Watch Your Step

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10 October 2011
Afghanistan

The choice is yours.  If blood and guts are too much, the video at the end of this dispatch is not for you.  Do not click the button if your stomach is too weak for war.

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Watch your step.  Underneath that ground is the end of your legs, your testicles, and your life.  If you are not ready to be shot in the face or blown to smoking pieces, better to find another line of work.

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The bomb dogs provide a sense of confidence, as do the various gadgets.  In reality, the dogs regularly walk past bombs, as do the men holding the detectors.  Whatever the case, one step off the “cleared” path is completely uncleared.  There is no white and black.  Everything is grey and black.   Even the pressure plates often don’t work until the umpteenth guy steps on it and then WHAM!  His parts fly into trees.

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I tried to find the Soldier who shot the following video.  No success.  The person wearing this camera was on official business for the US Government, and therefore this video is free of copyright constraints.

Final warning: Do not view if you can’t stomach unwatered footage.

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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepDavid Stravers 2011-10-10 07:22
Glad to see you are back.
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+7 # RE: Watch Your StepJ. OLoughlin 2011-10-10 07:22
Damn, that is one helluva ********* video. Incredible that he actually survived but let's have an update on whether or not he made it because that was a tough to watch. Well done to all the guys on the ground
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+1 # Ruthie 2011-10-10 07:33
any update on this brave soldier???
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+12 # RE: Watch Your StepJohn Garrett 2011-10-10 07:46
21 minutes from point of injury to medevac. That is outstanding.
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+8 # RE: Watch Your StepMike Kimberlin 2011-10-10 08:27
In WW2 he would have died from those injuries, MedVac has come a long way..Medics as well... Kudoes to all who attended him. a update on his condition would be nice.
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# RE: Watch Your StepMichael Yon 2011-10-10 07:46
I don't know what became of the stricken Soldier. Unfortunately, too, in Afghanistan, if he survives there will be no security net. He'll end up with nothing and if he has kids, they might be turned out.
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+5 # RE: Watch Your StepPaul 2012-04-06 14:36
The cool,calm and collected professionalism of these wonderful people never ceases to amaze and fill me with pride...
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+6 # Rachel 2011-10-10 07:50
Do you know if he made it?

You might take off the intro and closing.
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# Leyla Najma 2011-10-10 08:18
Wow! That was beyond words!
I hope he made it, and I was so impressed with how fast everyone was in helping him.
This is just horrific...
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+2 # Chuck Peterson 2011-10-10 08:22
Good video to show the folks at home what goes on. On a personal note, those were Strike soldiers, so any info on the particular unit involved here?

"Hearts rule the deck!"
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+2 # RE: Watch Your Stepjose muñoz 2011-10-10 08:25
After watching this video, I noticed the medic working on the casualty is from my battalion. Engineers lead the way!
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+9 # RE: Watch Your StepBrent 2011-10-10 08:33
I've been around combat for almost 24 years. This was one of the toughest things I've ever watched. Incredible, incredible footage and it definitely drives home what your brave men and women are up against. Thank you Michael for bringing the reality of war to us.
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# DukeRecondo 2011-10-10 09:06
are you from afghanistan?
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+5 # Brent 2011-10-10 08:35
That was supposed to say 'our' brave men and women.
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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepBrent 2011-10-10 08:40
Great video to bring home the reality of the war. I wish all of the United States would have to watch this so that they understand the sacrifice our men and women make every day. Thank you for what you do Michael.
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+8 # RE: Watch Your StepCitizen Deux 2011-10-10 08:43
Very hard to watch, indicative of the superb field aid training given to deployed troops. It is also a reminder of just how hard this war has been. I can only imagine the frustration felt by the squad over the horrific injury to their fellow soldier. May Providence watch over all of them.
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+5 # Rob Serving British Soldier 2011-10-10 08:44
It's reassuring to see how quickly the helicopter got there. Hope they managed to save his eyesight.

Thanks for posting this, people need to see what IEDs do.
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+8 # RE: Watch Your StepRoger 2011-10-10 08:51
Amazing Medic, amazing warriors! Where do we get such men? A horrific incident but too common...
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+5 # RE: Watch Your StepNed 2011-10-10 09:01
God bless you, Michael, for all you do for our soldiers.
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+7 # RE: Watch Your StepWilliam 2011-10-10 09:05
Excellent work , Tsgt Metz got a CAT on the left leg while the medic was assessing the airway and was considering a cric as evidenced by the scapel in his hand. Left arm got a CAT, pressure bandage and SAM splint, then they got to work looking for schrapnel to the chest and abdomen. Then they got him off the X and medivaced. All evidence of good TCCC skill and training. Only thing I would critique is they should have put a poncho or blanket over his torso before loading him to prevent hypothermia. Even a short flight can decrease the core temp and lead to fatal outcome.
Thanks Michael for sending this and showing lifesavers in action.
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+20 # RE: Watch Your StepEOD DAD D Marshall 2011-10-10 09:12
I've been in EMS for over 15yrs, seen plenty of trauma's and that's a a classic "as bad as it gets" call. Except these guys do it almost everyday. They were completly focused on the job, not the tragedy, got the job done and moved on. It's the only way to be able to get up and do it tomorrow. Someday these guys will be back and may be on the ambulance crew you see working an accident on your local highway. Think of them then.
I am also concerned about the US soldier who did not seek treatment for his "headache". It is an indicator of a TBI, they are sneaky and insidious and can ruin a young man's life. Somebody needs to identify him and save the video footage as he will need it as evidence in order to get any future disability benefits as the military is still having some difficulty acknowledging alot of these cases.

We continue to pray for you all.
Stay safe
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# Trisha Barton 2011-10-10 11:28
If I'm not mistaken the guy who complained of a headache was Metz. I saw his nametag right after I heard someone ask for aspirin.
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+2 # RE: Watch Your StepMarty B 2012-11-14 22:43
Quoting EOD DAD D Marshall:
I've been in EMS for over 15yrs, seen plenty of trauma's and that's a a classic "as bad as it gets" call. Except these guys do it almost everyday. They were completly focused on the job, not the tragedy, got the job done and moved on. It's the only way to be able to get up and do it tomorrow. Someday these guys will be back and may be on the ambulance crew you see working an accident on your local highway. Think of them then.
I am also concerned about the US soldier who did not seek treatment for his "headache". It is an indicator of a TBI, they are sneaky and insidious and can ruin a young man's life. Somebody needs to identify him and save the video footage as he will need it as evidence in order to get any future disability benefits as the military is still having some difficulty acknowledging alot of these cases.

We continue to pray for you all.
Stay safe


11 years on and off the street here. That response was simply incredible. That was absolutely some of the finest T3C i've ever seen.Absolutely incredible.
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+8 # RE: Watch Your StepAnthony Klytta 2011-10-10 09:17
Awful footage. That was hard to watch; I am impressed with the response from the other soldiers. They remained calm; what happened to the soldier that was hurt? God bless him and all our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.
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+10 # RE: Watch Your StepFrank Burt 2011-10-10 09:33
What makes me proud is the calm professionalism of these wonderful and brave kids we have over there. This brings home all too graphically what they face day after day, and for this war, year after year after year. The fact that they do it voluntarily is totally mind boggling. For all the lip service the civilians of this nation gives about supporting our troops, I don't think they truly understand what their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines endure and sacrifice to serve their country. God bless them and keep them safe. And for the wounded Afghan soldier, may Allah watch over him and his family. He, too, has sacrificed for his country. They are all my brothers and sisters in arms, and I'm proud of them.
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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepChris 2011-10-10 09:44
War is hell. Best of luck to the wounded ANA . . . Semper Fi.
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# RE: Watch Your Stepshea brown 2011-10-10 09:50
. This is EXACTLY what America needs to see on their television screens every night of the week. Thank you Michael for posting this video,,,, this is the true face of war,,, not the arrogant lying bullshit politicians keep mouthing in comfy paneled rooms of Washington D.C. . I'm sending this to every address I have and posting it on Facebook, and I will do this every day this week. There is absolutely NO military solution for Afghanistan,,, they have had 30 years of war and occupations,,an d absolutely no one in Washington should be keeping their mouths shut about this. Thank God some people are making a fuss,, and thank God some people are putting the real face of war out there for people to see. Thank you Michael. Thank you .
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+3 # RE: Watch Your StepMikeM 2011-10-10 11:29
I ask you not to use the suffering of the fighting man (be it Taliban, ANA, or American) as a political ploy. There's enough of that going on by both sides as it is. It's disrespectful and distasteful if you ask me.

Not long ago, a man I knew and greatly respected (former Marine Force Recon and at the time, Army Pathfinder) passed due to an IED. Every comment on every story online pertaining to his death instantly became a nauseating political fight over the war. Not a damn thing was about that warrior. Perhaps it is indicative of our current state of mind.
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-2 # RE: Watch Your StepNick 2011-10-10 11:37
This was an Afghani soldier this happened to...and he is fighting for his country's freedom from the oppressive Taliban terrorists.

No one is lying about the brutal conflict...you just cant show this gory shit on TV. Good Lord, are you morbid? Do you REALLY need to see a real death on the news to believe people care about our troops?

This isnt the Soviet Union invading and occupying.....w e are there helping out the Afghani's... whether its winnable or not is a different issue, and whether our government would stop tying the hands of our troops with bullshit rules of engagement is another issue.

Again, to say politicians are lying however is pure politics and not needed here. War is not glamorous and shouldnt be put on TV or the News just to make YOU feel better.
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# Mr.John Smith 2012-10-24 22:21
It's Afghan, not Afghani. Afghani refers to money!!!
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+9 # RE: Watch Your Stepaustenlennnon 2011-10-10 09:53
Please let us know, if you can, how this young ANA soldier is doing? Keep up the great work of bringing us the truth, no matter how hard it is to take.
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+2 # Megan 2011-10-10 10:00
Very hard to watch, I was very impressed with this team of soldiers, they stayed very calm and did what they had to do to save this mans life. I pray for him that they will be able to safe his eye sight. So very sad that these incidents happen everyday and you are the only one reporting. Watching the new now a days there is very little coverage of the wars anymore. People need to realize that soldiers are over seas fighting daily. Something that Americans have failed to remember. Keeping all of our soldiers and you in my prayers that you guys get to come home soon, and for good!
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+5 # RE: Watch Your StepPapa Ray 2011-10-10 10:02
Long ago and far away in my war we were not trained near as well, or had the medical supplies that our Warriors do now. Many times men just bled out or died from shock before our medivac choppers could get to us.

Yes some knew basic first aid but that was about it. But (even then) many more survived than in our previous wars. Soon I guess, most will survive battlefield injuries, but it still might be like in my war, many would ask their buddies to just "kill me". They didn't want to go home with no legs or arms or in some cases with no eyes or their manhood.

