Friday, October 15, 2004

Back to the Front

It seems we've gone from not just giving our troops the supplies they need, like body armor, to ordering them into delivering fuel without any armed support in vehicles considered too dangerous by the troops who maintain them. From Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON - The Army is investigating up to 19 members of a supply platoon in Iraq (news - web sites) who refused to go on a convoy mission, the military said Friday. Relatives of the soldiers said the troops considered the mission too dangerous, in part because their vehicles were in such poor shape.

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The Clarion-Ledger, citing interviews with relatives of some of the soldiers, said platoon members refused to go on Wednesday's mission because their vehicles were in poor condition and they had no capable armed escort. They were going to Taji, which is north of Baghdad.

The mission was ultimately carried out by other soldiers from the 343rd, which has at least 120 soldiers, the military said.

Convoys in Iraq are frequently subject to ambushes and roadside bombings.
Then there's this from the UK media:
In an extraordinary breach of military discipline, an entire platoon of US army troops is under arrest in Iraq for refusing to undertake what they called a "suicide mission", relatives of the detained soldiers have said.

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Patricia McCook, of Jackson, said her husband Sgt Larry McCook had phoned her at 5am on Thursday, saying he and 16 others had been read their rights and ordered out of their barracks into isolation in a collection of tents.

Mrs McCook said her husband, a staff sergeant, understood the severity of his actions, but had decided he could not force his unit to carry out the mission to Taji, north of Baghdad, because three of their vehicles were "not safe to go to a hotbed like that".
You will die, if I say, you must die. Back to the Front.
Metallica