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It's Game On In Ramadi: Long Awaited Operation Underway, Fierce Fighting in Center of City
Iraq Slogger ^ | March 2 2007 | ROBERT Y. PELTON

Posted on 03/02/2007 9:56:46 AM PST by jmc1969

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (1-3ID)is currently engaged in street to street fighting in central Ramadi. The much anticipated attack follows months of hands off policy as troops were routinely sniped and attacked with orders not to retaliate.

After much planning U.S. forces along with a collection of hired local tribesmen from nearby Sofia (a suburb of Ramadi) and other groups are attacking and clearing the are house by house. The tribes have been formed into paramilitary units called "Emergency Response Units" and are linked with U.S. troops.

The 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (1-9), 2nd Infantry Division has been given the dirty job of house to house combat in Ramadi's center. Many of the houses have been booby trapped in anticipation of the attack. The U.S. Military estimates that there are around 60 insurgents remaining in the area of 15,000 people. Initial estimates put the insurgent numbers at between 100 and 200.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abizaid; frwn; iraq; ramadi
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1 posted on 03/02/2007 9:56:50 AM PST by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969; SandRat; bnelson44; jveritas; jazusamo; Valin

Godspeed to our men


2 posted on 03/02/2007 9:58:52 AM PST by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: jmc1969

Woohoo! Kick-ass!!!


3 posted on 03/02/2007 9:59:28 AM PST by The Blitherer (What the devil is keeping the Yanks? Duncan Hunter for President '08!)
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To: jmc1969

Heavenly Father, please bless our troops and grant them victory over our enemies.


4 posted on 03/02/2007 9:59:40 AM PST by American Quilter (Vote Democrat--terrorists are counting on it.)
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To: Jemian; JemiansTerror

JT you take care..if you are near this...get some for us.


5 posted on 03/02/2007 10:00:32 AM PST by Dog
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To: American Quilter

AMEN. God bless and keep our troops safe.


6 posted on 03/02/2007 10:01:05 AM PST by unkus
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To: jmc1969
The U.S. Military estimates that there are around 60 insurgents remaining in the area of 15,000 people

I hope they kill every one of them and take no prisoners.
7 posted on 03/02/2007 10:01:29 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (This tagline has been placed in time-out until further notice)
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To: jmc1969
May God be with them and all the brave men and women fighting in this war.
8 posted on 03/02/2007 10:02:04 AM PST by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: jmc1969

Go get'em, guys!! We are all praying for your safe completion of this mission and a solid mission accomplished!!


9 posted on 03/02/2007 10:04:56 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: jmc1969; pissant
The tribes have been formed into paramilitary units called "Emergency Response Units" and are linked with U.S. troops.

Good news, more Iraqis working with us against the terrorists.

God bless them all.

10 posted on 03/02/2007 10:05:53 AM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jmc1969

Prayers for our brave soldiers!

May God protect each and every one of them!


11 posted on 03/02/2007 10:06:10 AM PST by airborne (Elect an Airborne Ranger,Vietnam Veteran for President ! Duncan Hunter 2008!!)
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To: jmc1969

By God it's about time! Lets just hope the delay by the leaders has not caused our troops harm by allowing the enemy to prepare. Give em what for Troops.


12 posted on 03/02/2007 10:07:02 AM PST by Phantom Patriot (From my cold dead hands.)
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To: jmc1969

Let's Roll!


13 posted on 03/02/2007 10:07:56 AM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: pissant

Finally, the Ramadi offensive! God bless our troops.


14 posted on 03/02/2007 10:07:57 AM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jmc1969

Prayers lifted for their safety and success....


15 posted on 03/02/2007 10:08:31 AM PST by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: Allegra; Marine_Uncle; Dog; Dog Gone; DevSix; TexKat

Ping


16 posted on 03/02/2007 10:10:11 AM PST by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

Heroic acts by brave men for an undeserving public.


17 posted on 03/02/2007 10:14:10 AM PST by WesternPacific
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To: jmc1969

"The much anticipated attack follows months of hands off policy as troops were routinely sniped and attacked with orders not to retaliate."

