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Coalition Soldiers rescue 2-year-old Iraqi boy from well

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by zrinkill, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Coalition Soldiers rescue 2-year-old Iraqi boy from well
    By Multi-National Division - Baghdad PAO

    Military News, CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers rescued a 2-year-old Iraqi boy from a dry well in which he fell Aug. 9.

    Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division responded to the pleas for assistance from the father of a 2-year-old boy who had fallen into a dry well near the family’s residence.

    The company commander, Capt. David Powell of Newport Beach, Calif., was about to begin a scheduled security patrol when the boy’s father approached the gate of his Coalition outpost on foot. Using an interpreter, Powell quickly assessed the situation and sent the patrol to assist with the recovery of the child.

    The father directed the Soldiers to the location of the well and Powell used his flashlight to find the child at the bottom.

    “I could see that the baby had fallen some 25 feet and was lying at the bottom of the well,” Powell said. “He appeared to be breathing, but would not answer to our calls.”

    Using a back hoe from the outpost, the patrol began a slow and meticulous process of digging a parallel shaft to the dry well, then tunneling to the well horizontally, being careful not to cause the well to cave in.

    “The back hoe made quick work of the rescue shaft just to the south of the well. Then the real digging began,” said Powell.

    Because of the instability of soil, a fear of a cave-in and desire to not risk any of his Soldiers, Powell selected himself and Staff Sgt. Raul Torres, a native of San Venito, Texas, to dig the horizontal shaft to the well.

    Using an entrenching tool, a flat-head screwdriver, rebar and other primitive farming tools, Powell and Torres went to work.

    After several hours of digging, a faint crying was heard from the boy.

    “He sounded scared, but OK,” said Powell. “I don't think I have ever heard a more beautiful sound.”

    After five hours of digging the horizontal shaft reached the well. The well was basin shaped at the bottom, making the boy very difficult to locate. After several attempts to reach for the boy, Powell was able to pull the boy to safety.

    Coalition medics on the scene quickly assessed the boy, finding no serious injuries. The child was then returned to his mother and father, who were thankful for the assistance. The patrol then filled in the hole they dug, and returned to their outpost.

    The following day, Powell visited the family’s residence with a medic to ensure the child was not having any medical issues from the fall. The medic determined the child was in perfect health.
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    In all of the terrible news and stories we hear it is a welcomed changed to get a little good news here and there.
  3. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    Very good story.

    Fact is, there are lot of good stories in Iraq and lot of sad events but media sells sensationalism so that is most of what we see and of course opposing party runs with it as if those type of stories are all there is, sadly. I hate media and politicians.
  4. silverbear

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    The sad part is, Arab newspapers are probably insinuating that the Americans were responsible for the kid falling in the well in the first place...
  5. silverbear

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    That's right, the war's really going great, we're winning hearts and minds all over the place, it's just the d*mned ol' media making it LOOK like this is a cluster****...
  6. Ben_n_austin

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    :money: We've won the war! Mission accomplished! :money:


    Sold... yet?













    Me neither.

    [IMG]
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    From what I hear from soldiers who have been there- and I talk to them just about every day- a whole LOT of good news is NEVER reported from Iraq.
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    It's not just the war.

    The saying "If it bleeds it leads" has been around longer than the current war.

    Even watch your local news and most times the bad to good news ration is probably around 70-30 and that might be pushing it on the low side.
  9. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    :rolleyes:

    I find peoples reaction to a little good news fascinating.
  10. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    How you got all of that from good/bad stories in Irag is beyond me.

    Opposing party doesn't mean one particular party, it could be either party.

    You normally post up good sensible thoughts but this one totally sucks and it makes you sound a like whiney sheep.
  11. silverbear

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    Don't be disingenuous, in this case "opposing party" is obviously the Democrats...

    Actually, I was making a sarcastic point about those who constantly complain that the "good news" from Iraq doesn't seem to get reported, that all we hear is the "bad news"...

    And yet, this "good news" DID get reported... I've read any number of "good news" stories about the war, but all of them combined do not add up to a good reason to support this bogus war...

    No matter how you spin it, this war is not "good news" for the people who have to live in Iraq... we are in fact ripping their lives apart, and we had no legitimate justification for doing so... so if a few good things happen in the course of committing an atrocity on that country, it does not logically follow that said atrocity is a good thing...

    I'm sure even the Nazis gave the odd candy bar to a starving child...
  12. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Silver as usual you blew it. Probably one out of 10 good stories get reported- and when they do how much attention does the main stream media give it?
    Meanwhile every BOMB that goes off is virtually headline news.
  13. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    It seems to be his stock reply. I believe I have seen the same reply in a few threads now.

    :(
  14. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    SOme people are so fixated that they HATE the THOUGHT of any good news. That might just mean they are WRONG, and nothing is more terrible then that.

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