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01st Apr 2016

US soldier filmed singing ‘Go on home, British soldiers’ in Afghanistan

Conor Heneghan

The Pentagon have refused to comment on the footage.

A US soldier has been filmed singing ‘Go on home, British soldiers,’ a song by the Wolfe Tones, in front of a group of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.

Clip via Tuairisc

The video, which originally appeared on the U.S. Army W.T.F! Moments Facebook page – it has since been deleted from the page – has caused controversy online in recent days and even prompted Forces TV, an independent news organisation representing the British forces, to seek a comment from the Pentagon.

According to Forces TV, a spokesperson for the Pentagon said that they were not aware of the footage and have refused to comment on it. Forces TV also established that the video was removed from the U.S. Army W.T.F! Moments Facebook page when they realised that the song was written in support of the IRA.

A spokesperson for the page told Forces TV: “It was brought to our attention that this song was actually… in support of Irish rebel forces from the 1960s, specifically the Irish Republican Army.

“Our page refrains from political matters so we decided it was in the best interest of our Facebook community to remove the video.”

The video was subsequently posted on the YouTube channel belonging to Irish language website, who claim that the solider in the video is Séamus Ó Fianghusa, AKA Séamus na Gaeilge,’ who was born to an Irish father and Korean mother and has spent time in the Gaeltacht in Donegal.