Yes war is hell, but sometimes the aftermath is even worse. It is great to see these efforts for an Afgan Soldier.

Mike - please thank the American Warrior who supplied you with this video. I hope that he doesn't get in any trouble having done so.

Papa Ray
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# Ainpoland 2011-10-10 10:10
Thanks Michael. I knew it was bad, but this put a new "picture" to what our young, brave Americans are doing there. It was very difficult to watch, but it also gives me a new appreciation for our men and women in the armed forces.
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+1 # Cindy 2011-10-10 23:09
I had to look away...I had to look away from what was left of his face, but I couldn't stop watching. It hurt to watch. Like someone else said...it gave the term IED real meaning.
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+1 # Katie Robinette 2011-10-10 10:41
Thanks for posting. True heros at work!
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+1 # Josh 2011-10-10 10:51
Great job Strike BDE soldiers...i know that was a scary situation. Watch out for them choke points...that ANA soldier should have asked if the area had been cleared. Either way bad shit happens in war. I hope the soldier survived...any updates on his status?
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# DM 2011-10-10 20:58
I was thinking the same thing but was afraid to sound too critical, however I know that the ANA often act impulsively and don't always follow SOP's well.
Although that choke point could have been cleared a couple of times and there could still be an IED there with a low signature
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+1 # Victoria 2011-10-10 11:06
Hope that soldier made it, luckily he has the best medical treatment in the world. Thanks Mike for keeping us informed, this touches more people than you think.
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+3 # RE: Watch Your StepTrisha Barton 2011-10-10 11:30
This was very hard to watch but thank you for posting it Michael. My prayers to all our men and women serving and to our allies. God bless you all.
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+2 # RE: Watch Your StepJoy 2011-10-10 11:37
Very hard to watch! But, a great way to show "ALL" of us what our men & women are dealing with "EVERY DAY", while we stay stateside in comfort! So, hopefully those who don't understand what they are doing over there will open their eyes and start "PRAYING" EVERY DAY for them and stop taking our freedom for granted!! I Pray this soldier has made the best recovery possible!!" And help him & his family perservier through all the bad & troubled times ahead of him!! May God Bless & keep Him & His Whole Family!! God is Great!!!
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# Joe Spooner 2011-10-10 11:39
God bless these 101st troopers. Had the honor of serving with them in Vietnam for 6 months. Thank you for all you do for us...
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+1 # Michael Yon 2011-10-10 11:44
Vomiting and Headaches

These are normal after IED strikes. Means that you’ve been hit very hard and might have TBI, or traumatic brain injury.
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# JBA-USMC 2011-10-10 13:48
Since the medic was so close, id say you are probably 100% correct. I have also seen guys react this way on the downside of a massive adrenaline spike, which he undoubtedly had. Great video, very telling of what our people go through over there, and how close the ANA guys are working with us!!
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-3 # RE: Watch Your StepBarb 2011-10-10 11:59
People have become afraid to speak out against this war for fear of being called a "pinko" etc. A "pinko" is someone who hates our troops - not someone who loves them and wants their safety! It's become politically correct to NOT speak out against this travesty. When will enough mangled and blown up American soldiers be enough?!

BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND STOP THE INSANITY!

http://www.facebook.com/ilike9news#!/RoE.USMilitary

join us to protest COIN and ROE's that are literally blowing our troops to pieces!
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+1 # Barb 2011-10-10 12:02
HOW DO I WATCH THE VIDEO? WHERE IS IT? I JUST SEE PICTURES.
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# Webmaster 2011-10-10 12:06
Hello Barb, The last image should be the embedded video. You should be able to start the video by clicking on it. If for some reason you are unable to view the video there is an alternate link below. If you continue to have issues viewing the video please send me an email at and I will attempt to help.

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# Mo 2011-10-10 14:12
Youtube blocked the video. Can you upload it again somewhere else? I'm curious to see what everyone is talking about
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+14 # RE: Watch Your StepBarbara 2011-10-10 12:17
I think every American should watch this sort of video in order to appreciate our troops. I am the Mom of a Marine who served in Iraq. He came home with many horrible memories but proud of the job our troops did there. Today in Fallujah there is a thriving city with a women's center and schools where children (including little girls) can attend in safety. Markets are open, the country is free and people can vote freely for whomever they wish. Saddam and his sons are no longer in charge. We owe so much to our young men and women doing this hard work. Afghanistan now needs our support and we need to send everything the troops need ! Many organizations such as Soldiers Angels and the Lutz Patriots need donations to continue to support our wonderful troops ! Thanks to the soldier who provided this. A Proud Marine Corps Mom
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+2 # Sara Johnson 2011-10-11 22:19
Thank you Barbara for your son's service and for your family's sacrifce. Good to hear he is home safe.
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+5 # Jean Bailey 2011-10-10 12:27
This video is the most intense and moving piece of footage I've seen from this war (and god knows I've seen a lot). It seems like it should be out of a movie, especially the final minutes after the Afghani soldier is loaded on the chopper. It reminds me of "84 Charlie Mopic". How incredibly powerful... thanks for posting Michael.
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# Erik Wolowitz 2011-10-10 12:28
You know, when I watched this my first instinct was to analyze how they treated the wounded soldier. For instance at one point the medic has his weapon side slung and the muzzle pointed at the patients forehead, another was no one really saying anything to him. Even if they can't speak pashto or dari hearing an encouraging tone helps.

What I realized later, and perhaps a side effect of my own time in the military was how well everyone stayed professional and remained on station while the patient was being treated.
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+2 # Shannan Fraser 2011-10-10 12:33
God bless and protect those who serve our great nation!
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# RE: Watch Your StepDavid C. 2011-10-10 13:10
I just watched the video and I'm still shaking, both from fear for for our troops and the way they were able to help that Afghanny soldier. Our troops are absolutely the best in the world. I pray for our troops a lot, and couldn't stop while watching the video. I tell you, that was extremely moving. I pray that soldier is able to make the best recovery possible, and I am certain he will knowing the type of treatment he will receive via US military medical takng care of him.

I know our troops are fulfilling an imprtant mission, but I pray it will end as soon as possible and our men and women can return home to their worried families. PLease Father, help them, guide them and keep them as safe as possible in the environment they are in. Amen.
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+3 # RE: Watch Your StepDelia Sadler 2011-10-10 13:10
GOD BLESS YOU ONE AND ALL. THANK YOU, MICHAEL, FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND BRAVERY.
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+1 # TheOldMan 2011-10-10 13:21
There has to be a technological, mechanical way to clear a path. I can't help but think that we can come up with a foolproof technological method. All explosives have similar chemical properties. Anyway as I have often written, there is more courage in a soldier's nail clippings than in an entire telephone book worth of people.
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-10 # RE: Watch Your StepMatthew M 2011-10-10 13:45
Holy sh@t! I don't ever want to see that again! I dont have a weak stomach. I just dont like the horror of it. I'm glad we have guys over there who can handle that. Why do they even bother to try save him? His face is all messed up and legs are gone. What's the point?

Wow.
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+2 # Steve C. 2012-01-10 11:58
Matthew,

Because we believe that human life has value. That's what differentiates the American fighting man/woman from our enemies and many of our allies. How would you feel if that was your brother or father or best friend? Would you feel the same way then?

What's the point?? Who raised you?
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+9 # Rhi 2011-10-10 14:14
While I'm certain the video contains graphic content, Youtube has removed it on grounds of its "Shocking and Disgusting" policy.
Frankly, I'm shocked and disgusted that they consider raw war footage to fall under the jurisdiction of that policy. War violence is not gratuitous nor shared, in this instance, with malicious intent. Instead, the intent here was to educate, and share awareness. To create visibility.

Perhaps they'll permit you to post it again in the future.
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+4 # casimer 2011-10-10 22:29
While I'm certain the video contains graphic content, Youtube has removed it on grounds of its "Shocking and Disgusting" policy.

I get your point, but it's better that it's not on youtube. That's not the audience for this video. Take a look at the commentary that's typical on that site.
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+1 # Dana 2011-10-10 14:15
It looks like utube has deleted the link....
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+4 # Steve 2011-10-10 14:16
IED has new meaning for me. No that's not quite accurate. IED now HAS meaning.

I don't think I'll ever forget this horrifying footage.
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# bob 2011-10-10 14:26
youtube has pulled the video
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# Jess 2011-10-10 14:26
Cannot see clip, is there alternate link? YouTube deleted it...?
Thank you, Michael, for your hard work, diligence, and bravery.
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# Samuel L Jackson 2011-10-10 14:27
Video has been removed from youtube, is there another link? Thank you
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+6 # Webmaster 2011-10-10 14:30
Note from Webmaster: I am aware of the issue with youtube, and I am changing the link. Thank you for letting me know they pulled it.

Webmaster
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+2 # Lyn 2011-10-10 14:48
As of 2:40pm Central Time, USA, both links have been pulled from youTube. As a Vietnam era verteran, I resent the video being pulled, and well remember how the media relished every opportnity to show the horrors of war back then. Why are they now censoring a real video doing exactly what they eagerly sought back then? Hopefully it will be published somewhere else so that we may have the opportunity to decide for ourselves what we want to see, not some idiot with an agenda.
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# Jared 2011-10-10 14:50
It's been mirrored on another site, but it's a bit shorter and has some watermarks.
[url has been removed to to the destination site having revolving pop-ups]
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# David D. 2011-10-10 14:55
Youtube took it down.
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# aaron curtis rousey 2011-10-10 14:56
if you would like a copy of the video please some way to for me to send it to you i wish with C Trp 4-4 cav and have that video on my external hard drive
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# Nate 2011-10-10 15:14
Aaron - post it on Liveleak.com, they don't censor combat-related videos.
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+1 # oenghus 2011-10-10 15:13
As noted I can't see the video. But in Viet Nam I saw a Marine disappear in a cloud of dust and blood after steping on what was probably a 155 dud rigged as an IED. Very little was recovered for a burial. People have no idea.
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# ron 2011-10-10 17:32
oenghus

was this on hill 55?
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# Gimmer 2011-10-10 15:18
Tried Vimeo? There are friendlier places than YouTube(aka Google).
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-1 # Kevin 2011-10-10 15:21
You could probably post it on liveleak. They generally don't censor stuff, just put a rating on them.
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# Brian Farmer 2011-10-10 16:13
It has been taken down. Do you have another link?
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+3 # Anon Delivars 2011-10-10 16:15
I downloaded it earlier and am reuploading it on Youtube. Search for "Modern Warfare 3 IED Perk". I'm using that title to troll video gamers who think they know what real war is from video games.
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+2 # Nick 2011-10-10 16:33
I have never heard a video game claim they know what real war is form video games. Im one of those video gamers too, and I would never say anything so stupid.
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-1 # Anon Delivars 2011-10-10 17:07
Youtube error. Going to vimeo with it. Same title.
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-3 # Mary 2011-10-10 16:48
We need our troops out of there. They've just been picked off and weakened by the global jihad for the last ten years to distract from the genocidal jihads in Africa. We need our troops posted at our borders and fighting off the genocidal jihads.
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+1 # RE: Watch Your Stepnepwk 2011-10-10 16:56
I just wondered about the people being filmed, and if they should be seen like this. The first thing that comes to minds is that they knew they were serving with the head-cams.

