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U.S. soldier returns home to find out he left something behind in Iraq
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A few months ago, I found a Web site loaded with pictures
and videos from Iraq, the sort that usually aren't seen on the news. I
watched insurgent snipers shoot American soldiers and car bombs
disintegrate markets, accompanied by tinny music and loud, rhythmic
chanting, the soundtrack of the propaganda campaigns. Video cameras
focused on empty stretches of road, building anticipation. Humvees
rolled into view and the explosions brought mushroom clouds of dirt and
smoke and chunks of metal spinning through the air. Other videos and
pictures showed insurgents shot dead while planting roadside bombs or
killed in firefights and the remains of suicide bombers, people how
they're not meant to be seen, no longer whole. The images sickened me,
but their familiarity pulled me in, giving comfort, and I couldn't stop.
I clicked through more frames, hungry for i


Added: Feb-2-2012 Occurred On: Feb-2-2012
By: SpreadForge
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Iraq
Tags: U.S. Army, Soldier, Iraq
Location: United States (load item map)
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  • what a beautiful and well written article! that has got my vote and the soldier will always have my respect!

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  • At the risk of being bashed into hell by fanboys, the article is not that well written, and is a one-sided point of view from someone who was brought up to be a soldier with no acknowledgement of it. For him, everyone is brought up that way, and that is normal. That's in fact not true; quite the opposite.

    "How old are boys before they turn a finger and thumb into a pistol?" - You were brought up that way by TV, parents, society. Here, we didn't have so much guns and robbers, more cons More..

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  • I thought this was mildly interesting till i read:
    "I questioned my role in the occupation "

    then i realized this was a story with an agenda.

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  • that was awesome... thanks for sharing...

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  • Who are all you people to judge this man?? Tell me the last major war you fought in! War changes you.. it makes you different, I know I was there from 2005 to 2006 doing convoy security and detainee ops in abu ghraib. As far as the insurgency goes I dont blame them at all for fighting us. If America was invaded and occupied by a foreign nation I would pick up a weapon and fight too. But that doesnt change that the fact that we are enemies and its kill or be killed.

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  • Very good piece.
    No politics, no bulllshit. Just a view into the mind of a soldier.
    Thank you for your service and welcome home.

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  • Thank you for posting this well written reminder to we civilians that those who serve in harms way for our freedom never come home the same as when they left. We owe them a huge debt and more importantly our support and assistance as they attempt to return to civilian life. All too often we never think of what our armed forces have seen and lived through in some of the worst areas of the world. Countries where they give no value to life, still deal in slave trade and wake up very morning pledgin More..

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  • God Bless our soilders!

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  • Your Soul may belongs to God but your memory belongs to War from here on out...

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  • I really liked this and hope others might see it. Write more.

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  • Interesting and revealing inside view.
    Beautifully written and presented.
    Surely for the most of us it is hard to understand the feelings of veteran
    soldiers,because we haven't been in the same situation, "war" or even military-service; but it is an interesting mind -view and -revelation.

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  • Be advised: This story was written after talking with army spc. a. brown after deployment to iraq, this story is not a fake but a true one, anyone who might doubt on it, feel free to let him know what you think about his time in iraq while serving this country and fighting for us all.
    whatever, this is easy to tell it's a fake but be fair, those men and women risk their life to serve for the U.S. so everyone doubt in it stand your man and let him know, otherwise take it fair and pay tribut they More..

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  • Well done. Awesome authentic read. Spoken from the heart. Congrats Spreadforge on a true story of life for an ex soldier.

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  • excellent read! voted. The ones that truely confront death are the ones that hunted for it. The sad thing is every one of us are capable of killing, and living for the fight. Death is a part of life, and if you feel in your heart that you are doing good by removing evil and tyranny from this planet, then you are. The reason I will always see insurgents as evil is because they are only killing and dying for themselves,for their own beliefs not for others.

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  • "Fear Addiction". We can speak about.
    But in the end it is destructive like other "heavy" drugs..

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  • very well written

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  • Why s the poster deleting so many comments?

    I think the writer is practicing writing short stories

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  • Great read.

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  • I remember once in Kosovo, we were going through the outskirts of a small village to meet an informant. It was the middle of the night and all my unit was spread along a road boarding a couple of houses. One of the owners came out to grab a smoke, it was a very old woman, she looked right and saw me and a couple guys crouched by the wall, she took a look right and saw some of the patrol spreaded along the other wall: we were all heavy duty, black suits, black masks. We were frozen. She stared i More..

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  • Nice

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  • The freak doesn't realize he's made Rumsfeld and Bush proud of what they've done.

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