Saturday, January 26, 2008

More Boom

AQI wearing suicide vests get dead and go BOOM


Apache vs VBIED


After two convoys were attacked the Pakistan Army says this is what happened followed by the Taliban response

The Pakistani military claimed 40 Taliban fighters and eight soldiers were killed during the operation, and another 40 Taliban were captured. Maulvi Omar, the spokesman for Baitullah Mehsud, the commander of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, disputed the claim. Omar said 25 Pakistani soldiers and seven Taliban fighters were killed in the battles.
"It seems that armed forces are conquering India," Omar said, mocking the Pakistani military's account of the fighting in South Waziristan. "But [Taliban] loyal to Baitullah Mehsud are bravely resisting the military across South Waziristan Agency."
Omar also stated the Pakistani military will have a difficult time establishing control in South Waziristan. "Entrance to Waziristan is easy but maintaining writ there could be a very difficult task for them," Omar said.

I wonder who to believe. I also wonder when we will start training up the Pak army.

Northern Iraq

To start with this little piece of news:
Al Qaeda still is able to operate in Mosul, and al Qaeda maintains its only established supply line to Syria in the Mosul region, according to a December 2007 Multinational Forces Iraq assessment of the terror group's area of operations.
Followed by:
A devastating explosion in northern Iraq was spearheaded by foreign fighters under the sponsorship of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the Libyan leader, a security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaida in Iraq said Saturday.
Col. Jubair Rashid Naief, who also is a police official in Anbar province, said the Anbar Awakening Council had alerted the U.S. military to the possible arrival in the northern city of Mosul of the Seifaddin Regiment, made up of about 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters, as long as three months ago.

OK let me wrap my mind around this a little bit. The main rat line is now from Syria to Mosul and supposedly Gadhafi is moving his merry band into mosul. Meanwhile our troops are in Northwest Iraq on the other side of the country doing this to AQI there.
The Iraqi Govt announces that they are sending troops and that this battle will be decisive. We will see on that one I sure hope so. Keep an eye on Northwest Iraq. My hope is that Mosul does not turn into another Fallujah.

Also is it time to spank the wacky Col for Libya.

A Chilly day

I am at home today with one of the princes, and two of my princesses. Sound of Music is on the tube (yes I lost the TV fight). All is right in the house. Going to be a heavy day of posting as I need to catch up and I got the computer hooked up in the living room.
One personal news I am going school I finally found a school and program I like so wish me luck there.

MV 22 Osprey

January 25, 2008: The U.S. Marine Corps has had ten MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft (a squadron) in Iraq for five months now [PHOTOS]. The marines wanted combat experience for their new aircraft, and they got it. This enabled the marines to find out what the MV-22 did best. As expected, the higher speed and cruising altitude of the MV-22 was very useful. Moving troops to where they are needed, or getting badly wounded marines to a hospital, were things the MV-22 excelled at, moving at twice the speed of the helicopters previously used. Cruising at a higher altitude (10,000 feet or more) than helicopters, and moving faster, gave the enemy much less opportunity to get off a shot, much less score a hit. The heavy use also revealed which parts were likely to wear out when, something you never really find out until you get the aircraft into a combat zone. The modern cockpit, including auto-pilot, makes the MV-22 much easier to fly than the helicopters they replace.

The V-22 is a complex piece of work, and this has resulted in a lot of development delays. At the moment, the U.S. Department of Defense has approved the purchase of 171 V-22 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps, and 31 for U.S. Air Force units operating with SOCOM (Special Operations Command). The plan involves buying up to 35 V-22s a year, from 2008 to 2013.

Friday, January 25, 2008


I was pondering doing an airpower summary weekly. I am still pondering maybe this weekend and on another really funny note.

In Afghanistan an apparent suicide bomber fell down a set of stairs and had a premature detonation....oops.

Attempted Ambush

U.S. and Iraqi troops driving down a road and start taking fire. Well Guess what we shoot back...Unlike kids, funerals, etc freaking cowards.

Dead Terrs

Jan. 23, 2008) รข Coalition forces killed 15 terrorists Tuesday and Wednesday during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks north of Baqubah
Not allot of news on this one yet...


