04/04/04 – Blackwater’s Rooftop Sniper In Najaf

first published on April 4, 2016 by

Travis Haley, a former Force Recon Marine, supports his brothers from a rooftop against insurgent forces during the 2004 Battle of Najaf.

On April 4, 2004, Blackwater security contractors and US Marines at the CPA office in Najaf, Iraq came under attack. There was conflicting reports in Baghdad about the severity of the situation, but in the end Blackwater was able to send a relief force to assist and resupply.

Travis Haley was a member of this relief force, and the video that was recorded of him firing at insurgents from the CPA rooftop is one of the most infamous pieces of combat footage to come out of Operation Iraqi Freedom.