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  • The Fighting Killions

    03/08/2007 7:01:13 AM PST · by em2vn · 15 replies · 666+ views
    techcentralstation ^ | 03-08-07 | By Michael Fumento
    The Fighting Killions Font Size: It's only fitting that I met Spc. Robert Killion during one of the fiercest gun battles of his 12-month tour in the wild-west Iraqi city of Ramadi in Al Anbar province. I was originally on the other side of the top of a house behind a machine-gunner, hoping to photograph him with shell casings ejecting from his weapon as he fired. But all the firing was coming from the other side. "Way to go Killion!" shouted the soldier in front of me. So I hauled tail over there, taking up position just behind this tall,...
  • Awakening Ramadi: Troops, tribes find common ground and success

    03/06/2007 1:02:25 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 6 replies · 545+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 6 2007 | Matt Millham
    But for the most part, the brigade made little headway in getting Ramadi’s citizens to join the fight against the insurgency, MacFarland said. That is, until Aug. 21. That day, an influential sheik in a Ramadi suburb was killed by al-Qaida in Iraq militants, who held his body for four days and prevented him from being buried in the Muslim tradition. “That was the decisive miscalculation by al-Qaida that we were able to exploit and that will ultimately lead to the downfall of AQ in al-Anbar province,” MacFarland said. “Al-Qaida had its Waterloo.” But shortly after the sheik was slain,...
  • Insurgents attempt a surge of their own ~ Ramadi ...mid February...

    03/03/2007 9:30:26 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 770+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Monte Morin, Stars and Stripes
    Troops take on determined militants in volatile Ramadi By Monte Morin, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Monte Morin / S&S An Abrams tank with the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, watches over a street corner in downtown Ramadi recently. Monte Morin / S&S Marine Warrant Officer One James Wright, 32, of Houston, Texas, uses his rifle scope to scan buildings in downtown Ramadi after hearing gunfire recently. Wright, a public affairs officer with the 4th Civil Affairs Group, was visiting a joint security station. Monte Morin / S&S Soldiers...
  • It's Game On In Ramadi: Long Awaited Operation Underway, Fierce Fighting in Center of City

    03/02/2007 9:56:46 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 92 replies · 2,504+ views
    Iraq Slogger ^ | March 2 2007 | ROBERT Y. PELTON
    The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (1-3ID)is currently engaged in street to street fighting in central Ramadi. The much anticipated attack follows months of hands off policy as troops were routinely sniped and attacked with orders not to retaliate. After much planning U.S. forces along with a collection of hired local tribesmen from nearby Sofia (a suburb of Ramadi) and other groups are attacking and clearing the are house by house. The tribes have been formed into paramilitary units called "Emergency Response Units" and are linked with U.S. troops. The 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (1-9), 2nd Infantry...
  • U.S. Military: Report of 18 Boys Killed in Ramadi Is False(don't see bodies, don't report the lies!)

    02/28/2007 7:45:59 AM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies · 554+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 2/28/2007 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — A report that 18 boys were killed this week in a car bombing in Ramadi is "false," a senior U.S. military official said Wednesday. Iraqi state television reported Tuesday that the attack occurred that day in the Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad. Iraqi police and military confirmed the account, but later said the bombing took place Monday. The offices of the president and prime minister had also denounced the reported attack. The report brought denunciations from top Iraqi officials and international groups about violence targeting children. But Rear Adm. Mark Fox, a U.S. military spokesman, said...
  • Baghdad car bomb kills 10 (CNN hides yesterday's lie correction inside today's murders)

    02/28/2007 7:36:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 2 replies · 461+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/28/2007 | CNN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A car bomb exploded Wednesday near a market in southwestern Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 21 others, an Iraqi emergency police official said. The blast struck the capital's Bayaa neighborhood. Authorities said the death toll is expected to rise. "People were in a state of panic. There was a lot of blood on the ground, and we helped carrying the wounded to the ambulances," Shiite Muslim shopkeeper Imad Jassim told The Associated Press. In a later attack, a suicide car bomb exploded outside the Bab al-Sheik police station in central Baghdad, killing two...
  • CNN confirms report of 18 killed on soccer field was incorrect and another MSM lie! (vanity)

