Archive for April 26th, 2008

Troop Scoop 4/26/2008

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Posted: 26 Apr 2008 07:18 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
There are a good variety of interesting and successful stories – school supplies delivered; a new academy to help train Diyala IP; and an ice cream incentive to children to clean up streets!  Many criminals and terrorists captured or killed, and quantities of weapon caches uncovered, many from Iran.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 26, 2008

Tannumah district school supply drop

BASRA – During the morning of April 21, Iraqi Soldiers along with 504 PIR, 82nd Abn Div Soldiers participated in a joint humanitarian aid mission in the Tannumah district of Basrah.  Various school supplies, ranging from backpacks, notebooks and soccer balls were handed out by the Iraqi soldiers, while 504 PIR  helped with security in the area.
SSG Brent Kwiatkowski said, “The people of Tannumah respect the IA and are grateful for all they have done.”  Col. Abas, cmdr. of the 1st IA Inf Bn, has helped bring electric power back to the district along with running water and is currently working a plan to clean the streets.  Kwiatkowski also stated, “Providing security for the people is the first step in the right direction.  Col. Abas has gone beyond that, and the people have responded by increasingly helping the IA with their efforts by providing info about criminals and caches.”
Col. Abas stated, in a meeting after the event, “Providing these children with much needed supplies helps us further our connection with the local people.  For helping these 1,500 children, news will spread to 1,500 fathers and mothers.”  COL Abas, with the help of 4th Plt, is planning more school supply handouts and a possible MEDCAP.

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U.S. Army Capt. Williiam Chesher, cmdr. of Delta Co. talks to Iraqi children.Joanna11

An 82nd Abn Div Soldier takes time to have pictures taken with an Iraqi child.-30-

MND-B Soldiers kill 10 criminals in separate operations

BAGHDAD – Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, and IA soldiers were attacked by 6 mortars at approx. 6 p.m., April 24 at their JSS in northeastern Baghdad. Soldiers located a 3-man mortar team and engaged the criminals, killing all 3.  No Soldiers were injured.
At approx. 10:10 p.m., an AWT spotted criminals digging by a road in northeastern Baghdad. The AWT engaged the criminals with a hellfire missile, killing 2.
At approx. 1 a.m., April 25, an AWT spotted 4 criminals emplacing an IED in northeastern Baghdad, and engaged the criminals with a hellfire missile, killing all 4 and destroying the IED.
An AWT witnessed 2 criminals setting up a firing position in northeastern Baghdad at approx. 1:30 a.m., and engaged with a hellfire missile and killed one criminal. The other criminal fled to a nearby building. The AWT could not engage the second criminal due because of innocent civilians in the area adjacent to the building.

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NPs search for cache in psychiatric hospital in New Baghdad

FOB LOYALTY – Acting on intel reports, Iraqi Security and CF initiated a combined op to search for weapons caches at a psychiatric hospital in eastern Baghdad, April 24.
The NP found nothing significant to report at the hospital; however, while searching the neighborhood, they did recover 3 rocket rails. During the joint op, the NP and U.S. Soldiers were attacked by 4 IEDs, 2 mortar attacks; they recovered 2 IEDs and were involved in 4 small-arms fire engagements. Iraqi Security and CF killed an IED triggerman. Also, an AWT killed 3 Special Groups criminals when they attacked the patrol. .
Six NPs were wounded and no U.S. Soldiers were seriously injured in the op.  Lt. Col. Steve Stover said,  “The heroism and courage displayed by both the Iraqi NP and U.S. Soldiers was evident during the op.”

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MND-B Soldiers seize munitions in Rashid district

BAGHDAD –  In the Rashid district in southern Baghdad April 22, Soldiers from Co A, 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, discovered 4 Iranian-made 107 mm rockets, during the effort to provide a safe and secure environment to the 1.2 million Iraqi citizens who reside in the district.
“The 1st BCT, or “Raider” Bde, continues to conduct daily combat patrols with Iraqi SF to minimize violence, and remains committed to the welfare of the Iraqi people,” said Maj. Dave Olson, 1st BCT spokesman.

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New academy helps Diyala IPs meet training requirements

