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Operation Phantom Fury Live Thread
msnbc, cnn, various ^ | epluribus_2

Posted on 11/08/2004 8:39:55 AM PST by epluribus_2

NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq - More than 4,000 U.S. Marines and Army troops punched their way into northeastern Fallujah on Monday, kicking off a massive assault dubbed Operation Phantom Fury that seeks to put an end to half a year of insurgent control of the Sunni Muslim city.

The prelude to the assault on the Askari neighborhood was a crushing air and artillery bombardment of the city that rose to a crescendo by Monday evening, with U.S. strike jets dropping bombs around the clock and big guns pounding the city every few minutes with high-explosive shells.

Meanwhile, insurgents in Baghdad and nearby Ramadi tried to keep up the pressure on the coalition forces with new attacks, including one on a Catholic church in the capital.

Earlier Monday U.S. troops had fought their way into the city's western outskirts, seizing two bridges over the Euphrates River and helping Iraqi soldiers take the city's main hospital in the first stage of a major assault on the insurgent stronghold.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: falluja; fallujah; iraq; napalminthemorning; religionofpeace; usmc; wot
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can we get updates today from homesteaders for us cube bound observers? Apparently CNN is seriously trying to be the best look into this operation but there is little or no info hitting the nets... any volunteers?
1 posted on 11/08/2004 8:39:56 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: epluribus_2

4000 into NE Falluja after last nights western incursion. This sounds like one of Powell's plays.


2 posted on 11/08/2004 8:40:39 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: epluribus_2

Apropos of nothing, I'm glad to see the armed forces return to using real operational monikers. World War Two gave us "Torch", "Husky", "Dragoon", etc., but in recent years everything has been "Operation Improve Conditions", "Operation Restore Hope", "Operation Justice and Comfort", "Operation A New Beginning", or whatever.


3 posted on 11/08/2004 8:42:31 AM PST by SedVictaCatoni (<><)
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To: epluribus_2

Lousy name for an operation. It should be Unremitting Fury or Final Fury. Or 9/11 Fury.


4 posted on 11/08/2004 8:42:56 AM PST by garyhope
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To: epluribus_2

ping


5 posted on 11/08/2004 8:43:03 AM PST by oldleft
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To: garyhope

Operation Pest Extermination? Operation Orkin?


6 posted on 11/08/2004 8:44:36 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: epluribus_2

I am working at home. I will do my best. Right now I'm being subjected to inanities about Scott Peterson.


7 posted on 11/08/2004 8:46:46 AM PST by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: epluribus_2

Pent. briefing with Rummy at 2pm eastern


8 posted on 11/08/2004 8:47:29 AM PST by mystery-ak (This military family thanks America for re-electing our CinC)
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To: epluribus_2

Most fighting still seems to be on the outskirts. Fox reported that our guys were taking a train depot but I haven't seen any confirmation of that. There was also a story about Marine moving in and then pulling back when they found a booby trapped building that caught fire after they'd moved away from it.


9 posted on 11/08/2004 8:48:02 AM PST by whershey (www.worldwar4.net)
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To: epluribus_2

That works for me.


10 posted on 11/08/2004 8:49:19 AM PST by garyhope
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To: mystery-ak
Pent. briefing with Rummy at 2pm eastern

Good stuff, thanks. Keep us posted!

11 posted on 11/08/2004 8:49:59 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: SedVictaCatoni

How bout: "Operation All Your Base are Belong to US"


12 posted on 11/08/2004 8:50:33 AM PST by The Vast Right Wing (Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, the French and Germans only gargle)
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To: The Vast Right Wing

Operation Allah-FUBAR?


13 posted on 11/08/2004 8:51:52 AM PST by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: epluribus_2

I prefer Operation Scorched Earth.....but,that's just me..


14 posted on 11/08/2004 8:52:40 AM PST by mystery-ak (This military family thanks America for re-electing our CinC)
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To: Ingtar

last week we flushed the Johns
this week we flush Fallujah....


15 posted on 11/08/2004 8:53:46 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: epluribus_2

Operation Pest Extermination?
should be every operations name


16 posted on 11/08/2004 8:54:24 AM PST by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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17 posted on 11/08/2004 8:54:41 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: nascarnation

First we take Manhattan
Then we take Fallujah.


18 posted on 11/08/2004 8:55:05 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: whershey

U.S. Marines Launch Full-Scale Assault on Falluja

Mon Nov 8, 2004 11:37 AM ET

NEAR FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Marines launched a full-scale offensive on Monday night to retake Iraq's rebel-held city of Falluja, a Reuters witness said.

Radio traffic heard at a Marine staging post just outside Falluja showed the offensive was under way. The Marines thrust four blocks into Falluja and were advancing, it showed.

A little earlier the Marines unleashed a barrage of tank and machinegun fire on a nearby railway station, clearing the way for the ground assault.


