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On Feb. 21, 2010, a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians headed down a mountain in central Afghanistan. American eyes were watching. For more than four hours, the U.S. military including a Predator drone crew in Nevada, video screeners in Florida, an AC-130 airplane crew in the sky and an American special operations unit on the ground nearby tracked the convoy, trying to decide whether it was friend or foe.

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<p>TAB E RADIO TRANSMISSIONS AND INTERCOM EntirecompiledChatLogforKIRK97 AlltimesinGMT/Zulu MIC:MissionIntelligenceCoordinator,acrewposition SO:SensorOperator SafetyObserver:additionalpilottobackupchecklists/proceduresincaseofkineticstrike JAG25:JointTerminalAttackController Slasher03:AC130Gunship BamBam41:HeloAirWeaponsTeam Highlightedareasareradiocommunications 00:23(Pilot):Ifyourestilltalkingtohimorwhatever,justtellhimtheygotusyouknowwatchinga prettyimportantcompoundjustformovementwhiletheirworkingwiththegunshipssoitwouldmake senseforustostay. 00:23(MC):YepCopies 00:23(JAG25):Kirk97,Kirk97,JAG25 00:23(Pilot):JAG25goforKirk97 00:23(JAG25):Justgivingyouaheadsupwereincreasing*BrokenRadioComms*maneuveringonall foursides*garbledradeio*soanykindofmovementyousee,possiblelinkupsoranysignsofthis startingtoreconsolidatejustgivemeaheadsup. 00:23(Pilot):AndKirkcopiesyoubrokenfromJaguar,understandyoureexperiencingmovementall aroundwearecurrentlyonthecompoundlastknownlocationofourfourgroupoffournomovement hereatthistimewewillkeepyouupdatedthanks. 00:24(JAG25):RogerforJAG25 00:24(JAG25):Rogerthosetwovehiclestheyappeartobemovingsouthtotheleftaretheystaying closetothegreenzoneoraretheymovingoutintotheopen?</p> <p>00:24(Slasher03):Wearenowtrackingthreevehiclesandstandbywewillgiveyouanupdate. 00:25(JAG25):Copy 00:25(JAG25):*BrokenRadioComms*Slasher03,Jag25yeahthosevehiclesarebadweregonnahave togetaworkontryingtogetenoughtoengagefromwhatwearehearingonICOMtrafficaQRFis cominginfora*BrokenRadioChatter* 00:25(Slasher03):03Rogerthatagain3vehiclesalseemtobepredominatelymovingwestboundoffin thegreenspacewehaveoureyeson*BrokenRadioComms*appearstobe*unlawful*personnelinthe back. 00:25(JAG25):Estimatebetweenthe3vehiclesover. 00:25(Slasher03):Againtheirallonthemoveandwewilltrytogetyouthedistancebetweenthem. 00:26(Pilot):Gonnatakemissilepoweroff 00:26(Sensor):Copy 00:26(Pilot):Justletitcooldown 00:26(Sensor):Verifythemissileisontheleftcorrect,thattheonethatiscoded,Skynetsaysonthe rightagain 00:26(Pilot):Itisontheleftandwerecodedandsetfortheleftfirst 00:26(Slasher03):Slasher03,JAG25 00:27(JAG25):JaguargoforSlasher 00:27*RadioStatic*</p> <p>CLASSIFIED</p> <p>00:28(JAG25):Copythatwecanholdoff. 00:28(JAG25):Slasher03,JAG25rogerthanksforthewordonthat*BrokenRadioComms* 00:29(Slasher03):Rogerthatagain,havenoproblemwithhandheldflare,wereOkay 00:30(Slasher03):Jaguar25,Slasher03apologizeforthedelayonthisweretryingtogetourSAon thesevehicles.Thethirdvehicleweweretrackingappearedtohavegoneitdoesntappeartobea factorrightnow.Additionallyyouhavetheothertwovehicles,oneisontheeastsideoftheriver,ones</p> <p>onthewestsideoftheriver.Theirapproximately3to4milesnorthofyourpositionandtheyare separatedaboutaklick. 