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Someone You Should Know: First Battalion, 26th Infantry

Someone You Should Know: First Battalion, 26th Infantry

Bruce McQuain from Blackfive joined us once again for Someone You Should Know, our weekly tribute to the troops. Bruce spent 28 years in the U.S. Army and he is a veteran of the Vietnam war. He brings a perspective and understanding to these stories that we could never match.

Tonight, Bruce told us about an incident from earlier this month in Afghanistan that was reported by the New York Times in a story titled "Turning Tables, U.S. Troops Ambush Taliban With Swift and Lethal Results",

Fight by fight, the infantryman’s war in Afghanistan is often waged on the Taliban’s terms. Insurgents ambush convoys and patrols from high ridges or long ranges and slip away as the Americans, weighed down by equipment, return fire and call for air and artillery support. Last week a patrol from the First Infantry Division reversed the routine.

An American platoon surprised an armed Taliban column on a forested ridgeline at night, and killed at least 13 insurgents, and perhaps many more, with rifle

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