By Dan Lamothe
January 8, 2016
It has been a difficult week in Afghanistan for U.S. troops. A team of Green Berets working alongside an Afghan military unit in the violent district of Marja was attacked on Tuesday, leading to the death of one Special Forces soldier and wounds for two more. The incident has raised questions about whether they got the support they needed from their headquarters, and renewed attention on how all or parts of places like Marja have fallen to the Taliban since U.S. troops were withdrawn last year.This image reportedly shows a Green Beret soldier flying the American flagin Marja, Afghanistan, this week after an American unit was attacked, killingone U.S. soldier and wounding two others. (Obtained by The Washington Post)
In the midst of all this, the photograph above has circulated on military social media pages in the last 24 hours. It purportedly shows a Green Beret soldier flying an American flag from an improvised flag pole made out of a branch in Marja, where Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock was killed Tuesday. The soldier depicted climbed a ladder to do so, apparently displaying the flag for Taliban fighters and others in Marja to see outside the compound.
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