Still. That's a person over there. One man. This is a moment of his life. How recent was this? Is he still alive? Did he know this was shared this way?
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+1 # Karl Lockhart 2011-10-10 17:04
Sadly, our society has become scared of reality :sad: This is what our soldiers are living. Guess some prefer to bury their heads in the sand. I definitely appreciate Mr. Yon bringing this dose of uncut reality, I think it is important. I guess I am a little jaded, first thing I thought was check breathing, control bleeding...
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-5 # Jan 2011-10-10 17:09
Jesus, better for him, if he die immediatly... poor guy. %@$%&* war. :sad:
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+1 # Paddy OHoolihan 2011-10-10 17:19
Jeesus! I've never seen anything so brutal before!!
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-2 # William 2011-10-10 17:27
WAR is HELL! We need to bring home our troops from abroad and protect our borders from the onslaught of no telling what's out there. From what I seen of our borders here, and all the tunnels that have gone unnoticed for a long time, there is a 100% chance that many terrorists are already here in the United States and just waiting for the right moment to let it all happen. Why don't the powers that be do anything? Well maybe they know already and we don't have the army we need here in the states to find them and fight them. When is our government and their people going to wake up?
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-13 # RE: Watch Your StepBobby 2011-10-10 17:32
No more Wars for Zionist Jews and Israel.

'CORRAL THE WORLDS 50 WEALTHIEST JEWS AND THERE WILL BE NO MORE WARS'
-Henry Ford
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# Derek Ford 2011-10-10 17:46
Just like my great uncle Henry... You're a fool.
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+2 # Gina 2011-10-10 17:45
I sure hope that young man made it. my prayers and thoughts are certainly with him and these men. It is time to get out of these wars, too much American blood has been spilled in these useless wars. Our soldiers need to be home to protect us from these clowns in the white house.
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+5 # John Pontsler 2011-10-10 19:38
Upon further examination it appears that the person injured by the IED was and indigenous soldier. As bad as this video was to watch a lot can be learned about just who our guys are. FSC METZ is amazing! After being knocked back 5 feet from the force of the explosion, he is almost the first to render aid. Securing tourniquets to both legs and left arm and probably saving the life of the wounded man in the process.

Oh yes it is bloody and violent, but we can be proud of how our soldiers perform under stress.
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+3 # Joan 2011-10-10 17:47
Michael....
How is this soldier?
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# Ramona 2011-10-10 19:40
In prior wars, that poor soldier might have been the recipient of a mercy killing.
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+3 # Dave 2011-10-10 20:31
Thanks for posting this. IEDs don't discriminate between combat troops and combat photographers, or innocent civilians. Stay safe.
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+1 # Kevin 2011-10-10 20:49
Michael, thanks for the video. Shows what it's really like. I've noticed throughout the comments that no one has mentioned what an excellent job our American Medics did for this Afghan Soldier and that for once, the Choper arrived in a reasonable amount of time. I believe he'll live.
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+13 # Grady 2011-10-10 21:00
There's a lot of ******* on this site.

That's on squared-away medic who after having been knocked on his ass, got up and tended to the severely wounded individual and proceeded on with his mission.

This is war. It takes guts.
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+1 # Paul Hirsch 2011-10-10 23:36
Amen. He didn't flinch or shy away. He just kept working. Excellent job.
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+2 # Clark 2011-10-10 21:03
None of us want to be away from our families and risking our lives. But, we accept the decisions we've made and hope to make Afghanistan a better place for peace loving Afghans because that is what our country asked us to do. And seriously.... I hope no one thinks that isolantionism won't stop the crazies from wanting to kill us.
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+1 # ljrmisty 2011-10-10 21:44
Go to LiveLeak.com to get a bit more info on the soldier with helmet cam
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+2 # RE: Watch Your StepRobohobo 2011-10-10 22:22
The video says it has been removed for disgusting content or some such. But the cowards will allow Jihadi beheadings to stand. Cowards.

God Bless our soldiers and those they serve with.
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+1 # RE: Watch Your StepLee 2011-10-10 22:44
God help this soldier. If this is worth another ten years then we have to keep going. but, if the rules of engagement or the lack of will of the American President or populace work against these men then bring them home for now. Pull them out and nuke the bastards. I don't care.
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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepCindy 2011-10-10 22:59
Oh God, please don't let this man's family see this. Please heal him. I pray he lives through this and has a good life and please get us out. Get our men off the ground. It so isn't worth it. I probably shouldn't have watched this. Thank you to this fine medic and others who keep their heads and take care of our men who have been butchered.
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+6 # Justin 2011-10-10 23:08
That's horrendous, but it should be required viewing for those who make the decision to send others to war...
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+6 # Earnan 2011-10-10 23:16
Thank you Michael. I showed this to a vet vet I know, and he just said "this is typical what did you expect?" and, "just imagine being the medic and doing this while under fire, and having more than one". We civilians really have no idea.
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+9 # RE: Watch Your StepD. Peterson 2011-10-10 23:28
Heart and gut wrenching! What struck me, about the video, was that these guys had no idea if there was another IED waiting to be stepped on. I cringed with every step they took to the chopper and back! I was also struck with the small space they were working in and trying to dress wounds in the dirt and mud. I'm sure the patient could hear nothing, and dimmed hearing for those nearest the blast. They may not have thought to speak a lot of encouragement to the soldier they were treating, but they were touching him and working very hard to assess all of his wounds and give him a fighting chance to live! LIFE.......IS.. .........PRECIO US! I was also struck with how nearly worthless those scissors were for cutting off heavy fatigues and body armor. It really slowed down the process. Yet, the medic persevered. They didn't quit. Americans to the core! Never give up! THIS..........i s what makes this country so special and why God still blesses us.
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# Scott 2011-10-12 09:22
Quoting D. Peterson:
I was also struck with how nearly worthless those scissors were for cutting off heavy fatigues and body armor. It really slowed down the process. Yet, the medic persevered. They didn't quit. Americans to the core! Never give up! THIS..........is what makes this country so special and why God still blesses us.



AMEN - At the very least we need to give these guys better tools to work with such as this: RIPSHEARS (www.ripshears.com/RipShears/Home.html)

God bless out troops!
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+5 # Todd 2011-10-10 23:35
Hard to watch. Felt it a responsibility. Cannot ask young men to go into harms way and close our eyes to the reality of what it takes to keep us safe and free.
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# Roger 2011-10-11 00:10
Many would argue they are who is keeping us in harms way.. good job to the medics and air support.
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-5 # Holly 2011-10-10 23:40
When I watch this, I can't help but to WONDER why the BOjr SUDED the State of Arizona.... etc, etc, etc, etc, etc! Dear GOD!
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-9 # Scott Ward 2011-10-10 23:48
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-1 # Eli 2011-10-11 00:57
That is such a load of garbage. The soldiers in that video are brave and make us proud. What the heck they are stil there for, I am not sure. Like th eway a 'stimulus package' props up the economy only as long as it's there, once we leave, Afghanistan is going the same way it woudl go without us. The idea tha tIsrael wants us there is pure BS. Read Israeli newspapers --- start with the English ones (Haaretz and Jerusalem Post), and then, if you want to hire a translator or learn some Hebrew, start readmnig the Hebrew ones --- starting with haaretz, and include even the settler websites andradio stations (like arutz7). I read them all. They are ALL wondering why America is still in Afghanistan. If Israelis want America to fight n Afghanistan, you and a bunch of conspiracy freaks are the only ones who know, because someone forgot to tell the Israelis.
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-4 # Scott Ward 2011-10-11 02:53
Yeah, so why do most Israelis hate us in Israel? (i.e., youtube vidclips) You got your opinion and I got mine. I got freedom of speech. I was referring to the RABBIs' that clearly hate us and study the Talmud. "Its ok to kill gentiles" ???? pure venom towards us all. Sure, Kill off 6 billion and rule the F***** world. You think your sooooo much better than us gentiles. Maybe you personally DON"T feel that way, but there are a BUNCH that do. Why we gotta send OUR troops to fight these stupid F**** little wars - against the Arab countries. You're readin' propaganda over there. oh, and Shaloo, shalom, Yerushalim. peckerhead.
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-2 # eli 2011-10-11 06:54
(1) I have no idea what youtube video clips you are referring to, but jusging from youtube clips, America is a nation consisting mainly of cats that play the piano, people flling off of motorcycles, and loners in poorly-lit rooms ranting about the lates Lady gaga video.
(2) Yes you do have your opinion. , and you have the freedom to express it without fear of prosecution by the government. So what. That doesn't mena your opinion is worth much, much less correct.
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+1 # Eli 2011-10-11 06:58
(3) "It's Ok to kill gentiles?".... Um, it's also OK to kill Jews, if they are attacking you with guns. IN fact, it's OK to killl anyone who is attacking you, as your ligfe is in danger. I study the Talmud and don;t hat eyou or any other gentile, unless you include people like the guy who placed that IED or Hitler etc. Judaism does say that you can hate evil.
(4) if you are referring to a fringe Rabbi with followers totalling less than 1% of the Israeli population, perhaps someone made that stupid comment. From time to time things lke that occur, and, unless 5 million people are faking, the rest of the country reacts in horror and revulsion at that bigotry and hatred.
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+8 # Ace 2011-10-10 23:56
Thanks for posting this Michael. Hard to watch, very hard to watch.

I was foot troop in Baquobah, IZ around 2006-2007, and this brought back a lot of memories that I'd just now started to forget. I've been there, where those young men just were, mentally and emotionally. There are no words to describe it, that feeling of anger and fear where you desperately want to vomit and go hunt down the 'bad guy', and that feeling of helplessness knowing that you cannot undo events that just happened.

As terrible as the content of this video is, it reminded me that young soldiers are still out in the shit, doing this every day. It's easy for us at home to forget that the wars are still being fought, sometimes.
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# Nx 2011-10-10 23:59
A copy of this video was on youtube - until they took it down due to their "Policy on shocking and disgusting content".

Wonder if they get the irony.

Videos like this should be required viewing for everyone who ever advocated solving political problems by military force.

