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The Hill: Docs Detail Buttigieg's Afghan Service

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Democratic Presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attends a campaign stop at Stonyfield Farms on April 19, 2019 in Londonderry, New Hampshire. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 05 May 2019 11:52 AM

Peter Buttigieg's anti-terrorism work for Navy intelligence in Afghanistan placed him in "an imminent danger pay area" in 2014 and sets him apart from other Democratic primary candidates, according to The Hill.

Buttigieg worked to disrupt funding for terrorism during war in Afghanistan, which was revealed in government documents obtained by an South Bend, Indiana, investigative reporter and Iraq War veteran, according to the report.

During his fledgling 2020 presidential campaign, Buttigieg has mentioned his time "outside the wire" of secure areas and his book released this February, "Shortest Way Home," touted himself as an "Afghanistan veteran" – although he has claimed no time in actual combat.

"In a ritual to be repeated dozens of times, I would heave my armored torso into the driver's seat of a Land Cruiser, chamber a round in my M4, lock the doors, and wave a gloved goodbye to the Macedonian gate guard," Buttigieg wrote, per The Hill. "My vehicle would cross outside the wire and into the boisterous Afghan city, entering a world infinitely more interesting and ordinary and dangerous than our zone behind the blast walls at ISAF headquarters."

Roadside IEDs were a consistent danger out on the road "outside the wire," he wrote, according to the report.

"I fell back on my training from Camp McCrady, eyes out for the known signs that we were about to get blown up," he wrote, per the Hill. "A suddenly empty neighborhood. A nervous-looking lone driver of a vehicle with a heavy trunk load. An obviously male hand coming out from underneath a woman's blue burqa."

Buttigieg was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal for service in a combat zone, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Overseas Service Ribbon, according to the report.

Buttigieg served his Afghanistan deployment for half of 2014 during his team as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, but his campaign did not clarify to The Hill whether he was called into the Navy reserves or had volunteered for duty.

"Because I was a specialist in counterterrorism, Afghanistan represented the best place in the world to practice my craft," Buttigieg wrote, per The Hill. "It was also a country, troubled but hauntingly beautiful that I had gotten to know while a civilian adviser at McKinsey. If my turn was coming up to get mobilized, I wanted it to be there."

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