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Sniper in Afghan Town Puts Marines on Edge
The Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 19, 2010 | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS

Posted on 08/19/2010 5:49:12 AM PDT by Freeport

SANGIN, Afghanistan—Somewhere 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 killed—one American and one British—and 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 damage—a deadly reminder that the Taliban insurgency has its share of well-trained fighters capable of frustrating the allied mission.

"He's hitting people—that'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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; marines; sniper

1 posted on 08/19/2010 5:49:15 AM PDT by Freeport
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To: Freeport

My gut instinct says this particular Muzzie is from America.


2 posted on 08/19/2010 6:03:37 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Freeport

Where is Carlos “The White Feather” Hathcock when you need him?


3 posted on 08/19/2010 6:09:10 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (There is no "common good" which minimizes or sacrifices the individual. --Walter Scott Hudson)
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To: Freeport
"Back at the patrol base, Sgt. Johnny Bailey watched a live video feed of the scene at the bridge and tried to find out which way the Marine had fallen. "That way I'll know the direction of the shot," he said."

How someone falls or reacts to being shot is not always an indicator of where the shot is coming from. If the video shows the round impacting somewhere on the ground or richocheting off something, that would be a better indicator.
4 posted on 08/19/2010 6:19:28 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: backwoods-engineer
"Where is Carlos “The White Feather” Hathcock when you need him?"

Unfortunately he's been dead for more than 10 years now.
5 posted on 08/19/2010 6:20:18 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Freeport
Two words

Carpet Bomb.

6 posted on 08/19/2010 6:21:09 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord God of hosts.)
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To: Freeport

Send a sniper to kill a sniper.

Or a C-130 and a Daisy Cutter.


7 posted on 08/19/2010 6:35:07 AM PDT by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: rawcatslyentist

Two words

Carpet Bomb.... with liberals.


8 posted on 08/19/2010 6:44:25 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA, Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: Freeport

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.


9 posted on 08/19/2010 7:02:43 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Freeport

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.


10 posted on 08/19/2010 7:06:21 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: Freeport

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.


11 posted on 08/19/2010 7:13:35 AM PDT by brent13a (You're a Great American! NO you're a Great American! NO NO NO YOU'RE a Great American! Nooo.....WTF?)
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To: Freeport
The US Army has the best shooters as per the win of national inter service competition. They have the best equipment also. I expect they will have drones and satellites watching for the sniper. There is radar to can pick up bullets that they can use and other Viet Nam technology. I expect they will have them soon.
12 posted on 08/19/2010 7:16:30 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Carpet Bomb.

Dillon M134D will do less damage if you have a direction.


13 posted on 08/19/2010 7:20:00 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

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...


14 posted on 08/19/2010 7:23:27 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Could be a Chechen. They usually hit what they shoot at with uncanny skill.


15 posted on 08/19/2010 7:25:58 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Freeport

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.


16 posted on 08/19/2010 7:28:14 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat
You can bet a Force Recon or Seal team is already working on it.
17 posted on 08/19/2010 7:41:02 AM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is hs fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: Freeport
Good hunting!.....
18 posted on 08/19/2010 8:35:47 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
"Find out the snipers general location and level everything withing a half mile radius."

#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?"

'-)

19 posted on 08/19/2010 8:51:01 AM PDT by TXnMA (Sez Br'er Rabbit to Br'er Fox: "Pleeeese don't throw me in dat brier patch!")
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To: TXnMA

Nice!

That’s how you deal with a sniper.


20 posted on 08/19/2010 9:00:05 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Freeport

Patriots take note.


21 posted on 08/19/2010 9:02:12 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: backwoods-engineer


Where is Carlos “The White Feather” Hathcock when you need him?

Sadly, Carlos has been dead for some time.
Maybe it’s time to call Chuck Mawhinney (sp?) out of retirement.
(He’s the sniper that apparently had a higher body count than Hathcock
during Vietnam).

The History Channel special on snipers...when it’s on, I set everything
aside and watch it.
It had GREAT segments on Mawhinney, Hathcock and modern snipers in
Iraq and Afghanistan.


22 posted on 08/19/2010 9:07:35 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
It's called, "Firepower!"...
23 posted on 08/19/2010 9:07:46 AM PDT by TXnMA (Sez Br'er Rabbit to Br'er Fox: "Pleeeese don't throw me in dat brier patch!")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I had the same thought........


24 posted on 08/19/2010 9:22:43 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: TXnMA

Ha!!


25 posted on 08/19/2010 9:26:07 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I just re-read Marine Sniper a couple weeks ago.....


26 posted on 08/19/2010 9:26:55 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange
"I just re-read Marine Sniper a couple weeks ago....."

Great book. Just lent mine out to a nephew about a month ago to "educate" him. It's our duty because kids today won't be learning about "The Feather" in our public school system though they should. A true American Patriot.
27 posted on 08/19/2010 9:32:54 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Agreed..........


28 posted on 08/19/2010 9:41:22 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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