The insurgent brief was as follows :- You've been informed that the westerners are going to search your compound for drugs and weapons, so you've moved everything out in advance, and decided to give them a little surprise... Your aim is to kill, wound or capture the westerners. Your men are hidden in ambush around the area, and ratlines enable them to move between positions without being spotted. Some other local groups have also promised to assist, including a mortar team. You, of course, are 'supervising' from a nearby hill (bottom right corner in the first photo); be aware that the westerners are likely to be monitoring your communications.
The UNSAF brief was simple :- Your platoon is to raid the compound of a suspected local drug lord, and confiscate any drugs or guns you find there. You are not expected to encounter anything but token resistance; the main suspect has shown pro-western sympathies in the past, but must be taught that poppy cultivation is not acceptable in the modern Malikastan. There are also believed to be civilians in the village, so be on your best behaviour. (UNSAF to enter from the top of the photo, and advance to the compound).
Here is one side's version of the events that followed...
|The valley from the south|
|Ubadul's compound, with flag flying...|
|The Australian advances (blue) and the Insurgent responses (Black)|
|UNSAF mortars destroy the village. (Note Ubadul's Golden Holden)|
|An insurgent sniper team is spotted, and comes under punitive fire.|
|Udadul watches helplessly as the Australians head into his compound. All defensive fire is met with withering overwatch|
Then he cursed - he had a whole herd of goats to eat this evening.
|Ubadul's goats... :~(|