‘Man down!’ Gurkhas tell of rescue under Taliban fire

From The Sunday Times
November 23, 2008

‘Man down!’ Gurkhas tell of rescue under Taliban fire

Michael Smith
Gurkha soldiers who braved Taliban machinegun fire to rescue a wounded colleague have spoken for the first time about their actions.

The soldiers, from B Company of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, took part in two days of running battles with the Taliban to clear insurgents from an Afghan town.

Rifleman Yubraj Rai was shot as they began clearing a number of mudwalled compounds south of Musa Qala, which has been repeatedly damaged by fighting between British troops and the Taliban.

“We were advancing, clearing compound to compound,” said Rifleman Dhan Gurung. “We had crossed approximately 250 metres of an open field, heading towards the next compound, when the enemy opened fire.
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