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On The Front Line: Fighting The The Taliban (Modern Warfare Documentary) | Real Stories

Jun 01, 2021
I saw first-hand how British troops were outnumbered, overstretched and ill-equipped in one of their biggest battles against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. The situation is becoming quite critical. Let us return to tonight's dispatches, the story of the Battle of Garum, sir, a six-day battle. The MoD didn't want you to see a battle that raises questions about Britain's war on terror in Afghanistan. 17 British troops, 100 Afghan soldiers and police plus a contingent of eight Estonians began the assault on the strategic city of Gaza in Helmand province. We are part of an operational omlt mentoring and liaison team. Their job is to train and support the new Afghan army.
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The British commander hoped the operation would be quick. We'd like to try to complete this operation today, but we're

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this guy. of battle many of our names Kadena how many Taliban are in the area at the moment we don't know how well fortified those positions they occupy are or if they are booby traps or what we do with our 80 so it can snow Out of focus, the Ministry Defense had prohibited me from traveling with the soldiers at the last minute. They were no doubt worried that their peacekeeping mission was not going so well and had in fact now turned into a war.
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I solved it by hitchhiking. I travel with the Afghan National Police in a white luxury Jeep. Selam aleykum wineries. I forgot it a long time ago. I sing ashamed. The sengai. I soon regretted it. We had a bit of a rich shape. We got up. We were driving along the ridge and we were attacked. These trenches. The Taliban were in these trenches about half an hour ago an hour ago now we are in them, they are saying goodbye to us well, today is the fifth anniversary of 9/11, 9/11 and five years after we were supposed to have deposed the Taliban. and I defeated Al Qaeda.
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Here I am sitting in a trench, the Taliban, a counterattack, the British forces, an intense fight they have been in, this is the end of Korea, NATO, the Falklands and Iraq, and I think we better keep moving, we take a position on a small hill overlooking the city to have a better view of the battle raging in

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of us just stopped filming and a rocket hit our position, bullets flew around us, we thought this small area was clear, Thomas is screaming with the bottom of his leg next time. come here just come here ready 1 2 3 corporal anthony caole is the team doctor the afghan national volunteer army but he only received six weeks of training from the british we moved again the NA set fire to outlying houses to expel the Taliban while the National Police or A and P swept behind clearing the fields, you must leave at 10:00 a.m. m.
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P ​​to take care of the bridge. The British were supposed to play a supporting role. Captain Doug Beattie had to take charge of the Afghan forces almost from the beginning. Colder clothes. Yes, yes, they fired me on that ridge and then I had to jump. Yeah, well, we've had a few accidents with an RPG. Those beauties flew over our heads. There was a problem with Millie RPG. We have the Taliban infiltrating here. Yes this is why. I came back just to have deputy na na secure the bridge here so they can't come in behind us right once we get to the center of the district they'll find themselves pretty trapped and then they'll have to retreat okay?
They were here, they were pretty close, right? thanks very close ungrateful but damn yes I'll shoot now rocket attack tell me think it's okay we're under fire and I was taking a photo this is good I'd hate to do it look what's bad good meat we from Kabul Jalalabad Kabul worried about Kuna yes I like Kuna otherwise it's a good idea you can use it with Shan Shan I like it beautiful I wanted to get the British vehicles but my path was blocked by a seemingly impenetrable wall of noise the incoming bullet sounded like Chinese firecrackers when they broke the sound barrier the British they held their ground firing deliberately so they could locate the Taliban positions and place mortars these vehicles are not armored I looked just in time to see a bullet go through one of the Land Rovers, the British commander called for airstrikes to bomb the Taliban, now on air support nearby, these Harriers just fly Fifi over the ground, round and round last night, A&P was talking about a thousand Taliban in the garum, says the British soldier said right.
They didn't know where they suspected it was an exaggeration, whoever they are, they are putting up a big fight the Afghan army paused to take care of their dead some of the dead soldier's friends Afghan national army soldier behind me I met them last night and even this Tomorrow he seemed very eager and ready to fight. I'm quite happy, but they seemed very exhausted now their faces are covered in sand and they are sitting there with their dead friend. Airstrikes cleared the PARP ahead and we moved to Garmsir. The city is strategically important because it is close to the border with Pakistan and is a key Taliban supply route into Afghanistan.
I think it won't be until time. I don't know, that's what they say. I liked what you're eating there yes, you said it too at the beginning, you said before we left, he's fine, well, oh, we do the same thing, happy, it's a party and don't go in there, Tony, you come from how I. I made it finally I could see up close the faces of the men I had been following into battle, it was time to move on, the city had been cleared of Taliban and the Afghan police were able to return to their headquarters, we drove to the center of the district . and set up camp for the night having survived the day and now reunited in the unit, a Sergeant Major Johnston called the men to inform them everything that Kandahar sends a cruiser since every time I saw nothing tomorrow morning Let's see what miniature appears in the head 107 and what the Taliban controls everything to the south went, sir, to the border with Pakistan and they had been firing 107 rockets and mortars against the city every night for months, we were all nervous, the British and Afghan forces had achieved their objective.
Garmsir had been retaken but it was going to be a long night. He was with 17 British soldiers and the Afghan army as they fought the Taliban in the mass of dancers. We had been for you to retire now. We will continue further south. Let's keep going. Yes, yesterday's tasks were to declare. to get this started, which we have done, and then move further south to be able to stop the problem. It was before the problems, before we had any more, the city was being watered daily and at night, so if we can push them we down enough and Push your mortars far enough back and that makes this a little safer.
I'm going to push down and get some MP checkpoints. Put it there to prevent the Taliban from sneaking in again and actually give us some sort of mental thought later. "On the