    02/28/2007 6:46:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 27 replies · 1,135+ views
    self | 2/28/2007 | self
    Just heard on CNN that the original report was incorrect and the military confirmed it was a controlled explosion that was bigger than expected. CNN also admitted that they independently confirmed the report from other media sources.
  • Conflicting reports over blast in Iraqi city ~ near a soccer field in the city of Ramadi ....

    02/27/2007 11:26:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 645+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:09PM EST | Dean Yates and Ibon Villelabeitia
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police and a community leader said a bomb blast near a soccer field in the city of Ramadi on Tuesday killed 18 people, mostly children, but the U.S. military said it was unaware of such an attack. Amid conflicting reports over what happened in the volatile western city, the U.S. military said its soldiers had carried out a controlled explosion in Ramadi, also near a soccer field, that slightly wounded 30 people, including nine children. "I can't imagine there would be another attack involving children without our people knowing," Major Jeff Pool, a spokesman for U.S....
  • Young GIs get first taste of war in Ramadi

    02/24/2007 5:09:56 PM PST · by TADSLOS · 7 replies · 633+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 24 February, 2007 | Monte Morin
    RAMADI, Iraq — What lures a young private to Iraq? For at least two recent arrivals in this battered provincial capital, where troops attached to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division are battling Islamic militants in a muddy and bloody urban war, the answer is both love and money. “I joined for the money,” Pvt. Andrew Ralston said before heading out on a cordon-and-search operation Wednesday. “My plan is to retire at 45 with $3 million.” Although the 3rd ID is now on its third deployment in Iraq, many soldiers, including Ralston, are experiencing war for the first...
  • U.S. troops clash with Ramadi insurgents (at least 12 killed in 6-hours of fierce fighting)

    02/22/2007 8:33:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 714+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/22/07 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops battled insurgents in fierce fighting that killed at least 12 people in the volatile Sunni city of Ramadi, the military said Thursday. Iraqi authorities said the dead included women and children. The six-hour firefight began after the U.S. troops were attacked by insurgents with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades Wednesday evening in eastern Ramadi, said Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Shawn Mercer. The fighting ended after "precision guided munitions" damaged a number of buildings being used by the insurgents, he said. Twelve insurgents were killed and three were wounded, he said, adding that there were no...
  • Sunni tribes policing Ramadi

    02/19/2007 5:15:56 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 19 replies · 509+ views
    UPI ^ | February 19 2007 | Pamela Hess
    With the blessings of the Americans and the interior ministry in Baghdad, the Sunni tribes of Ramadi and up through the Euphrates River valley are mounting militias to back up the local police force. Known as emergency response units, or ERUs, the planned eight battalions of men will be trained in policing and will draw pay, uniforms and equipment from Baghdad. There are three already operating on a provisional basis outside Ramadi. Others are planned for Hit and al Qaim. They will be conducting route security, securing the long highway that connects Baghdad to Jordan, and provide a pool of...
  • Ramadi mayor solving problems

    02/18/2007 11:05:06 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 242+ views
    AR RAMADI – Ten city directors and representatives met with the mayor here Monday to discuss city problems and solutions. The meeting was the second of its kind to be held since the appointment of Mayor Latif Obaid Ayadah in early January, and served as a forum for the leaders. Representatives from Ramadi’s water department, sewage and sanitation department, electricity department, municipality department, and a few supervisors of other areas attended the morning meeting. The collection of professional leaders addressed a variety of topics during the meeting, all focused on increasing the quality of life for Ramadi citizens. The main...
  • Ramadi’s new mayor takes the lead on city’s reconstruction

