The video was posted to YouTube on Sept. 26 by an account registered to a user named Sam Arnold. The action occurred last year in Helmand province’s Now Zad district, where Taliban fighters continue to be a threat. The video had been viewed nearly 1 million times as of Thursday afternoon, with about half of those views coming in the last day.
The video has received attention from CBS News, Reddit, Gawker’s Gizmodo blog and others in the last day. Checkpoint has reached out to the user who posted it, and will report back with details if they become available.