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Posted: 9/17/2009 12:13:44 PM EST
Just some curiosity on my behalf here, I know that the combat is mainly irregular and that our forces tend to have the initiative in large scale engagements.

However has the enemy ever attempted to dislodge us from a fixed Position such as a Firebase, FOB, Airfield etc etc. Or has it all been harassing attacks?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:19:45 PM EST
Pretty sure we got at least one forward post overrun in AFG.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:26:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 12:27:27 PM EST by delemorte]
I guess what is your definition of fixed and your definition of overrun... As in did they over take a FOB and hold it? or did they over run a perrimeter and push our guys back until we bombed them to Allah?

if its A then i think no.. If its B then yes i think at least once. I beleive i read a story of a watch post being overrun and us losing a couple of guys.. very sad..
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:28:48 PM EST
From what I can remember about 50 or so insurgents tried to attack Balad AB a few years ago and mowed down by machine guns/apaches/UAVS.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:37:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 12:38:19 PM EST by STRIKE504]
In AFG in 2005 another platoon in my company had a squad sized OP that was overrun 3 times. The first time 2 Americans were wounded with more than 50 Anti Coalition (Taliban/AQ) Killed or wounded. Second time they expended all ammo and had to break contact. Third time Haji's support by fire lit up their own assault.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:37:22 PM EST
There have been a few incidents ( a few years ago, now) of insurgents attacking various bases and getting inside the wire, but they've always been killed pretty quickly. Convoys are much easier targets.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:38:56 PM EST
I don't know, but every time they tried when I was there they got the shit shot out of them. When you have God (FO's) with you it just doesn't make it easy for them. There was a couple of times that I couldn't believe that they were that close to us though, and it did get "intense" a couple of times.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:48:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By jonathan2421:
Pretty sure we got at least one forward post overrun in AFG.


No kidding, has the OP read Lone Survivor?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:51:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By Chairborne:
Originally Posted By jonathan2421:
Pretty sure we got at least one forward post overrun in AFG.


No kidding, has the OP read Lone Survivor?


That wasn't an forward post...it was a recon mission.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 12:51:52 PM EST
Mike Spann was a former Marine and a CIA paramilitary officer that was killed during a prison uprising in Afghanistan, 2001.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:29:30 PM EST
i can recall hearing or reading several. again it's one of those things where it depends on your definitions. I am sure that many OPs have been taken-including a four man sniper position back in 2003/2004 where the M40 was taken and later used against coalition troops before being recovered nearly two years later.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:37:01 PM EST
There was a pretty good attempt to overun Abu Ghraib while I was there.

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Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:41:05 PM EST
I remember something about a mud fortress-turned-prison in Afg. that Taliban prisoners managed to take control of temporarily. IIRC it was a small group of Army SF and Northern Alliance troops who were in charge.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 2:18:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By Neez:
There was a pretty good attempt to overun Abu Ghraib while I was there.

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