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The Longest Morning (paratroopers tell tale of ambush in Samarra -- cover of AmSpectator)
American Spectator ^ | 11/1/2007 | Jeff Emanuel

Posted on 11/01/2007 4:42:12 AM PDT by Uncledave

THE DAY OF AUGUST 26, 2007, began like any other for the soldiers of Charlie Company, 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (from the 82nd Airborne Division) -- with a mission in the city. Over a year into its deployment to Samarra, Iraq, and now working on the three-month extension announced by Secretary of Defense Gates in the spring, the company knew the city like the back of its collective hands and had its operational routine down to a science, whatever the mission it might be tasked with.

On this morning, that mission was to establish a defensive perimeter around a block in central Samarra, so that Charlie Company's 3rd ("Blue") Platoon, led by Lieutenant Scott Young, could search a shop where it had information that Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were being manufactured.

Due to the insurgents' penchant for placing IEDs along the routes used by Charlie Company's vehicles in order to ambush them on their way back, two separate rooftop observation points (OPs) would be established, one to the north and one to the south of the shop, to watch for enemy activity on the roads that were serving as Blue Platoon's infiltration and exfiltration routes. The southern OP, led by Staff Sergeant Jason Wheeler, was manned with paratroopers from Charlie Company's 1st ("Red") Platoon. "Reaper Two," one of the sniper teams from 2nd Battalion's scout platoon, would man the second OP, almost a kilometer to the north. Reaper would be overwatching the area from the roof of a large four-story apartment building, which was laid out with the long axis facing north-south, and which was bordered -- across the surrounding streets and alleys -- by several other buildings.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 82dairborne; airborn; airborne; iraq; jeffemanuel; oif; samarra; supporthemission; supporthetroops; tas

1 posted on 11/01/2007 4:42:13 AM PDT by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

Not to found in the Early Bird.

Not important to DoD senior leadership


2 posted on 11/01/2007 5:07:50 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: Uncledave
God Bless those soldiers,dead and alive.I would love to read this story to all of Congress especially the enemy of the State Obama who will not say the Pledge Of Allegiance or put his hand over his heart.
3 posted on 11/01/2007 5:14:08 AM PDT by GregB (Please pray for my grandchildren,Anna and Jacob!!!)
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To: Uncledave

PRESENT ARMS!!


4 posted on 11/01/2007 5:17:02 AM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: Uncledave
"There would be no trophy, no public relations victory to thrust in the face of those in America and around the world whose attention would in the next few weeks be focused again on Iraq. Instead, there would only be death or capture, as the ISI members responsible were hunted down, one by one"

Al Qaeda and their Democrat allies were denied the victory they were praying for.

5 posted on 11/01/2007 5:25:17 AM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: Uncledave

An incredible story. Everyone should read this.


6 posted on 11/01/2007 5:30:15 AM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: SampleMan

Wow. Just wow.


7 posted on 11/01/2007 5:48:13 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Uncledave
Amazing - what a riveting read.

God bless our fighting men and women. They are truly the best in the world.
8 posted on 11/01/2007 6:00:09 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Uncledave

Ping to the top.

Great story!!!

Our fighting men (and women) are the greatest!!!

Mike


9 posted on 11/01/2007 7:19:11 AM PDT by Vineyard
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To: Uncledave

bttt


10 posted on 11/01/2007 10:29:02 AM PDT by xone
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To: USMCPOP; Uncledave; Valin; oneolcop; Mo1; Tut; advance_copy; chickenhawk; Warmonger; xzins; ...
This is a humbling read! God Bless our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen! All, this article is worth your while. Jeff Emanuel about our Soldiers the way I feel about them.
11 posted on 11/02/2007 4:20:39 PM PDT by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Chgogal

Thanks for the ping. Great post.


12 posted on 11/02/2007 4:37:47 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Pacifism is not moral. True morality requires evil be opposed, not appeased)
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To: Chgogal

God Bless the Troops...


13 posted on 11/02/2007 4:50:39 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Chgogal

A tight spot, they did well on that rooftop.


14 posted on 11/02/2007 5:22:47 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ No more miller brewing products, pass it on/Isaiah 3.3)
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To: Chgogal; Uncledave; aculeus; Billthedrill; AnAmericanMother; tet68; SandRat; Dog Gone; ...
What you said, Chgogal.

Thanks for posting this, Uncledave.

15 posted on 11/02/2007 5:30:11 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Chgogal

Honor, Duty, Country.


16 posted on 11/02/2007 5:38:08 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: Uncledave

Wow.

Some GOP Senator should read this on the floor of the US Senate.


17 posted on 11/02/2007 5:40:06 PM PDT by CDB (Michael Yon is the Ernie Pyle of the War on Terror)
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To: Uncledave; Chgogal; freema
What should be noted is:
As I write, the city of Samarra is quickly become a quiet well governed town. Iraqi are on the streets, food markets and other small business are opening up. Most probably 95% or more of al Qaeda and support groups have been purged from the city at this point.
The few pockets of Satan's boys that are left will now be found and jailed or killed off by newly formed and ever increasing effecient Iraqi police, along with the willing Iraqi neighborhood crime walk groups.
None of this would have been possible if these brave American soldiers where not willing to carry out their routine missions over a two year period of time.
What was until recently deemed the capital of al Qaeda, after Fallujah had been tamed is now becoming another model Sunni city based on local fair goverance, wanting nothing less then total peace and future prosperity to come to past.
18 posted on 11/02/2007 5:46:56 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: Marine_Uncle

ditto


19 posted on 11/02/2007 5:59:26 PM PDT by prognostigaator
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To: rdb3; BlueLancer

Shoulda pinged you above, so here it is.


20 posted on 11/02/2007 6:17:53 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Uncledave; dighton

Great post!