Combined force eliminates insurgent cell in Kunar

Written by Bagram Media Center
Friday, 25 January 2008
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A Combined force destroyed an insurgent cell in Kunar Province this morning. During the operation, Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition Forces, came under fire from Taliban insurgents while conducting a cordon and search of a compound looking for insurgents in the Nari District.The combined force returned fire using accurate small-arms fire and requested close air support. Precision-guided munitions from the aircraft were used to eliminate the enemy threat. During the conduct of the operation, one Coalition servicemember was killed by enemy fire, and three were wounded. An ANSF servicemember and an interpreter, working with the Coalition force, were also wounded in the firefight. The wounded have been evacuated to a Coalition medical facility where they are being treated for non life-threatening wounds. In accordance with CJTF-82 policy, the names and nationality of the dead and wounded are being withheld pending the notification of their next of kin.

This From Brother Chris and too funny not to post

"I, (State your name), swear to sign away 4 years of my life to the UNITEDSTATES COAST GUARD because I know being in the real military scares me.However, I swear to defend our position as the fifth branch of the ArmedServices, although at one point we were under the Department of HomelandSecurity. I understand that atleast twice a day, someone will refer to me amember of the Air Force or Navy, and when I correct them, they willquestion my military status. I will work on boats the size of kayaks andsmall yachts during the worst of natures storms, and recieve no thanks ornotice form the public. I will fly in helos into the eye of the storm torescue people dumber then rocks, and then be heckled by the same peoplewhen I bust them for transporting drugs two months later.! I will preventthousands of gallons of pollution, but be accused of impeding the economywhen I won't allow vessels to pour oil into the ocean. I will be thered-headed step child to all of the other services, although I know I gotthe better deal. All of my equipment will be discarded Navy property. Iwill use most of my time in the Coast Guard to take college classes, andperfect my web surfing abilities, then complain that I work too much. Iwill perfect avoiding PT at all costs, and do my best to attend trainingthat will give me a great competitive edge in the career field of mychoice, making retention efforts of the Coast Guard pointless. I will comein contact with so many pollutants during my tenure, I will glow in thedark for the rest of my natural life and refer to myself as "salty" becauseof it. I will do my best to work 8 to 3, with a two hour lunch, on normaldays, and have my pager and cell phone surgically attached, SO HELP ME GOD.

"I, (State your name), swear to sign away 4 years of my life to the UNITEDSTATES AIR FORCE because I know I couldn't hack it in the Army, because theMarines frighten me, and because I am afraid of water over waist-deep. Iswear to sit behind a desk. I also swear not to do any form of realexercise, but promise to defend our bike-riding test as a valid form ofexercise. I promise to walk around calling everyone by their first namebecause I find it amusing to annoy the other services. I will have a betterquality of life than those around me and will, at all times, be sure tomake them aware of that fact. After completion of "Basic Training", I willbe a lean, mean, donut-eating, Lazy-Boy sitting,civilian-wearing-blue-clothes, Chair-borne Ranger. I will believe I amsuperior to all others and will make an effort to clean the knife beforestabbing the next person in the back. I will annoy those around me, andwill go home early every day. So Help Me God!"

"I, (State your name), swear to sign away 4 years of my otherwise mediocrelife to the UNITED STATES ARMY because I couldn't score high enough on theASVAB to get into the Air Force, I'm not tough enough for the Marines, andthe Navy won't take me because I can't swim. I will wear camouflage everyday and tuck my trousers into my boots because I can't figure out how touse blousing straps. I promise to wear my uniform 24 hours a day even whenI have a date. I will continue to tell myself that I am a fierce killingmachine because my Drill Sergeant told me I am, despite the fact that theonly action I will see is a court-martial for sexual harassment. Iacknowledge the fact that I will make E-8 in my first year of service, andvow to maintain that it is because I scored perfect on my PT test. Aftercompletion of my mean "Basic Training," I will attend adifferent Army school every other month and return knowing less than I didwhen I left. On my first trip home after Boot Camp, I will walk around likeI am cool and propose to my 9th grade sweetheart. I will make my wife stayhome because if I let her out she might leave me for a better-looking AirForce guy. Should she leave me twelve times, I will continue to take herback. While at work I will maintain a look of knowledge while gettingabsolutely nothing accomplished. I will arrive to work every day at 1000hrs because of morning PT and leave everyday at 1300 to report back to"COMPANY." I understand that I will undergo no training whatsoever thatwill help me get a job up! on separation, and will end up workingconstruction with my friends from high school. I will brag to everyoneabout the Army giving me $30,000 for college, but will be unable to use itbecause I can't pass a placement exam. So Help Me God!"