(and somebody please forward a copy of this video to George Bush?)
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# Kurt Schutzmann 2011-10-11 03:42
Maybe it is time for us to start a new youtube...

IT1 Kurt Schutzmann, USNR-R
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+11 # bill 2011-10-11 00:00
exemplary calmness and professionalism by the 101st troops good job. i hope the ANA soldier survives his wounds...
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# kevin 2011-10-11 00:28
outstanding job getting him medevaced
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# Jose munoz 2011-10-12 02:29
Dont forget the 8th EN medic who was doing the medical work. There are units out there that most people have not heard of like the one the medic had on his shoulders. The same patch I proudly wear on my left shoulder.
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+5 # Chuck 2011-10-11 00:04
Those of us that have or will earn the combat medical badge place others before ourselves. There are times when the instinctive medical training cannot sustain life; and for a time, we shoulder anger, self-doubt, and remorse--about real, imagined, or theological limitations. The memories however, remain for a lifetime. If there was any fortune in this video, it was not a larger explosive device that would have left no witnesses or produced multiple casualties.

Michael, take your usual precautions, watch your back, and don't let the REMFs get the better of you.
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-6 # Bill 2011-10-11 00:15
What did he die for?
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+4 # trip 2011-10-11 01:01
He died for HIS country, Afganistan, as he is an ANA Soldier. He's fighting for HIS countries freedom and independence. He died doing his ******* job. Thats what he did. And hes a ******* hero for doing so. Perhaps not the brightest individual in a tactical sense, but, he died fighting for his country, instead of ******* twittering about it.
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# Sara Johnson 2011-10-11 17:27
Good response, Trip. These are the ANA soldiers that are fighting with ours. They will need to take this over and continue to fight for their own country. That is the only way they can climb out of this hole. The potential for their country is there, as MY has exposed us to, ie. tourism, exports (not drugs). Only hope these ANA soldiers can get the care our soldiers do. . . probably not possible though, after the immediate trauma care. Or does anyone know?
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+1 # Jon Gorman 2012-06-17 17:31
Did I miss something? Who died in this video?
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# Jay 2011-10-11 03:07
His friends.
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+1 # Doc_32 2011-11-07 17:17
He died for his country. He died fighting to keep the taliban from controlling his country again. So that his mother wouldn't be stoned to death for being a victim of rape, so his father could choose whether or not to grow a beard, so that his sister could go to school. Shall I go on?
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+10 # RE: Watch Your StepEli 2011-10-11 00:59
Then the assertion that "they never get their hand dirty". Are you nuts? Israeli soldiers also get medals for jumping on grenades thrown by jihadis, and getting their bodies blown to bits while trying to protect their fellwo soldiers. Israelis also patrolled for years in Lebanon, seeing their buddies bloen to bits by IEDs --- until they withdrew about 11 years ago. The idea that they never suffered teh horrors of was and 'getting their hand dirty' can only be made by an ignormamous or someone so comsumed by hate that you just ignore what you know to be true.
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-1 # RB Miller 2011-10-11 15:09
Eli,

Don't worry about these liberals or Libertarians. They live in a dream world. Today, it looks like Iran attempted to directly blow up the US and Saudi Embassies in the US. Some of these fake conservatives and radical Leftists would have the US allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.

When I hear the label, "neo-con" I know I'm talking to either a radical Left liberal or a Ron Paul Libertarian.
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+2 # RE: Watch Your StepEli 2011-10-11 01:00
Ask Israelis what they think of America being in Afghanistan. I am not Isreali, but many of my relatives are, and they have seen combat in Lebanon and other hellholes. To a man, they think America should have gone in, left the place a ruins, and left. You can't "Marshall Plan" a place which had no moderm civilization.
One thing on which we agree, is that everyone, especially those who in general are hawkish on foreign policy (like myself) should be required to see videos like this. All Presidential candidates should as well. War is sometimes just, but is never good.
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+1 # RE: Watch Your StepGARY 2011-10-11 06:26
TOV MEOD!!!!!!!!!!!
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# RE: Watch Your StepHasbara Matata 2011-10-11 08:56
Perhaps you could have these reasonable Israeli Jews you claim to know ring-up the cabal of American Neocon Jews and AIPACers and CFR luminaries and various 5th-column Likudniks who sold us these [censored] pointless wars for Greater Israel.

But, hey-- Jews don't really join the armed forces. (Not the American armed forces, anyway.)

So,onward Christian soliders, right?
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-1 # RE: Watch Your StepHasbara Matata 2011-10-11 09:21
Quote:
Ask Israelis what they think of America being in Afghanistan. I am not Isreali, but many of my relatives are, and they have seen combat in Lebanon and other hellholes. To a man, they think America should have gone in, left the place a ruins, and left. You can't "Marshall Plan" a place which had no moderm civilization.
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You know, actually, it's not funny. Not a bit funny-- not amusing, and certainly not odd.
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# RE: Watch Your StepEli 2011-10-11 09:45
A few facts are in order
(1) Many neocons are Jews. The vast majorioty of American Jews are not neocons. Neocons vote Republican. American Jews, as a whole, do not.
(2) You have the ability to spout whatever you want, but you have no deep knowledge of Israeli politics or Israeli political culture. Actually, the fact is that ove rthe last ten years, when neocons go on tours of Israel or security conferneces, they have been repeatedly told by Israelis that they are WAY off base and that the idea of America introducing democracy into the Middle East is an impossible dream. Now, you can agree or disagree with the Israelis, but Israelis are foreign policy realists --- with the exception of Scharansky
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+1 # RE: Watch Your StepEli 2011-10-11 09:51
... whose views the neocons loved because he was ALONE among the Israeli establishment. The mainstream view of the Israeli foreign services, internal services, and defense establishment, is that the Arabic world was not ripe for democratization , and that democratization would just bring jihadists to power.
If I'm a fifth-columnist , it's for Canada, not Israel. I grew up in Canada. I decided I wanted to become an American citizen a few months after 9/11, because I was ashamed by the anti US protests in Canada and I wanted to stand with the US, at least symbolically. My proudest moment was when I became a citizen in Newark a few years later. You can't go on dismissing facts. In Israel, they think the neocons are fools when it comes to their views of the greater Middle East
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+6 # RE: Watch Your StepT2 2011-10-11 03:42
This video should be viewed and discussed in every High School class.
Now.
That's some badass efficiency - the chopper arrives within 30min!
Its like a well oiled factory. But what remains for the soul or spirit of those who have no choice to leave theater.
As well as those that do. They must stay to live and work it out.
Broken bodies, broken politic, politic that kills.
The only news back here is: the Afghanistan Government must torture their own.
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+1 # RE: Watch Your StepEli 2011-10-11 13:16
Every VOTER should see it. If you're going to vote for a commander-in-ch ief, you should know what burdens his decisions place on the lives of our brave soldiers. If you're NOT naturally inclined towards pacifism, then you need to see this to understand teh gravity of the decisions of war.
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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepArt 2011-10-11 04:29
It's a shameful travesty how we underappreciate our 'safety' and our freedom, and of course, the men who secure it for us daily. May God have mercy on us for taking so much of life for granted. Thank you Michael Yon for bringing us these unfortunate reality checks. God, please bless our service men and women ... and even us too .. with conviction to give of ourselves as these brave soldiers so eagerly do.
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# MikeM 2011-10-11 06:28
This is why separated soldiers can't stand civilians. Here you have a glimpse into the soldier's everyday events and your first thought is how to use this single skirmish to support your grandiose political views. Americans on their cushioned side of reality ******* disgust me.
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-2 # RE: Watch Your StepEli 2011-10-11 07:03
(5) "You think you are so much better than Gentiles"; That's absurd. Sure, just as many religious Christians believe that they have the true path, many religious Jew do as well. If you hate all non-relativisti c religions, OK. In fact, the holiday we are about to celebrate, Sukkot, was marked in Temple times by 70 sacrifices, corresponding to the unity of all 70 nations of the world serving the same G-d. But thjat's besdies the point. Your knowledge of Talmud is gleaned from youtube and maybe some WAR pamphlets -- or maybe Mel Gibson's father.... Fine examples of schiolarly discourse.
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+4 # RE: Watch Your Stepgildas dubois 2011-10-11 07:22
War is hell
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-3 # D.W.Ko 2011-10-11 08:22
War is hell..
Korean => "Ji_Ryae ga siroyo(Hate mine)."
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-29 # RE: Watch Your Stepn1 2011-10-11 08:36
I think I've seen part of his genitals. This is not suited for american TV.
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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepJeff C 2011-10-11 10:53
Are you kidding me? This guy is blown to pieces and you're concerned that his genitals are seen? Get a grip on what's important here.
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# Will 2011-10-11 11:43
Hopefully he was being sarcastic.
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+2 # RE: Watch Your StepSara Johnson 2011-10-11 17:32
Spare us your shallow comments. Obviously, you have little understanding for the value of truth. Perhaps something like a nice day time soap opera would keep you happy and amused.
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+1 # Matt 2011-10-11 20:17
I think you all have some problem spotting sarcasm. And the sad truth is idiotic American TV would more likely censure this based on that fact - rather than the extreme violence.

Enough of that. Here is to those brave young lads with character of steel, who do their job calmly and professionally, even in the face of such horror. Now you know why vets don't usually like to talk about their combat experiences.
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# Joe Davis 2011-10-11 20:22
Seriously?
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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepSoldiers Mom 2011-10-11 22:26
It's a flipping war -- genitals show, guts show, blood and brains show -- what did you expect, Mary Poppins? That's the trouble with the US now -- we are just to damned politically correct! Just my humble opinion!
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+6 # RE: Watch Your StepDanny P 2011-10-11 12:34
The men on the ground were bad ass. They immediately responded, the PSG, was double tapping his PL to make sure air
(9Line), EOD, and security was in place. He did the most of the treated with his medic and completed the mission in under 30 minutes. This is what we train for and live for. 101st, Air Assault leads the way !!! I'mnot saying to ut in the PSG for a Valor medal for doing his job, but he deserves high recognition for that. I have seen PSg's in the past lock up and the younger Soldiers have to take over because they are in shock, SFC you F'n rock buddy!!!!!
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+3 # Hurtgen Winter 2011-10-12 00:06
Agreed. SFC Metz rocks. Strong work.
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# RE: Watch Your StepAlphacat 2011-10-11 12:35
Oh Lord......
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+18 # RE: Watch Your StepBritSquaddie 2011-10-11 12:38
From a (sadly now ex)Brit soldier and erstwhile comrade in arms: This encapsulates everything that is great about the American Military. There is raw courage, cool professionalism whilst excellent technology and support is on hand. And that MEDEVAC was 20mins from call to HLS. Of course war is hell. But every man is a volunteer, well trained, equipped and usually, highly motivated. But war is the last resort, a desperate set of measures employed when there is no other option available to ensure our way of life, freedom and ultimately democracy, survive. "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
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# Randy Carruthers 2011-10-11 13:41
Well said!!
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# Roger 2011-10-12 07:39
The quote at the end of your comment is one of my favorites. It explains much if you think about it and I've used it many times in many discussions.
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+2 # RE: Watch Your StepGARY 2011-10-11 14:34
WWW.GLOBALMEDICALSERVICE.COM I am Israeli!!!!!!!! !!!
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+7 # RE: Watch Your StepMike 2011-10-11 14:44
I am immensely grateful that we have young men and women laying down their lives for our freedom. sadness is the media and our politicians won't tell the truth about Sharia Law and Islam and the threat it is to our freedom and liberty.
Those Israelis may well be correct in that the USA should have gone in an maak schoon and then left.
Truth is Saudi Arabia and Pakistan amongst the Organisation of Islamic Nations at the UN are enemies of freedom and liberty.
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-14 # RE: Watch Your Stepkgrr 2011-10-11 15:12
Keep on preaching to the choir, folks, if it makes you feel better to be centurions to the empire. . .Efficiency, eh? I see a young man mangled for something called "the great game." Whose game is it? Some efficiency. . .

