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While we have posted countless Afghanistan combat videos to date, none have been as jaw dropping as the video you will witness above.  Thankfully this soldier wasn’t hurt, but this is one of those rare combat videos which I think will help the civilian side understand that going off to war is not glorious, nor is it anything like Call of Duty.  Don’t miss this video folks – full story line behind this video after the jump.

US Soldier Survives Taliban Machine Gun Fire in Valley Firefight

While I spent my time in AFG down in the south in Central Helmand Province – which is predominately flat terrain – I can only imagine what the deployment would have been like if I was patrolling up and down mountains rather than across poppy fields and over irrigation canals.  In other words, I have nothing but utmost respect for those that fought up north, because it truly is a completely different environment.

Below is the actual commentary and summary of events from the cameraman himself, which he provided to the world and whopping 27 million-plus viewers on YouTube.  Many of you will surely have questions after watching this – I did as well – but this should help clear up most of the “why” behind this intense video from Kunar Province:

“I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing over watch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. the rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn’t start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety.”

“A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless. ”

Pretty crazy stuff – I’m glad he was alright.  Drop us a line in the comments below if you have any other questions, and if you’re craving more combat videos from Afghanistan just hit up our content tag here: Afghanistan Combat Videos.

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