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Troop Scoop 7/7/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 07 Jul 2008 08:06 AM CDT

Dear Interested Reader,
Our troops and the IA have been on ops day and night to capture AQI and disrupt the al Qaeda network in Iraq.  We honor 2 soldiers in a Bronze Star for Valor ceremony.  Criminals continue to be captured or killed, and weapons and munition caches seized.

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

July 7, 2008
MND-B CG presents Bronze Stars to MND-B

Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Kuban (left), and Sgt. Aaron Lopez, both from the 2nd Striker Cav Regt, 4th ID, were both awarded Bronze Star for Valor, by Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond, the comm. gen. of the 4th ID, for leading their teams in battle during the fight for the Sadr City district on COP Apache in the Dhamiyah district of Baghdad, July 4.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Benjamin Crane)


MND-B Soldiers detain known criminal, discover weapons in Rashid

BAGHDAD – After receiving a tip from a SoI at approx. 7:30 p.m., July 5, Soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained a known criminal in the Jaza’ir community.   A local citizen dropped off 4 57 mm mortar rounds to a JSS at approx. 6:30 a.m., July 6.


Iraqi, MND-B Soldiers seize weapons caches, detain suspected criminals in Baghdad

BAGHDAD –  July 5, at approx. 11 a.m., local Iraqi residents turned in various small-arms munitions to soldiers with the 3rd BCT, 4th ID, at a CF FOB in the Adhamiyah district.. The munitions included 40 mm smoke grenades, 40 mm flare grenades, a 25 mm high-explosive round, loaded AK-47 magazines, .50-caliber rounds and a full M4 magazine.
In the Mansour East district, IA soldiers seized a weapons cache based on a tip from an area resident.  The cache consisted of 6 EFPs, 2 of which were rigged for immediate use, 2 sniper rifles, 2 RPG launchers, 8 RPGs, 8 RPG-7 rounds, a 50 mm mortar round, 16 AK-47 mags, hundreds of 7.62 mm rounds,  8 120 mm mortars, 81 mm mortars, 60 mm mortars, 94 steel plates and 10 cylinders of homemade explosive.
Approx. 3 hours later, soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div, seized a large munitions cache in the Kadhamiyah District, consisting of 69 60 mm mortar rounds; 16 82 mm mortar rounds; 13 100 mm rounds; 120 mm mortar rounds, a 130 mm artillery round, 2 Katyusha rockets, an 81 mm mortar round and an anti-aircraft weapons platform.
Later that evening, at approx. 9 p.m., IA soldiers along with soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., searched the house of a known Special Groups criminal leader in the Kadahamiyah District.  During the search, the IA and MND-B soldiers seized 2 9 mm handguns, 3 hidden rolls of undeveloped film, 2 Ministry of Health badges, a Union of Political Prisoners of Iraq card, body armor and a passport.
At approx. 7:30 p.m., soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained 4 individuals suspected of making fake ID cards in Rashid.


MND-B Soldiers detain three suspected criminals

BAGHDAD –  July 5 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, Soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th ID, conducted an op and detained 3 suspected criminals at approx. 12:15 a.m. in the Shurta community.


Operation Cougar Storm Denies AQI Staging Area for IED Attacks

By Spc. Ryan Elliott

Sgt. Arthur Dupont of Eagle Co, helps secure a building during Op Cougar Storm.

BAQUBAH — With beads of sweat rolling down their neck, Soldiers from 2nd Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, labored away alongside members of the IA and SoI sweeping suspected Al-Qaida forces out of 2 separate villages south of Baqubah during Op Cougar Storm recently.
The op was designed to deny Al-Qaida forces a place to stage IED attacks along key routes that CF and Iraqi civilians use, as well as establish an IA presence in the area, said 1st Lt. Fernando Pelayo, a plt leader.
“The op was a success. In addition to clearing the villages of Al-Qaida and expanding GOI authority to the south, over 10 IED’s were found and safely detonated on Route Lime. This will give CF and Iraqi SF greater Freedom of Maneuver in the area,” Eickstedt said.
“The IA performed extremely well.  IA Soldiers took the lead in clearing both areas.  One IA Soldier lost his life to a House-Borne IED, but the IA Soldiers were not deterred. Their country should be proud of their efforts,” said Eickstedt.



