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  • ‘If I Had to Do It Over Again’-Condi Rice admits the U.S. should have understood Iraq better.

    11/08/2007 6:51:57 PM PST · by RDTF · 32 replies · 227+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | Nov 8, 2007 | Michael Hirsh
    Condoleezza Rice is, by her own admission, not "that self-reflective." But in an interview in her office on Thursday the secretary of state took a moment to contemplate the improved security situation in Iraq. Asked whether she and the Bush administration had made any mistakes early on "that you're perhaps trying to redeem yourself for," she responded with her trademark steely smile. "I'm sure there are lots of things we might have done better," she said. "I'll give you one with Iraq. If I had to do it all over again, we would have had the balance between center, local...
  • Army prosecutor says leadership failure, errors led to Abu Ghraib prison abuses

    08/22/2007 12:59:57 PM PDT · by rightalien · 4 replies · 345+ views
    North County Times ^ | August 21, 2007 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    FORT MEADE, Md. -- An Army officer who once was in charge of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was a failed leader whose errors set the stage for abuses committed by military police under his control, a military prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. However, a defense lawyer and a prosecution witness said Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was a solid leader who didn't have command responsibility for the MPs who helped prepare prisoners for interrogation. The conflicting characterizations of Jordan's role comprise the central dispute at his trial for decisions that allegedly set the stage for detainee abuses at...
  • Anthrax Mystery: Evidence Points to al-Qaida

    07/01/2007 12:14:48 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 8 replies · 1,320+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 6/07/07 | Ross E. Getman
    Anthrax Mystery: Evidence Points to al-Qaida Ross E. Getman Thursday, June 7, 2007 The anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001 have faded from the media spotlight. The FBI appears to have pursued all possible leads, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee in January that FBI Director Mueller was committed to seeing it to "some kind of conclusion in the relatively near future." But an analysis of the anthrax mailings suggests that U.S.-based supporters of one of Osama bin Laden's closest advisers, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were responsible. Al-Zawahiri was head of al-Qaida's biochemical program. He called it...
  • Israel investigates war 'mistakes'

    08/20/2006 5:34:08 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 954+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 21 August 2006 | Peter Cave
    An Israeli Cabinet meeting has authorised a commission of inquiry into the failures of the war with Hezbollah. Defence Minister Amir Peretz says Israel will examine the mistakes it made during the month-long offensive. A government official briefing reporters on the weekly Cabinet meeting quoted Mr Peretz as saying everything would be put on the table at the inquiry because it was a duty to prepare for the next round. He said Israel would prevent the Lebanese Army from deploying within two kilometres of the border before the multinational peacekeeping force was in place. The Lebanese Army has already deployed...
  • Air War Strategy Preserved Iraqi Infrastructure, Lives

    04/10/2006 4:37:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 550+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2006 – Aerial strategy practiced by coalition pilots during Operation Iraqi Freedom hinged on knocking out pertinent enemy targets while preserving vital Iraqi infrastructure as well as citizens' lives, an F-16 pilot who flew combat missions over Iraq early in the war recounted here today. A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies through the sky during a combat mission over Iraq on July 23, 2004. Before then, South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 pilot Maj. Michael Norton flew his fighter in the aerial vanguard that launched Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003. Photo by...
  • Powell: U.S. made 'serious mistakes' in Iraq

    04/09/2006 1:16:00 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 128 replies · 5,061+ views
    AP ^ | April 9 2006 | MONIFA THOMAS
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday said the United States has made "serious mistakes" during the Iraq war that have led to the rising violence the country now faces. "We made some serious mistakes in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad," Powell told a crowd of thousands at the McCormick Place conference. "We didn't have enough troops on the ground. We didn't impose our will. And as a result, an insurgency got started, and . . . it got out of control." Now, American troops must "stick with the people of Iraq" until order is...
  • Report Provides Iraqi Leaders' Perspective of War

