There has been a series of graphic photos circulating lately (below), started by Iraqi social media, showing a man who has caught a 60mm mortar round through his shoulder. It is being hailed as an example of the bravery and hardness of the Shi’a militias and Iraqi Security Forces as they battle against ISIS.




Looks like one hard dude, doesn’t it?  This is the caliber of the fighters taking the war to ISIS! Except it’s not.

First of all, most likely, this is the aftermath of an accident. The angle suggests that this guy was over the mouth of the mortar tube when the round got dropped, and didn’t get out of the way fast enough. But that’s not all.

The second picture above has been cropped.  Here’s the original: