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  • Guerrilla attacks drop since capture of Saddam

    01/01/2004 1:16:43 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 194+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 1, 2004 | By Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The top U.S. commander in Baghdad said yesterday that guerrilla attacks in his sector have dropped sharply since the Dec. 13 capture of Saddam Hussein.</p> <p>Army Brig. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey also said insurgents are turning to roadside bombs as their attack method of choice, as opposed to more frontal assaults with rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and rockets.</p>
  • Saddam had links to guerrilla attacks

    12/22/2003 1:07:06 PM PST · by VANHALEN2002 · 9 replies · 204+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/22/03 | Joseph Logan
    Saddam had links to guerrilla attacks By Joseph Logan MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Intelligence gleaned from Saddam Hussein's capture has shown that he was in contact with suspected organisers of attacks against U.S. troops, a senior U.S. officer says. Major-General David Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, said on Monday the arrest of the deposed Iraqi strongman had also convinced top figures in his Baath party to turn over weapons and offer cooperation to U.S. forces. He said documents gathered after Saddam was found hiding in a hole on a farm outside his hometown and powerbase of Tikrit had...
  • Saddam 'Actively Involved' In Directing Attacks On US Troops (New)

    12/20/2003 4:17:40 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 243+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-21-2003 | Philip Sherwell
    Saddam 'actively involved' in directing attacks on the US forces By Philip Sherwell in Baghdad (Filed: 21/12/2003) Saddam Hussein was personally directing the post-war insurgency inside Iraq, playing a far more active role than previously thought, American intelligence officers have concluded since his capture. Despite the bewildered appearance of the deposed dictator when he was hauled from his hiding-hole last weekend, he is believed to have been issuing regular instructions on targets and tactics through five trusted lieutenants. US soldiers arresting former Iraqi officers and Ba'ath party members in Tikrit last month This conclusion could have serious implications for his...
  • [Saddam]Documents Show Saddam's Ties to Resistance

    12/16/2003 8:11:47 AM PST · by TomGuy · 49 replies · 322+ views
    Fox News Cable/Reuters ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2003 | Bret Baier, reporting
    <p>The U.S. military found a treasure trove of documents on Saddam Hussein when he was captured -- some of which could prove that he had been commanding and financing guerrilla attacks against the coalition, Fox News has learned.</p> <p>Earlier Tuesday, there were unconfirmed reports that Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri (search), No. 6 on the U.S. military's 55 Most Wanted (search) list, had turned himself in. But Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told a morning news program that the report was unfounded.</p>
  • Insurgency Has Its Limits ~ Enemy victory is far from assured.

    11/25/2003 8:09:39 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 137+ views
    National Review ^ | Nov. 25, 2003 | Dana R. Dillon
    November 25, 2003, 9:16 a.m.Insurgency Has Its LimitsEnemy victory is far from assured. By Dana R. Dillon General Abizaid began his tour as Central Command commander in July, 2003, by admitting that the resistance to American troops was "a classic guerrilla-type campaign." The latest U.S. intelligence estimates the number of active Iraqi guerrillas at 5,000 and sympathizers at around 50,000. The insurgents are well equipped with assault rifles, explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades, and a number of shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles. Funding for the insurgency appears sufficient to pay young men as much as $5,000 to risk an attack against American...
  • U.S. Troops Take on Guerrillas in Iraq

    11/16/2003 7:59:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 141+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/16/03 | Louis Meixler - AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Troops flooded a Baghdad neighborhood in a new U.S. military offensive against guerrillas Sunday, as an audiotape purportedly made by Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) urged Iraqis to escalate their fight against the occupation. The U.S. military moves in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq (news - web sites) came as the Army tried to determine why two of its Black Hawk helicopters crashed in the northern city of Mosul, killing 17 soldiers in the worst single loss of American life since the war began. In its offensive, the military fired a satellite-guided missile with a 500-pound...
  • Who are the Insurgents? (HINT: They'll pay up to $5,000 each for a dead G.I.)

