Archive for April 29th, 2008

Troop Scoop 4/29/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 29 Apr 2008 02:40 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Most of our stories today have to do with the elimination of many AQI, and criminals, and the discovery of many weapon caches.  Highlighted is the story of a new weapon called the Excalibur that’s guided by GPS!  Toby Keith has been so good to our troops, that I’m happy to promote him.

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

April 29, 2008

AWT, MND-B tank crew kill seven criminals

BAGHDAD – An AWT and an M1A2 Abrams Tank crew killed 7 criminals in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, April 28, coming under attack by criminals using small-arms fire.
An MND-B AWT and an MND-B M1A2 Abrams tank engaged the enemy forces, with the AWT team firing a hellfire missile and killing 4 of the criminals, and the tank crew firing a main round and killing 3 criminals.


Local citizens fend off AQI attack

TIKRIT – Local citizens in the Diyala Province fended off an attack from AQI terrorists, April 28.  CF received info from local leaders that citizens and local SoI fought against an enemy attack and killed 12 AQI terrorists.


MND-B Soldiers detain key criminal in southern Rashid District

FOB FALCON – MND – Baghdad Soldiers seized munitions, and detained a criminal from Iraq’s most-wanted list in Baghdad’s Rashid district, April 27.
Soldiers from Troop C, 7th Sqdrn, 10th Cav Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, found a rocket launcher and rocket rigged with command detonation wire during a patrol in the Zubaida community.
Also in the Zubaida community, Soldiers from Co E, 2nd Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained a criminal from Iraq’s most-wanted list and questioned 2 others.


‘On-Time’ fires its first Excalibur round


Staff Sgt. Edisson Vargas, and Sgt. Ontario Smith, inspect artillery round components  prior to firing an Excalibur round on Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, April 26. The Excalibur fired was the first round of this type fired by 2nd SBCT while deployed in support of Op Iraqi Freedom.  Both Soldiers are assigned to Btry A, 2nd Bn 11th FAR “On-Time,” 2nd Stryker BCT “Warrior,” 25th ID.


Staff Sgt. Edisson Vargas prepares his soldiers to fire an Excalibur round.  The Excalibur is a specialized round guided by GPS.Joanna12

Pfc. Nolan Laughlin (left), and Spc. Timothy Blair carry an Excalibur round to the M777 howitzer in preparation for firing.Joanna13

Pfc. Nolan Laughlin removes the rotating band protector from an Excalibur round.Joanna14

Pfc. Nolan Laughlin, and Spc. Timothy Blair load an Excalibur round into an M777.Joanna15

An Excalibur explodes out of am M777 howitzer.-30-

ISF detain 2 suspected weapons smugglers, kill 3 Special Groups criminals in separate ops

BAGHDAD – April 25 – 26, in the Jazeera Desert, Iraqi SOF conducted an op to disrupt insurgent activities and illegal smuggling in the area.  During the op, 2 suspected weapons smugglers were detained.  During questioning, the wife of one of the suspects told ISOF that her husband conducts attacks against U.S. forces.
In Hussayniya, 37th IA Recon soldiers killed 3 Special Groups criminals during an op to prevent Special Groups violence in the area.  During the op, IA soldiers came under small arms fire multiple times and returned fire, killing 3 armed individuals.


IA soldiers detain 6 suspected insurgents

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Soldiers advised by U.S. SF, detained 6 suspected insurgents in Bulayj, April 27.
The IA soldiers conducted an op to disrupt insurgent networks operating in the area. Six suspected insurgents, who are reported to have openly threatened the local populace during an insurgent show of force “parade” in Bulayj, were detained. One of the detained suspects is believed to have organized the parade.


IA and MND-B Soldiers kill 22 enemy repelling attack against ISF checkpoint in northeast Baghdad

BAGHDAD –  IA Soldiers and Soldiers from 1st Bn, 64th Armor Regt, 3rd ID, attached to 3rd BCT, 4th ID, were attacked by a large group of criminals engaging with small-arms fire while manning a security checkpoint.
U.S. Soldiers used 120 mm fire from M1A12 Abrams tanks and small-arms fire to kill the 22 criminals, forcing remaining enemy forces present to retreat.  The criminals’ small-arms fire was ineffective and there were no U.S. Soldier or ISF casualties in the attack.


