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Small Guard Unit Fends Off Dozens of Iraqi Insurgents=(women in combat)
abc news ^ | March 22, 2005 | Martha Raddatz

Posted on 03/23/2005 6:29:09 PM PST by Flavius

BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 22, 2005 — National Guard soldiers from the Richmond, Ky.-based 617th Military Police Company were still reminiscing today about the extraordinary battle they fought on Sunday, when dozens of Iraqi insurgents ambushed a U.S. patrol — touching off one of the fiercest battles in Iraq since the fight for Fallujah last fall.

But what is more extraordinary is who the U.S. soldiers are — a shoe store manager, hotel worker, printing press operator and several students.

The firefight serves as a reminder of how citizen-soldiers are shouldering much of the burden in Iraq. Of the U.S. forces fighting in Iraq, 40 percent belong to the National Guard or Reserves.

Anatomy of the Fight

Ten U.S. soldiers in three armored Humvees were providing support to a truck convoy south of Baghdad when they were attacked by insurgents this weekend.

"When we first started taking fire, I just looked to the right and saw seven or eight guys shooting back at us — muzzle flashes," said Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester.

"You could hear a lot of booms from the [rocket-propelled grenades]. You could hear bullets hitting metal," said Spc. Jason Mike.

The insurgents came out of a grove of trees and started firing from a roadside canal. When the shooting started, the National Guard members drove their vehicles between the convoy and the insurgents.

"Basically, training kicks in, and you just maneuver and do what you have to do to stay alive," said Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein.

The soldiers continued to take fire as they traveled up the main highway. Squad leader Nein wanted to make a right turn onto another road, but just as the Humvees were turning the corner, one was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Spc. Casey Cooper, 20, was up in the gunner's turret when the vehicle was hit.

"The heat and the concussion knocked me," said Cooper. "I could feel it hit me in the chest and the face, and that was about it. I blacked out after that."

But he quickly rejoined the fight. By that time, the U.S. soldiers were out of their vehicles.

"At first, I shot one guy," Hester said. "I saw him fall."

"I started firing with my M4 [light machine gun] with my left hand and the 249 [machine gun] with my right hand, trying to lay down fire on both sides," said Mike.

"I went through my full magazine and went to reload," said Spc. Ashley Pullen.

As the fighting progressed, insurgents started firing machine guns from a two-story house, wounding three U.S. soldiers.

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"I went inside the vehicle and grabbed the anti-tank rocket and took the house out," said Mike.

In the end, the unit killed 27 insurgents. The wounded U.S. soldiers are all expected to recover.

"After it was all said and done with," said Hester, "it was overwhelming what actually happened."

The soldiers of the 617th Military Police Company will be back out on patrol on Wednesday. They are not expected home — to the shoe store or the printing shop — until November.

ABC News' Martha Raddatz filed this report for "World News Tonight."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/23/2005 6:29:10 PM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius
Martha Raddatz joined ABCNEWS in January 1999 as State Department correspondent and began covering the Pentagon in May 2003. She is based in the network's Washington bureau.

Since joining ABCNEWS, Raddatz has covered the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan and India while traveling with the U.S. Secretary of State. Her coverage at the State Department after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was recognized with other ABCNEWS recipients with a Peabody Award. She has also made frequent trips to Iraq to cover the conflict there since the war started in March, 2003.

Raddatz has been awarded two Emmys for coverage of Kosovo and the Elian Gonzalez case in the news program Weekend World News.

From 1993-1998, Raddatz was the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio, where she reported on foreign policy, defense and intelligence issues. During her tenure at NPR, she made numerous trips to eastern Europe to cover the war in Bosnia.

Prior to joining NPR in 1993, Raddatz was the chief correspondent at the ABCNEWS Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. In addition to covering several presidential campaigns, she has traveled extensively, writing and reporting from the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines and Europe.

