Friday, February 03, 2006

Iraqi forces plan and execute flawless raid against terrorists' hideouts

Go, go Iraqi Joes!

TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Feb. 3, 2006) – Soldiers of 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division took another step toward independent operations Wednesday, as they conducted a brigade-level operation that destroyed terrorist hideouts in and around Kirkuk.

Supported by the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, the Iraqi brigade’s three battalions conducted simultaneous raids, cordon and searches, and combat patrols. Soldiers from the 1st BCT supported the mission by providing outer-cordon security, air reconnaissance and close air support.

The mission was a combined effort to destroy known terrorist hideouts and disrupt their activity and included the destruction of a building used by terrorists to conduct IED attacks. The building was leveled by coalition aircraft using precision-guided munitions.

The mission enabled the Iraqi Soldiers to detain six suspects and confiscate numerous weapons without incurring or inflicting any casualties.

Six arrests, zero casualties on either side. Can't ask for much more than that. Yet Murtha still claims we're losing the war. As a former marine, I'd have thought reality would be a strong suit for him. I guess liberalism really may be a disease...