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Posted: 3/16/2006 6:27:32 AM EDT
Breaking on FoxNews......
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:31:27 AM EDT
IRAN?

I don't have TV and Freep has nothing...
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:36:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 6:46:47 AM EDT by Chokey]
US says launches biggest air assault in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Thursday it had launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion of the country.

A military statement said the operation involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops as well as 200 tactical vehicles targeted suspected insurgents operating area near the town of Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

ETA:
The statement said "Operation Swarmer" was launched on Thursday morning and is "expected to continue for several days as a thorough search of the objective area is conducted."

Samarra was the site of a bombing attack last month on a Shi'ite shrine that set off sectarian reprisals and pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:42:20 AM EDT


GIT SOME
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:44:31 AM EDT
Tag for updates

GM
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:45:23 AM EDT
Tagged....
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:46:17 AM EDT
So,the boys have opened a can of whoop ass.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:47:14 AM EDT
Gentlemen, it is my job to give you the skills needed you give your enemy every opportunity to give theirs lives for there cause.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:47:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:49:28 AM EDT
Tag...
Sean
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:50:04 AM EDT
finally
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:50:08 AM EDT
On drudge now
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:50:38 AM EDT
Run hajiiiiii!!!!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:53:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 6:56:31 AM EDT by weptek911]

Originally Posted By rickdawggg:
Run hajiiiiii!!!!



See ya, wouldn't want to be ya. ( hajii )

I wonder how many dead terrorists will be reported by the media as innocent members of "large wedding parties" ?
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:57:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:57:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:58:55 AM EDT
It will probably make the news tonight and out line the entire plan. Got to love the mass media
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:00:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By Sub-MOA:
IRAN?

I don't have TV and Freep has nothing...



Iraq, not Iran. I thought the same thing when I saw this thread. Wishful thinking.



There's always tomorrow.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:02:41 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:03:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By weptek911:

Originally Posted By rickdawggg:
Run hajiiiiii!!!!



See ya, wouldn't want to be ya. ( hajii )

I wonder how many dead terrorists will be reported by the media as innocent members of "large wedding parties" ?



we could fix that by just nuking the place and vaporizing everybody. Saves time, saves body bags, nothing for the media to see...
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:06:06 AM EDT
durka durka
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:09:46 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:09:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By simply_green:
durka durka



Durka durka mohamad jihad!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:12:58 AM EDT
Good
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:16:09 AM EDT
tagged..

My thoughts and prayers go out to everybody. I just heard on FNC little bit ago they found a huge cache of guns, ammo, military uniforms, etc. Would be nice if we stumbled across OBL

Just my opinion.

Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:20:05 AM EDT
Any idea if the 101st is in on this?
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:20:42 AM EDT
Operation Swarmer, eh?

Maybe for lunch I'll launch Operation Schwarma.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:21:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GunLvrPHD:
Any idea if the 101st is in on this?



affirmative
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:21:12 AM EDT
Clear'em out!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:22:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 7:22:33 AM EDT by osprey21]
God's speed, Boys....

Kill lots of them muthafuckin' sand gnats.

Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:30:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:
God's speed, Boys....

Kill lots of them muthafuckin' sand gnats.






+1!!!!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:32:51 AM EDT
Updated:

US says launches biggest air assault in Iraq
Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:23 AM ET

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Thursday it launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion to root out insurgents near a town where recent violence raised fears of civil war.

A military statement said the operation involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops as well as 200 tactical vehicles targeted suspected insurgents operating near the town of Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

The statement said "Operation Swarmer" was launched on Thursday morning and is "expected to continue for several days as a thorough search of the objective area is conducted".

Samarra was the site of a bombing attack last month on a Shi'ite shrine that set off sectarian reprisals and pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war.

"Initial reports from the objective area indicate that a number of enemy weapons caches have been captured, containing artillery shells, explosives, IED-(bomb) making materials, and military uniforms," said the statement.

