Hunches and Battle…

July 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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A very interesting read from the NYT.

In Battle, Hunches Prove to Be Valuable

By BENEDICT CAREY

Published: July 27, 2009

The sight was not that unusual, at least not for Mosul, Iraq, on a summer morning: a car parked on the sidewalk, facing opposite traffic, its windows rolled up tight. Two young boys stared out the back window, kindergarten age maybe, their faces leaning together as if to share a whisper.

The soldier patrolling closest to the car stopped. It had to be hot in there; it was 120 degrees outside. “Permission to approach, sir, to give them some water,” the soldier said to Sgt. First Class Edward Tierney, who led the nine-man patrol that morning.

“I said no — no,” Sergeant Tierney said in a telephone interview from Afghanistan. He said he had an urge to move back before he knew why: “My body suddenly got cooler; you know, that danger feeling.”

Read more  HERE

Image: A U.S. soldier on patrol in Mosul.

Erik de Castro / Reuters Patrol in Mosul

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