Close call with a landmine

Point of view of a Marine in Afghanistan experiencing a very close call with an improvised landmine (or ground IED). He lived.

Sometimes the Taliban will line rocks to mark where the locals shouldn't walk past. The rocks are stacked at the beginning of alleyways or intersections to mark that there are IEDs there.

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+46 1. kashinthebin commented 11 years ago

usually a mine blows off half of your body, this guys one lucky guy.
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+15 2. yakuzasssi commented 11 years ago

Maybe, just maybe they shouldn't be there...
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+36 3. Cvejic commented 11 years ago

#2 How else can they defend their country from expensive petrol invasion?
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+78 4. plurft commented 11 years ago

#3 Don't blame the soldier for where the politicains send them.
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+8 5. Cvejic commented 11 years ago

I'm not blaming the soldier. I just agreed to #2 that they should not be there in the first place. Ergo, no landmine would be there also.
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+2 6. Jabafara commented 11 years ago

#2 Hallelujah! And #3 HAHAHAHA - That hitted the spot!
Next stop Iran.. or Uganda first? :|
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+9 7. lerpo commented 11 years ago

this looks like the intro of a video game :P
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+21 8. Jabafara commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) If they even did that.. I'm not buying that anymore.
They are about to start drilling oil in Uganda and suddenly USA is sending some forces in.. :D

USA allready killed Osama Bin Laden and Saddam.. Shouldn't the war be over?.. Shouldn't USA leave Iraq and Afganistan and let they mind their own business from now on? I think YES!!!

Are we gonna get blamed for terrorism also if we find some oil in Finland? >:)
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-7 9. master_shake commented 11 years ago

The war is not on American soil anymore and after 9/11 that is the point!
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+27 10. Ghostriderr11111 commented 11 years ago

Fuck I hate war :(
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+9 11. huldu commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) You think they blew up your twin towers because they love you? Hate goes all away around mate. You justify your crap like they justify theirs.
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+5 12. loadme commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) you are wrong in so many different ways..
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-4 13. Premtm commented 11 years ago

Destruction of the Twin Tower is still a mystery as there are may theories to it. For instance why not a single Jew was working in the Twin Tower on that day? :S
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0 14. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 11 years ago

Okay we are much stronger than Afghans, Irakis... Shouldn't we defend ourselves if they attack or threaten us?

If I am crazy enough to give a punch in martial art champion's face, wouldn't he be right to break my arm and kick my ass in return?

In France we have anti racist movements, it's a good thing, but why they don't have such movements in arabs and african countries?

Why it is permitted in France to express "criticism" against "americans" (because of capitalism, world leadership, success in sciences, ecological issues, wasp domination against blacks, Mac Donald's food, Walt Disney, Hollywood, big cars, big people, american flag on the moon, ...) (Haters also forgot canadians, mexicans, ... live also in america...). But expressing criticism against arabs is always racist? (here arabs means muslims and forgot christian arabs)

Many people have not well balanced ideas.

Okay, let them continue to send us terrorists (police arrest more than one hundred of them per year in France), let them build massive destruction bombs, one day or another we'll have no choice fight or die.
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+4 15. fjwjr commented 11 years ago

Well, pretty much nobody here has a clue what they are looking at or what they are talking about.
Amazing that this was posted 7 years to the day after I tried (unsuccesfully) to save the life of a fellow soldier whose hummer was hit by a car bomb.
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+3 16. MurderVictim commented 11 years ago

Invading army attacked by natives. What a surprise.
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-3 17. Pepperoni39 commented 11 years ago

#8 and #13 are right
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-1 18. LQoQK commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) life didnt start on 911, if I punched you and you punch me back and i do punch you back be cause you did punch me, wait a sec who started it ? any way I am punching you because you punched me and me punching you in first place has no value whats so ever in my argument.

0:14 pause he to see the effect of the mine on the whole ground man that was shocking litterly
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+3 19. imagic commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) the twin towers where attacked because the usa has been acting as the dictator of the world for to long. nevertheless i do not agree with the target they choosed.

and don't tell me the usa is such a peacefull country, in many ways they are worse than the taliban.
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+6 20. loadrunner commented 11 years ago

What would I do, if Any other country sends in troops here in Amsterdam the near future, to burn my marihuana plants( in case the govrement allows us to have 5 of them.)