The U.S. military has launched several major offensives against Sunni Arab insurgents, including one that captured the former rebel stronghold of Falluja, and a series of assaults in the rebel heartland in western Iraq's Anbar province.

But the crackdowns have failed to ease a raging guerrilla campaign that has killed thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqi security forces and civilians.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:35:49 AM EDT
Bout GodDamn Time!

Get em boys!

PITSNIPE OUT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:38:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GunLvrPHD:
Any idea if the 101st is in on this?



Yep.. they said it's the 101st Airborne Div and Ground Units
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:57:12 AM EDT

U.S. soldiers and aircraft take their position at Forward Operating Base Remagen airstrip shortly before they launched Operation Swarmer, an assault operation with the combined U.S. and Iraqi forces targeting insurgents near the town of Samarra, about 100 km (60miles) north of Baghdad March 16, 2006. The U.S. military said on Thursday it had launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. A military statement said the operation involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops as well as 200 tactical vehicles targeted suspected insurgents operating near the town of Samarra. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Sgt. First Class Antony Joseph, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade/Handout


U.S. soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the Iraqi Army's 1st Brigade receive a pre-flight briefing from a UH-60 Blackhawk crew chief at Forward Operating Base Remagen airstrip before the start of Operation Swarmer, an assault operation with the combined U.S. and Iraqi forces targeting insurgents near the town of Samarra, about 100 km (60miles) north of Baghdad March 16, 2006. The U.S. military said on Thursday it had launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. A military statement said the operation involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops as well as 200 tactical vehicles targeted suspected insurgents operating near the town of Samarra. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Sgt. First Class Antony Joseph, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade/Handout


U.S. helicopters fly from its military base during Operation Swarmer during its assault operation with the combined U.S. and Iraqi forces targeting insurgents near the town of Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad March 16, 2006. REUTERS/Sgt. First Class Antony Joseph, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade/Handout


Heavy black smoke billows from the memorial building, constructed to commemorate the victims of the 1988 gas attack in the Iraq northern Kurdish town of Halabja. US and Iraqi forces launched what they said was the biggest air raid since the war began three years ago, with a massive assault targeting an insurgent stronghold north of Baghdad.(AFP/Safin Hamed)
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:58:06 AM EDT
Anyone thought about this?

They might have been tipped off that the man Zarqawi himself was in the area. Surrounded it, and are gonna pound it to hell.

seems like for such a massive strike they might have a good reason to bring in everything.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:58:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rickdawggg:

Originally Posted By weptek911:

Originally Posted By rickdawggg:
Run hajiiiiii!!!!



See ya, wouldn't want to be ya. ( hajii )

I wonder how many dead terrorists will be reported by the media as innocent members of "large wedding parties" ?



we could fix that by just nuking the place and vaporizing everybody. Saves time, saves body bags, nothing for the media to see...



Very true. Media may not see much but they would surely make a point to do the bashing on it. The way I look the situation, we came, we saw, we solved the problem. Can't be much more clear than that.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 7:58:52 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:00:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HarrySacz:
So,the boys have opened a can of whoop ass.

It's about time! Finally on the offensive and not back on our heels!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:02:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:



always liked that smily
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:03:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MauserMark:
Anyone thought about this?

They might have been tipped off that the man Zarqawi himself was in the area. Surrounded it, and are gonna pound it to hell.

seems like for such a massive strike they might have a good reason to bring in everything.



good point...

But then again I knew a few Rakkassans back in the day,they'd love to do this kind of stuff for no reason at all
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 8:12:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 8:13:14 AM EDT by COLE-CARBINE]
Fox is saying they brought in an AC-130.....

Link Posted: 3/16/2006 9:30:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By COLE-CARBINE:
Fox is saying they brought in an AC-130.....

exploze.wz.cz/awar/letouny/ac130/02_ac130.jpg




fox is covering it now their watching for any more updates.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 9:56:14 AM EDT
It's good to be on the offensive again against the terrorists.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 10:10:00 AM EDT
Gotta love Air assaults!!!

