It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Royal Marines have carried out one of the most daring rescue missions ever staged to retrieve the body of a fallen comrade in Afghanistan.
It followed a ferocious battle in which 200 British troops backed by artillery, helicopters and aircraft raided a fort believed to be a major headquarters for Taliban militants.
Officials say that as the troops advanced they were engaged from several insurgent positions.
On retreat they discovered one Marine was missing and four men volunteered to go on a daring rescue mission.
Apache attack helicopters were used to mount the raid.
They have no room for passengers inside, so incredibly the Marines clung to the hand and footholds the crew use to climb in and out of the aircraft.
They then flew into the battle zone to locate Lance corporal Mathew Ford, the pilots also leaving the helicopters to give covering fire.
Originally posted by SE7EN
They strapped them selves to the wings of the helicopter but I dont see how marines can do this are they trained to do it? or would it have been sas along side them aswell my cus is in the raf and is over there now guess when he gets back I'll ask him do have to say those men have b++++ of steel to do that.
[edit on 01/01/2007 by SE7EN]
posted by SenHeathen
I didnt know the UK used Apache. Cool.
posted by SE7EN
They strapped them selves to the wings of the helicopter but I dont see how marines can do this are they trained to do it? or would it have been sas along side them aswell my cus is in the raf and is over there now guess when he gets back I'll ask him do have to say those men have b++++ of steel to do that
posted by bodrul
with all the bad news thats coming out of Iraq and afgan
nice to see some courage out there
posted by asala
I hope all of these men get an award of some kind as what they did was so brave,
Originally posted by Astronomer70
I fanally got a copy of the picture I wanted to share with you all.
"http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o84/Astronomer70/militaryflyinginAfganistan.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting">
Hope I did that right.
Anyway, look at the pic and then look again closely to realize just what you are seeing. The pilot was a National Guardsman from Pennsylvania.
I don't think that came out right yet. Someone, anyone who knows how to fix it let me know.
Just look at the terrain our boys are trying to patrol if you had any illusions that things were easy over there.
[edit on 22-1-2007 by Astronomer70]