    11/16/2003 8:27:30 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 12 replies · 206+ views
    Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003A while back, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dubbed the insurgents who are making life so difficult for coalition forces, Iraqi authorities and anyone caught in the cross fire "dead-enders," losers from Saddam Hussein's regime with nothing left to do but go down fighting. U.S. military officials said the enemy fighters lacked organization and coordination. No one would say any of this now. American officials acknowledge that the insurgents are a potent and increasingly structured force. A former Saddam aide who is close to insurgents in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, agrees. What were once dispersed cells are...
  • US army attacks Baghdad guerrilla facility

    11/12/2003 6:40:31 PM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 114+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/13/03
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military says a succession of blasts heard in the Iraqi capital Baghdad night were part of an operation against guerrillas responsible for attacks on U.S. forces. A U.S. military spokesman said the operation on Wednesday was against a known facility used as a meeting, planning and rendezvous point for guerrillas. "Its destruction will deny enemy forces use of it in the future," the spokesman said. He declined to say where in the city the alleged facility was. The sound of at least two dozen explosions and heavy gunfire appeared to be coming from the south...
  • U.S. Counterinsurgency in Iraq: Lessons from the Philippine War

    11/05/2003 8:37:52 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 399+ views
    Project for the New American Century ^ | November 3, 2003 | Tom Donnelly & Vance Serchuk
    The strategy of guerrilla war is to pit one man against ten, but the tactic is to pit ten men against one.--Mao Tse-Tung Since sweeping Saddam Hussein's regime from power this spring, U.S. forces in Iraq have been confronted by an amorphous guerrilla resistance, concentrated around the so-called Sunni Triangle. While growing numbers of Iraqis are working with coalition soldiers, provisional authorities, and international aid workers to lay the foundations for a democratic society, insurgents are waging a determined campaign of terror against them. To prevail, the U.S. military must develop an effective counterinsurgency strategy. History offers several precedents on...
  • L.A. Times Bans 'Resistance Fighters' in Iraq News

    11/05/2003 7:04:46 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 37 replies · 352+ views
    Reuters via My Way ^ | Nov. 5, 2003 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Times has ordered its reporters to stop describing anti-American forces in Iraq as "resistance fighters," saying the term romanticizes them and evokes World War II-era heroism. The ban was issued by Melissa McCoy, a Times assistant managing editor, who told the staff in an e-mail circulated on Monday night that the phrase conveyed unintended meaning and asked them to instead use the terms "insurgents" or "guerrillas." McCoy told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that the memo followed a discussion among top editors at the paper and was not sparked by reader complaints....
  • Pentagon agency creating lasers to locate guerrillas

    10/22/2003 10:45:31 PM PDT · by kattracks · 9 replies · 144+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/23/03 | Guy Taylor
    <p>A Pentagon agency is trying to battle guerrilla attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq by developing lasers to pinpoint the origin of sniper fire and of cellular phones and pagers used to trigger bombs.</p> <p>The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) describes its new electronic-detection device as a "virtual microphone," which uses laser technology to examine air particles after a sniper shot is fired at troops.</p>
  • U.S. Sending New Anti-Guerrilla Technology to Iraq

    10/22/2003 10:15:02 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 22 2003 | Jim Wolf/Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is sending new high-tech systems to Iraq aimed at thwarting strikes on its forces, including a "virtual microphone" in the sky to help pinpoint snipers, the head of the Pentagon's cradle of technologies said on Wednesday. Other anti-guerrilla gizmos would help detect roadside bombs and booby traps that have been killing U.S.-led forces in Iraq, said Anthony Tether, head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. The devices use everything from lasers and acoustic sensors to electromagnetic technologies, he said, adding they would ship in the next three to four months or...
  • Inside the Resistance (Guardian Barf Alert!)

    10/13/2003 5:37:05 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 89+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Monday October 13, 2003 | Zaki Chehab
    Popular anger is forging an alliance between diverse strands of Iraq's guerrilla movement The suicide bomber who yesterday attacked the US-frequented Baghdad Hotel was the fourth member of the Iraqi resistance to kill themselves for the cause. The bombing came only three days after last week's suicide attack on a Baghdad police station that left at least eight people dead. From the meetings I have had with resistance fighters in different parts of Iraq, there is no doubt that there will be many more such attacks to come. The use of suicide bombing in Iraq - the first announced target...
  • Rumsfeld 'Surprised' by Saddam Loyalists

