The Rangers had been scouring the mountains for over a week. The heat and altitude had taken its toll, with more than one Ranger having to be medevaced as a heat casualty, and many more needing to use IVs to recover the fluids they had lost hiking over the mountains with full combat loads. One had earlier been knocked unconscious by a branch broken off by a descending resupply bundle. But no matter how bad the conditions were, and how worn out they were, they kept up the search. That was the mission, and they’d stay until the mission was accomplished.
Having found expended 5.56mm casings left over from the firefight with Ahmad Shah’s fighters, the Rangers knew they were in the right area. Still hoping that the SEALs might be alive, a platoon set up overwatch in a stone house on the mountainside, watching for any sign of the missing SEALs. Others continued combing the mountainside.
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