Raddatz has been honored for her journalistic contributions many times, including a 1996 Overseas Press Club award for her live coverage of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Her reporting was also recognized with the National Headliner Award for team coverage of the 1988 presidential campaign, and two Radio and Television News Director Association (RTNDA) first-place awards. In addition she has received two Associated Press first-place awards.

2 posted on 03/23/2005 6:31:11 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: Flavius

For immediate release
May 7, 1997


NPR's Morning Edition To Examine The Roles Of Women In The Military
-- Five-Part Series To Air the Week of May 12 --

Washington, D.C.--- During the week of May 12th, Morning Edition will present a five-part series from National Public Radio's Pentagon correspondent Martha Raddatz on the diverse roles of women in the military.


3 posted on 03/23/2005 6:31:23 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: Flavius

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women In Politics
With Loretta Sanchez and Jane Swift, moderated by Martha Raddatzhere

John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation
October 26, 2003


4 posted on 03/23/2005 6:31:49 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: Flavius
Guess the uparmored Humvees work pretty well.


In this photo released by the U.S. Army Wednesday, March 23, 2005, U.S. Army 503rd MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade gunner SPC Casey Cooper stands next to a his damaged Humvee near Baghdad, Iraq (news - web sites) recently, after it received a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, knocking him unconscious. Cooper was revived and helped his fellow soldiers defeat an attack on a coalition supply convoy March 20, about 18 miles southeast of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, Sgt. 1st Class Marshall P. Ware)

5 posted on 03/23/2005 6:32:51 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Flavius

1998:

Association of the Bar City of New York on "Regulating Sexual Activity in the Military" (How the military can successfully regulate relations between men and women)



On March 18, 1998 a panel of 6 was formed to examine gender integration versus separation, military justice attitudes toward sexual misconduct and the need to change military culture.



Serving on the panel were Michael Cooper, President, Assoc. of the Bar City of NY; Robert Maginnis, Project Director, Military Readiness, Family Research council; Linda Bird Franke, Author; Martha Raddatz, Moderator of panel, Correspondent, Defense, National Public Radio; William Fredericks, Member Assoc. of the Bar City of NY; and Marjorie Silver, Chair, Committee on Sex and Law.



In the audience were members of the military, former military personnel, leaders of veteran's organizations e.g. DAV, AL and Women Veterans of America.



Testimony was taken from the audience on the forums issues. Recommendations were made to:

1. Change the UCMJ Laws on Sexual Assault and Harassment to reflect the judicial system with the same kind of prosecution and punishment given to civilians.

2. Update the UCMJ Laws to reflect today's' integrated military.

3. Allow reporting of assaults and harassment without reciprocation's and threats from CO's and NCI's and military investigation teams (CID etc.)

4. To change the "Good ol' Boys Network" attitude and the idea that "women do not belong in the military".

5. To treat all men and women in the military with equality and respect.


6 posted on 03/23/2005 6:33:24 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: finnman69

Easy for me to say, but I wish he would have smiled for the camera.


7 posted on 03/23/2005 6:35:58 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: finnman69
I know it can you imagine, germans knew that in world war II glad we are catching up...
8 posted on 03/23/2005 6:36:56 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: Flavius

"..M4 [light machine gun]..." Say what? Isn't the M4 the standard issue rifle?


9 posted on 03/23/2005 6:38:37 PM PST by em2vn
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To: Flavius
Even Saving Private Ryan had one of these suckers in there...
10 posted on 03/23/2005 6:38:38 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: finnman69
Just damn.

It must have looked pretty good on paper - 40-50 ambushers versus a convoy. Abdul's gonna need him some new licks...

12 posted on 03/23/2005 6:42:54 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Flavius


So basically, undermine the military institution. I don't want to be treated equally, I'm not a man and I can't hold my own against one. If a woman can do it as well as a man, good for her, we have a volunteer army. Let's say theres a draft, should both men and women be drafted? No.


