U.S. correspondent said the lack of training, the Taliban opened fire indiscriminately often poor marksmanship
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trainee newspaper reporter/Li Yan Bo
in the mountains of Afghanistan, often with small shares of U.S. troops encounter the outbreak of the Taliban, even if the number is absolute disadvantage, the U.S. military is also always in the “light weapons fire” to gain advantage, rarely hit by armed elements. Taliban poor marksmanship? Or quasi-military head too high? U.S. war correspondent check Firth gives exclusive insights.
shooting the lack of professional knowledge
former Marines check Firth is the “New York Times’ outstanding war correspondent, followed by long-term land in southern Afghanistan army combat team to do an interview, so master the large number of first-hand information on the battlefield. Check with those who have been Taliban ambush Firth (excluding roadside bomb attacks) Marines exchange, they found a common feature – in the fierce exchange of fire, few soldiers were casualties. After an investigation, search Firth pointed out that the Taliban is mainly due to poor marksmanship lack of formal training, and basic knowledge of shooting techniques and principles are poorly understood.
check Firth said: “I do not discuss those born sniper expert, because for most people, firing technology is not an innate skill, need someone to guide and his temper. want to improve shooting skills, not only need good eyesight, coordination, good health, but also with extraordinary patience and self-regulating. “physical quality of many poor Afghans, and there is visual impairment.
check Firth also pointed out that the battlefield in Afghanistan, talent and fighting spirit alone is not enough, if the lack of professional knowledge and good physical fitness shooting, even give him a special sight with a sniper rifle ( This regular exchange of fire 200 yards away) would not be a success.
tactics “brutal” and ill-equipped
whole body covered with individual equipment compared to the U.S. soldiers, the Taliban’s equipment is always extremely shabby, major fire a variety of brand-name of the AK series assault rifles, plus a few Russian-made PK machine gun and the century-old British “李恩菲尔德” rifle.
check Firth pointed out that the Taliban in the use of AK series assault rifles, often transferred to the automatic speed of machine, jokingly saying that “while praying while random sweep.” Many snipers understand that excellent decision to fire ammunition is the key to good and bad effects, but the source of Taliban ammunition very messy, full of old ammunition in the magazine, or even wrong type of ammunition.