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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...
  • LEGENDS OF THE WAR

    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
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 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...
  • GIs GRAB GAGGLE OF GUERRILLAS

    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...
  • Saved by our sandals (Columbian rebels refuse to kidnap fatties with unsuitable hiking shoes)

    09/16/2003 6:34:19 AM PDT · by dead · 8 replies · 135+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 16, 2003 - 11:34AM
    An Australian woman vowed never to wear her hiking boots again after Colombian guerrillas kidnapped eight fellow travellers but left behind herself, her husband and three others. Michelle Walkden, 30, from Bendigo in Victoria, said the 13 members of her group were woken early Friday in the remote Sierra Nevada mountain area about 750km north of Bogota. But the guerrillas, believed to be members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), apparently decided sandals would be unsuitable for a long trek. Safe again ... Michelle Walkden, 30, and her husband Mark Tuite, 33.Photos: AFP They were left behind but...
  • Guerrillas Kill U.S. Soldier in Baghdad

    09/15/2003 12:20:34 PM PDT · by KriegerGeist · 4 replies · 126+ views
    AP News ^ | Sept, 15, 2003 | PATRICK QUINN
    Guerillas Kill U.S. Soldier in Baghdad By Patrick Quinn AP News Sep 15, 2003 TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - Guerrillas killed a U.S. soldier in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in central Baghdad on Monday, and American forces arrested five men suspected of helping finance insurgents during raids on homes in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit. The 1st Armored Division soldier died of his wounds early Monday in a military field hospital, the military reported. He was the 156th U.S. soldier to die in Iraq since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1. In heavy fighting before...
  • Knight Ridder exclusive: Interview with Iraqi guerrillas - fighters reject label of terrorist

    09/14/2003 7:27:08 PM PDT · by rface · 19 replies · 123+ views
    Kansas City (Missouri) Star ^ | Sun, Sep. 14, 2003 | HANNAH ALLAM - Knight Ridder Newspapers
    The interviews for this story were conducted in clandestine meetings in Baghdad and at a camp in a rural area north of the city. They provide a chilling insight into a shadowy organization responsible for at least some of the attacks that have killed 70 Americans since President Bush declared major combat over on May 1. The story may disturb some readers who will believe that American journalists should not talk with the enemy and that American newspapers should not publish anything they say. But the story provides important information to help the public understand something of the nature of...
  • Revealed: Syrian training base of the Iraqi guerilla squads

    09/13/2003 11:09:38 PM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 17 replies · 171+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | September 14, 2003 | Mark Franchetti
    AUTOMATIC gunfire crackled above the rooftops of Falluja, a town with a burgeoning reputation as a battleground for Islamic militants and American troubleshooters, as I drove through its fetid streets to the bolthole of some of the US Army’s most dangerous enemies. Hundreds of foreign fighters have entered Iraq in recent months to pursue “jihad”, or holy war, against the Americans. Last week, in a disused Falluja garage barred by heavy metal gates, the first such fighters to speak to a western reporter revealed the explosive secret of their training. Three young militants from a previously unknown group called Martyrs...
  • Resistance Fighters Vow to Attack until U.S. Troops Leave Iraq

    09/13/2003 6:48:28 AM PDT · by witnesstothefall · 20 replies · 251+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | Sep 13, 2003 | Hannah Allam
    BAQUBA, Iraq, Sep 13, 2003 (Saint Paul Pioneer Press - Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News via COMTEX) -- A mournful voice singing of dreary days and disappointing harvests drifted across a canal and onto the hidden grounds where Abu Abdullah teaches his recruits to kill. Faded Iraqi army uniforms dried on pomegranate trees, and combat boots lined a dirt path leading into the camp. Young Iraqis picked ripe grapes and offered them to visitors. And waited for orders to attack another American convoy. From this farm hidden among tangled grapevines and tall date palms an hour north of Baghdad, guerrilla fighters,...
  • Masked Guerrillas Battle U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