13 posted on 03/23/2005 6:43:26 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second.)
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To: Flavius
I know a lot of you guys are really against women in the military...but, dang! These ladies rock!!! Would you really mind one of them watching your six?
14 posted on 03/23/2005 6:43:39 PM PST by blu (What a trifecta, a Kennedy a Kerry and a Klansman. Yup KKK (ProudVet77))
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To: em2vn

It's NPR flack Radditz. You expect her to know weapons? Yes, it's the standard issue carbine.

You catch the bit where the guy did a Rambo and started laying down fire with his carbine and the SAW?


15 posted on 03/23/2005 6:44:11 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Flavius

While I am opposed to women in combat for many reasons, it isn't due to lack of bravery. These women did exemplary service and fought bravely.


16 posted on 03/23/2005 6:56:54 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: The Great RJ
"While I am opposed to women in combat for many reasons, it isn't due to lack of bravery...."

BUMP

17 posted on 03/23/2005 7:03:18 PM PST by norton (build a wall and post the rules at the gate)
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To: Spktyr

"I started firing with my M4 [light machine gun] with my left hand and the 249 [machine gun] with my right hand, trying to lay down fire on both sides," said Mike.

Mike is a bad ass.


18 posted on 03/23/2005 7:04:30 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Flavius

In the end, the unit killed 27 insurgents.

27-0. Muj had a very bad day.


19 posted on 03/23/2005 7:05:49 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Flavius
In the end, the unit killed 27 insurgents. The wounded U.S. soldiers are all expected to recover.

27 to zip is a good day. No guerrilla force can sustain those kind of losses and maintain a force.

20 posted on 03/23/2005 7:09:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Flavius
Ten U.S. soldiers in three armored Humvees were providing support to a truck convoy south of Baghdad when they were attacked by insurgents this weekend.

One MP Squad one on of the nastiest fighting units in the world, more fire power and mobility than a comparable infantry unit.

Of the Troops, for the Troops.

21 posted on 03/23/2005 7:10:57 PM PST by dts32041 (When did the Democratic party stop being the political arm of the KKK?)
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To: finnman69
Muj had VERY BAD WEEK

27 in the ambush that backfired.

85 in the raid on the terror camp.

3 in Baghdad ..when a local went postal on a group of terrors.

70 captured in Mosul Sunday.

Yep the Muj had a bad week.

22 posted on 03/23/2005 7:14:28 PM PST by Dog
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To: Flavius

I'm curious. If wearing women's panties on their head is humiliating, what happens when a female soldier injures or kills one of them?


23 posted on 03/23/2005 7:18:44 PM PST by TNdandelion
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To: Flavius

Thanks for posting this. Hope Casey is okay. Looks like he got hit near the eye. God bless our troops and keep them safe from those cowards who hide behind civilians and in their own religious places.



24 posted on 03/23/2005 7:23:39 PM PST by dervish
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To: finnman69
"Mike is a bad ass."

"... insurgents started firing machine guns from a two-story house, wounding three U.S. soldiers."

"I went inside the vehicle and grabbed the anti-tank rocket and took the house out," said Mike."

Mike does Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Emphasis on "Extreme".

25 posted on 03/23/2005 7:36:46 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Former Military Chick

ping!!


26 posted on 03/23/2005 7:47:52 PM PST by MikefromOhio (Silly Hippies, Bush Won!!!!)
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To: blu
I know a lot of you guys are really against women in the military...but, dang! These ladies rock!!! Would you really mind one of them watching your six?

I get into endless fights with people on FR about women in combat. I'm probably only one of a handful that support it.

If she can pass her physcial; that same one as her male counter part, and wants to fight, then let her.

27 posted on 03/23/2005 7:47:53 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: robertpaulsen

ROFL

imagine the scumbag Muj who were watching this soldier, pumping lead using two hands. THEN he gets the antitank rocket out and blows up a building.

Friggin' demolition man. Our solders are badass and are fearsome warriors, but to borrow from Col Kurtz "If we had a division of those men our troubles here
would be over very quickly."


