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Soldier's view of Afghan gunfight watched 23 million times

The video is shot from the soldier's helmet. Photo: YouTube / Ted Daniels

A video shot from the helmet of a US soldier in Afghanistan showing him getting shot during a fire fight has become an internet sensation, watched on YouTube more than 23 million times.

The video was shot last year in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan by 37-year-old Ted Daniels.

The camera captures the shots fired and records the sounds of bullets whizzing past Daniels' head, before and after he gets shot and wounded.

The video tracks his footprints and hands as he shoots from the top of a rocky hill. Daniels is then hit, and we see he lies hiding behind a large rock, calling to his comrades. The last half of the film is the sound of Daniels crying for help, before the battery appears to die.

Warning, some viewers may find this video disturbing.

Daniels told The Washington Post he uploaded the video to a private channel on YouTube as a way of preserving the footage to show his family.

He was then contacted by a YouTube user Funker530 who asked him to make the video public, and he agreed, as he is not identified

He described what happened in the video to Funker530, who hosted it on his war footage channel.

I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and I made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel.

The army is reportedly angry about the release of the film, which quickly went viral. Major Chris Thomas, A US army spokesman in Afghanistan told The Washington Post:

If I were a Taliban propaganda video producer, I would be personally thanking this soldier for uploading this video to YouTube.

Daniels has asked Funker530 to remove the footage, but the unidentified user refused to do so.

Ice Cube featured clips of the material in his 'Everythang's Corrupt' music video.

Daniels, meanwhile, has not made any money from the clip, despite the huge number of clicks it has generated.