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    Default What Do You Call 250 Taliban vs 1 Platoon of US Marines?

    You call the Taliban "Outnumbered":

    http://www.militarytimes.com/news/20...Kills_122108w/

    The platoon was in a remote area of southwestern Afghanistan when it happened — the kind of massive ambush and firefight that is the stuff of Marine legend.

    Patrolling the town of Shewan in Farah province, the troops from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, were attacked by a small group of insurgents that eventually swelled to more than 250 fighters. They had enough rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun ammunition to wage an eight-hour battle against a well-trained, well-equipped Marine force.

    And in the end, the results were devastating — for the insurgents.

    More than 50 enemy fighters were killed in the battle, and several more wounded, Marine officials said. A single Marine corporal, serving as the unit’s designated marksman, killed 20 insurgents by himself, using only 20 shots to do it.

    The estimated 30 Marines involved, on the other hand, rolled away relatively unscathed. No Marines were killed and only one was wounded in the battle, the platoon commander said.

    “We didn’t win the fight because of our superior firepower,” he said, speaking through e-mail on condition of anonymity. “We were severely outnumbered and outgunned. From [the] first counter-ambush assault, we gained the momentum and maintained it until the enemy finally fled from the battlefield eight hours later.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    You call the Taliban "Outnumbered":

    http://www.militarytimes.com/news/20...Kills_122108w/






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    fucking bad asses.

    of course...the horrific suspicious cynic in me can't help but wonder if this incident actually happened or if the story was simply created to give us folks back at home something to cheer about going into the holiday. I hope not. Our marines are fucking monsters and they don't need stories to be made up about them. I love Marines.

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    They adapted, they overcame and they improvised.

    Way to go US Marines!!!
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    Cool story. I'm not nor ever was a Marine, but I have to give those men a big "OOH RAH!!!"
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    Frustratingly thats how it goes in Afghanistan, the Taliban know that if coalition forces lose ONE guy then thats a success for them. They will sacrifice as many guys as it takes to achieve that goal.

    Nice to hear a story where they didnt manage that. I met a few US Marines while I was in the Royal Marine Commandos. They were over doing the Sniping Course at Lympstone. They were good guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    You call the Taliban "Outnumbered":

    http://www.militarytimes.com/news/20...Kills_122108w/





    Not to burst anyone's bubble but I received an e-mail on this 6 months ago. The only diferrence was that it wasn't the Marines, it was the Canadian Army that went thru the same exact scenario.

    BTW - How did you arrive at your title. it says there was at least 30 marines not 1.
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    Well, it does say a platoon of Marines.
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    Well, it does say a platoon of Marines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabomiro View Post
    Not to burst anyone's bubble but I received an e-mail on this 6 months ago. The only diferrence was that it wasn't the Marines, it was the Canadian Army that went thru the same exact scenario.

    BTW - How did you arrive at your title. it says there was at least 30 marines not 1.
    To be fair this is a scenario that is being replicated across the whole of Afghanistan against all coalition forces. When you have young taliban fighters sent in waves against well trained disciplined forces the outcome is often going to be as such.

    Still, its a dirty thankless task.
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    I hear situation on the ground over there ain't good. This incident (if indeed it really happened) doesn't change the situation as a whole. And I also heard that ppl currently serving call Afghanistan worse than Iraq and Somalia combined, the mother of all hell holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabomiro View Post
    Not to burst anyone's bubble but I received an e-mail on this 6 months ago. The only diferrence was that it wasn't the Marines, it was the Canadian Army that went thru the same exact scenario.

    BTW - How did you arrive at your title. it says there was at least 30 marines not 1.
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    http://www.militarytimes.com/

    It probably happened to the Canadians too because the Taliban's main tactic is to ambush small units of NATO soldiers in hopes that they can over-run them.

    Other examples:

    April 6, 2008:

    http://news.soc.mil/releases/News%20...081216-01.html

    On April 6, a daring raid into the stronghold by Afghan Commandos and their Special Forces counterparts tested the mettle of the Afghan forces and further forged the bond between them and their SF brothers.

    On Dec. 12, Lt. Gen. John F. Mullholland, commander of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, pinned Silver Stars on the chests of 10 of the men involved in the raid and the ensuing six-and-a half-hour-firefight that saw more than 150 insurgents killed.
    Here's some video from that raid:



    Better video:



    There were 10 Silver Stars awarded for the Shok Valley raid.

    Here's some past ambush stories:

    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/news....aspx?id=48040

    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/news....aspx?id=48123

    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/news....aspx?id=47539

    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/news....aspx?id=47405

    You get the picture. Large group of Taliban attacks small group of NATO forces. Large Taliban group becomes small Taliban group.
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    "What Do You Call 250 Taliban vs 1 Platoon of US Marines?"

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