There is a solitary outpost in Afghanistan known as "The Rock", short for Observation Point Rock (OP Rock). It's situated southeast of Patrol Base Hassan Abad. Sixty-five feet above the surrounding landscape it sits lonely and exposed on top of the ruins of an ancient medieval fort, made of mud and long since caved in. Arrow slits and turrets testify this piece of forbidding landscape has always been witness to battle, and the locals claim it dates back to the times of Alexander the Great (330 BC).
Just south is another similar structure, part of a line of forts built in ancient times. The temperatures regularly tops 100F.
In 2008, it was captured from the Taliban and turned over to NATO. In June 2009, Marines assigned there to keep watch soon found that those who met their deaths through the years did not lie quietly in their graves.
During the 1980s Russian soldiers had killed the Mujahideen who were hiding out in the Rock. When the Taliban recaptured it they executed the Russians by ritualistically beheading them. Another rumor was that several Taliban had been entombed alive in a series of caves underneath the outcropping. In only a few decades it had served as a tomb for different men killed in horrific circumstances.
Digging trenches inevitably lead to the unearthing of human bones, and at some point desiccated remains and entire skeletons would surface. One that was found still wore glasses. The marines reburied them, at a loss of what else to do with them. They found 3 graves lined up for men who met their end on the same day. However other discoveries predated recent battles such as ancient pottery shards.
Those guarding the outpost would hear noises such as objects moving, strange lights and screams coming from the desert. Other phenomena was the sound of footsteps approaching on gravel, malfunctioning electronics and movement seen far off on the perimeter and no person was ever found. Those on guard duty complained of feelings of being watched.
The haunting affected not only the American, but the British soldiers who occupied it beforehand. The Welsh unit had their own encounters with the strange and even warned the Marines taking over the post. They described shadows figures moving in the desert that were sometimes seen on night vision goggles. The most grave warning involved not touching or taking any of the relics because it carried a curse of bad luck. The creepiest hours were between midnight and 4 AM.
Sgt. John Brown commented, "The local people say this is a cursed place. You will definitely see weird-ass lights up here at night."
Corporal Jacob Lima described where one night he woke up to the sound of screaming. The yells came from Corporal Zolik. "When I got there he said that he was sitting there when he heard an angry voice whisper something in his ear. He said it sounded like Russian. He thought it said, 'Brozay oruziye'.' He begged me to stay in there with him till he was relieved from guard duty. After that he really didn't like standing post up there."
He described where other times they heard footsteps pacing back and forth on the observation post above them. Another time when scanning the horizon with thermal imaging he saw another solider with "balled fists" standing in the desert. Only when the figure disappeared did he realize it was not a live person.
A dog that lived at the outpost named Ugly Betty would bark in the middle of night looking towards the desert, other times she would growl in certain areas behind the razor wire perimeter where the Marines lived. The sentries would hear approaching footsteps and an occasional icy breath, leading them to believe that something unseen was there with them.
Eventually all the Marines there had a brush with the supernatural. One of them requested a transfer away from OP Rock. After they finished their assignment, three were killed and one was badly scarred by an IED. Only three of the original group stationed there lived to tell the tale.
The outpost is located in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. It is mostly a tribal and rural society, with the native ethnic Pashtuns being the majority. Most of the population practices Sunni Islam.
Source - TimesOnline
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