Eight elite Brit troops fight off 100 ISIS fanatics in six-hour battle to save family

The British troops had gone to the aid of an Afghan family whose car was blown up by a homemade bomb.

The elite troops refused to abandon the family and held off the fanatical fighters for six hours before escaping under the cover of darkness.

The SBS team had been on a joint patrol with Afghan special forces in eastern Afghanistan when they heard the Improvised Explosive Device go off.

When they moved in to investigate they saw the smouldering remains of a car and a family pleading for help.

One adult in the vehicle had been killed and a young girl was badly injured. A source said: “The SBS team had a medic with them who was trauma-trained.

“He immediately began treating the girl and stopped the bleeding. Then the patrol came under attack and they were forced into undertaking a fighting withdrawal to an abandoned compound.”

They added: “The one chance the SBS guys had was to last until nightfall and then they would have the advantage because of their night-vision equipment.”

When it was dark, the SBS set up a diversionary attack to trick the ISIS fighters that they were being attacked from another position. They then fled to safety.

The source said: “They were fired on but the ISIS fighters had no real idea where they were and they got away with it.” It is understood the injured girl made a full recovery.

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