US forces launch massive bombardment of Fallujah after Allawi go-ahead

(08/11/2004)

FALLUJAH, Iraq (AFP) US forces began intense shelling across the city of Fallujah after Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi gave the go-ahead for an all-out assault on the rebel enclave.

The skies above Fallujah burned red as artillery, warplanes and tanks pounded the city, said an AFP journalist embedded with the military.

Heavy gunfire ripped through the outskirts earlier as US and Iraqi troops ventured into the rebel enclave, while warplanes pounded the centre in several hours of bitter fighting that left at least 38 insurgents dead.

Giving the green light for the assault, Allawi said he had authorised the US-led military to wrest the Sunni Muslim bastion from rebel hands.

Black smoke plumed above the western fringe of Fallujah, where US and Iraqi forces had seized the main hospital and two bridges in their first major foray before dawn, which pre-empted a day of violent clashes.

Allawi imposed an indefinite curfew from 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Fallujah, saying that it would be lifted on an area-by-area basis as it was brought under government control.

To this end, artillery shells earlier blasted in sporadic bursts, said an AFP correspondent inside, while another reporter embedded with the marines on the northwestern edge said that armoured vehicles drove through the outer streets firing at buildings.

At least 12 people were killed and more than 20 wounded in the bombardments, said an official from a local clinic, where medics complained about a shortage of supplies after the seizure of the general hospital.

The marines and Iraqi special forces met minimal resistance when they took control of the hospital and two bridges. But that changed within hours as they were forced to fight for the territory, using helicopters, planes and tanks, a pool reporter said.

A number of buildings, suspected of being used by insurgents, were destroyed and a several others set ablaze following five hours of clashes that still raged on.

Allawi said that 38 insurgents had been killed in the initial clashes and four foreign fighters detained, including two Moroccans.

Violence also raged in the northwest where at least four 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) bombs were dropped, the AFP reporter with the marines said.

Marines poured into a complex of several buildings, including two apartment blocks, a school, a mosque and a government building, in the northwest sector.

About 230 Iraqis were found still living in the complex, some milling about in their underwear. They would be evacuated from the city, the reporter said, noting that women and children were among the inhabitants.

Marines picked two men out from the crowd, bound their hands together and demanded that they reveal the whereabouts and the Mujahadeen fighters. The pair were unable to give any information, so were released.

Some 20,000 US and Iraqi troops are gathered around Fallujah, a city that has come to symbolise resistance against Allawi's US-backed government.

Allawi told a news conference that he had called on Arab leaders to help negotiate with the rebels, but added, "we have reached the conclusion that we have to take the decision that saves the political process and stability of the country."

One day after declared a state of emergency across most of Iraq, the US-backed premier announced that an emergency measures were being imposed on Fallujah and its sister restive hub on Ramadi.

Clamping down on movement, US troops banned men aged from 15 to 50 from entering or leaving Fallujah, warning they could become a target.

Women and children will be allowed to leave the city but cannot return until "order is restored," the US military said, according to an AFP photographer with the troops.

US commanders estimate that 2,000 to 2,500 fighters, some loyal to Iraq's most wanted man Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, are inside the city and its surrounding areas, ready to fight.

The military believes that another 10,000 men could join in the battle.

The US military has conducted an intensifying campaign of aerial bombardments against the city, coupled with artillery fire in recent days as chances of a peaceful resolution faded.

About 80-to-90 percent of Fallujah's 300,000-strong population is thought to have fled to city due to fears of an imminent showdown.

Attempts to broker a peaceful solution between Baghdad and local leaders collapsed last month after Allawi threatened Fallujah with invasion if they did not surrender militants, such as Zarqawi, the Al-Qaeda frontman in Iraq.

City leaders insist that the Jordanian-born Zarqawi, wanted for a string of deadly attacks and beheading of hostages, does not reside in Fallujah.

Arab states appealed Monday for both sides to spare civilian lives in the brewing bloody showdown. A previous siege of the city by US marines in April left hundreds dead and ended in a stalemate.


19 posted on 11/08/2004 8:55:26 AM PST by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Coop

20 posted on 11/08/2004 8:56:45 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: All

fox news alert....it has officially begun...troops are puncturing through the neighborhoods....


21 posted on 11/08/2004 8:59:12 AM PST by mystery-ak (This military family thanks America for re-electing our CinC)
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To: Travis McGee

God be with our coalition forces.


22 posted on 11/08/2004 8:59:51 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: michigander
PHANTOM FURY!


23 posted on 11/08/2004 9:00:14 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: TexKat

over here.....Fox now showing video of the assualt


24 posted on 11/08/2004 9:00:20 AM PST by mystery-ak (This military family thanks America for re-electing our CinC)
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To: epluribus_2

Really bad at listening and typing but... Cnn ground reporter is stating an "accomplishment" has been reached with a break in the north for ground troops to enter.


