By Shannon Meehan, Roger Thompson
Lower than the blazing Iraqi solar in the summertime of 2007, Shannon Meehan, a lieutenant within the U.S. military, ordered a strike that will take the lives of blameless Iraqi civilians. He inspiration he used to be doing the perfect factor. He proposal he used to be conserving his males. He notion that he might merely kill the enemy, yet within the ruins of the strike, he discovers his mistake and uncovers a tragedy.
for many of his deployment in Iraq, Lt. Meehan felt that he were made for a existence within the army. A tank commander, he labored within the violent Diyala Province, effectively struggling with the insurgency via quite a few Sunni and Shia factions. He was once celebrated through his senior officials and adorned with medals. but if the U.S. surge to retake Iraq in 2006 and 2007 eventually driven into Baqubah, a city nearly completely managed through al Qaida, Meehan might make the choice that might switch his lifestyles.
This is the genuine tale of 1 soldier's try and reconcile what he has performed with what he felt he needed to do. Stark and devastating, it recounts first-hand the truth of a brand new kind of struggle that is still mostly unstated and forgotten at the frontlines of Iraq.
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Beyond Duty: Life on the Frontline in Iraq by Shannon Meehan, Roger Thompson