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of this city today I was a big disappointment. I heard him say that we will stay here again tonight. Okay, yes, they booed my socks and morale. We have to meet all the requirements today, otherwise we can" . We headed but only made it to the edge of the city before Pinder's mortars fell again receiving incoming fire, intense incoming fire from the east, our advance towards the eastern boundary, so far we are receiving more and more accurate mortar fire on our western boundary and our western movement advanced as ground for a halt, we need some air to try to achieve this.
I got some momentum again. I asked one of the British soldiers about the last time they had been pinned down to contact Sangeun and my a was damaged for about four or five days when you went on patrol did you get here or when you were at the base they hit us when I'm sure well who It's going to get it back mask you how intense it was Sangan this is more flies on our heads yesterday we were When confronting them, it feels like they've dug in and today they're shooting at us quite accurately. The first casualties of the day arrived.
We are not fast. We will have to do it. Other Afghans were less seriously injured. The medical evacuation helicopter took the victims to Camp Bastion, the main British base in Helmand. The British were sent to war in Afghanistan with only eight Chinook helicopters, so they were always in short supply as the mortar attack continued. Some of us retreated to an old agricultural area. University on the outskirts of town, the rest of the team had climbed Canal Ridge, just a few hundred meters in front, now we are taking fire from three sides, seniority here, energy, friends, I am completely yesterday, I was so excited. the adrena

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I was ducking, diving and running today. I'm all over the store, yeah, I mean, yeah, you do it all the time, so you feel down as soon as you walk in and you wake up, it was like joining the stomping. The results next became drowsy and resorted to sensible security, they began to fall asleep, he is love, he is fine, he just received it. Yes, these Estonians are pretty much all NATO could muster to help the British in Helmand. He