MND-B Soldiers kill 16 criminals in separate engagements

BAGHDAD –  April 27,  at approx. 8:30 a.m. an AWT killed a criminal in northeastern Baghdad after he attacked Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, with small-arms fire.
Soldiers from 1st Bn, 68th AR, 3rd BCT, 4th ID, killed one evildoer at approx. 10:50 a.m. in northeastern Baghdad after he attacked their checkpoint with small-arms fire.
At approx. 12:40 p.m., Soldiers from 1-68 AR returned fire and killed 2 criminals after they fired RPGs at them in northeastern Baghdad.  At approx. the same time, Soldiers from 1-68 AR engaged and killed 2 additional criminals after they were attacked by RPGs in  northeastern Baghdad.
Soldiers from 1-68 AR killed 1 criminal after being attacked with RPGs. At approx. 3:15 p.m., a group of criminals attacked a COP with small-arms fire in eastern Baghdad. Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, returned fire and killed 2 of the criminals.
At approx. 6 p.m., Soldiers from 1-68 AR were attacked with small-arms fire and RPGs in northeastern Baghdad while conducting a dismounted patrol. Soldiers providing a cordon engaged the criminals with 120 mm tank rounds and machine gun fire from an M1A2 Abrams tank killing 7 of the attackers.


Tips lead to separate cache finds

BAGHDAD – Separate tips led MND-Center Soldiers to weapons caches in Mahmudiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, and near Patrol Base Warrior’s Keep, April 26.
A citizen arrived at PB Warrior’s Keep and led Soldiers from Co D, 1st Bn, 187th Inf Regt, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (Air Assault) to a cache in a field, consisting of 6 mortar rounds of different types and a bag of ball bearings; all of which could have been used to make IEDs.
Soldiers from Co A, 3rd Bn, 320th FA, uncovered a stash in a house west of the Qaqa Apartments in Mahmudiyah, containing 6 mortars of different types, a 107 mm rocket, a 57 mm projectile, ball bearings and an IED that consisted of blocks of TNT, as well as other components.


Iraqi Army finds munitions cache

BAGHDAD – IA soldiers discovered a large cache containing mortars, rockets and IED-making materials northwest of Yusufiyah, April 26.
The cache contained 87 60 mm mortars, 8 155 mm rounds, and 8 Katusha rockets with a Katusha rocket launcher, 16 handmade IEDs, 7 artillery fuses, a 60 mm tube, 8 feet of detonation cord and 2 bags of homemade explosives.


Country music star shines on troops

By Pfc. Christopher M. Gaylord
13th MPAD

BAGHDAD – Country music star Toby Keith visited and performed for troops on Victory Base Complex April 25 and 26 as part of his 6th USO tour.  Keith is spending his time meeting with and playing for Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen across Iraq and Afghanistan.
One thing brought the famous musician here, and that was his vast patriotism, and sincere support for servicemembers and the difficult job they do while deployed, which is evident in his music and performances for military members.
“I just want [the troops] to have a good time, and I want to know when we leave that we brought some sense of home to them, and for a little while maybe it’ll lighten their world up and they’ll remember what they’re fighting for,” Keith said.  “My father was a Soldier and he set an example, so this is more of a tribute to him than it is to me that I came over here. He taught us when we were kids to respect veterans and the people who serve our country.”
“It’s a tough war to fight,” Keith said. “It’s not very conventional, and it’s hard to figure out who the enemy is, and these guys get out on the streets and do a hell of job.  I’m amazed.”
“His songs are an inspiration to all the troops over here,” said Capt. Nicole Van Benken, 62nd Medical Brigade.  “It makes you motivated to do your job because you feel like you’re over here for a purpose. It’s great to know that people support you.” “[Service members] are the never-ending battle for freedom,” Keith said.


Fans welcome country music star Toby Keith to the Liberty Post Exchange stage at Camp Liberty.Joanna17

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The Sunrise Detachment of the Marine Corps League is holding Vietnam Night at it’s quarters in Massapequa, Long Island.  Bring your Vietnam memorabilia to share with other vets!

