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U.S. Army Green Beret in Afghanistan operating a 60mm mortar tube

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U.S. Army Green Berets and an Afghan soldier of the National Mine Reduction Group (back facing camera) after a firefight in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, 2016 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Connor Mendez)
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U.S. Army Green Berets of 10th Special Forces Group, and Afghan Special Forces troops of the National Interdiction Unit board a CH-47 helicopter for an operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan (2016)
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AUG. 13, 1985 – JULY 24, 2012
2ND MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS BATTALION – BADGHIS PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Born in Traverse City, MI, and a 2003 graduate of Kingsley High School, Sergeant Justin Hansen enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 2005. He was captain of his high school’s track team and wrestling team and earned a brown belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Sgt. Hansen began his career as a Reconnaissance Marine, assigned to 3rd Recon Battalion, Okinawa, Japan, and came to MARSOC in April 2009, becoming a Critical Skills Operator in 2010. He was assigned to Hotel Company, 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, in Dec. 2010. Sgt. Hansen’s deployment with H Co., 2nd MSOB to Badghis Province in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom was his first deployment. While on deployment, Sgt. Hansen was on patrol as part of a cordon and search operation in search of a high value target when the team was hit with small arms fire. Sgt. Hansen died in the firefight. Sgt. Hansen’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star awarded posthumously in 2012, Purple Heart, two Combat Action Ribbons and two Good Conduct Medals.
 
US Air Force E-11A BACN jet crashed in Afghanistan today.

Pro-Taliban sources say plane was shot down and 2 pilots and other 5 crew members were killed.

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein on Monday morning confirmed that a US military plane that crashed in Afghanistan was an E-11A airborne communications aircraft.
US military officials previously told Fox News that the aircraft was an E-11A, which is made by Bombardier, and that it had crashed in Taliban-held territory in Ghazni Province, north of Kandahar, in eastern Afghanistan a few minutes after 1 p.m. local time. The officials also told Fox News that “less than five” people on board at the time.
A local journalist told The Associated Press that he had seen two bodies lying beside the aircraft. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed in a statement that all passengers, which he said included high-ranking CIA officers, were killed.
“Every time I’ve been through this, which unfortunately has been a number of times, first reports always wrong,” Goldfein said on Monday. “So we’ve got to make sure we have the facts right” before sharing additional details.
The E-11As flying out of Kandahar are operated by the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Squadron, which was created to fill what the Air Force has called “a joint urgent operational need” due to the challenges that Afghanistan’s terrain posed for communications.
The E-11s arrived in Afghanistan in 2009 and flew its 10,000th sortie in late February 2017, according to the Air Force, which said the aircraft has been called “as essential to mission success as bullets.”
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/...anistan-taliban-takes-credit-2020-1?r=US&IR=T
 
Crappy news to hear.


For the sake of clarity, the aircraft in this picture is the only E-11A that looks like that (with the bumps and bulges), the rest (Including the crashed one) just look like regular business jets. The aircraft in this picture was the original Global Express test frame for Bombardier and was then used when they were developing the ASTOR/Sentinel for the Royal Air Force and the added on parts were never removed - I imagine the USAF picked it up relatively cheaply since it probably couldn't be sold to a private customer and would otherwise have just been scrapped.

 
As a follow up, a US Spokesman has stated that two bodies have been recovered.

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PESH RIVER VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 2007: The mortar team fires mortars in response to a mortar attack from Anti-Coalition members on an American base in the Pesh (Pech) River Valley in Kunar province. September 2007. (Photo by Lynsey Addario/Getty Images Reportage)
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U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011.
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A coalition forces member maintains security from a light tactical all-terrain vehicle during a patrol with Afghan National Army Special Forces to escort an Afghan district governor in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 14, 2013.
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A group of soldiers enjoying Burger King Whoppers at Bagram Air Base, October 2004
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21 January 2010, U.S. Special Forces are extracted from a mountain pinnacle in Zabul province, Afghanistan, by a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade after executing an air assault mission to disrupt insurgent communication.
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Paratroopers with 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment load for an air assault mission near Combat Outpost Ab Band May 23, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The unit is part of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which deployed to the area in March to help bring security to the areas along the country’s main road between Kabul and Kandahar.
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Kevin Yeatman, left, and Sgt. James Horris smoke following a firefight with Taliban fighters on Oct. 28, 2008 in the Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan. 2nd Platoon Viper Company of the 1-26 Infantry had occupied a strategic mountaintop when they were fired upon by Taliban insurgents. No Americans were injured in the fight and Taliban casualties were unknown.
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U.S. Marines in Afghanistan are lifted into the air by a 120 mm mortar's recoil (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Crane - December, 2018) After initial setup of a mortar a couple guys will “ride” the base plate so that their weight helps drive it into the ground. This will make the system more stable and provide for more accurate fires with subsequent rounds.

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U.S. Army soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry (Airborne), prepare to move out on another mission in Mangritae, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2005. The soldiers are patrolling the area and searching for remaining members of the Taliban.
**Note: "Tits Mcgee" on the M203**
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