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Posted on 10/19/2013 7:44:38 AM PDT by darkwing104
A Bad Day
Sometime earlier this month Rangers of the 3rd Ranger Battalion were dispatched to Panjwai in southern Afghanistan. Their mission was to track down and capture an unidentified, high value target. When the troops arrived at the location they called out the inhabitants of the house to come out.
One man appeared and made a gesture of surrender in order to distract the Ranger and a Canine handler. The man pulled up his shirt to show that he wasnt wearing an explosive vest. As the Rangers began to question the man a woman made a suicide run at the Rangers and activated her explosive belt, instantly killing the Rangers and the man they were questioning. An unidentified man tried to escape during the chaotic situation.
All Hell Breaks Loose
The first reaction of troops in this situation is to help out their buddies. When the Rangers, medic and explosive specialists moved forward to help the victims an additional 13 improvised explosive devices exploded, killing and wounding more solders.
Army Ranger Josh Hargis was seriously wounded during that event. The 24 year old father lost both of his legs in the battle. The Ranger was on the field for about two hours before he was moved to a forward hospital.
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God bless Josh Hargis and aid him in his recovery.
Thank You darkwing, for sharing. May God Bless our Army Rangers and their families for all They Do ... They Do For Us!
Next time just accidentally throw a greanade into the hut to detonate all the IEDs...: )
Yes, God bless Josh and aid in his recovery and his life. Thank God so much improvements have been made in enabling those who lose their legs to regain mobility.
I just wonder, based on the way things happened, did the current rules of engagement make a difference? Could the loss of life and injury have been reduced if not avoided if we could have been more aggressive in going after a high value target?
My daughter was friends with and dated Josh a little when he was a Junior, she was a Senior, in High School. Great young man, he pointed out how kind he always was. Such a tragedy, but also such a story of his strength. Her husband is in Afghanistan now, returning very soon - but not soon enough.