Damn. You can see why there are few conventional battles against American forces any longer. It’s suicide.
In the end, 200 to 300 of the attacking fighters were killed. The others retreated under merciless airstrikes from the United States, returning later to retrieve their battlefield dead. None of the Americans at the small outpost in eastern Syria — about 40 by the end of the firefight — were harmed.
The opposing force had artillery, modern tanks, and APCs. They were not amateurs charging the lines on foot. And they were absolutely massacred. America’s military spending is out of control, and there is no way we should be in Syria, but compared to even what we could do when I was in the service, we can bring absolute hell to a conventional opposing force in a way we could not have dreamed of when I was in. What were those fighters thinking, fighting that way? What was the purpose of that? It makes no tactical or strategic sense, unless it was capabilities assessment? If so, that’s a high price to pay.