Insurgents sent only 250 attackers to ambush a group of 30 Marines in Afghanistan. It wasn’t enough.
One Marine designated marksman held off a company-sized force after a Humvee was disabled, killing attackers 20 with 20 shots.
Also note this bit:
Shewan had been a thorn in the side of Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Afghanistan throughout the Marines’ deployment here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, because it controls an important supply route into the Bala Baluk district. Opening the route was key to continuing combat operations in the area. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
Logistics has always been a limiting factor in large scale operations in most of Afghanistan. I expect that much of our effort in the coming months will be to better secure existing lines and open up new ones in preparation of additional forces.