By Shannon Meehan, Roger Thompson
Lower than the blazing Iraqi sunlight in the summertime of 2007, Shannon Meehan, a lieutenant within the U.S. military, ordered a strike that might take the lives of blameless Iraqi civilians. He proposal he was once doing the perfect factor. He idea he used to be retaining his males. He suggestion that he might 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 lifestyles within the army. A tank commander, he labored within the violent Diyala Province, effectively combating the insurgency by means of numerous Sunni and Shia factions. He used to be celebrated by means of his senior officials and embellished with medals. but if the U.S. surge to retake Iraq in 2006 and 2007 eventually driven into Baqubah, a city nearly solely managed by means of al Qaida, Meehan may make the choice that may swap his existence.
This is the real 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 war that continues to be 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.
When he ﬁnished eating, the others had to ﬁnish as well. I stood at one end of the table, a position of respect, and my men followed my cues as to when and what to eat. When we were served goat meat that was green, apparently from age more than from seasoning, most of us had to prevent ourselves from recoiling. The goat, however, appeared to be a luxury, and it represented the signiﬁcance of the gathering and the importance of the sheik. We all ate it, some, like me, in smaller portions than others.
Our own military reports showed that over one hundred Iraqi police had been killed throughout October and November, most of those by alQaida in and around Baqubah. By early December, the power of the new Iraqi Army was being directly challenged, and we would be needed to help them regain their superiority in battle. In December, as the air cooled and the deep heat of November faded, my platoon would be sent to a battle in Dojima, a small town on the northern edge of our area of operation, in order to help the Iraqi Army subdue an al-Qaida force that had killed several Iraqi soldiers.