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May 07, 2009
International Herald Tribune
When the gunfire broke out, Capt. Sean K. Keneally scrambled over to Master Sgt. Anthony Davis, who was lying flat on his back, and dragged him to a nearby building.
It was too late. Sergeant Davis, a member of a small team of American military advisers embedded with an Iraqi Army battalion in this remote town, was dead. Minutes later, Captain Keneally learned that a soldier in that battalion, with whom the advisers had lived and worked for months, had killed him.
The shock set in, and so did the new reality.
"The force that is provid
Originally posted by breakingdradles
I remember reading about the same thing happening a few months ago.
This does seem to be happening more then just once or twice.
The GIs must have heard about this, I wonder how it effects how they train the Iraqis.
We shouldn't have went there in the first place, but I really don't see a way of getting out.
[edit on 8-5-2009 by breakingdradles]
Originally posted by kleah
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
My son in law is a soldier serving as we speak in Iraq with a Stryker brigade. When things were a little calmer they actually have started and maintained friendships with the Iraqi`s they are training and spend so much time with.But know as they file in new guys for training they are very leary and running on adrenaline from the fear that something is going to happen,one of these guys may be the enemy
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An Iraqi soldier fatally shot two American soldiers and wounded three others on Saturday, the U.S. military said.
The shooter was killed when U.S. soldiers returned fire, Maj. Derrick Cheng told CNN.
The incident took place at a combat outpost just south of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, where there has been a strong presence of anti-U.S. militants, and it underscored the dangers for U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces in that city.
A second gunman also fired on other U.S. soldiers at the outpost and fled, said Cheng, a spokesman for the U.S.-led Multi National Division-North.
Iraq's Interior Ministry said the gunman was a soldier in training who was standing close to U.S. soldiers when he aimed his firearm at them and began shooting.
There have been similar incidents of men in Iraqi security force uniforms in the Mosul area opening fire on U.S. troops. In February, insurgents dressed as Iraqi police officers killed a U.S. soldier and an interpreter in the city.
Asked whether there seems to be a rise in such attacks, Cheng replied, "We still view these as isolated incidents either by individuals posing as Iraqi Security Forces or members acting out on their own."
"These events do not represent the overall relationship or partnership U.S. forces have with our Iraqi counterparts."
Originally posted by ChrisF231
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Ditto with me, it seems that no matter how badly hurt they are they always want to back to their unit and back into combat. The sad part is that for the majority of these soldiers, the only place they are going is back to civilian life and out of the army. It's very rare that someone without a limb is allowed to remain on active duty ... Gen. Fred Franks who commanded VII Corps in the 1991 War with Iraq is a notable exception (he lost his left leg during the invasion of Cambodia in 1970 serving with the 11th Cavalry Regt.).
Originally posted by jd140
reply to post by ChrisF231
Actually more and more are returning to duty. It is their option.
I knew a female who had her leg blown off and opted to stay in. Most get out voluntarily.
you'd think the military would do the math.
you invade a country, kill thousands of innocent people and insurgents.
you tell them its gonna be ok, your here for democracy.
then you put guns in their hands, give them military training and after the fray sit and scratch you're heads when they start killing you.
there's no irony like training your own enemy.
Originally posted by Grey Magic
mmmm that is indeed bad.
with all respect to the soldiers I don't hope the whole army will one day turn against them with that new Islamic leader.
because it would be kind of ironic.
invade a country, train their men to be soldiers and get kicked out of the country by their new army.
Originally posted by spearhead
i'm sure history is repeating itself.
what happened when the CIA put saddam into power.
"oh yes, my american friends, i will be the leader of the arab world."
"die you kurdish barstads, die! and shut up america this is no business of yours."
then desert strike #1
desert strike #2
let's play again.