Who: Sunrise Detachment USMCL

What: Vietnam Night

When: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 6pm to ??

Where: 99 Iwo Jima Blvd, Massapequa, NY


Contact:  Jim McGunnigle  516-503-4963

Admission: $20  gets you food, soda and 1 can of in-country beer while supplies last!

DJ, Singer, Raffles, 50/50


In my earlier report I recounted the events in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, where an Iraq War Veteran and his family were assaulted by ‘Peace’ thugs intent on infringing their constitutional rights.

The shocking video is now available here.

The first part records the efforts to interfere with the filming of a public display at a public protest in a public venue. During this portion two adult females are continuosly in the face of the 15 year old holding the video camera. Pay particular attention to the woman in white as she will play a central role in everything that ensues. Notice her footwear.

The Iraq War Veteran and his wife have crossed the street and are now supporting their son and his efforts to video the display the protesters had placed in the public park.

In the background at times are two sociology professors from Edinboro University. At one point one of the professors appears to be encouraging the women interfering with the filming.

Also visible in the background is a heavy woman in a black T-shirt and blue jeans who is also making a video of the events. That woman is part of the demonstration so presumably it is only the young man’s video that is objectionable. Keep that other video in mind because it becomes important later.

A man in a wheelchair comes forward and begins taunting the veteran. The veteran steps away from the wheelchair and places his sign on the ground leaning against his leg as he holds his flag.

The veterans sign is actually placed where it is not visible from the street. There is another American flag being held by one of the professors, so the presence of his flag does not interfere with their protest either.

Now the woman in white, who has been continuously badgering the Veteran’s son, uses the guise of moving a blue tupperware bin in front of his sign to mask her intent to grab it.
Grab it she does and throws it into the street. When the veteran goes to retrieve it she stands on top of the sign and taunts him to strike her.

She has now stolen his property and incited riot.

The veteran pulls his sign from beneath the woman’s boots while his wife comes over to interject her body between him and the woman.

The veteran walks back toward the sidewalk while a second woman, in a green shirt, comes charging up to the veterans wife and strikes her with the red sign she is carrying. The veteran’s wife moves her arm in a protective motion to fend off the sign and fend off this new woman.

The sign then strikes the woman in white.

At this point both women pile on the veteran’s wife punching and kicking. The wife, wearing an inflatable cast due to a leg injury, is caught off balance and falls to the ground. The veteran seeing what is happening spins around and grabs the woman in green to restrain her. In the meantime the woman in white continues to punch and kick the wife on the ground.

Several male protesters grab the veteran and push him to the ground. Punches are reported to have been thrown by these protesters although they are not recorded on this video. The video stops for a minute while the son pulls the woman in white off his mother. The video resumes in time to catch a last kick the woman in white makes to the head of the veteran’s wife. This is one of the blows that caused the concussion the wife suffered.

The camera pans around and the veteran can be seen on the ground, still restraining the woman in green, while the male protester in yellow is gripping both sides of the collar of his shirt from behind in the manner of a garrot around his neck. His hat and glasses are gone. The glasses were smashed in the street.

The woman in white then approaches the veteran as he releases the woman in green and appears to launch an attack against him while he is restrained. She then wheels around and assaults the son, who is still videotaping, in a graphic exhibition of the violence endemic to ‘peace’ thugs. This recorded assault on a juvenile should have produced an immediate arrest by the police officers reviewing the video, yet they did nothing.

The video ends with the parting remark of the woman in white “You got what you wanted you f_cks!”

It seems to me after reviewing the video that it was she who got exactly what she wanted. She was aggressive throughout the episode, she instigated the violence, she taunted and baited the veteran to try to incite violence, she assaulted the wife when the wife had not touched her, she kicked and beat a woman who was helpless in the street, she assaulted a juvenile. What else can she have wanted?

Oh, wait, yes, she wanted to express how she supports our troops! So, when the police called her over to the other side of the street where the veteran was sitting on the curb with his injured wife, she spit on him!

Yeah, that’s the ticket! That’s the kind of support the left showed to our Vietnam Veterans and exactly what they are showing to our next generation of veterans today.