    09/11/2003 1:56:57 PM PDT · by PatrioticCowboy · 46 replies · 173+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-11-03
    Masked Guerrillas Battle U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Thu September 11, 2003 02:17 PM ET KHALDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Masked guerrillas attacked U.S. soldiers repairing a broken-down truck on Thursday, prompting a firefight that left buildings burning in a town in Saddam Hussein's former heartland, witnesses said. The U.S. military could not immediately give details of the incident, which took place in the so-called "Sunni Triangle," and it was unclear if anyone was hurt. The attackers fired two rocket-propelled grenades at soldiers working on the truck in the afternoon, after which two U.S. tanks arrived and fired at nearby buildings in...
  • Missile Attack Misses U.S. Plane at Baghdad Airport

    09/07/2003 7:04:24 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 11 replies · 178+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Sunday, September 7, 2003 | By Joseph Logan
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Unidentified guerrillas fired two missiles at a U.S. transport plane taking off from Baghdad just hours before Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew out of Iraq, military officials said on Sunday. The missiles missed their target and caused no damage. "Multiple missiles were fired which missed the aircraft," a U.S. military spokeswoman said of the incident, which happened on Saturday morning. Rumsfeld was thought to have passed through the airport on his way out to Kuwait, but the U.S. military refused on Sunday to comment on his exact travel route in and out of Baghdad. The military said,...
  • U.S. military leader says foreign fighters resist peace in Iraq

    09/06/2003 5:18:28 PM PDT · by Ranger · 128+ views
    Rumsfeld: Lebanese, Syrians among those carrying out attacks   BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hezbollah terrorists from Lebanon, who have been battling Israel for the past two decades, appear to be among Arab fighters seeking to undermine the American pacification and reconstruction of Iraq, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq said Friday."People who have been trained are coming in here," said Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, and they are either directing or participating in the kinds of truck bombings that have rocked Baghdad and the holy Shiite city of Najaf in recent weeks.His remark to reporters who are traveling with Defense Secretary...
  • GIs Exchange Fire With Iraq Guerrillas

    09/04/2003 1:46:47 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 199+ views
    AP | 9/04/03 | HRVOJE HRANJSKI
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops exchanged fire with Iraqi guerrillas who lobbed at least six mortar rounds at them in downtown Tikrit, and detained four people, including a suspected bomb maker, in a night of intense fighting early Thursday. The mortar shells missed their targets, causing no injuries or damage, said Lt. Col. Steve Russell, commander of the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 22nd Regiment, which patrols Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, 120 miles north of Baghdad. An American reconnaissance patrol, responding to the mortar attack, was ambushed with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades on the eastern bank...
  • U.S. forces kill 3 bomb-planting Iraqi guerrillas

    09/04/2003 3:28:21 AM PDT · by kattracks · 24 replies · 109+ views
    Reuters | 9/04/03
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Iraqi troops ambushed and killed three Iraqi guerrillas laying explosive devices of a roadside northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Thursday. Lieutenant Colonel William MacDonald, spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division, said the gunmen were digging holes to plant explosives on a roadside southeast of the town of Baquba, 50 km (32 miles) northeast of the capital, when soldiers fired from small arms and a tank on Wednesday night, killing all three. "(The U.S. soldiers) were on a mission to conduct an ambush at the site because there had been many...
  • US forces kill six Iraqis (Guerillas) near Kirkuk; FBI invited to investigate Najaf bombing

    08/31/2003 1:26:14 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies · 117+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | 8/31/03
    American occupation troops killed six Iraqis, who, according to a U.S. military spokesman, ambushed the US convoy and used rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. Two American occupation troops were injured in this incident on Saturday afternoon close to the northern city of Kirkuk, Reuters quoted Lieutenant Colonel William MacDonald, spokesman for the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division, as saying Sunday. According to him, all in all, eight men participated in the attack against the convoy, and the US forces returned fire, shooting to death six Iraqis and wounding two. Meanwhile, Najaf leaders asked the FBI for help investigating Friday's...
  • Saudi extremists said to be fighting in Iraq

    08/30/2003 4:44:58 PM PDT · by Brian S · 21 replies · 451+ views
    <p>Despite official denials, there have been signs for months that Saudi Muslim extremists have traveled to Iraq to take on U.S.-led forces.</p> <p>Internet memorials to those who died fighting the Americans have popped up and Saudis are quietly swapping tales said to be from the front lines. Many of the men going to Iraq had previously fought in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Bosnia and were experts on guerrilla warfare, said Abdullah Bjad al-Otaibi, who once counted himself among the extremists and now writes about them for Saudi newspapers.</p>
  • Communist Shining Path Guerrillas return as threat in a deal with coca traders

