first published on January 11, 2016 by Will
A video from 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 1st Battalion 17th Infantry Regiment’s 2009-2010 deployment to Afghanistan shows infantry soldiers talking an OH-58 Kiowa pilot onto hiding Taliban IED emplacers.
The Taliban are aware the helo is looking for them, so they use an unoffical IMT (individual movement technique) known as the “I Am Tree,” in which they get tight to the trunk of a tree to hide their location to aerial vehicles. Unfortunately for them, a U.S. infantry platoon has them locked in sight with either an LRAS or a RWS monitor.
One insurgent appears to be neutralized in the initial volley of fire, while the other one runs for his life. He doesn’t make it far, however, and then the Kiowa returns to the tree and hammers the original location again in case the other one was just playing opossum.