By Spc. Kirby Rider, 4th Stryker BCT, 2nd ID

BAQUBAH – As the situation in Diyala continues to improve, the mission is changing from clearing the province of AQI, to ensuring it remains secure and free of terrorist elements.
The improved security has allowed the IP to focus on other issues.  One of the larger issues the force is addressing is the training of newly-hired policemen who have not received the training required by the Ministry of Interior.  The solution is a temporary academy that recently opened on FOB Grizzly, near Ashraf.  CF and Iraqi SF are working to build a permanent academy in the town of Muradiyah.
“Right now, Diyala has about 17,000 IP and only a third of those have received training,” said Maj. Thomas Rider, provost marshal for 4th Stryker BCT, 2nd ID, from Fort Lewis, Wash., the unit responsible for Diyala province.  “In large part it is because Diyala did not have its own training academy.”
The academy started its first class April 14, and there are currently more than 400 new policemen enrolled. Twenty police officers from Diyala province and U.S. government contractors with extensive experience in law enforcement are conducting the training.
“The training that I have received (at the academy) will really help me and my platoon when we graduate and go back to our districts,” said  Mohammad, Diyala Emergency Bde policeman, through an interpreter. “When I go back, I am going to teach these lessons to others, so they know what to expect when they get here.” Students at the academy live in tents, like the ones U.S. Soldiers use on their FOBs, and eat three hot meals a day.  Since the weather has warmed up, the day’s classes are taught under shade canopies to prevent the students from getting dehydrated. “When I came to the academy, I didn’t know what to expect,” Mohammad said. “The conditions here are a lot nicer than what I thought they would be.”
Students and instructors spoke of the work needed to make the academy better, and what will be needed of the police force once CF leave the country.

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Iraqi children help clean the streets

BASRA – The IA Sgt Major of 2nd Bn, motivated the children of the Hyyaniyah district in Basra, to pick up trash from their streets, April 20.  He gave the children ice-cream as an incentive.  The IA also provided soccer balls and helped make a park for the neighborhood.
Additionally, the sgt major delivered a speech to the children about being responsible for keeping one’s streets clean.

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Iraqi Soldiers reward the children with ice-cream for doing their part in cleaning up the local streets of trash.Joanna13

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Tip leads to discovery of 12 rocket launchers

BAGHDAD – CF found and recovered 12 Iranian-made rocket launchers south of Baghdad following a tip from a local resident, April 23.
The rocket launchers, designed for 107mm rockets, were discovered near a reported launch site. This site appeared to be targeting a nearby FOB.  Initiation wire attached to the launchers indicated they are of Iranian origin. The same type of wire has been found at previous launch sites.

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IBP detains weapons smuggler, 2 additional suspects in Jazeera Desert

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Border Patrol, assisted by CF, detained a weapons smuggler and 2 suspected terrorists in the town of Hamdamiyah during a recon patrol April 18 – 22 in the Jazeera Desert.
During the op, a suspect admitted to smuggling weapons and bomb-making materials across the Syrian border.  He is believed to be the leader of a smuggling cell in the area. Two other individuals were detained for questioning.

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Iraqi soldiers are standing proud in Basra one month after launching a surprise offensive to wipe out murderous gangs of Shia militants that had been allowed to flourish under Britain’s watch.

Written by Deborah Haynes, the Baghdad Correspondent for The Times (of London). She first reported on Iraq in 2004, covering the deteriorating security situation and the evolving political process.  This is a boots on the ground report from Basra.

Read the whole thing here.

The Patriot Guard Riders have a confirmed mission this Sunday, April 27th, and request anyone who can assist to stand a flag line outside the funeral home in Sag Harbor from 2-9pm.  The more people who can respond to take shifts the better they will be able to cover the seven hours.

Who: Patriot Guard Riders New York Region 9

What: Funeral for Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, USMC, KIA Iraq 4/22/2008.

Where: 1. Riders from Nassau and Western Suffolk counties should meet in Macy’s Shopping Center in Hampton Bays  (NW corner of Montauk Hwy and Rt 24) at 12:30.  Depart for funeral home at 1:15pm.

2.  Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 91 Hampton St., Sag Harbor, NY, 2-9pm.

Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter was killed Tuesday by a bomb in the Ramadi province. He was 19. He was hailed as a hero Friday for firing a shot that diverted the suicide bomber who killed him from other Marines nearby, relatives said.

More here.

THE US war in Iraq has strengthened its strategic position, especially in terms of key alliances, and the only way this could be reversed would be if it lost the will to continue the struggle and abandoned Iraq in defeat and disarray.

Greg Sheridan of the Australian writes an interesting and insightful analysis of a report by Mike Green, former Asia Director at the National Security Council and current Japan chair at Washington’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Read the whole thing here.

Then read Muchelle Malkin’s post on this here.

Especially read through her applications of these lessons to the Western Hemisphere, in particular, Colombia.   She links to an excellent article by James Baker III (of whom I am not a big fan) who hits the nail on the head.

Dan Maloney

Wounded Warrior Program Speech

Chester Middle School, Chester, NY, recognizes students who apply extraordinary effort to raise their grades by 10 or more points every marking period. The Bringing Up Grades (BUGS) program also recognizes those students who maintain a straight “A” average. This semester’s student assembly will include a guest speaker from the Wounded Warrior Project, an Introduction and the National Anthem by VFW Post 4662 from Warwick, NY, and the MIA/POW Flag and Missing Man Ceremony by Rolling Thunder NY Chapter 3 from Newburgh, NY.

Who: Chester Middle School PTSA and Kiwanis

What: Student Assembly and BUGS award presentation
Where: Chester Middle School, 64 Hambletonian Ave., Chester, NY 10918

Maplink: http://tinyurl.com/6o6oxk

When: Tuesday, June 17, 2008. 10am – 2pm

Raindate: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Contact: Ernest Jackson, Principal, 845-469-2231