By lex, on July 15th, 2010
US forces engage in a sniper duel in Paktika Province, Afghanistan:
Battalion intelligence overheard Afghans talking about foreign fighters in the village. A few days later, the company overheard traffic in a language its interpreters did not recognize. To kill the marksmen and to find out if there was indeed any foreign connection, the company commander, Capt. Joshua Powers, requested snipers.
In the last week of May, a platoon and a sniper team patrolled toward Palau, hoping to pick a fight with the sharpshooters.
From a roof, the sniper team watched as a pair of men with long rifles, clad in hooded desert camouflage jackets, moved toward the platoon’s position.
“We saw them, they saw us, and it was like a mutual ‘Oh crap, snipers,’ kind of thing,” recalled Cpl. Henry Uken, the American sniper team leader.
For the next two-and-a-half hours, the American and insurgent marksmen traded shots. The gunmen’s rate of fire and their arm movements, visible through scopes, suggested to the corporal and his gunner, Specialist Garrett Taylor, that the shooters were using bolt-action rifles like the famous Lee Enfield.
The fighters used their camouflage to move from place to place, firing at the sniper team from two directions.
Eventually, darkness came and the shooting stopped.
The “game” re-commenced the next day, and ended with a helicopter strike.
Whatever happens, we have got Air support, and they do not.
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