...and then some people wonder WHY it has "dragged on" for so long.


18 posted on 03/02/2007 10:15:39 AM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: jmc1969

"Many of the houses have been booby trapped in anticipation of the attack."I just had an epiphany(aka great idea).Instead of shipping the insurgents off to Club Gitmo,have them enter the houses.Feedback?


19 posted on 03/02/2007 10:17:24 AM PST by Thombo2
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To: taxed2death

We should have done this December 2004 after Fallujah.

But, Rumsfield and Abiziad didn't want to send more troops to Iraq.

I hate to say it because I like both men as Americans, but they weren't committed to winning this war. They like Murtha wanted to slide out of Iraq ASAP without winning. Abiziad even told Murtha that they were inches apart when it comes to Iraq.


20 posted on 03/02/2007 10:17:44 AM PST by jmc1969
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To: taxed2death
Yeah, that frosted me too.

Prayers for our warriors.

21 posted on 03/02/2007 10:18:07 AM PST by happygrl
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To: jazusamo

amen brother.Godspeed and God bless our troops....


22 posted on 03/02/2007 10:20:37 AM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: jmc1969
Abiziad even told Murtha that they were inches apart when it comes to Iraq.

Perhaps Abizaid was like General Colin Powell, who stated in his book that he was adverse to killing "brown people."

23 posted on 03/02/2007 10:21:02 AM PST by happygrl
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To: jmc1969

Ephesians 6

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


24 posted on 03/02/2007 10:21:06 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: jmc1969

NOTHING will ever replace boots on the ground.

God Speed and much prayers for all of our troops and allies. House to house fighting is nasty stuff with high causality rates. But it is necessary to clear out a rats nest.


25 posted on 03/02/2007 10:21:40 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: jmc1969
The much anticipated attack follows months of hands off policy as troops were routinely sniped and attacked with orders not to retaliate.

WTF? How in the world could our guys ever win if they were forbidden to return fire? I'm a Bush backer, but if we were not permitting our guys to whip the bad guys, what in the hell were we doing?

26 posted on 03/02/2007 10:24:20 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: American Quilter
Amen!

carolyn

27 posted on 03/02/2007 10:24:22 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: taxcontrol

AMEN with that.

Ground pounders still and for the forseeable future will remain the most vital part winning wars.


28 posted on 03/02/2007 10:25:28 AM PST by jmc1969
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To: happygrl

I am so humbled by our fighting forces... but you know if I had a loved one over there.....I'm pretty sure I'd be locked up somewhere for slamming the testicles of the JERK who set those ROE..................... SLOWLY into a bench vise.


29 posted on 03/02/2007 10:26:03 AM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: USS Alaska

Playing PC games is what we were doing.


30 posted on 03/02/2007 10:26:54 AM PST by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

God go with our fighting men; guide their hands, that their aim be true - guide their minds, that justice be served -

Guide their hearts, that they go with You.


31 posted on 03/02/2007 10:35:21 AM PST by dandelion
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To: jmc1969
I offer this prayer, my copy was given to me by Gen Patton's granddaughter. It was given to Patton's men, including my father, during the German campaign in WWII. My father still carries his original in his wallet.

"Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of They great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we've had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen."

We pray for their safety and their victory.
32 posted on 03/02/2007 10:41:01 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (Boycott all Leftist Media, ignore them and they will go away...)
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To: jmc1969
Only 60 left eh.....

That's damn good news. They likely went to Baghdad to check into the paradise hotel.

If they leave there, most of the places they can go are being set up as mouse traps.

33 posted on 03/02/2007 10:56:32 AM PST by Cold Heat
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To: jmc1969

"Grab 'em by the nose and kick 'em in the ass" - General George Patton


34 posted on 03/02/2007 11:02:13 AM PST by Patriot Hooligan ("God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." General George S. Patton)
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To: taxcontrol

I don't understand that. If a TOW missile or a small bomb per house is too expensive, use blockbusters. Why do we have to do door-to-door fighting? It's a waste of our most precious commodity.


