US soldier killed saving Afghan girl

Rick Moran
This won't make headlines in most of the Muslim world. Al-Jazeera won't mention it. President Karzai won't comment on it. And the Islamists in Pakistan might think it a plot of the devil. But this simple act of self-sacrifice says more about the American soldier than a dozen massacres. CNN: The official Pentagon news release says he died "from injuries suffered in a noncombat related incident." But there is much more to the story. Weichel, 29, of Providence, died saving the life of a little girl. According to the Rhode Island National Guard and the U.S. Army, Weichel was in a convoy a week ago with his unit in Laghman Province, in northeast Afghanistan. Some children were in the road in front of the convoy, and Weichel and other troops got out to move them out of the way. Most of the children moved, but one little girl went back to pick up some brass shell casings in the road. Afghan civilians often recycle the casings, and the girl appeared to aim to do that. But a Mine-Resistant...(Read Full Post)

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