Al-Qaeda bombing and foreign terrorist facilitation networks disrupted in precision operations

BAGHDAD – CF disrupted an AQI bombing cell and captured 4 suspected terrorists during ops around Iraq July 5 and 6.
An op July 5,  near Iskandariyah, about 45 km south of Baghdad, targeted a man believed to coordinate suicide car bombings.  CF detained 7 suspected terrorists.
Four precision ops July 6 targeted wanted men for their alleged ties to AQI.  In Sharqat, about 90 km south of Mosul, CF targeted a weapons facilitator who led a cell of terrorists in the area.  When the force arrived to apprehend him, the terrorist refused to comply with their instructions to surrender, and was killed.
CF nabbed a wanted man suspected of facilitating the movement of foreign terrorists into Iraq during an op in Husaybah, near the Iraq-Syria border.
Another wanted man is in CF’ custody after his alleged AQI associates provided info that led to an op in Bayji, about 160 km south of Mosul. The man is also suspected of helping foreign terrorists travel into the Tigris River Valley to conduct attacks.
In Baghdad, CF captured a suspect assessed to be involved with bomb distribution and placement.  He is also believed to be tied to several regional AQI networks.


Sloppy Kiss

Sgt 1st Class Budge, a 3 year old animal assisted therapy dog with 528th Medical Detachment out of Fort Bragg, N.C., happily licks the face of his handler Sgt. Duane Sanders, an occupational therapist, right before heading out on his daily walk to visit with units on FOBs Marez and Diamondback in Mosul, July 6. Photo by Spc Karla Rodriguez Maciel




Coalition forces capture suspected criminal in Karadah

BAGHDAD – July 6, during ops in the Karadah district of Baghdad, based on intel info, CF targeted the home of a suspected senior member of Iranian-trained Special Groups leadership in the Baghdad area. According to suspected Special Groups criminals already in custody, the suspect has conducted rocket attacks on Coalition and Iraqi bases, facilitated weapons from Iran, and sent members of his evil militia to Iran for training.
CF entered the targeted individual’s location and detained one man without incident. In addition, CF found weapons on scene.

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A young undercover city detective spent four years in the shadowy world of terrorist wanna-bes – taking part in jihadist discussions and training in parks in the dead of night – to get a handle on the homegrown threat.

At great personal risk, he participated in everything from prayers at a mosque to martial arts training under cover of darkness to watching jihadist videos, with many of the activities laced with talk of killing, according to a source familiar with the undercover’s investigations.

His experiences paint a vivid portrait of the potential for local terror. While the picture is in no way indicative of the city’s Muslim population as a whole, it provides insight into its most radical element.

The detective spent his time interacting with informal groups of youths and men who shared extremist views – and his experiences illustrate what police say is the potential for radicalization of some elements in the community.

He reported that after prayers at a neighborhood mosque, there were often private classes that included discussions about bombing different areas.

The men discussed violent jihad in bookstores, private houses and on buses en route to paintball and shooting-range events.

Read the whole thing here.

I finally made it up to the Troop Rally in Wappingers Falls at the corner of Rte 9 and Vassar Road in Dutchess County to stand with the patriots there this weekend.  It was a blast!  I have to admit that of all the rallies I’ve been to, this one takes the cake for positive response!  The sheer volume and persistence of horn blowing is amazing, even more so since not one “Honk for Victory” sign is displayed.  The local police had asked both the patriots and Pete Seeger’s anti-America group to stop displaying those “Honk” signs because of the volume of noise they generated.  The patriots have complied with that request even though the opposition, in desperation to try and drum up some support for their negative message, has taken to redisplaying them.  Even David Murphy, the photojournalist who has been following us around the past few weeks documenting us for his project, was impressed.

Dennis, Bill, Steve, Mike, Tony and his family, and everyone else do exemplary work at this location!

To top the day off, we met another Vietnam era Marine who was in the same outfit as Dennis only a year later.  He donated another large American Flag for the display!

My photos are here

It was a wonderful day for Eagles at West Point. Eagles from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts joined our New Yorkers to make this a great turnout for a fantastic event. From the pre-parade Reception at the Thayer Hotel to the fireworks display at dusk, Highland Falls welcomed us with open arms.
Mayor Joe D’Onofrio introduced us at the reception and even had a Gathering of Eagles flag hung over the front of the podium!
We heard excellent speakers including our own, Kieran Lalor, State Senator William Larkin, himself a decorated veteran, and the Brigade Commander of the 10th Mountain Division “Polar Bears” unit stationed at West Point. All of these men and women had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan and received a standing ovation from all present. Rolling Thunder NY 3 had a contingent present as well as the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Korean War Veterans.

After the speeches we formed up by Buffalo Field in a place of honor just behind the 10th Mtn Div “Polar Bears” and stepped off out the Thayer Gate and down Main Street of “Hometown USA”. The parade watchers were very supportive with cheers and applause! The sight of so many men taking off their hats and pacing their hands over their hearts in patriotic deference to our sea of flags was heartwarming. We did have the largest number of flags for any contingent in the parade and we held them high and proud during our march.

Pictures are Here.

After the parade some of us stayed in town for the town party and fireworks display that evening. We had a great time talking and eating before the spectacular show lit up the skies!