A U.S. Marine sniper observes his sector at a patrol base near Sangin, Afghanistan
October 14, 2010 - A U.S. Marine sniper observes his sector at a patrol base near Sangin, Afghanistan. The Marines supported the International Security Assistance Force with counterinsurgency operations
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RAF Regiment Soldiers Deploy on US Osprey Rotary Wing Aircraft on Operation Backfoot
Members of II Squadron RAF Regiment and the US Marine Corps board US Osprey Aircraft at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
The Coalition troops deployed on Operation Backfoot, a combined operation to disrupt insurgent activity in Helmand province.
A Joint UK/US/Afghan operation south of Bastion Airfield involving 2 Squadron, RAF Regiment, has found and destroyed a large cache of Taliban IED-making equipment which was ready to be used in attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces.
Operation Dishata Pasha (Pashtu for Backfoot) was launched at dawn on Monday (Feb 6), with RAF Regiment troops under command of Sqn Ldr Jules Weekes (33), Officer Commanding 2 Sqn, RAF Regiment. The force also included warriors from Afghan Army's 3rd Brigade and US Marines from 2 Marine Expeditionary Force.
The force deployed by US Osprey aircraft, with its unique tilt-rotor capability, and the operation resulted in the find and destruction of a suspected insurgent IED cache close to Bastion Airfield in Helmand Province. The force also scooped a wealth of intelligence despite coming under fire several times.
The operation took place in the Dasht (or desert) south of Bastion Airfield, whose protection is the task of 2 Squadron, operating as part of 3 RAF Force Protection Wing. The Dasht is a sparse landscape of rolling fields and scrub dotted with compounds and is increasingly being used as a harbour area by Taliban forces who have come under pressure elsewhere by successful coalition operations
Paratroopers jump out of a KC-130J aircraft over Spain
May 18, 2015 - Paratroopers taking part in Exercise Lone Paratrooper jump out of a KC-130J from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa at Leaoe¹n Air Base, Spain. The multinational exercise integrated various paratroopers from different countries to simultaneously conduct High Altitude Low Opening and High Altitude High Opening jumps
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