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High ground gives Soldiers advantage over Taliban

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – They knew where the enemy was March 13th, and they had a plan. The Taliban had been attacking them from what was considered a safe haven because of the terrain.

The Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, needed to break the Taliban of their habit.

“The insurgents use the same fighting positions their grandfathers used with the Mujahadeen against the Soviets, so they’re creatures of habit,” said U.S. Army Capt. Ryan A. McLaughlin, commander, Co. B., 2nd Bn., 327th Inf., TF No Slack. “And they stick with what works.”

Silhouetted by the rising sun, a Soldier with Task Force No Slack, steps over concertina wire after leaving a mountaintop observation post during a 12-hour combat patrol in Chowkay District's Dewegal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 13th. The area was a known Taliban hideout and the Soldiers were engaged periodically throughout the day. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

Silhouetted by the rising sun, a Soldier with Task Force No Slack, steps over concertina wire after leaving a mountaintop observation post during a 12-hour combat patrol in Chowkay District's Dewegal Valley in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province March 13th. The area was a known Taliban hideout and the Soldiers were engaged periodically throughout the day. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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