A CNN camera crew embedded with U.S. special forces in Afghanistan found themselves caught in the middle of a firefight with Taliban insurgents.

After being attacked by Taliban fighters and coming under heavy fire, U.S. soldiers then mount an effective counterattack. Unsurprisingly, America’s soldiers are able to secure the area and force the Taliban fighters to retreat.

However, the dramatic footage provides a glimpse into the dangerous world America’s brave soldiers live in every single day.

Following the intense gun battle, a CNN reporter asks a U.S. soldier for his opinion of the enemy and the current state of the war in Afghanistan. The soldier said “there’s a degree of mutual respect” between U.S. forces and Taliban insurgents, but “that doesn’t mean we want to kill them any less.”

“I admire their resiliency and their conviction, for sure,” the solider said.

 

(H/T: Mediaite)