July 5th, 2011
09:28 AM ET

Inside a combat outpost

A team, along with journalist Nick Paton Walsh, embedded with U.S. troops at Combat Outpost Pirtle – King in Afghanistan. You'll see what day to day life is like for these soldiers fighting a war, but you'll also see what it's like to face the ultimate adrenaline rush as they encounter deadly gunfire.

While the CNN team was there covering fighting from the side of the troops, they came perilously close to bullets raining down upon their camp.

[Cross-post from CNN's Back|Story]

Filed under: Behind the Scenes • Troops
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. NucularInternets

    Salerno, I suggest you google "taliban shoot medic" and click on the first result.

    Those Americans are real barbarians, eh?

    July 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
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      Now watch the disparagement, twisting and denial, and discounting of this effort pop up here.

      July 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
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        by out and out taliban supporters...........who want us to live in their kind of dark age...........if we survive their barbarities.....

        July 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Well, despite the fact that he has replied to several other posts after I posted, he seems to want to ignore this one.

        One small victory for sanity.

        July 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
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        indeed! Good job!

        July 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        NO VICTORY NUC. I was out for 1 day. I replied below to your non-sense.

        July 10, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
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        by its own admission.....sanity looses..........

        July 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Nuc – Of course they shot UK and US medics as they are armed as even you admitted and are anyway controlled by the foreign governments, infiltrated with CIA agents, so they are spies.
      Emergency workers directed by Gino Strada on the other side are not controlled by Italian government, they are just doctors offering medicare to all the people, and this is why they had no problem with the Taliban, but just with the USA military.

      July 10, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        Based on your comment I can infer that you did not google "taliban shoot medic" considering that the first article is about US soldiers evacuating wounded TALIBAN soldiers. Idiot.

        July 11, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Sorry, I missed that article.

        July 11, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The first article is about a british shot by Taliban. You are referring to the second. The US medics saved an injured Taliban, but they are critic about the war. Not all american soldiers are evil in the same way, probably they were more medics than soldiers. The problem is what is going to happen with the prisoner. Will he be tortured ? Will he be considered terrorist for defending his land and face a life in prison ?

        July 11, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL


        July 14, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Taliban fighters are fighting for their country, as always. Gaining power and controll other countries is the American's goal.
        USA is interferring with all other countries and especially Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen.

        July 14, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dindy

    May God help all of us to love in peace.

    July 9, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lauren

    I thank all of the soldiers who are out there risking their lives. You do not have to agree with the war, but we need to support our soldiers no matter what. I found some of the comments on here to be quite hateful. I personally know one of the soldiers on this video and I could not be more proud to say that he is a good friend. I just wish the derogatory comments on this page could be removed for the sake of our soldiers and their families – I do not think they should have to go through more pain than they are already enduring. Being away their loved ones is hard enough without all of the negativity that I have read today.

    As most learned in kindergarten, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

    July 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I disagree, with you Lauren. It is a right to criticize people who voluntarily enlisted to kill other people in other countries without any discerning. They are acting like animals giving up their freedom and independent thinking.
      In UK a medic rejected to undergo a rifle training as he found war in Afghanistan against his moral principles and he was judged guilty for disobeying orders. A medic is a medic and should be able to object. I had a discussion with my friend who have his brothers in the same situation. He is a medic in Afghanistan and he was forced to carry weapons.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        ...Medics are part of the military, and at the platoon/squad level they are going into combat.

        July 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Nuc – Just in the barbarian US military. In all other civil countries like UK and Italy medics were not subject to carry weapons, until war in Afghanistan.

        July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        A medic cannot carry weapon and nobody can give orders to a medic, if not another medic.This under the Hyppocrate tradition. He is like a cleric.

        July 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        This is why the Emergency doctors were respected by the Taliban, but not respectesd by those animals of the US military.

        July 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        LOOK who's talking about military men being animals when he agrees with Miladic and the Assad's who killed unarmed men and boys JUST for power! OUR MEN AND WOMEN FIGHT TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THESE CRAZED POWER MANIACS!

        July 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        DAN – I told many times that fighting insurgents INSIDE YOUR OWN BORDERS is totally different and more right or understandable than what the US are doing, even if with some overkilling, additionally in the disorder individual criminal acts are impossible to controll. What the US is doing is worse.

