Sunday, June 08, 2008
On this day:

"They start it, we finish it"

An "enemy rout" at the hands of British forces in Afghanistan:
"None of the British will leave that compound alive," local intelligence had reported a day earlier.

In reply to the threat, company commander Major Jamie Loden told a meeting of village elders that the Taliban "fight like women" and if they were men "they would dare to fight us".

Two hours later mortar rounds, heavy machine gun bullets and other weapons rained down on the Paras' positions but by the early hours of the morning the Taliban were a beaten force.
This comes on the heels of another reported "rout" of Taliban forces last week - that one by United States Marines.