Archive for June 17th, 2008

Troop Scoop 6/17/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 17 Jun 2008 09:47 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,

There’s an interesting story of the dedication by our Army mechanics to keeping their vehicles rolling.  Iraqi SF graduate from NP leadership course.  Gen. Patraeus visits Hawijiin in honor of Army’s 233rd birthday, and to applaud the progress of the troops there.  High level militant leaders are captured, along with cell members, and huge weapons and munitions caches continue to be seized.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

June 17, 2008
MND-B Soldiers find weapons caches

Screenshot_023 Spc. Christopher Jamison digs out mortar rounds from a weapons cache found in Al Rikia, a village northwest of Baghdad, June 10.  Soldiers from 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, found the enemy weapons cache through the help of the local residents. Jamison is a scout from Ace High Troop, 2-14 Cav. Regt.

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IA, MND-B Soldiers uncover weapons in Baghdad

BAGHDAD – June 15, IA soldiers seized 25 AK-47s, 3 sniper rifles, 2 Barno rifles, an IED, 2 hand grenades, an electronic mortar sighting system, 500 PKC rounds, 20 AK-47 rounds, and 2 flak jackets in Sadr City.
In the Ur area of Kadhamiyah, IA soldiers and soldiers from 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT), seized 2 IEDs, a 107 mm rocket, 81 primers, 31 blasting caps, 10 sticks of TNT and a mortar.
In the Yarmouk area of Mansour, soldiers from 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., discovered 2 grenades, 2 AK-47s, a shotgun, a pistol and 1,000 rounds of small-arms ammo.

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‘Vehicle medics’ convoys rolling in central Iraq

BALAD – The sides of the Iraqi desert highways or crowded city streets are no place for a vehicle to break down. These littered arteries can mask a multitude of dangers from IEDs planted underneath piles of trash to snipers hiding in the crevices of previous roadside IED sites.
U.S. Army mechanics at Special Ops Task Force – Central work anywhere from 10 to 16 hours a  day under the desert sun’s scorching heat repairing the U.S. military’s battle-scarred vehicles for SF Soldiers rolling convoys on the streets of southern Iraq. The mechanics work in sweat-soaked shirts, elbow-deep in grease on these war machines that can’t tell the mechanics what’s wrong like patients can with their doctors.
The Soldiers see how the extreme climate wreaks havoc on the mechanized patients they see every day, and know they must take care of them with preventative maintenance and prompt repairs. “We maintain tactical vehicles that are designed to save lives. We take that very seriously,” said Pfc. Ben Havens, wheeled vehicle mechanic. “The guys who take these vehicles outside the wire depend on them to work properly.”

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ISF detain five suspected AQI cell members in Balad

BALAD, Iraq – Iraqi SF detained 5 suspected AQI cell members in Balad, approximately 79 kilometers north of Baghdad, during an op to disrupt terrorist operations, June 14.
One of the AQI suspects is said to be a key leader within the terrorist network, which provides a line of support through Balad and Dujayl. Three other suspected criminals are reportedly members of a cell conducting indirect fire attacks.
One additional suspect was detained during the op.

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Iraqi Army, U.S. Soldiers capture militant in Muthanna

BAGHDAD –  June 15, IA Soldiers with support from the 30th Inf Regt, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div (Lt), conducted a clearance op in the Muthanna area and captured a criminal linked to AQI.
The target of the op was a mosque security guard suspected of being involved in several IED and EFP attacks, murders and kidnappings.

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MND-B Soldiers capture suspected militant leader

BAGHDAD – June 15, Soldiers from the 30th Inf Regt, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div (Lt), captured the suspected criminal leader and detained 2 others during an op.
The highly sought-after criminal leader is believed to be responsible for EFP attacks and supplying EFPs
and EFP materials to Special Groups in New Baghdad and Sadr City.
“Capturing this criminal definitely makes Baghdad streets safer for civilians and SF alike,” said Maj. Joey Sullinger, a spokesperson for MND-B. “This op comes on the heels of ensnaring 2 militant targets in successive days, and is indicative of the dominoes of destruction and disorder beginning to fall.”

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Iraqi Army Soldiers seize munitions in Sadr City

BAGHDAD – IA Soldiers seized a munitions cache while conducting search ops in Sadr City, June 14.
The cache consisted of an 82 mm mortar base, 76 60 mm mortar rounds, 4 IED initiation devices, 3 40 mm mortar round fillings, 9 hand grenades, 40 AK-47 assault rifles, 10 sniper rifles, 14 AK-47 mags, 5 empty pistol magazines, a Motorola radio, a flare gun, 2 RPG-7s, an RPG anti-personnel round, 500
AK-47 rounds, 57 9 mm rounds, 4 grenades, 3 RPG-7 anti-tank rounds, 47 82 mm mortar rounds,
42 120 mm anti-tank rounds, 7 160 mm mortar rounds, 3 Iraqi mortar base plates, 2 120 mm round
IEDs, 2 vehicle gun mounts, 7 5.5 pound boxes of C4 explosive, 8 anti-personnel hand grenades, 8 SPG-9 mounted anti-tank guns, 75 12.7 mm round, 50 14.5 mm rounds, 5 sets of body armor and 17 60 mm mortar primers.
June 15, IA Soldiers found weapons caches consisting of 4 RPG launchers, 550 rounds of ammo, 5 RPGs, an IED, 2 mortar tubes, and a mortar mount, and a home-made vehicle turret.