The two policemen arrived on the scene after the open hostilities had ended. One of the officers arrived with an attitude and that attitude did not improve throughout the time he was there or later at the police station. He allowed the protesters to taunt the veteran in his presence unhindered and then threatened to arrest the veteran when he responded verbally to the taunts. When the woman in white was called across the street by the police, and she took the opportunity to spit on the veteran, he did not threaten to arrest her. When he reviewed the video from the veteran’s son’s camera he decided that no one was going to be arrested even when it was pointed out to him that the lady in white had blatantly attacked a juvenile. Later in the police station this officer again displayed outright hostility to the veteran and threatened to handcuff him for inquiring why the woman wasn’t arrested for the assault on his son.

The favorable treatment given to this woman begs the question. Who is she and what is her relationship to the police officers or any public person in the Borough of Edinboro?

Updated: 4/26/2008. The woman in white has been identified as a student at Edinboro University. Someone there had this to say about her:
….is an intelligent and vibrant student activist. She is passionate about human rights issues and the environmental issues!


Now to the woman in black with the video-camera recording the event for the ‘peace’ protesters. It was pointed out to the police officers that the woman had recorded the entire event. Yet her camera was not impounded so that her video could be reviewed. In two photographs she can be plainly seen still holding her camera while standing next to the cop with the attitude, and then again in the background of the more reasonable officer while he talks with the guy in the wheelchair. Why was her camera not impounded? From her different vantage point it is assured that the video she took captured aspects of the action that were not captured on the video taken by the veteran’s son. Her video probably continued to run during the period when the son’s video is interrupted while the son is pulling the lady in white off his mother. To me, it would seem imperative in any thorough investigation that all sources of evidence be reviewed to determine the actual circumstances leading up to the assault, yet the police did nothing to secure that vital piece of evidence. There is a principle of jurisprudence in this country referred to as “equal protection under the law” from what I have seen, heard and read of this incident that principle was the first casualty in Edinboro.

Updated 4/26/2008. The second video has been secured by the Edinboro Police. It was played for the veteran’s wife and shows many details missing from the original tape and the action which took place while the first video camera was turned off. It appears to corroborate the accounts written about here.


Updated 4/29/2008

Harassment charges are being filed against the Iraq Veteran and his wife and no charges are being filed against the thugs who assaulted them. How can the District Attorney justify this travesty of justice?

A local news broadcast can be seen here.

John Lilyea writes an excellent posting on how the failure of police to stem the unruly behavior of protesters in the Vietnam era eventually led to citizens having to enforce the boundaries of civil behavior themselves, not a pretty sight. Read the whole thing here.

Update 4/30

It turns out that charges ARE being filed against two of the ‘peace’ thugs.

In a move that even the deranged left leaning media have generally avoided until now, the Howard Dean run Democratic National Committee has included in its new advertising campaign against our troops and their mission a segment of a jihadi ‘snuff’ film which portrays two American soldiers being blown up by an improvised explosive device.

Mainstream media practicing their last vestiges of decency and common sense have refused to air videos of this type which are frequently available on jihadi recruiting websites around the world.

The DNC, however, has retained no such vestiges and has, by including film made by terrorists to influence public opinion, openly allied with the their aims.

The recent report out of Harvard on the ‘emboldenment‘ of terrorists by impressions of American sensitivity to casualties has been roundly ignored by the Anti-American types of the domestic insurgency. We can add Howard Dean and the Democratic National Committee to that list. Their public support of jihadi recruitment efforts can only cause additional U.S. casualties. They have chosen sides and theirs is not the side of our soldiers.



(2008-04-25) — As New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller stands poised to clear 100 reporters and editors from the newsroom due to falling advertising revenue, President George Bush today said Congress should intervene to rescue “The Grey Lady” by quickly passing what he called a “journalistic stimulus package.”

Similar to the president’s economic stimulus package which rescued capitalism from itself, the journalistic stimulus package would protect New York Times readers from editorial instability, while ensuring full employment for reporters and editors whose product is no longer in demand.

Intrigued?  Read the whole thing here!