By Jim Frederick
This is often the tale of a small crew of infantrymen from the one hundred and first Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit often called “the Black middle Brigade.” Deployed in past due 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of dying, a veritable meat grinder simply south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts stumbled on themselves in arguably the country’s most deadly situation at its most deadly time.
Hit through near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb assaults, struggling with a very heavy demise toll, and enduring a protracted breakdown in management, participants of 1 Black center platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo corporation, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long travel of accountability, right into a tailspin of negative self-discipline, substance abuse, and brutality.
Four 1st Platoon squaddies might perpetrate the most heinous conflict crimes U.S. forces have dedicated through the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi woman and the cold-blooded execution of her and her relatives. 3 different 1st Platoon squaddies will be overrun at a distant outpost—one killed instantly and taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses discovered days later booby-trapped with explosives.
Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of thousands of hours of in-depth interviews with Black middle squaddies and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of loss of life, Black Hearts is a undying tale approximately males in strive against and the fragility of personality within the savage crucible of battle. however it is usually a well timed caution of latest hazards rising within the approach American squaddies are led at the battlefields of the twenty-first century.
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The change in rhetoric was a partial recognition of the broader dimensions of the campaign against terrorism. S. action has been effective in countering Al-Qaida and related groups. But the current, relatively singular emphasis on military measures is excessive and is becoming counterproductive. 11 Most analysts supported military action in Afghanistan as an appropriate operation that destroyed terrorist training camps and disrupted Al-Qaida capabilities, but growing numbers consider Iraq a major strategic blunder.
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Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death by Jim Frederick