Archive for May 3rd, 2008

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Troop Scoop

Posted: 03 May 2008 10:00 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
a promising story about rebuilding the infrastructure around Basra, and Iraqis expressing freedom of speech in a peaceful manner.  Special Group’s cmdr. captured in Baghdad, and by showing time frames, you can see how busy our troops are capturing or killing criminals.  Iraqi Special Forces have taken the lead in many of the ops.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 3, 2008

Gulf Region South Coast Corps of Engineers reconstruction of Sadr Teaching hospital

BASRA – The Gulf Region South Coast Corps of Engineers is working on several projects with Iraqi construction firms to rebuild various sites around the city of Basra. The Sadr Teaching hospital is just one of the sites the Corps of Engineers is helping to rebuild for Iraqi infrastructure.  The Shat Al Arab Courthouse is a new construction project in Al Tannumah on the northern side of the river.  The Abo Al Khaseeb Votech Center is well underway, and classes are being held in some of the completed areas. Iraqi workers are putting artistic touches into several exterior areas of the building while making the interior a quality teaching environment.

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300 citizens’ demonstration in Tal Afar ends peacefully

TIKRIT – Approx. 300 Iraqi citizens gathered in a pro-Iraqi Security and CF demonstration in Tal Afar, May 1.  The citizens assembled around noon and were also protesting a rumor that the Provincial Governor was planning to possibly replace Mayor Najim. At the conclusion of the demonstration, the citizens dispersed without incident.
“This is an example of freedom of speech at its very best,” said Maj. Peggy Kageleiry, spokesperson for MND-North.

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AWT kill criminals, destroys criminal strongholds

BAGHDAD – Sadr City, May 1, at approx. 11:30 a.m., soldiers from the 4th Bn, 64th AR, 3rd BCT, 4th ID were attacked by criminals using small-arms fire, RPGs and sniper fire, while conducting barrier- emplacement ops. An AWT providing overwatch for the op engaged the criminals with a Hellfire missile. One criminal was killed, the rest fled the area.
At approx. 1:45 p.m., as the soldiers continued their barrier-emplacement op, they observed a suspect in a building with a weapon.  An M1A2 Abrams tank crew providing security for the op fired a 120 mm round and killed the criminal.
At approx. 2:30 p.m., soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Cav Regt came under attack by criminals using small-arms and RPG fire from a nearby building.  An AWT fired 2 Hellfire missiles and fixed-wing aircraft dropped 2 precision-guided munitions and destroyed the building, which ended the criminal attacks.  At approx. 5:40 p.m., soldiers from 1-68th CAB were attacked in the same way, with the same results.

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Iraqi Special Operations Forces capture Special Groups commander

BALAD – Iraqi SOF, advised by U.S. SF captured a Special Groups cmdr in Baghdad, April 30.
ISOF conducted the op to detain the Special Groups cmdr who has been leading attacks against Iraqi and CF in the area. The man is believed to be a weapons smuggler, and isreported to conduct IED and indirect fire attacks.
During the op, ISOF received small-arms fire from enemy fighters. Two armed individuals were seen running towards ISOF soldiers and were shot and killed.
“The detention of this suspect will likely affect the ability of Special Groups criminals to conduct attacks against Iraqi and CF in the area, and will possibly lead to the detention of additional criminals in the area,” said Col. Bill Buckner, MND-Iraq spokesman.

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Iraqi Army, Coalition forces detain 32 suspected terrorists

MOSUL – IA and CF soldiers detained 32 suspected terrorists in a joint op in Mosul, May 1. The cordon and search took place in the Zanjali and Borsa neighborhoods of western Mosul.
“Today’s op highlights the increase capability of the Iraqi SF and their commitment to establishing security,” said Maj. Gary Dangerfield, spokesman for the 3rd ACR.

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Iraqi citizens capture criminal responsible for VBIED

BAGHDAD – Iraqi citizens who witnessed a VBIED that killed one MND-Baghdad soldier turned over a criminal to the Iraqi National Police, May 1.  After the blast, Iraqi citizens chased the criminal and made a citizen’s arrest. The criminal was turned over to the Iraqi NP, where he tested positive for explosive compounds. Two other criminals were also apprehended after they were observed and identified watching the area when the blast occurred. They also tested positive for explosives.
“An American soldier paid the ultimate price on behalf of his country, his family and the citizens of Iraq,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, the chief of staff for MND-B and the 4th ID. “We will not relent in our efforts to rid Baghdad of these criminal elements, and today, as many times before, we were aided in that struggle by the people of Iraq. “The citizens of Iraq have repeatedly shown their displeasure for these criminals operating in their neighborhoods and are continuing to assist American forces to rid these criminals off the streets in Baghdad.”

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ISF leads CF to 3 caches at abandoned building

BAGHDAD – At approx. 5 a.m., in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, May 1, Soldiers from Co D, 2nd Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, conducted a joint op with the NP, and began to search inside.
The soldiers seized 10 EFP  IEDs, 26 155mm artillery rounds, more than 100 pounds of homemade explosives, 19 mortar rounds, 47 RPGs, 7 RRG boosters, 7 sticks of TNT, 2 blocks of plastic explosives, 4 claymore mines, a 105mm rocket, a bag of mortar boosters and rounds of loose ammo.
“This is a monumental find,” said Maj. Dave Olson, the spokesman for the 1st BCT. ”  This tremendous action by the Iraqi SF will hamper the activity of the criminals operating in the East Rashid area.

