Watch a Taliban sniper target Marine’s head

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UPDATE 2: A portion of the video remains on the WarLeaks channel on YouTube (posted here) and on CBS News and the Guardian. But all of Sam Arnold’s videos were taken down from YouTube by Thursday evening. There are no details at this time as to why.

UPDATE 1: The video has just been taken down on YouTube (Thursday about 5 p.m.) and can no longer be watched. No reason has been given. At this time, there are still three videos posted on YouTube by Sam Arnold. You can see them here.

ORIGINAL POST: A video was posted last month on YouTube of a Marine surviving a shot to the head by a Taliban sniper last year in Helmand Province. The footage was captured on a helmet-cam by a fellow Marine. It is so gripping, that in just a few weeks it has been watched 1.2 million times.

Warning: This video is not bloody, and it does have a happy ending. But it is shocking and may take your breath away. Viewer discretion is advised.

See more videos from Afghanistan posted by Sam Arnold here.

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Bergdahl was a deserter, member of his battalion says

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Then-Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl neatly stacked his gear — including his body armor, gun, helmet — at a U.S. base in Afghanistan the night before June 30, 2009, and deserted,  Nathan Bradley Bethea, an infantry officer in Bergdahl’s battalion, writes in the Daily Beast.

Among Bethea’s insights into the murky disappearance of Bergdahl … Continue reading

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