00:30(MC):Looksliketheywantustomovenow.IlltellSlasherthatwegotretasked. 00:30(Pilot):Okay,letmecoordinatefirst.Whouh?OkaySOTFSouth. 00:30(MC):Yes 00:31(Pilot):JAG25,Kirk97 *RadioStatic* 00:31(Pilot):JAG25,Kirk97 00:31(JAG25):Kirk97,JAG25 00:31(Pilot):JAG25,Kirk97beadvisedwejustreceivedaretasking,wevetrytoholditoffforaslong aspossible,looksliketheyresendingusdowntotheMarjaharea.Westillhaveeyesonyour compoundnomovementhereatthistimewewilltrytoholdoutaslongaspossiblebutitlookslikewe willhavetoleaveprettysoon. 00:32(Slasher03):3thevehicleontheeastsideoftheriverstoppedmomentarilyappearedtohave droppedoffonepaxoffhesdismountwalkingtowardstheobjectiveandvehicleproceedingeastbound nowtowardacompound. 00:32(Slasher03):Thatdismountedindividualisnowmeetingupwithanotherindividualwhocameout ofthecompound 00:32(JAG25):Roger,sayagaintheyrelinkingupwithsomebodywhocameoutofthecompound,over 00:33(JAG25):Slasher03,JAG25 *RadioStatic* 00:33(JAG25):JAG25rogerthinkingaboutthesituation,Imprettysurewearecovered CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED DemonstrationofhostileintenttacticalmaneuveringinconjunctionwiththeICOMchatterit wouldappearthattheyaremaneuveringonourlocationandsettingthemselvesupforanattack*radio comm.issteppedonbycrewonintercomm* 00:34(Slasher03):Copythat*BrokenRadioChatter*upto3additionalpax. 00:34(Slasher03):Againthatcompoundwiththerendezvoustheresanadditionalpickuptruckappears hotandweretrackingmultiplepersonnelthroughout 00:34(JAG25):Slasher03,JAG25roger 00:34(Pilot):Isthatadudeoutside?</p> <p>00:35(Sensor):Yeah 00:35(Pilot):Alright 00:35(Pilot):JAG25/Kirk97 00:35UNK:Inthesouth*RadioStatic* 00:35(Pilot):PassthattoSOTFSouththatthisguyisbackoutsideofhishouseandoffinthefieldtothe south 00:35(MC):Roger 00:35(Slasher03):Jaguar,Slasherthatvehicleonthewestsideoftheriverthatweweretrackingisnow dismountingallpersonnel.Wearetrackingupto12pax. 00:35(JAG25):Rogeristhat12paxinbothlocationsorontheonesideoftheriverover 00:35(Slasher03):Slasher03thisisjusttheonelocationatthewestsideoftheriveragainwewere trackingbothvehicles.TheycametoastopweweregivingyouSAontheonethatmadearendezvous atthecompoundwehavenowshiftedovertothewestsideoftheriverandthatvehiclehas dismounted12ormorepaxandtheyarecurrentlymovingrightnowstandbyforsomemorewords. 00:36(JAG25):WhenableIwouldlikeyoutoengagewith(containment)firesforwardoftheirlineof movementinbetweentheirpositionandfriendliesover. 00:36(Slasher03):03ifKirk97hasntdepartedyetisitatallpossibletogetthemtotakealookatthese people. 00:36(JAG25):Thatsaffirmative.Break,break,Kirk97,JAG25CLASSIFIED</p> <p>00:37(JAG25):Slasher03requestyoupasscoordinatestoKirk97wewillhavethemgoovertoseeif theycanPIDanyweaponsover. 00:37(Slasher03):5Slasher03rogerthatbreak,break 00:37(MC):AlrightIgotthecoords. 00:37(Sensor):TheypassedinmIRCalready? 00:37(MC):Yep,Slasherdid,ready? 00:37(Slasher03):Kirk97,Kirk97,Slasher03saywhenreadtocopy8digitgrid 00:37(Pilot):AndSlasher,Kirk97hasyourcoordsVIAmIRCweremovingeyesatthistimestandbyone.