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2-87 IR /ORGUN-E
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231205Z TF Eagle reports combat patrol to Malikshey
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Task and Purpose of Patrol: 1&3/A/1-91 CAV conducts combat patrol to town of Malikshey, NLT 230430zMAY07 IOT deny ACM freedom on movement and support establishment of Afghan government. Disposition of routes used: Route from FOB Bermel to Malikshey were GREEN ATT time and fully trafficable. Local Nationals encountered: Encountered a two separate pairs of men on motorcycles traveling through Malikshey, neither of them providing much information on the village. After the rocket attack, we stopped a jinga truck vicinity of WB 316073 who provided us information regarding the rocket attack. The man is from Yakha and a part of the Maima tribe. He said he was traveling from W to E on the route we were on earlier in the day and he ran into Taliban forces emplacing an ambush and the rockets in preparation to fire on the FOB. The told him to get out of there. He also stated that the town in the vicinity of hilltop 2474, grid WB 317073 has been supporting Taliban forces with food/water/and a place to stay. He was a prior informant for 2-87 operating in this area prior to our RIP. Nothing follows. Atmospherics: (reception of HCA, reactions to ANSF and Coalition forces, etc): The only civilians encountered were somewhat receptive. In the village of Malikshey, nobody came out and all doors to Kalats were locked. On our route out of town, we noticed several people in the village. The general perception was that they wanted nothing to do with us. Conclusion and Recommendation (Patrol Leader): Mission accomplished- On or about 230430zMAY07, 1&3/A/1-91CAV began a combat patrol to the village of Malikshey. One of our main goals was to continue with AO familiarization, and drivers training. Our time in Malikshey provided no information for us and no relationships were made. On our return back to the FOB, we responded to the rocket attack, fired counter-battery and set up an OP on hill 2474 (WB318072) We planned on moving to the POO site before CAS and our 105mm were no longer able to support us. The encounter with the man stated above gave us some information which is beneficial. Overall, with each mission our soldiers are getting more familiar with the AO and how we are going to operate. That alone makes this mission a success. Nothing follows.