Thursday, December 31, 2009

war film, discretion advised

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The attached video was filmed by Air Force Joint Tactical Air Controllers
(JTAC) in Tal Afar, west of Mosul in Iraq. They were with a U.S. Marine
Corps ASTs (Advisor Support Team) attached to Iraqi units to help train
their forces day-to-day. They were in a fairly sustained fire fight in the
streets of Tal Afar with about 30 Anti-Iraqi Forces (AIF - bad guys) and
got clearance to fire a Maverick AGM-65 air-to-ground missile.

They set a video camera on the bumper of their armored humvee, which they
were using for cover. Keep an eye on the opposing direction van parked just
down the street.

On the audio you can hear shooting back and forth. The rounds you hear are
from the Marines and the ones you hear pinging against the side of the
vehicle with no accompanying pop are from the bad guys. When the JTACs say
they just fired "rifle" that means the F-16 aircraft just launched the
Maverick missile. You can hear it come in and see it strike the vehicle the
AIF were using for cover. Pinpoint accuracy! End of story...for the bad
guys.

When engaged against an enemy on the ground, it is comforting to have an Air
Force Forward Air Controller, airborne or imbedded with you, able to call in
some 'serious hurt' on the enemy. When the Maverick hits the target, you
will see a bad guy flying off to the upper left of your screen, checking
out.

Enlarge the movie to full screen for best viewing if your program permits.

war film, discretion advised

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