Come back whole, which would mean sooner than later.
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-2 # You must input name 2011-10-13 01:10
I fully agree. Don't mind the zombies thumping their chests, voting you down and yelling 'Marine Corps.' They get paid every two weeks, retired or not - nothing like it anywhere. People that work at productive jobs, that make stuff and actually help people are forced pay them. Someday, hopefully, this will end too when the fake dollar collapses.
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-9 # RE: Watch Your StepNoname 2011-10-11 18:26
Art: What kind of god would let any of this happen? It's the belief in gods conflicting against another group's belief in gods that leads these people to put bombs in the ground hoping to maim or kill those who believe "wrong".
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+1 # RE: Watch Your StepJoe Smith 2011-10-11 20:27
The god that the enemy believes in isn't a god he is a false god and his teachings are contrary to a civilized society. These people are a disease and must be defeated at all costs.
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+5 # RE: Watch Your StepArt 2011-10-12 18:21
Noname: The God I serve is the Creator of all who likewise proposes His offer [of salvation] to all. As such all men are given the latitude to freely choose to respond to him favorably (accepting His offer of grace) or unfavorably, rejecting him outright (see Acts 17:24-31). As such, it is our free wills that get us into these travesties and abysmal horrors. Think about it, were He to "force" the unwilling to love him would be a greater offense to most (ask any atheist). In turn then, consequences unfortunately follow the choices of all men who would have things their individual and inumerable ways, instead of His ... which is that we all love our neighbors as ourselves - even as He loved us - laying down our lives for one another, as He did His for us (see John 15:12).
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+3 # Art 2011-10-12 18:23
Noname: ... cont'd ... The trouble begins though when one is initially burdened at the onset though with deciding who in the h_ll one has to accept as one's fr_king neighbor .. the guy of a different color who would 'love' me as himself, or the guy who might look very much like myself but who would secretly strap explosives to even his handicapped 'sister' to make a statement in honor of a 'god' who's image he pathetically bears in kind.
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+10 # RE: Watch Your StepRobert Martin 2011-10-11 20:21
Mr. Yon, I am a combat medic with 3-41 Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss. I'm teaching some new medics and would really like to show them this video. Can you email me the file? My address is
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+1 # RE: Watch Your StepPeter Moerland 2011-10-12 01:00
Quoting Robert Martin:
Mr. Yon, I am a combat medic with 3-41 Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss. I'm teaching some new medics and would really like to show them this video. Can you email me the file? My address is

Ditto here in the Netherlands, please give the file for medical instructions
Peter Moerland()
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+1 # RE: Watch Your Steplrsu 2011-10-12 20:49
Quoting Robert Martin:
Mr. Yon, I am a combat medic with 3-41 Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss. I'm teaching some new medics and would really like to show them this video. Can you email me the file? My address is


Mr. Yon, I too would like to push this up to my Medics. Could you post the link or file source?
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+1 # Sean 2011-10-13 08:00
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/images/Flashvideo/watchstep/IED.f4v

It´s a mp4 file with 351 MB.
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-17 # RE: Watch Your StepAnonymous 2011-10-11 23:04
How would you feel if Muslim soldiers were patrolling Texas for resources?

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Last I checked opium was up 61% on the heels of a "surge."

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/afghanistan-opium-production-set-rise-61-un-075157010.html

This is no way to live out a life. They should not be perpetuating the military-indust rial-complex.
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# John 2011-10-12 01:21
LOL! What resources are in Afghanistan? Certainly not OIL. Go learn something.
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# Homer 2011-10-13 08:59
The LITHIUM Mother Load....plus a great deal of other minerals are there !
Mining will be big there one day !
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+1 # Roman Catholic 2011-10-13 05:21
Muslim/Christia n coalition soldiers are in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban/Al Qaeda forces. Muslim soldiers in Texas? Doesn't make sense.
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+4 # Renee 2011-10-11 23:48
To say, "God bless our troops" is truly the understatement of all eternity.
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-1 # Sikened by the indifference 2011-10-13 00:45
God bless the American supplied medics and helo, for that unfortunate chap with the splintered bones and dangling shreds of flesh for limbs and complete facial and dental removal was an Afghan hired as an interpreter or point man to wade into danger, protecting U.S. troops.

This man should have died. What possible life will he and his family have with no face, no teeth, no limbs, no bladder and, without a doubt, a mind turned to mush. Thank you Bush. Thank you Barry, I'm so proud to be an American. At least I know I'm free...
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+15 # RE: Watch Your StepPRO SOLDIERS 2011-10-12 05:51
Any person that bags US Army should watch this, feel sick with pride, good men and women. From an Aussie.
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-4 # RE: Watch Your StepStone Wall In Ireland 2011-10-12 07:53
And what about the Afghan Army guy who was blown to bits here? You know, the one the U.S. Army hires to lead the way into the fields and take the hits so as to keep the kill numbers acceptable at home. Yep, sick with pride I am.
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+2 # Retired Army Combat Vet 2011-10-12 21:10
Whaaattt??? You think the U.S.Army hires the Afghan's to fight for their own country? Crawl out from that safe place under that damn rock where you've been hiding and pay attention to what the American soldiers are doing over there. Try reading Michael Yon's dispatches.
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# Lying In The Dark Crossmaglen 2011-10-13 00:30
And what, exactly, are American soldiers doing over there? Don't give me any line about 'following the golfer-in-charg e's orders or protecting my freedom from fake terrorists. Apologies, if I stepped on your forevermore veteran benefits, generous pension, unquestionable patriotic media image and all that.

Yes, the U.S. Army hires local dimwits motivated by mouths to feed to wade ahead and take an IED (as this poor soul did) and clear the path for loudmouth Americans with itchy triggers. GTFO out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and 692 places I can't recall at the moment. God I hope people wake the F up and this ends before I have to witness another life-changing video like this. It has been 2 days and my heart wrenches when I even think about this video. I'd wager less than 2,000 Americans have watched this, or will take a few minutes away from Xbox, NFL and porn to ponder the situation. But remember, support out troops!!!
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-35 # RE: Watch Your StepStone Wall In Ireland 2011-10-12 07:43
Pointless war(s) perpetuated by globalists and war profiteers. We need to GTFO of all these distant countries and let them sort themselves out. We can't afford it and it does nothing but cause a backlash of violence as the promised money and rebuilding commitment evaporates.

Support our troops no matter what and never question their actions inflicted upon the locals. That is the message perpetrated by media and panting veterans ready to pounce on any criticism like a loyal dog. And it works too - just look at all the lemmings putting Chinese-made yellow ribbon stickers all over their vehicles and who don't seek out video and accounts such as here to see the truth. Hoo-rah. Go team. What a joke. These soldiers and mercinaries need to wake up and take care of business at home, which will probably be to violate and suppress the increasingly restless American citizenry.

Thanks for the disturbing video.
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+5 # Dabo Red 2011-10-12 10:51
I would prefer to kill Americas enemies on their turf than to have them kill us on ours. And if you dont think they are our enemies, and want to enslave us or kill us, YOU are the one that needs to WAKE UP!
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+5 # RE: Watch Your StepKevin Stalker 2011-10-12 13:08
You were warned, yet you watched it anyway.

You watched two Army medics and an E7 save the life of an ANA soldier, with complete disregard for their own safety, and yet you complain.

You claim to support our troops, yet you bitch incessantly about the work they do.

You should leave the country. Move to France. Theirs a bunch of pu**ies like you over there. Renounce your American citizenship too. Being a disabled vet, I have no sympathy for pieces of sh*t like yourself.
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+2 # RE: Watch Your StepDigger 2012-10-29 10:04
Mate the French are in Afghan with us. No need to bag them out
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+1 # Repinsymra 2011-10-14 07:05
Sleep well tonight as the ANA and 101st make you life comfortable.
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# peter lawrence 2011-10-23 09:49
Yea. Its about senseless IED's and Land Mines Something The I R A know lots about.
P.S. It's a restless world and the "American citizenry" is brought into it by everyone that has joined its U.S. Citizenry that still has family abroad to protect.
All for one and one for all...
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+4 # covernent 2011-10-12 10:31
America Army`s advanced Field First Aid and Quickly Arrived Medivac Saved One man Life.

