The sky fell dark with a glint of red sunset as the warm evening faded away, only the sound of bird calls and rustling could be heard as a group of ranked commandos crawled through the clearing into a vast field viewing a small village in the distance.
The Village of Del Rawad on the outer skirts of Afghanistan once a quiet suburban farmers land which now inhabited a small terrorist cell working to bring down the democracy by any means necessary.
The mission was simple an extraction of a captured comrade whose name was to kept secret to prevent any confliction during the mission and elimination of the enemy position, "these orders are very clear" spoke SAS_Spidey who was at this moment confirming the orders passed down from the CO SAS_Random who was stationed on the SS Nimitz currently in the regions of the east coast of Burmuda. The evening grew darker still as they rested from a 4 click hike and just as silence was broken by the falling of rain through the trees covering the attacking forces position, 6 men sat in a culvert below a large pine tree which provided cover from the village to the north. A man looked up listening to a conversation, that of SAS_Spidey and an unknown source where having through the communication rig attached to the back of our communication expert and fully qualified Medic. The man turned looked over and cracked a joke with the man next to him (who was rebuilding a custom made MP5) his expression did not change he to was overhearing the conversation that Lead was having over the rig (whether this was the reason he did not smile or maybe because he did not smile!If he had it would have to have reason) the night ended as they hussled down for rest with an echoing stillness only the rain could be heard, the comrades knew in only hours they would be attacking the village in the cover of darkness; Stealth was the key.
Equipment had been checked, checked again and then checked again before departure the standard equip differed from man to man by the armoury he decided to take standard SAS recruiting Flak Jackets and camoflauge applied along with Night Vision Goggles. As a man woke from his slumber (many back home warned to fear this man and his Rank close to that of the Lead Officer) but still his expression and body language seeming friendlier not to say than of the man sitting next to him whose expression had not differed from the night before when a crude joke had to been told him! Timbo acknowledged the Ranking Officer as he continued to check his equipment the upteenth time the Squadron Sargeant knew he was one of the most efficient men on the journey he seemed weary of war if somewhat aching to make a difference many would call him "The last man standing". The party took off silently through the northern field armed to the teeth and all ready for what was about to come, if all went to plan then no alarms should be raised early on but to get in get the prize and get out. They continued north and with lights flickering in the distance.... suddenly a noise could be heard a hand hit the air 6 bodies dropped in the tall grass Big crawled upto the man who has just raised his hand (this was no time for jokes they had not expecting company this early on in the mission) "lake" (whispers) "lake what do you see" as Big reached the coverman he taps once on his helmet puts 3 fingers up and aim his Tactical G36 to a near twelve oclock position! "3 tangos and a unit guv at legs eleven" Lead responded immediately he was to eliminate this situation as quickly as possible he knew that time was of the essence no delay could occur that would leave other soldiers in jepardy! Simply he confirmed order "Medic take 9" "Big 6" "Lake take the 3rd" eyes open as both fingers he pointed to his team mates Timbo and Rasa.
Timbo moved round to the left as Rasa flanked right if all went to plan they could eliminate the tangos present without having to involve the M32 Assault truck with a prodruding Light Machine Gun. Spidey crawled forward towards the twelve oclock position (obviously to the north lies the village there was bound to be guards but radio comms confirmed no photographic images could show any exterior threats from the village itself, meaning only thing.... they knew they where coming). Timbo crouched forward carrying a silenced MP5 Standard issue but customised with a light weight AGOG Scope with accompanying Diamond Crest Laser, Rasa took position with a slightly more powerful .45 with a custom made stock beam sight and of course a high maintenance silencer. Timbo and rasa using the cover of trees and darkness while lead moved into position, Radio Comms where advanced enough to be used in this mission and with the sound of light murmouring nearby Timbo took a deep breath....a command was given and a three burst round ripped from the M16 carried by SAS_Spidey the farmost tango took all three to the chest and dropped like a stone! The element of surprise had worked the 2 guards remaining stood transfixed as their conrade hit the deck at that moment the flankers closed in and paintball like sounds could be heard at 12 oclock followed by two more thuds and silence.....lead lay in the grass motionless until two flashlights flickered and he smiled to himself a smile of relief.... the job was done and it was time to move on.
They reached the village outskirts at approx 3.42am there was no sign of the sun rise but certainly movement and lights from the village, the group had not met any further resistance upto this point and believed the tag to have been a missed by the recon sqaud as all six did not want to believe a trap could be waiting for them. They took cover on the edge of a surrounding hill that had a lip covering the village from a slightly raised position, binoculars where being used to scoure the area and line up their position to the recon shots carefully plotted during the Pre-Op. They knew that the Objective was being held at 1 oclock but this was not their worry yet they had a barracks maintaining upto 20 troops to the left of their 12 and also 2 armoured units and an officiers mess to the right (Clearly the village showed the signs of once being a quiet workers homeplace but now had been overun and desolated by the forces residing it now). " Stay as an Element you know your positions and you know what we have to do, Assualt take the Barracks and the dems move to do what you do best with the units; element of surprise gentlemen if they are expecting us we make sure they wish they hadn't" spoke SAS_Spidey " the time is 4.07am we have 8 minutes so move and good luck". Not 1 man needed telling twice they flanked off to the left and right with Lead covering the six no hesitation came as Assaulting team of 3 moved into position towards wire fencing and the demos moved right to take on the right side tower!
Assault using a small hydogen canister removed the brittle hold in the fence allowing them access they crawled through the clearing and could hear talking shouting and what sounded like commands being given inside the Barracks dead ahead they kept within cover and the 3 men moved forward in order to place C4 charges on the 3 sides of the building.
