Flashback Friday: U.S. Marines Launch Interdiction Operation Against the Taliban in Helmand

first published on July 27, 2018 by

HD Combat footage of 1/9 Marines in Helmand province during operation Apache Snow II -launched in December 2013 – clearing Taliban elements from a bazaar after several hours of fighting and denying their freedom of movement in Nad Ali District.

Video Courtesy of RC Southwest & Cpl. Paul Peterson 12-04-2013

An older HD video of Marines with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, more infamously known as the “Walking Dead” live up to their battle-earned epithet and launch operation “Apache Snow II” in early December of 2013. Taking the fight to the Taliban in Helmand province, these aggressive grunts effectively shoot, move, and communicate in a well-oiled rhythm as they clear a bazaar under enemy fire.

According to the stamen released with the video, “Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines launched an interdiction operation near the Bari Gul Bazaar in Nad Ali Disctrict, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2013. Approximately 96 Marines, Sailors and Afghan personnel engaged Taliban forces during the 14-hour operation, which included nearly four hours of sustained combat with insurgents in and around the bazaar. The operation, Apache Snow II, was designed to deny Taliban forces free movement in the area and strike against their ability to gather armaments.”

The Marines appear to advance cautiously at first, wisely studying the terrain and ensuring effective communication between the several maneuver elements. Meeting only token enemy resistance at first, numerous radios chirp away amidst the shouts of Marines and they begin to use signal smokes as markers for potential enemy positions. Once the Taliban decides to put up a stiffer defense, the grunts immediately snap into, “There’s the enemy, get him!” mode, and they press the attack under a never-ending barrage of 40mm.


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