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Hollywood film immortalizes death of 19 US troops in Afghanistan

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

340217,xcitefun-lone-survivor-posterThe deadliest incident for US troops in 12-year war in Afghanistan has been immortalized in a Hollywood film, which is set to be released in Cinemas after Christmas.

The Hollywood film “Lone Survivor”, is based on a book written the only Navy SEAL commando, Marcus Luttrell, who survived the raid which left 19 US troops dead.

The incident took place in June 28 2005 in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, where Marcus Luttrell was the medic assigned to SEAL Team 10 that took part in the operation Red Wings designed to neutralize fighter Ahmad Shah.

Actor Mark Wahlberg plays the role of Marcus Luttrell, who was badly wounded after he walked into a massive bombardment from insurgents along with three other NAVY SEALS who perished on the mountain.

Sixteen other Special Forces, including eight SEALs, were killed when their rescue helicopter was shot down. The injured Luttrell was recovered by US troops after he was taken by an Afghan villager.

Directed by Peter Berg, the film was shot in New Mexico, which was supported by the US military, by providing two MH-47 Chinooks and two AH-64 Apaches that were used for scenes at the SEALS’ base camp.

Peter Berg quoted by AFP said, “I wanted to look those parents in the eyes. I wanted to make Marcus proud and make the family members proud.”

The film, he said, “gives an audience the chance to acknowledge what these guys are doing” and “divorce themselves from these politicians who are deciding where these guys go”.

The film focuses focuses on the heroism, comradeship and sense of duty that binds SEALs together on the battlefield. Universal Pictures will release the film at selected cinemas on December 27 and goes on general US release January 10.

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