(2003, Iraq) When my unit took over an Iraqi ammunition holding area,
securing this large piece of real estate was a bit of a problem. Looters
periodically showed up to steal brass from the tank and artillery rounds
stored in the bunkers. These guys had simple tools: HAMMERS and CHISELS.
And, as 98% of Iraqis smoke, this made for an even more interesting day.
One day we saw five looters sneak into a bunker. As we made our way towards
the bunker to apprehend them, the bunker exploded. It was a few days
before we could get close to the demolished bunker. When we were able to
investigate, we ascertained that the looters had either struck a spark
while hitting a tank round with hammer and chisel, or one or all were
enjoying their finest tobacco while striking the tank round. Either way,
the outcome was the demise of five insurgents.
"Do I detect a special spark between us?"
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