God bless our troops.


25 posted on 11/08/2004 9:00:50 AM PST by califamily4W (4 more years!... of one nation under God!)
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To: mystery-ak
Another thread, ABC report: Click here
26 posted on 11/08/2004 9:01:23 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: mystery-ak

Anyone have a good, detailed map of this area??

God Bless Our Troops!


27 posted on 11/08/2004 9:01:50 AM PST by WI Conservative 4 Bush (Nobody speaks English, and everything's broken...)
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To: Coop

Preventive "line charge" destroyed 3 IEDs!


28 posted on 11/08/2004 9:02:01 AM PST by stevestras
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To: epluribus_2

Called Operation Phanton Fury. It is underway. Started about 25 minutes ago.

Prayers for our brave military in this major battle.

FoxNews and CNN showing new video.


29 posted on 11/08/2004 9:02:28 AM PST by TomGuy (His VN crumbling, he says 'move on'. So now, John Kerry is running on Bob KerrEy's Senate record.)
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For those wondering, according to reports power was cut to Fallujah before the operation commenced.


30 posted on 11/08/2004 9:03:11 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: epluribus_2

bimp


31 posted on 11/08/2004 9:03:27 AM PST by blackeagle
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To: TomGuy

Moderator please reclassify as Breaking?


32 posted on 11/08/2004 9:03:36 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: SedVictaCatoni

You're right. Too touchy feely...Sounds like George Lucas has been namimg these things...Well, I'd be ok with "The Empire Strikes Back".


33 posted on 11/08/2004 9:04:06 AM PST by wreckedangle
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To: WI Conservative 4 Bush

A good ordinance map would help considerably.


34 posted on 11/08/2004 9:04:19 AM PST by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: WI Conservative 4 Bush

35 posted on 11/08/2004 9:04:41 AM PST by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: Coop

tanks now entering......everybody PRAY


36 posted on 11/08/2004 9:04:43 AM PST by mystery-ak (This military family thanks America for re-electing our CinC)
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To: epluribus_2

There must be 10 posts on this.


37 posted on 11/08/2004 9:04:55 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Can I git me some morals here?)
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To: michigander

Great map!


38 posted on 11/08/2004 9:05:49 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Can I git me some morals here?)
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To: michigander

Thanks for the map!!


39 posted on 11/08/2004 9:05:54 AM PST by WI Conservative 4 Bush (Nobody speaks English, and everything's broken...)
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To: SedVictaCatoni
but in recent years everything has been "Operation Improve Conditions", "Operation Restore Hope", "Operation Justice and Comfort", "Operation A New Beginning", or whatever.

yeah, like operation ask but don't tell.

40 posted on 11/08/2004 9:06:22 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (if a man lives long enough, he gets to see the same thing over and over.)
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41 posted on 11/08/2004 9:06:45 AM PST by TomGuy (His VN crumbling, he says 'move on'. So now, John Kerry is running on Bob KerrEy's Senate record.)
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42 posted on 11/08/2004 9:07:47 AM PST by TomGuy (His VN crumbling, he says 'move on'. So now, John Kerry is running on Bob KerrEy's Senate record.)
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To: TomGuy

Looks like incoming rounds were hitting the bricks around our guy in the bottom image.


43 posted on 11/08/2004 9:08:30 AM PST by mikegi
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To: TomGuy

Pleeeeeeze! Boooooosh! Stop De Bum-bing! Stop de bum-bing! Booooosh! We weel Negotiate! Yes? Stop de Bum-bing!


44 posted on 11/08/2004 9:08:49 AM PST by johnb838 (We had to beat the left in this country before we could take on the terrorists. Now let's roll.)
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To: WI Conservative 4 Bush
Here's one from Global Security:


45 posted on 11/08/2004 9:09:39 AM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: garyhope

How about "Operation Terrorist Grease Spot"
or
"Operation Fallujah Rubble"
or
"Operation Insurgent Head-On-A-Stick"?
or
"Operation Fallujah Parking Lot"
or the far right wing favorite:
"Operation Fused Glass Fallujah"

See, "Operation" CAN be used appropriately!


46 posted on 11/08/2004 9:09:43 AM PST by rlmorel
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47 posted on 11/08/2004 9:10:11 AM PST by gopwinsin04
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To: epluribus_2

CNN's Jane Arraf's reporting reminds me of Tokyo Rose. I am wondering why the marines bother to protect her embedded b*tt.


48 posted on 11/08/2004 9:10:24 AM PST by sockmonkey
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To: TomGuy

Thanks for the screen captures.

Reuters on FNC: Marine Tanks enter Fallujah.


49 posted on 11/08/2004 9:10:50 AM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: TomGuy

May the Lord protect these brave warriors!


50 posted on 11/08/2004 9:10:55 AM PST by Sea2ShiningSea (God shed His grace on thee.)
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