35 posted on 03/02/2007 11:04:00 AM PST by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: ichabod1

"Aviation cannot take prisoners nor hold ground." General George S. Patton


36 posted on 03/02/2007 11:07:05 AM PST by Patriot Hooligan ("God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." General George S. Patton)
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To: Patriot Hooligan

"Aviation cannot take prisoners nor hold ground." General George S. Patton"

Aviation leaves no prisoners, and very little ground to do anything with. Me.


37 posted on 03/02/2007 11:17:03 AM PST by Domicile of Doom
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To: Thombo2

Exactly. The ones lucky enough to be captured alive should be sent into those houses to dissarm the booby traps. BLOOEY! Oops, sorry 'bout that.


38 posted on 03/02/2007 11:20:45 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it

Wonder if they'd get their ticket punched by Allah and the complimentary 72 virgins?On second thought...who cares?Seriously,booby traps etc must be a big problem there.I read soldiers were requesting silly string to shoot into rooms.The silly string gets hung up on unseen trip wires.American ingenuity at work.


39 posted on 03/02/2007 11:30:32 AM PST by Thombo2
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To: Patriot Hooligan

That doesn't answer my question. I didn't say we need to get rid of troops. I suggested we should flatten buildings instead of sending human beings into them to be ambushed.


40 posted on 03/02/2007 11:34:44 AM PST by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: SandRat
Ping

The 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (1-9), 2nd Infantry Division has been given the dirty job of house to house combat in Ramadi's center. Many of the houses have been booby trapped in anticipation of the attack.
41 posted on 03/02/2007 11:36:40 AM PST by vigilante2 (Thank You Troops)
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To: ichabod1
"Why do we have to do door-to-door fighting?"

Because going room-to-room is the only way you can be certain of having gotten them all.

42 posted on 03/02/2007 11:41:45 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: ichabod1

"I suggested we should flatten buildings..."I get your point and agree.A well aimed 500lb'er would do the trick.Unfortunately PC'ness dictates no unnecessary civilian casualties.


43 posted on 03/02/2007 11:48:57 AM PST by Thombo2
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To: jmc1969
Nothing, debates on FR over Pub candidates' conservatism- straw polls - DOW Jones Averages etc. whatever, is more important than our Armed Forces' success at anytime at any place they might be. Godspeed Troops!
44 posted on 03/02/2007 11:52:03 AM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Gen. Patton's granddaughter? I know one of them. Does her name start with an M? The one I know should be a general, cuz she's a real *****, LOL!


45 posted on 03/02/2007 11:57:53 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Abigail Adams

God bless and protect our troops, and give them victory!


46 posted on 03/02/2007 11:58:28 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: jmc1969
This is a dirty job especially fighting an enemy that hides behind civilians then alerts the hostile US press who are salivating for negative stories to focus on.

When our heroes return, I will be in an ass-kickin mood if any Cindy Sheehan-style protesters try to go to the airport and spit on them like they did after Vietnam.
47 posted on 03/02/2007 11:58:33 AM PST by ParaVet93 (Proud to be a MINO...Moderate in name only)
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To: Abigail Adams

"Gen. Patton's granddaughter? I know one of them. Does her name start with an M? The one I know should be a general, cuz she's a real *****, LOL!"

Sounds like her! She was quite nice, actually, though she was a little weak on radical Islam. Can't remember her first name, she is tall, blonde, slim, rather attractive, and a very good public speaker.


48 posted on 03/02/2007 12:11:53 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Boycott all Leftist Media, ignore them and they will go away...)
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To: dandelion
God go with our fighting men; guide their hands, that their aim be true - guide their minds, that justice be served - Guide their hearts, that they go with You.

AMEN to this prayer. They are the best of us.

49 posted on 03/02/2007 12:13:52 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: SaxxonWoods

Well, the one I knew was short, not blonde but brown hair, and I wouldn't call her skinny. So it must be a different person. She looked a lot like Patton in the face, though, especially the eyes! And she could swear real good, LOL!


50 posted on 03/02/2007 12:16:10 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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