01/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NYT Reporter Caught In Middle As Iraqi Soldier Begins Gunning Down Americans

ZANJILI, MOSUL--For a moment, I thought it was a misfire. The soldier standing in the doorway thought so too.

But after the shortest of pauses - a second or two, no more - that first shot was followed by the long, loud crackling of an automatic burst.

As I slammed my helmet onto my head I saw Sgt. First Class David Neuzil raise his rifle and open fire outside the open doorway. After a few seconds the ear-splitting buzz of sustained fire from American rifles was the only sound. And then the shouts for medics.

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