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Troop Scoop 4/22/2008

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Posted: 22 Apr 2008 08:02 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Agricultural growth goes full steam ahead, alongside clearing operations.  On some of our troops’ ops, I’ve kept the time frame, so you can have an idea of just how busy and how successful our troops are.  An IP conference takes place at Camp Fallujah fine tuning ops.  Terrorist cell leader captured as well as other criminals neutralized, and more weapon caches uncovered.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 22, 2008

Iraqi farmers association builds for future

AZ ZUBAYR – Rural Iraqi farmers here joining together for the future of farming in southeastern Iraq.  Farmers in this small rural community southwest of Basra gathered for the grand opening of a new Farmers Cooperative Association Building, April 21.
Bob Haywood, the senior economic advisor to MND-Southeast presented the association with watermelon, tomato and cucumber seeds — all crops that grow well in the region — as a gift to the Iraqi community.

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MND-B Soldiers kill five criminals

BAGHDAD – In eastern Baghdad, April 21, an AWT engaged 2 criminals with RPG launchers at approx. 9 p.m.  The AWT fired a hellfire missile at the criminals, killing them both and destroying the RPG launchers.
At approx. 10 p.m., Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, conducting a route-clearing mission were struck with an IED, and then attacked with small-arms fire by criminals in the area.  Soldiers returned fire and killed 3 criminals.
“We are not the aggressor, but we will defend ourselves and protect the Iraqi people from attacks such as these,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman for the 4th ID and MND-B.  “We will be relentless in our pursuit of those breaking the law. If these criminals continue to attack innocent Iraqis and CF, we will pursue them and bring them to justice. “We are building a safe neighborhood in conjunction with the Iraqi SF in order to provide immediate humanitarian alliance and restoration of the Jamilla market for the people, protecting them from those who care nothing for their welfare by conducting daily attacks causing the people to suffer.”

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MND-B engage criminals, seize weapons in multiple operations

BAGHDAD – April 21, at approx. 8:40 a.m., Soldiers from 1st Bn, 66th AR were on patrol in New Baghdad when they were attacked by terrorists using small-arms fire and RPGs. The Soldiers returned fire and killed 3 criminals.
At approx. 9:45 a.m. in an area west of Baghdad, an Iraqi citizen discovered and turned in a weapons cache consisting of 42 82mm mortars, 2 120mm mortars, and 500 7.62 mm rounds to MND-B Soldiers.
An AWT observed criminals in a vehicle resupplying other criminals in New Baghdad at approximately 10:25 a.m. The AWT engaged the vehicle, and killed 2 armed criminals and destroyed the vehicle.
During a patrol in New Baghdad, Soldiers from 1-66 AR came under fire by criminal groups. An AWT was called to the scene, and engaged with a Hellfire missile at approx. 11:40 a.m., and killed both criminals and destroyed the shack they were using for concealment.
Approx. 30 minutes later, an M1A2 Abrams tank crew from 1-66 AR engaged a criminal rocket team in New Baghdad. The crew destroyed a rocket, a rocket sled and the vehicle carrying the illegal weapons.
At approx. 4:25 p.m. in Sadr City, 2 criminals attacked Soldiers from 2nd Stryker Cav Regt in an observation post with small-arms fire. The Soldiers returned fire and killed both of the criminals.
“We are establishing a safe neighborhood in southern Sadr City in order to restore stability and security to that threatened community that Special Groups cells used to fire rocket and mortar rounds from,” said Lt. Col. Steven Stover. “Using barriers has been effective in other neighborhoods, markets and roads, allowing Iraqi Security and CF to control access and the movement of illegal material, and disrupting both AQI and Special Groups criminals.  Security will lead to a return of Iraqi civilians, humanitarian assistance and, we hope, GoI-funded essential services,” Stover said.