    03/24/2006 9:35:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 747+ views
    SUFFOLK, Va., March 24, 2006 – Can history be wrong? Not exactly, but history can be distorted if data is provided by only one side's perspective. U.S. Joint Forces Command has released an unclassified historical report of military operations conducted in Iraq. The twist is that this historical report reflects the Iraqi civilian and military leadership's perspective of events. "Opinions are not facts; one data point is not a trend, and a group of data points from a single perspective isn't going to convince anyone," said Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, commander of JFCOM's Joint Center for Operational Analysis. So...
  • Survivors Praise Body, Vehicle Armor to House Subcommittee

    02/01/2006 10:24:24 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 16 replies · 1,252+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1 February 2006 | Donna Miles
    Survivors Praise Body, Vehicle Armor to House Subcommittee By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2006 – Three soldiers just back from Iraq -- including two who credit personal and vehicle armor with saving their lives -- traveled to Capitol Hill today to tell Congress that when it comes to protecting troops, more isn't always better. "We're here to say we're pretty happy with what we have," Brig. Gen. Karl Horst, the 3rd Infantry Division's assistant division commander for maneuver, told the American Forces Press Service before appearing at today's House Armed Services Committee's Tactical Air and...
  • Powell admits errors in war: He says lack of troops impeded U.S. success

    01/09/2006 7:30:37 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 38 replies · 2,622+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | January 9, 2006 | CHARLES LASZEWSKI
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday night in the Twin Cities that he harbors no regrets about the U.S. invasion of Iraq but acknowledged wartime mistakes and warned that Iraq's eventual government might not be as broad-based as American leaders had hoped. In a speech at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, he urged nearly 1,000 people to pray for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the people of Israel. Powell called Sharon, who suffered a major stroke last week, a man of peace. Powell said that the world is in better shape now than at any...
  • Pentagon study faults US body armor in Iraq deaths

    01/07/2006 4:53:06 AM PST · by benjamin032 · 30 replies · 2,448+ views
    By Will Dunham Fri Jan 6, 11:19 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Better body armor could have prevented or limited about 80 percent of fatal torso wounds suffered by Marines killed in Iraq, a report by U.S. military medical experts obtained on Friday said. The report, conducted for the Marine Corps by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner and not released to the public, examined the cases of Marines fatally wounded from the start of the war in March 2003 through June 2005, and found weaknesses in the torso protective gear. Bullets or shrapnel hit the Marines' shoulders,...
  • Santorum Wants Non-Partisan Panel To Evaluate Iraq War

    01/06/2006 5:15:46 AM PST · by Wolfie · 48 replies · 2,873+ views
    Santorum Wants Non-Partisan Panel To Evaluate Iraq War WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rick Santorum yesterday wrote a letter to President Bush asking him to create an independent, non-partisan commission to objectively evaluate progress in Iraq. The letter is a significant shift by the Pennsylvania Republican, whose stalwart support for nearly all aspects of the Bush administration's policies in Iraq could be a significant handicap in his race against state Treasurer Robert P. Casey this year if Pennsylvanians' support for the war continues to decline. Mr. Santorum told the president that he was joining other members of Congress in their call for...
  • Iraq Country Analysis Brief (updated December 2005)

    12/28/2005 3:02:17 AM PST · by Wiz · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Iraq now finds itself in a period of uncertainty and transition after more than three decades of Ba'ath party rule. Following the end of Saddam Hussein's rule in the spring of 2003, Iraq was governed for a year by the "Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)" led by the United States and the United Kingdom. On June 28, 2004, the CPA transferred power to a sovereign Iraqi interim government, with national elections held on January 30, 2005. On May 3, 2005, the new transitional government was sworn in, with Ibrahim Jaafari as Prime Minister. A constitutional referendum was held in October 2005,...
  • Jim Brown Commander 18th MP Brigade (MUST READ End of Tour Report)

    12/02/2005 7:31:56 PM PST · by Stultis · 23 replies · 5,170+ views
    FW: Email, Stars & Stripes ^ | 4 November 2005 | James B. Brown
    Subject: Commander 18th MP Brigade Observations From a 12-Month Tour A great after action report by the Commander, 18th MP Brigade in Iraq. Camp Victory, Iraq 4 November 2005 It is my last night in Iraq. Tomorrow night I will begin the long journey home as we depart BIAP and fly to Kuwait and then fly on to our homes in Germany at 0300 the next day. Cindy has forwarded me a lot of your discussions of strategy in Iraq, discussions about Nate Sassman, the media and questions about the way ahead. I just wanted to share with you some...
  • Why Concrete Filled Bombs are So Damn Useful