"I, Top Gun, in lieu of going to prison, swear to sign away 4 years of mylife to the UNITED STATES NAVY, because I want to hang out with Marineswithout actually having to BE one of them, because I thought the Air Force was too "corporate," because I didn't want to actually live in dirt likethe Army, and because I thought, "Hey, I like to swim...why not?" I promise to wear clothes that went out of style in 1976 and to have my namestenciled on the butt of every pair of pants I own. I understand that Iwill be mistaken for the Good Humor Man during summer,! and for Nazi WaffenSS during the winter. I will strive to use a different language than therest of the English-speaking world, using words like "deck, bulkhead,cover, geedunk, scuttlebutt, scuttle and head," when I really mean "floor,wall, hat, candy, water fountain, hole in wall and toilet." I will takegreat pride in the fact that all Navy acronyms, rank, and insignia, andeverything else for that matter, are completely different from the otherservices and make absolutely no sense whatsoever. I will muster, whateverthat is, at 0700 every morning unless I am buddy-buddy with the Chief, inwhich case I will show up around 0930. I vow to hone my coffee cup-handling skills to the point that I can stand up in a kayak being tossed around in atyphoon, and still not spill a drop. I consent to being promoted andsubsequently busted at least twice per fiscal year. I realize that, onceselected for Chief, I am required to submit myself to the sick, and quite possibly illegal, whims of my newfound "colleagues." So Help Me Neptune!"

"I, (pick a name the police won't recognize),swear..uhhhh....high-and-tight.... grunt... cammies....kill....fixbayonets....charge....slash....dig....burn....blowup....ugh...Air wives.....air strikes....yesSIR!....whiskey....liberty call....salute....OoorahGunny....grenades...women....OORAH! So Help Me Chesty PULLER!"
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wow 82nd Operations come up with another hit

Ostensibly an exercise in the Party for Freedom’s right to free speech, Dutch politician Geert Wilders prepares to release a new anti-Islam film. Wilders will not comment on details of the movie but says it will show that Islam’s Holy Book, the Quran…

"is an inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror".

Wilders close political association with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and film maker Theo Van Gogh, sent Wilders into hiding after Van Gogh’s assassination by a Muslim extremist following the release of “Submission”, a film which criticized the treatment of women in Islamic society. The publication of the “Muhammad Cartoons” in September of 2005 caused protests and riots as over 200 people were killed by violence around the world. In Afghanistan there were protests in Maymana, Bagram, Kandahar, Mehtar-Lam and Kabul Violence in neighboring Pakistan was even worse. Wilders website was one of several that re-published the cartoons after the initial violent demonstrations had begun, citing a defense of freedom of speech and igniting further violence. Polls immediately following the Van Gogh assassination predicted the possibility of the Party for Freedom winning as many as 29 seats (of 150) in upcoming Dutch parliamentary elections. By October of 2005 the number had slipped to one, rising again to three following the “Muhammad Cartoons” controversy. While his party does favor immigration restrictions, especially from non-western countries; the corresponding surge in popularity provides a suspicious motive for his latest “exercise in free speech.” resulting in at least 5 deaths.

I tend to also think that islam as followed precisely by the tenets of the koran is violent, intolerent, and generally bad. The points raised are very interesting. Please take the time the time to read the rest.

