Run for cover, boys, they’re shootin’ blanks!
I’m just not positive what’s going on here.
This caption says a trainer is firing blanks as a soldier jumps off a platform during an obstacle course at an Iraqi military base, while U.S. soldiers take shelter from the scorching summer sun and watch the Iraqis train. Let’s watch and learn…
“Okay men, listen up! This is an important training exercise for all those times when the enemy expects us to jump off a platform while they shoot blanks at us!
“You never know when the enemy will come out of nowhere, spraying blanks all over the place, so you’d better be ready!
“Lamar, did you load my automatic weapon with 500 rounds of blanks, like I told you?”
“I sure did, Sarge! Um, the blanks are in these boxes marked ‘High-Velocity Magnum Armor-Piercing Hollow-Points,’ right, Sarge?”
“Didn’t you ask the Americans about it, Lamar?”
“They’re way over there under the tarp, Sarge, but I held the box up and they waved.”
“Okay, then I guess we’re good to go, Lamar!”
Top: A trainer fires blanks as a soldier jumps off a platform during an obstacle course at an Iraqi military base south of Baghdad August 30, 2010. The Iraqi soldiers burst through the door of the mock-up of a suspected insurgent’s house and open fire. U.S. soldiers, meanwhile, shelter under a tarpaulin to avoid the scorching summer sun and look on.
Left: An Iraqi soldier crawls under barb wire as a trainer fires blanks to simulate a gunfight near him during a training course at an Iraqi military base south of Baghdad August 30, 2010.
REUTERS photos by Saad Shalash