        July 10, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • MPI

      Lauren, i agree, it amazes my how many foolish snotty children there are commenting here! not to mention ignorant of procedures and facts!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        MPI – I am not ignoring the facts, I know them and I AM DENOUNCING THE FACTS.

        July 9, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dindy

    May God bring all of us out from these wars soon. May there be peace in everywhere on earth!!!

    July 6, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sharon Grassi

    Tokyo Rose, Hanoi Hannah, idiots that post on sights degrading our military.... pretty much all from the same playbook. They try to twist facts with their own brand of lies. They try to make what is good look evil and what is evil look good.
    Fighting with them gives them power they want and directs the conversation away from what we should be doing, supporting our military!
    Report their filthy postings, as I have, and laugh at them for the pitiful little creatures they are.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The problem is you have prejudice about what is evil and good, so you don't see the facts as they are.
      USA evil military always attacked countries after WWII taking over the Nazi role.

      July 6, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        Well said, salerno. Thank you.

        July 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Come ob Sharon, will you kindly realize the simple fact that we have no right whatsoever to be in Afghanistan? The Russians did some 25 years ago when they were there and wisely withdrew by 1989. Besides, you would do well to quit hating those of us who see the light!!!

      July 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. salerno

    This is general Petreus dressed as woman trying to infiltrate inside the Taliban.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bud Tree Jr.

    I just want to know why CNN keeps on allowing this clown to post these nasty pictures on this web page. This post is about the obscene war going on and these pictures are disrespectful and have absolutely no place here!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cody H

    Sadly the ones who don't support our troops are too often the cowards who enjoy all the luxuries of freedom, and have never payed the price.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Freedom is not an american brand neither an intellectual property.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Come on Cody H, this obnoxious war has nothing to do with any of our rights or freedoms and you know that! Anyone with half a brain knows that we have no legitimate business there.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. salerno

    The positive is that another 4 US-Nato soldiers were killed in the last few days. They are the aggressors and deserve that.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I would love to see you go to Afghanistan, If you some how gathered the courage to go you would cower behind out troops to protect you

      July 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwest

      Wow. Get off this with garbage like that. Maybe you deserve to die. Would you like people talking about you like that? Guys in my unit got killed over there, trying to help these ridiculous Afghans, who are mostly cowards by the way.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I will not go as I respect all the different kind of people; so I don't want to be killed for stupid reasons and I do not want to kill anyone for the same stupid reasons.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        LIAR, salerno you show NO respect for America or their National Defense against Islamic terror! As a matter of fact you show respect for those who commit such acts of terror! As for your belief that the U.S. is guilty of their own acts of terror, YOU HAD BETTER SHOW YOUR RESPECT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG! And the INTENTIONAL killings of unarmed and defenseless people IS MORE THAN WRONG, IT IS EVIL! SO YOUR RESPECT IS FOR THE DEVIL!

        July 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        America is not defending itself, but it is trying to dominate the entire world. I would be on US side if US were attacked , but 9/11 was a reaction to US aggressions. For me US military can control the international waters to mantain the free navigation wich is essential to the global economy. This is the true legitimate interest.

        July 6, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        OH yea salerno, How can you be so hypocritical when in fact Islam preaches world domination within it's spiritual guide along with it's radical elements? And how can you say such a lie when the US has never took control or power over any nation it has defeated in war? In FACT the US has always helped the nations that they have defeated to rebuild and become a partner of peace, freedom, liberty and democracy so that all the people of those nations have a say as to how their government should govern them and become nations sincere about world peace unlike radical Islamic nations who's only concern is power and control over people through terror, torture and killing of opponents of their ungodly and inhumane vision of Islamic superiority!

        July 8, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        US policy after WWII was ok. In the middle east they are acting differently, oppressing people, stealing resources through puppet governmants, like Saddam, Mubaraq, or the Saudi monarchy.

