A blast from ordnance dropped by Jordanian Armed Forces F-16s erupts during a combined live fire demonstration in Wadi Shadiya, Jordan, May 18, during Exercise Eager Lion 2015.(U.S Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terysa M. King/Released)

War with Iran was narrowly averted in May 2017 when the Air Force refused to bomb a truck carrying a porta-potty that was headed toward Iranian-backed forces in Syria.

Foreign Policy's Lara Seligman has the scoop about when the s**t came close to hitting the fan after the U.S.-led coalition in Syria ordered the toilet to be annihilated.

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U.S. Navy/Chief Master-at-Arms Tony Guyette/Released

Here’s the fourth entry in our Combat Pooping contest, and it’s a strong one. If you have something you think is as good, please e-mail it to Tom Ricks.

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