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A Raid in Iraq, And a Glimpse Into the World Of Infiltrators (GNFI)
Washington Post ^ | 20 Jan 04 | Daniel Williams

Posted on 01/20/2004 6:14:56 PM PST by xzins

BAGHDAD, Jan. 19 -- After midnight Monday, Ardashees Mherian heard the pitter-patter of footsteps on his roof and rushed upstairs to see what was going on.

The footsteps quickly turned into the rat-a-tat of automatic rifle fire, the bangs of exploding grenades, angry shouts and awful moans. His little house in far southeast Baghdad was caught in a raid by U.S. soldiers on suspected foreign fighters who lived around the corner.

"I was surprised. I did not know such people lived here," he said. "On the other hand, this is Baghdad. We're used to shooting and explosions. Life here is one big war."

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The raid and its results provided a rare glimpse into the opaque world of foreign Arabs who U.S. and Iraqi officials say have infiltrated Iraq to fight U.S.-led occupation forces.

Although U.S. officials declined to provide details of the raid or the means they used to locate the house in the Hay Reasa district of Baghdad, Iraqi officials described it as a terrorist safe house. "They clearly knew what house they wanted," said Adnan Abdul Hamid, who lives across the street. "Loudspeakers told those people to surrender and warned everyone else to stay in their homes."

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arab; army; infiltrators; iraq; terrorists; yemen

1 posted on 01/20/2004 6:14:57 PM PST by xzins
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To: MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ...
GNFI - Getting the bad guys in the middle of the night

The shooting continued for about three hours. The grenade blasts shattered windows in nearby homes. At the Mherian home, first a soldier and then one of the Arabs took up positions on his roof. The Arab had clambered across rooftops two houses away to reach the home of the Mherians, who are of Armenian descent.

By dawn, when silence had returned to the neighborhood, Mherian's high-school-aged daughter discovered the body lying in a corner of the roof. There was a crater, evidently from a grenade that sprayed shrapnel all over and killed the Arab. His nationality was not clear to the Mherians.

Ardashees Mherian, a computer salesman, rushed to the street and told the soldiers, "There's a body on my roof."

They quickly carried the dead man away, but the Mherians have been unable to remove all the blood that stained their roof.

2 posted on 01/20/2004 6:17:04 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!!)
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To: xzins
No need to call for air support. They got him.
3 posted on 01/20/2004 7:30:58 PM PST by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign visit W-04.com for FREE STICKERS)
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To: xzins
We don't need any details of how they found out about the thugs. Just knowing the troops got 'em is good enough for me. *grin*

A bad day for the bad guys is a GOOD day for Iraq!
4 posted on 01/20/2004 8:17:41 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: xzins
The tenants rented the house in July from its owner, Ali Sharat, who everyone said had not been seen in the neighborhood lately. Neighbors noted that they drove in and out in a car painted orange and white, the characteristic colors of Iraqi taxis. They would load the car with cartons of clothes, though residents now suspect that the apparel hid explosives and weapons. "When they carried things out, it always took two men to do it. It looked heavier than clothing," said Abdul Hamid.

Someone tipped us I bet!

5 posted on 01/20/2004 9:06:53 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Undoubtedly. The Iraqis don't want those people in their lives. They just want peace and quiet for a change. They want to start living their new lives.
6 posted on 01/20/2004 9:24:14 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: xzins
Bump!
7 posted on 01/20/2004 10:29:05 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: xzins
Smokin' out the bad guys and either killing or capturing them ~ all in a nights work for our heroic troops!
8 posted on 01/21/2004 7:52:51 AM PST by blackie
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