By Shannon Meehan, Roger Thompson
Below the blazing Iraqi solar in the summertime of 2007, Shannon Meehan, a lieutenant within the U.S. military, ordered a strike that may take the lives of blameless Iraqi civilians. He notion he was once doing the suitable factor. He notion he was once preserving his males. He inspiration that he could merely kill the enemy, yet within the ruins of the strike, he discovers his mistake and uncovers a tragedy.
for many of his deployment in Iraq, Lt. Meehan felt that he were made for a existence within the army. A tank commander, he labored within the violent Diyala Province, effectively struggling with the insurgency by means of a variety of Sunni and Shia factions. He used to be celebrated by way of his senior officials and embellished with medals. but if the U.S. surge to retake Iraq in 2006 and 2007 ultimately driven into Baqubah, a city nearly solely managed by means of al Qaida, Meehan may make the choice that might swap his lifestyles.
This is the real tale of 1 soldier's try and reconcile what he has performed with what he felt he needed to do. Stark and devastating, it recounts first-hand the truth of a brand new kind of war that is still mostly unstated and forgotten at the frontlines of Iraq.
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Reports of Sunnis kidnapped at Iraqi Army or Iraqi Police checkpoints around the Khalis area were all too familiar. Pockets of Sunnis lived throughout Khalis, but the majority of them lived just outside the town in small Sunni-dominated neighborhoods. Going to and leaving from these areas often BEYOND DUTY 35 meant passing checkpoints, and the Sunnis were quick to suggest that the Shias running the checkpoints were afﬁliated with or were active members of Jaysh al-Mahdi. Fighters from JAM would venture into Sunni areas of Khalis and Sunni villages like Heb Heb and Hadid to incite conﬂict with their Sunni enemy.
Everyone knew it was not going to be easy. By the time we arrived, however, the Army had had some success. Soldiers from FOB Warhorse were slowly and systematically uncovering terrorist safe-houses in Baqubah, and al-Zarqawi had been killed just two months after he made Heb Heb his headquarters. S. jets dropped two bombs and two missiles on an al-Qaida safe-house just north of Baqubah. Soldiers swooped in on the scene and found several bodies, including those of al-Zarqawi’s wife and child. They found al-Zarqawi himself still alive, though mortally wounded.
In July 2005, I had just commissioned in the Army, and I went to the daycare where she worked and lined the hallways with baskets containing hints about where we might be based if she married me and followed my stationing in the 26 BEYOND DUTY Army. One basket had pineapples in it for Hawaii, another, peaches for Georgia, and another, apples for Washington. When AJ arrived at work, I asked her if she would follow me wherever I might be asked to go. When she agreed, I asked her to marry me. She said yes.