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ly doesn't understand. Try to explain it. the best you can, no matter how hard you try, they don't, they don't talk, if your wife does, yes, I'm going to leave again, she needs well-being.
I pushed up and sank it. I told him yes. I broke down, I read on the phone what happened, I think it's necessary, yes, I said, well, you talked to the other person, why should you list it and chat? They had a glass of wine or you know, bring out the heart, right? I thought you had gone home, well no, oh yeah, good to explain. I just said that I'm not a child and that it's much better for art. Yes, they brought more victims from Canal Ridge. I soon lost count, a medevac helicopter was urgently needed but the only one available had been sent elsewhere we can't carry that much only someone these two can do the helicopter had been called in because another British unit had just hit their mine that is not here although in this field of operations it is nothing Disagree, your word is blue and is sent by radio, it is called the end, but it means that there, sir, they were called before I called this Table, come , no, for a sign, a sin for the victim here, so it could take a war for that Journal no, it's a multiple mine attack, yes, they are the number of victims, right, I don't know the severity, finally getting sustained air support for Apache m8n Apache helicopters and a 10th tank destroyer, and I think maybe it's a disturbing sound, but strangely so.
Very welcome, we have been on the ground for eight hours stuck here, you are going to see the mouth. They are all Taliban. Excavated land right behind that mosque. It looks like the A-10 is going to dive again. Never now. I heard that noise Tamar at least sounds good, it's a good sound because he died on the other side, but to be honest, you're not

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ly worried about the other side being punished by the time they know the terrain they've been there for months and They have quite well prepared positions, so they took a lot like yesterday.
This is pretty much new terrain for them, when on US terrain we could get them out pretty close pretty easily, it's a lot harder to get out of entrenched positions and they're not running away and today that's all that fight to the bottom says the geyser I'm Pierre having to fight ready to run how's the house I was taking a walk and clearly I took you to talk it's another long day yes a wounded Taliban fighter had been captured and was brought in for medical treatment so yes, I'll give myself here before I give them their knee pad, that way we can get food and start with the same medical kids, you know, once you've done that, you'll keep other observation coins.
I tell you I could join, let's get ready to go back. Word quickly spread among the Afghan army that there was a Taliban prisoner in the compound, just make sure no one comes down and make the right cinematic kill because I know they won't kill him. but that guy gets medical treatment first before anything else, the unit commanders come and no, that guy gets medical treatment first before being abused. Hopefully the restock will arrive tonight with each item. I've been going crazy, so I'm hoping we have enough for maybe three or four more days. Now we're running out of things.
It will be very difficult now for a breadwinner from a really bad p1 country. Wilo and ammo, some items people like more than I'll save the day, but they might be okay. Yes, Sotomayor, they will supply them in a helicopter so that they become Basque drivers. We thought this would be by name, so all the pains with aviation assets. The men were being briefed by Patti Williams after spending another long day under fire on the canal. Well, right now Captain Petey is on the second canal bridge, right down here. I think thatsome of you joined another, the MPR is going to ensure that bridge.
On both sides in Helman other British soldiers were facing the same problems, they just didn't have enough men or supplies to go around, but they will occupy that series of buildings on the eastern flank, it's quite safe, we have weather. numbers, it's just the west. I looked at their faces and saw how the

