Watch As A Marine 50 Cal Gunner Engages Taliban Positions During Ambush In The Sangin Valley
This was filmed in the Sangin Valley during Feb/March of 2011 by Marine Reservists out of Texas supporting 2nd Recon and 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. They Had only been in country for only a few weeks at the time of filming.
Sangin is a town in Helmand province of Afghanistan, with population of approximately 14,000 people. It is located on 32°4′24″N 64°50′2″E in the valley of the Helmand River at 888 m altitude, 95 km to the north-east of Lashkargah.
Sangin is notorious as one of the central locations of the opium trade in the south of the country, and is also a town that has traditionally supported the Taliban.It was described by British newspaper The Guardian as “the deadliest area in Afghanistan”.
The Battle for Sangin was an extended campaign during the War in Afghanistan. Third Battalion Seventh Marine Regiment initiated clearing operations. Third Battalion Fifth Marine Regiment continued and is credited with completing the clearing phase.
Sangin is considered the bloodiest battleground of Afghanistan by both US and British alike. With both nations suffering the loss of over 100 killed in action, and several hundred moderate to severe casualties.
The volatile campaign in the Sangin Valley has been extensively covered in the media by Wall Street Journal, Time, USA Today, and other publications.