        July 8, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sharon

    I want my kid home but I don't want him to go back to something worse in 3 or 4 years because we left too soon – and you better believe the same people yelling to take them out now will be screaming to send them back when we get hit again.
    I don't want tribal elders to stop working with his unit because they think we will just drop them before the Afghan army is ready to take control. Contrary to pacifist opinions, tribal elders are currently working with our military.
    It's important to look at the big picture, not just the one that makes you feel good.
    Stand behind our military, they really are the ones in the white hats.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dan from Detroit, MI

    All this needless bloodshed needs to be stopped, not glorified!!! We have absolutely no right at all even to be over there. Like I said before, Afghanistan belongs to the Afghans, not us!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Carole Clarke

      It was operatives from Al Qaeda that executed the strikes against the USA on 9/11 and at the time they were centered in Afghanistan – bin Laden was seen there many times. That's why we sent teams into Afghanistan, to flush them out. We got sidetracked by Iraq and Al Qaeda gained power thru the Taliban there. We are the pre-eminent nation and as such are asked to police in other lands. The same was asked of the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Franks (Charlemagne), the British Empire and now us. You don't get powerful and elect to stay home and mind your own business, statecraft does not work that way. No one has ever been able to beat the Afghans in their own mountains, we knew that going in. We stayed long enough to find and kill bin Laden and now we're getting out, having done what we could to modernize the country. When you harbor a group like Al Qaeda, the gloves come off. They thought they could run out of cover, hit us with 9/11 and run back into the mountains and be safe. Now they know better. Yes, we interfere in far places, They were angry we staged the push in Iraq from Saudi Arabia, holy ground to them. But the Saudis let us, didn't they? They never want to shoulder any of the blame. America does what super powers do, I won't step back from that – we've done alot of good out there. I don't opt for staying home and not engaging in the world. That kind of policy would've let Hitler win – try to imagine what kind of world we'd have then.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        The Russians did a lot of good in Afghanistan too, Carole such as build schools roads and bridges and established clinics for the sick although not appreciated by most Afghans and very rarely, if ever, mentioned by our own right-wing news media. They finally left in 1989 they way we need to.

        July 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Carole – stop using Hitler as an excuse to committ the same atrocities he did.

        July 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – Lies ? look my post below with the elenc of western aggression in the last 300 years.

        July 6, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Dan i WONDER if you would feel the same way if your children were in the WTC at 9:45 am on 9/11/01?

      July 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL


        July 6, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – UK attacked Afghanistan 3 times (the 3 afghan wars), they colonized Egypt the old India with the actual Pakistan, Sudan, Arabia, Iraq. The entire region. France attacked Algeria, Sirya , Morocco, Italy colonized Libya and etiopia. In the 1900 the US started to do the same bombing every country in the middle east. Clinton bombed Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan.

        July 6, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Does your lying make you FEEL like your correct in saying that the US and UK are the aggressors? GOD KNOWS what is in every man's heart and mind! The more you try to legitimize the action of EVIL the more DEEP YOU FALL into the ABYSS! WHY do you not recall any Islamic atrocities? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR EVIL LIES WILL OVERCOME YOUR FAITH'S BELIEF THAT THEY ARE THE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF GOD WHEN IN FACT YOU RADICALS ARE TOTALLY OVERCOME BY THE DEVIL AND ONLY FOLLOW HIS WAYS AND NOT AT ALL, IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM AN ASPIRATION TO GOD!

        July 6, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Everyone can see that I reported facts not lies. Do a little search. USA attacked even christian countries like Serbia or mixed countries killing christians in Lebanon, Iraq.

        July 6, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        USA and UK are the aggressors as they wlways fought in foreign countries colonizing the middle east.

        July 6, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        To TELL you the truth, if there were no America the world would be in CHAOS! And to your judgment on America and it's intentions,like your OWN mind is incapable of comprehension of GOOD and EVIL! That is the only thing YOU have got going for you when judgment day comes! So if i WERE you i WOULD plead STUPIDITY!

        July 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I criticize US policy of the last 30 years, since Bush senior. Before that time, USA had a quite good policy, even if sometimes very violent too.

        July 7, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. andrew lubin

    Great reporting by CNN! Altho President Obama, the Congres, and the American public may think the war is 'over"...clearly the Taliban does not think so – and to walk away now would be a huge mistake.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • dwest

      Youre right! Its far from over and anyone that thinks otherwise is foolish

      July 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |