"All I seen was decapitated bodies"

From a British newspaper (not, of course, a US paper). Excerpt:

“We was going along the Euphrates river,” says Joshua Key, detailing a
recurring nightmare that features a scene he stumbled into shortly after
the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003. “It’s a road right in the city of
Ramadi. We turned a sharp right and all I seen was decapitated bodies. The
heads laying over here and the bodies over there and US troops in between
them. I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God, what in the hell happened here? What’s
caused this? Why in the hell did this happen?’ We get out and somebody was
screaming, ‘We f***ing lost it here!’ I’m thinking, ‘Oh yes, somebody
definitely lost it here.'” Key says he was ordered to look for evidence of
a firefight, for something to explain what had happened to the beheaded
Iraqis. “I look around just for a few seconds and I don’t see anything.”

Then he witnessed the sight that still triggers the nightmares. “I see
two soldiers kicking the heads around like soccer balls. I just shut my
mouth, walked back, got inside the tank, shut the door, and thought, ‘I
can’t be no part of this. This is crazy. I came here to fight and be
prepared for war, but this is outrageous.'”

He’s convinced that there was no firefight.

“A lot of my friends stayed on the ground, looking to see if there was
any shells. There was never no shells.” He still cannot get the scene out
of his mind: “You just see heads everywhere. You wake up, you’ll just be
sitting there, like you’re in a foxhole. I can still see Iraq just as clearly as it
was the day I was there. You’ll just be on the side of a little river running
through the city, trash piled up, filled with dead. I don’t sleep that much,
you might say.” His wife, Brandi, nods in agreement, and says that he cries
in his sleep.

The Sunday Times August 27, 2006
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