With The Troops: When Kids Are in the Cross Hairs

The image of the children is impossible to forget. When the fire fight in Karbala first broke out, all they could think of was their first casualty, Brown--his side open, his eyes lulling--being carried out past them. But Specialist Larry Brown was a man of 20, and he was a professional infantryman. The kids, boys, were maybe 7 or 8 and had no place there. Bravo Company wasted them. Had to. Right when the fire fight was at its hottest, when maybe 100 guys were popping up across the rooftops firing AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, the boys bounced into the courtyard...

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