Korean Army Must Learning that Things. Not Only First Aid Kit and Training
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-72 # RE: Watch Your StepHamza 2011-10-12 15:56
Long live Taliban, may these bacon trolls die and go to hell.
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+1 # Art 2011-10-12 19:29
May the Taliban live long indeed - eternally! Feasting on the swine of their making. The fare that murderous, the cowardly, and lovers of hostility so richly deserve.
---The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” [Genesis 16:11-13]
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+5 # rtemus 2011-10-12 22:20
Go [removed by webmaster due to profanity] yourself, seriously.
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# Repinsymra 2011-10-14 07:08
Hazma....you and yours at some point will reside in a "glass desert", when your fanatical brethren get real stupid....they' re being asses now..no correct that..pigs.
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# boarz 2011-10-14 22:25
Иди ебать ишака, урюк гонорейный! Сосать будешь у Большого Белого Брата, пока не сдохнешь!
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+2 # RE: Watch Your Steppeter lawrence 2011-10-23 09:04
I'm praying to god right now, "that you find a IUD under your feet one day" HAMZA and it's probably made by one of your own Taliban brothers.
Sincerely,
Peter Lawrence
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# peter lawrence 2011-10-23 09:08
Correction; I was so pissed I meant IED not IUD for that SOB HAMZA.
Sincerely,
Peter Lawrence
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-1 # RE: Watch Your Stepgfd 2011-10-12 19:31
Do you think the soldier was set up by a false flag inside job, to gain sympathy for the cause?
Who is the israeli commando in the beret?
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-21 # RE: Watch Your Stepjimmy_c in U.K 2011-10-12 22:26
-Its ALL MONEY!
-Steal oil, re-build using U.S firms, privatise the country, install a government that will bow to the U.S/U.N, then leave once they've got what they want. I feel for these soilders, but only because of their stupidity to join the forces in the 1st place, (they are lied to and conned)
-How are you protecting someone 4000+ miles away?!
-Freedom? Democracy? Where was my vote to hike inflation prices? To hike up house prices? To GO TO WAR??!! Where was my DEMOCRATIC, FREE VOTE?!?!
-THE MANY DIE FOR THE BENIFIT OF A FEW, and this video shows what the poor go through to make the rich richer. These wars are started by banks (Fed reserve, Rothschild) Oil company's (Xon) and Construction firms (Halliburton)
-All these companies make mass profits from middle eastern war, and all are the biggest contributors of all Presidential electee's, as well as all owned/managed/D irected by the same people who are senetors, governors, Presidents and high ranking officials past and present
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-5 # RE: Watch Your Stepjimmy c 2011-10-12 22:28
I promise that the next steps are to make Iran look bad several times, (It may take another big event Sep 11 style), pin it on Iran, so the PUBLIC think they are justly going to these countries, so more innocent men and women end up like this video, just to get their hands on the last drops of diminishing oil.
And when the U.S go to war with Venuzuela in the next 5 years, you'll hopefully be prepaired for the lies.
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+4 # RE: Watch Your StepItsjuststupidnotaconspiracy 2011-10-13 23:14
Afghanistan hasn't got any oil you fool.
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# Anon 2011-10-14 21:34
Believe what you want to believe. "Those who live by the sword, die by the sword."

They have oil. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17322

And the pre-9/11 Afghan government stood in the way of the military-indust rial-complex's pipeline project running through the country.

Forget about the oil, OPIUM baby, that's where its at.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/afghanistan-opium-production-set-rise-61-un-075157010.html
http://japanfocus.org/-Peter_Dale-Scott/3340

Before the US invaded, the Moslems were burning that stuff. After US-NATO came in, its production skyrocketed and over 90% of it now comes from Afghanistan. 1 + 1 = ?
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+8 # RE: Watch Your StepSam 2011-10-13 00:28
I am about to join the Australian Army as a cavalryman. It is an eye opener to see what I might be walking into. Yet I believe we started this fight, therefore we finish it. It would be un Australian to just give up on the people in Afghan who are relying on us and I am sure many of the coalition of the willing believe the same thing.
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# Homer 2011-10-13 08:56
Best O Luck to you Sam ! If you ain't Cav ..You ain't Sh*T ! haha !
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+1 # peter moerland 2011-10-13 00:56
Mr Yon

if possible give us/me access to the file so it can be used for instruction purposes

regards,
peter
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# Spacefish 2011-10-13 18:36
Try http://www.michaelyon-online.com/images/Flashvideo/watchstep/IED.f4v
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# KnowSkillz 2011-10-15 19:25
real player downloader will let you download any flash video Peter. I posted this as well a few posts up as a response to security medic's request for a way to obtain this video. The plugin will create a download link for any flash video. I use it all the time. Let me know if it works for you. Also, I have both Chrome and Firefox browsers. The plugin downloader seems to work best in firefox, but it might just be my personal settings.
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+12 # RE: Watch Your Stephanham 2011-10-13 08:03
from an australian civilian . our U.S. allies are NOT taken for granted ,our brothers in arms sacrafices are felt on the other side of the world .your wounds are felt ...god bless.
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# Homer 2011-10-13 08:53
Thanks for your kind words Hanham !
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+6 # Security Medic 2011-10-13 12:36
Please advise on how I (we) can obtain this video for instructional purposes. As a Medic and instructor this is a great, however unfortunate, video detailing TCCC with obvious footage of the two leading causes of preventable death on the battlefield.

Thanks,
Doc
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# fatal-error 2011-10-13 13:19
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/images/Flashvideo/watchstep/IED.f4v

Theres the video file for that video, you may convert it to a more usable format with software such as "Format Factory"

That's just extracted from the page source code.
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# Keith 2011-10-13 15:05
Yes, simply paste this link into your browser and goto and it will download the entire video:

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# Spacefish 2011-10-13 18:34
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/images/Flashvideo/watchstep/IED.f4v s ok with it, but i think so.
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# Brian 2011-10-13 22:07
I used a screen capture utility that also captures video. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/howto/articles/screencap.aspx or http://all-streaming-media.com/record-video-from-screen/CamStudio-freeware-Windows-Free-video-screen-capture-software-supporting-audio-recording.htm should do the trick for Windows users. I use a Mac, so I use Snapz Pro X from Ambrosia software.
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# Brian 2011-10-13 22:16
You can also download it from http://www.michaelyon-online.com/images/Flashvideo/watchstep/IED.f4v and view it with Adobe Media Player. VLC will play the video but not audio.
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# GolfHotel 2011-10-14 00:50
Hi, thanks for the video, I will use it as training video and I am sure it will help a lot. Even though most of my men won't understand the language very well.

For everyone else, you can download the video by looking up in the source code, sometimes it works but most times it doesn't work (especially on youtube). Here I had luck and hopefully the admin does not remove the following link:

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/images/Flashvideo/watchstep/IED.f4v

If you want to download a video in general look up in the source code and try it, if not you can use the "Video Download Helper" (http://www.downloadhelper.net/) with Firefox.

Thanks a lot.
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-3 # Pain Killer 2011-10-14 06:49
"Doc"

A very unfortunate incident for the casualty. However, you might want to reconsider and use the video for things NOT to do! As a "medic and instructor" you should have identified the casualty care as being some of the poorest rendered.

Pain Killer
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-1 # cowgirlmedic 2011-10-14 23:28
You took the words right out of my mouth.

As a medical NCO myself, I am appalled that no one established an airway immediately then worked on the limbs. He also should have been immobilized, strapped and drugged within a few minutes of applying the tourniquets. I see they had the intentions of putting a line in, but did they? I wouldn't really matter anyways because he was strapped above the attempted site. I know this medic is under a lot of stress, but the CLS guys know basic lifesaving techniques. It's ingrained in their brains from basic.

I am in shock at this video. I've never seen such poor medical care.
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-9 # cowgirlmedic 2011-10-14 23:28
You took the words right out of my mouth.

As a medical NCO myself, I am appalled that no one established an airway immediately then worked on the limbs. He also should have been immobilized, strapped and drugged within a few minutes of applying the tourniquets. I see they had the intentions of putting a line in, but did they? I wouldn't really matter anyways because he was strapped above the attempted site. I know this medic is under a lot of stress, but the CLS guys know basic lifesaving techniques. It's ingrained in their brains from basic.

I am in shock at this video. I've never seen such poor medical care.
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# peter lawrence 2011-10-16 07:56
No doubt your right. As for what I saw in the video there may have been more explosives around and everybody had to pussy foot around. I was waiting for incoming fire after that I E D detonated. I to have 20/20 hindsight and wish I could have done things different in my life.
Sincerely, P L

P.S. thank god everyone here cares for about you all.
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+3 # Richard 2011-10-27 00:31
Cowgirl, seriously ? You are a medic ?....

So you would have established an airway before you dealt with limbs ? While you are trying to tube him how did you plan on putting the blood back in afterwards ? Leave your stateside knowledge right there, stateside. And also, before any of that he should have been dragged to a cleared area, certainly not with TCCC going in in an unclear choke point.

Respectfully said.
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+2 # combat medicbonecrusher7 2012-01-10 01:26
Wow, as a medical NCO myself and an instructor of combat advisors, I realize that massize uncontrolled hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death on todays battlefield. This casualty will die from loss of blood faster than he will from an injury to the maxilofacial area. He was obviously breathing just fine through his nostrils. It's a principle now known as MARCH - look it up.. I suggest you get out of the hospital and brush up on your combat skills before criticizing others.
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# Security Medic 2011-10-15 00:10
Sigh... Just sigh...
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+1 # KnowSkillz 2011-10-15 19:18
Hi Security Medic,

A way to download this video, I use RealPlayer downloader. It will create a download link at the top right of any flash video on any website. I use it for youtube all the time. Of course this video has been removed from youtube, but the downloader will work on here, im downloading it as i type this in fact.

So google or whatever search you use for real player downloader or real player browser plug in. Make sure you dont get just the player. You need to make sure it is the downloader as well. Let me know if it works for you. Take care bud.
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# KnowSkillz 2011-10-15 19:21
And I for one think they did a bang up job on keeping this man alive. Hat off to those brave medics in the middle of nowhere saving someone's life who has major major trauma with just a few things in their back packs and their knowledge. This is not like an EMT who has an ambulance full of gadgets and a full service hospital within 5 miles of them. Some times people just like to over critic others when they are doing hero type work... kind of sad, but ahh who cares. i'd let those medics save my life any day.
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# Pain Killer 2011-10-25 17:39
And you are lost also! You need to bring your combat medic [opinion] skills to standard! Obviously a non-combat medic.
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+2 # Doc Montoya 2011-12-09 17:10
Painkiller/ Cowgirl,
Take your training and so called knowledge elsewhere if you think that this was just horrible care. This is not Ft Sam anymore, this is real life. I do admit from my side of this "screen" I noticed some things the medic did wrong. Have you been in this medic's shoes? Not in the ER or battlefield simulation! I can honestly say, that no matter how much you have trained and how prepared you think you are... you are never prepared for an incident like this. When the bullets are overhead, when rockets are going across your face, when there is an explosion that rocks your world and injures a friendly, your mind just does not work right. *Very difficult* What he needed was for someone to get him to calm down and focus. That would've helped him. He knew what to do but didn't know when or where to use his knowledge. After the hell is over that's when it'll get rough for him. HOOAH! ~Deuce Four~
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# richard 2011-10-13 20:54
Using firefox you can download an application called download helper and can download videos that are embedded with in websites. Ive already downloaded it myself. Its a Flash video and works with the Video Lan media player.
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# random guy 2011-10-14 07:48
Was he a american soldier ? and did he survive?
Cant belive this shit happens in our screwed world..
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+5 # g martin 2011-10-14 12:37
We all say thank you for your service, but do we really mean it? I can tell you it very much changes when your very own son joins the Army as mine has. This was a very sobering piece of film. I have been deeply touched my Michael Yons work. He is a very brave man. Don't forget to thank them - they do appreciate it. Tears.
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+1 # viktor 2011-10-14 13:07
this is war. A terrible smile of war
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+5 # roy C 2011-10-14 19:26
Is it any wonder they come home with such emotional problem, and why they need our help and support.
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+7 # JohnG 2011-10-15 00:00
(1/2)

Poor ANA grunt gets his half his face and leg blown off and all you want to b***h about is "DURR THEY WANT THE OIL" or "LONG LIVE THE TALIBAN HURR".

