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The other side of British soldiers

April 13, 2007

From the great photo-journalist Michael Yon, embedded with British troops in Basra.

As the firing began to wane, the day’s heat began to fade along with it. Dust wafted thick on the cooling air. The soldiers were still sweating when a light rain began to fall. Iraqi dust polluted the pure rain as it fell, forming mud drops that splattered onto man and machine.

In an operation that lasted over four hours, British forces killed 26-27 enemy and sustained no casualties. 5 Platoon fired more than 4,000 bullets before their guns began to cool, and about 15 of the enemy kills were accredited to 5 Platoon. Another platoon captured two enemy fighters, including one Iraqi policeman who might have been heeding al Sadr’s call for Iraqi Police and Army forces to turn on their Coalition partners.

Richard at EU Referendum posts this wry comment in pictures:

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I don’t think the guys Yon travelled with cry themselves to sleep thinking of their mothers. And if they do, they keep quiet about it.

There are great stories here; but the MSM won’t tell them. It’s left to a maverick like Yon.

And to the other one, Michael J. Totten, who recently won The Week magazine’s Blogger of the Year award, but said that Yon would have had his vote.

Both are brilliant, indispensable voices in a world disfigured by MSM carelessness, ignorance and spin.

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4 comments

  1. “I don’t think the guys Yon travelled with cry themselves to sleep thinking of their mothers. And if they do, they keep quiet about it.”

    I’m almost certain that the guys Michael Yon were with weren’t held captive.

    Maybe I’m wrong.

    Ho Hum.


  2. Yes, fair point, Spanner. I don’t think they would have made it quite so easy for their adversaries to capture them, however.


  3. I’m sure they wouldn’t be as easy to capture.

    The Republican Guard’s boats would find the streets of Basra extremly problematic.


  4. Now there’s an engaging image. All it needs is British commandos attempting attack the street-bound boats from rubber inflatables.



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