Operation Bulldog Bite
|Operation Bulldog Bite|
|Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Maj. Gen. John Campbelll and COL Joseph Ryan||Unknown|
1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division|
6th Squadron, 6th U.S. Cavalry Regiment
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
United States Air Force Pararescue
Alaska Air National Guard's 212th Rescue Squadron
Afghan National Army
|Casualties and losses|
7 killed, 30+ wounded
Operation Bulldog Bite was a joint U.S. and Afghan counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan, against Taliban forces, in November 2010. The operation targeted Taliban havens in the villages of the watahpur Valley, which lies in the eastern region of the Pech River Valley. The region has served as a transit area for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters infiltrating from Pakistan, and is just five miles from the Korengal Valley, an area where US forces shut down combat outposts last winter. In 2009, US commanders claimed that the Korengal was strategically insignificant due to its remote location, but since that time, the Taliban and al Qaeda have used the region to launch attacks into neighboring Afghan provinces.
The operation involved several nighttime air assaults against remote mountain villages in the aim of penetrating deep into the Pech River Valley. The 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division along with 1st Battalion and 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment are taking part in the operation. The first US soldier was killed during combat on 12 Nov. Two days later, US troops encountered heavy resistance, when five soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division were killed during a six-hour-long firefight in the watahpur area. Only eight soldiers of the platoon involved in the six-hour battle were not wounded. They were divided up among other platoons. U.S. Air Force Pararescue jumpers conducted operations to rescue the wounded and to collect those who were KIA. Helicopters deployed from the 33rd Rescue Squadron were hovering above the wounded and taking heavy enemy fire. Throughout the battle OH-58D Kiowa Warriors provided “Danger Close” CAS support and Apache helicopters came in to assist in the battle firing four AGM-114 Hellfire missiles on nearby insurgents in a tag-team of lethal force. When the Apaches ran out of ammunition, an F-18 came in with a 2,000-pound bomb.
By 25 November, 52-150 insurgents were reported to have been killed and several large weapons caches were discovered by Coalition troops. The weapons caches contained several mortar systems with rounds, 15 recoilless rifle rounds, more than a dozen rocket-propelled grenades, 20 anti-aircraft rounds, four fragmentary grenades, 400 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 1,200 PKM rounds and improvised explosive components. Also, six members of the 101st, one Army Ranger and three soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) had been killed.
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