    08/26/2003 5:59:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 354+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug. 18, 2003 | TYLER BRIDGES
    Darkness had descended outside, and a bare light bulb illuminated Mayor Teófilo Torres in his office here as he explained the danger posed by the reemergence of the Shining Path guerrillas deep in the Peruvian jungle. ''Shining Path could enter San Francisco at any time and shoot me,'' Torres said. ``They look for the mayors first.'' A decade after the Shining Path was believed to have been vanquished, the guerrillas -- known in Peru by their Spanish name, Sendero Luminoso -- are making a comeback in a potentially dangerous alliance with traffickers of coca paste, the basic ingredient of cocaine,...
  • U.S. troops raid homes in Iraq's "Sunni triangle"

    08/26/2003 1:44:08 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters | 8/26/03 | Andrew Marshall
    BAGHDAD, Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. troops hunting guerrillas and criminals raided homes overnight in Iraq's restive "Sunni triangle," the Army said on Tuesday, as tension simmered among ethnic groups in the north and Shi'ite factions in the south. The U.S. 4th Infantry Division said hundreds of soldiers had raided homes around Khalis, north of Baghdad, on Monday night, looking for a gang accused of crimes in the area. Officers said several people had been detained. U.S. forces have mounted scores of raids in Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland around Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, looking for the fugitive ex-dictator, his...
  • U.S. military scorns Iraq's "miss-and-run" fighters

    08/26/2003 12:57:33 AM PDT · by kattracks · 22 replies · 85+ views
    Reuters | 8/26/03 | Andrew Cawthorne
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Iraqi guerrillas waging low-level attacks on American occupying forces are poorly organised, militarily incompetent and quick to run, scornful U.S. commanders say. "The enemy tactics are 'miss and run'," said Colonel James Hickey, whose brigade controls the restive area round Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit. "They're almost running when they pull the trigger." A more potentially devastating threat is that of suicide attacks against U.S. military bases like the recent bombs at the U.N. headquarters and Jordanian embassy in Baghdad, Tikrit area officers said in conversations with Reuters in recent days. "It could...
  • U.S. Says Militants Slip Into Iraq Via Saudi Arabia

    08/22/2003 3:14:44 PM PDT · by veronica · 10 replies · 86+ views
    Reuters via Lycos ^ | August 22, 2003
    Some of the people attacking U.S. forces in Iraq are slipping across the border from Saudi Arabia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said in a television interview on Friday. U.S. soldiers have faced daily guerrilla ambushes since the end of the war that ousted Saddam Hussein in April, but those attacks were overshadowed by Tuesday's suspected suicide bombing of the U.N. headquarters that killed 24 people. U.S. officials have long suspected some militants have come through Iran and Syria and has warned both against interference in Iraq but have not previously singled out Saudi Arabia, a key U.S....
  • Contractor Killed, Two U.S. Troops Wounded in Iraq

    08/20/2003 6:36:18 AM PDT · by Brian S · 2 replies · 199+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08-20-03
    Aug. 20 — TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Guerrillas ambushed U.S. troops in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in central Iraq on Wednesday, killing a contractor and wounding two soldiers, a U.S. military officer said. Major Bryan Luke did not give the nationality of the contractor. He said assault rifles were fired at a three-vehicle convoy near a market in the center of Tikrit, 110 miles north of Baghdad. Luke had initially said rocket-propelled grenades had also been fired, but later said this was not correct. He said three gunmen had fired AK-47s at the U.S. convoy and one of the...
  • Farc air attack on Colombian leader

    08/18/2003 8:31:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 284+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 19/08/2003 | Jeremy McDermott
    Marxist guerrillas tried to assassinate President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia and his wife, Lina, on a visit to the province of Antioquia. The attack happened as the couple were on their way by helicopter to the town of Granada to celebrate its reconstruction after a guerrilla attack in 2000 that left 29 people dead and many buildings in ruins. President Uribe speaks in Granada after the attempted assasination The helicopter was coming in to land when guerrillas in the mountains around the town tried to bring it down with machineguns. The helicopter quickly pulled up and its escort, a US-supplied...
  • Chechens Join Iraqi Guerrillas; Syrian “Black Flags” Sabotage Iraqi Oil