Only because in that country maruhuana is a illegal drug they give death peanlelty for poccesion? Or is it we have the biggest gas fields of the world( enough to keep us warm for 500 years), Saving it for our own people and selling a little to the rest...

I would place landmines to keep them from hurting my family, And I don't care whoever it is. (they get a small warning.)
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+3 21. cretia commented 11 years ago

#19 I would rather have USA for the superpower than Iraq china Korea as for your spill Americans are lovely people and do not want holly war like some backwards uneducated countries that label others as "infadel"
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+3 22. rootkit commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment) Americans ... I just clicked on your profile to make sure that you are on, although not really needed. Your comment gave it away already. ;)
I'm not justifying what happened on 9/11, it's a tragedy nonetheless. But to say that this incident was the catalyst on America's global acting you are plaing wrong.

By the way, your comment reminds me of this: "What's the difference between Americans and yogurt? If you leave yogurt alone for 200 years, it'll grow a culture."
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+1 23. SheikhDjibouti commented 11 years ago

9-11 was carried out in order to JUSTIFY the wars in Afghanistan in Iraq, for control of oil, pipelines and heroin trafficking.

We have ample proof of this, even people in the government are coming forward.

Think about that for a second.
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+2 24. ringmaster commented 11 years ago

This is becoming too political for my taste, and perhaps to the Snotr rules. No one would have reacted this way if a gas thank in the city exploded, parts of a building felled too close on a pedestrian...
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0 25. MrLincoln commented 11 years ago

Everyone watch ZEITGEIST
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-1 26. rootkit commented 11 years ago

Just stumbled upon this quote, which is somehow applicable to this discussion: "God created war, so that Americans would learn geography." :D
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+5 27. asdfas commented 11 years ago

#8 A war rarely ends with merely the death of one man, no matter how high up the ladder he is. Just saying.

Also what do you think would happen if the US were to suddenly pull the plug on their current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and leave the countries on their own? You can't possibly think they'd be better off with such a drastic action.
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-1 28. Jabafara commented 11 years ago

#27 You are right about both things, but I think they are stalling too much to pull their forces away from there: One of the main reasons for violence in Iraq is that they are still occupying their country, although they already have their own government, police, etc.
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+4 29. Heun commented 11 years ago

Whether they're supposed to be there or not doesn't really matter for these guys, what they do is cleaning up the IED's that kill their troops and innocent civilians. I respect these soldiers for what they do, and I definitely wouldn't want to be in their place... Most of them didn't even choose to do this job.
BBC had an interesting documentary about a bomb squad some time ago, check it out if you like:
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+3 30. Sizzlik (admin) commented 11 years ago

Please keep the political talking to a minimum. Of course every one is allowed to have an opinion but this is not the place to discuss who may be right or who may be wrong or whats the truth and what not.
As #24 is a vid of an explosion..not a question to you guys who did it or why.
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+2 31. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 11 years ago

American are the cause of everything wrong in the world? So what, you want to kill them all? First, you began by spreading lies, like "jews weren't in the towers" (#13): bullshit is better than that lies. Than, you will explain that american kill other americans doing fake attacks because of oil greed or whatever. Explain me the big crisis in which we are now: where is the oil for free? Big parts of our money, american and european, is gone in the wars against terrorists. Too many lives too.

Telling americans are bad because of lack of culture... What is it permitted to say about other peoples in the world? In arabs countries, they have nearly no translation about our books, because we are "infidels". Do you know that is a muslim goes christian by conversion, he can be automatically sentenced to death? Is it the same any christian countries, for people converting to islam? Is it the same in the unique jewish country? No!

And all of that wrong behaviors are the american's fault? Really?

Does the hundreds of mad mens and women coming and arrested just before putting bombs in public places in France since september 2001 are fake terrorists remotely controlled by the CIA? Or, much simpler, very badly educated people?
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+3 32. vanova commented 11 years ago

poor guys! i feel sorry for them ..while politicians are enjoying daily cosy evenings with their kids in luxurious houses and highly paid for little they do
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+3 33. sux2bu commented 11 years ago

#19 So just why did the Islamists attack the WTC way back in 1993 and try to topple them?

"and don't tell me the usa is such a peacefull country, in many ways they are worse than the taliban."

I hope you get to live under taliban or al queda control some day,I bet you will change your tune.
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+4 34. Sizzlik (admin) commented 11 years ago

Sorry, but i will close comments here now.

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