Archive for April 16th, 2008

Troop Scoop 4/16/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 16 Apr 2008 08:43 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Large weapon caches uncovered, and many terrorists captured including some high level AQI.  Basrah gets an economic boost; Op Marne Piledriver continues its success as the IA takes the lead; Al Quibla businesses reopen; and the Iraqi Border Patrol prepares to update.

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 16, 2008

Iraqi Army finds weapons cache in vehicle

BAGHDAD – IA soldiers uncovered a weapons cache during a patrol in Haw al-Askery April 15.
A tip from a local resident led the Soldiers to the cache in the trunk of a car containing 24 60 mm anti-personnel IEDs, 6 RPGs and 2 AK-47 magazines.


General talks economic boost with local leaders

BASRA – Iraqi Maj. Gen. Tariq, cmdr. of the 1st Div IA, met with local sheiks in the district of al-Quibla, Basra April 14, to help give them an economic jump start in their neighborhoods.
The IA, with assistance from a Civil Affairs team, is working to boost economic growth within al-Quibla by asking the local population to clean their streets of trash. The program gives citizens jobs and increases the local economy’s activity by putting money into the hands of the citizens. It also begins a cycle of sanitation to soon be funded by the GoI and become self supporting. The IA and the Civil Affairs team will return at a later date to assess the progress of the program and additional help will be given once certain goals are met.


Iraqi leaders and citizens attend a gathering for Iraqi Maj. Gen. Tariq and Civil Affairs personnel.Joanna12

One of five community leaders who have been chosen as supervisors in leading citizens to clean up trash in the streets, asks a question of Iraqi Col.  Aldien after receiving his incentive payment from U.S. Navy Cmdr. Dirk Padgett.-30-

Iraqi Army discovers IED materials during clearing operations

BAGHDAD – During a clearing op in Mahmudiyah, in support of Op Marne Piledriver, IA soldiers uncovered 5 weapons caches, April 15.
The caches contained 2 155 mm artillery rounds, an oxygen tank rigged as an IED, a Katusha rocket launcher, 2 oxygen tanks, 2 82 mm mortar tubes, a 3-foot tube of homemade explosives and multiple pressure strips.
While the focus of the op is on capacity building, Iraqi SF will simultaneously target remaining insurgent pockets with the help of CF.


Iraqi Army takes lead in Marne Piledriver

BAGHDAD – Op Marne Piledriver launched in the Mahmudiyah area April 15, as IA and MND-Center Soldiers conducted joint ops.
Iraqi Soldiers and 3rd Bn, 320th FA, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault) combined to conduct dismounted patrols and an air assault.
“The Iraqi Soldiers took initiative from the start,” said Pfc. Nathan Krueger, Btry A, 3-320th FA. “Every time I went into a building, there would already be an IA Soldier clearing or searching the area. Once we got on-site, they took the lead.”
“Our role was to support the IA,” said Capt. Ryan Mayfield, cmdr. of Btry A. “Because of what has been going on in the whole country, specifically Mahmudiyah, we’re continuing to maintain momentum and … provide the basic needs, as well as freedom of movement to the people so that the govt and tribes can continue to help build the area.”
Iraqi Soldiers teamed with 3rd Plt, Btry. A, 3-320th FA on dismount patrols, while others  partnered with HH Btry, 3-320th FA. “Now that we feel the AQI  presence is at a minimum, we are about to start establishing SoI checkpoints through the area, which adds to the freedom of movement,” Mayfield said.  “The main effort of our portion of Piledriver is to develop multiple projects as well as solid governance in the area. We are providing support to the IA wherever they deem it’s needed.”


Sons of Iraq lead MND-C Soldiers to weapons cache

BAGHDAD – SoI led Soldiers from Troop C, 3rd Sqdrn, 1st Cav Regt, and IP to a large weapons cache in Tameem, a town east of Baghdad, April 14.  The cache was buried approx. 500 meters from the NP headquarters in Tameem.
“The cache had been in the ground a long time,” said 1st Lt. Andrew Ellison, a squad leader in Troop C.  “EOD Soldiers estimated that the munitions had been buried for over a year based on their condition.” The cache contained 389 82 mm mortar rounds, 96 125 mm tank rounds, 172 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds, 38 60 mm mortar rounds, 30 130 mm artillery rounds, 17 122 mm mortar rounds, 15 100 mm rockets, 7 155 artillery rounds, 5 100 kg aircraft bombs and 4 120 mm mortar rounds.
“Even though many of the munitions were badly degraded, they could have still been used to make IEDs,” Ellison said. “We are extremely happy to help interdict these accelerants here.”


