18 Days That Changed A War
Nov. 27 - President Bush, in a surprising move, meets with U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne in Baghdad to share Thanksgiving Dinner. "I bring a message on behalf of America: we thank you for your service, we're proud of you, and America stands solidly behind you," the president tells service men and women.
Nov. 28 - "Task Force All-American," a unit of the 82nd Airborne, captures Sheik Taha Kitar in Haswah. He had been responsible for inciting student, Ba'athist activity and financing anti-coalition cells.
Nov. 30 - The 4th Infantry Division repels several attacks, killing about 50 members of Saddam Fedayeen, capturing another 18 and suffering no U.S. deaths. Five U.S. soldiers received non-life threatening injuries.
Dec. 1 - With Iraqis cheering, the Coalition Provisional Authority lop a series of bronze busts of Saddam Hussein from the top of the Republican Palace. "The time has come for these heads to roll,” said L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority. He added, “These statues stood as a reminder of the megalomania of the former dictator. We’re sick of them.”
Dec. 3 - According to an announcement by the Central Command: "During the past 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and subordinate units have conducted 173 patrols, including nine joint patrols with the Iraqi Border Guard and Iraqi police. During these operations, 10 enemy personnel were captured. There were no U.S. casualties.
Elements of 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division successfully conducted three simultaneous cordon and searches in Fallujah. These operations targeted members of the Jasmin anti-Coalition cell. Forces captured five individuals and took them into custody for questioning."
Dec. 4 - The 82nd Airborne continues turning up the heat in the Ba'athists, capturing 63 anti-coalition forces, killing one, while suffering no U.S. casualties.
Dec. 7- The U.S. Army's "Bulldog Brigade" capture "43 people, six suspected of attacking Coalition Forces with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), three of firing mortars at Coalition installations, and two were apprehended for rocket-propelled grenade attacks," according to Central Command. "Twenty-three people were detained for weapons law violations and 11 for interfering with Coalition operations. One suspected arms dealer was detained."
Dec. 10 - Thousands of Iraqis take to the streets of Baghdad, protesting against terrorism and in favor of freedom. It is one of the largest, anti-Ba'athist demonstrations in Iraq in 35 years, and was chronicled by Iraqi blogger Zeyad.
Dec. 12 - The Iraqi Governing Council agrees to establish a war crimes tribunal for all members of the Saddam Hussein regime from 1968 forward.
Dec. 14 - "We got him!" said Bremer, announcing the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Posted by Ed Moltzen at December 14, 2003 10:19 AM | TrackBack