Karbala, Iraq: A soldier tries to find respite from the
110-degree heat after being in the sun for eight hours with little
water while a tank fires on a target only forty meters away that
provided cover for militia fighters.
At the beginning of an intense summer when temperatures can reach
as high as 130 degrees, the soldiers did not cope well. During
each day of combat, tens of people would either collapse or pass
out from dehydration to the contempt of the medics who had
to treat them. While troops ran under a running hose pipe
to cool down, one medic explained, "There’s
no excuse for it, all they have to do is drink water."