(First of all: This is not meant nation-specific.)
This is the infantry skill horror photo of the month:
It's the classic "spray and pray over an obstacle" firing stance, guaranteeing a waste of ammunition.There's no visible laser beam and little hope that he's just illuminating something.
No matter what exactly he does; he seems to believe that hostiles are within rang of his M4 carbine (effective to 150-300 m depending on your expectation of effect on target) and exposes himself very much to hostile fire. He's certainly not using his carbine for aimed fire.
It's even worse:
This disastrous photo made it into the public as an official army photo!
As seen through a night-vision device, U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph P. Khamvongsa returns fire against an insurgent attack on Combat Outpost Badel, Afghanistan, Aug. 25. 2010. Khamvongsa, a forward observer, is assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
source, hat tip to Ken White
It's even a NCO, part of the NCO corps that's supposed to keep the individual and small unit skill level of the army high.
Third World untrained ragtag militia fighters, the laughing-stock of infantry-interested internet users.
I wrote about less extreme failures in a longer post "How to get yourself killed in combat against competent enemies" last year.
Let's hope that this soldier is a lone exception, along with the equally clueless photographer.