</p> <p>00:38(Slasher03):03requestpermissiontosparkleiftheycantgeteyesonthecoords. 00:38(JAG25):WearegoingtoholdoncontainmentfiresandtrytoattemptPID,wewouldreallylike totakeoutthosetrucks. 00:38(Slasher03):Copythat.Break,break,Slasher,wepassedyoucoordsforthevehicleonthewest sideoftheriveragainyouhavemultipledismountsintheopenbreak.Ontheeastsideoftheriver theresanadditionalvehiclemajorityofthedismountsareinsideacompoundlocatedjusttothenorth ofthatvehicleifyougeteyesonthatcompound.Compoundhasmultiplemoversaswellasonepickup truckhot. 00:38(Slasher03):Kirk97,Slasherinadditionifyoureabletopickupilluminationitappearsthetwo vehiclesareflashinglightssignalingbetween. 00:39(Pilot):Kirk97copythatstandbyoneforoureyesandcanyouconfirmthatisontheeastsideof theriver? 00:39(Slasher03):Kirk97,Slashernegativethecoordswepassedaregoingtobeonthewestsidein ordertoexpeditewecanputdownthesparkle. 00:39(Sensor):Goingtofused.(referencetoMTSsettings) 00:39(MC):Iseethemrightthere. 00:39(Pilot):Kirk97weareeyesonthewestsideoftheriver,weareinfusedifyouwanttogoahead andthrowdownyoursparkle 00:39(Sensor):Ok,Iseeavehiclewithflashinglightson 00:39(Slasher03):Sparkleon,sparkleon,callcontact 00:40(Pilot):Kirk97contactsparkle 00:40(Slasher03):brokenunreadablesayagain 00:40(Pilot):Kirk97contactsparkle,weareeyesonavehicleflashinglightsanditlookslikeabout7 personneltotheeastofthatvehicle;howcopy 00:40(Slasher03):Brokenunreadable;pleasepassviamirc,onceyougetcontactthisfirstset,well moveovertothesecond,letusknowifyoucanPID 00:40(Pilot):Areyoustillinmircwiththem? 00:40(MC):Theyfelloutofmirc,hangon 00:41(Pilot):Kirk97iscontact,wearealsosendingviamirc</p> <p>00:41(Slasher03):Thatagain,Ihavethemultipledismountsintheopenoutsideofthevehicle,looking toseeifyoucanPID;onceyougetagoodlookatthem,welltalkyouontothenextset 00:41(Pilot):Kirk97,goodcopy,weareeyesonthefirstvehicle;observingtotryandPIDonthepaxin theopen;standbyformovementforthesecond 00:41(Slasher03):toexpeditethistalkon,howeverweonlygotabout20mikes 00:41Slasher03/Jag25 00:41(Pilot):Doeshehaveaweapon? 00:41(Sensor):Canttellyet 00:41(MC):Canttell</p> <p>CLASSIFIED</p> <p>00:42(Kirk97):Jag25/Slasher03/Kirk97weareeyesonavehicle,personnelintheopen,definitetactical movement,cannotPIDweaponsatthistime,howcopy? 00:42(Jag25):Kirk97/Jag25copies 00:42(Pilot):WhataltitudeisSlasherat? 00:42Z(Sensor):Theyshouldbebelowus 00:42(Pilot): 00:42(Sensor):Yep 00:42(Pilot):kayjustmakingsurebecausetheyreprobablygonnaclearhimonthis,Ibet;DGSisnot callinganythingforus,right? 00:42(MC):Notyet 00:43(Pilot):CanyoutellwhoeverisexpectingusdowninMarjeh,thatwearepartofatactical engagementrightnowandwecantmove. 00:43(Jag25):Kirk97/Jag25 00:43(MC):Willdo 00:42(Pilot):Jag25goforKirk97CLASSIFIED</p> <p>CLASSIFIED</p> <p>00:43(Sensor):possiblemortars(referencetowhattheJTACistryingtoPID) 00:43(Pilot):Kirk97,goodcopyonthat,beadvisedpersonnelintheopen,bythevehiclesmoving tacticallydefinitelycarryingobjectsatthistimewecannotPIDwhattheyarehoweverwevegoteyeson andweareworkingourbest 00:43(Sensor):agreewithallthat,Imnotgoingtogolowlightrightnowforthescreenerwevealready determinedthatweveuhh 00:43(Slasher):Jag25,howsyourimagerylooking? 