    10/08/2005 5:13:52 PM PDT · by strategofr · 107 replies · 6,533+ views
    strategy page ^ | October 7, 2005 | James Dunnigan
    One of the strangest, and most useful, bombs employed in Iraq has been the concrete filled JDAM. Why deliver a 500 pound bomb filled with concrete instead of explosives? You do that if you want to do some damage, but not a lot. Concrete JDAMs were first used in the 1990s to destroy anti-aircraft guns, radars and missiles that Saddam Hussein placed in residential areas. He believed that the Americans would not attack these weapons, for fear of hurting nearby civilians. But it turned out that a laser, or satellite (JDAM) guided concrete smart bomb could take out the air-defense...
  • Commander says Fort Hood training 'of very little value' (TEXAS)

    05/06/2005 8:13:09 AM PDT · by Dubya · 40 replies · 4,281+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | May. 06, 2005 | The Associated Press
    A commander with the Iowa Army National Guard says training problems at a Texas Army base left his unit ill-prepared for duty in Iraq, according to a copyrighted story in The Des Moines Register. Capt. Aaron Baugher of Ankeny, Iowa, was the commander of the first Iowa infantry division trained at Fort Hood. In a report obtained by the Register, he said the 2004 training "was of very little value and poorly instructed" by soldiers who typically had never served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Baugher's unit of 58 soldiers, the 194th Long-Range Surveillance Detachment of Johnston, returned to Iowa in...
  • Metrics help guide Pentagon

    04/05/2005 1:02:29 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 773+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, April 5, 2005 | By Rowan Scarborough
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES The Pentagon is judging success or failure in Iraq by more than daily casualty and attack statistics. It recently set up an "Iraq Room" where officers study and measure a long stream of data, to produce what the Pentagon calls "metrics" that tell Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld whether the Iraq campaign is headed in the right direction. "The secretary is big on metrics," said a senior Pentagon official. "He's a metrics kind of guy. He believes you cannot tell how you are doing unless you are taking measurements."
  • Commander of 9/11 Air Defenses Retires

    04/04/2005 6:44:50 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 3 replies · 739+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 3/31/2005 | Robert A. Baker
    Col. Robert Marr Jr. was in charge of air defenses during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Dick Blume) Commander of 9/11 Air Defenses Retires BY ROBERT A. BAKER   ROME, N.Y. -- On Sept. 10, 2001, Col. Robert Marr Jr.'s mission at Griffiss Air Force Base appeared to be on the wane. The Cold War threat his National Guard unit was designed to keep in check had all but disappeared. Twenty-four hours later, Marr found himself in the center of another war. His command, the Northeast Air Defense Sector, coordinated the military's air response to the terrorist...
  • US reaction against Turkey should be taken seriously

    03/29/2005 6:46:00 PM PST · by pkpjamestown · 68 replies · 5,426+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | Mehmet Ali Birand
    I have just returned from a weeklong visit to the United States. I spoke with many people. The situation is very bad. Anti-Turkish sentiment in the United States is very strong. The rejection of US troop deployment two years ago has once again started to create trouble. Mehmet Ali BIRAND I am sure you heard about the things I will write below from various commentators with varying opinions. It was Sami Kohen who reported on the matter most recently. Well, this time, you will hear it from me. The situation is now bad. It's beyond that. We are facing an...
  • Rumsfeld: Northern Attack on Iraq Would Have Helped Squelch Insurgents

    03/20/2005 1:35:07 PM PST · by MamaLucci · 29 replies · 3,042+ views
    TBO.com AP News ^ | 03-20-05 | Siobhan McDonough
    The level of insurgency in postwar Iraq wouldn't be so high if the U.S.-led coalition had been able to invade from the north, through Turkey, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday.
  • A different set of rules