Al-Quibla businesses reopen

BASRA – Since the arrival of Iraq’s 1st Army Div, peace and order are becoming a norm once again in the town of Al-Quibla.
Local businesses such as kiosks, food markets and gas stations are re-opening and offering job opportunities for the citizens of Iraq. “The jobs created by small business stimulate the local economy and advances positive economic incentives in the daily lives of the Iraqi people,” said Maj. Tom Holloway, a spokesman for MND-Southeast. “The IA’s ability to secure Al-Quibla was an essential step in helping to provide not only economic growth in the community, but also their ability to make Basra a safe and secure place to live.”


Iraqi Minister of Defence visits Basra

BASRA – The Iraqi Minister of Defence al-Mufriji visited the Al-Quibla district of Basra, April 14. The minister was welcomed by the residents of the Al-Quibla district in Basra, as he was escorted by the 1st Iraqi Div Army and local Basra Police.  During his visit, the minister was able to receive an update of the Army’s situation and plans while talking with the 1st Iraqi Army’s Maj. Gen Tariq.
“Criminals have been operating throughout a number of districts in Basra for the past few weeks,” said Maj. Tom Holloway, a spokesman for MND-Southeast. “However, since the increased presence of IA soldiers and their ability to provide security, many citizens are now feeling safer in their neighborhoods.”
For the past 9 days, supplies of food rations and water have been successfully delivered and received by many of the Iraqis living in the area.


Coalition UAV engages RPG team, kills four criminals

BASRA – A CF Predator UAV observed 5 criminals attack an IA patrol with RPGs on the eastern side of the Hayyaniyah district, April 16.
The UAV engaged the criminals and fired a Hellfire missile killing 4 and wounding one.  The criminals’ vehicle was suspected of containing more weapons and ammo and engaged and destroyed by a second Hellfire missile.
“The message is clear to those that continue to obstruct the rule of law in Basra,” said Capt. Chris Ford, spokesman for the CF in Basra said. “Those attacking the IA and other GoI SF will be targeted as part of enduring Coalition support to the people of Iraq.”


Iraqi Border Patrol prepares for automated passport scanning

BASRA – A passport scanning system, which will read passports of those wanting to enter the country, is being installed for use by the IBP officers near the Um Qsar Port.
Once trained to operate the system, the IBP will have approx. 16 stations to help facilitate immigration and speed ID of persons entering the country that will help ensure the sovereignty of Iraq.
The current system involves a tedious process of looking at each passport and visually comparing the photo to the individual presenting it. Once the IBP officer has determined the photo in the passport matches the person presenting it, the individual is then allowed to see the Directorate of Travelling and Identity for entry into Iraq.


Iraq Security Forces kill seven, detain three suspects

BALAD – 7 AQI fighters were killed during an op conducted by Tikrit IP, CF and a Tikrit Iraqi SWAT team, April 12.
Iraqi SF conducted the op to disrupt AQI ops in the Jazeera region of the Salah al-Din province.  During a sweep of the objective area, enemy fighters engaged ISF, resulting in numerous firefights which left 7 of the terrorists dead.
During the op, ISWAT also seized a truck containing a suicide vest, several mortar rounds, rockets, detonation cord, a PKC rifle and 5,000 rounds of ammo. Three suspected AQI terrorists were detained for questioning.
“Catching terrorists where they train and keeping the fight in the sparsely inhabited Jazeera Desert will potentially save Iraqi civilian lives and increase overall security in Iraq,” said Col. Bill Buckner, the MNC-Iraq public affairs officer.


Iraqi SF detain 2 wanted criminal leaders, 10 others in Basrah

BAGHDAD – Iraqi SF detained 2 criminal leaders wanted by the GoI in separate ops, April 14 in Basrah.
An Iraqi ERU captured the suspected leader and three other members of an IED cell operating in the Basrah area.  Intel reports indicate the cell has been involved in multiple attacks against Iraqi and CF,  and the distribution of IEDs and illegal weapons.
In another op in Basrah, a Hillah SWAT team detained the suspected leader of a criminal cell.  Seven suspected members of the cell were also detained.  The detaining of these men will disrupt criminal ops in Basrah, likely decrease IED attacks and potentially lead to info about other cell leaders and activities in the area.


