Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat

A war photo a day #8

Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat

Uncategorized August 9, 2013 0

Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat A war photo a day #8 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to... Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat

Fleeing the Mortar Barrage by Boat

A war photo a day #8

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In the fall of 2006 British troops in southern Iraq were on the defensive, their bases and patrols hammered daily by rockets, mortars and gunfire. On Oct. 2 we dove for cover when the mortars rained down on the base at Basra Palace on the Shatt Al Arab waterway.

Dennis Brady from the Medical Corps was killed. I was told he sought cover between an armored vehicle and a wall — only for the mortar to fall directly into the narrow space.

My Lithuanian army minder and I fled the battered palace in a boat manned by Royal Engineers. I snapped this photo of an engineer watching out for attackers, his face reflecting months of mortal danger in a war that every sane observer realized the coalition was losing.

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