A pitched battle is brewing over a combat patch approved earlier this year for U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq — because American soldiers think it looks like something the enemy would wear.
The patch, which also comes in a medal version, features a palm wreath, three stars and crossed scimitars — the trademark short sword with a curved blade that’s widely associated with the Middle East.
“100% Haji style!” is how former Army Capt. Kevin Casas described it, according to Military.com.
Casa posted his description of the new design on Army Times’ Facebook page, after the Times posted a story about the patch.
The Army began issuing the patch in April to soldiers serving in Operation Inherent Resolve — the official name of President Obama’s quasi-war against Islamic State militants.
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“Unit insignia is important because it fosters esprit de corps,” Army Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told USA Today.
But there are those who say the patch misses the mark.
“You can keep that ISIS patch featuring swords that chop off our heads,” former Army chief warrant officer David Clay wrote.
Another vet wondered aloud if the new patch was designed with the sea of Iraqi military deserters in mind.
“Will these be issued to Iraqi troops so they can desert again and leave these patches for ISIS?” asked Army veteran Michael Daunais.
A common theme among veterans upset about the design is that it looks eerily similar to the Muslim Brotherhood logo.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
US Army's conflict parch draws flak via http://t.co/xZIpJm0JWA http://t.co/QE1EvnXofU pic.twitter.com/UrnMzl5sm3
— ColorMeRed🩸🇺🇸 (@ColorMeRed) September 29, 2015
.@hpyrancher http://t.co/QE1EvoeZ7s @alimhaider Could it be any closer to the Muslim Brotherhood logo?
— Color Me Red (@ColorMeRed) September 29, 2015
U.S. Army Patch For Soldiers Who Served In Fight Against ISIS Based On Muslim Brotherhood’s Logo?… http://t.co/kJVXWowxHx
— Robert Neville (@OmegaMan58) September 30, 2015
“How about an American looking style symbol? wtf man?” Capt. Kevin Casas http://t.co/TelBeTtKQZ #RebootLiberty pic.twitter.com/lAT9l9cbNr
— Saving Liberty (@LibertyUSA1776) September 30, 2015
@YoungCons @dollie37 They left out the Rainbow.
— Canalzonevet (@czonevet) September 30, 2015
In the age of Obama, the US Army patch to fight ISIS looks like the Muslim Brotherhood emblem! Utterly shameful! pic.twitter.com/rAwYp0kSX3
— Hawkeye: Cruz2016 (@inhuggermugger) September 30, 2015
That new U.S. Army patch with scimitars is downright creepy http://t.co/mSUg0hSy4l
— American Thinker (@AmericanThinker) September 30, 2015
This looks like something you’d see on a Middle-Eastern uniform, not the uniform of the U.S. Army… http://t.co/dLnb7GuUBO #tcot #ccot
— Barracuda Brigade (@BarracudaMama) September 29, 2015
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