USA - IRAQ

War in Iraq: "Mission Russian roulette"

This video was filmed from the inside of an American tank that finds itself in the middle of a rocket attack in Adhamiyah, Baghdad. Disturbingly, the reaction of the marines in the vehicle seems to be one of despair and disorder. An American soldier who served in Iraq tells us that this is just a glimpse into an increasingly chaotic situation. Read more and see the video...

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This video was filmed from the inside of an American tank that finds itself in the middle of a rocket attack in Adhamiyah, Baghdad. Disturbingly, the reaction of the marines in the vehicle seems to be one of despair and disorder. An American soldier who served in Iraq tells us that this is just a glimpse into an increasingly chaotic situation.

"We made a galactic mistake. Now we're paying the price"

Ernesto Haibi served in Iraq for the US Army.

The guys in the tank are pissed off with their commanding officer; they didn't want to get involved. But they should listen to him. He might have seen something they didn't. Soldiers are always complaining about something. It looks like they've reached a point where they don't know where to go - escape, or help the locals? They're absolutely scared. And I don't blame them! It's not always a Black Hawk Down scenario!

 

This kind of thing is quite common. The problem is you don't know if the insurgents are baiting you into going to the place where the action's happening. These people's asset is their knowledge of the local terrain.

Nobody wants to go back to Iraq. They've given up. You hear "fuck Iraq" all the time. It's just not the kind of mission we signed up for. I was all for it in the beginning. But we made a galactic mistake. Now we're paying the price. Some guys are getting ready to go out there for a fifth time. They're started to wonder whether they'll come back next time. It's like "mission Russian roulette". I've reached a point where I'm scared to go back. Iraq is just not a job that reflects my morals. Guys are getting tired of killing innocent civilians. Regardless of who the next president is, this war will come to an end before the end of the next term."

Posted on Liveleak by Philligan, 30 April 08