We have talked at length about the town of Musa Qala on this blog and how this is a center of gravity for the Taliban in the South of Afghanistan. Musa Qala is of great importance to the Taliban and the story of the battle there is something I wanted to bring to everyone's attention.
I would highly recommend that you read Lieutenant-Colonel DJ Reynold's account of this battle before you watch the video.
Here is just a snippet of the good Colonel's story about what took place there.
Musa Qala, a besieged outpost deep in Taliban territory, holds a special place in the battle records of the Pathfinder platoon of 16 Air Assault Brigade – and of the Irishmen, Danes and other soldiers who braved face-to-face fighting to relieve them.
When a column at last got through to Musa Qala it found a band of dirty, skinny, heavily armed and bearded defenders. Thanks to luck and skill, none had been killed; but several men had died trying to bring help.
Yet the British public have heard almost nothing about what happened there more than a year ago, early on in the campaign in Afghanistan. Now the men are telling the story of the hidden siege.
The Pathfinders are a deep reconnaissance force drawn from the elite of the Parachute Regiment. The 24-man platoon was the first British unit to clash with the Taliban in Helmand province when they went to the aid of the Afghan police in Musa Qala in May last year. Within a month they were back in Musa Qala – and what was supposed to be a two-day mission turned into an ordeal lasting more than seven weeks.
And this should give you a sense of the intensity of the fighting...
In four weeks of fighting, the Royal Irish fired a quarter of all the 7.62mm machine gun rounds used by British troops in Afghanistan in the whole of 2006.
Be on your way now....