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Friday, October 15, 2004

Reservists Face Discipline After Refusing "Suicide Mission"

This is a surreal story, which I'm sure will make the NYT tommorow.
The Army is investigating members of a Reserve unit in Iraq who refused to deliver a fuel shipment north of Baghdad under conditions they considered unsafe, the Pentagon and relatives of the soldiers said Friday. Several soldiers called it a "suicide mission," relatives said.
The article quotes one of the soldiers who was ordered on this mission as saying that "We had broken-down trucks, nonarmored vehicles. [And] We were carrying contaminated fuel." Apparently they were being ordered to deliver this useless fuel, without an armed escort, to a base located in the infamous "Sunni Triangle," which has been widely reported to be the most dangerous part of Iraq.

Full Story (N.Y. Times)

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