The Bad Guys Step It Up
It has been fairly quiet these past few days. I have the disquieting sense that it is just the calm before the storm.
Taliban attacks have been stepping up in complexity and audaciousness. In a well planned and bold ground attack on the largest military base in the country, Bagram was hit with a ground assault at about 0500hrs 19 May that took hours to counter with a number of casualties.
At approximately 1950hrs 22 May, KAF took over ten rounds of well aimed indirect fire and a ground assault from the north, fortunately with no casualties. We could hear the crumps of the incoming rounds, the crackle of small arms fire and the heavy thumping of HMG as KAF reacted to the assault. Air assets were soon up and giving the attackers the good news, while I stood my QRF to, with SH and MK on stag all night to make sure the Neps on the wall were alert. Since then, we have upped our readiness and, without giving the game away, it is safe to say we are prepped.
The ISAF build-up continues and barely a day passes without the sound of small arms and heavy weaponry from the range, where the incoming troops are getting their eyes in and drills sorted. The second half of 2010 is going to be an interesting time in Kandahar.
12 days to the end of my rotation and leave.