U.S. Army Sgt Omar Mora, of Texas City and the 82nd Airborne, gained fame a few weeks ago when he was one of seven front-line soldiers to sign onto an op-ed piece in The New York Times that injected some reality into the rosy scenarios the Bush Administration was pushing.
Now he’s dead.
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Mora, 28, was killed Monday in western Baghdad, along with Sgt. Yance Gray, another of the op-ed authors.
“To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched,” the op-ed said.
The seven deaths in the vehicle accident that took Mora’s life brought the official number of U.S. armed forces killed in Iraq to 3,774. – Richard Connelly