National Guard Unit Takes Wrong Turn, Invades Iraq B April 23, 2012 Army 22 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: KHUBARI CROSSING, KUWAIT — What should have been a routine mission almost ended with an international incident for 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, a National Guard unit from Minnesota. Deployed to Kuwait for the past ten months, the unit assisted in the drawdown of Iraq and has been in part of the Middle East Area Reaction Force, in order to help thwart the threats of countries like Iran. An infantry unit in 1/34th, the 2-135 Infantry, recently went out on an area patrol around Camp Buehring and Camp Virginia. Staff Sgt. Jonathan Erikson, a squad leader in the unit, was in charge when the events took place. “We were headed north from Camp Buehring, just doing a patrol of the routes trying to make sure everything was ok. We came up to a large compound which I now know is Khubari Crossing. Apparently the gate was closed for some reason. We didn’t realize that at the time and just kind of drove around it. I thought we were still in Kuwait. Next thing ya’ know we’re in Sadr City.” Specialist Tyler Lokken, Staff Sgt. Erikson’s driver, had a different story to tell. “I kept telling that idiot we were going the wrong way. He kept insisting that we push forward and that we were still in Kuwait. When comms dropped out he just marked it off as shitty radios. Then, after about six hours of driving, I tried to explain that it only takes about 3 hours to drive all the way across Kuwait. He said to me, ‘Who the fuck do you think you are huh? I’m the damn Staff Sergeant here, so shut the fuck up and drive.’ The Iraqis were distressed at the sight of Americans once again. Lt. Sadik Al Mahara, an Iraqi Army Officer, elaborated further via telephone: “As soon as we saw the Americans, I honestly thought to myself, Allah damnit, a THIRD invasion? Seriously? So I did what I did the last two times and threw my AK-47 on the ground and surrendered. Well, this time I didn’t get to surrender. When I approached the Americans to turn myself in, they were not prepared to process me as a detainee like they had before. It was at this point that I knew something was wrong. I was glad to give them directions back to Kuwait and send them on their way. Those Americans are always so nice.” The White House released a statement following the event apologizing for the confusion. Erikson was immediately promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/YqstQ Lynx-tv Intl says: July 22, 2014 at 12:44 PM So many punctuation errors…can’t take this story seriously. Josh Goulart says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM lmfao Chris Fleisher says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Showing the right stuff to be Commissioned. Congrats, Sir! Bwahahahaha! Mike Bakken says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM funny Miguel Felix says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Allah Damnit! Ann Jaffe says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM lol.. love it even if it is obviously fake. TM Gibbons-Neff says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM lol’d hardcore at the last line. Dave Drazek says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Hilarious! Tom Reynolds says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM It had to be the redbulls… Mark Rinaldi says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Glad my kid pointed this site out to me, this is some seriously funny stuff. Pete Stanford says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM funny…but it should be noted the 34th division has had units that have spent more consecutive time on the Ground than most other Army units..up to 17 months in some cases… Timothy Neufarth says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM hmmm so thier BFT was not working and thier ops and comvoy people were not monitoring the BFT I’m calling bullshit on this one. Pepe Tandazo says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Go guard Jeff Tjosaas says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Funny Kyle Kline says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM sounds about right. Jonathon Krisko says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM I went in looking for the lost LT joke right off the bat and was a bit let down when it stated the unit was led by a SSG. Nice placement throwing it in at the end! Collin Smith says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Can’t spell lost without LT hahaha. Nicholas Anna says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM (In my best LotR voice:) One does not simply drive into Sadr City on accident. Brian Bucensky says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM To funny Joseph Beard says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM So good. Can’t stop laughing. Daniel Hof says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM “Allah damnit”, that’s funny. Anthony Matthew Casella says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM My PA unit just left Virginia. PA NCO’s train our LT’s right. There was all kinds of wrong about that story.