Operation Anaconda Operation Anaconda took place as a part of the War in Afghanistan in early

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Operation Anaconda Operation Anaconda took place as a part of the War in Afghanistan in early March of 2002. It happened in the Shahikot valley of eastern Afghanistan. The purpose of the operation was to take out enemy Taliban and al Qaeda forces that were gathered in the area. U.S. forces built a complex plan to achieve this end state. They planned to use a “hammer and anvil” attack that used U.S. forces as well as friendly Afghani armed forces to quickly kill or capture the enemy. Intel told commanders that the enemy was likely to retreat as they have in the past when driven back by fierce opposition. They estimated would be a three day battle. While the end state of this battle was a United States victory, it wasn’t achieved by the…show more content…
Because of this Intel, the U.S felt like the enemy would try and flee the valley or surrender after a short fight with American forces. We now know that this intelligence estimate was grossly wrong. The actual enemy numbers were 700- 1000 and were much better equipped for battle possessing heavy machine guns RPGs mortars and some artillery. Also we now know that most of the enemy were not living in the villages as thought before, in fact, most were already in prepared fighting positions in the mountains. The enemy had no intention of surrendering or retreating. Operation Anaconda had many friendly players involved including General Franks of CENTCOM, Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) led by LTG Mikolashek, Coalition Forces Air Component Command (CFACC) led by Lt. Gen Moseley and Task Force Dagger of the Army’s Fifth Special Operations Group which provided SOF teams that worked with friendly Afghan soldiers under COL Mulholland. Friendly Afghan fighters who called themselves Eastern Alliance under the command of a local named Zia Lodin were also among the fighting force against the Taliban/al Qaeda. Being that this was such a big friendly force, Generals Franks and Mikolashek determined that a U.S. Tactical commander needed to be named. They turned to MG Hagenbeck, commander of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. In an effort to

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