ANSF nets 9

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces disrupted Taliban command and control networks in Helmand Province Jan. 22 killing one insurgent and detaining nine others with the aid of Coalition forces. The combined force conducted a search of several compounds in the Musa Qaleh District targeting a Taliban commander reportedly having ties to foreign fighters and drug trafficking networks. The combined force was met with small-arms fire from an insurgent barricaded in a building in one of the compounds during the course of the operation. The combined force returned small-arms fire killing the insurgent. ANSF and Coalition forces detained nine individuals while performing a search of the area. The detainees will be questioned as to their involvement in extremist activities.“This is another step in realizing the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s goal of ridding their country of the enemies of peace,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Force 82 spokesman.

This is more good stuff.

82nd A/B in Afghanistan

One of the biggest projects in the area has been the construction of the Pech Road, which over the last eight months has opened up the area to new opportunities. The Taliban extremists don’t want the region to prosper under the new government. Arriving in country this past May, Able Company has been engaged in over 150 firefights with Taliban, al-Qaida and other anti-Coalition militants.Although the violence has not allowed international aid agencies to operate consistently in the Pech Valley, it has not stopped Able Company or the Kunar PRT from offering humanitarian aid or continuing the development of self-help projects, according to Frketic.

This is good stuff when you read the article pay attention to how much attention they pay to the elders in their A/O

Marine Trainers

This is a good thing as the Iraqi and Afghan commanders and troops gain pride and confidence in themselves and their country it will make them much more stable and harder for AQ, Talib, Iran whomever to mess with them in the future. And say Marines can only break stuff


Ouch one shot hits with arty at 30 clicks

Here is a story for my Brother Kev

Who is a redleg

Reducing collateral damage through better accuracy

Written by CJTF-82 Operations
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Earlier this month, CH-47 helicopters delivered two M777A2 155 mm Howitzers from Forward Operating Bases Salerno and Ghazni. The M777A2 155 mm Howitzer with a three man crew can fire one round every ten seconds, maintaining a sustained rate of six rounds per minute, out to a range of 30 kilometers. The weapon systems provides both an extended range and the ability to fire Excalibur (XM982) rounds, new precision guided munitions. The XM982 precision guided extended range artillery projectile is the Army's premier satellite guided fire and forget smart munition. Because of its accuracy and increased effectiveness, the Excalibur XM982 requires fewer rounds to destroy a target, which will also effectively decrease collateral damage. The M777A2 155 mm howitzers are operated by artillerymen from 3/A/3-321 Field Artillery.

Video to follow

After the AF, Navy and Marine Corps Bombs you

These guys come in and shoot you....

A U.S. Army M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from Troop G, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, patrols through a rock quarry during Operation Iron Harvest, Jan. 8, 2008, near Mansuriyat al Jabal, Iraq. Grim Troop and 2-3 ACR are currently attached to 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, in support of Operation Raider Harvest, which is focused on clearing the northern Diyala River Valley of al-Qaida fighters

This will ruin your whole day

SALMANPAK, Iraq -- B-1B Lancers, F/A -18 Hornets, Iraqi forces and the US Army Third Infanrty Division cleared out an al-Qaida stronghold 30 miles southeast of Baghdad late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Coalition aircraft dropped more than 30,000 pounds of bombs on former al-Qaida territory in Salman Pak, Iraq. This was all part of the on-going Operation Marne Thunderbolt which is part of "Operation Phantom Phoenix", an overarching operation to defeat extremism throughout Iraq. This particular mission targeted an area where al-Qaida laid obstacles, in the way of improvised explosive devices, and took up safe haven at the same time. They also used the land to traffic weapons and send fighters up into Baghdad.The United States Air Force and Army teamed up with Iraqi forces to clear that area of IED's and weapons caches in order to move ground forces into the area.

In case you are wondering why we are taking out Houses the baddies load them with explosives our troops go into clear them and get killed. This is what took out the soldiers at the begining of Phantom Phoenix.

AQI can run but not hide

Army Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of Multinational Division North, briefed Pentagon reporters from Iraq.
Operation Iron Harvest, part of the larger countrywide Operation Phantom Phoenix launched just before Christmas, has pounded parts of four northern provinces that have, for the most part, afforded the group safe haven, Hertling said. The operation’s main effort has been in Diyala, specifically the area called the “breadbasket,” near Muqdadiyah, in eastern Diyala province, although it includes Multinational Division North’s other provinces of Salahuddin, Ninevah, and Tamim.

