As learned in Iraq, it's essential to support sniper teams with a Quick Reaction Force (QRF), usually platoon in size that, as its name implies, can immediately respond when a team is suddenly attacked by a numerically superior force. To be effective, this cannot be a contingency plan but an organized QRF that's ready to go and can reach an endangered team's location faster than it can be overrun—typically, for planning purposes, no more than 15 minutes. Ideally, the QRF is backed up by helicopter gunships.
Of equal concern, however, is not falling for the age-old tactic of a foe attacking an isolated detachment to lure a reaction force into a large ambush—which also has happened in Iraq. The best way to avoid this is to have the QRF not use the most obvious route and be preceded by a security vanguard.
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