Patriotic image honoring Green Beret making the Social Media rounds

 
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Patriotic image honoring Green Beret making the Social Media rounds

Dan Lamonthe of Washington Post has been getting sent the above image from Afghanistan on social media and wrote it up today:

It has been a difficult week in Afghanistan for U.S. troops. A team of Green Berets working alongside an Afghan military unit in the violent district of Marja was attacked on Tuesday, leading to the death of one Special Forces soldier and wounds for two more. The incident has raised questions about whether they got the support they needed from their headquarters, and renewed attention on how all or parts of places like Marja have fallen to the Taliban since U.S. troops were withdrawn last year.

In the midst of all this, the photograph above has circulated on military social media pages in the last 24 hours. It purportedly shows a Green Beret soldier flying an American flag from an improvised flag pole made out of a branch in Marja, where Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock was killed Tuesday. The soldier depicted climbed a ladder to do so, apparently displaying the flag for Taliban fighters and others in Marja to see outside the compound.

The image was originally posted on a private Instagram account Thursday by a former active-duty soldier, and then spread to other accounts. The veteran agreed to allow The Washington Post to republish the image, but asked that he not be named, given the sensitivity of the situation, secretive nature of the units involved and his desire to not draw attention to himself. He received it from friends in the Green Beret unit who are still in Afghanistan and knew it would be published online, he said.

I hate to short change you with a short post after a long weekend, but I don’t know that I have much to add to what he wrote, but this was too good not to share.

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