The enemy forces had lost many of their own in these last weeks.
For some reason, the enemy force did not immediately attack.
More than half the enemy force had been killed before they were forced to fall back.
Others feel that his death came from an attack by enemy forces.
This might not be the only enemy force in position to attack.
They went on a circle far to the north, around any enemy forces.
That explained what one of the enemy forces to his front was doing.
The whole enemy force was pulling back, but not very far.
Team members avoid contact with enemy forces and local population.
And he didn't think some part of the enemy force would be lying in wait along the road.