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Hey Senators They're Already Fighting!

Thomas D. Segel

Thomas D. Segel

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February 4, 2005

 

Writing commentary from the southern most tip of Texas doesn't really place me at the heart of America's information center.  Like most of the population, I obtain the news from television, publications and the Internet.  However, I still seem to be better informed than a Leftist senator from Massachusetts.

Admittedly, I hold Ted Kennedy, the womanizing hero of Chappaquiddick, in very low esteem.  My mind finds it impossible to understand how the people of that great state can keep electing this objectionable individual to one of the highest offices in our country.

Among Senator Kennedy's ridiculous mutterings of recent days was a tirade on February 3rd directed at our military leadership.  He demanded to know "when the Iraqis were going to start fighting?"

News Flash!!!  Hey Senator, they're already fighting!  Iraqi Security Forces led a series of raids, which started on January 10th, along with members of the multinational force.  Near Mosul they uncovered 10 weapons and munitions caches, bomb making equipment and intelligence information.

In Fallujah, soldiers from the 3rd Iraqi Intervention Force engaged in an operation, which uncovered a large weapons cache and also resulted in the capture of 41 insurgents. Iraqi Security Forces and the 1st Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division conducted another operation on January 18th.  They too confiscated weapons and captured nine people.

In a similar operation Iraqi Army soldiers from the 12th Battalion engaged in a heavy firefight near Mosul.  Two insurgents were wounded and evacuated to a local hospital.  Three other insurgents were captured.

The Iraqi Army 306th Battalion, 40th Brigade is an element of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the First Cavalry Division.  This unit has been very active, fighting side by side with American forces.  On January 18th the United States turned over responsibility for security operations in Sadr City to the 306th Battalion.

Though the leadership change is an important event, the Iraqi Army 306th Battalion has been active in Sadr City for many weeks.  They have been conducting raids, going on patrols, manning checkpoints and have been party to the capture of many terrorists and insurgents.  They have also discovered numerous weapons caches.

The Iraqi 204th Army Battalion conducted three operations in January.  Their first operation resulted in the capture of Ahmed Abdullah Nasiaf while on a patrol in Baqubah.  The second operation was conducted in Khalis where the unit captured Hashum Mehdi Hussein Al Tai and that important detainment led to the capture of Absam Abd Ale Khadhim Al Obaydi.  All three of these men were terrorist leaders.

In Tikrit, Iraqi soldiers from the 201st captured a suspected insurgent at a traffic checkpoint.  This detainee is suspected of providing the funding for terrorist cells in that area.

Soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 1st Battalion, 1st Division were involved in a heavy firefight in Mosul on January 21st.  They received mortar and small arms fire, joined in the attack, killed one insurgent and captured another.  They continued the search killing another insurgent inside a house.  They also captured the insurgent who had been calling in Iraqi positions to the mortar crew and an 82 mm mortar, along with its ammunition.

Insurgents attacked the Iraqi police near Baghdad on January 18th.  They withdrew to an Iraqi Army checkpoint.  The action terminated with Iraqi army personnel surrounding and capturing six insurgents.

Insurgents following their escape from Fallujah overran Mosul.  Much was reported in the American media about Iraqi police deserting their posts at that time.  What was not reported is that between 1,200 and 1,500 police remained on their beats.  They continue to be the core unit in place to combat insurgent action.

It really didn't take much digging to obtain all this information.  Surely Senator Kennedy has far greater sources than a writer behind a home office computer.  But, why should he use all that official information to learn the facts.  After all, for most of our liberal  elected officials, the motto seems to be, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story."

 

Copyright Copyright 2020 by Thomas D. Segel & America's Voices, Inc.  All rights reserved.
Tom Segel is a former combat correspondent and Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Retired), who holds eight personal decorations for valor and meritorious service, along with the Thomas Jefferson Award for Journalistic Excellence, six Armed Forces Writers League awards for Outstanding Achievement and the title of Military Journalist of the Year.  Nationally published in both print and online media, his conservative writings are distributed by the Paragon Foundation News Service, and he now writes for America's Voices.  The author of several books, his Men in Space, published by Paladin Press, was selected for both the national high school and junior high school library lists.  Mr. Segel resides in Harlingen, Texas with his wife, Pattie.  You can e-mail Tom at tsegel@americasvoices.org.

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