I'm sure, like me, most of you have been reading and watching all you can on the deadly battle near Kamdeysh in Nuristan province, A'stan.
As Uncle J pointed out, it appears very similar to that which occurred near Wanat. There's no question the Taliban is doing a better job of planning, massing and executing its attacks. That's not to say they're being terribly more successful, but they are mounting more large operations of that nature it seems.
I'm not going to get into the politics or strategy of the fight. We'll sort all of that out later. But I do mourn the loss of 8 of our soldiers in that attack. It was apparently fierce and our guys fought back like lions.
Sometimes what crosses your mind when you read about a fight like this is to wonder how the morale of our troops is in such a remote area, living in truly spartan conditions in some of the worlds most hostile territory.
Then I read this paragraph in Karen Russo's dispatch from the scene:
When the chopper lifted off moments later with three wounded soldiers, it left behind others who were wounded but refused to be MEDEVACED out of the combat zone so they could return to fight with their buddies.
Question answered. If that doesn't make you proud of our warriors, I'm not sure what will. My guess is if it had been possible, the 3 loaded into the Medevac would have stayed as well.
It is reported that with no blood available on the FOB, soldiers gave blood during the battle which was then immediately transfused into the wounded enabling them to continue the fight. Remarkable, but certainly in keeping with the warrior spirit this unit obviously embodied.
Enemy losses were characterized as heavy. The Taliban continues to discover that unlike the '80s, they're not fighting dispirited Russian conscripts, but warriors as capable, brave and audacious as any they'll ever fight.
God speed to those of our warriors who gave all in this fight. We'll always remember and honor them and their sacrifice. Our job now is to support the wounded and to remind everyone else to do the same. It might be a nice time to hit the tip jar for Soldier's Angels or your favorite fund.