Dawn broke on another morning in an isolated area of Afghanistan and American soldiers prepared for breakfast. But the early morning quietness was suddenly broke by shouts and gunfire from hundreds of Taliban soldiers who were swarming toward the positions of US and Afghan forces. The nearly 300 Taliban surrounded the area, swept into a village captured 15 police including their commander and began firing their weapons at the besieged Coalition troops. Air support was called in and they dropped their lethal bombs, but the Taliban continued to advance.
By the time fighting was over there were eight dead American soldiers and seven Afghan. Back in Washington D.C. President Obama is considering the future of America’s presence in Afghanistan. Can we afford more fights against isolated American units which invariably result in death and destruction?