Originally Posted by 09AFTacoma
"The force had been strung out over a 10,000 yard drop zone, and it took 15 hours before it was completely assembled.
The paratroopers secured the airfield, allowing the C-17s to land and bring in the heavy armor and the 1-63rd Armor contingents"
This basicly means they jumped into an uninhabited area... it wasnt like Vietnam or WWII where they were getting shot at in the process of jumping.... Yes it was a Combat jump but I mean it sounds more like the pratice jumps they do here. (im just sayin)
They captured an airfield, it was defended not uninhabited. That was the only way to get troops into northern iraq to open up another front. Did you even click the link?
It allowed them to bring the fight to the enemy.
"...the 173rd Airborne Brigade, along with the Special Forces detachment and the Kurdish forces, engaged and destroyed the 2nd, 4th, 8th and 38th Iraqi Infantry Divisions as well as a force loyal to Ansar al-Islam