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Karbala attackers posed as U.S. military officials
CNN ^ | January 23, 2007 | cnn

Posted on 01/24/2007 12:10:42 PM PST by sure_fine

KARBALA, Iraq (CNN) -- Attackers who killed five U.S. troops at a government building in Karbala posed as U.S. military officials to get past Iraqi guards, a Karbala police spokesman said.

The attack happened Saturday as the U.S. military convened a meeting to discuss security for Ashura, the upcoming Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala.

According to police spokesman Abdul Rahman al-Mishawi, about 30 gunmen traveling in a convoy of at least seven SUVs with tinted windows -- similar to the vehicles used by top U.S. military officials -- drove up to the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center wearing uniforms similar to those worn by the U.S. military.

About a dozen U.S. troops were inside the compound at the time, al-Mishawi said.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; karbala; karbalattack; kerbalaattack

1 posted on 01/24/2007 12:10:43 PM PST by sure_fine
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To: sure_fine

this is where I found the link to the OP


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Kerbala attack: An inside job.
These days have been terribly bloody for both the American military and the Iraqi civilians as large-scale sweeps in Baghdad are being prepared.

While most attacks have much in common when it comes to their goals and the destruction and pain they leave, some attacks are of a quality that suggest some messages that are more dangerous beyond the immediate harm they cause.

http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/


2 posted on 01/24/2007 12:11:47 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: sure_fine
Our enemy does not abide by the Geneva Convention...and therefore, we should not either
3 posted on 01/24/2007 12:12:39 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

just hoping to get some feed back from posters here


4 posted on 01/24/2007 12:20:40 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: sure_fine

Did the media report on this; and what do the Democrats say?


5 posted on 01/24/2007 12:22:44 PM PST by wastedyears ("Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: sure_fine
Were they carrying AK-47's or M-16's when they did this, and how did they time it so well? Smells like an inside job to me, I would be asking the guards some pretty tough questions right about now...
6 posted on 01/24/2007 12:28:53 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: sure_fine
A previous thread:

Military: Four held in sneak attack on U.S. in Iraq (Calling Jack Bauer)

*********************EXCERPT **************************

KALSU, Iraq (CNN) -- Four people suspected in last weekend's deadly attack on American soldiers in the central Iraqi city of Karbala have been detained, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

7 posted on 01/24/2007 12:30:20 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: sure_fine

IF this is really the case, I would imagine that it was NOT the Mahdi Army or a Shia militia, but Al-Qaeda using terrorists who were not Iraqi/Arab. They had to be white/caucasian Muslims (maybe some were black Africans) to impersonate Americans. There certainly are Chechenyan, Bosnian and European-convert Jihadis entering Iraq via Syria...


8 posted on 01/24/2007 12:32:16 PM PST by SolidWood (Sadr lives. Kill him.)
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To: 2banana
Our enemy does not abide by the Geneva Convention...and therefore, we should not either

Actually, we SHOULD abide by the Geneva Convention. Under the Geneva Convention, illegal combatants of this nature can be shot on the spot.

9 posted on 01/24/2007 12:32:48 PM PST by VRWCmember (Everyone is entitled to my opinion.)
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To: VRWCmember

If we really would abide the international laws of war, EVERY captured insurgent/terrorist would be shot. They don't wear uniforms and they conceal their weapons... why the hell don't we put them against the wall?


10 posted on 01/24/2007 12:36:20 PM PST by SolidWood (Sadr lives. Kill him.)
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To: sure_fine; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Marine_Uncle; blam; SunkenCiv; Dog; Coop; ...
The money quote from the Blog:

Like I said earlier, this was not just a brazen attack by some militia or terrorists; behind this is a message and a threat from Iran and its surrogates to turn even the calm parts of Iraq into a dangerous war zone for America and the government in Baghdad.

11 posted on 01/24/2007 12:37:12 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: wastedyears

See link at post #7 for an earlier report.


12 posted on 01/24/2007 12:38:35 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He makes some good points.


13 posted on 01/24/2007 12:40:44 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I'm skeptical based solely on the fact CNN is the only MSM carrying it, and the timing of it




WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday passed a nonbinding resolution that concludes "it is not in the national interest of the United States" to deepen U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

The measure, passed on a 12-9 vote, goes to the Senate floor for a vote before the full chamber, which is expected sometime next week.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,246278,00.html


14 posted on 01/24/2007 12:42:00 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: wastedyears; TexKat
Another thread:

Details emerge of gunmen, posing as soldiers, attacking U.S. troops in Iraq

15 posted on 01/24/2007 12:45:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: wastedyears
And another thread:

5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Militia Attack (The Medhi Army)

16 posted on 01/24/2007 12:47:43 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: sure_fine

See links above.


17 posted on 01/24/2007 12:50:03 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: sure_fine
That particular Blog is one that has been pretty prominent among the blogs by Iraqi's...
18 posted on 01/24/2007 12:51:57 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: sure_fine
This is not directly ontarget ....however ....Notice this:

Iranian call for the "convergence of Islamic movements"

19 posted on 01/24/2007 12:57:29 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks...but, I heard Robert Byrd on the Senate floor today..and he was VERY mad that Pres. Bush accuses Iran of having terrorists!!!! /s


20 posted on 01/24/2007 1:06:44 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

Well Bryd is definitely going senile....


21 posted on 01/24/2007 1:21:23 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach


22 posted on 01/24/2007 1:54:45 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process<sup></sup>*)
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To: sure_fine


23 posted on 01/24/2007 1:55:24 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: sure_fine
"Attackers who killed five U.S. troops at a government building in Karbala posed as U.S. military officials to get past Iraqi guards, a Karbala police spokesman said."

I expect the next attack within the US will employ this technique. Posing as some law-enforcement officials, etc.

24 posted on 01/24/2007 4:06:01 PM PST by blam
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I would bet that they hoped for a lot more than 5 American deaths. With this much effort, I am surprised that the casulties were not much higher. Our guys must really be ready for almost anything.

Also, I wonder if the terrorist didn't push up their time table when the helicopter was shot down?

25 posted on 01/24/2007 5:17:22 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: blam

I agree totally, I could just imagine a lookalike USCG small patrol boat loaded up with suicide bombers approaching a liquified natural gas supertanker in a major US port, the explosion would make that suitcase nuke in 24 look like a fireworks display.


26 posted on 01/24/2007 5:24:19 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
This sure is going to be tough on our small groups of embeds if it continues. In some ways I can see why some demorats and RINOS, and some republicans are not to enthusiatic about sending our troops into Baghdad.
This kind of thing turns all our stomachs. But short of pulling out what the hell can we do.
We either get the Iraqi forces up to full snuff or just bail the hell out, which of course is not an option.
27 posted on 01/24/2007 8:58:50 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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