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had taken its toll if we are down here, we are immobilized most of the time, we can't even take our weapons to Bursa, so we are the ones we need. to be ready to react basically all night long to push out the casualties they were finally evacuated but the new supplies had not arrived the soldiers gathered all the ammunition they could they are taking out all their anti-tank missiles because there are still a lot of Taliban, we expect a lot of them to arrive this night and they're just thinking about how much ammunition they have.
It's our second night here and garam says there's a dying Taliban prisoner behind us. Are they giving you medical help? We're going to leave, Dougie, I'm sorry, we're going to leave, yes, no, we're steak. What you wish was awful. He'd tell you I'm not laughing right now. No, well, we'll be here for 24 hours and this. It's been three days so far, so now we'll be here for a while, I think, but if you need to leave, then come see me and say, "Hey, we need to leave now and I'll get all the guys." you guys get off a helicopter, take me, okay, I'm ready to go, everyone leaves, you're just waiting for me, yeah, I didn't tell you, but you guys told us that when we're here, we're only here for your personal protection. and the other 100 a.m.
P and a and a are here to do their thing so we're here to help you so it's in the middle where you say we can go that's normal for some who are ready to start actually ready to start two days ago. Dougie prepared to return to the canal during the night. Taliban reinforcements crossed from Pakistan and now we are dug in. This is a school within it and I saw something incredible. Look at this. This is something the school kids drew before school was. occupied by the Taliban and this says the Garam river and there are cars and houses and trees.
I had a look at one of these cars on the canal. Dougie had been in trouble and was attacked again. pretty serious fire yes it is yes it is We have just been attacked from both sides of the channel as if we knew there was a British casualty. I headed there with the Estonian medical team to recover him. Maybe we'll just drive by that rich guy. He came in with a sustained heavy fire RPG and we're looking at a fire. Nor did the NP run along the ridge. British casualty. I almost hit myself. Gunshot wound to the lower part of the forearm.
I feel a little pale, cold and sweaty. Initial shock. I think we need to evaluate it again. Check them all out in case you potentially feel lonely. on television, if you want, why did you give it to the wife? More than 40 British soldiers have lost their lives so far in Afghanistan and thousands of Afghans have been killed. The situation is becoming quite critical with progress stalled and encountering quite strong resistance, the AAA. They have suffered quite heavy casualties, their commander was killed and they have three serious casualties that we are trying to get back to back to my location for treatment.
The ANP has already suffered a loss and we are essentially now back to 4-3. north while they call Kaz and for the moment, unless we have an H on station for a reasonable period of time, we will not be able to move this fort and this will become a small step before we must Put tourniquet, laugh and See you at home. It was the end of the third day and progress had stalled. The Afghan army had stopped fighting. Food and ammunition were running low and we had begun stripping corn fields that the Taliban had not. They have such problems with resupply, the Taliban control pretty much everything south of us except the part we just cleared up to the border with Pakistan and a place called Barham char and they use it to send their manpower to the other side. their guns cross so that their poppy production crosses and they can get money to finance their operations, those are their main supply routes and they have practically free access to the free movement of gunners, so it is easy for them to resupply the men at South of here, it's the Taliban. territory, so within six months or a year this city will be fought over and over again.
I don't think we're going to lose her again. It's too important to lose again. I think you can see the importance of this in So It Won't Be Lost Again, but that doesn't mean this is going to be an easy time here, it's going to be a tough board no matter how you look at it and whether it's politically correct to say that or nothing. I won't do it. I'm very sure, but someone who has been in the military for 25 years, this is a war zone and there are no two ways to look at the things we have, what we have to do is find an Afghan solution to the problem we have here next After a day of fighting, the soldiers spent the entire night dealing with casualties, the team just heard that the Taliban will enter a lot of districts per night, so again, that's it, though, we got through that kind of thing quite frequently, so I don't know how to change anything at any other time, of course, it was going to be another long sleepless night.
I need a predator missile or medication. I repeat twice, a bull mask without a rebreather to accompany the oxygen cylinders we are supposed to take out. Now what do they say? When will they take us out? Security threat. 72 Oh yes, make it last longer. Make sure everything depends on security. Weston, guess what the Russians are resupplying us and ammo is running out at a rapid rate for the men and we have to wash up. your dirty socks the man got a pair of socks another time I've run mine and I'm only washing the last ones if I get there this is the last one the last one was the last one what's the NA we're trying to present to you to set up a checkpoint and They've been attacked from an enemy position just off the western flank, so we'll just beat their asses, even get the eyes to call in some losing support, clear the moat so we can get the control point.
It's important that we get this checkpoint, as it's a choke point for all moving vehicles, so let's go and do it one more time. The boys have to get out of the canal. There is a small canal there where the Taliban barricaded themselves. on all three sides, so every time they go out and they go out three, four times a day, they get hit and three sides with RPGs, small arms, fire and mortar. It's amazing to see their determination because they were supposed to be removed. We left here three days ago and they told us they would take us out yesterday.
Reinforcements were arriving, but the latest news is that reinforcements are not arriving. I heard that the Afghan and British soldiers were about to achieve their ultimate goal, so I hitchhiked. As I walked up the canal, I couldn't help but feel that here was Britain's grandiose foreign policy, exposed to unarmed ground vehicles on a hill being shot at. If any of them had been attacked in the strategically vital town of Outfit, the Taliban could have lost them once again. and in front of you and then to the left, yeah, whatever, it's still three, these are bombing, they're still there, yeah, Fernau Farm Orders now, it's a deep, exaggerated problem, sample of this is your room seven seven alvaro 77, I can confirm guys, pack up, bring the gun forward, what I'm looking for, Steve, when you go down you will come into the light, if you look to your left you will see a

