This photo surprised me because in two decades of covering the U.S. military, I don’t think I ever saw U.S. forces with them. The first time I saw one used in combat was, I think, one al Qaeda had in Afghanistan, on top of the ridge overlooking the Shahikot/Anaconda battlefield.
Photo credit: ALEJANDRO PENA/U.S. Air Force
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.