Video: IED strike wrecks M-ATV in Afghanistan


MARJAH, Afghanistan — It has been a busy day or three here in Afghanistan, but I wanted to take a minute to share Tom Brown’s video footage of the aftermath of an improvised explosive device attack Saturday on a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle in our convoy.

As you can see, the vehicle sustained significant damage. We were trailing the hit vehicle by about the length of a city block, but could see smoke, dust and small pieces of metal rocket into the air:


Important footnote: All five Marines in this vehicle survived, and only one experienced concussion symptoms.


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  1. Thank you to Oshkosh for designing and manufacturing the M-ATV that saved the lives of the five Marines, one of which is my son.
    Best Regards

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