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July 21, 2006
WAR: Iraqis Taking The Fight To The Enemy

CENTCOM reports on two recent operations:

Iraqi security forces conducted two separate operations in Baghdad on July 20, capturing four insurgents who may be involved in "extra judicial killing," or EJK cells.

The first operation by Iraqi security forces, a raid on back-to-back objectives in southwest Baghdad, netted three primary targets. The first individual was a key insurgent leader believed to plan and coordinate insurgent operations in Baghdad. The second is allegedly involved in financing operations and supplying weapons to insurgents. And the third is believed to be involved in kidnapping Iraqi citizens, Iraqi police and Iraqi soldiers for ransom to finance insurgent activities. He is also allegedly involved in murdering kidnapping victims and participating in attacks against coalition forces.

Iraqi forces also seized three AK-47 assault rifles and three nine millimeter pistols.

During a second raid in southern Baghdad, Iraqi Army forces captured an individual known to deal improvised explosive devices, or IEDs and small arms to insurgent groups. Coalition force advisers were on hand during both operations, and both occurred without incident.

Time is on our side. Yes it is.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:58 PM | War 2006 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Believe me, I am all for Iraq being able to police, govern and defend itself. In the panorama of this operation this raid is a Girl Scout Cookie Sale. WE can't even control what is going on there (over 100 Iraqi civilian caualties/day at this point). At what point, in the "Time is on our Side" mentality, can we just hand the keys over? 20 years? 50 years?

Aside from what I think of this largely disastrous thing we have going on in Iraq that was misguided (at best) from Day 1 I sympathize with those in Iraq caught in a 24/7/365 nightmare. This is barely a country at this point in a near uncontrollable situation. The idea that some dinky raids (and who really knows if it's true or not-see all the other "news" stories about heroic operations in the Middle East) are proof of some military stability there is either partisan wishful thinking or ignorance of the situation at hand.

Posted by: jim at July 21, 2006 3:17 PM

The good news rarely comes in huge bangs like the death of Zarqawi and the capture of Saddam. Most of it is day-to-day stuff. Good news in Iraq is a process. This happens to be an example of that process.

No grain of sand is a beach unto itself.

Posted by: The Crank at July 21, 2006 3:57 PM

Sometimes a grain of sand is just a grain of sand and there ain't no beach for miles. With this Admin. sometimes a grain of sand is just a fart in the wind.

Posted by: jim at July 21, 2006 6:22 PM

The sad and stark reality of our misguided and false pretense incurrsion and occupation of Iraq is far more important than fantasy beaches and grains of sand.

Regardless of the govt propoganda from the what me worry crowd at "Central Command", Iraq security forces couldn't support a cock fight '''it's a cluster#### and you need to admit it Crank.

Posted by: Frank at July 22, 2006 3:33 PM
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