Behind Enemy Lines
06 May 2007
Sunday, 06 May 2007

Coalition Forces destroyed a torture room, a large cache of weapons and improvised explosive device-making materials Sunday morning while targeting terrorists in Sadr City.

Coalition Forces targeted the location based on intelligence reports that indicated the presence of suspected members of a secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training.

During a search of the objective, Coalition Forces found a torture room and cache of over 150 mortar rounds, ammunition and IED-making materials.

Because the explosive nature and instability of the materials, Coalition Forces cordoned off the area and an explosive ordnance team detonated the materials in place.

When ground forces initially approached buildings at the targeted location, they began receiving heavy small arms fire, including rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, from one of the buildings. Coalition Forces, using appropriate self-defense measures, returned fire.
Four more armed men engaged Coalition Forces from behind a vehicle, which was struck when Coalition Forces returned fire, reacting to the hostile actions with appropriate self-defense measures and fired on it. The vehicle was destroyed.

Despite efforts to subdue the armed terrorists, Coalition Forces continued to receive enemy fire. Coalition Forces used actions to react to the perceived threat in self-defense and called for close air support to suppress the armed terrorists who were firing rocket propelled grenades.
Coalition Forces estimate eight to 10 armed individuals were killed during the exchange of fire during the operation.

Intelligence reports indicate that the secret cell has ties to a kidnapping network that conducts attacks within Iraq as well as interactions with rogue elements throughout Iraq and into Iran.
“Coalition Forces continue to target terrorists who use torture, improvised explosives devices, and facilitate the training of those who would use the same methods,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “We continue to strike at the networks around Iraq that disregard the safety of all Iraqis.”

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30 April 2007
So the Maze got melted yesterday. This is going to be fun. I'll time it and maybe even post some photos or video later.

In other news, I promise I will post some more tales of interest soon. I realize my "Fatted Calf" post below may have been a bit presumptive.
28 April 2007
US, Iraqi raid in Mahmudiyah nets Iranian-marked rockets
From Camp Victory

Saturday, 28 April 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342
ELEASE No. 20070428-13April 28, 2007
US, Iraqi raid in Mahmudiyah nets
Iranian-marked rockets, mortars
Multi-National Division – Center PAO
Mahmudiyah, Iraq – A U.S. and Iraqi
raid in a Mahmudiyah apartment complexdetained eight suspected extremists and
discovered three caches containingmortar systems, rockets and ammunition April
Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and the
2ndBattalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th
Mountain Division, from Fort Drum, N.Y., discovered the caches at about 6:30p.m.
local time.
Coalition forces have found many weapons caches in the
Mahmudiyaharea, but most rocket and mortar rounds found there have been
deteriorated andapparently intended for use in improvised explosive
devices. In contrast, the 60mm and 82mm mortar systems, three 107mm
rockets,three 60mm and three 82mm rounds found in the latest cache were nearly
Soldiers of the unit examined the weapons, which were stamped with
recent dates and Iranian markings.
Also found was bulk ammunition for a PKC
machine gun. The munitions were seized for further investigation.
detainees were taken into Iraqi Army custody for further questioning.
09 April 2007
Slay the fatted calf
"It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."


14 November 2006
Today in Crazy Town
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to essentially decriminalize marijuana by making it the lowest police priority. Henceforth let it be known that you may grow, sell and consume marijuana in San Francisco, but don't spit on the sidewalks or the cops will bust your ass.

San Francisco's Board of Education kicked out the 90 year old JROTC program from City schools at the behest of anti-war activists and Viet-Nam era draft dodgers. 1,600 students now have no real reason to stay in school because Dan Kelly and his ilk think that the military is "bad". The same article also notes as a sideline how the Board of Education also introduced racist quotas to school assignments in the same meeting.
Breaking the "Berlin Wall" meme
I've been seeing a fair amount of comparisons lately between the proposed fence seperating Mexico and the United States and the old Berlin Wall that seperated East and West Berlin during the Cold War.

There's only one problem: The East Germans built their wall to keep their people in.
10 November 2006
Happy 231st Birthday Marines
08 November 2006
Voter turnout: 40%
According to MSNBC, voter turnout for this mid-term election was just slightly over 40%.

Think about that for a minute when you hear people trumpeting about how this election signals anything about the will of Americans be it disatisfaction with Iraq, the President, the economy, whatever.


Why did the Democrats take control of the House? Easy. They voted (or there was massive voter fraud on their part...oh wait, I forgot, that's the Democrats line whenever they lose anything ;) ).
A Republican in San Francisco (Yes, he's under deep cover) relays his tales of interest... ...ok, "interest" is a strong and subjective word but you get the point.
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