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Tip leads MND-C Soldiers to caches near Ci Ci Bar Canal

CAMP STRIKER – Acting on a tip from a citizen, Soldiers from Btry A, 3rd Bn, 320th FA, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault), located 2 weapons caches and a possible VBIED near the Ci Ci Bar Canal, April 20.
One cache, found in a spider hole, contained 22 120 mm mortar rounds, 560 artillery fuses, and 37 23 mm projectiles. The VBIED and a cache consisting of 3 IEDs were also found nearby.

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Iraqi Army captures suspected insurgent cell leader

BALAD – IA Soldiers, advised by U.S. SF, detained a suspected insurgent cell leader in an op in Ta’Mim province, April 20.
The IA conducted the op to capture the suspect and disrupt the activities of an insurgent network operating in the area. The suspect is accused of conducting IED and small-arms fire attacks against Iraqi and CF.  He is also believed to be a weapons trafficker in the Hawijah area who terrorizes Iraqi citizens.   One other suspect was detained for questioning.

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Coalition forces kill three criminals in precision strike

BAGHDAD – Coalition forces killed 3 criminals who were positively identified carrying weapons at a cache site in eastern Baghdad, April 20.
Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, who were operating an UAV, engaged the criminals with a Hellfire missile, killing all 3 men.
Iranian-backed Special Groups and other criminal elements who refuse to honor the rule of law are directly responsible for the current violence in Baghdad, as well as the deaths of countless innocent civilians,” said Lt. Col. Steven Stover.

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Al Anbar Iraqi Police converge on Camp Fallujah

CAMP FALLUJAH – Al Anbar Province’s IP leadership assembled aboard Camp Fallujah to discuss security oriented issues, April 19.
Brig. Gen. Richard P. Mills, cmdr, Ground Combat Element, MND-West, and his staff coordinated the Provincial Director of Police and District Chief of Police Conference.
More than 20 Iraqi police chiefs attended the conference, participating in briefs and discussions regarding a number of issues, such as supply contracting, the “Sons of Iraq” and “Daughters of Iraq” programs, highway patrol development, police intel and the size of their police force.
The event concluded with open forums regarding police ops in various regions of Anbar Province.

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Brig. Gen. Richard P. Mills, cmdr, speaks with Maj. Gen. Tariq Sa’doon, cmdr, before beginning the Conference.

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Col. Lewis A. Craparotta, comm. officer, RCT 1, speaks with a Provincial Security Force major.

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Updated 4/23 with First Hand Report

Updated 4/25 New Developments

Updated 4/29 ‘Peace’ Thugs to get Free Legal representation

Peace Fascists, College Professors and Hillary Supporters assault Iraqi War Veteran and Family while citizens do nothing to intervene.

Edinboro, PA, Apr. 22

For the second time in as many weeks, an Iraq War Veteran and his family held a Support the Troops rally across the street from the weekly “peace” protest in this college town. This week the true nature of the ‘peace’ activists was revealed for all to see. When the veteran’s 14 year old son crossed the street to videotape the protesters and their signs, the protesters became agitated and began harassing the boy. The right to record video in any public venue is long established in law and any attempt to interfere with that right is a violation of civil rights.

Seeing the escalating tension across the street, the veteran and his wife crossed over, leaving their three youngest children on the other side for safety while they went to retrieve their eldest son. Two of the female ‘peace’ protesters then attacked the veteran’s wife. When the veteran pulled one of those attackers off his wife he was jumped by four or five of the ‘peace’ people and knocked to the ground where they held him while beating him and smashing his eyeglasses.

The son pulled the remaining attacker off his mother, but the attacker managed to get in one last kick to his mother’s head with her boot. She then punched the son in his face while his mother called the police.

This all took place at a busy intersection, the mother had been knocked into the street in bumper to bumper traffic. People were visible in the windows of shops and a bar nearby. One might think someone would intervene to put a stop to the assault. One would be wrong. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the Kitty Genovese tragedy in New York, the bystanders and passers-by refused to stand up to the ‘peace’ thugs. Displaying a craven cowardice one would not have expected in middle America they would rather go on their way thankful that it was not them being assaulted. It was NOT them, today, but what about tomorrow?