However AQI is capable of launching suicide attacks against soft targets and f-ing schools.

Marines add stuff to the PT test

OK I took this test several times I thought was tough now they are adding to it.
Current test
The PFT has three events, pull-ups (Flexed-Arm Hang for females), abdominal crunches, and a 3-mile run. All PFT events will be conducted in a single session, not to exceed 2 hours in duration. Movement of Marines from one event to the next should allow adequate time to recover, stretch, and drink water.
This event is not timed, your score is determined by how many pull-ups you can complete before dropping off the bar. This event is male Marines only.
Flexed-Arm Hang
This event is timed, your score is based on how long you can hang maintaining elbow flexion. This event is for female Marines.
Abdominal Crunches
Your score is determined by the number of crunches you can do in the 2-minute time limit.
3-Mile Run
This event is timed, and your score is determined by how long it takes to complete the run.

Now they are adding these lovely events and testing more

The Marines tested three events scheduled to be implemented into the CFT during summer 2008. The events held included a casualty carry course, ammunition re-supply course and a maneuver under fire course.

Howdy The next time some punk country tells us how great their little country is refer to this map.

Mr Hugo Chavez shut up and sit down

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Captain McQuades

An American platoon patrol led by Captain McQuade, near Shudergay Villiage, Nuristan, came under machine gun, rocket propelled grenade and sniper fire from an insurgent force nearly twice its size. As bullets ricocheted around him, Captain McQuade calmly coordinated the evacuation of the wounded; directed artillery, mortar and close-air support; all while receiving well aimed small arms and machine gun fire from insurgents dug into the high ground around the village. Seventeen hours and one emergency resupply of ammunition later, the platoon turned the tide of the fight and routed the insurgent force.
Captain McQuade’s inspiring leadership and conspicuous gallantry under withering enemy fire is in keeping with the finest traditions of heroic leadership in combat!