MND-B Soldiers seize rockets, weapons cache

BAGHDAD – In different ops in the Rashid District in southern Baghdad, April 14,
Soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th ID, seized more than a dozen 107mm rockets with launchers that appear to be of Iranian manufacture.
These Soldiers also seized weapons during a security patrol in western Rashid,  capturing rocket propelled grenades, and almost 100 shot gun rounds enroute to a nearby combat outpost.
The Soldiers also detained a man accused of attacking CF during the ongoing security ops in West Rashid.


107mm rockets and fuses that appear to be of Iranian manufacture.-30-

There are two memorials scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 7th, Lt. Murphy’s birthday.

The first is the naming of the Patchogue Post Office in his name.  The ceremony begins at 11:00 am.

The second is the dedication of Serenity Plaza in memory of the lost heroes of Operation Redwing.  This will take place at Ronkonkama Town Beach where Lt. Murphy worked as a lifeguard.  The ceremony begins at 2:30 pm.  Stay tuned for more details.

Why did the Iraqis turn against al Qaeda and Iran? Because al Qaeda and Iran were murdering them en masse. And why were al Qaeda and Iran murdering Iraqis en masse? Because Defense Secretary Rumfeld’s small-footprint force-protection strategy meant that they couldn’t attack American troops without getting immediately annihilated.

In order to get the “continuing violence” that their allies in the Western media could use to create American defeat on the home front, the Saudi and Iranian proxy warriors in Iraq had no choice but to wage war on the Iraqi people.

They understood the risks: that playing for a media victory would cost them the war on the ground. This is clear in the letter that al Qaeda #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, wrote to al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the Fall of 2005:

Written in December 2007, as the seeds of our Counter Insurgency operations (the ‘Surge’) were bearing fruit, this article is a must read for a fuller understanding of our success in the war.
Click here to continue reading.

House to House

An Epic Memoir of War

A page turning account of the battle of Fallujah from the men on the ground. David Bellavia, another native New Yorker, recounts in gritty detail his experiences in Iraq.

“An astonishingly gripping and visceral account of the battle for Fallujah, by one of the soldiers who was there.”

“The account of one man’s journey from frightened soldier through the test of battle to spiritually-realised human being”

“Rivals the greatest accounts of modern warfare including those from the Vietnam-era”

Go here for more information on the book or here to the Amazon ordering page.

Easily the most important book on the War in Iraq available today. Michael Yon, former green beret and independent journalist has been embedded with US forces there longer than anyone else and has documented the good, the bad, the defeats and the victories the war has taken over its course. He presents a compelling argument that the ‘surge’ our counter insurgency operation is working and that the Iraqi Army and Police are much improved and more effective than at any point in their history.

To view the website go here.

To order from Amazon go here from Barnes and Noble go here.

Reviews of this book are here and here. A review by Austin Bay is here.

Now Michael Totten, another respected journalist in Iraq, weighs in with a review here.

And here’s audio of Mike’s appearance on Mark Levin’s show.

(hat tip: Mudville Gazette)

And the unit that Mike Yon embedded with in Mosul in 2004 has a music video out set to scenes from their deployment including some Mike Yon pictures. See it here.

Nothing staged, recreated or rehearsed. The bullets, bombs, blood and bad guys are all real. Forget the anti-American and anti-military tripe being produced by Hollywood, this is the real deal.

A compendium of three documentaries on two discs, all videoed in 2007 by JD Johannes.

Danger Close – up-close, in-depth look at a complex attack by Al Qaida on a small, distant U.S. Army outpost on the edge of the Euphrates River valley.

Anbar Awakens – shows the greatest turn around of the Iraq War, the tribes of Al Anbar province joining with the coalition to fight Al Qaida, from the perspective of the Jumayli tribe. The Jumayli tribe, with no prompting from the coalition, turned on the terrorists and engaged in a serious gun battle with Al Qaida before formally joining with the coalition.

Baghdad Surge – a look at the effects of the surge at street level. This episode follows a U.S. Army infantry Captain through ‘a day of the surge’ and the modern three-block-war.

For more information, to view the video trailer and to order go here.

A very positive review in two parts is here and here.

Lone Survivor

The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.  Recounts the ill fated mission which resulted in the death of Long Island Hero Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

Amazon link here.

War Crimes

The Left’s campaign to Destroy our Military and Lose the War on Terror.

“A searing indictment of liberal treachery against America and the U.S. military”

“Impassioned – and well documented”

“Read it now or prepare yourself for national defeat”

Amazon link is here.

How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry.

A very interesting insight into the timeline of events and the tactics used to overcome the willful blackout of their story and the active opposition of the mainstream media and the John Kerry campaign.

Website and ordering link are here.