    02/12/2007 5:14:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 249+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Paul Robbins Jr.
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Feb. 12, 2007) -- The city of Ramadi has long needed strong leadership to make bigger steps in its reconstruction, and that leadership arrived recently in the form of a new mayor. Latif Obaid Ayadah was appointed as Mayor of Ramadi in early January, filling a void in city leadership that had been abandoned for many months. Hand picked by the Governor of Al Anbar, Mayor Latif has brought legitimacy to the city government with a strong work ethic and demand for results. “The leaders of Al Anbar have been looking for a qualified person for quite...
  • Iraqi Police in Ramadi Discover Large Weapons Cache

    02/06/2007 5:05:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 776+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Multi-National Force – West Public Affairs Office
    Iraqi policemen from the Albu Obaid Iraqi Police station celebrate as they inventory a historic weapons cache found in Ramadi, Feb 3. Courtesy photo Iraqi Police in Ramadi Discover Large Weapons Cache In just two months, the Iraqi Police and the Emergency Response Units have found several explosive ordnances. By Multi-National Force – West Public Affairs Office RAMADI, Iraq, Feb. 6, 2007 -- Members of the Albu Obaid Iraqi Police station discovered one of the largest weapons cache in the last year while conducting dismounted patrols in eastern Ramadi, Feb. 3. "The success of the cache discoveries by the...
  • "Why Joshua Sparling should never leave the house" (hateful left, VIDEO of Fox News appearances)

    01/31/2007 3:47:27 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 10 replies · 1,485+ views
    Hannity Forums - 'Washington Politics' ^ | Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 | Shannon Murphy
    At Hannity Forums liberals, leftists and democrats are accusing Joshua Sparling of working with conservatives / FReepers to set this confrontation with war protesters up intentionally as a publicity stunt so Joshua can get more name recognition for himself. Plus other typical anti-American and anti-US military type statements. --- Why Joshua Sparling should never leave the househttp://www.hannity.com/forum/showthread.php?t=235591 (the liberal leftist democrat who started this thread could use a good slappin' around along with others who will be obvious by their hatred of our military) Liberal leftist democrats spit at Iraq War hero Joshua Sparling yesterday in DChttp://www.hannity.com/forum/showthread.php?t=235355 (I started this...
  • Spitting at a war hero (Iraq War veteran Joshua Sparling of the 82nd Airborne Division)

    01/29/2007 3:53:28 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 63 replies · 3,924+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Michelle Malkin
    Free Republic's Kristinn Taylor had his excellent first hand report linked to by Michelle Malkin below. --- Spitting at a war hero By Michelle Malkin   ·   January 28, 2007 10:19 PM Readers of this blog will remember the name Joshua Sparling. In December 2005, the Iraq war veteran received a disgusting, anti-war death wish card while being treated at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. for injuries from a bomb explosion in Ramadi. Last month, his right leg was amputated. And this weekend, while participating in a counter-protest against the moonbat convergence, he was spit at by anti-war demonstrators....
  • Michael Yon; Walking the Line 2007 Part 3 of 3

    01/19/2007 12:58:14 PM PST · by oxcart · 4 replies · 754+ views
    MichaelYon-online.com ^ | 01/19/2006 | Michael Yon
    The evening of 30 December, CSM Jeffrey Mellinger talked over dinner with troops about progress and setbacks in Iraq. This was about twelve hours before Saddam was to hang, but that was still a big secret to nearly everyone. American Brigadier General Francis Wiercinksi would later tell me that neither he nor the current governor of Salah al Dinh Province, where Saddam was born, were aware of the impending execution. On the eve of the hanging, Mellinger delivered a no-room-for-BS-talk, the only kind combat soldiers will tolerate without shutting someone out or walking away. One soldier was against the death...
  • Embedded Reporter Upbeat About Iraq