21 posted on 11/02/2007 6:40:47 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus

You’ll never read this in the Newspapers across America. That’s why this site grows, and they shrink.

It’s a shame that face-less , name-less, editors, crap on these guy’s daily.

It’s treason that known Senators do it as well.

Tuesday is the day to vote in most of the US - Get out there and do it


22 posted on 11/02/2007 6:53:34 PM PDT by reefdiver (The sheriff of Nottingham collected taxes on behalf of the common good)
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To: Uncledave

Best of the Best

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


23 posted on 11/02/2007 7:01:08 PM PDT by bray (Think "Betray U.S." Think Democrat)
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To: Chgogal; Uncledave; airborne

Airborne!


24 posted on 11/02/2007 7:10:54 PM PDT by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: Enterprise
Amazing story.

There would be no trophy, no public relations victory to thrust in the face of those in America and around the world

I can't stop thinking of the delight with which the Democratic leadership of Congress would have seized on this story had it gone the way AQI wanted.

25 posted on 11/02/2007 9:17:13 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: Marine_Uncle; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Thanks M.U.
The few pockets of Satan's boys that are left will now be found and jailed or killed off by newly formed and ever increasing efficient Iraqi police, along with the willing Iraqi neighborhood crime walk groups. None of this would have been possible if these brave American soldiers where not willing to carry out their routine missions over a two year period of time.
Well said.
26 posted on 11/02/2007 9:26:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, October 22, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Chgogal
“Jeff Emanuel writes about our Soldiers the way I feel about them.”

Sorry, I was in such a hurry, earlier this evening.

27 posted on 11/02/2007 9:39:48 PM PDT by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Chgogal

You spoke from the heart and said the right thing.


28 posted on 11/02/2007 10:10:03 PM PDT by dighton
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To: dighton
You may like this post, considering your profile. : )

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1919403/posts
Anti-war movies hurt America - and debase the art of film

29 posted on 11/03/2007 12:19:58 AM PDT by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: denydenydeny

I compare the psychology of the Democrats who want failure in Iraq to that of the people who set fires during the Santa Ana winds.


30 posted on 11/03/2007 1:48:45 AM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: Chgogal; Marine_Uncle; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; ...

Ping.


31 posted on 11/03/2007 3:52:42 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Mother, and FRiend)
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To: PurpleMan
“using surveillance aircraft, Captain Ferris was able to identify the house to which over 20 of the surviving terrorists went after leaving the building. Minutes later, a GPS-guided bomb was dropped on the house.”

Payback time Abdul.

32 posted on 11/03/2007 5:16:37 AM PDT by razzle (The America haters love algore, the God haters love darwin.)
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To: Uncledave; SandRat

A gripping account . God bless them.


33 posted on 11/03/2007 6:13:01 AM PDT by csvset
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To: razzle
Payback time Abdul. Brings tears of joy to my eyes!
34 posted on 11/03/2007 7:19:55 AM PDT by ABN 505
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To: Chgogal; dighton; reefdiver; denydenydeny; All
During the firefight, which lasted less than ten total minutes, Corriveau and Moser had killed at least ten enemy fighters -- possibly as many as fifteen -- and had not only kept themselves alive, but, against all odds, had prevented al Qaeda from succeeding in their real goal: to kidnap the soldiers on the rooftop, and to make a public spectacle of their imprisonment and murder, just two weeks before General Petraeus's internationally viewed testimony on Iraq before the U.S. Congress. The suspicion that kidnapping was the fighters' intent was confirmed by a final piece of intelligence that Charlie Company received just after the incident: an announcement, crafted by the Islamic State of Iraq (al Qaeda's Iraqi front), stating that nine U.S. soldiers had been kidnapped in Samarra, and had been beheaded and had their bodies thrown into Thar-Thar lake (to the southwest of the city).

Imagine how our disgraceful MSM and shameless Democrats would have reacted if the terrorists had succeeded.

35 posted on 11/03/2007 7:24:06 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Uncledave

thanks for posting


36 posted on 11/03/2007 7:40:06 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: Uncledave

^^^^^


37 posted on 11/03/2007 8:02:39 AM PDT by prognostigaator
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To: SunkenCiv

Roger that.


38 posted on 11/03/2007 8:49:54 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: aculeus
“Imagine how our disgraceful MSM and shameless Democrats would have reacted if the terrorists had succeeded.”

Our brave soldiers are the only thing standing in the way of democrat happiness and fulfillment, and probable victory in the 08 election.

39 posted on 11/03/2007 8:52:38 AM PDT by razzle (The America haters love algore, the God haters love darwin.)
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To: aculeus
They won’t , Saying something positive about Americans Winning, Metals, Awarded. Doesn’t fit the script. That they sat on their ass, and just partied from Clinton’s “ Monday Morning” Walk in tune in to the towers falling? ??These self absorbed leftist would have us all walking the 17th century walk, than fight.
40 posted on 11/03/2007 6:00:24 PM PDT by reefdiver (The sheriff of Nottingham collected taxes on behalf of the common good)
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To: Uncledave

This post deserves not to fade away. Bump for the late shift.


41 posted on 11/05/2007 8:50:35 PM PST by dighton
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To: dighton
You can read more about Josh Morley, one of the two soldiers lost in that battle, at the link below:

Dana family mourns loss of soldier

The article includes the following picture of Josh.


42 posted on 11/06/2007 11:35:30 AM PST by subbob
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To: SampleMan
An incredible story. Everyone should read this.

I'm speechless.

43 posted on 11/06/2007 12:00:14 PM PST by colorado tanker (I'm unmoderated - just ask Bill O'Reilly)
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To: Uncledave

Damn.


44 posted on 11/06/2007 12:17:39 PM PST by Badeye (Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....)
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