Skip to comments.Safehouse Proves Unsafe for "Foreign Fighters"
Posted on 05/19/2004 4:21:08 PM PDT by genefromjersey
At 3:00 AM on May 18th,Coalition forces raided a suspected "foreign fighter" safehouse,located in the open desert,85km southwest of Husaybah,and 25km from the Syrian border.
During the operation,Coalition forces came under hostile fire,and close air support was provided.
Troops recovered numerous weapons,2 million Iraqi and Syrian dinars,foreign passports,and a SATCOM radio.
File this under "Stories you WON'T see on TV "
But, I'm glad I saw it here!
Actually, it was on TV, with a mistaken report that it was a poor, innocent Iraqi wedding (at 2:45am), and that the wedding patrons were just "shooting in the air in an Arab tradition". Bogus news for a bogus press...
that is not that much money...now the SATCOM phone, THAT is an indication of something...not your typical "wedding" technology.
I think it's around 2000 dinars to the dollar...
Who was providing channel access?
Note: it was described as a "SATCOM radio," not a phone.
If it isn't a phone...who's providing the access?
The See BS spin was, "even if it was a safe house raid, the Iraquis will still be mad at us."
BTW akira, I have a bridge for sale that goes to Brooklyn.
Lying CENTCOM! It was really a Baby Milk Factory! And Bush knew! He was flying one of the planes! </Lib_hysterics_mode>
Obviously Rumsfeld planted the SATCOM radio when he was in Iraq last week.
Was a wdding party? Billy Klinton was to give the bride away? After he finished with her? NOW, it's becoming believable!!!!
Wow, it's funny, but I really don't give a damn about CBS. Imagine that!
If it was Syrian pounds, they are going at 67.779
When I first heard the radio report, I thought "Oh, no, not this again!" This supposedly happened in Afghanistan in 2002. Now we read this! I think our mainstream media is well on it's way to a complete meltdown. Chris Mathews tonight would not take "Rumsfeld had nothing to do with it" as an answer. He is determined to pin "atrocities" on Bush and Rumsfeld, or destroy himself trying. I think he is much closer to the latter than the former. These people in the leftist press including the entertaiment elite, will have one massive nervous breakdown when Bush landslides to victory in November. This time, Alec Baldwin better leave, and take Michael Moore with him. Live in the south of France, see if we care!
thank you, I sit corrected!
This is all Rumsfeld's fault.
He should know that nearly all Iraqi weddings include gifts of foreign passports, lavish amounts of Iraqi and Syrian dinars and the traditional Iraqi wedding gift: a SATCOM radio. It is no wonder we get such bad press in the Arab World (that includes the NYT, LAT, WP and the various Communist News Network and Communist Broadcasting System outlets) when we don't take the time to study the traditions and customs of the people who live in the countries that we illegally occupy.
We need to get rid of Rumsfeld and put Michael Moore or Kofi Annan in to run DOD. Until we do I can guarantee that we will continue to see the peace loving people of Iraq and their equally peace loving neighbors from Syria and Iran shot to pieces while trying to enjoy the simple pleasures of life like the tradional 3:00 AM Iraqi wedding celebration.
Oh, this must be the "wedding". Everyone knows you always have a wedding on Wednesday at 3 AM in the middle of the open desert.
I thought it was $2 million dollars in Iraqi and Syrian dinars.
The release says:
COALITION FORCES RAID SUSPECTED FOREIGN FIGHTER SAFE HOUSE NEAR SYRIAN BORDER
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- At 3 a.m. May 18, Coalition forces conducted a military operation against a suspected foreign fighter safe house in the open desert, 85 km SW of Husaybah, and 25 km from the Syrian border.
During the operation, Coalition forces came under hostile fire and close air support was provided. Coalition forces on the ground recovered numerous weapons, 2 million Iraqi and Syrian dinar, foreign passports, and a SATCOM radio.
WHY does the world press IMMEDIATELY believe anything the Iraqi terrorist sympathizers report, and immediately doubt everything reported by allied forces?
Any house near the Syrian border is no longer a "safe house." We're making progress......
Because the Partisan Media is just as much the enemy as Al Quaida.
You can get access to IRIDIUM (SATCOM) systems from Russia, China, US, France companies, among others.
Invest in Iraq!
No. The wedding was elsewhere.
Wrong. Same story, different press spin on it.
