Apr 19, 2017
Restrictive rules of engagement have been implemented in Afghanistan which are costing American lives. Air Force Capt. Joni Marquez and her crew an AC-130 gunship in air support of troops with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment who were being fired on by eight heavily armed Taliban insurgents. Six were killed but two were escaping when Capt. Marquez radioed for permission to engage with two. Permission was denied because new rules of engagement prohibited firing until fired upon. The two escaped to a nearby compound and rallied more fighters who were successful in downing an incoming CH-46 transport helo with 36 fighters on board including 15 Navy Seals from Seal Team six (but not those involved in the raid claimed to kill Osama bin Laden). Marquez believes that had her team been allowed to fire, those deaths could have been prevented. Higher military officials suppressed her report.