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Company K , Third Marines moves on……

We gave you Company K of the Third Marines first night in combat already…….We now follow them through the eyes of the New York Times embed reports as the get involved in more combat, a combat injury and a missed round taking out a civilian house resulting in causalities……

The Dog would like to remind people that these reports are about a war.…..The Media has changed the rules in that they have become intolerant of civilian causalities…The Dog would like to remind us all that civilians die in wars…..smart enemies embed themselves into the civilian population, with the knowledge, that American the media will further their cause by reporting on ANY civilian deaths…….

This of course is stupid…..Soliders don’t deliberately mess up and go after civilians (and should try to keep civilian deaths to a minimum)…..but in the ‘ fog’ of war ‘all sort’s of things happen……One should be aware of that fact……

Here’s the start of the second Company K piece……..

[This scene  from Marja, Aftghanistan….could have been right out of Viet Nam ]

An errant American rocket strike on Sunday hit a compound crowded with Afghan civilians in the last Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province, killing at least 10 people, including 5 children, military officials said.

Avoiding such civilian deaths, which came on the second day of a major allied offensive around Marja, has been a cornerstone of the war strategy by the top American commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. He apologized to PresidentHamid Karzai, saying, “We deeply regret this tragic loss of life.”

More about Company K, Third Marines………

Among the vanguard were Company K and an accompanying Afghan Army platoon, which remained alone in their area of the Taliban stronghold for the second day, engaged in off-and-on gun battles from 8:30 a.m. until just before sunset.

Two of the American company’s Marines were wounded by gunfire on Sunday, including one shot in an arm and another through his left shoulder shortly before the Himars rocket strike. No Afghan soldiers with the company had been wounded by nightfall.

The Marines had positioned themselves on Saturday night in one outpost and two small smaller patrol bases. The first shots from the Taliban began minutes after patrols left two of the positions on Sunday morning. Gunfire, along with occasional shoulder-fired rockets and mortars, boomed throughout the day, as the Taliban surrounded the company, probing and attacking from different directions as the hours passed.

More……..

February 14, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , ,

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