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March 11, 2005

Why our soldiers shoot at cars that don't stop

A chilling post from Major K (hope he's still not mad at me) explains why Giuliani Sgrena really shouldn't be alive today:

A short distance from our FOB, A US convoy was driving down the road. As they headed to their destination a civilian vehicle pulled on from a side alley and attempted to get into the convoy. Apparently, the convoy gunners were too green or some how did not perceive the car to be a threat. They did not wave the car off, throw anything at him, cut him off, or shoot to try and stop him. A nearby IP (Iraqi Police) SUV witnessed the intruding vehicle and immediately intervened. It pulled up to the rear of the convoy and tried to force the intruding vehicle off the road. The IP’s had successfully put themselves between the vehicle and the US convoy. Unable to deter the vehicle from approaching the US convoy or make it pull over, the IP’s fired at the engine of the encroaching vehicle. At this point, the driver detonated the IED inside his vehicle. Yes, this was a classic VBIED. 

This suicide bomber killed himself and the four IP’s in the vehicle holding him at bay. The device was so powerful that the bomber’s vehicle was literally obliterated. The engine block was thrown over 25 meters. The IP’s vehicle was nothing but a burned out shell. All four IP’s inside perished in the blast, but not a scratch was inflicted on the vehicles or personnel of the US convoy. Had it not been for the exceptional bravery, valor and situational awareness of these four Iraqi Patriots, that day would have been bloodier, and we probably would have had another communications blackout at the FOB.

Hat tip: The Jawa Report (Dr. Rusty Shackleford also has a good comment on Sgrena's magic bullets.)

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 11, 2005 01:30 PM

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Mad? Who's mad? I'm glad the story helped. Sgrena is the mad one - in the crazy sense.

Posted by: Major K. at March 12, 2005 04:30 PM

By "mad" I was referring to my earlier post about the State of the Union address. I linked to it.

Posted by: "Jack" at March 12, 2005 04:34 PM

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