Skip to comments.Sniper in Afghan Town Puts Marines on Edge
Posted on 08/19/2010 5:49:12 AM PDT by Freeport
SANGIN, AfghanistanSomewhere in this dusty town, concealed among the cornfields, irrigation canals and mud-walled compounds, is a man the Marines particularly want to kill.
They don't know what he looks like. But they know he is a very good shot with a long rifle, and, every day he remains alive, he is drawing Marine blood.
In the seven days since the men of Lima Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment arrived in town, the Sangin sniper has persecuted them with methodical, well-aimed shots, fired one at a time. His toll so far: two men killedone American and one Britishand one man wounded.
Two Marines have survived hits they say came from a second shooter, believed to be less proficient and careful than the first.
Sangin has for years been a hotbed of insurgent activity in volatile Helmand province, and, in its first days here, Lima Company has pressed through a belt of farmland between the Helmand River and a main road, Route 611. The Marines have been met with hidden explosives and ambushes.
But the sniper has caused the most damagea deadly reminder that the Taliban insurgency has its share of well-trained fighters capable of frustrating the allied mission.
"He's hitting peoplethat's very disruptive," said 1st Sgt. John Calhoun, 41 years old, from Konawa, Okla. "But it's not interfering with what we're trying to do here."
The sniper struck first on Aug. 13, the day after Lima Company arrived. A Marine stepped out of his armored vehicle just 100 yards or so from a secure U.S.-British patrol base. He threw away some trash and exchanged a few words with another Marine. The sniper fired a single, lethal shot.
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My gut instinct says this particular Muzzie is from America.
Where is Carlos “The White Feather” Hathcock when you need him?
Send a sniper to kill a sniper.
Or a C-130 and a Daisy Cutter.
Carpet Bomb.... with liberals.
Sounds like we need to bring back sustained artillery bombardments.
Find out the snipers general location and level everything withing a half mile radius.
Of course that assumes the existence of a command chain and ROE that values the lives of his men over the lives of the enemy.
Sounds like a good bit of target exercise for the next line of UAVs with a killing laser on board, speed of light, no trajectory loss except through a haze and no sound.
Just a nice neat little millimeter sized charred through and through hole through the thinking matter.
I gather that the general public in that city is less than cooperative. If that is the case then the BS ROI’s of “winning them over” should be declared null and void and they should lay waste to the whole dang area. A blanket of white phosphorous would send a nice message. Fkc the liberal scum who would cry for the muslim peasants. They’re all the enemy in a city such as that one.
Dillon M134D will do less damage if you have a direction.
I like the Daisy Cutter option better... But 15,000 lbs. of HE in proximity to civilians and less than 600 yards out, might put a damper on that...
Could be a Chechen. They usually hit what they shoot at with uncanny skill.
I love snipers — when they’re ours. Luckily most of the opponent “snipers” are just fools taking pot shots out of windows. Scary to actually get a long-range pro. Send in two counter-sniper teams. There’s no way this sniper will survive.
#2 Son (just back from GW1: "We started taking sniper fire from the trees along the river...
TXnMA (later): "Did you ever get that sniper in the trees?"
#2 Son (with a grin): "What trees?"
That’s how you deal with a sniper.
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