    12/03/2006 7:11:35 AM PST · by wgflyer · 9 replies · 771+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 30 Nov., 2006 | John Hawkins
    Last week, I had an opportunity to interview Michael Fumento, who has now been embedded in Iraq three times and has recently returned from a trip to Ramadi. If you're looking for someone in the media with the ground experience in Iraq, you couldn't do much better than Michael Fumento. Now, on to the interview, which has been edited. Now, Michael, you were just embedded with the troops out in the field in Ramadi. There are not a lot of reporters who do that. Why do you think that is and do you think reporters over there lose perspective if...
  • Iraqi Police meet needs in Ramadi

    11/28/2006 8:56:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 466+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Cpl. Paul Robbins Jr.
    Iraqi Policemen from the Western Ramadi Police Station help offload medical supplies at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Ar Ramadi. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Robbins Jr. AR RAMADI -- Armed with cough syrup and headache medicine, Coalition Forces are conducting operations to meet the needs of the women and children in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Iraqi Police officers from the Western Ramadi Police Sub-Station conducted a medical relief operation at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Western Ar Ramadi. The Police, comprised mainly of Ramadi residents, unloaded nearly 3,000 pounds of essential medicines and medical devices for the...
  • The REAL story from Ramadi, Iraq (AUDIO, Mike Fumento's excellent interview on the Mike Rosen show)

    11/24/2006 2:01:01 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 5 replies · 992+ views
    'Rosen Replay' at his 850am KOA website ^ | Wednesday November 22nd, 2006 | Mike Rosen interview
    Mike Fumento was a guest on the Mike Rosen show on 850am KOA here in Denver Wednesday (Nov. 23rd) to talk about his recent October 2006 trip to Ramadi, Iraq. Mike talks about the REAL story from the one of the most dangerous places in the country. Rosen Replay 11/22/06 10-11AM (about 45 minutes, MP3) Guest: Mike Fumento, journalist for "The Weekly Standard" talks about his latest article, "Return to Ramadi."Click here for part one of the interview Rosen Replay 11/22/06 11-11:45AM (about 30 minutes, MP3) Mike Fumento continued. Click here for part two of the interview --- Mike Fumento's...
  • Return to Ramadi

    11/20/2006 9:06:39 AM PST · by wildbill · 2 replies · 373+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/20/2006 | M. Fumento
    Ramadi Operation Phantom Fury, the U.S. assault on Falluja in Iraq's Al Anbar Province in November 2004, is widely perceived as the greatest coalition victory against Iraq's insurgent and terrorist forces. It did indeed end enemy control over the city. But civilian casualties were high because of the massive use of firepower. About a fourth of the city's homes were destroyed and another fourth damaged. And while many of the enemy died, the advance notice of the attack plus the ability to escape across the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in small boats meant that most of the fighters killed were...
  • Return to Ramadi

    11/19/2006 11:33:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies · 639+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/27/2006 | Michael Fumento
    Operation Phantom Fury, the U.S. assault on Falluja in Iraq's Al Anbar Province in November 2004, is widely perceived as the greatest coalition victory against Iraq's insurgent and terrorist forces. It did indeed end enemy control over the city. But civilian casualties were high because of the massive use of firepower. About a fourth of the city's homes were destroyed and another fourth damaged. And while many of the enemy died, the advance notice of the attack plus the ability to escape across the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in small boats meant that most of the fighters killed were probably...
  • Greetings from Ramadi (Mike Fumento has photos from his latest trip to Iraq)

    11/18/2006 10:01:34 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 5 replies · 1,118+ views
    Michelle Malkin blog ^ | Saturday November 18th, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Greetings from Ramadi By Michelle Malkin   ·   November 18, 2006 08:39 AM Mike Fumento has photos from his latest trip to Ramadi. Here's one he snapped at Camp Ramadi. Mike writes: "Something tells me Cindy Sheehan wouldn't feel comfortable here." Speaking of Ramadi, Patterico is looking to talk to soldiers fighting there. Give him a shout at patterico-at-gmail.com.
  • US air strike kills Al Qaeda kingpin: military

