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Combat Footage: Afghan Firefight


I found this excellent bit of combat footage from southern Afghanistan via the Kings of War blog site, run byprofessors and students from the war studies department at King's College in London. The video followsa squad of British soldiers on foot patrol through irrigated farmland whoquickly, soon after leaving their combat outpost, run into a firefight withTaliban insurgents.

The footage highlights some interesting points about thefighting in southern Afghanistan.First, is the congested terrain that limits fields of fire and provides amplecover for Taliban fighters. Second, the insurgent's apparent skill and experienceat fire and maneuver. Third, the British soldiers carry way too much stuff; those heavy packs really hinder their mobility. 

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