Michael's Dispatches

War Boy

26 September 2011
Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Task Force Spartan, 4-4 Cav

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The boy knew it would be loud.

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He looked to the Soldier.

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He waited for the shots.

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The Afghan Soldiers had seen armed men shadowing us.  This one said they had gone into the building he was aiming at.

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Just a short distance behind us, the patrol had already hit an IED with a minor casualty.  We had taken small arms fire without consequence.  More contact was expected.

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The Soldier looked at the boy for a moment, then kept his rifle pointed at the building.  Nothing happened and the Afghan Soldiers and 4-4 Cav kept going.

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