US Military Saving, Not Torturing Enemy
The next time someone mentions torture... tell them about this story and the truth about the American soldiers in Iraq.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20090610-03
June 10, 2009
Grenade thrower wounded, treated by U.S. forces
Multi-National Division – North
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers in Mosul provided medical aid to an enemy combatant who had attacked them with an improvised grenade, June 6.
“Rendering aid to someone one who just wounded one of your own is a testament to the strong sense of duty and honor displayed everyday by our Soldiers serving their nation in Iraq,” said Col. Thomas Guthrie, Multi-National Division – North chief of staff. “The Soldiers on patrol that day upheld Army values in a difficult, stressful situation, and we are proud of their service.”
The individual threw the grenade at a combined patrol in the Al Jededa South neighborhood. The Soldiers immediately used small arms fire against the attacker in an act of self-defense, wounding the individual in the abdomen and thigh.
The improvised grenade detonated, wounding one U.S. Soldier and causing damage to a vehicle.
After the blast, U.S. forces provided medical aid to the wounded enemy as well as their own Soldier, and conducted casualty evacuation for both to a nearby combat hospital.
“Not only was the act of providing medical aid to the enemy combatant the professional thing to do as U.S. Soldiers, it was simply the right thing to do,” said Col. Gregory Maxton, deputy commander of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in Mosul.