From Kabul...Thought I Was Going Hot This Morning
I'm a DoD civilian working in Kabul as a mentor to an Afghan Ministry as well as the ANA and MoI. For those of you who know Kabul, myself and my Canadian Warrant Officer were standing in front of ISAF HQ with our 2 linguists nearby, waiting for 2 more associates arrive.
We're scanning and I see this big, well dressed guy Afghan just stop in the middle of the street, maybe 15-20M in front of me. He's just standing there looking around for probably 4-6 seconds, then shouts over in the general direction of us and the inattentive guards and asks "Where is the US Embassy?" I don't think anybody said anything yet, and this guy flies open his overcoat, I mean fast. I brought my M4 from low ready and was tracking up his body. I'm watching his hands the whole time and it takes me a few 10ths of a second to realize the large white square that just appeared is him holding a document that he produced from under his coat, square in front of his chest. To say this was a furtive movement couldn't be understimated. I ended up keeping my hold at about his knees as someone points the direction to the Embassy and he turned and moved off.
This was the first time I ever thought that I was going to light somebody up. I'm just glad I had the proper reaction as the guards were not paying attention and my Warrant was scanning right when it happened. My 1 linguist saw it, and afterward was just smiling and shaking his head. He said, "you were about to get that guy, weren't you?" I just shook my head and smiled.
Nothing for you combat vets, but thought I'd share this from a civilian experience.
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