News flash;

This is an Afghani soldier. Injured by Afghani insurgents. You must be straight up retarded to want to make comments on the US involvement in Afghanistan or promote the Taliban on this page.

Go back to your college dorms, you over-excited law students. You all think it's cool to feel like you're standing up for something by protesting and arguing US involvement overseas, or think you're cool for thinking you're promoting a righteous and free group (Taliban).
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+1 # Non-Partisan & Anti-Hypocrits and Chickenhawks 2011-10-15 21:51
JohnG, who the hell told you all college students are pothead hippie losers, who like to protest against pretty much everything?
And in what capacity are law students related to this? What are they guilty of? Rules of Engagement? Even a seasoned grunt will tell you that indiscriminate shooting leads to total failure in COIN operations.
With so many hypocrites and losers to rant against, from the President to incompetent miitary leaders, without forgetting the corrupt Capitol Hill crowd, you had to choose college/law students.
That being said, you're nothing but a jealous troll, a probable coward and armchair general who despises all those that use their heads properly. Law school was your goal, but you had to settle for intellectual misery.
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+2 # Non-Partisan & Anti-Hypocrits and Chickenhawks 2011-10-15 21:53
Let me pop the news to you, JohnG: this ain't the sixties and not everyone that protests is a flea-ridden hippie or a "pinko". If you enjoy being a wage slave and living in ignorance, it's your call, mate.
Truth be told: since the demise of the Soviet Union, the United States have not been seriously threatened in their territorial integrity and national security altogether. The Marines at Iwo Jima and the 101st in Bastogne (and the Brits in El Alamein, for that matter) saved the freedom-loving world; taking Baghdad, Grenada or Panama did not, jackass.
It's not just me who says this, check out people who are a lot more intelligent than me or you, such as Andrew J. Bacevich or William J. Astore. Since we're at Michael Yon's joint, do check out what Gen. McChrystal has to say about National Service on Newsweek magazine.

God Bless the USA, from an expat.
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+1 # JohnG 2011-10-15 00:00
Guess what? These men in ACU's wearing our country's flag give you the right to complain about them.

And remember 9/11. Would you be talking so much crap about US troops if you were there? If you witnessed a friend get crushed by the collapsing towers? I don't care if you think there was a conspiracy involved. Innocent Americans died.

Politics trolls, G.T.F.O.

That is all.
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# Paulie 2011-10-16 01:13
But what does Iraq has to do with 9/11?
That's like saying two American terrorists blow up something in UAE, then UAE spends next 8 years invading Canada because they live in same region.
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# APA 2011-10-16 04:37
9 11 was an inside job !
It was 3 buildings and 2 airplains The banksters and their military industrial complex
togheter with the CIA did 9 11.
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+5 # Peter Lawrence 2011-10-15 12:17
Hello, and Thank You Michael Yon.
I am interested in how this Soldier is doing now if you know Micheal.
Great Unit I hope for a Medic Team like this if God is calling for me.
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+1 # Cicero 2011-10-15 20:08
shouldn't be face up.
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-14 # RE: Watch Your StepSwarley 2011-10-16 07:42
What is this war good for? :-) Talking about 9/11, somehow I have to think about Nagasaki and Hiroshima... something doesn't feel right if you say innocent dide on purpose so they have to die, too... if that's true, what should Japan do with the U.S.A. ?
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+1 # Don 2011-10-24 22:44
Seek help.
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+3 # RE: Watch Your StepproudYonsupporter 2011-10-20 07:58
I bet these armchair medics would be crapping their pants in a situation like this. The guy fought them all the way, and while in a war zone they prepped him for medivac and hospital care with a backpack full of band aids. Dont forget the FACT that this area had been swept, and deemed OK to be in. Now this happens, and that little gem has to be going through their minds while they are saving his life. You dirtbags that gave your little critiques need to STFU.
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-18 # RE: Watch Your StepKaz 2011-10-20 16:18
Cant believe you support this shit! This WAR or any other!..
for your freedom?..bulls hit...noone would bother you if you didnt start it first .
wake up plz please. Dont be puppets..
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+1 # JACK 2011-10-26 23:30
Oh please....OH PLEASE MOVE TO IRAN.
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# JS 2011-10-21 14:09
Actually the spot the ANA step into wasn't swept by the EOD Sargeant. You says it in the video when one guy walks too close to the spot where the ANA got blown up.

Mines. I would be in constant fear of mines if I were there fighting.
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# Pete 2011-10-23 07:17
Does anybody know what the medic sloshed in his mouth? Maybe fentanyl or something like that?
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+1 # Deb 2011-10-23 10:45
As a mom of a soldier in Afghanistan, I felt that I needed to make myself watch this video. I needed to know how things really are. Not how hollywood or the news portrays them. Or how my son laughs them off. I need to know because my son will come home and I need to be able to understand what he saw and experienced. My son is stationed near where Michael is so I know that a lot of what Michael writes about is what he is experiencing. As the man doing the minesweeps, how would he feel if it was one of his team members. Thank you Michael for giving me a little insite.
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-2 # Gregori 2011-10-23 10:57
omg this is cruel reality
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-1 # RE: Watch Your Stepnb 2011-10-23 14:15
Those men are too slow in first aid. Too much unpacking and shit.
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# Michael Yon 2011-10-23 23:24
Golden Seconds: An Open Letter to Secretary Panetta and President Obama

Please read carefully and distribute widely.

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/golden-seconds.htm
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-9 # Русский 2011-10-24 22:18
Его надо было убить что бы он не мучился.
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+2 # Беларус 2011-12-14 16:26
ты долбоёб
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# crazyf8 2011-10-25 11:30
A poster on liveleak.com left a comment that the whole video can be downloaded at the link below... I have not tried it, but rapidshare seems to be a legit site if you want to try and download:

https://rapidshare.com/#!download|401dt|3201194971|Combat_in_Afghanistan_-_YouTube.flv
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-4 # Jason Rogers 2011-10-25 23:27
As a Marine Officer who has had this guy with us I want you all to know he is a total ass clown and can guarantee this comment will be deleted proto. He is the 99% of reporters embedded with the military, there to sell a story. No one wants to buy a book that says "Yup, just as you've been told by those who serve". No, this guy has to tell some untold scoop. Give me a break.
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# JACK 2011-10-26 23:44
Dear Sir....AS MOST officers respect those troops that they send into battle....why are you jerking Yon's chain....his writing since 2005 has either corrected issues for those troops...or nailed people like you for their disregard of those warriors//////H is calls to us at home to right the AIREVAC horrible response time is a example of why he is so highly regarded.

What have you done to improve any aspect of your Marine warriors safety? WOULD YOU TOSS YOUR CAREER and call BS to a higher up? Yon, tried to jump in a fire fight to save a downed officers life, maybe he should just let you lie there with a black mag and do nothing...HE PICKED UP A M4 And risked his life and his only job.

BACK OFF.....Oh and SEMPER FI BRO.
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# Richard 2011-10-27 00:24
Jack, as all the readers of this surmise. You have no idea what Semper Fi means. You read that in a book somewhere. No doubt you are a poser using words that have no meaning to you. Just stay in your lane and get back to OWS.
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+1 # JACK 2011-10-27 01:46
Richard...THE POINT WAS...For me to defend Mr.Yon,and point out put my Marine brother has his head in an inop. state and needs to leave Yon alone,cause no one believes his words about the author of these dispatchs, as for you....unless you knew a B-model Hughey could hardly fly on a stinking hot day....stfu/ OWS...hardly!!
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# lub 2011-10-29 22:04
http://www.wlbt.com/story/14459609/statement-from-ssg-jason-rogers-company-commander?redirected=true

Someone may be hurting.


understatement, yes. Lots of people are hurting, but "Jason" the poster may be right now.

lub
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# Doc Montoya 2011-12-09 16:58
Mike was with my unit in Mosul, Iraq. I remember the day my Bn CDR was shot during a foot chase. This is the day that Jack is talking about. His job involves a camera and computer, and when you can drop all of that to assist in an attack on our brothers in arms, he will definitely be a soldier in my book. HOOAH! ~Deuce Four~
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+3 # Paul Mossman 2011-10-29 02:06
I don't get it, this is the only guy I've seen as a consistant imbed. Without Yon's dispatchs the wars are just a buzz in the background of a distracted country. If you've got a better way of showing whats the front is about lets have it...
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+2 # Bob 2011-10-25 23:40
And another thing! Unless
You've been in combat you have no idea what you are talking about, have no right to
even comment on what you " think" you are perceiving and processing. It's a whole different world when you are there, breathing one breathe to the next, making decisions on reflex and reacting on instinct. Instinct, meaning, no time to think about different out cones based on our reactions, just reacting. Deb, please don't think he is giving you any insight at all.
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# GBG 2011-10-27 10:27
all -- i work for a large avionics group (heavy gov't contract) in development. been wondering for sometime if there is a way to build a lightweight solution for these bombs (i.e. personal force field kit powered by a watch bettery). but saw this today & wondered if this BOT (55 pounds) would be heavy enough to trip these bomb pressure plates ? http://www.rotundus.se/ . i am imagining a bunch of these deployed & constantly roaming in a site like in the video above. best, GBG
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+2 # RB Miller 2011-10-27 13:54
Prayers out for the soldier here and his family.

Hopefully, he survived this.

Does anybody know if the soldier survived this and what his name is?

