Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Mark on a Rout Recce

Route Recce is a Route Reconnaissance, where we make sure the route is clear and/or try to draw the muj out so we can clear it. Most route recces are uneventful.

“Can they tell somehow if there are IEDs around?"

That's what a route recce is for. Actually, there are lots of tell-tale signs, but if the bad guys have enough time they can usually conceal them. The roads here are so bad
that it's really hard to notice a disturbance or a patch of turned dirt. As the Capt in charge of the Headquarters and Services (H&S) Company said "you're just damned lucky if you find an IED before one finds you." But comparative imagery does help.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the guards in the towers play a part in trying to deter the muj from placing IEDs?
Has anyone tried crossing into the base?

July 26, 2006 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a suicide attack on the gate in May, but I think the intent was to target the Iraqi workers who enter the base there, rather than to actually gain entrance to the base.

July 30, 2006 1:17 AM  

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