'Killing season' opens in the Afghan hills
By Philip Smucker
DANGAM, Afghanistan, on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border - The four Chinook helicopters whipped up a fury in the dry brush and grass atop the desolate peak. As each landed, fighters in war paint, their helmets billowing with camouflage netting, emerged with machine guns and high-tech mortar systems. A two-man sniper team dove for cover beside a huge boulder. Just hours earlier, American soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, New York, had been glued to a showing of Black Hawk Down. Now, the fight was on.
But there was one important element missing from this multi-million dollar invasion of a small Afghan village. As two Apache helicopters bobbed and buzzed to provide cover for the soldiers as they descended on a series of tiny hamlets set at the base of a snowy pass, the sun had already risen, effectiv
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