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290909ZMAR08 TF DESTINY Reports Minor SAFIRE (SAF) IVO Qalat
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WHO: AZREAL 56/61 (B/2-17), (2 x OH-58D) (ISO VIPER 6) WHEN: 290909ZMAR08 WHERE: 42R TA 91531 36558 (POO), 42R TA 91151 36801 (A/C), (100 AGL, HDG 140, SPD 55) WHAT: At 290736ZMAR08, the SWT (AZREAL 56/61) departed KAF ISO VIPER 06 TIC IVO 42R TA 904 427. At 0800Z, the SWT checked in with VIPER element and was instructed to recon two villages at grids 42R TA 897 394 and 42R TA 9125 3620. At 0832Z, the SWT identified individuals with weapons and motorcycles as described by VIPER elements. Upon PID, the SWT was cleared to engage enemy forces. At 0830Z, AZREAL 61 engaged first enemy position IVO 42R TA 926 365 with 150 x .50cal. AZREAL 56 engaged second enemy position IVO same grid with 2 x flechettes and 2.75 inch rockets. On the second pass, AZREAL 61 and AZREAL 56 each fired 3 x HE rockets. On the third pass, AZREAL 61 fired 100 x .50cal and AZREAL 56 fired 4 x flechettes. The insurgents began to flee their position along a wadi system into a tree line. AZREAL 61 continued to engage with 4 x HE and 50 x .50cal. AZREAL 56 pursued with 5 x HE rockets. While leading VIPER elements onto the enemy location, the SWT suppressed the insurgents with 5.56mm. At 0900Z, AZREAL 61 received an unknown number of SAF rounds from 42R TA 91531 36558. The A/C was at 42R TA 91151 36801 (100FT, HDG 140, 55). The insurgents fled into an irrigation hole along a wadi. At 0910Z, VIPER elements arrived to confirm BDA and capture any remaining insurgents. At 0925Z, the SWT broke station for refuel/rearm at Qalat. At 0953Z, the SWT departed Qalat enroute to VIPER elements. Upon arrival, the SWT was cleared hot to disable enemy motorcycles IVO 42R TA 941 366. At 1046Z, the SWT spotted insurgents in an over watch position IVO 42R TA 934 363. The SWT actioned VIPER elements onto the insurgents location. At 1051Z, VIPER 5 apprehended insurgents at 42R TA 9344 3633. VIPER 6 confirmed BDA of 9 x EKIA, 5 x insurgents motorcycles destroyed, 2 x insurgents captured. (S//NF) TF DESTINY COMMENT: In the past 30 days there has been one TIC within 10NM of Qalat, which occurred on 20 MAR 08. While there has been a low level of activity IVO Qalat this year, recent reporting has indicated an influx of fighters have entered Zabul. In addition to this reporting, an erroneous Jingle Air supply drop recently resulted in insurgent forces acquiring 10,000 x 7.62mm rounds and 45 x RPG rounds. This errant drop by Jingle Air raises some questions as insurgents in Zabul have been experiencing a severe supply shortage in the last couple of months. This errant drop may just be a coincidence, but the acquisition of new munitions will likely result in an increase in direct fire engagements in the upcoming weeks.