    08/19/2003 4:00:53 PM PDT · by O.C. - Old Cracker · 6 replies · 128+ views
    DEBKAfile ^ | August 19, 2003 | DEBKAfile
    In the sizzling heat of an Iraqi summer, Saddam Hussein’s loyalist guerrillas cannily select targets that will make the life of the ordinary Iraqi unbearable, trusting in acute disruptions to provoke him to rise up en masse against the Americans. Their organization is Saboteurs are systematically disrupting oil, electricity and water supplies. There is efficient organization somewhere in the background. In ten days, guerrillas set two calamitous fires at key points on the 600-mile pipeline just when oil exports were due to resume from northern Iraq’s huge Kirkuk fields, source of 40 percent of country’s oil, to Turkey’s Ceyhan terminal...
  • U.S. now sees Al Qaida as leader of war effort in Iraq

    08/19/2003 10:36:37 AM PDT · by veronica · 37 replies · 293+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 8/19/03
    The United States has concluded that Al Qaida and its allies are taking over the Sunni insurgency war in Iraq. U.S. officials said Central Command officers in Iraq have seen increasing evidence of Al Qaida and Islamic volunteer forces participating and even leading the insurgency war in the Sunni Triangle. They said Al Qaida has succeeded in presenting Iraq as the next arena for what the movement terms the Islamic holy war against the United States. "Foreign terrorists are attracted to areas where the coalition is on the offense in the global war on terror, and in Iraq we are...
  • US House member to push for Syria sanctions

    08/19/2003 5:55:53 AM PDT · by veronica · 4 replies · 162+ views
    JPost ^ | 8/19/03
    With strong support from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, a New York House member said Monday he would push a bill to sanction Syria unless it stops helping Hezbollah guerrillas and ends its military occupation of Lebanon. The prime minister endorsed U.S. economic and diplomatic pressure on Syria in a 90-minute conversation in his Jerusalem office, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said in a telephone interview. While Sharon appeared to be in an exceptionally good mood, he complained that Syria allows Hezbollah to "run wild" in Lebanon and does not feel the heat of U.S. diplomatic overtures, Engel said. The...
  • US official claims Syria aids terrorists (attacking US troops in Iraq)

    08/19/2003 6:01:07 AM PDT · by veronica · 12 replies · 195+ views
    AP/Jpost ^ | 8/19/03
    The top American official in Iraq accused Syria of allowing "terrorists" to cross the border, and U.S. forces on Tuesday reported another attack, this time from assailants firing from behind an ambulance. No U.S. soldiers were injured in Monday night's attack in which assailants driving alongside an ambulance for cover fired on U.S. forces in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces, a military official said Tuesday. The attack came shortly after a bomb blew up along the same road in Tikrit, 120 miles north of Baghdad, Lt. Col. Steve Russell of the 4th Infantry Division said. "We don't believe that the...
  • Ten Policemen Killed in Worsening Afghan Violence

    08/19/2003 5:18:21 AM PDT · by Brian S · 2 replies · 164+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08-19-03
    Tue August 19, 2003 06:26 AM ET By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas have killed 10 policemen, including a provincial police chief, taking the death toll to more than 90 in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest weeks since U.S.-led forces overthrew their strict Islamic regime in 2001. Abdul Khaliq, police chief of Logar province, and several other senior police officers from the province south of Kabul were among those killed in an ambush on Monday, Logar's military commander Fazlullah Mojadidi told Reuters. He said the police chief had been returning from a funeral for two family members of a...
  • "Guerrilla" fighters intensify attacks

    08/18/2003 10:31:27 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 70+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2003 | By Todd Pitman
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan &#8212; Fierce battles during the weekend, in which hundreds suspected of being Taliban fighters stormed into two towns and overran police stations, marked an escalation of a guerrilla war against supporters of the U.S.-backed government.</p> <p>Just hours after a deadly raid on a police station killed 22 persons, fighters attacked another police compound in southeast Afghanistan, setting it ablaze and taking four police officers hostage, officials said yesterday.</p>
  • People turn anger against Saddam