Phantom Phoenix Update

On going attacks as part of Phantom Phoenix

Coalition Forces resume air assault on al-Qaeda targets (Arab Jabour)
Coalition Forces resumed the aerial bombardment of an al-Qaeda in Iraq sanctuary in Arab Jabour Jan. 20. The precision air strikes targeted suspected AQI safe havens as part of Operation Marne Thunderbolt, which is part of the country-wide Operation Phantom Phoenix. The raid follows the Jan. 10 and Jan. 16 air strikes in the same region which hit a combined total of 64 targets with a total weight of more than 80,000 pounds of bombs.
TIKRIT, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 10 suspected al Qaeda in Iraq operatives during a raid in an Al Ali village, in the northern Diyala River Valley area, known as the bread basket, Jan. 17. The successful raid was part of Operation Raider Harvest, which is part of Operation Phantom Phoenix – a countrywide operation to eliminate AQI and other extremists in Iraq.Working off tips from local Iraqis, Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment detained the suspects at seven different locations in the village.One of the detainees is a suspected AQI company commander, four are suspected AQI fighters, two are suspected improvised-explosive-device emplacers and three are suspected AQI informants.“With the detainment of this cell, the residents within this area will be more inclined to help Coalition Forces and Iraqi Security Forces in identifying remained AQI,” said Capt. Samuel Davis, 3/2 SCR Intelligence officer. “With the detention of the majority of the members of this cell, insurgent activities within the area will be severely decreased, and increase the likelihood of being able to establish a Concerned Local Citizen group or neighborhood security.”Since Jan. 8, with the start of the clearing phase of Raider Harvest, CF and ISF have detained 70 suspected AQI in the AO, killed four and wounded four more. In addition, 25 IEDs have been found and cleared, along with eight vehicle-borne IEDs, six house-borne IEDs and 30 weapon caches.At the same time as the ongoing mission of clearing AQI from the bread basket, CF, ISF and Concerned Local Citizens are also conducting humanitarian aid drops, providing medical aid, delivering fuel, establishing security checkpoints and building Joint Combat outposts. Operation Raider Harvest is not only designed to clear AQI from the bread basket , a former AQI stronghold and safe haven, but also ensure that they are unable to return.
Coalition disrupts al-Qaeda networks in central Iraq; one killed, 19 detainedBAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 19 suspects today during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central Iraq. Near Mahmudiyah, Coalition forces targeted an alleged associate of the al-Qaeda in Iraq network operating south of Baghdad. Reports indicate the suspect is a replacement for a former leader who was detained by Coalition forces Dec. 10 for his role in terrorist attacks in the region (see MNF-I press release A071210a, “Coalition force operations disrupt al-Qaeda networks, 27 suspects detained,” dated Dec. 10, 2007). As Coalition forces arrived in the area, they observed several individuals maneuver from the target buildings and supporting aircraft was called to engage the enemy force, killing one terrorist. Two suspected terrorists were also detained during the operation without incident. During an operation in Baghdad, Coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist associated with the al-Qaeda in Iraq network in Karkh. The suspect is allegedly an experienced improvised explosive device and car bomb facilitator involved in terrorist attacks throughout Baghdad. Reports indicate the individual is involved in foreign terrorist facilitation, to include receiving money for facilitators from outside of Iraq. The suspect is also allegedly associated with the al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leader for all networks operating in Baghdad. Also in the capital city, Coalition forces captured an alleged associate of a senior level al-Qaeda in Iraq foreign terrorist facilitator. The suspect is believed to have strong ties to numerous terrorist leaders in Baghdad and foreign terrorists operating in and outside of Iraq. In addition to the wanted individual, the ground force detained two suspected terrorists on site.During coordinated operations near Samarra, Coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists including an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq member involved in terrorist media and propaganda operations. Reports indicate the suspect is tied to al-Qaeda in Iraq leadership from Samarra to Mosul, including the suspect detained Dec. 27 for his role in media operations and foreign terrorist facilitation (see MNF-I press release A071227b, “Coalition forces target al-Qaeda assassination and facilitation networks, 19 detained,” dated Dec. 27, 2007). Coalition forces conducted a multi-day operation Jan. 17 to 19 north of Jalula, targeting associates of the al-Qaeda in Iraq network pushed from the northeast Diyala River Valley into the Hamrin mountain area. During the operation, the ground force detained 11 suspected terrorists and found a cache of weapons which was safely destroyed on site. “We’re on the offensive against al-Qaeda and the foreign terrorists they bring into Iraq,” said Navy Capt. Vic Beck, MNF-I spokesman. “We are committed to pursuing al-Qaeda in order to ensure security and stability for all of Iraq.”- 30 -FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE MNF-I PRESS DESK AT:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 16 suspected terrorists Friday and today during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.
In Salman Pak this morning, Coalition forces captured an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq member involved in attacks against Concerned Local Citizens groups in the region. Reports indicate the suspect is a close associate of the cell leader for the terrorist network in the city, which is involved in attacks against Coalition forces, beheadings, sniper and improvised explosive device attacks, and foreign terrorist facilitation. In addition to the wanted individual, the ground force detained one suspected terrorist.
During an operation in Baqubah today, Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists, to include a wanted individual allegedly involved in the planning of an improvised explosive device attack in Sadr City. Reports indicate the suspect is associated with a terrorist responsible for car bomb attacks in Baghdad, who has ties to the al-Qaeda in Iraq leader in the capital city.
North of Samarra this morning, Coalition forces captured an alleged terrorist senior leader tied to the al-Qaeda networks operating in Tikrit, Bayji and Mosul. Reports indicate the wanted individual is connected to terrorist leaders throughout the Tigris River Valley. Three additional suspects were also detained during the operation.
During two coordinated operations in Mosul today, four suspected terrorists were detained while targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders involved in the area’s terrorist network and associated with Haydar al-Afri, a terrorist leader for the western region of Mosul, who was killed Dec. 25 for his involvement in attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces (see MNF-I press release A080109a, “UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorist killed in operation Dec. 25,” dated Jan. 9, 2008).
Northeast of Taji Friday, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be associated with the al-Qaeda in Iraq network operating north of Baghdad. The network is reportedly responsible for improvised explosive device attacks, extortion, intimidation and weapons trafficking. Reports indicate the suspect is responsible for foreign terrorist facilitation, to include arranging travel for the individual detained by Coalition forces Jan. 14 for his role in attacking Iraqi citizens for not following Sharia law (see MNF-I Press Release A080114a, “Coalition forces disrupt foreign terrorist facilitation networks, eight detained,” Jan. 14, 2008). In addition to the wanted individual, the ground force detained two suspected terrorists on site.
“These operations are further examples of our successes against al-Qaeda in Iraq,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “With the help of Iraqi citizens, Iraqi and Coalition forces are finding where the terrorists hide and dismantling their networks.”


