On the Road AgainProduced by PDN Online
©2004 Ashley Giilbertson


Karbala, Iraq: Seen through a night vision scope like those worn by soldiers, 1st Platoon, 1-37, 1st A.D. conduct a raid on a hotel less than 200 meters from the Shrine of Abbas, one of Shiite Islam’s holiest sites.

Every door of the building was kicked in, a favorite assignment for infantrymen. The raid turned out no weapons, and there were no guests inside the rooms; heavy fighting had apparently done little for tourism and normally popular pilgrimages.

This was the last offensive raid carried out in the operation by US soldiers, and the operations that followed were rebuilding projects and weapons buy-back programs.

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