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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Sick 7-year-old granted wish: He’s ‘Honorary Marine’

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Maj. Gen. Frederick Padilla, director of operations for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, pins an eagle, globe and anchor pin on Andrew Starr’s lapel during a ceremony awarding Starr the title “honorary Marine.” Seven-year-old Andrew is one of less than 100 people to ever receive the title since its conception in 1992.

Maj. Gen. Frederick Padilla, director of operations for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, pins an eagle, globe and anchor pin on Andrew Starr’s lapel during a ceremony awarding Starr the title “honorary Marine.”

Andrew Starr II has been plagued by painful tumors since he was a baby but “believes he can do anything,” his parents tell Headquarters Marine Corps.

Andrew’s greatest hero is his father, a retired Marine colonel, part of a proud family tradition that goes back to the First World War. The 7-year-old wanted one thing: to be a Marine. Continue reading

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