00:43(Pilot):Washetalkntous 00:44(MC):HewastalkingtoJag 00:44(Sensor):andSlasher 00:43(Pilot):DGShaveanythingforus? 00:44(MC):Itoldthem,wejustwanttoknowaboutthesepax 00:44(Slasher03):Slasher/Jag 00:44(Pilot):justkeeplooking,maybewellseesomething 00:44(Slasher03):Okwereallsetup,uphere;standbyyourintentionsforfiremission 00:44(Jag25):Jag25,roger,groundforcecommandersintentistodestroythevehiclesandthe personnel,rightnowKirk97isshowingthattheindividualsegressedthetrucksholdingcylindrical objectsintheirhands*radiostatic* 00:44(Sensor):checktheseguysoutdownhere 00:44*Radiostatic* 00:44(Pilot):Bereadyforalotof(exploitivedeleted)squirtersdude 00:44(Pilot):Theseguyslooktobelookouts,man 00:44(Sensor):Agreed 00:45(Pilot):Allplayers;Kirk97,justtotheeastofourvehiclewehaveagroupofeightindividuals,just totheeastofthoseeightindividuals,wehavewhatlookstobe2lookouts,neartheriver,howcopy? 00:45(Slasher03):Youcameinbrokenunreadable,wecopied*radiostatic*</p> <p>00:45(Pilot):gobacktothatguydownhere 00:45(MC):Seeifyoucanzoominonthatguy,causeheskindoflike 00:45(Pilot):whatdidhejustleavethere 00:45(Pilot):Isthata*expletive*rifle? 00:45(Sensor):Maybejustawarmspotfromwherehewassitting;cantreallytellrightnow,butitdoes looklikeanobject 00:45(Pilot):Iwashopingwecouldmakearifleout,nevermind 00:45(Sensor):TheonlywayIveeverbeenabletoseearifleisiftheymovethemaround,whentheir holdingthem,withmuzzleflashesoutorslingingthemacrosstheirshoulders 00:46(Jag25):*radiostatic*fromgroundforcecommander*radiostatic* 00:46(Slasher):Thatuh,approximately15mikesremaining *Radiostatic*brokenradiochatter* 00:46(Jag25):97/Jag25 00:46(Sensor):Jag25goforkirk97(SOmakesthisradiocall) 00:47(Jag25):slasher,geteyesthere *brokenradiochatter* 00:47(Sensor):Hecalledforusbutdidntanswerback,probablycanthearus? 00:47(Jag25):Slasher03/Jag25 00:47(Slasher03):3,uh,thatlast2paxwereindividuals 00:47(Slasher03):Rememberthatiswhereyouhavekirk97tracking;ourintentionistoengagefirston theeastside,theindividualsontheeastsideoftheriverareclosertocompoundsanduhhhaveto abilitytogetaway;withKirk97trackingindividualsonthewestsidewefeelcomfortabletokeepchain ofcustody 00:48(Jag25):Doyouhaveonthewestsideoftheriveratthistime*brokenradio*toourlocationover 00:48(Pilot):Juststayonthattruckifnothingelse,Imgonnatryandgetyoucloserman 00:48(Sensor):Copy 00:48(Pilot):Therewego,thatsalittlebetterhuh?</p> <p>00:48(Slasher03):jaguar25,slasher03again,onthewestsideyouhave10paxthataredismountsthat appeartobehuddleddown,hunkereddown,holdingpositiontheyareallstaticontheeastside,you havetheoriginalvehiclewith2dismountswaitingoutside,believeyouhaduptotwotothreetofour thatarestillinsidethevehicle,thenjustnorthofthatpositionyouhavethecompoundwhereour1 individualexitedthevehicleandrendezvous,youhavemultiplemoverswithinthatcompoundaswellas ahotpickuptruck 00:49(Jag25):Jag25copiesdistanceofthatvehicleontheeastsideofthatvehicletoourmain objective 00:49(Slasher03):Thevehicleontheeastsideoftheriverisapproximately7,800meters 00:49(Jag25):roger 00:50(Slasher03):thatpickuptruckwenotedearlierenteredthecompoundisnowexitedandcurrently static,youhave6paxallmovingaroundthatpickupnow,youhave2dismounts 