    08/18/2003 5:58:11 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 38 replies · 172+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 08/19/03 | Harry de Quetteville
    Iraqis are used to blaming coalition forces for their daily troubles but yesterday they lashed out at a host of new enemies after sabotage attacks on oil and water pipelines. As repairs continued even hardened adherents to conspiracy theories were forced to admit that US and British forces were not, this time, at fault. Instead resentful Iraqis lashed out at al-Qa'eda, Iranian militants and Saddam loyalists whom they suspect of the sabotage. "We're used to seeing Americans getting shot at but now we are being targeted," said Ahmed Abdehamid, 21, outside his house in Cairo Street, a plush neighbourhood where...
  • The War is Over; The Jihad Isn't-Islamic militants are streaming into Iraq to attack Americans

    08/18/2003 5:31:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 442+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | August 18, 2003 | Robert Spencer
    Islamic militants are streaming into Iraq to attack Americans, for reasons that stir in the hearts of Muslims worldwide -- including the USA. A “wide range of militants,” says the New York Times, is streaming into Iraq, eager for a showdown with American troops. Mullah Mustapha Kreikar, leader of the Muslim terrorist group Ansar al-Islam, declaimed from his safe haven in Norway on the religious character of the struggle: “The resistance is not only a reaction to the American invasion, it is part of the continuous Islamic struggle since the collapse of the caliphate. All Islamic struggles since then are...
  • "The U.S. likes to think that all it confronts are a few die-hard Saddamists, but..."

    08/15/2003 8:07:45 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 31 replies · 263+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 16, 2003 | Paul McGeough
    Inside the resistance August 16, 2003 Alert and alarmed ... patrolling the streets of Baghdad can never be considered routine. Photos: Jason South The United States likes to think that all it confronts in Iraq are a few die-hard Saddamists. But Paul McGeough meets a new guerilla movement with growing popular support. There's a knock on the door. Standing in the first-floor corridor of the Al Safeer Hotel are two men - Ahmed, a weapons dealer and group commander in the Iraqi resistance, and Haqi, one of his foot soldiers. They enter and take a seat on the sofa, edgy...
  • Iraq's Muslim Clerics Warn U.S.; Two GIs Wounded

    08/15/2003 7:36:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 20+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-15-03 | Nadim Ladki
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Clerics from across the Muslim sectarian divide blasted the U.S. occupation of Iraq in Friday prayers as guerrilla hit-and-run attacks in the center of the country inflicted more American casualties. Two U.S. soldiers and three Iraqi civilians were wounded when gunmen fired two rocket-propelled grenades at a small military convoy near the town of Balad, northeast of Baghdad. "The Iraqis were treated at the scene and released while the soldiers were (evacuated) to a field hospital and are in stable condition," said Lieutenant-Colonel William MacDonald, spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division. "We have not yet captured...
  • Guerrillas Kill 2 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

    08/13/2003 10:02:17 AM PDT · by Gabrielle Reilly · 53 replies · 31+ views
    My Way ^ | Aug 13th, 2003 | By D'ARCY DORAN
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - Guerrillas killed two American soldiers north of Baghdad, and U.S. forces said Wednesday they were holding two key members of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard and a paymaster for his feared Fedayeen militia. An attack 15 miles south of Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, killed one U.S. soldier and wounded a second Wednesday when their four-vehicle convoy hit a roadside bomb, according to Maj. Josslyn Aberle, spokeswoman for the 4th Infantry Division. The military also reported a soldier killed and two wounded in a bomb attack Tuesday near Taji, 12 miles north of the capital. The attack was in...
  • Columnist Patrick J. Buchanan: "Imperial Wars -- Then and Now"

    08/13/2003 8:00:07 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 48 replies · 326+ views
    WND.com ^ | 08-13-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Imperial wars, then & now Posted: August 13, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. Having found neither weapons of mass destruction nor a link to 9-11, the White House has retreated into its fallback position. It now defends Operation Iraqi Freedom as a necessary war to rid the Middle East of a brutal dictatorship and replace it with a democracy. That is, this was a war of democratic imperialism, as some of us said all along. The neocons exploited America's rage after 9-11 and steered the president into invading Iraq, in order to reshape its political system...