    03/20/2005 8:05:03 AM PST · by SmithL · 635+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/20/5 | Bryan Mitchell
    On second anniversary of war, U.S. troops, Iraqis slowly learn to adapt By BRYAN MITCHELL, mitchellb@knews.comMarch 20, 2005Cpl. Chad Rector learned a lot during his seven-month tour in Iraq. But it was a lesson a group of Iraqi children taught him on a Fallujah soccer field the Halls Marine recalls best. In between daylong convoy security missions and midnight patrol details, the 21-year-old machine gunner would gather with kids on a field in the war-torn city to play. Rector quickly noticed a unique trend. "The guy who scores the most points gets to keep the ball at the end of...
  • Investigation Finds U.S. Missiles Downed Navy Jet

    12/11/2004 10:14:53 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 24 replies · 2,711+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2004 | Thomas E. Ricks
    A military investigation has concluded that a "friendly fire" incident in which a Navy pilot was shot down and killed by U.S. forces during the spring 2003 invasion of Iraq occurred because operators at two Patriot missile batteries and a command center all mistakenly took his F/A-18 Hornet for an incoming Iraqi missile, the U.S. Central Command said last night. The April 2003 incident was one of two during the campaign in which Patriot anti-missile batteries mistakenly hit allied aircraft. In the other, in late March 2003, a Patriot destroyed a British Tornado GR4 fighter-bomber near the border of Iraq...
  • U.S. tactics, training kept casualties down in Fallujah

    11/20/2004 11:15:24 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 2,858+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 11/21/04 | Jack Kelly
    New book on urban warfareGenerals think of urban combat the way vampires view garlic. But in Fallujah, Iraq, U.S. forces have rewritten the book on urban military operations, producing what have been, so far, better-than-average results with lower-than-average casualties. Military leaders hate fighting in cities because it's hard to find the enemy, to tell him apart from civilians and to use supporting weapons such as artillery and tanks. Combat can occur on multiple levels simultaneously (on the street, on rooftops, in basements), communication and resupply are difficult, and there really is no way to clear buildings except to send soldiers...
  • World Trade Center Investigation "Exonerates" Twin Towers' Design in Sept. 11, 2001 Collapse

    10/21/2004 6:38:52 PM PDT · by snopercod · 28 replies · 2,743+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | October 21, 2004 | Nadine M. Post
    Structural steel of the twin 110-story towers of the World Trade Center was stripped of its fireproofing by debris from the aircraft impact and weakened by the resulting fires, eventually causing the towers to collapse, according to an interim report by the National Institute of Standards & Technology. The report says the region of dislodged fireproofing was determined from the predicted path of the debris. “Had the fireproofing not been dislodged, the temperature rise of the structural components would likely have been insufficient to cause the global collapse of the towers,” says NIST in the Oct. 19 release of another...

    10/21/2004 4:03:12 PM PDT · by SmithL · 91 replies · 7,129+ views
    Herald-Palladium (via Drudge) ^ | 10/21/4 | ANNA CLARK
    BENTON TOWNSHIP -- Although he emphasized that the Central Intelligence Agency boasts "tremendously talented men and women," former CIA Director George Tenet said it "did not live up to our expectations as professionals" regarding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the search for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "We had inconsistent information, and we did not inform others in the community of gaps in our intelligence," Tenet said. "The extraordinary men and women who do magnificent work in the CIA are held accountable every day for what they do, and as part of keeping our faith with...

    10/20/2004 1:00:09 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 1,433+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/20/04
    October 20, 2004 -- WASHINGTON — Federal investigators believe the second World Trade Center tower fell much more quickly than the first because it faced a more concentrated, intense fire inside, officials said yesterday. The detailed hypothesis was discussed at a meeting of investigators with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the Commerce Department. NIST investigators are preparing a massive draft report later this year detailing how and why the towers collapsed after being struck by fuel-filled jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001. The leading hypothesis was laid out yesterday in a daylong meeting with experts. Lead...
  • Bush underestimated troop needs, says survey

