A Marine helmet cam captured a near hit from a sniper shot fired by a Taliban member; the intense video has since gone viral across the Web this week. The U.S. soldier quite literally dodged a bullet, as the stunning video reveals that a helmet saved a man from being shot in the head by enemy gunfire as the Marine was trying to run to safety while out on duty in Afghanistan. News Oxy reports this Saturday, October 18, 2014, that the frightening incident was only recently uploaded to YouTube but occurred back in 2013 in the Helmand Province.
Every single day, brave servicemen and women from the U.S. put their lives on the line in order to ensure the safety of our great nation. A Marine helmet cam hits upon the danger that these individuals undergo, as one Marine’s video footage has captured a particularly close call that occurred last year in Afghanistan. While U.S. officers were running for cover, a Taliban sniper fired a shot that struck the soldier in the head and would have likely killed him had his helmet not protected him from the blow.
As evidenced in the video (which can be seen here via NewsOxy), a pair of soldiers was keeping watch near a tunnel entrance in the Helmand Province late last year. One of the Marines managed to dodge a bullet aimed directly at the men, striking the officer behind him. Viewers listening closely can actually hear the hit as it makes impact, as the soldier can be seen staggering for a moment following the sniper shot.
According to the Inquisitr, a YouTube user by the name of Sam Arnold was able to describe the intense video when it was uploaded to the media sharing site. He confirms that the incident occurred back in 2013 and involved a non-fatal head shot fired by an expert Taliban gunman.
“A Taliban sniper managed to get a non-fatal headshot on a Marine’s helmet while the Marines were conducting a joint helicopter raid in the Now Zad district, Helmand Province in 2013.”
Only a few moments following the Marine helmet cam was forcefully hit by the well-aimed sniper shot, the U.S. soldiers rushed to reach safer ground. The small group seemed in shock at what had just happened — surviving what was most probably a near-death experience aimed at taking their lives.
“Dude, you got shot,” exclaims the Marine who was wearing the helmet cam. Another replies, breathlessly, “I did get shot.” He proceeded to say that his ears were pulsing from the shock, but that he was otherwise uninjured.
While the ongoing war off in Afghanistan sometimes seems like a distant threat, this intense video brings the tension and daily challenges our servicemen and women endure in foreign war zones. Arnold noted in his report that the intended sniper shot was no random firing, and that the bullet’s “near-miss” was in fact a piece of a planned “U-shaped ambush by Taliban insurgents.”
The intense video involving the Marines still has some questions surrounding it. At this time, local news sources have been unable to reach the commenter, Sam Arnold, for more information regarding the Marine’s helmet cam viral capture. It also remains unknown who specifically Arnold is and what his connection is to the soldier who survived the attempted shot to the head. Certain audiences think that he may be a close friend or even a member of the family to the original YouTube video uploader. The media content has already received thousands of views online and counting as of this weekend.