When the police arrived they reviewed the video of the incident and then, astonishingly, refused to make any arrests, even when one of the ‘peace’ thugs spit in the face of on the 14 year old boy right in front of the police and they did nothing! Officers, that is an assault! I don’t know where or how they train police in Edinboro but they obviously need some refresher courses!

One of the police was very aggressive toward the veteran and his family as if they were the attackers!

I think it is long past time for the people in this country to wake up to the violence of the ‘peace’ movement. I think it is long past time for them to realize that not standing up to the excesses of violence will only beget more violence.

Last Fourth of July, in New Jersey, one of these ‘peace’ people walked up to a young veteran of the War in Iraq and Afghanistan and shot him in the heart just because he was in the military. Last month another person or persons unknown detonated an improvised explosive device at the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square. Today a veteran and his family were assaulted in plain daylight on a public street in view of dozens of people and not one lifted a hand to help. This is not the America I grew up in. This is the Amerika the ‘peace’ crowd is bringing to your town and neighborhood.

Dan Maloney
NY State Coordinator
Gathering of Eagles

Updated 4/23/2008 After Action Report on Assault

After-Action Report Edinboro “Tuesday’s at Two” Counter-Protest:

On April 22nd several members of the Northwest Pa. Gathering of Eagles gathered in Edinboro, Pa to counter-protest an anti-war demonstration staged by some students from Edinboro University, their professors and a few unidentified and hygienically challenged others. Initially the operation was quite innocuous with a few spirited verbal exchanges between the two sides. We were positioned across the street receiving many honks and thumbs up from passersby.

Andrew, our 14-year-old son, crossed the street to videotape the “toy-soldier” displays setup by the peace crowd. These displays consisted of many small plastic soldiers glued to a child’s sled, can’t explain that one, and a footlocker with toy soldiers, middle finger pictures and a map of Iraq. Two females began harassing Andrew as they shoved signs in his face and threatened to sue him for videotaping. Carrie and I (Jason) crossed the street to ensure Andrew wasn’t hurt and to explain to the “students” that his videotaping was well within the law. The professors standing with the students goaded the entire thing on, failing to explain to the students that they were wrong and out of line. It wasn’t long before one of the peace protesters grabbed the sign out of my hand and threw it into the street. As I attempted to retrieve it she got up into my face. Carrie stepped between us so that I would not have to defend myself to a female. The girl and her sister then stepped into Carrie’s face and swung at her. I subdued one of the girls as the other girl beat Carrie down in the middle of the street, pulled her to the ground by her hair and kicked her in the head…it should be noted the aggressor was wearing boots. Carrie is still wearing her inflatable cast which makes it easy for her to lose her balance. Andrew pulled the girl off of Carrie and she was able to get up. I was on the ground holding onto the other girl until several men attacked me, holding me while one of them hit me in the head from behind. I was telling them I was only holding her so that she wouldn’t attack my wife again. I let go of her due to the punches and was eventually able to get up. During this exchange, my glasses were knocked to the ground and smashed in the street. At this time, Andrew was just videotaping when one of the two girls attacked him unprovoked landing a hard right on the side of his face. I was able to pull her back preventing any further attacks. I had to keep the two girls from attacking Carrie again as they we trying to.

We are so very proud of Andrew. He maintained a very mature and level-head throughout the entire event. He told us he had wanted to “do” more but due to his Tae Kwon Do training, he knows to do the least amount possible to defuse the situation and thus chose only to pull the girl off of his mom. Andrew is learning a lot from these people and understands what is at stake.