    11/02/2006 12:03:31 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies · 1,392+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 2 November 2006 | AFP
    BAGHDAD - American forces killed an Al Qaeda chieftain in the lawless western Iraqi city of Ramadi by destroying his car with a laser guided bomb, the US military said on Thursday. “Rafa Abdul Salam Hamud Al Ithawi, also known as Abu Taha, was the emir of Shamiyyah,” it said. “He frequently harboured foreign fighters who entered Iraq illegally in order to assault innocent Iraqis and coalition forces.” Ithawi was killed on Wednesday along with his driver, ”diminishing the Al Qaeda in Iraq network,” the statement said. Ramadi has become the focus of the battle between US forces and Sunni...
  • Al Qa'ida in Iraq Situation Report IZ-060316-01

    10/24/2006 3:48:02 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 1 replies · 571+ views
    IN THE NAME OF GOD, MOST GRACIOUS MOST MERCYFUL So this is the reality we’re living in al-Anbar in general, and Ramadi in particular, that is the head Sheiks of some tribes, and symbols of the Islamic Party, sat with the Americans in Jordan, and other places, to fight terrorism and its people. The Sheiks started teaching people about these ideas, this conspiracy is led by two sides, the first is the heads of the tribes, the second is the leaders of the Islamic Party and mosques speakers, so they announced their war on the Mujahidin, it increased during the...
  • Coalition Forces Defeat Complex Attack in Ramadi

    10/17/2006 6:00:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 497+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2006 – Coalition forces defeated a complex insurgent small-arms-fire attack in Ramadi, Iraq, yesterday, killing three insurgents, military officials reported today. There were no reports of civilian or coalition casualties. Insurgents attacked three different coalition locations from several buildings at the same time with small-arms fire, officials said. In response, coalition forces established the origin of the gunfire and returned fire with small-arms and machine-gun fire. When the enemy’s fire did not cease, coalition forces used increasing levels of force, including tank main-gun rounds followed by an air-delivered missile. (From a Multinational Corps Iraq news...
  • Navy SEAL Saves Comrades By Falling on Grenade

    10/15/2006 5:45:42 AM PDT · by RDTF · 57 replies · 2,152+ views
    Fox ^ | October 14, 2006 | Ap
    A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into their sniper hideout, fellow members of the elite force said. Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 when the grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor, said four SEALs who spoke to The Associated Press this week on condition of anonymity because their work requires their identities to remain secret. "He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was...
  • Ramadi has ‘Tipped’ to Iraqi Government, Coalition

    09/29/2006 6:47:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies · 1,412+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2006 – The battle for Ramadi has "tipped" in favor of the government of Iraq and the coalition, the commander of 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, said today. Army Col. Sean MacFarland told the Pentagon press corps in a video teleconference call that attacks are down 25 percent over the past couple of months, and coalition forces, together with the Iraqi security forces, have steadily increased their presence inside of the city. Ramadi, the capital and largest city in Anbar province, has been an al Qaeda in Iraq and Sunni insurgent hotbed. But now the tide seems...
  • Air strike near Ramadi kills terrorists

    09/06/2006 5:14:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 59 replies · 1,365+ views
    Watch Air Strike VideoDepartment of Defense photo. BAGHDAD -- An air strike near Ramadi on Saturday killed six terrorists who had fired mortars at civilians there. Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multi-National Force - Iraq senior spokesman, said that Coalition aircraft saw the terrorists loading a mortar tube into a white sedan near a known terrorist safe house.The Coalition aircraft continued to watch as the terrorists dug up munitions from a weapons cache and then fired four mortars at Iraqi civilians Saturday morning. The men then drove the vehicle to another secluded area. Coalition forces, determining that striking...
  • Marines 'own the night' in battle for control of dangerous Iraqi city - Ramadi

