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Wednesday, January 09, 2008


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.
(2007, Iraq) My unit took over an Iraqi ammunition holding area in 2003. Securing this large piece of real estate can be a bit of a problem. Looters periodically show up to steal the brass from the tank and artillery rounds stored in the bunkers.

These guys have simple tools: HAMMERS and CHISELS. And, as 98% of Iraqis smoke, this makes for an even more interesting day. One day we saw five looters sneaking into a bunker. As we made our way towards the bunker to apprehend them, the bunker exploded.

It was a few days before we could get anywhere close to the demolished bunker. When we investigated, we ascertained that the looters had either struck a spark while hitting a tank round with hammer and chisel, or one or all were enjoying their finest tobacco while striking the tank round with hammer and chisel. Either way, the outcome was the demise of five insurgents.



At 10:05 AM, Blogger lime said...

so who meets insurgents in paradise when they blow them selves up that way? it can't be 70 virgins, gotta be the keystone kops


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