first published on January 16, 2018 by Josh
In a video that was released to YouTube in early January by a channel called “Happy Few” special operations troops can be seen brawling with Taliban fighters. The video was re-posted to Facebook by Engage Armament LLC, crediting the original poster on the platform by the same name. It has over 3.2 million views on Facebook. The special operations team featured in the video is now under investigation for a clip that is only a few seconds long in the video, that shows one of the Special Operations Soldiers firing a shotgun into the front of a civilian truck as they pass by.
The video was quickly age-gated by YouTube, and shortly after that the video itself was removed the platform all-together. The Happy Few Facebook page, which has over 2,000 likes, shows zero activity after the announcement was made by US Central Command that an investigation was underway. “The amateur video posted on a public website gives us serious concern,” US Central Command commander Gen. Joseph Votel said in a statement to Politico, who were the first ones to report on this now on-going investigation. “The video in question is not official, not authorized and does not represent the professionalism of the service members of US Central Command.”
Votel added that CENTCOM “will take appropriate actions as a result of this investigation.”
“I have reviewed the video and I am disappointed and also concerned that the American people, our Coalition partners, the Afghan government, and the Afghan people will believe that American service members are callous and indifferent to the horrors of war or the suffering of innocent people trapped in conflict,” Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of Central Command added in a statement Wednesday. “I can assure you that this video does not represent the professionalism or humanity of the men and women of U.S. Central Command. We reject the unprofessional and callous message this video conveys.”
The video below is the full video in question. We have sanitized the music in order to avoid any copyright claims from Kendrick Lamar, so there is no sound. The specific clip in question has been slowed down to 30% speed in order for the viewer to see why there is an investigation underway. It is unclear at this time, as there is no context provided in the video itself, if the Special Operations Soldier in the back of the MATV was using less-lethal bean bag rounds and operating within the rules of engagement, or if he used a lethal load and shot the civilian truck driver. As we discussed in our previous article about this video though, there is a high likelihood that the Soldier used a less than lethal round, and probably saved the truck drivers life by teaching him an all important lesson about staying out of military convoys. However, that is not what average Joe the civilian will see when he watches this video. He just sees a tooled up Green Beret shooting a shotgun into a civilian’s truck cab.
You can watch the original video, which is actually pretty epic, at this link.