The Edinboro Police were called, two officers responded. One of the officers spoke with Carrie and me first, noting our side of things. The other officer was quite agitated and was very aggressive toward us. He said nothing to the members of the peace crowd as they shouted at me but when I said something back the officer bowed up on me, got in my face and threatened to arrest me. I sat down on the curb with Carrie until the questioning process was through. As I was there the one girl came back across the street as she had been directed by the police and spit directly at me, some hitting my leg. The officer ignored it and actually was angry with us for letting it bother us. He made the girl go back across the street with no threat of arrest!!! Andrew played the videotape for the officer and he made the decision that no one should be arrested. We pointed out that it was clearly visible we had not thrown the first blows and that we were clearly antagonized to do so. Also, we asked why, when it was clear a minor was blatantly assaulted, the girl who punched Andrew was not arrested. He really did not explain that one.

Jeff Kays, a fellow member of GOE who was present, went to the police station with me so that I could inquire about the assault on Andrew. The aggressive officer who had threatened to arrest me was the only one there. He was very agitated that I came there and told me that I should be arrested for hitting a girl, which I clearly did not do. After asking why the girl wasn’t arrested he busted out of the door, got into my face and said that I was pushing it and that I had better stop or he was cuffing me. I asked the officer if I could leave, so as not to disrespect him, and he said yes. I left the station. Jeff stayed behind and spoke with the officer. Jeff said that he sat down in a chair so as to demonstrate compliance and asked the officer a few questions. The officer then relaxed a little and told Jeff that the video will have to be reviewed and the DA consulted before a decision would be made how to proceed. Now, wasn’t that easy?

While we are all a little sore, we are in pretty good spirits. We are seeking legal representation and will report back soon as to the progress of the case. Carrie has retrieved the video from the police station and is working on getting it posted. The police told her today that this is “simple assault” which does not warrant anyone being arrested. He explained a weapon would have had to been present to warrant aggravated assault or the intent to seriously harm or kill…even on a minor. He explained that they could have crossed the street, punched my 7-year-old and not have been arrested! Carrie then asked, “isn’t a kick to the head an attempt to seriously harm”, he replied that he did not see that so it doesn’t matter. Carrie told him that our daughter Anna saw the kick but he said that was not admissible evidence. Our video clearly depicts the kick. You can see the girls boot fly up into the screen over where Carrie was lying. It should be noted there was an individual on their side that was videotaping. The police did not confiscate her video, which is somewhat curious. She did tell the police that she had videotaped the entire event. I wonder if she will come forward with her video due to the fact that it clearly will not make things any better for them.

Updated 4/23/2008 New Developments

First Item. Release of the video will be delayed probably until after the weekend. Fox has asked for an exclusive on the story and it looks like they will be the first to air it. It may be worthwhile to watch Bill O’Reilly’s show on Tuesday.

Second Item. The second video has been obtained by the local police and I understand that it appears to prove out my speculation that from the second angle the actions of the ‘peace’ thugs are more visible. We sort of talked about the good cop/bad cop scenario of the two officers responding. It turns out the bad cop knew of that recording but kept it to himself. When the good cop discovered it by reviewing the original video he sought out the other and retrieved a copy as evidence.

Third Item. At least four of the individuals have been identified. I will not post names, but two of the men are assistant professors at Edinboro University. In addition the two sisters have been identified. That would be the woman in white and the woman in green.

Fourth Item. I had a long discussion with the Borough Manager today and am convinced that he will see that the law is enforced objectively. There will be a meeting Monday with the District Attorney and the Chief of Police where the video evidence will be reviewed.

Updated 4/29/2008 ‘Peace’ Thugs to get FREE legal representation

The ‘peace’ thugs of northwestern Pennsylvania have been alleged to be encouraged and emboldened by recent statements by former VVAW, now VFP honco, Sandy Kelson.  Our folks on the ground relay the following:

“By the way, we were put on notice on Sat. while we were standing out in Meadville that word is that the recruiters and people standing in support of the troops in the area are “fair game because the attackers will be given free representation for any altercations that may occur…” , more than likely Sandy Kelson (VFP) will be representing them.  We have always known to watch our back, but this is the 1st time we were told that the “peace thugs” would have free representation.  Nice, huh?!!!”

No, Not nice, Just another bit of evidence as to their ‘thug’ status.