In the final days of the war in southern Lebanon in the summer of 2006, Israeli commanders were desperate. Nimble teams of well-trained Hezbollah insurgents had shocked the high-tech Israeli army. So far, nearly a hundred Israeli troops had died in complex ambushes requiring the kinds of careful coordination that no one had expected of a guerrilla army.
Archived posts from category ‘Jason Reich’
From our archives, Jason Reich’s interview with 10th Mountain Division Sergeant 1st Class Jason Sabatke, deployed to Wardak Province, Afghanistan last year.
Major General Ido Nehushtan officially welcomed the Israeli air force’s newest drone aircraft, the Eitan, to Squadron 210 by plastering a large Star of David decal onto its side. Speaking to the assembled crowd of Israel Aircraft Industries personnel and their families, General Nehushtan praised their “years of hard work and dedication” and for “protecting the state of Israel” from its most serious threats.
Breaking the Body-Count Addiction
by JASON REICH “Don’t rely on body counts.” That’s probably one of the most worn-out clichés of modern warfare. But body counts are a surprisingly hard habit to break, as this post from the Security Crank shows us. According to the author’s calculation, 30 is the magic number for enemy dead in a successful engagement: [...]
Offiziere.ch: In Afghanistan, Helicopters Represent NATO’s Biggest Strength, Greatest Weakness
by DAVID AXE and JASON REICH Everyone knew election day was going to be hot. In the weeks before Afghanistan’s August 20 presidential election — only the second for the country’s current government — the terror group Al Qaeda and the extremist Taliban insurgent group had vowed to ratchet up their attacks on the Afghan [...]
by DAVID AXE and JASON REICH There was a noise like a monstrous kettle boiling over, followed by a deep crunch, as the Chinese-made rocket arced through the sky and exploded on the flat, sandy ground. A couple of minutes later, two American mortar rounds punched the earth about three miles away from Combat Outpost [...]
After nearly a decade of war in Afghanistan, the United States has still not defined what it considers success. It needs to do so — and here’s how. by DAVID AXE, MALOU INNOCENT and JASON REICH After nearly a decade at war in Afghanistan, the United States still has not defined the terms of the [...]
Reich in Afghanistan: Afghan Gun Fun
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/nmkEfo1JsBk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE U.S. and French troops in Wardak, Afghanistan, use guns, mortars and grenades — first in training, then in combat. Jason Reich shot this footage in August 2009. (Video: Jason Reich)
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Lq7_OWlBaMM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE U.S. Army soldiers train Afghan National Police in techniques for searching detainees. The cops then try out their new skills in real-life missions. Jason Reich shot this footage in Wardak province, in August. (Video: Jason Reich)
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/42cAzwjNx3s" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] by DAVID AXE With roads made inaccessible by IEDs, helicopters are vital to U.S. efforts to defeat the Taliban in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Jason Reich collected this montage of chopper porn while embedded in the province in August. (Video: Jason Reich)
by JASON REICH The Taliban are an adaptive and learning enemy. Soldiers in Afghanistan had been telling me this since I arrived in August. A report from The Washington Times, revealing the Taliban tactic of using “plastic” IEDs to avoid detection, illustrates this perfectly. Over at Combat Outpost Blackhawk, where I was embedded with soldiers [...]
by JASON REICH Editor’s note: Jason Reich, a former Israeli soldier who served in the July-August 2006 Israeli war against Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon, is a journalist in Afghanistan filing reports for Israeli and U.S. media. Here, Mr. Reich takes on the role of a military analyst, offering an opinion based on his experience in [...]