first published on October 24, 2015 by Will
Soldiers At combat outpost Margah in Paktika province, Afghanistan receive a barrage of indirect enemy fire on a moonless night. The guard towers are able to identify the point of origin and unleash devastating firepower on the Taliban fighters.
Close air support, in the form of fighter jets, arrive on the scene and hammer the enemy some more. The airstrike makes a direct hit, and a secondary explosion occurs when the enemy mortar rounds are hit.
Later in the night, the U.S. mortarmen fire rounds of their own while the jets can still be heard on station, which is strange, considering CAS and fire support do not often have clearance at the same time.