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Continued: 'LONE SURVIVOR': Film vs. fact

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Shah didn’t kill 20 Marines in the week before Operation Red Wings

In the film, Matthew Axelson (played by Ben Foster) claims that Shah killed 20 Marines in the week before Operation Red Wings. (This claim is in both trailers.) As iCasualties.org shows, the U.S. did not lose 20 Marines in the week before Operation Red Wings. Only two U.S. soldiers or Marines died in Kunar province in 2005 before Operation Red Wings. In the week before Operation Red Wings, only two soldiers died in the entire country. Up to that point, only five Marines had died in combat since the war started.

Who planned and led Operation Red Wings?

Both the film and the book more or less ignore the role of Marines in conceiving, planning and leading Operation Red Wings. The Marines brought in SEALs to gain access to aviation support.

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