A US marine squad was driving North out of Basra when they came upon an Al-Qaeda soldier badly injured and unconscious. Nearby, on the opposite side of the road, was an Australian soldier in a similar but less serious state. The Aussie was conscious and alert. As first aid was given to both men, the Aussie was asked what had happened. The Aussie reported, "I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway and coming south was a heavily armed Al-Qaeda soldier." Seeing each other we both took cover. "What happened then?" the corpsman asked. "I yelled to him that even with the new government his country is still ****ed, and he yelled back: 'So is yours'." "We were standing there shaking hands when a truck hit us."