American troops in Iraq had their first battle with ISIS troops, after the Islamic militants tried to overrun a base with Americans -- an encounter that left the ISIS troops decimated and in retreat -- the Inquisitr website reports today (December 17, 2014).
The attack took place near the Ein al-Asad base, which includes close to 100 U.S. military advisers. The U.S. troops -- armed with light and medium weapons -- were able to inflict casualties against the ISIS fighters, forcing them to retreat.
The American troops were also aided by fighter jets, which directed air strikes against the ISIS troops that silenced their heavy sources of fire.
The incident was the first time that American troops clashed with ISIS forces on the ground in Iraq. For several weeks, the United States has led more that 1,000 air strikes against ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, which have hindered the militant group's ability to move about and take control of more land.