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ISF graduate from National Police Warrior Leader Course

BAGHDAD – Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are the values instilled into the U.S. Army’s NCO corps during their NCO education system courses.
The Warrior Leader Course is the first in a series of five to train the NCOs and is designed for Soldiers in the ranks of specialist, corporal and sergeant.
The Iraqi SF adopted the U.S. Army format to train its junior leaders. These values were taught to the students at the 5th Bde, 2nd Iraqi NP Div’s Warrior Leader Course, conducted in June.
The info the graduates received at the course was leadership training covering values and ethics, flex firing techniques, close quarter combat techniques, reporting, role of an NCO, first-aid, weapons and vehicle maintenance, physical training, conducting after action reviews and check point ops.

Screenshot_024 Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Bobb, senior enlisted advisor, 1st BCT, 4th ID, presents an Iraqi NP with a Brigade. coin.  These 3 INPs were the top graduates out of 24 from the Warrior Leader Course conducted by the 5th Bde., 2nd NP Div., at JSS Saydiyah, June 12.

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Gen. Petraeus visits Hawijah on Army’s 233rd birthday

Screenshot_025 Gen. David Petraeus, comm. gen., MNF – Iraq, watches as Iraq scores a goal during a televised soccer match in a shop in downtown Hawijah, June 14. Petraeus visited the area during the Army’s 233rd birthday and congratulated the Soldiers there for their hard work in the region.  Northeastern Iraq has seen a 90% decrease in violence over the past year.

Screenshot_026 Gen. David Petraeus walks through a market in downtown Hawijah with provincial and SF leaders as part of a battlefield circulation of northern Iraq.

Screenshot_027 Gen. David Petraeus speaks to a shop owner selling wedding dresses during his visit.

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INPs, MND-B Soldiers confiscate weapons caches throughout Baghdad

BAGHDAD –  June14, Soldiers with the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT), found 4 buried IEDs at approx. 7 a.m. in the Kadamiya district of Baghdad.
At approx. 7:30 a.m., in the West Rashid district of Baghdad, Soldiers with the 1st BCT, 4th ID seized 3 RPGs and 30 pounds of homemade explosive.
IP seized 27 AK-47’s, 3 assault rifles, a Mauser rifle and a 60 mm tube with bipod north of Baghdad.
In the New Baghdad district of Baghdad, at approx. 11 a.m., Soldiers with the 4th Bde, 10th Mtn Div, found a weapons cache consisting of 8 AK-47 mags, an AK-47, a backup battery system, a RPG round, a grenade, an 82 mm mortar (encased in concrete) and body armor.

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A Quick Way Forward After Boumediene

Either Congress reasserts itself, or terror-friendly bedlam ensues.

By Andrew C. McCarthy

It is difficult to single out the most outrageous aspect of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s cataclysmic Boumediene ruling last Thursday: The reckless vesting of constitutional rights in aliens whose only connection with our body politic is their bloody jihad against Americans; the roughshod ride over binding precedent to accomplish that feat; or the smug arrogance perfectly captured by dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts’s description of a “constitutional bait and switch” — a Court that first beseeches the political branches to enact a statutory procedure for handling combatant detentions, and then, once a thoughtful law is compliantly passed, invalidates the effort for its failure to satisfy the eccentric predilections of five lawyers.

What is done, however, is done.

HANDWRITING ON THE WALL

It should never have come to this. Ever since the Bush administration quite rightly called for a new enforcement paradigm after the 9/11 attacks — the criminal-justice system having proved itself grossly inadequate to protect national security during the Nineties — it has been apparent that shifting to a pure military system was problematic.

The war on terror is not like other wars. No war has a determinate end, but this one does not have a foreseeable ending scenario. With radical Islam, there will be no treaty, no terms of surrender, no conquering enemy territory. Instead, there is only vigilance until the enemy’s capacity to project power is quelled. Because of that, strict application of the laws of war — which permit indefinite detention until war’s end — strikes our influential legal elites as unduly onerous.

Our enemies, moreover, are terrorists who operate in the shadows, in civilian garb not military insignia. In a just world, that would inure to their detriment. In the world we inhabit, it perversely benefits them by sowing doubt about their status. It makes plausible the possibility that we have scooped up at least some people in error.

The public anger over 9/11 has faded. With a relentless campaign, fired by sympathetic media coverage, our legal elites have succeeded in raising popular concerns about the specter of innocents being held in perpetuity at the whim of the executive, without an opportunity to challenge their detention before an independent judge.

This was more of a political challenge than a legal one. Long ago, Congress and the administration should have joined forces to forge a comprehensive system that would answer those concerns. To their credit, the political branches did at least try to shore up the military detention system by providing, for the first time in history, enemy access to a civilian court — the D.C. Circuit federal appeals court — so jihadists could challenge the completed military proceedings. It is beyond arrogance that five Supreme Court justices did not allow that system to work; that, to bask in international huzzahs, they scrapped it before the D.C. Circuit could wrestle with a single case on a concrete record — before the tribunals could prove they were not kangaroo courts after all.

But let’s face it: The handwriting for what happened last Thursday has been on the wall since 2004. That’s when the Court, in a fit of imperious recklessness nearly the equal of Boumediene, decided in Rasul v. Bush that the jihadists had statutory habeas corpus rights. The handwriting was brought into starker relief in 2006 when, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Court selectively mined and tortured the language of the Geneva Conventions to vest the jihadists with trial rights under Geneva’s Common Article 3.

This has been coming at us like a runaway freight train. Congress and the administration should have seen it and stopped it. They failed to act, so the cure will be harder now — though we must, for the sake of our security, press ahead with a legislative cure.

Read the whole thing here.