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'Killing season' opens in the Afghan hills

'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


Added: Mar-26-2009 Occurred On: Mar-26-2009
By: xyxyxy
Iraq, Afghanistan, Other
Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban, Pakistan, United States, War, Spring Offensive, Nato, EU, Biden
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