By Michael Golembesky
The sequel to New York Times bestseller Level 0 Heroes
Level 0 Heroes, Michael Golembesky's bestselling account of Marine particular Operations staff 8222 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, was once only the start for those now battle-hardened detailed operations warriors.
The unforgiving Afghan iciness has settled upon the 22 males of Marine specified Operations crew 8222, callsign Dagger 22, within the distant and adversarial river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban combatants within the area might have beloved not anything greater than to once more cross dormant and leisure until eventually the recent spring scuffling with season begun. No probability of that―this iciness will be different.
Along with Afghan and foreign defense Forces (NATO), the Marines of Dagger 22 persisted their struggle through the harsh iciness to form the battlefield ahead of the Afghan flooring started to thaw. From one firefight to the subsequent, the noose started to tighten round the village of Daneh Pasab and the Taliban command mobile working there. On April 6, 2010, a floor strength such as U.S. military detailed Forces, Afghan Commandos and Marine Corps designated operations performed an evening attack to break the seriously entrenched Taliban strength, breaking their grip at the valley and preventing the spring offensive earlier than it even began.
But not anything in Bala Murghab comes simply as wrestle operations put on at the operators of Dagger 22 as they lean on one another once more with the intention to entire their project in a single of the main brutal environments on earth.
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Extra resources for Dagger 22: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan
Until then, everything is going “good” here. Billy racked the charging handle back on his MK48 light machine gun, tilting it to the side as he applied a generous amount of lubricant to the inner metal workings. Pulling the trigger and releasing the handle, the bolt slammed forward, making a loud click sound. 62mm cartridges into magazines for his M39 enhanced marksman rifle (EMR), a precision weapon that comes in handy when fighting against an elusive enemy. 50 caliber special application scoped rifle (SASR), would be staying home for this mission; it was not the most user-friendly weapon to carry on a foot patrol at around thirty pounds, not including ammunition.
The cold weather was settling in, now not only freezing our tents at night but lasting long into the day until the soft muddy ground in our compound area froze rock-hard. The team was lucky enough to have our own mobile generator to provide us heat and electricity. Sometimes it would run out of fuel in the middle of the night and send the temperature inside our tent well below freezing in a matter of minutes, pushing guys deeper into their cold-weather sleeping bags to stave off the shivers. Many nights it was a blessing to have radio watch inside the team’s tactical operations center (TOC), which was two converted shipping containers that had a little bit of insulation in the walls to help trap some of the heat.
We knew what channels the Afghan police and army were using, but we were more interested in the ones being used by others. The pathway winded narrowly as our patrol neared Khasadar, the village on the southern edge of the Bazaar, tucked up against the river. There were a handful of villagers on the path, heading in the opposite direction on their way to the Bazaar.