    09/01/2006 10:25:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 849+ views
    North County Times ^ | 9/1/06 | Antonio Castaneda - ap
    RAMADI, Iraq -- Their first silhouettes appear at dusk, moving briskly under dim moonlight or the rare streetlamp. Sometimes the crunch of their boots on trash-strewn streets will stir families dozing on lawns in the cool of evening. It's another night patrol by Marines in one of Iraq's most dangerous cities. When night falls on Ramadi, hundreds of Marines confined to bases during the day return to the streets. Daytime foot patrols are limited because of the threat of skilled snipers or roadside bombs, but the cover of darkness -- and night vision technology -- allows Marines to fan out...
  • Coalition Forces in Ramadi Attacked From Mosque

    08/25/2006 1:59:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies · 849+ views
    RAMADI, Iraq, Aug. 25, 2006 – Coalition forces were attacked today from the Al Qadir Al Kilami mosque in Ramadi, Iraq, military officials here reported. The attack at about 12:30 p.m. included small-arms and machine-gun fire, rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and a makeshift bomb, officials said. Coalition forces returned fire in self-defense using escalation-of-force procedures, officials said, and finally fired several main gun rounds from M1 tanks into the mosque to defeat the attackers. The mosque’s dome and minaret were heavily damaged. A coalition soldier was wounded in the attack, but later returned to duty. Officials said no assessment was...
  • Police recruits reach record number in Ramadi

    08/22/2006 4:29:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 353+ views
    RAMADI, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 22, 2006) – A record-setting 395 Iraqis answered the call at a recent recruiting drive for Iraqi police in Ramadi. The recruiting drives are jointly hosted by the Iraqi army, Iraqi police, and units of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. “The tremendous success of the August recruiting drive demonstrates that the people of Ramadi are committed to their own security. We have rounded a corner in creating a stable and secure Ramadi,” said Lt. Col. James Lechner, deputy commander of the 1st AD’s 1st Bde. To join the Iraqi police, recruits must pass...
  • Iraqis Must Step Forward in Anbar Province, General Says

    08/13/2006 8:54:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 268+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Aug. 13, 2006 – The Iraqi people must step forward and accept their freely elected government if there is to be peace in the country’s troubled Anbar province, the coalition’s commander in the region said here today. Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer met with reporters traveling with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace. Zilmer said relations between the coalition and the province’s population, as well as the security climate in former hot spots such as Fallujah and Qaim, have improved. But though these “atmospherics” have changed for the better, big problems do remain,...
  • Firefight Against Iraqi Insurgents Claims the War's First Navy SEAL

    08/07/2006 7:58:15 AM PDT · by RDTF · 16 replies · 2,768+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 7, 2006 | Tony Perry
    When Navy SEAL Marc Alan Lee talked to his wife last week from Iraq, he was upbeat as always, discussing their future, his SEAL team's planned return to Coronado, Calif., in October and the prospect of starting a family. The next day the 28-year-old Lee, a petty officer 2nd class, was killed in a prolonged firefight with insurgents in Ramadi, making him the first SEAL killed in Iraq. Two other SEALs were wounded in what a reporter embedded with U.S. troops described as an hourlong firefight between heavily armed and aggressive insurgents and a force of SEALs, U.S. soldiers and...
  • In Ramadi, the Battle is Ever Changing

    08/06/2006 10:06:42 AM PDT · by World_Events · 5 replies · 406+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/6/2006 | juliet barnes
    Insurgents in Ramadi, the capital of restive Al Anbar province, are using increasingly sophisticated tactics against U.S. and Iraqi forces. As in the rest of Iraq, the improvised explosive device, which the military calls the IED, is the most common and deadliest weapon. But after three years of fighting, insurgents here are combining roadside bombs with small-arms fire or rocket-propelled grenades to lethal effect. "Darwin works every day for the insurgency," said a Marine intelligence officer, whose work with classified information prohibits him from speaking publicly. "The guys who are left know their business. The dumb ones are weeded out...
  • Marine sniper metes out swift death in Iraq's most dangerous neighborhood

