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Posted: 10/3/2004 4:29:13 AM EST
"Fighting in Samarra All But Over

Oct 3, 2004 Baghdad

For the first time since late Thursday residents of the Iraqi city of Samarra are emerging onto streets that were deserted during a joint U.S.-Iraqi military operation against several-hundred armed insurgents.

American and Iraqi forces are searching door-to-door for any remaining insurgents in the rebellious Iraqi city of Samarra, north of Baghdad.

U.S. military officials say the operation in Samarra, described as a first step toward retaking Iraqi communities dominated by insurgents, would last a few more days, but said the city of 200-thousand is under the control of American and Iraqi troops.

Early Friday, three thousand U.S. troops and more than two thousand members of the Iraqi Army and National Guard stormed the city that had been taken over by several-hundred armed militants.

American military officials say more than 120 insurgents were killed, with dozens of others taken into custody.

U.S. officials re-opened the road to Samarra's main hospital, where relatives of the dead began showing up to claim bodies.

Hospital officials were quoted as saying more than 40 civilians were killed in two days of battle. Coalition authorities acknowledged that some civilians had been killed, but said the majority of the dead were insurgents.

A senior official with Iraq's Interior Ministry praised the joint U.S.-Iraqi military effort, and said it marked the beginning of the interim government's effort to make the country safe for elections to be held in January. The same official indicated the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, is also on the list of trouble spots to be dealt with.

Early Sunday, U.S. forces launched another air strike against a building said to be housing 10 to 15 militant fighters, and a cache of weapons on the outskirts of Fallujah.

According to the military, the attack produced secondary explosions that lasted 45 minutes, suggesting the building was being used as a storage facility for a large number of weapons.
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www.politinfo.com/articles/article_2004_10_3_3130.html
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 4:36:22 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 4:43:43 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2004 4:46:55 AM EST by ABNAK]
About fucking time!!!


BTW, I work with a woman whose son is in Marine Recon at Camp Fallujah. She said she talked to him last Sunday and he told her he wouldn't be able to communicate for 2 or 3 weeks and to just watch the news. Hmmmmm.....


(maybe that Aimpoint I let him borrow will get broken in "properly")
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 4:45:56 AM EST
ROCK THE FUCK ON!!!

ON TO FALLUJAH!!!
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 7:45:02 AM EST
That was fast. Very impressive. I heard that one of their tactics was to seize all the mosques first so that insurgents couldn't hole up there.
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 7:50:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2004 7:50:54 AM EST by warlord]
The USA wasn't loosing the war, contrary to what the mainstream news media has been reporting; they were just being careful not to damage the religious shrines such as the mosques
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 8:23:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By warlord:
The USA wasn't loosing the war, contrary to what the mainstream news media has been reporting; they were just being careful not to damage the religious shrines such as the mosques



if they're using the mosques then they're valid targets
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 9:42:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By GunLvrPHD:
That was fast. Very impressive. I heard that one of their tactics was to seize all the mosques first so that insurgents couldn't hole up there.




Yeah, an Iraqi Commando unit did that.
Apparently a good group of guys.
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 9:44:53 AM EST
Lets get some!
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 10:22:27 AM EST
Keep the momentum going............get em boys...............
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 11:14:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2004 11:17:24 AM EST by Dave_A]

Originally Posted By Spade:

Originally Posted By GunLvrPHD:
That was fast. Very impressive. I heard that one of their tactics was to seize all the mosques first so that insurgents couldn't hole up there.




Yeah, an Iraqi Commando unit did that.
Apparently a good group of guys.



They should be...

We trained 'em...

As for the campaign, once again, a precise, well-executed, professional operation... Finish up & find the next target to 'clean up'...
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 11:16:29 AM EST
I get a kick out of watching ING on CNN. They move just like our guys, even under fire. I think they must have some potential.
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 11:17:54 AM EST
GET SOME!
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 11:19:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By vito113:
According to the military, the attack produced secondary explosions that lasted 45 minutes, suggesting the building was being used as a storage facility for a large number of weapons.
"



A fairly sound conclusion...

Very few things cook off like ordinance... Almost nothing that would normally be in a 'civillian' building...
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 11:25:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2004 11:25:37 AM EST by Zaphod]
NO! THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE! OUR TROOPS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED! THE IRAQIS HATE US! WE ARE EVIL! THE IRAQI INSURGENCY ARE THE GOOD GUYS! THERE ARE NO TERRORISTS IN IRAQ! THIS IS A RACIST WAR! THE MEDIA IS CONSERVATIVE-CONTROLLED!

So­rry. Looks like I was channeling DUh there for a minute......
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