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A Human Intelligence report states that the area surrounding the Kandahar Airfield has been infested and overwhelmed with Taliban fighters. Afghan Security Forces have fled the area, and there is now a direct threat to the airfield.
Taliban fighters in the area have been heavily armed with automatic weapons (PKC machine guns, Heavy Machine Guns, IEDs, RPGs, and Recoilless Rifles. The enemy will fight in small teams (2-4 men) and will fix friendly forces with IEDs then destroy us with heavy weapons (HMG, RPG, Recoiless Rifles). Expect enemy fighters to be well coordinated with interlocking fields of fire, tied to IED and potentially minefield obstacles. Additionally, there has been SIGINT that indicates a potential attack on the airfield within the next 72 hours.
Local sentiment remains neutral toward both the Taliban and NATO forces - however, that can shift dramatically if any side were to show hostility toward the local populace.
A US Army Stryker Rifle Battalion has been ordered to the area, to conduct a deliberate clearance of Kandahar City within the next 24 hours. Your Platoon will clear the area directly north of the airfield, to include OBJECTIVE RANGERS - this deter any enemy attack on the airfield and provide time and space to allow follow our forces to conduct a large scale clearing operation.
2x 120mm mortar prepared to support
Resupply, Rearm, Repair all located on FOB
Attack to clear OBJ RANGERS of Taliban fighters in support of an upcoming operation to clear Kandahar City.