A-10 Stops Fleeing Taliban Vehicle – New Rules of Engagement at Work

first published on March 19, 2018 by

Under the new rules of engagement in Afghanistan, coalition troops are no longer forced to fight with their hands tied behind their backs. Previously in Afghanistan, there is a strong chance that this strike would have been denied, and these Taliban fighters fleeing the scene of an attack in Kandahar would have been allowed to live. Under the new rule-set however, troops and air support are no longer required to pull devastating punches against Taliban forces.

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What you are about to witness is Operation Inherent Resolve air power dominating a fire-team sized element of Taliban fighters fleeing the scene of an attack. The group of fighters followed through with their attack in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan, and thought that they could escape the consequence of their actions by quickly running away disguised as civilians. What they didn’t understand was that coalition air power in the country is no longer bound by the previous rules of engagement that would have kept these scum bags alive. Since they didn’t understand those new rules of engagement, the last noise they ever heard was the sound of a dragon raining down death on top of their heads.

In the past, Taliban fighters had to be a direct threat to coalition troops or Afghan people in order for coalition troops and air power to take action. This meant that to fire upon the Taliban, the enemy on the ground had to be directly engaged with coalition troops or civilians, or conducting operations that would directly impact coalition troops or civilians. In short, they had to be actively engaged in a gun battle, or digging in improvised explosive devices to be considered a legitimate military threat. Back in October of 2017, Secretary of Defense James Mattis changed those rules of engagement, and loosened them enough to allow coalition forces to engage the enemy wherever and whenever they were seen.

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“You see some of the results of releasing our military from, for example, a proximity requirement — how close was the enemy to the Afghan or the U.S.-advised special forces,” Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Military Times reported in October of 2017. “That is no longer the case, for example. So these kind of restrictions that did not allow us to employ the airpower fully have been removed, yes.” Mattis later confirmed the changes at another hearing, saying, “We are no longer bound by the need for proximity to our forces. It used to be we have to basically be in contact with that enemy.”

As a result of these changes, we have seen a serious increase in the number of kinetic airstrikes being conducted against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Like in the video below, it is now obvious that the gloves are fully removed from coalition forces both in the air, and on the ground. Removing the gloves from our forces, and allowing them to well and truly engage the enemy has lead to the destruction of tens of millions of dollars in Taliban narcotics revenue, and a constant stream of airstrikes against Taliban leadership and regular fighters. No longer are Operation Inherent Resolve forces made to sit on the sidelines and watch as the Taliban continues to grow in strength. They are now allowed to decisively strike the enemy whenever and wherever they find them.