    10/16/2004 8:36:22 AM PDT · by Ginifer · 16 replies · 1,729+ views
    Breakingnews.ie. ^ | 16/10/2004 | Staff
    Members of the US military and their families say the Bush administration underestimated the number of troops needed in Iraq and put too much pressure on inadequately trained National Guard and reserve forces, according to a poll released today. The National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62% in the military sample said the administration didn’t send an adequate number of troops to Iraq. And 59% said too much of a burden has been put on the National Guard and the reserves when regular forces should have been expanded instead. Family members were more critical of the administration’s Iraq policy than...
  • Report Faults Military Technology in Iraq War

    10/12/2004 8:12:21 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 14 replies · 1,754+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | October 12 2004 | Unknown
    Front-line U.S. troops often lacked access to surveillance and intelligence data during the invasion of Iraq (news - web sites) because of computer glitches, Technology Review magazine reported on Tuesday, citing a largely classified report by Rand Corp. One battalion commander told the magazine he had almost no information on the strength and position of Iraqi forces after his division took control of a key bridge south of Baghdad on April 2, 2003. Lt. Col. Ernest Marcone said he was told to expect one Iraqi brigade advancing south from the Baghdad airport, but instead was forced to battle three separate...
  • Bremer: U.S. Paid Price for Lack of Troops

    10/05/2004 5:00:40 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 109 replies · 6,250+ views
    WASHINGTON - The United States did not have enough troops in Iraq (news - web sites) after ousting Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and "paid a big price" for it, says the former head of the U.S. occupation there. L. Paul Bremer said Monday that he arrived in Iraq on May 6, 2003 to find "horrid" looting and a very unstable situation. "We paid a big price for not stopping it because it established an atmosphere of lawlessness," Bremer said during an address to an insurance group in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The group released a summary of his...
  • A Critique of U.S. Military HI-TECH in Iraq

    09/22/2004 9:46:44 AM PDT · by a47arthur · 2 replies · 924+ views
    "Many things went wrong in Iraq War II, and many things went right. That makes it like every other war ever fought. War is unpredictable by its nature, and often won by the side that adapts most quickly to the unexpected. For this reason, our military is already deeply engaged in evaluating lessons learned – so far – and figuring out how to change. Last month I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by military analysts about these issues. Here is my take on several of their more salient observations"....
  • Iraq Jamming Incident Underscores Lessons about Space

    09/15/2004 7:09:25 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 7 replies · 1,184+ views
    American Forces Press Service (DoD) ^ | Sept. 15, 2004 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2004 — As the Air Force prepares to observe its 57th birthday Sept. 18, the nation's youngest military service continues to keep a sharp eye on the future. When anti-coalition forces in Iraq used jammers last year to thwart global positioning system precision-guided munitions in that theater, it represented a new but not unexpected challenge for the U.S. military: the first time an adversary challenged its dominance in space. Air Force Secretary James G. Roche said the threat — which the Air Force quickly squelched using GPS-guided munitions — didn't come out of the blue. "We had...
  • Agent April Fool Tricked Saddam

    07/31/2004 4:29:30 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 92 replies · 7,479+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | August 1, 2004 | Tony Allen-Mills
    AMERICA’S Iraq war commander, General Tommy Franks, has disclosed the best-kept secret of the conflict: through a double agent called April Fool, he tricked Saddam Hussein into fatally bungling the defence of his country. As a result, while American armoured columns raced to Baghdad from southern Iraq, Saddam held back many of his best divisions to fight expected attacks from the north and west, which never came. Inadequately defended, Baghdad fell in less than three weeks and the regime collapsed. “Because of the sensitivity of the deception, only a few in the US government were aware of it,” Franks writes...
  • “On Point: The United States Army in Iraqi Freedom”(The Official Army study on Iraq operations)

    05/28/2004 9:25:48 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 21 replies · 3,252+ views
    Center for Army Lessons Learned ^ | 25 May 2004 | COL Greg Fontenot, U.S. Army (Ret)
    Available on line at the Fort Leavenworth Center for Army Lessons Learned. Best source so far for anyone wanting to really understand the military operations in Iraq. Covers everything from planning, prep & deployment to combat ops; including the debate over force size, the 507th debacle, the capture of Baghdad, etc. Although I have to admit that my favorite part was learning that the first Iraqi casualty of the war was inflicted by the Army's 9th PSYOPS battalion when a leaflet bundle they dropped failed to open and impacted on the head of an Iraqi soldier.
  • 4th Infrantry Division Commander Recounts War Moments (USA Troops bump)

