U.S. Gunship Stopped from Providing Support to U.S. Special Under Taliban Attack

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(The Daily Caller) – An AC-130 gunship was allegedly prevented from providing air support to a group of U.S. special forces under heavy fire from the Taliban due to fears that it could cause collateral damage, according to a report from SOFRep.com and a congressman’s recent inquiry to the Department of Defense.

The soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 19th Special Forces Group came under heavy fire from Taliban forces as they accompanied Afghan Forces on a mission in the town of Marjah in Helmand province as part of Operation Resolute Support Jan. 5.

The soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 19th Special Forces Group came under heavy fire from Taliban forces as they accompanied Afghan Forces on a mission in the town of Marjah in Helmand province as part of Operation Resolute Support Jan. 5.

According to one report, close air support for the 12-hour firefight that ensued was delayed and limited despite the availability of the gunship operating in the area, according to Jack Murphy, writing for SOFRep.com.

“Eventually, the command allowed AC-130 to fire a whopping two 40mm rounds into an open field,” wrote Murphy, a former special forces soldier, “a weak show of force to the Taliban.”

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