Timbo and Rasa waited at the bottom of the tower that cleared the village and surrounding areas allowing a complete elevated position for 2 guards to reside, as Timbo checked his Tacho Watch it clicked over to 4.13am and a sudden movement happened from the right of Timbo the exact area Rasa was covering as if he knew somebody should be arriving before a figure emerged a gun of inept proportion led him a Barrett .50 Rifle and as the man who was covered by a guilli suit and cam kit, " Greetings Sniper glad you made it mate " whispered Rasa as they both greeted him Timbo raised his finger as talking could be heard from the Tower above. Sniper turned to Timbo and a straight nod confirmed that Bravo Team of 6 fellow team mates where in position and where to await the go.
Fingers 5..4..3..2..1 it happened in an instant as Rasa raised his head adrenaline strapped his limbs and he couldnt move an explosion ripped the sky ONE TWO THREE tremors and screams and shouts hit the scene and it took a few more seconds to echo in his ears as Timbo pushed him towards the rear of the officers mess...Sniper was already climbing the Ladder upto the tower above a strap tied round the ladder allowing him to hold two 9mm handguns and the rifle on his back as he proceded upwards to the two panic ridden suspects unaware of him closing on their position!
Rasa caught his breath and fell back against the wall he caught Timbo's eye for second and noticed there was nothing in them they where empty and focused on the task at hand he was not affected by the happenings around him and this gave Rasa the instant courage he needed they moved alongside the mess ignored the shouting within until they stopped at the corner leading to the centre of the village an alley stood here with an identical corner in front of them Rasa Covering Pointman Timbo and they stopped dead and looked up in mirrored position on the other side of the alley there knelt Duke armed with a buckshot combat shotgun and standing covering his position looking stern and ready was Bravo teams Captain and second in command know as Rouge. Random gunfire shouting and screams could be heard and sounds of fire crackling as the barracks blaze took to the skies, the four man element moved down the alleyway towards the side entrance to the Officers mess with Duke at point who was more than ready for the sidedoor to burst open moments before the reached it Duke hand raised (The Element Froze) noone had yet moved from behind the door.... then an object riqoueted of the wall to the mess door a grenade fell inches away from the element and shock took hold.....
Sniper reached the top of the tower entrance and recon the scene two officers clearly panick ridden aimed aimless shots below from their AK47 Rifles they where wielding it was over very quickly as Sniper pulled himself clear of the trap door that was layed opened "Phut Phut" and both marksman fell. He moved into position it took a good minute to set up the vastly modernised bolt action sniper rifle, he moved into position and took aim below he could see at 3 oclock down below the Alpha and Bravo 2 man elements joining to Assault the Mess and saw flashes farside by the hanger where the prize was supposedly being held (took to the scope and examined the scene) Scout and JB of the Bravo Assault where pinned down by a tango on the roof of the hanger in an elevated position... It was all over in a recoiled second as the Rifle flaired back at Sniper and the sounds of a Shell exploding took off and pierced an artery in the neck of suspect who fell from the hanger roof. Sniper took aim once again but hearing a shout from the 4 main element in the alleyway looked down to see a suspect standing in front of an open door blocking the view to his team mates once again taking aim he could not help to delay long enough for the frag to leave his hand and bounce off the nearside wall he peeled back his finger sending a second explosion into the chest of the Colonel Ranked Officer who dropped to his knees he looked above his scope and watched helplessly as the element tried to retreat.......
The Alpha Assault Team where waiting in the nearside clearing the time was 4.13am and in two minutes the trigger Lake was holding would hit the floor its job done and the battle would commence nods from the 3 confirmed their readiness and friendship as they where confident to fight together and if needby die together they where not in view of their team mates but where the beginning of the end and without hesistation the tacho read 4.15am. The trigger compressed for a moment nothing then a shockwave could be felt before the 10 pounds of C4 ripped through the side of the Barracks sending debrie flying left and right and smoke plummeted into the air gunshots could be heard as Bravo Assault moved in close by to the left of them, straight ahead the tower and slightly to the left the officers mess, Big took lead with Lake just behind and Medic providing support they breached the hole to the right side of the Barracks! With a flash grenade flying through the opening Big could feel the light through his closed eyes and opened them to focus he put down cover fire immediately eliminating the 2 suspects still alive within and Lake burst fired a fallen suspects to the right who was firing randomly into the air blinded by the flash (standard entry protocol applied as they breached the room and cleared the toilets and locker room then taking cover at the windows looking out towards the mess at the front of the Barracks) Lake and Big hit the deck as a loud bang from above whistled past the window followed by an even closer one and a scream came from the building dead ahead of them. Lake crawled to the left and Big rised to the window while Medic covered the rear and they saw a tango fall to his knees before a blinding explosion blew the open door shut and what looked like a familiar body was hoisted into the air from the explosion and hit the floor motionless..........
Alpha lead took position shortly after the detonation and continued past the barracks from behind as the 3 man assault entered the opening to the barracks, as he moved slowly passed the side buildings and towards the rear of the hangar he saw Bravo Assault move round the left side of the 1st hanger to take aim at the covering guards on the hanger roof. Spidey knelt down by the out building next to the barracks unaware of the bloodshead, noise and commotion around him, as he began to remove the M16 now attached to his back he heard a movement to his left and before he could turn a gun edged to the left side of his head he dared look round to see who stood next to him and what he believed sounded like a 6 shooter barrel was cocked he raised his arms and remained motionless knelt on the floor as dead ahead of him JB and Scout unleashed hell!! A sniper bullet ripped through the sky and an explosion followed by silence he closed his eyes and waited............................................................
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault] (1844-1924)