Richard Tomkins, Washington Times
The bursts of automatic weapons fire caught them in an open field. There was no cover. They hugged the earth, shot back at Taliban gunmen they could see and slowly extricated themselves as a second squad of infantrymen farther back in an orchard laid down covering fire with rifles and shoulder-fired rockets.
"They started shooting as we were leaving the area we wanted to check out," said 1st Lt. Alar Karileet. "It was well planned. The Taliban were in three positions of four to five men each, one of them in a village compound. I don't know how many we killed, but artillery we asked for made a direct hit on one position, and no one shot at us from there again."
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