Weird mixed signals...

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military worried Sunday about "mixed messages" from Iran, listing a dramatic drop in Iranian-made weapons reaching Iraq but no reduction in the training and financing of Shiite militants.

An EFP in the simplest terms is a metal disk usually copper placed inside a shape charged explosive. When the explosive is detonated the metal becomes a high velocity metal slug that can penetrate armor.

See what happens when we win an insurgency. El Salvador is sending more troops to Iraq. This is most excellent!!
The top U.S. military officer is in El Salvador to meet with soldiers preparing for deployment in Iraq, to thank them for their support of the U.S.-led mission there.
Navy Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was flying to a remote military base Friday to meet with the troops heading for Iraq, where they will serve in
humanitarian roles.
Since 2003, Salvadoran military units ranging in size from 280 to 380 troops have served in Iraq. El Salvador is now the only Latin American country with troops in Iraq.
Mullen's visit comes three months after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates traveled to El Salvador to say the country's contributions in Iraq made it "one of the most faithful coalition partners" for the United States.


BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan and Coalition forces conducted an operation Friday to degrade Taliban operations in Zabul Province detaining four insurgents and an insurgent leader. The combined forces conducted a search in the Qalat District of Zabul Province targeting Taliban insurgents conducting anti-coalition operations in the area. Reportedly, the militants have also collected money forcibly from the local residents to purchase weapons and supplies. The combined force found and detained five insurgents with suspected ties to the Taliban during the course of operations. One of the detainees identified himself as a Zabul-area Taliban commander. The detainees will be questioned regarding their involvement in Taliban operations as well as other extremist activities. Afghan and Coalition forces' operations will remain focused on countering extremist activities to end the negative effects of those activities on the peaceful people of Afghanistan, said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesman

More from CJTF-82
The internal strife within the Taliban and between their Al Qaeda and sometime Hezb-I Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) allies has been increasing as reported here and here. As their insurgency wears on, the Afghan people themselves grow increasingly disenfranchised with their former rulers. The Afghan Daily, Arman-E Melli (Hope of the Nation) published their views in a story entitled “The Taliban Do Not Have an Alternative to End the War”. In the 9 January edition, published in Dari and Pashtun, they began by pointing out the sack of Mullah Mansur Dadollah by Mullah Omar, ostensibly the “Spiritual Leader” of the Taliban.

For those that don't see the significance of this here it is. If we turn these people who are realizing that outside influences are controlly their country and get them to stop fighting against the people who are trying to help them then they and us are winning. AQ/Talib has fought the Afghanis from fixing a hydro-power dam because they know it hurts the innocent and will drive them away from the coalition they can say look the Americans cannot give you power but if you help us we will restore the dam. etc etc

Keep an eye on this I know I will be.

Musa Qula
For those that missed this battle a few weeks ago it aprears the 82nd Airborne kicked in the door and the Afghan Army went into the room.

Had to get the shooting Irons out

Beautiful day to break out the shooting Irons. I had an ugly .45 auto and a buddy of mine just bought a new berretta 96 .40. I sometimes teach beginners how to shoot nothing formal just how to fieldstrip and getting used to the pistol or rifle. I then broke out a semi auto M4 and showed him how to do double taps oh what fun!!

Anyway back to the Pakistan problem.

Pakistan Tribal Areas

Sounds like full scale war to me. Good readers may wonder why I update on Pakistan from time to time but 73% of the attacks in Afghanistan come from areas that border the tribal areas. If OBL is still kicking that is where he is and Zarrwahiri is. Also a full blown civil war puts Pakistans nuclear weapons up for grabs really not good.

The folks at the long war journal have put together some good information on this.

This also just out from the AP