first published on February 24, 2016 by Josh
A fire-team sized element of Marines directly engage a camel spider that has taken up permanent residence inside of their hooch.
There is a lot of myth surrounding the camel spiders often found in the desert regions of the Global War on Terrorism. In both Afghanistan and Iraq I had run-ins with this creature, and every single time it was absolutely terrifying. Primarily because I’m a little girl when it comes to spiders, but also because they’re absolutely ginormous.
One of my worst experiences with a camel spider was in the northern Karmah area of the Anbar province. I was moving fuel jugs from a staging area, to our generator, and on my second trip I was attacked. I picked up a jug of fuel that the camel spider was using for shade, and it was not happy.
It proceeded to raise both of its front legs, and chase after the shade the jug was providing. In that moment though, I was absolutely positive that it wanted to kill me.
The actions of these Marines are perfectly warranted. Camel spiders are scary stuff, and fully deserving of a fire-team worth of Marines in a direct engagement.