By Shannon Meehan, Roger Thompson
Lower than 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 idea he was once doing the best factor. He concept he used to be preserving his males. He suggestion that he could basically 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 have been made for a lifestyles within the army. A tank commander, he labored within the violent Diyala Province, effectively scuffling with the insurgency by means of a number of Sunni and Shia factions. He used to be celebrated by means 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 fullyyt managed by way of al Qaida, Meehan may make the choice that may swap his lifestyles.
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 kind of war that is still principally unstated and forgotten at the frontlines of Iraq.
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Fight the enemy, 32 BEYOND DUTY he insisted, and destroy the Americans. He died encouraging the war, and my company and my men would cope with that dying command for the duration of our time in Iraq. In the months after al-Zarqawi’s death, the violence in Diyala did not abate. Indeed, the violence between the Shia JAM, with reported support from militants in Iran, and the Sunni al-Qaida escalated. Several hundred Coalition soldiers were killed, and uncounted civilians were slain in sectarian and terrorist violence.
A California native, he had seen action in a previous deployment in Fallujah and Najaf, two of the most violent cities in Iraq. He had been in the company that had spearheaded the retaking of those cities and had seen more than his fair share of combat. He did not grumble. He did not complain. Instead, he used that experience to mentor younger men, younger soldiers. Including me. He became the emotional center of our platoon as our deployment lengthened, and early on, I realized that his experiences could be pivotal to keeping our platoon working well together.
After talking to the sheiks at the funeral, we drove back to the base. A late afternoon sun hung low over the land. I reﬂected on the fact that our platoon had started to form 48 BEYOND DUTY genuine relationships with the people of Sadiyah. I felt proud, and when we turned our vehicles into the base, I remembered that tonight we would be able to relax and enjoy ourselves. No one had paid much attention to the time of month, and no one had paid much attention to the fact that it was the end of November.
Beyond Duty: Life on the Frontline in Iraq by Shannon Meehan, Roger Thompson