“In Iraq, 2004 in the Al Anbar Province. Our platoon was tasked with providing security for a group of Kuwaiti forensic scientists who were recovering the remains of Kuwaitis. The remains were from 1991 during the Gulf War. Saddam Hussein used captured Kuwaitis as human shields on his bases so U.S. and coalition forces would not bomb them.
After the war instead of allowing them to go back to Kuwait, he has them taken out to different areas in the Iraqi desert. From there, a big trench was dug and they were shot in the head execution style and buried. Some were still alive when buried because their arms and hands (skeletal remains) were covering their faces as dirt was being thrown on them.
I stood and watched as the Kuwaiti forensic scientists pulled the remains out of the ground. The skulls were men, women and children and they all head bullet holes in them. The Iraqi that led us to one of the sites was the same man who drove the bus in 1991 that took them to their death. Seeing this had me thinking that we were there for a reason and it was worth it.”
-Anonymous U.S. Marine. 1st Marine Division, Iraq, 2004.
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