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The Cost Of War

The Battle Of Jalibah Airfield, Feb. 27, 1991.

Two 120 mm sabot rounds from an M1 Abrams from 3/69 Armor hit an M2 Bradley forward of the turret, killing SPC Andy Alaniz.

The armor unit had taken small arms and indirect fire from an Iraqi force. 3/69 had moved too far east of their objective and from a combination of a dynamic battlefield, close quarters and movement from one battle to another, mistakenly identified several Bradleys as enemy armor. As many as 16 120 mm rounds were fired.

Photo taken by David C. Turnley

Sgt. Ken Kozakiewicz, left, learns that the soldier in the body bag is fellow crewman SPC Andy Alaniz

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