November 5th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Inside a firefight on a mountain

Sixty troops from the 101st Airborne suddenly found themselves surrounded by Taliban in the middle of the night at Combat Outpost Marga, a dusty patch of dirt in the heartland of the insurgency in eastern Afghanistan. With Taliban rockets, mortars and grenades slamming into the base, the men used every weapon they had. At the same time, six of the soldiers were at a lone observation post on top of a steep mountain just outside the gate. Thirty more Taliban crept up the mountain and overran them. The soldiers survived by shooting, running and tumbling down the mountain as they ran out of ammo. The deeply shaken soldiers give their first hand account of this extraordinary tale of war and survival ... and walk the ground with CNN's Barbara Starr just a couple of days after the fight.

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  1. Ferrall W Black

    Way to go 101 st. I lost a son , one month and one day before his 20th birth day with the 82nd Airborn.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA. I fly the American Flag in my back garden here in south Wales. I do wish I could come out and relieve you. Ferrall&Rose (Rebel&Redcoat)

    November 5, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • rme

      I am so sorry for your loss. The 82nd and 101st have sufferred alot on this campaign. My son is there with the 101st now. Great outfits and I know you are proud of what your son stood for. I am! My heart goes out to you.

      November 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Muslim boy.............Thank God for you. It is very good to talk the truth .

      November 6, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      FerrallW Black........take care Sir. you gave your precious one to save the country and its citizen. I am in tears as I am not strong like you. My son is also in the Military.

      November 7, 2010 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I'm sorry for the Sacrifice Your Son did for You and Your Country!!! But their is nothing better than giving Your life to help others... I lose a lot of My Brothers making that Sacrifice!!! I wonder why I was one that was able not to join Them... I feel guilty because of it!!! You should feel better that He gave His life for what He believed and the Brothers He fought with... Sure things would be better if There wasn't any War!!! But the World isn't that way... So We need People like Your Son to help make it that way!!! He is With GOD for what He did... Because GOD Loves Those that fights GODS causes...

      November 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    If bush never started this war there would be many more terrorists planning and carrying out attacks against the western world with many more innocent live lost!

    November 5, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Dan.in Lafayette.. you are correct. President Bush had no other choice than giving back to the attackers with a language they understand. These al queda is operating under the sick moral of Bin . Only God should decide about the non believers. Not bin or his pets.

      November 6, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        If Bush really wanted to do that He would have kept the Troops in Afghanistan instead of starting the Iraq War!!!

        November 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • njt320

      Terrorists will get in this country no matter what.. if you had a family member in this stupid war you would think different.

      November 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |