrikes.