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Task force “All-American” conducts airstrike to destroy enemy safe house
CJTF7 ^ | Dec. 27, 2003

Posted on 12/27/2003 10:08:20 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl

CJTF-7 Public Affairs
BAGHDAD, Iraq
Release #031227f
 
Task force “All-American” conducts airstrike to destroy enemy safe house

 AR RAMADI, Iraq Task Force “All-American’s” Operation Stocking Stuffer is complete.

This morning, Air Force F-16 fighters from the 510th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron dropped two joint direct attack munitions (JDAM) bombs to destroy an abandoned two-story house known to be a launching pad for attacks against Coalition Forces.  The house had been utilized on six different occasions to attack Coalition Forces and is located three kilometers northwest of Khalidiyah.

Soldiers from Task Force 1-34 cordoned off the area to provide safety and security for the community.  The enlisted terminal attack controller (ETAC) coordinated the terminal control with the F-16 pilots.

The house was known to harbor insurgents; also, there were improvised explosive device-making materials in the house that were destroyed in the attack. 

By providing a cordoned safety net before munitions were dropped, the soldiers of Task Force “All-American” displayed to the Iraqi people that established priorities are in place to ensure safety for the innocent civilians in the area. 

 Capabilities for launching attacks against Coalition Forces were reduced by this action. 

The positive relations between the Coalition and Iraqi people are maintained, as this action brought more security to the area.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allamerican; american; centcom; champions; cjtf7; coalition; enemy; freedom; gnfi; goodguys; hideout; iraq; military; peacemakers; stockingstuffer; terrorism

1 posted on 12/27/2003 10:08:21 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I wish they had simply left some remote detonating surprises in there and waiting until the next union meeting.
2 posted on 12/27/2003 10:10:23 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ...
AR RAMADI, Iraq – Task Force “All-American’s” Operation Stocking Stuffer is complete.

This morning, Air Force F-16 fighters from the 510th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron dropped two joint direct attack munitions (JDAM) bombs to destroy an abandoned two-story house known to be a launching pad for attacks against Coalition Forces.

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3 posted on 12/27/2003 10:12:11 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: CWOJackson
I agree. Or, why not just use placed charges. That has to be lot cheaper than 2 jdams.

However, there may be value in further showing our ability to destroy targets. And, maybe we needed some training from the exercise?

4 posted on 12/27/2003 10:25:52 AM PST by FreeAtlanta
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To: CWOJackson
I don't think our enemies in Iraq like to be reminded* of our firepower and our willingness to use it.

*They need to be reminded ~ often, imho.

A bit more about the 82nd Airborne's work over the last 24 hours:

8 Roll-up of task force “All-American’s” activities ~ CJTF7  | 12/27/03

5 posted on 12/27/2003 10:33:10 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
"I don't think our enemies in Iraq like to be reminded* of our firepower and our willingness to use it."

Did you forget our "friends" at the U.N. and in Paris, Bonn and Moscow?

6 posted on 12/27/2003 10:35:41 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; CWOJackson
I hope this was a training exercise or a psychological warfare operation. Otherwise this was a very expensive way to demolish a building. Somebody ought to report these guys to the Combat Engineer's union. The zoomies are breaking their rice bowl.
7 posted on 12/27/2003 10:50:51 AM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Old soldiers never die. They just go to the Class VI Store parking lot and regroup.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
makin' a livin' makin' a killin'
8 posted on 12/27/2003 10:55:06 AM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Old soldiers never die. They just go to the Class VI Store parking lot and regroup.)
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October 13, 2003: The widespread use of smart bombs in Iraq, and their spectacular success, has the U.S. armed forces scrambling to reorganize to take better advantage of these new capabilities. The difference in bombing effectiveness between the 1991 war, and 2003, was dramatic. In 1991, it took four aircraft sorties to take out one target, while in 2003, one aircraft sortie took out four targets. Not only were more smart bombs used in 2003 (90 percent of all bombs dropped, versus 14 percent in 1991), but the satellite guided JDAM bombs were much more effective than the laser and TV guided smart bombs of 1991. The JDAM was also easier to use in direct support of ground troops. In 1991, ten percent of the bombing missions were controlled by ground troops, versus 90 percent in 2003. The air and ground forces were much better integrated in 2003, and communications and fire control equipment was better. In particular, a combination laser range finder/ night vision binocular/GPS units were particularly useful, especially since you could plug some of them into the satellite radio to transmit the GPS coordinates for the target to the bomber above. Under considerable pressure from the army, the air force is agreeing to allow army troops call in air strikes, rather than restricting that duty to air force officers and NCOS trained for the task and assigned to army units. The new equipment makes it easier to accurately identify targets and their exact location. Thus more troops in ground units can be qualified to call in air strikes. There will still be air force teams assigned, but these will perform more of a training and supervisory role over the army target spotters, and for handling particularly tricky ground support jobs. The JDAM has made it possible for the air force to provide a lot more air support ground combat units. In the past, there was so much danger of misidentifying the target that both army troops and air force pilots preferred to leave close air support tasks to army helicopters gunships and the shrinking number of aging A-10 ground attack aircraft. But after Afghanistan and Iraq, ground troops are comfortable calling in a JDAM to hit nearby targets.
9 posted on 12/27/2003 11:20:21 AM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Old soldiers never die. They just go to the Class VI Store parking lot and regroup.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl


Task force “All-American” conducts airstrike to destroy enemy safe house ~ Bump!



10 posted on 12/27/2003 11:25:04 AM PST by blackie
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
Hmmmmm...."Amateur historian, artillerist, been to three continents, two county fairs and a horse breeding, enjoy making lefties squirm."

Oops, you left out; "flaming butthole!"

11 posted on 12/27/2003 12:25:35 PM PST by harpu
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To: harpu
Hey, harpu, pull my finger.


12 posted on 12/27/2003 12:32:15 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Old soldiers never die. They just go to the Class VI Store parking lot and regroup.)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
Maybe not. By the time all costs are added up, this could have been cost-effective.
13 posted on 12/27/2003 12:37:03 PM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: RightWhale
I'm not really quibbling about the cost. Once they decided to make that building go away, there were several methods to choose from. The IDF uses bulldozers for that sort of thing. We use JDAMs. Decision, decisions.

Soldiers love to blow things up.

14 posted on 12/27/2003 12:54:44 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Old soldiers never die. They just go to the Class VI Store parking lot and regroup.)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
...remote detonating surprises activated by motion detectors. Then we'd get the bad guys AND the building.
15 posted on 12/27/2003 12:55:43 PM PST by holyscroller
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
"Somebody ought to report these guys to the Combat Engineer's union. The zoomies are breaking their rice bowl."

Damn-it! You owe me a keyboard. That one made me snort beer out of my nose! :)

16 posted on 12/27/2003 9:43:42 PM PST by 2111USMC (the few, the proud, The Marines!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
17 posted on 12/27/2003 11:06:09 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Reminding the enemies bump!
18 posted on 12/29/2003 8:43:02 PM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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