Farah Province,Afghanistan 18 Nov 08

Farah Province,Afghanistan 18 Nov 08

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    Marine Makes Insurgents Pay the Price
    November 18, 2008
    Marine Corps News|by Cpl. James M. Mercure

    FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it.

    Shewan has historically been a safe haven for insurgents, who used to plan and stage attacks against Coalition Forces in the Bala Baluk district.

    The city is home to several major insurgent leaders. Reports indicate that more than 250 full time fighters reside in the city and in the surrounding villages.

    Shewan had been a thorn in the side of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan throughout the Marines’ deployment here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, because it controls an important supply route into the Bala Baluk district. Opening the route was key to continuing combat operations in the area.

    “The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,” said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. “Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our ‘humvees’ was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.”

    The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.

    “The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”

    During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

    “I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”

    After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.

    “I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”
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    These guys are freaking awesome. Glad they're on our side. Once we get more troops committed to Afghanistan the Taliban are toast.

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    To bad our politicians aren't Marines!.......maybe this war would be over by now!....Semper Fi!
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    Gave me goosebumps; outnumbered 8 to 1 and going forward through the enemy lines; "heroes" is an understatement !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    Gave me goosebumps; outnumbered 8 to 1 and going forward through the enemy lines; "heroes" is an understatement !!!
    And giving them at least 25% casualties? Just amazing!
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    That'll teach em!
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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm View Post
    To bad our politicians aren't Marines!.......maybe this war would be over by now!....Semper Fi!
    Good quote.............
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    If the politicians would just allow the military to fight, this could have been over a long time ago.
    This same story has been told...war after war!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    If the politicians would just allow the military to fight, this could have been over a long time ago.
    This same story has been told...war after war!
    +1..........Great job Marines!
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    Not good quality data, but here is the general area I think
    shewan, afghanistan - Google Maps

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    Gave me goosebumps; outnumbered 8 to 1 and going forward through the enemy lines; "heroes" is an understatement !!!
    I think the term "Marine" describes 'em plenty accurately.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BAC View Post
    I think the term "Marine" describes 'em plenty accurately.


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    Talk about spanking the enemy
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    2/7 is currently kickin some major butt over there, Afghanistan is where all the infantry wants to go next.
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