Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tanks Being Sent Into Afghanistan War For The First Time

I have heard some people making references to the failed soviet action in the 1980's. That seems an unfair comparison. If the generals on the ground think it will help, I say let them have some. An Abrams tank rolling down the street is a heck of an ambush deterrent. That said, pictures of a burning or destroyed tank would be a major propaganda win for our enemies.

"The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban.

The deployment of a company of M1 Abrams tanks, which will be fielded by the Marines in the country's southwest, will allow ground forces to target insurgents from a greater distance - and with more of a lethal punch - than is possible from any other U.S. military vehicle. The 68-ton tanks are propelled by a jet engine and equipped with a 120mm main gun that can destroy a house more than a mile away.

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