    04/22/2004 6:45:05 PM PDT · by bogdanPolska12 · 9 replies · 979+ views
    www.defendamerica.mil ^ | By Pam Cummings / Fort Hood Public Affairs
    FORT HOOD , Texas , April 22, 2004 — A war fighting terrorists, the capture of a fallen dictator, the introduction of email to a battle zone and the first war of the century have earned the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom a unique place in history. “This is a new type of war,” said Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of the 4 th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse. “This is a war of ideologies. This is about society, about our way of life and people trying to attack our way of life. This is what we are going...
  • Logistics Chief Reports on Operation Iraqi Freedom Effort

    04/01/2004 7:57:09 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 3 replies · 463+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
      Logistics Chief Reports on Operation Iraqi Freedom Effort By Gerry J. GilmoreAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, March 31, 2004 – The Defense Department's logistics organization has procured myriad vital supplies for service members deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a senior U.S. military officer noted here March 30. Service members rely on the Defense Logistics Agency "to provide food, fuel, medical supplies, clothing, construction and barrier material, and more than 90 percent of their weapons systems supply parts, both in times of peace and war," Navy Vice Adm. Keith W. Lippert noted in prepared remarks delivered to the House Readiness...
  • How Saddam Hussein was captured (March 2004 Update)

    03/27/2004 1:32:19 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 5 replies · 883+ views
    How Saddam Hussein was captured BBC News Online looks at how the operation to capture former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein unfolded. SADDAM HUSSEIN'S HIDING HOLE 1050: Tip-off received, two targets identified and given codenames 1800: 600 troops move towards 'Wolverine 1' and 'Wolverine 2' 2000: Targets searched, Saddam Hussein not found 2030: Hole found, Saddam Hussein captured with no resistance Saddam Hussein was captured after a tip-off led American troops to a small, underground hole concealed next to farm buildings near the former leader's hometown of Tikrit. Soldiers were seconds away from throwing a hand grenade into the hole,...
  • Strategic Overview (LONG)

    03/27/2004 7:59:32 AM PST · by arnoldfwilliams · 2 replies · 396+ views
    USS Clueless ^ | Sept. 13, 2003(updated) | Steven den Beste
    <! --- Main --- !>   The purpose of this document is to provide a high level strategic view of the cause of the war, the reason that the United States became involved in it, the fundamental goals the US has to achieve to win it, and the strategies the US is following, as well as an evaluation of the situation as of July, 2003. Most of what is here has been explored in far greater detail in numerous posts made on USS Clueless (http://denbeste.nu). [It was adapted from this entry.] [20030913: I have been making ongoing revisions to this...
  • UPDATE: Army Releases Mental Health Advisory Team Report on Operation Iraqi Freedom

    03/24/2004 3:22:25 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 260+ views
    UPDATE: Army Releases Mental Health Advisory Team Report on Operation Iraqi Freedom 3/24/2004 5:21:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor and Defense Reporter Contact: U.S. Army Public Affairs, 703-697-7550 News Advisory: UPDATE. (Editors: Please note new time and location.) WHAT: At the request of the Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force-7, U.S. Central Command, the Army Surgeon General established and dispatched the Mental Health Advisory Team to assess and provide recommendations regarding OIF-related mental health services, soldier access to those services in theater and after evacuation, and effective suicide prevention measures for soldiers in active combat. The MHAT...
  • Paratroopers remember the jump into Iraq

    03/23/2004 6:10:09 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 19 replies · 1,848+ views
    US Army Europe ^ | March 23, 2004 | Spc. Adrian Schulte, SETAF Public Affairs
     Public Affairs March 23, 2004 Paratroopers remember the jump into IraqStory by Spc. Adrian Schulte, SETAF Public Affairs Photo by Spc. C. Terrell Turner Last minute checks are accomplished before paratroopers board the plane bound for Iraq to participate in the historic jump. VICENZA, Italy -- It has almost been a year since about one thousand paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into war, opening up the northern front in the effort to liberate Iraq. The March 26, 2003 jump was recently classified as a combat jump and the paratroopers who participated in it will now be able to...
  • Cold-War Thinking Prevented Vital Vehicle From Reaching Iraq

