Happy New Year, everyone. Now that it’s 2013 and many of us have completed family vacations, I wanted to share a recent TV segment I did for Marine Corps Times on This Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian.
The show, airing locally in Washington and internationally on the Armed Forces Network, focused on scout sniper operations in Afghanistan and some of the other things I observed during my last embedded assignment in Helmand province. In particular, Vago wanted to talk about the weapon upgrades that scout snipers told me they wanted. Check it out here:
Stories out of my time with that scout sniper unit with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., can be found here and here. The Marines in that unit have since returned to the U.S.
Vago also asked about how the drawdown in forces affected things in Helmand province this summer and fall. As reported here, I mentioned Marines were frustrated that Afghan forces lost control of some turf in northern Helmand after they were put in the lead. Marine officials in Afghanistan have said since that the Afghans have struck back against the Taliban since, and regained what they lost. We’ll be tracking that situation in coming weeks.
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