I really liked the Scene with the Air Cavalry in Appacalypse Now, "Flight of the Valkyries" shouls be required played at ever air assault!!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 10:20:32 AM EDT
We should drop a couple of 2000 lbers on the IRANIAN IED factories.

Did anyone else see that story on the <gasp> network news??????

IED's mass produced in IRAN.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 10:25:49 AM EDT
Kick ass and take names!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 10:29:47 AM EDT
from AOL News



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U.S., Iraqi Forces Launch Major Air Offensive
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By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, AP

BAGHDAD, Iraq (March 16) - U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said.




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The U.S. military said the air- and ground-offensive dubbed Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing "a suspected insurgent operating area" northeast of Samarra and was expected to continue over several days.

Residents in the targeted area said there was a heavy U.S. and Iraqi troop presence in the area and large explosions could be heard in the distance. It was unclear if the blasts were due to fighting.

The military termed the operation the largest air assault since the 2003 invasion, but it was not clear if any U.S. aircraft opened fire during the operation or if there had been any insurgent resistance.

"More than 1,500 Iraqi and Coalition troops, over 200 tactical vehicles, and more than 50 aircraft participated in the operation," the military statement said.

It was not clear from the 101st Airborne's initial statement exactly what it meant by characterizing the attack as the largest air assault operation since the beginning of the Iraq war. It could refer to the number of aircraft involved or the amount of weaponry involved or some other measure of size.

There was no immediate word on whether any fighter jets or other fixed-wing warplanes had dropped bombs or fired missiles as part of the assault. Also left unsaid was how many of the 1,500 total troops involved are Iraqis.

Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi interim foreign minister, said the attack had been necessary to prevent insurgents from forming a new stronghold such as they had established in Fallujah, west of Baghdad.


Grim Days in Iraq



(Getty Images) Sectarian Violence
Iraq has seen a surge in revenge killings and attacks since bombers destroyed an important Shiite shrine in March.



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"After Fallujah and some of the operations carried out successfully in the Euphrates and Syrian border, many of the insurgents moved to areas nearer to Baghdad," Zebari said on CNN. "They have to be pulled out by the roots."

Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, was the site of a massive bombing against a Shiite shrine on Feb. 22 that touched off sectarian bloodshed that has killed more than 500 and injured hundreds more, threatening to push Iraq into civil war.

It is a key city in Salahuddin province, a major part of the so-called Sunni triangle where insurgents have been active since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion three years ago. Saddam Hussein was captured in the province, not far from its capital and his hometown, Tikrit.

Un recent months U.S. forces have routinely used helicopters to insert troops during operations against insurgent strongholds, especially in the Euphrates River valley between Baghdad and the Syrian border. U.S. warplanes are always in the air, ready to strike targets under direction from troops on the ground.

Thursday's assault was launched just hours before Iraq's new parliament was sworn in Thursday, with parties still deadlocked over the next government, vehicles banned from Baghdad's streets to prevent car bombings and the country under the shadow of a feared civil war.

The long-expected first session, which took place within days of the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, lasted just over 30 minutes and was adjourned indefinitely because the legislature still has no speaker.

The military operation, residents said, appeared to be concentrated near four villages -- Jillam, Mamlaha, Banat Hassan and Bukaddou -- about 20 miles north of Samarra. The villages are near the highway leading from Samarra to the city of Adwar.

Waqas al-Juwanya, a spokesman for Iraq's joint coordination center in nearby Dowr, said "unknown gunmen exist in this area, killing and kidnapping policemen, soldiers and civilians."

Near the end of the first day of the operation, the military said a number of weapons caches have been captured, containing artillery shells, explosives, bomb-making materials and military uniforms.

