By Shannon Meehan, Roger Thompson
Less than the blazing Iraqi solar in the summertime of 2007, Shannon Meehan, a lieutenant within the U.S. military, ordered a strike that will take the lives of blameless Iraqi civilians. He idea he was once doing the precise factor. He inspiration he was once holding his males. He inspiration that he may in simple terms 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 battling the insurgency through a variety of Sunni and Shia factions. He used to be celebrated by way of his senior officials and adorned with medals. but if the U.S. surge to retake Iraq in 2006 and 2007 ultimately driven into Baqubah, a city nearly completely managed by way of al Qaida, Meehan could make the choice that might switch his existence.
This is the genuine tale of 1 soldier's try to 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 form of conflict that is still mostly unstated and forgotten at the frontlines of Iraq.
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While al-Qaida took control and secured several small villages in Diyala in 2005 and 2006, they used Baqubah as a base for many of their attacks in Baghdad. S. Army ﬁnally made a decision to aggressively root out the enemy in Diyala. Our reassignment from Kuwait to the Diyala Province was part of an attempt to bring the virtually lawless Diyala under control. 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.
They were, however, eager to patrol Sunni strongholds like Heb Heb and were quick to use force there. S. forces, and they regularly conducted the patrols simply to give the impression they cared or were concerned about JAM activities in the area. In actuality, they were happy to have JAM aggressively seek out Sunnis. This is not to say that the Shia-dominated Khalis Iraqi Army did nothing of value. It was vital in the eventual push to retake a section of Diyala Province along the northern side of the Diyala River.
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