Marines save Afghans in daring canal rescue

story by: James K. Sanborn
photo courtesy of:
Cpl. Reece Lodder, USMC
A routine Afghan-Marine foot patrol was thrown into chaos Dec. 2 when a car traveling more than 40 mph struck the point man, plunging both car and soldier violently into a nearby canal.
Fortunately for all involved, the grunts on scene took swift action.
Sgt. Zaheed of the Afghan National Army was sweeping for improvised explosive devices along a dark road when the fast-moving vehicle approached. He tried to wave the car to stop, but it didn’t slow. Caught between this threat and the rest of the patrol, Zaheed went for his weapon as a warning and waited until the last possible moment to step aside. It was too late.
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