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Utopia Talk / Politics / Ambush in Mali - hard to watch
Hrothgar
Member
Thu Mar 08 02:33:08
Realities of war and being in a vastly outnumbered ambush. Makes you wonder how the F did they get so separated from the rest of the US group, not to mention where did the native troops go they were patrolling with (ran away I'm sure). But with the spliced up helmet cam no way to tell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQmtn3IlDqE
obaminated
Member
Thu Mar 08 10:31:52
if we are going to put US soldiers in harms way, they should have air support, especially in wide open spaces like this.
Paramount
Member
Thu Mar 08 11:41:40
The video is removed. Is there any other place where we can watch it?
State Department
Member
Thu Mar 08 11:56:36
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA6YC9xzITw
Paramount
Member
Thu Mar 08 11:59:02
Before I watch... what does video show? People being blown up? Head shots?
Paramount
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:06:59
That was a whole lot of blood at the end. Rip.

Can we blame this on Trump?
Forwyn
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:10:18
I assume this is it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWKSPQ4Hv7E

Training only gets you so far. Light, low-caliber weapons in open terrain, unarmored vehicles, local forces cowering, outnumbered and out-gunned. Not a good position to be in.
Paramount
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:11:02
Was this in Mali or Niger? Video title says Niger.
Forwyn
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:12:54
Niger. Militants are based in Mali, and have apparently returned to Mali since the ambush.
Rugian
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:15:43
In either case, what the he'll are we doing there?
Paramount
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:19:45
Building a McDonalds?
Paramount
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:25:26
”if we are going to put US soldiers in harms way, they should have air support, especially in wide open spaces like this.”


Yeah, but aren’t special forces supposed to manage on their own? It was probably bad luck that they ran into a horde of enemies. Or maybe the enemy knew about the special forces presence, because someone leaked intelligence, so the enemy set up an ambush.
Forwyn
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:26:04
When you spend a few years arming international jihadi mercenaries, don't be surprised when they don't contain themselves to the battlefield you armed them on.
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Thu Mar 08 12:52:13
They did have air support, but after coming under fire they thought they could handle it. 1 hour in they called for support, took the airplanes 1 hour to get there.
Paramount
Member
Thu Mar 08 12:59:33
Arosolius Arosolius Works at Self-Employed

”United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) is very active in Africa and if Americans knew a little of what it’s doing there they’d be horrified. America is playing a military game while China’s there playing an economic game. You only have to read any online African news outlet to see who Africans, in general, prefer.”

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Hot Rod
Revved Up
Thu Mar 08 13:39:49

:,(

Hrothgar
Member
Thu Mar 08 14:35:22
This all happened early October FYI. They insurgents apparently passed on the looted gear and only in last week or so did some ISIS media guy put it all together into the scenes in the video.

I don't usually get psychologically messed up from war footage, but something about the helmet cam putting one into their situation makes it really awful to watch from an empathy standpoint. Probably the strongest reminder of the brutality of modern infantry combat I've watched personally.
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Thu Mar 08 14:39:03
I guess you have not watched the Islamic State slaughter house video. Well don’t.
Asgard
Member
Fri Mar 09 05:01:38
Must be tough to watch, Nim.

I feel for you, then.
Guess it feels aweful to watch it, knowing that sooner or later it will be right in Oslo.
Nimatzo
iChihuaha
Fri Mar 09 07:39:13
No way, Jergul will not allow it.
Asgard
Member
Fri Mar 09 09:52:45
shit. I need to kill myself now.
obaminated
Member
Fri Mar 09 09:58:52
Lets not over exaggerate. These were 4 spec ops out numbered by dipshits who caught them out in the open. Rome lost a few times to random barbarians, it happens. It is sad, especially the end when our pov is shot point blank and we see his blood, but it isnt indicative of anything more than an unfortunate outcome to a questionable mission.
Paramount
Member
Fri Mar 09 10:26:38
Yeah, this is not the first an american dies in combat. Also, this happens every other day in the USA. Kids and children being shot to death. Their blood pouring out on the floor or on the street and down in the gutter.
Paramount
Member
Fri Mar 09 10:26:55
*not the first time
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