AO: SECTOR MICHIGAN
ASSETS: BRUISER 1, APOLLO 1
At approximately 1400 on April 18 the Afghan Guard attacked multiple positions along the Southern Front, destroying every major coalition installation in their path. During the assault, coalition forces were pushed back to the Rasman outskirts, with heavy armored resistance closing in around. US forces managed to create an artillery shield around the city, stopping all Afghan Guard advances.
Around 2200, TacOps received a distress call from a CIA asset that was cutoff during the initial push. Delta Team Bruiser was tasked with locating and exfiling the asset before 0200 when Afghan heavy tanks and infantry would make a rescue implausible.
At 0030, Team Bruiser touched down in the objective area and began to move towards the target building. During the initial assault, Bruiser encountered sporadic enemy fire, but managed to locate and exfil our friendly asset. During egress, the Little Bird carrying Bruiser 1 came under heavy fire from enemy armor, forcing them to take evasive action. Unfortunately, they clipped their rotor on low-hanging powerlines and crashed about 50 meters from LZ Alpha.
Bruiser 2 successfully exfiled and was ordered to return to base and proceed back into the AO via Striker vehicles. At approximately 0330, Bruiser 2 drove back into the enemy-controlled town to evacuate Team 1, now pinned down for over 30 minutes. During infil, both Strikers were disabled and destroyed from overwhelming RPG fire and shelling.
At this point, Colonel Grimes gave the order to exfil the 1.5 miles on foot to clear a new LZ for pickup. A heavy artillery barrage was requested, and all friendly elements moved out of the AO. At 0600 Apollo 1 made it to the new LZ and extracted all forces back to Camp Monsoor.
FRIENDLY CASUALTIES: 1 KIA, 8 WIA
ENEMY KIA: We have recorded 124 confirmed EKIA, with an estimated 150+
OBJECTIVE COMPLETED: We sucessfully recovered the CIA asset and his intelligence while holding back the Afghan Guard forces for 5+ hours.
The recovery of this CIA asset was critical, as the safehouse he was located in had critical information the enemy could have used against us. Not only did we complete our mission, but we held off the main force of the Afghan Guard for 6-7 hours. This stalled their initial assault and gave our forces in Rasman critical time to mount a counter attack.
We are getting intel that suggests the initial attacks by the Afghan Guard were devastating, but have not been a total success. In the West, the Afghan Liberation Group managed to stall the Guard’s 1st Tank Corps in a local mountain pass. These stalls have left them open for attack.