RB
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+1 # Loko Gastovsky 2011-11-01 08:05
Бля какая все же у американских Военных снаряга и форма крутая. Так и отсосал бы у морпеха.
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# Marc Johnson 2011-11-04 22:54
I thought I'd seen it all. Still in shock. What courage these men and women have. How can humans do this to other humans? God bless them all.
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+1 # RE: Watch Your Stepian 2011-11-12 19:58
Omg im still shocked at all the courage for these young men and women
God Bless You All!
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# RE: Watch Your StepMedic75 2011-12-06 18:32
The only reason that this Afgan was cared for was the actions of the non-medical personal. The Medic despite all of his training was unable to make a life altering decision, to cric or not to? I understand that I am not in the same frame of mind as him but having been in this situation. I could list a long list of what they did wrong but in the end he was alive to get on the MEDEVAC. This video is a good training tool for this group of Soldiers and the rest of us involved in combat medicine so that we can respond in a rapid fashion despite the austure environment. BTW this is not a US Soldier injured as others have stated we do not wear jogging suits on missions. As a few others tried to comment they should have treated for hypothermia which would aid in clotting and preventing death. Also the main Soldier helping is a SFC an E-7 in the Army please do not utilize tother branch rank. Basically ensure you know what you are talking about before talking.
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+1 # RE: RE: Watch Your StepDoc Montoya 2011-12-09 16:51
Unfortunately I have been in the medic's shoes too many times. I have 14 yrs of service time and have had 14 yrs of extensive training for situations such as these. I can honestly say, that no matter how much you have trained and how prepared you think you are... you are never prepared for an incident like this. When the bullets are overhead, when rockets are going across your face, when there is an explosion that rocks your world and injures a friendly, your mind just does not work right. *Very difficult* What he needed was for someone to get him to calm down and focus. That would've helped him. He knew what to do but didn't know when or where to use his knowledge. After the hell is over that's when it'll get rough for him. I say great job to the medic and SFC that were there to initiate life saving care. HOOAH!! ~Deuce Four~
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+1 # combat medicbonecrusher7 2012-01-10 01:35
Why would you cric a casualty that is still conscious and breathing through his nose? A cric is not always indicated on a casualty with severe facial wounds. I think he made the right call, I would have waited for the casualty to fully lose consciousness before giving him another wound from which to bleed from.
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# RE: Watch Your StepCourtney 2011-12-14 20:52
Got a question for Loko Gastovsky, whats all this mean??-
Бля какая все же у американских Военных снаряга и форма крутая. Так и отсосал бы у морпеха.
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+1 # ThanksJosey Wales 2011-12-31 05:16
Thanks Michael for the update. I will spare all of the readers any responses to the mental midget comments I have seen posted and keep this a-political. I have several family members serving and pray that none end up seeing this hell first hand...or being a casulty of it. Thank God for our Soldiers, Airmen, and Sailors.
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+1 # he only wanted to breathSimone 2012-01-01 18:59
The poor guy was drowning on his own blood!
Noone seemed to realize his need to sit up was because he could not breath with all the blood pouring in his traquea! It is so frustating to see all the others trying to put him in a layed down position. I hope he made it. Did he?
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+1 # combat medicbonecrusher7 2012-01-10 01:36
Thank you, finally someone realized the casualty wanted to be in a position of comfort!
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# BombDuarte Silva 2012-01-03 14:57
Where did that bomb came from?

Was it a bomb or a land-mine?
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+2 # Not weak, love too muchCourtney 2012-01-19 12:26
Mr. Yon, thank you for the warning about the video. I would humbly object to the "weak stomach" part though....I didn't watch it because I didn't want to cry. Some of your dispatches have done that to me...I am not sure if I can forgive you for that ;-)
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# RE: Watch Your Stepfisko 2012-02-03 23:27
wow...glad it wasn't u mike thanks for the vid tho stay safe n bless u for ur service
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-3 # RE: Watch Your Stepmike nowacki 2012-02-10 05:02
Most likely, this wounded ANA soldier was evacuated to the US along with his family, and will be a permanent resident when he recovers.
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# RE: RE: Watch Your StepSeagull 2012-06-23 08:56
I would hope so.
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-4 # RE: Watch Your StepRob 2012-05-12 13:42
Ok seriously, if you guys think these guys did a good job then you have obviously never seen a good medic in action. Yea time from injury to bird was great but actual treatment was crap. They Never at any point secure an Airway on this guy, they sit there for a good couple of minutes just staring at this guy debating on doing a Cric on this guy, the whole time you could aspirating on blood, teeth, bone. Seriously with one guy handling massive bleeding, you should had that Cric done by the 7 min mark on that video. You guys should be reclassed to Truck Drivers, you are a disgrace to the Medic name.
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+1 # what the....Dylan 2012-09-09 22:12
Quoting Rob:
Ok seriously, if you guys think these guys did a good job then you have obviously never seen a good medic in action. Yea time from injury to bird was great but actual treatment was crap. They Never at any point secure an Airway on this guy, they sit there for a good couple of minutes just staring at this guy debating on doing a Cric on this guy, the whole time you could aspirating on blood, teeth, bone. Seriously with one guy handling massive bleeding, you should had that Cric done by the 7 min mark on that video. You guys should be reclassed to Truck Drivers, you are a disgrace to the Medic name.

I didn't get the chance to read all of the comments made, but you sir...ok, they could've done a better job, but you can't tell me they didn't do everything in their power to keep the soldier alive and evac'd. He was breathing "normally" (as normal as can be) so they focussed on other things.

Even with medical training, things like this usually don't happen and if it happens, it's up to the guys that are there to get it done. So instead of flaming on how bad they did, how about you praise these guys for being there for the guy!!!
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+4 # RE: RE: Watch Your StepDigger 2012-10-29 11:16
Rob,
Ok they could have done some things better but theres nothing worse than an armchair critic. Consider all the stressors from being OTW, and being so close the blast themselves.

These guys may be junior medics so their skillset and knowledge may be limited too.

On the positive side they controlled major haemorrhaging first, exposed the body to check for more wounds and got the '9 liner' out quick.
On the negative side they were too slow with IV/IO access and left the cas exposed for too long (heat loss).
As for the surgical cric, could have gone either way... but i agree that they needed to make a 'D', either 'bang it in' or get the cas to lean forward and maintain the airway himself (which eventually happend). TBH id have 'banged it in'.
As long as they learn from their mistakes there on the way to becoming a good medic.

If they were 18D or equivalent then you'd expect better.

My thanks to the medic for providing this footage so that others may learn. Good job boys and keep up the good work. Never stop learning.
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-3 # RE: RE: RE: Watch Your StepMarty B 2012-11-14 22:56
Quoting Digger:
Rob,
Ok they could have done some things better but theres nothing worse than an armchair critic. Consider all the stressors from being OTW, and being so close the blast themselves.

These guys may be junior medics so their skillset and knowledge may be limited too.

On the positive side they controlled major haemorrhaging first, exposed the body to check for more wounds and got the '9 liner' out quick.
On the negative side they were too slow with IV/IO access and left the cas exposed for too long (heat loss).
As for the surgical cric, could have gone either way... but i agree that they needed to make a 'D', either 'bang it in' or get the cas to lean forward and maintain the airway himself (which eventually happend). TBH id have 'banged it in'.
As long as they learn from their mistakes there on the way to becoming a good medic.

If they were 18D or equivalent then you'd expect better.

My thanks to the medic for providing this footage so that others may learn. Good job boys and keep up the good work. Never stop learning.

ya if they were 18D... or if they werent just blown the fuck up , or if there was I dk a [censored] surgical Suite magically setup 6 feet off camera, or or or. and please I would love to know who specifically you roll with?
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+3 # RE: RE: RE: RE: Watch Your Stepdigger 2012-12-03 04:08
Quoting Marty B:
Quoting Digger:
Rob,
Ok they could have done some things better but theres nothing worse than an armchair critic. Consider all the stressors from being OTW, and being so close the blast themselves.

These guys may be junior medics so their skillset and knowledge may be limited too.

On the positive side they controlled major haemorrhaging first, exposed the body to check for more wounds and got the '9 liner' out quick.
On the negative side they were too slow with IV/IO access and left the cas exposed for too long (heat loss).
As for the surgical cric, could have gone either way... but i agree that they needed to make a 'D', either 'bang it in' or get the cas to lean forward and maintain the airway himself (which eventually happend). TBH id have 'banged it in'.
As long as they learn from their mistakes there on the way to becoming a good medic.

If they were 18D or equivalent then you'd expect better.

My thanks to the medic for providing this footage so that others may learn. Good job boys and keep up the good work. Never stop learning.

ya if they were 18D... or if they werent just blown the fuck up , or if there was I dk a [censored] surgical Suite magically setup 6 feet off camera, or or or. and please I would love to know who specifically you roll with?

Marty B
I was trying to say they did a very good job considering the circumstances, circumstances that 'rob' doesnt think matter ( see 2 posts erlier). Maybe i didnt make it clear in my first post but job well done boys.
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# Former 3rd IDChris Wagoner 2012-11-21 02:26
I am looking to get in contact with the soldiers who rendered aid in the video. Any help would be appreciated, its for a good cause, for them and for the military. Any help would be great. Have last names but without first names its hard to look them up on AKO/DKO mail.

NAT GEO is doing stories from the soldiers on these types of events and wants the soldiers to tell the story not some narrators. I am a researcher for them. So if you now of any of the guys in the video, let me know or have them contact me at .

Thanks, very respectfully from a fellow vet..
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# RE: Watch Your StepLaird 2013-01-03 15:14
Appalling and tragic and heroic and inspiring.

Truly awed by the focus, training skill and courage displayed. Blown quite literally to pieces, that young man's forititude is almost beyond comprehension to me. Even with his body ruined, he did not cry out, and even did what he could to help the medics helping him. I truly hope he survived and has found a way to prosper.

Equally impressive was Tsgt Metz's reaction - Literally blown onto his ass, his first coherent act was to promptly render skilled life-saving aid.

How ever much we say we appreciate these remarkable young men, we don't appreciate them enough.
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-2 # RE: Watch Your StepLaird 2013-01-03 15:19
Quoting digger:
Maybe i didnt make it clear in my first post but job well done boys.

Shoulda said that first. Tagging it on the end kinda dilutes the sentiment a bit.
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-7 # RE: Watch Your StepAllahAkhbar 2013-01-18 23:13
Please throw in another grenade and end his miserable life along with the whole bunch of fuckers LOL
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-5 # RE: Watch Your StepHandSome 2013-01-18 23:20
BLIND, WITHOUT LEGS AND ULGY... PLEASE KILL THIS ASSHOLE !!!!!
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-2 # RE: Watch Your StepHandSome 2013-01-18 23:37
due to his [censored] fault the bunch of lazies forgot to fight the enemy and follow their duties, they had to bury him in the spot he fell
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# Follow upJohn_G 2013-07-31 03:47
I know this was an older video, I thought I had to watch it again. What was the post hospitalization outcome and do you have any idea where this guy (the wounded one) is now?
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+1 # !Ilya 2013-10-18 18:13
That was a great job!
I've never seen that medical help could be so quick! I would like to say that your soldiers could do more then ours and could care about them!
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# Didn't make itmitch whitehead 2014-04-13 04:02
This was in Zhari dictrict, the ANA soldier died on the way to Kandahar airfield
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# MitchMichael Yon writer 2014-04-13 04:09
Do you know who made the video?
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+1 # Former SF (spec ops) and PJDr. James Shorten 2014-04-13 15:15
Great job men, with what you had to work with. A very sobering video Michael, thank you. The sad note is that these men will see, feel and smell this experience for the rest of their lives. And this is just one. Think about what these men and women will experience over the stent of their tour in war. And you will realize how hard it is for them, when they return to civilization... May God Bless you all.
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