I had to post this. I was feeling a little old. But I'm much better now.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Today American and Coalition forces Forces successfully conducted an operation targeting the al-Qaeda emir of the section of Baghdad, who has directed deadly car bomb attacks in the city.
From the MNF-Iraq:
BAGHDAD — Coalition forces killed eight terrorists and detained 14 suspected terrorists during coordinated operations targeting a senior al-Qaeda leader west of Tarmiyah over the past two days.
Forces conducted an operation yesterday targeting the al-Qaeda emir of the northern belts around Baghdad, who is associated with deadly car bomb attacks in the city.
Surveillance indicated the senior leader and his associates had entered a building in a remote area. Coalition forces declared the target hostile and called in an air strike. Secondary explosions ignited after the initial strike, indicating there were explosives inside. Forces assess five terrorists were killed in the strike.
When ground forces approached the site to assess damage, a terrorist engaged them with small-arms fire. Countering in self-defense, forces returned fire and killed the armed man. The ground forces resumed their approach to the building but discovered multiple fighting positions, heavy machine guns, booby traps and vehicles wired with explosives. Coalition forces evacuated the area and called in air assets to destroy the enemy weapons.
Acting on intelligence gained from yesterday’s operation, Coalition forces conducted additional coordinated raids in the area this morning. During the first of those, forces used explosives to breach a door and enter a targeted building. A woman standing behind the door was killed in the explosion. Iraqis on the scene told Coalition forces her husband had told her to block the door from the Americans.
As ground forces secured the building, one man was discovered concealing himself in another room, armed with grenades and a rifle aimed at the assault force. Coalition forces engaged the armed man and killed him. As they secured additional buildings on the scene, a man rushed to a window and attempted to pull a rifle from behind the curtains. Forces reacted to the hostile threat by engaging the man and killing him.
During a raid on another building, ground forces brought the occupants of a building outside to secure the area. One man, after previously being compliant, turned and rushed back into the building. Coalition forces, perceiving a hostile threat, engaged the man and wounded him. He was treated on site and taken to a military medical facility for further treatment. He and six other suspected terrorists were detained during the raid.
Coalition forces detained three more suspected terrorists during raids on four more buildings in the area.
"Taking down the bombing network in Baghdad is a top priority for us," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman. "We will continue targeting the leaders who coordinate and execute murderous attacks on the Iraqi people."
All of this leads me to two questions;
First, I wonder what Harry Reid has to say about all this. Are we still "losing"?
Second, How's your blood pressure today Harry? Through the roof? Better take a couple days off and let it settle.
Strike Three...Your out! al Queda is in it's death throws.
Posted by Sparker911 at 7:36 AM
Tuesday Iraqi citizens turned on al Quaeda terrorist who had fled into a Mosque for saftey. The citizens stormed the Mosque, ousted the terrorists and reported them to Coalition forces.
Fed up with violent and indiscriminate terror tactics, a group of more than 80 residents of the Adhamiyah district, on the east side of the Iraqi capital, banded together Sunday to oust suspected terrorists from a local mosque.
The uprising led to a string of events over the next 12 hours that ultimately resulted in the arrest of 44 suspected terrorists and the capture of three weapons caches.
The initial takeover of the Abu Hanifa Mosque occurred at about 2 p.m., apparently triggered by news that terrorists had murdered two relatives of a prominent local sheik. As the news spread, angry residents joined the sheik to storm the mosque, long believed to be a sanctuary for terrorists operating in the area, and ousted the suspected terrorists inside from the building.
That's strike two.
Posted by Sparker911 at 7:27 AM
On Monday a Senior leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, who was responsible for bombings and inciting sectarian violence was killed by American and Coalition forces.
“Yesterday, the government of Iraq announced that the Coalition force killed a senior al Qaeda terrorist, Haitham Sabah al Badri,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark Fox, spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq. “He was killed east of Samara on August second.”
In addition to both the February 2006 and June 2007 bombings of the Golden Mosque, Al Badri is believed to have been involved in an Aug. 28 attack on a Samara checkpoint that killed 29, as well as the June 23, 2006, bombing of the Kirkuk courthouse. His body was positively identified by family members after the Coalition air strike.
During the operation, Coalition force members raided a series of four buildings associated with al Badri, Multi-National Force-Iraq officials reported. About four armed men moved from the targeted buildings into outdoor tactical fighting positions in what ground forces viewed as a set-up to ambush approaching Coalition force members. Responding to the hostile threat, they called in close-air support.
The strike killed al Badri and three other terrorists, one of them a foreign fighter. Ground forces also found weapons on site and detained seven other suspected terrorists.
To which I add, in as grown-up a manner as I can muster...Hahahahaahaha! Hahahahahaha! Haahahahahaha! Welcome sucker to your paradise and your virgins. Nobody says the virgins are female or even human. It leaves one hope.
Posted by Sparker911 at 7:19 AM
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The author writes:
Anyone who says Al Qaeda is not one of the primary problems in Iraq is simply ignorant of the facts.
I, like everyone else, will have to wait for September's report from Gen. Petraeus before making more definitive judgments. But I know for certain that three things are different in Iraq now from any other time I've seen it.
1. Iraqis are uniting across sectarian lines to drive Al Qaeda in all its disguises out of Iraq, and they are empowered by the success they are having, each one creating a ripple effect of active citizenship.
2. The Iraqi Army is much more capable now than it was in 2005. It is not ready to go it alone, but if we keep working, that day will come.
3. Gen. Petraeus is running the show. Petraeus may well prove to be to counterinsurgency warfare what Patton was to tank battles with Rommel, or what Churchill was to the Nazis.
And yes, in case there is any room for question, Al Qaeda still is a serious problem in Iraq, one that can be defeated. Until we do, real and lasting security will elude both the Iraqis and us.
Yon is a former Special Forces soldier who later became a writer and a photographer. His work appears in the Weekly Standard, the National Review and on www.michaelyon-online.com .
Posted by Sparker911 at 11:15 AM
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Victory for the USA is "Bad news for us".
From Flopping Aces:
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Clyburn, in an interview with the washingtonpost.com video program PostTalk, admitted the Democrats will be unhappy if it turns out that America is winning in Iraq. He did include some gobbledygook about supporting or troops, but nobody believes that. The big story is that a house leader put it on the record that it is not Democrat policy to win the war.
The Democrats have positioned themselves (again) to gain power if the US loses the war. This puts them actively opposed to the troops they mildly claim to "support". With friends like this, I hope to never be in a position to need support from Democrats.
Pardon me, but isn't supporting the enemy against our troops an act of treason?
Posted by Sparker911 at 5:00 AM