Michael Yon: Tracer burnout
22 August 2011
Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Task Force Spartan, 4-4Cav
Operation Pyrite Pike
The helicopters landed in Taliban country after midnight. This was not a community outreach moment. Commanders expected serious resistance and casualties were likely. In broad strokes, the two-day mission amounted to a “shaping operation.” Task Force Spartan is successfully using such missions to build outposts in the various hearts of Taliban-controlled areas. Most of these areas have never been tamed, largely due to insufficient troop commitments early in this war.
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