28 posted on 03/23/2005 7:51:57 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: robertpaulsen

Extreme Makeover: Muj Edition.


29 posted on 03/23/2005 7:52:37 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: TNdandelion

If we like it or not, the women are in our military and are doing a good job. I am more than happy to see that the evil murdering "insurgents" are getting their due, especially from our women troops. Must really look good on their macho Islamic afterlife resume.


30 posted on 03/23/2005 7:53:58 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: TNdandelion
"I'm curious. If wearing women's panties on their head is humiliating, what happens when a female soldier injures or kills one of them?"

They don't really scream too much about that....but when you try putting a pig in their dirt hole to bury with them they start whining again.

31 posted on 03/23/2005 8:04:55 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: pbrown

"I get into endless fights with people on FR about women in combat. I'm probably only one of a handful that support it.

If she can pass her physcial; that same one as her male counter part, and wants to fight, then let her."

Amen.


32 posted on 03/23/2005 8:12:17 PM PST by MonaMars
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To: MonaMars

Thank you. Amen


33 posted on 03/23/2005 8:25:42 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: robertpaulsen

LOL! Yeah, extreme to the max. I loved that quote.


34 posted on 03/23/2005 8:33:45 PM PST by demnomo
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To: finnman69

Looks like the RPG ject centered up on the gap between the top of the door and the roof. Pretty lucky, the spall would be substantialy reduced.


35 posted on 03/23/2005 8:57:50 PM PST by glorgau
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To: glorgau
I noticed that and wondered what it was. thx for the brief.
36 posted on 03/23/2005 9:20:44 PM PST by kvanbrunt
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To: Flavius
In this photo released by the U.S. Army Wednesday, March 23, 2005, U.S. Army 503rd MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade gunner SPC Casey Cooper stands next to a his damaged Humvee near Baghdad, Iraq (news - web sites) recently, after it received a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, knocking him unconscious. Cooper was revived and helped his fellow soldiers defeat an attack on a coalition supply convoy March 20, about 18 miles southeast of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, Sgt. 1st Class Marshall P. Ware)

I for one don't want to hear anymore cr@* about "Weekend Warriors". Our part-time soldiers kick terrorist butts.

37 posted on 03/23/2005 10:00:18 PM PST by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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To: em2vn
"..M4 [light machine gun]..." Say what? Isn't the M4 the standard issue rifle?

Yes and no. It's is a variant of the M16, but it's not the standard issue rifle, that would be the M16A4, but the M4's are issued to some units. The are a bit handier in the urban battle, and from vehicles.

Calling it a "light machine gun", isn't that far off. It's not what the Army calls it, but then again if you wanted to buy one the BATFE would certainly say it's a machine gun, which it is, and it is prett light. However the actual LMG is the Squad Automatic Weapon. The M240 is the medium machine gun, while the M-2, which has been around since shortly after WW-I, is *the* heavy machine gun. Everything bigger is called a cannon (although technically a cannon must be capable of firing explosive rounds, although not all do so as their primary ammunition.)

38 posted on 03/23/2005 10:06:36 PM PST by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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To: TNdandelion
I'm curious. If wearing women's panties on their head is humiliating, what happens when a female soldier injures or kills one of them?

Killed by a girl, no virgins for you.

Reminds me of the "Angle of Death", supposedly a USAF crewman aboard an AC-130 in Afghanistan. She would get on the radio on the freqs the Taliban were using, and describe what she was going to do to them, then she and the rest of the crew would do it, and then get on and tell 'em what she'd done, often ending with "You just got killed by a Girl!". The Northern Alliance types that we were supporting would also be on the freq to provide translation services to the Taliban. I don't know it's true, but it brings a big grin to this old "wing wiper" every time I think of it.

39 posted on 03/23/2005 10:14:03 PM PST by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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To: El Gato
"Angle of Death",

Make that "Angel of Death".

Sorry 'bout that.

40 posted on 03/23/2005 10:17:22 PM PST by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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