first published on March 17, 2016 by Josh
Troops on a mounted patrol, through a densely populated civilian area, are attacked by the Taliban with a hand grenade.
People often ask what it was like being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. There’s the obvious answers we always give them like, it was hot, or it sucked. What we generally have a hard time conveying though, is moments like this.
Moments where one second it’s a regular day, and the next everything is upside down, and you’re trying to identify a threat to innocent people and your brothers.
This attack happened on June 9, 2009 in Asadabad, the provincial capital of Kunar in eastern Afghanistan. Coalition troops were making an attempt to free their stuck vehicle, when they were attacked with a Russian-made hand grenade.
Shortly after the attack, two Afghan civilians reported that the hand grenade had been thrown by one of the coalition troops. This video was direct evidence refuting their claims.
Three service members, and five Afghan civilians were wounded, with another 54 Afghan civilians reporting injuries. Those that were wounded were treated on site by the troops, and evacuated to local and military hospitals in the area.