    03/19/2004 7:04:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 104 replies · 5,064+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 3-19-04 | Greg Jaffe
    <p>WASHINGTON -- A decade ago, the Army began producing an armored Humvee capable of providing protection from many roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades.</p> <p>Like most soldiers in Iraq, Capt. Cameron Birge hasn't set foot in one of those vehicles. Instead, he leads convoys through one of the country's most violent regions in a Humvee -- the modern successor to the Jeep -- with a sheet-metal skin that can't even stop bullets from a small-caliber handgun. To shield himself, Capt. Birge removed his Humvee's canvas doors and welded on slabs of scrap metal. He spread Kevlar blankets over the seats and stacked sandbags on the floor.</p>
  • Fears Impacted U.S. Reporting on Iraq ( lessons learned )

    03/20/2004 9:56:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 2,052+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 20, 2004 at 4:55:47 PST | MIELIKKI ORG
    Today: March 20, 2004 at 4:55:47 PST Fears Impacted U.S. Reporting on IraqBy MIELIKKI ORGASSOCIATED PRESS BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Competitive pressures and a fear of appearing unpatriotic discouraged journalists from doing more critical reporting during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, according to reporters and others at a conference on media coverage of the war. The journalists on the panels at the University of California at Berkeley this week blamed the Bush administration for leaking faulty information, but said the media also has itself to blame for not being more skeptical about the case for war. "The press...
  • Remembering the 3rd Infantry Division's Thunder Runs(American Forces Press Service)

    03/21/2004 3:14:21 AM PST · by bogdanPolska12 · 3 replies · 555+ views
    www.defenselink.mil ^ | By Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2004 – The "Thunder Runs" of the war in Iraq seemed to come from nowhere. One day the fighting was far to the south, and seemingly the next, soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division were liberating Baghdad. The Thunder Runs were the audacious answer to charges that American forces were stuck in a quagmire in Iraq. Army Col. David Perkins commanded the 2nd Brigade of the "Rock of the Marne" Division. There were two armor battalions – the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor and 4th Battalion, 64th Armor – and an infantry battalion – the 3rd Battalion, 15th...
  • SAS exploits in Iraq revealed

    02/22/2004 8:35:29 PM PST · by Piefloater · 15 replies · 1,944+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 23, 2004 | Don Woolford
    AUSTRALIAN SAS soldiers were the closest Coalition troops to Baghdad for several days early in the Iraq war and had to engage in running firefights with enemy forces who were actively hunting them down. A report released today reviewing Australia's military performance in Iraq details skirmishes between Iraqi and elite SAS troops in the days before the fall of Baghdad. SAS soldiers were involved in one of the first ground confrontations of the war, as troops negotiated Iraqi border posts in the first wave of the ground assault on the country. Later in the war they helped capture leading members...
  • Regime Thought War Unlikely, Iraqis Tell U.S.

    02/11/2004 7:52:14 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 22 replies · 1,903+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 02/12/04 | THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 — A complacent Saddam Hussein was so convinced that war would be averted or that America would mount only a limited bombing campaign that he deployed the Iraqi military to crush domestic uprisings rather than defend against a ground invasion, according to a classified log of interrogations of captured Iraqi leaders and former officers. Mr. Hussein believed that a "casualty averse" White House would order a bombing campaign that Iraq could withstand, according to the secret report, prepared for the Pentagon's most senior leadership and dated Jan. 26. And the Iraqi Defense Ministry, in a grand miscalculation,...
  • IRAQ: Turning the Tables on Terrorist Toys

    02/09/2004 4:01:50 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 4 replies · 755+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | February 9, 2004
    The war between hostile Iraqis and American troops goes on in ways that are little reported. For example, every attack on American troops is carefully studied and US tactics and procedures modified if it appears that there was a change that could have prevented the attack. For example, when American troops discovered that Iraqis were using radio controlled cars to detonate road side bombs, the lead vehicle in convoys carried a controller for such toys that was continuously broadcasting (all of the these radio controlled toys use the same frequency.) This would detonate any bombs (using this method) when the...
  • Army Study of Iraq War Details a 'Morass' of Supply Shortages

