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GIs in Iraq Choosing to Re-Up

It was nearing midnight as Pfc. Nicholas Outen and his platoon moved silently down an alley in this Sunni enclave of canals and palm groves, on a night of raiding houses with the Iraqi police. The patrol paused, and Outen had just crouched at a street corner when a large blast threw him backward. “I saw a flash and a boom and was smashed against the wall,” recalled Outen, 20, of Baltimore. His shoulder was ripped by shrapnel from a bomb that exploded 15 feet away, killing an Iraqi policeman. Five in Outen’s platoon were wounded, including his team leader, Sgt. Nathan Rohrbaugh, who lay bleeding on top of him. Full Story

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