    10/11/2003 1:46:41 AM PDT · by PatrioticCowboy · 14 replies · 193+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-10-03 | Andrew Bridges/AP
    Rumsfeld 'Surprised' by Saddam Loyalists Fri Oct 10, 7:11 PM ET By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday he was surprised by the effectiveness of Saddam Hussein's loyalists to sustain the Iraq conflict long after the end of major combat operations. He called the continuing fighting serious but described it as low intensity.  Fear instilled in the Iraqi people by the ousted leader's former paramilitary force is contributing to the situation, he told an audience of more than 500 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. "I suppose on reflection the...
  • Iranian Agents Flood Into Iraq Posing As Pilgrims And Traders

    09/27/2003 4:54:36 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 270+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-28-2003 | Philip Sherwell/Jessica Berry
    Iranian agents flood into Iraq posing as pilgrims and traders By Philip Sherwell in Najaf and Jessica Berry (Filed: 28/09/2003) Iran has dispatched hundreds of agents posing as pilgrims and traders to Iraq to foment unrest in the holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala, and the lawless frontier areas. Teheran's hardline regime has also allowed extremist fighters from Ansar al-Islam, a terror faction with close links to al-Qa'eda, to cross back into Iraq from its territory to join the anti-American resistance. The Pentagon believes that Iran is building a bridgehead of activists inside Iraq, ready to destabilise the country if...

    09/26/2003 5:18:50 AM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 201+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 26, 2003 | JONATHAN FOREMAN
    <p>Much of the discourse on Iraq continues to be dominated by myths - provable falsehoods that happen to confirm the prejudices of the antiwar crowd and/or those disposed to think our mission is failing now.</p> <p>The mythos now culminates in the notion that a patriotic Iraqi "resistance" is slowly gaining ground against a hated occupation. But the distortions go back much farther.</p>
  • Guerrilla weapons reported in mosques

    09/22/2003 11:57:13 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 19 replies · 269+ views ^ | Tuesday, September 23, 2003 | Paul Sperry
    WASHINGTON – A former Army intelligence analyst says a number of Iraqi exiles have reported the deposed regime stashed small missiles, weapons and ammunition at mosques in and around Baghdad. U.S. forces have confiscated large caches of weapons in raids of Iraqi homes, but they are barred from raiding religious sites. Guerrilla fighters continue to attack troops with mortars, grenades, homemade explosives and small arms fire on a daily basis. They are tapping into a huge arsenal left behind by the former regime, one that some military officials in Iraq fear could supply fighters for several years. Iraqi exiles from...

    09/20/2003 1:35:20 AM PDT · by kattracks · 21 replies · 213+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/20/03 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>September 20, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - U.S. troops yesterday arrested 55 pro-Saddam guerrillas believed to have carried out a series of intense, coordinated ambushes on coalition forces in Tikrit that resulted in the deaths of three U.S. soldiers. The arrests - believed to include those responsible for killing the GIs - came after what commanders are calling one of the biggest battles since the official end of the war in a battle that lasted for almost eight hours.</p>
  • Iraqi ambushes kill 3, injure 4

    09/19/2003 12:08:07 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 132+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, September 19, 2003
    <p>TIKRIT, Iraq &#8212; Guerrillas killed three U.S. soldiers and wounded four more in a spate of ambushes just one day after a purported message from Saddam Hussein called for intensified attacks on American troops.</p> <p>The three fatalities took place in a village just south of Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, where soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division came under small-arms fire, Lt. Col. William McDonald told the Associated Press. Two soldiers were wounded in that attack.</p>
  • Columnist Joseph Sobran Examines "Bad News from Iraq"

    09/18/2003 6:08:13 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 188 replies · 319+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 09-04-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    So how do we get out of Iraq? The Wall Street Journal, voice of the hawks, speaks of “strengthening America’s commitment to victory in Iraq.” Furthermore, “The guerrilla war the U.S. is now fighting in Iraq is winnable, notwithstanding the current media pessimism.” Wait a minute! “Commitment to victory”? “Winnable”? I thought we’d already won! Didn’t President Bush just put on a combat pilot’s uniform to celebrate our triumph? Saddam Hussein has fallen, his sons are dead, most of his top officials are in custody, his alleged arsenal of “weapons of mass destruction” has gone poof, and Iraq is no...