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Surging Now In Iraq

Despite near silence from the MSM this week, General Petraeus has launched the long-anticipated surge battle campaign.

Here’s an official update from CentCom:

MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – A joint operation geared toward curbing terrorist activity southwest of Baghdad is yielding results almost immediately.
Operation Commando Eagle, a mix of helicopter-borne air assaults and Humvee-mounted movements, included Soldiers from several battalions of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., and the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division.
The operation, which began today, targeted a series of houses which local citizens indicated were being used by al-Qaeda cells to intimidate them and launch attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces.

And here is today’s dispatch from embedded blogger Michael Yon

The first day of operation Arrowhead Ripper was intense. The Army is giving full access to the battlefield, and while on base full access to the TOC (HQ) which means I see the raw truth on the ground, and as it feeds through the TOC. They are hiding nothing. Or if they are, it’s in plain view. (Special operations notwithstanding.) A reporter can see as much as he or she can stand.

The combat has only just begun, and media has now figured out this is serious business. During the morning brief (June 20th), Major Robbie Parke mentioned that CNN, TIME, Reuters and some others, are trying to get out here now. Problem is space. Looks like Gordon and I are mostly alone for now. Others are said to be in Baqubah, but if they are here, they are missing some of the most important parts, and if they were at the important commander’s meetings, I would have seen them. 

The enemy in Baqubah is as good as any in Iraq, and better than most. That’s saying a lot. But our guys have been systematically trapping them, and have foiled some big traps set for our guys. I don’t want to say much more about that, but our guys are seriously outsmarting them. Big fights are ahead and we will take serious losses probably, but al Qaeda, unless they find a way to escape, are about to be slaughtered. Nobody is dropping leaflets asking them to surrender. Our guys want to kill them, and that’s the plan.A positive indicator on the 19th and the 20th is that most local people apparently are happy that al Qaeda is being trapped and killed. Civilians are pointing out IEDs and enemy fighters, so that’s not working so well for al Qaeda. Clearly, I cannot do a census, but that says something about the locals.

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Confederate Yankee reports that in the past 48 hours, more than 40 al Qaeda terrorists (including a Libyan) have been killed, more than 100 have been captured in these and other on-going operations, and tons of munitions have been captured or destroyed in weapons caches. 

Americans, be proud of your military today.  We are finally taking the fight to Al-Qaeda in Iraq.  Our servicemen and women are laying down their lives this week to ensure we keep the battles of World War III overseas, and not in our streets.

God Bless America.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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13 Comments

  1. God bless them, and I wish them the best.

    Comment by torrentprime — June 21, 2007 @ 6:16 pm - June 21, 2007

  2. Success is at hand, if we let up then we will lose but if we push forward until the enemy folds and we follow them to their dens in Iran then we win if we destroy them there and any other foe that raises the stakes.

    Comment by Good vs. Evil — June 21, 2007 @ 6:30 pm - June 21, 2007

  3. I still don’t think the liberal media has reported that we have the tribal leaders on our side. I suspect the drive-bys won’t touch Iraq much at all for at least a week or so.

    Of course when we succeed, the libs and their media ho’s will say “See! We knew it all along!!!”

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 22, 2007 @ 1:59 am - June 22, 2007

  4. Very odd. I could have sworn I’ve been reading for months about how the Surge had failed. Have our enemies begun utilizing time machines, or has the press started employing psychics?

    Comment by Clint — June 22, 2007 @ 5:49 am - June 22, 2007

  5. The lower-casers sure are quiet. Perhaps the fact that America is fighting al Qaeda in Iraq, and has been this whole time, is uncomfortable for them.

    Reuters has some interesting tidbits right now:

    Bednarek said U.S. forces were making some grisly discoveries as they scoured Baquba.

    He said residents led soldiers to a house in the western part of the city that appeared to have been used to hold, torment and kill hostages. Soldiers destroyed it.

    “When you walk into a room and you see blood trails, you see saws, you see drills, knives, in addition to weapons, that is not normal,” Bednarek said.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 22, 2007 @ 1:26 pm - June 22, 2007

  6. Reuters link:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070622/ts_nm/iraq_dc_31;_ylt=AhKrfLNzem_vuPrxFpp8ddFlM3wV

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 22, 2007 @ 1:26 pm - June 22, 2007

  7. A propos of having the tribal leaders on our side… Reuters did at least slip in these grudging tidbits toward the end:

    Bednarek said the fight against al Qaeda in Diyala also involved local Sunni Arabs who opposed the United States but who wanted to end al Qaeda domination of their communities.

    He said this included fighters from the 1920 Revolution Brigade, a large Sunni Arab insurgent group that has fallen out with al Qaeda over its indiscriminate killing of civilians.

    …American military commanders have increasingly begun arming and equipping Sunni Arab tribes to fight al Qaeda under a model first used in volatile western Anbar province.

    So much for that “resistance” to the “American occupation”, vaunted by the far Left.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 22, 2007 @ 1:31 pm - June 22, 2007

  8. ILC, et al, I guess the libtrolls realize when their talking points about how they “support the troops” don’t work.

    Speaking of which, even (Not My) Speaker Pelosi can’t recognize an American soldier, even on her own website.

    Pathetic.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 22, 2007 @ 2:47 pm - June 22, 2007

  9. yet Osama bin Laden continues to remain free, probably in the country where we didn’t finish the job in the first place.

    “Bednarek said the fight against al Qaeda in Diyala also involved local Sunni Arabs who opposed the United States but who wanted to end al Qaeda domination of their communities. He said this included fighters from the 1920 Revolution Brigade, a large Sunni Arab insurgent group that has fallen out with al Qaeda over its indiscriminate killing of civilians.” – Funny, isn’t that how we helped Saddam Huessin amass his weaponry when he was fighting against Iran?

    Comment by Kevin — June 22, 2007 @ 10:58 pm - June 22, 2007

  10. yet Osama bin Laden continues to remain free, probably in the country where we didn’t finish the job in the first place.

    Free? You call hiding out amongst friends in Pakistan and unable to go where ever he pleases free? Well, I know that’s what liberals consider “free”, but anyways…

    Yet we still have more soldiers in Afghanistan now than we did during the invasion. Leave it to team killing fcuktards like Kevin to sh*t all over our soldiers.

    Good job, dick.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 23, 2007 @ 2:59 am - June 23, 2007

  11. Hey Keogh:

    He said this included fighters from the 1920 Revolution Brigade, a large Sunni Arab insurgent group that has fallen out with al Qaeda over its indiscriminate killing of civilians.

    …American military commanders have increasingly begun arming and equipping Sunni Arab tribes to fight al Qaeda under a model first used in volatile western Anbar province.

    Where are you on that one, dipsh*t?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 23, 2007 @ 3:00 am - June 23, 2007

  12. The lower-casers sure are quiet.

    They’re busy creating another Haditha lie to trash our soldiers with.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 23, 2007 @ 4:14 am - June 23, 2007

  13. Meanwhile, the last surviving Marine who raised the US flag on Iwo Jima has passed away.

    Godspeed, and thank you for your heroism.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 25, 2007 @ 3:08 pm - June 25, 2007

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