07 September 2010

Good Thing "Combat Operations" Have Ended, Huh?

Bad enough you're getting shot in a war zone, but getting shot by your 'allies'? But wait - there's more! How about getting shot by your allies after an argument over a sporting match? Unfuckingbelievable.

Two American soldiers were killed on Tuesday when an Iraqi army comrade opened fire after an argument over a sports match, the first US deaths since Washington declared an end to combat operations here.
The shooting, which also left nine American soldiers wounded, happened at the Iraq's Al-Saadiq Air Base near the city of Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province while a US army company was visiting local security forces.
"Iraqi soldiers and American military advisers were playing sports when a quarrel broke out between an Iraqi soldier and an American," defence ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari told AFP.
"The Iraqi soldier opened fire on them," Askari said, naming the gunman as Soran Rahman Saleh Wali.
"The American soldiers killed the Iraqi soldier. We have opened a high-level investigation into this issue."
A US military statement said: "Eleven US soldiers were engaged with small arms fire, killing two and wounding nine, inside an Iraqi army commando compound."
The gunman was a member of one of the army's elite special forces units, said Colonel Hussein Bayati, police commander for Tuz Khurmatu, north of Baghdad.

By: Brant


EastwoodDC said...

Not the first time this has happened, nor the biggest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_War

Brant said...

Oh yeah - the Football War is always the one I bring up whenever I had to listen to Ohio State fans blather on about how dedicated and passionate they are.