09 Apr '11, 5pm

Destroying booby-trapped Afghan towns to save them

Two aerial photos tell the story of this tiny village in the southern province of Kandahar . One shows a deceptively bucolic collection of mud huts amid pomegranate orchards. The second shows a field of dirt and shorn tree stumps — the same hamlet after being pulverized by 25 tons of explosives. U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Flynn, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 1-320th, called in airstrikes to level Tarok Kolache in October after spending 100 days fighting for control of the Arghandab River Valley , a fertile farming area and Taliban bastion. Seven of his men were killed and dozens wounded in orchards and towns the Taliban laced with improvised bombs. In one small area, Flynn said, his men encountered about 200 bombs — or one every 40 yards. "We were fighting in a veritable minefield," Flynn said. While the bombardment in October ended the battle for Tarok Kolache, the...

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