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of trees leading away from you on the edge of the tree. line Ellen Ellen has accomplished everything she is going to accomplish, we have no more to support him with, so it is better, she has cleared everything she can to return the night, Kalyn, she must do it in an orderly, orderly manner, not run backwards, but patrol. back we own this round this is our brother how do I come in sorry if I kick don't worry dougie yeah it's my last tape is this his last tape what did it all end before the tape ends well here's the one for you finally They achieved their goal here for 24 hours, four days later, they finally got there, yes, they did, yes, when they arrived, where they arrived, that was their goal, they turned right, no, they can't go any further, there was too many Taliban, you can.
You heard the fire yourself, yes, but they worked hard to achieve their goal, so that's good, that's a good effort. Well, we have to be careful with the noise. They have infiltrated along the eastern flank of the canal. Watch out for ambushes on the right. Okay, keep your Chief Dougie was right, we were ambushed and just when we needed it most, the .50 caliber gun jammed, not for the first time that week. The British government hoped that British troops would not have to fire a single shot, but in just one week these men. had called in a record number of airstrikes 57 and up and fired a record number of rounds into the corn fields taking corn yesterday last night the look had just arrived the soldiers are opening this bag I'll show you these pop tarts oranges, jerky, sauce bottle spicy and a bit of Kate what a beautiful view it is and I think that's a measure of being here so we were looking at that as all our Christmases have come true Rob come in what do we say garam?
Finally saved, it was time to go home after having achieved the final goal, we prepared to retreat, but then we heard the bad news tomorrow morning, along with the tortillas, there will be a small continuous alpha of ice. The forces will stay behind until noon tomorrow. Me from the party and the Estonians and then we will leave tomorrow at 12 o'clock. The problem we have is that CAF Kandahar does not support us with follow-up actions here the way MPS had NASA headquarters in behind a heart because they are not following the type of follow-up and supporting what a na and a MP have succeeded here, an MP cannot occupy this place and they are going to leave at the same time as we leave, so after six days of fighting, we are going to give this place back to the Taliban and that is quite difficult to accept right now it looks like the AAR is pulling out and the NPR is pulling out as well, meaning there won't be anyone here to defend the big guarantee. mistake, massive mistake, so he also needs the foundation of the troops here to protect this area, as you saw yesterday, there have been people who have been returning to the houses, how does it make you feel knowing that we are all presumably retreating?
I've wasted So many days everything has been a waste, a huge waste and it's quite demoralizing to me to feel that these soldiers were given a lot of medical support and now we are retreating to somewhere that, if this is true, could potentially fall again. That's cutting, yes, it happens that the MP has said they are going to withdraw and now Paddy is trying to convince them otherwise, some of the British stayed behind, so the Afghan police agreed to stay. Dougie felt let down by the military command. but I felt that they had both been disappointed by the lack of government support at home.
The gangster is still surrounded by the Taliban and under siege we had won the battle. Three of the men received medals for outstanding bravery, but I felt like we were losing. war

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