This case study is of a good friend of mine (written with his consent) who sustained a through-and-through gunshot wound from an AK47 round from a range of approximately 200m. The operator who was shot was a DEA FAST agent, and my element and his were on a combined counter-narcotic job in Southern Afghanistan at the time. To set the scene, we had two targets to hit that day, the first of which was a raw opium deal in a Taliban-held village, and the second being the clearance of a known Taliban weapons and drugs cache.

We had planned a daytime raid for the first job as to catch the opium trade at the time that intelligence suggested it was taking place. The intel was good, and we were met with minimal resistance as we inserted on target, with the following photos showing some the haul of wet opium and IED components, including a bunch of low metal signature anti-personnel mines.

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