Skip to comments.Operation Phantom Fury-----Day 5----Live thread
Posted on 11/12/2004 6:45:46 AM PST by TexKat
View from the gunners site in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle as 1st Platoon, Apache Troop, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division entering Fallujah. US marines barged house-by-house through Fallujah finding anything from corpses and weapons to hostages as they battled to secure the rebel enclave after seizing almost total control.(AFP/US Army/Johancharles Van Boers)
Blackhawk: Shot down north of Bagdad. Three U.S. crew members were injured but are expected to fully recover.
Foreign fighters - no shoes
And so good to see our troop whacking 'em!! What's weird is that on the first couple of days, we could hear so much of the distant explosions over there and now it has become more sporadic. Must be because our guys are getting it locked down.
80% of Iraq's population is Shiite and Kurdish. And they're not interested in power-sharing with their former opppressors, Iraq's once-privileged Sunni Arabs.
US marines find underground prison, bodies in Fallujah
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AFP) - US marines uncovered an underground prison in Fallujah containing at least two bodies and two emaciated men who were still alive, an intelligence officer, who refused to be identified, told AFP.
The prison was discovered in a house in the Jolan neighbourhood, considered the insurgent nerve centre in the city. Marines were clearing a house that had just been shelled by US military and were alerted by screaming.
The troops opened a door at the back of the house and found a barred prison with three cells.
An AFP reporter saw two corpses covered in ash, and what appeared to be two handicapped men were led from the building.
11/12/2004 8:15 AM
By: News 14 Carolina
Al-Jazeera television has broadcast a videotape showing what the station says is an American contractor of Lebanese origin held hostage in Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq A contractor who left Charlotte to work in Iraq is feared to be in the hands of insurgents.
Dean Sadek lived on Hanna Court near Sharon Amity Road in east Charlotte before he moved overseas to work as a contractor for Air and Logistic Support, which is helping to re-open Iraqi airports.
His wife still lives and works in the Charlotte area.
Thursday, Al-Jazeera broadcast a video of a balding, middle-aged man who showed a U.S. passport and an identification card in the name of Dean Sadek. He was shown sitting in front of a green wall.
This image -- supposedly of Charlottean Dean Sadek -- aired on Al-Jazeera television Thursday. Al-Jazeera did not air any audio, but quoted Sadek as saying all businesses should stop cooperating with U.S. authorities.
The kidnapping was claimed in the name of the 1920 Revolution Brigade, a known insurgent group. The name refers to the uprising against the British after World War I.
It's not clear when or where Sadek was kidnapped. Last week, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said a Lebanese-American was seized by armed men from his home in the city's Mansour district, but gave the name as Radim Sadeq.
It would be the second time in the past few months that someone with Charlotte ties was taken hostage in Iraq. Jack Hensley, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate who lived in Tega Cay, was executed by militant groups in August.
Very good move.
I am so sorry about that. For some reason I cannot remember to push the "spell" button after typing.
Thats what we are hearing Allegra. Good to see you up and at um. But then it is almost your bedtime. LOL.
Let me see if I can raise Eagle Eye.
Eagle Eye ping.
Appreciate all the pictures you post. The 6th and 7th ones down REALLY make me glad these are our guys. LOL, that Foot in the foot search pic still looks mighty lethal.
Thanks for starting the thread TK....My mother is getting out of a rehab center today after open heart surgery ....and I plum forgot to start the thread this am.
Mike is going to try to contact his BN in Iraq before wives and family start calling him for info....he doesn't know if he can get through....
Fri 12 November, 2004 13:45
By Maher al-Thanoon
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - A semblance of calm has returned to Mosul after U.S. forces carried out air strikes on insurgents, but residents say Iraq's third largest city remains tense and Iraqi police are nowhere to be seen.
U.S. war planes struck rebel areas in the southwest of the city late on Thursday after two days of widespread violence in which groups of insurgents rampaged, burning police stations, stealing weapons and tipping the city towards chaos.
A U.S. soldier was killed in the fighting on Thursday, along with five Iraqi National Guards blown up in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on their vehicles, while doctors said at least 30 civilians had been wounded in crossfire during street battles.
Occasional explosions from RPGs and random bursts of gunfire could still be heard on Friday, but residents said the situation appeared calmer than either Wednesday or Thursday, when the governor's home was also attacked by militants.
At prayers on Friday, some imams called on worshippers to unite with the militants and battle to rid the city of American troops, but others made no reference to the city's violence.
U.S. forces said they were doing what they could to maintain order, and denied that the city was tipping out of control. A spokeswoman said force would be used wherever necessary.
"We have used all assets available to commanders to precisely and proportionately respond to the insurgent attacks, these assets do include air strikes," said Captain Angela Bowman, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces based in the city.
"Iraqi National Guard and multinational forces are restoring security to those areas of the city where terrorists are attacking from, primarily in the southwestern area," she said.
"Mosul is not out of control nor is the city in the control of the insurgents."