It said the attack began with soldiers from the Iraqi army's 1st Brigade, 4th Division, the U.S. 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a combined air and ground assault to isolate the objective area.

Air power backed the operation and delivered troops from the Iraq army's 4th Division, the Rakkasans from 1st and 3rd Battalions, 187th Infantry Regiment and the Hunters from 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment to multiple objectives.

The military said forces from the 2nd Commando Brigade then completed a ground infiltration to secure numerous structures in the area.

In its description of the operation, the 101st Airborne Division used the term "air assault," which refers to the use of attack and transport helicopters to move infantry soldiers to a ground target or group of targets. It does not generally include fixed-wing warplanes like fighter jets or bombers, and there was no early indication that such planes played a predominant role in the assault.

The units of the 101st Airborne that are involved in this operation are equipped with Apache attack helicopters, Black Hawk transport helicopters and Chinook helicopters to are capable of lifting and moving vehicle like Humvees.

In its description of the operation, the 101st Airborne Division used the term "air assault," which refers to the use of attack and transport helicopters to move infantry soldiers to a ground target or group of targets. It does not generally include fixed-wing warplanes like fighter jets or bombers, and there was no early indication that such planes played a predominant role in the assault.

The units of the 101st Airborne that are involved in this operation are equipped with Apache attack helicopters, Black Hawk transport helicopters and Chinook helicopters to are capable of lifting and moving vehicle like Humvees.

Adnan Pachachi, the senior politician who administered the oath to Iraqi legislators in the absence of a speaker, spoke of a country in crisis.

"We have to prove to the world that a civil war is not and will not take place among our people," Pachachi told lawmakers. "The danger is still looming and the enemies are ready for us because they do not like to see a united, strong, stable Iraq."

As Pachachi spoke, he was interrupted from the floor by senior Shiite leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who said the remarks were inappropriate because of their political nature.

Even the oath was a source of disagreement, with the head of the committee that drafted the country's new constitution, Humam Hammoudi, protesting that lawmakers had strayed from the text. After brief consultations, judicial officials agreed the wording was acceptable.

Meanwhile, a top Iranian official said his country was ready to open direct talks with the United States over Iraq, marking a major shift in foreign policy a day after al-Hakim called for such talks.

The White House said the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, is authorized to talk with Iran about Iraq, much as the United States has talked with Iran about issues relating to Afghanistan.

"But this is a very narrow mandate dealing specifically with issues relating to Iraq," presidential press secretary Scott McClellan said.

Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator and secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council, also told reporters that any talks between the United States and Iran would deal only with Iraqi issues.

"To resolve Iraqi issues and help establishment of an independent and free government in Iraq, we agree to (talks with the United States)," Larijani said after a closed meeting of the parliament Thursday.

Larijani said Khalilzad had invited Iran for talks on Iraq.

Washington repeatedly has accused Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs and of sending weapons and men to help insurgents in Iraq, allegations the Iranians have denied.

A pianist played as representatives of Iraq's main ethnic and religious blocs -- many in traditional Arab and Kurdish dress -- filed into a convention center behind the concrete blast walls of the heavily fortified Green Zone for parliament's first meeting.

Hours after the session adjourned, two mortar shells were fired into the Green Zone, Interior Ministry official Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said. No casualties were reported.

The inaugural session started the clock on a 60-day period in which parliament must elect a president and approve a prime minister and Cabinet.

Associated Press military writer Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.

Link Posted: 3/16/2006 10:47:35 AM EDT
I hope they have some video tonight.

Shock and Awe.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 11:00:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Silesius:
I hope they have some video tonight.

Shock and Awe.





well their is some pics here may be video later on.



www.dod.mil/news/Mar2006/20060316_4504.html
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 11:02:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Silesius:
I hope they have some video tonight.

Shock and Awe.



probably nothing new that we haven't seen already posted today of the staging areas. It seems more and more journalists are just staying in the Green Zone. So we'll get a report most likely of what went down and that's about it.
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