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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Two Quickies On Continued success In Iraq

We are still seeing what the media refuses to ackowledge, which is a success in General Petreus's surg strategy. There are two significant developments that were announced today. The first tells us of another senior al-Qaeda leader killed in a Coalition raid:

Coalition Forces killed a senior terrorist leader during an operation Tuesday morning targeting the al-Qaeda in Iraq network in Mosul.

Kamal Jalil Bakr ‘Uthman, also known as Sa’id Hamza, was known to be the al-Qaeda in IraqMosul. Intelligence reports indicate he planned, coordinated and facilitated suicide bombings in the Mosul area. Additionally, he facilitated the movement of more than 100 foreign fighters through safe houses in the area, and orchestrated attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces. Coalition Forces targeted ‘Uthman Tuesday as part of their operations to disrupt the al-Qaeda in Iraq Mosul.

As they entered his residence, ‘Uthman rushed into another room and reached under a mattress. Coalition Forces, reacting appropriately to the hostile threat, engaged ‘Uthman, killing him. The ground force later found a suicide vest under the mattress. senior leader network in Coalition Forces had detained ‘Uthman during an operation in August 2006.

He was released from the Iraqi judicial system in April 2007, and intelligence reports indicate he was planning a six-vehicle suicide bomb attack to avenge his detention.

“We have taken another very dangerous terrorist off the streets of Iraq, and we will continue to deplete the senior leadership of al-Qaeda in Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.

The second tells us of a bomb-making factory taken out by Coalition forces:

Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers seized a bomb-making factory along with a large weapons cache while on patrol in eastern Rashid District here Monday.

Troops from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment and Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry, attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, discovered a factory composed of a complex of small buildings in the palm groves of East Rashid after receiving intelligence of it’s location from other Coalition troops.

“This is tremendous work by our Soldiers to take more than 300 [improvised explosive devices] off the streets,” said U.S. Army Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, commander of 4th IBCT, 1st Division.

The find consisted of one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device; 54 82mm mortars; 27 155mm artillery shells; a 500-pound bomb; 64 anti-tank mines; two 200-pound bombs; three 100-pound bombs; 30 130mm projectiles; 200 artillery boosters; 300 five-gallon cans full of nitric acid; 15 bags of anti-personnel mines consisting of 100 mines per bag and enough explosives-making material to create more than 300 IEDs.

“This find further emphasizes our ability to get after the extremists and take away their tools of destruction, as none of these weapons and explosives will ever be used to harm others,” Gibbs said.

The weapons and explosives found at the extremist factory will be properly disposed.

“As Fardh Al-Qanoon continues to develop, there has been progress made by our forces here on the ground, though much work is still ahead,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, the Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, in a press conference at the Combined Press Information Center June 6.

The 4th IBCT, 1st Div. has captured several suspected terrorists, opened a school, rescued a kidnapped Iraqi Soldier, destroyed several weapons and explosives caches and other feats with the help of Iraqi security forces and the local population of the Rashid District while deployed this year.

While Fardh Al-Qanoon is a continuing effort to secure Iraq, every cache found by Iraqi troops, Coalition forces and local citizens protects the population from future attacks.

So for all the moonbats out there screaming that we are not winning and having no success over in Iraq, there are successes there. the media is not reporting this, but the Coalition briefings are evidence that the surge is working. We are taking out the bad guys, and doing our best to disrupt al-Qaeda's operations there.



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