SHOOT TO KILL ORDER
But at least one resident who drove around several districts of the city on Friday said he saw no presence whatsoever of Iraqi police or other security forces, and saw only one convoy of U.S. troops, moving rapidly through a northern area.
He said insurgents remained in charge of at least one of the nine police stations attacked and set ablaze on Wednesday and Thursday. Some residents suggested that many police had taken off their uniforms and decided to join the insurgents.
Mosul's governor imposed an immediate curfew on Wednesday as the northern city of three million people exploded in violence.
Anyone attempting to cross any of the city's five bridges over the Tigris river during curfew was to be shot on sight.
The ban on movement is due to be lifted at 4 a.m. on Saturday to give residents time to make preparations for the celebration of the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The fighting came as U.S. troops pursued their full-blooded offensive against insurgents in Falluja. It appeared that some militants may have fled Falluja ahead of that offensive and decided to launch attacks elsewhere, including Mosul.
In the past four days, there has been a step up in violence across the Sunni Muslim heartland of the country, including the towns Baquba, Samarra, Tikrit, Ramadi and parts of Baghdad.
Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of the capital, has seen frequent outbreaks of violence, but residents said this week's outburst was the worst since the end of the war last year.
You are welcome Dog. I knew it had to be something, I thought perhaps you had over slept. I know that when I finally got since enough to shut down my puter and go to bed last night I think that you were still at it.
The moaning in this piece about civilian casualties is notable.
Praying with you, also.
Kudos to both of you. I've been living on these threads at the office.
Best wishes to you Mom's recovery, Dog. My brother had a quad by-pass 2 months ago and is doing great.
The boy's a stooge for the bad guys. "At least one resident said...." F'n bastard is a salamikaze propagandist.
CNN showing excellent view. Cam over shoulder of soldier/Marine firing at the enemy.
You can actually see the bullets flying through the air.
I wondered if it was a decoder ring signal.
What it means is that numerous 'insurgents'(terrorists) were killed in their attempted assault, and the rest ran back to cover.
This was a BBC reporter who was so anxious to find atrocities being perpetrated by our Marines you could almost sense him salivating.
Looks to me like they (US troops) are holding them and not letting them go.
Good know you're still standing...:D
Sure looks like some foreign fighters to me.....
!! Prayers being sent for your mother's quick recovery.
Foreign fighters - no shoes
..probably cleaning team for the mosques, yes?
Once the battle ends, military officials say all surviving military-age men can expect to be tested for explosive residue, catalogued, checked against insurgent databases and interrogated about ties with the guerrillas. U.S. and Iraqi troops are in the midst of searching homes, and plan to check every house in the city for weapons.
It is very smart they are checking these guys for explosive residue.
Goodness,yes, prayers for a quick recovery.
Aired November 12, 2004 - 06:27 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: On day five of the massive assault on Falluja, Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi troops have essentially taken the southern sector of the city. Brian Todd helps illustrate what they're up against from even small cells of insurgents in the street-to-street battles.
BRIAN TODD (voice-over): A wall is no cover if you are on the wrong side of it. In seconds, everything can change, from taking a defensive position to looking for an enemy who's disappeared or the lure he's left behind.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Check it for booby traps.
TODD: Don't tell these guys the most dangerous insurgents have left Falluja. Here, every corner, pile of rubble, dark room or rooftop could be the last thing you see.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Watch out. Watch out. Let me get a shot.
TODD: In one sequence, a cameraman is in the middle of an American unit taking fire in an alleyway. It's a tight cluster of buildings. The Americans at first can't tell if they are being targeted from eye level or above.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Where is he?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, you got him?
TODD: With the help of a spotter on an adjacent rooftop, the Americans think they have got a read on him.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, he's in that garage!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This one right here?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's in there?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's on the roof!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody, frog out. Frog out!
TODD: The Americans open up. More confusion.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, is that friendlies on the roof?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On the roof!
TODD: Whoever they are looking for escapes the camera's eye in this sequence. The combat team keeps firing from behind walls and backed up against them. Then a break, maybe.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, he's wounded in between these two houses. I don't know how far down third squad is.
TODD: They blast into doorways and run in. We don't know if they found their attacker. We know they found weapons. In other quadrants of the city, the fighting is only slightly more distant, weapons stashes found everywhere.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've got one RPG round, two mortar tubes, numerous AK-47 magazines.
TODD: A captain relays his group's immediate orders, but might as well be speaking for all coalition units.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This area right here was templated to be an enemy stronghold, this whole industrial area. So we knew we were going to have to clear it building by building, street by street.
Wow! Great footage!
Thanks! I tried to DL that video to my HD last night... it's a keeper. I wasn't succesful :(
NOT like this, Ill wager
May G-d protect and defend our heroes in the Army and Marine Corps ! They are doing a superb job and America is proud of them and thankful for them. We mourn with those who mourn for our losses.
That links to video of Arafat's coffin arriving in Ramallah.
Exactly what I was thinking! Maybe we should start calling Al-Zarcoward "Fallujah Phil" or something?
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