LOL....BUT,I actually see posts like that on other sites all the time-from people who are DEAD SERIOUS !!
By heaven you're right ! This is the same story. Incredible !
ps: I'll go with CENTCOM's version, thank you !
Why? Because they want to.
Really. It's that simple.
It's not just the press.Some here on Free Republic believed it as well.Just take a look at earlier posts regarding this subject.
You are very correct. Many are predisposed to viewing the U.S. and our military in a negative light.
Ah, I knew your panties would be in such a wrinkle that you'd be unable to suppress a reply. How happy you must be!!!
If you did not read the entire thread, particularly when I took fault for poor wording on post #1, particularly when I said I really had no idea what happened, particularly when I said that I HOPED that this exact scenario would be what really happened, then I don't know what else to say. Selective reading, selective comprehension. You're so tunneled visioned and fixated on wording that I had already expressed regret for (and clarified) repeatedly that you fail (or more likely refuse) to get the point. Nobody else seemed to still have a problem after my regret for the word "mistake", but you've stewed on it all day. Maybe you're just the type that loves to criticize and antagonize at every opportunity. Maybe more hugs while growing up would have helped. I have no clue, but please direct your angst elsewhere.
My "beloved liberal press". That's gold, and simply proves how truly clueless you are.
"During the operation,Coalition forces came under hostile fire,and close air support was provided.
Troops recovered numerous weapons,2 million Iraqi and Syrian dinars,foreign passports,and a SATCOM radio."
You don't get alot of Hostile Enemy Fire at weddings these days...the end of an era.
Now this story makes sense, a wedding party at 3 AM does not!
Honest mistake, right?
Bzzt. Wrong answer; thank you for playing.
SATCOM is an abbreviation of "Satellite Communications." It is a generic term, referring to all satellite communications relays. The term used here was "SATCOM radio," which implies that the device was NOT a phone.
By the way, all cell-phones are radios....
Meek and Phil, time to trot out some "Wedding Pictures".
I'm sure that you have pictures of the two main characters at this wedding.
Reuters says it was a wedding. They're full of themselves.
A video grab image shows an Iraqi man looking at a body in the cemetery in Ramadi, following a reported U.S. attack in a nearby village, Iraq, May 19, 2004. REUTERS/Al Arabiya Television/Via Reuters Television
Pentagon says it attacked fighters -- not wedding
Pentagon officials Wednesday denied witness reports of a U.S. attack on a wedding party in a remote area of western Iraq that killed civilians.
"Our report is that this was not a wedding party, that these were anticoalition forces that fired first, and that U.S. troops returned fire, destroying several vehicles, and killing a number of them," a Pentagon spokesman said.
He was responding to a video distributed by The Associated Press showing Iraqi witnesses who said that at least 20 people were killed and five others critically wounded early Wednesday when planes fired on a wedding celebration.
A man on the video said all homes in the village near the Syrian border were destroyed in the attack Wednesday.
The video showed at least a dozen bodies, including small children, wrapped in blankets for burial as they were unloaded from a truck. Men with picks and shovels were digging graves.
A senior military coalition official said as many as 40 people were killed in the attack, but said it was his belief that the attack was against a foreign fighters' safe house.
A coalition official said in a written statement that coalition forces conducted a military operation "against a suspected foreign fighter's safe house in the open desert, 85 km southwest of Husaybah, and 25 km from the Syrian border.
"During the operation, coalition forces came under hostile fire and close air support was provided.
"Coalition forces on the ground recovered numerous weapons, 2 million Iraqi and Syrian dinar, foreign passports and a [satellite communications] radio," the statement said.
Asked whether the incident was the same one described on videotape, he said, "Yes, it is the same incident."
He added, "We had actionable intelligence to go after a foreign fighters' safe house. It is not our belief that there was a wedding party in the open desert."
The taped witnesses identified the village as al Qa'im, which maps show is on the Iraqi side of the Syrian border, along the Euphrates River.
A Central Command press release would use "satellite phone" if the device was an Iridium or INMARSAT phone. Troops would recognize an INMARSAT or Iridium phone--they've seen enough of them, either with reporters or stuff they've captured--and would describe it as such in their initial report.
The fact that they said "SATCOM radio" implies that the device isn't a satellite phone. About the only people who use manportable SATCOM radio rigs are a military forces--and those forces are limited to a very few countries.