    02/02/2004 9:22:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,712+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2004 | ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 — The first official Army history of the Iraq war reveals that American forces were plagued by a "morass" of supply shortages, radios that could not reach far-flung troops, disappointing psychological operations and virtually no reliable intelligence on how Saddam Hussein would defend Baghdad. Logistics problems, which senior Army officials played down at the time, were much worse than have previously been reported. While the study serves mainly as a technical examination of how the Army performed and the problems it faced, it could also serve as a political document that could advance the Army's interests within...
  • Russian General:"Iraq lost war against USA b/c of venality of Hussein's guards" (BARF alert)

    01/27/2004 9:55:37 AM PST · by yankeedame · 126 replies · 4,913+ views
    Pravda ^ | 2004-01-24 | staff writer
    16:44 2004-01-24 Iraq lost war against USA because of venality of Hussein's guards On Saturday at a meeting of the Academy of Military Sciences Anatoly Kvashnin, chief of the Russian Armed forces General Staff stated that the Iraqi defeat in the war against the USA was conditioned not by weaknesses of the Russian military science but by venality of Hussein's republican guards. Many Iraqi officers studied in Russian military institutions. Kvashin categorically refuted statements that defeat of Iraq allegedly armed with outdated Soviet armaments meant defeat of the Russian military science. The chief of the General Staff stated that "behavior...
  • Preliminary Report on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)

    01/23/2004 4:16:25 PM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 30 replies · 2,541+ views
    email | 14 Dec. 2003 | Charles Moskos
    14 Dec. 2003 Memorandum: Hon. Les Brownlee Acting Secretary of Army Subject: Preliminary Report on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) From: Charles Moskos Introduction: This report on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is based on field research conducted in Kuwait. Qatar and Iraq, 29 November to 7 December, 2003, The report is based on a variety of methods: field observations, casual conversations, in-depth interviews, and a survey of approximately 500 soldiers. This preliminary report is based on the field observations, conversations and interviews. Statistical data of the surveys is now being tabulated and will be ready in several weeks. The basic findings...
  • Military's Logistics System Found Wanting in Iraq War

    01/21/2004 1:32:11 PM PST · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 1,128+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 21, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The military's logistics system needs to be further modernized to better serve today's war fighters, a senior Defense Department transformation official asserted here today. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, director of the Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation, pointed out to attendees at a downtown digital communications conference that U.S. ground forces racing toward Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom had often outstripped their supply chain. That happened, the admiral noted, in part because logisticians use separate information and command and control systems apart from those that warfighters use. "The fact of the matter is that there is dysfunction from...
  • Air and Missile Defense: Operation Iraqi Freedom

    01/06/2004 7:10:14 PM PST · by xzins · 16 replies · 2,090+ views
    Army Magazine ^ | Jan 04 | Col. Charles A. Anderson
    Col. Charles A. Anderson During Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), America once again placed its trust and confidence in Patriot soldiers, as it had during Operation Desert Storm, to protect the force from ballistic missile attack. At the end of OIF, however, there was no acrimonious debate as there was at the end of Operation Desert Storm about Patriot's performance. In the maelstrom of combat, Patriot answered any question about its lethality against tactical ballistic missiles. Out ahead or keeping pace with the Patriot units on the contested highways leading toward Baghdad, air defense artillery (ADA) Avengers, Bradley Linebackers and forward...
  • Initial Stryker deployment deemed a success (GNFI)

    01/05/2004 4:59:08 PM PST · by xzins · 19 replies · 1,767+ views
    Army Times ^ | 5 Jan 04
    <p>TACOMA, Wash. — The Fort Lewis, Wash.-based Stryker brigade has completed its first major mission in Iraq, delivering troops with the 4th Infantry Division into Samarra. The brigade pulled out of the city a few days ago, having captured at least seven suspected guerrilla leaders, confiscated weapons and ammunition, and persuaded at least some residents to have faith that the Americans are there to help, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Sunday. The newspaper has a reporter embedded with the Stryker troops.</p>