From ProfCJ’s description of the episode.
This is the second part of my conversation with BT, a US Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, about his experiences. (Be sure to check out last episode – #155 – for part 1 of this if you’ve not already done so.)
Join CJ & BT as they discuss:
- BT’s first deployment to Iraq, including the conditions in Mosul and surrounding areas where he was deployed and the shortcomings of his training relative to what he’d actually be dealing with
- Problems unique to dealing with a counterinsurgency situation in an urban environment, including IEDs
- Potential issues of friendly fire
- Problematic thoughts and behaviors that BT noticed, both in himself and from observing others, that were caused by the stressful environment of operating in a war zone, especially one in which insurgents blended in with the civilian population
- The different types of IEDs and vehicle bombs (VBIEDs), the US military’s attempts to deal with these, and the back-and-forth race between makers of IEDs and designers of counter-measures