Last week a 30 man platoon of U.S. Marines was ambushed by a 250 strong insurgent force in Farah Province, Afghanistan. The end result was that a humvee was destroyed and one Marine was knocked unconsious. But the insurgents suffered heavy losses over an 8 hour battle. When the smoke cleared, their stronghold was destroyed, fifty of their number were dead and others were wounded. The remainder had abandoned their weapons and fled the battlefield. Twenty of the dead died under the rifle of a single Marine marksman, a young corporal who has since been nominated to receive the Silver Star.