00:51(Sensor):gunshipbackinmirc,yet? 00:51(MC):Theyareback 00:51(Pilot):Tellhimthatwearecontacttheirsparkletheirvehicleandwegot8paxinagroupand2 lookoutsjusttotheeastofthatvehicle 00:51(MC):Alright,Illletthemknowthatweareeyesonthoseindividuals 00:51(Slasher03):Positionapproximately7,800meters 00:52(Jag25):stationbutwiththedistancetheyareawayfromourobjective*crewcommoverpowers theradio* 00:52(Slasher03):Slasher03,rogerthat 00:52(Jag25):Jag25,gettingICOMtraffic,andthemaneuveringofthesepersonnelandwebelievetheir ultimateintentistocomedowninthisareaandengagefriendliesatthispoint,thecurrentrulesof engagementdontfit*radiostatic/brokenchatter* 00:53(Slasher03):Jag,thiscompoundisjustunloadingrightnow,wehaveupto15paxmaybemore,all movinginvicinityofthehilux,thenagainjusteastofthiscompoundisouroriginalvehicleupto6pax there,thenontheothersideoftheriveronthewestsideyouhave12paxassociatedwiththeother vehicle 00:53(Slasher03):Slasher,thistimeappearsthattheirtryingtoloaduponthehiluxallthosethatexited thebuildingtheresdefinitelyalotofmovementaroundit;standbywellupdate 00:53(Jag25):roger</p> <p>00:53(Sensor):Thatsaboutthebestpictureweregetn 00:53(Pilot):Domeafavorandtakealookattheother2guysandthetruckrealquicktoo,seeif anybodyelsehasanythinginteresting. ************ENDOF0023zVIDEOSEGMENT********BEGINNINGOF0054zVIDEOSEGMENT******* 00:54(Pilot):Theyarealljusthunkereddowntherewaiting 00:54(Sensor):exceptformr.sittingduckstandingupthere 00:54(Slasher03)3justforyourSA,bestcountforbothpositionsisanywherebetween35to40PAX 00:54(MC):whatkindoftruckisthat? 00:54(Jag25):Roger,goodcopy,werereceivingicomtraffic*brokenradiochatter*fromhigher commanderdirectingeverybodytocontinuemovementtowardsthebazaarbreak*radiostatic*What werelookingatisaQRF;webelievewemayhaveahighlevelTalibancommander*radiostatic* 00:54(Pilot):thatisdefinitelynotahummerright? 00:54(Sensor):NojustaregularSUVitsgotaroofrack,kindofbulkyandboxy,maybeaToyota 00:54(Slasher03)wehaveallthosepax,lookslikethemajorityofthemhavetriedtooffloadontothe hilux.Stillhaveabout6thatwerentabletofit,maybemovingovertotheothervehicle 00:55(Pilot):wouldntsurprisemeifthiswasoneoftheirimportantguys,justwatchingfromadistance, youknowwhatImean? 00:55(Sensor):yeahesgothissecuritydetail *brokenradiochatter* 00:55(JAG):Kirk97Kirk97Jag25 00:55(Pilot):Jag25goforKirk97 00:55(JAG):Kirk97Jag25Roger,requestyoupullyoursensoroverontheeastsideoftheriveratthe targetthatSlasher03slookingatnoticingalotofpeoplegettingonabridgeandwedliketotry and*muffledduetoradiobleedover* 00:55(Pilot):copythat,wearemovingtotheeastsidetotakealook.Beadvisedonthewestsideofthe riverwestillhaveonevehiclewithtenpax,twolookouts,couldbedefinitetacticalmovementwitha commanderoverwatching,definitelysuspicioushowcopy? 00:56(Sensor):canwegetgridspossiblyfromSlasher?</p> <p>00:56(JAG):rogergoodcopy,duetodistancefromfriendlieswearetryingtoworkonjustification, weregonnaneedPID 00:56(Pilot):Goodcopyonthat,noPIDonweaponsatthistimeonlytacticalmovementsonthewest side,canyoupasscoordsfortheeastplease? 00:56(Slasher):sparkledown,sparklecomingon,sparkleon.WehaveaHiluxwestboundhave multipleperso...</p>