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MND-B soldiers kill 8 criminals

BAGHDAD –  In northeastern Baghdad, Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, operating a UAV, witnessed 2 armed criminals, including one bearing a rifle on the rooftop of a house at approximately 7:15 p.m., April 30.  Soldiers fired a Hellfire missile from the UAV.  Both criminals were killed, and the weapon was destroyed.
At approx. 7:40 p.m., soldiers from 1st CAB, 68th AR, 3rd BCT, 4th ID, positively identified a Special Groups criminal with an RPK machine gun.  Acting in self-defense, the soldiers returned fire and killed the individual.
Criminal forces continued to attack the soldiers with small-arms fire.  At approx. 8:10 p.m., the soldiers killed another criminal firing upon them and then a third criminal at approx. 8:25 p.m.
At approx. 2 a.m., May 1, an AWT used a Hellfire missile to engage and kill 3 criminals in a vehicle. The criminals were seen earlier in the evening emplacing an IED before fleeing in the vehicle.
“Special Groups are using Sadr City as a haven for their attacks against Iraqi civilians, the Iraqi SF and U.S. soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman for MND-B and the 4th ID.
“We take every precaution to ensure we positively identify the enemy before engaging.”

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A funny thing happened on our way to Patchogue this morning.

Driving East on the Southern State Parkway we put a call into Tom, our local Patchogue contact. He was already at the Recruiter Station with a group of about thirty waiting for the moonbats to show. Rumor had it that they were so upset by our strong turnout last month, when they tried to overwhelm us with numbers, that they decided to stay home or save themselves for todays afternoon action at Sunrise Mall. Heh.

It was a bad day for moonbats.

We checked with Tom a second time as we passed the Massapequa exit. Still no moonbats. Ok, lets take a detour and do a little recon of the Sunrise Mall area to see what’s happening there. Dave and I both got very excited when we saw a moonbat van ahead of us traveling in the same direction. It was a dead giveaway with its signs in the rear window about how too many had died and the general aura that the van had not seen a car wash in a very long time!

So we sidle up a car or two behind it and figure we’ll track it to moonbat central and save ourselves some scouting time. Great plan. Except the damn van just kept going south right past the exit for the mall. Dang it! So we dropped our tail and swung a u-turn back to the mall.

We drove all around the perimeter of the mall and there was not a moonbat to be seen, we checked out the area they were scheduled to be in at 2pm and decided we liked it. So much so that we decided that we would make it our own! One more check with Tom and still no moonbats in Patchogue so Tom directs some of the group there to rally with us in Massapequa.

We set up quickly, pounding rebar into the ground along Sunrise Highway. Out come the flags. Two big Garrison Flags frame the ends of our flag line. All five service flags, POW flag, Support Our Troops flag, Lest They be Forgotten flag, I have to say it was a pretty impressive array.

We tie wrapped a Honk for Victory sign onto two traffic sign poles at the front of the line and grabbed our own flags and signs to start our troop rally. And rally we did! Traffic started honking like crazy for us. Mall security, tipped off that a ‘peace’ protest was going to take place there, stopped by and I explained that we decided to preempt the regularly scheduled moonbat program. They liked that.

A News12 Long Island camera team arrived and told us they had been sent to tape a protest. They got a kick out of the fact that the regularly scheduled event had been hijacked by patriots! They took lots of video and we had a few interviews with them.

More of our folks started to arrive, John was the first and jumped right in with us. Then some Military MC riders, some PGR and even a newbie! A young girl arrived with a beautifully prepared sign and her own flag and joined us. She had been prepared to come down and counter the moonbats on her own, instead she found brothers and sisters already there holding the fort. She hadn’t even heard of the GOE!

The poor moonbats. Every time a car came by asking where the protest was going to be we told them the protesters had gone home. Heck, we told the same carload the same thing twice. Slow learners!

Finally a number of them did show up, but because we had already claimed the high visibility main entrance they were forced to congregate at a secondary entrance about a quarter of a mile away. Boo Hoo! The mall security were all over them like white on rice and Nassau County Police were all over the area as well to prevent the same kind of fiasco they pulled at Smith Haven Mall last month. The ‘bats never stood a chance.

The News12 crew did relocate to film some interviews with them but that was fine with us at that point, we had gotten our say in.

After a while Mo, a gold star dad, and some of the Veterans MC guys decided to take a stroll down moonbat alley to see if they were using photos of our fallen heroes to promote their craven political agenda. To no ones surprise we found they were and some interesting ‘dialoguing’ occured. Luckily no moonbats had a picture of Mo’s son. News12 Long Island captured some of these discussions.

They did have photos of at least two other of Long Island’s fallen heroes and Mo quickly placed calls to their families, but the moonbats melted away before the families could arrive.

It was a great day for patriots on Long Island!

See the photos here.

Local News coverage here.

DanNY