March 10, 2005

Why We Shot at Sgrena and Killed Nicola Calipari

Major K. reports an incident in Iraq, where he is stationed:

A short distance from our FOB, A US convoy was driving down the road. As they headed to their destination a civilian vehicle pulled on from a side alley and attempted to get into the convoy....Unable to deter the vehicle from approaching the US convoy or make it pull over, the IP’s [Iraqi Police] fired at the engine of the encroaching vehicle. At this point, the driver detonated the IED inside his vehicle. Yes, this was a classic VBIED.

This suicide bomber killed himself and the four IP’s in the vehicle holding him at bay. The device was so powerful that the bomber’s vehicle was literally obliterated. The engine block was thrown over 25 meters. The IP’s vehicle was nothing but a burned out shell. All four IP’s inside perished in the blast, but not a scratch was inflicted on the vehicles or personnel of the US convoy.

Hat tip to John Donovan who reminds us that it's not just Americans who are dying for Iraqis, but Iraqis dying for Americans.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:29 PM | Comments |