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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

One Round'll Get You All

Regarding the troops reported killed Sunday responding to a roadside bombing:

Four soldiers were killed responding to the last blast that killed the first two. The IRA consistently used such an ambush technique. It is called the secondary ambush, and often the intended target is the reaction force, which often provides "better" targets.


The first ambush kills soldiers, and the second aims to hit commanders and technical response personnel. In effect, the resistance uses the concept of high yield targets. This secondary ambush could be minimized by establishing a command post that is secured before occupation and
dismounting the troops and providing 360-degree, in-depth security.

Four soldiers dying in one blast indicates bunching up. After five years the military should remember the age-old rule: don't bunch up--one round will get you all. And it did.


This article failed to mention the number maimed and wounded in these two attacks. The reader should remember that six died and several lives were shattered. To what end?

3 Comments:

Blogger Lurch said...

You've written about this before, and you're right of course. I wonder if these troops et adequate training in this sort of protective behavior.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 6:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lurch,

Thanks for remembering. Yes, we wonder, too.

A friend was telling me about talking to a Captain who was leaving Iraq after his second tour, and he shared some of what he had learned about spotting and avoiding IED's during his tours. When asked about his debriefing, he said there would be none.

Jim says that after-action reports would record his findings, and so what he had learned would not be lost. I certainly hope this is the case.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 9:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lurch,

Jim here: One would like to think that at least their officers did.

Friday, April 6, 2007 at 9:04:00 PM GMT-5  

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