    07/29/2006 12:58:46 PM PDT · by traumer · 217 replies · 7,841+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune & AP ^ | July 29, 2006 | Antonio Castaneda
    RAMADI, Iraq – He was 5 when he first fired an M-16, his father holding him to brace against the recoil. At 17 he enlisted in the Marine Corps, spurred by the memory of Sept. 11. Now, 21-year-old Galen Wilson has 20 confirmed kills in four months in Iraq – and another 40 shots that probably killed insurgents. One afternoon the lance corporal downed a man hauling a grenade launcher 5½ football fields away. Wilson is the designated marksman in a company of Marines based in downtown Ramadi, watching over what Marines call the most dangerous neighborhood in the most...
  • 'Mr. Wilson' Finally Gets Out of Ramadi (but really doesn't)

    07/19/2006 4:13:44 PM PDT · by james500 · 1 replies · 331+ views
    AP by way of ABC News ^ | Jul 19, 2006 | ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    After Destruction of Downtown Ramadi, a Holdout Dubbed 'Mr. Wilson' Finally Packs Up His Family RAMADI, Iraq Jul 19, 2006 (AP)— "Mr. Wilson" is gone. When U.S. tanks first rolled into this most violent of Iraqi cities, the Iraqi family man stayed put. He hung in there for three more years as neighboring shops and buildings were pounded into rubble. He stayed even after U.S. Marines, failing to recognize him as he drove home one day, opened fire and injured him in the leg.
  • On patrol with Marines in Ramadi

    07/22/2006 7:34:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 542+ views
    Saturday, 22 July 2006 RAMADI -- Lance Cpl. Brandon R. Musser is just one of many Marines from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment patrolling the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq while wearing 50 plus pounds of armor under a scorching sun. And he and his comrades are doing it with no complaints. Lance Cpl. William A. Staley, 24, from Lockport, N.Y., searches an Iraqi civilian during a vehicle check point patrol June 20. Staley is a mortar man with 3rd Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. The patrol was conducted to deny insurgents...
  • Iraqi Forces Key to Victory Against Terrorists, Ramadi-Based General Says

    07/14/2006 4:10:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 311+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2006 – Iraqi security forces must take the lead in security operations to defeat terrorists in that country, a senior U.S. Army officer said today. Iraqi soldiers and police "are in the fight to the finish," Army Col. Sean B. MacFarland said from Ramadi, Iraq, during a satellite teleconference with Pentagon reporters. MacFarland is the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in Ramadi, the capital city of Anbar province. His unit has operated with Iraqi forces in and around Ramadi since June 11. Over the past several weeks, U.S. and Iraqi forces have...
  • Ramadi Mission at Turning Point, U.S. Commander Says

    07/14/2006 3:38:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 516+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2006 – Anti-insurgent efforts in the Iraqi city of Ramadi are beginning to bear fruit, a senior U.S. military officer said today. "We're in a transition point in the fight for Ramadi. There's still a lot to do, but we're on the right track," Army Col. Sean B. MacFarland said from his headquarters in Ramadi during a satellite teleconference with Pentagon reporters. MacFarland is the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. The 1st Brigade assists Iraqi soldiers and police in defeating insurgents within the unit's area of operations, he said. Ramadi is the...
  • Marines gain control of Iraq hospital (Ramadi facility used by Al Qaida insurgents)

    07/05/2006 3:50:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,286+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/5/06 | Antonio Castaneda - ap
    RAMADI, Iraq - Hundreds of U.S. Marines stormed through dimly lit hallways of the largest hospital in western Iraq on Wednesday, taking control of a facility allegedly used by insurgents — and encountering a regional health infrastructure in serious decay. Members of al-Qaida in Iraq had been using the Ramadi General Hospital, a seven-story building with some 250 beds, to treat their wounded and fire on U.S. troops in the area, the Marines said. They said wounded Iraqi police officers who had been taken to the hospital were later found beheaded. Though there was no resistance during Wednesday's operation, the...
  • Logistics Marines take on insurgency to entrench Iraqi Army in Ramadi

    07/01/2006 1:22:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 379+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Daniel J. Redding
    RAMADI, Iraq (June 29, 2006) -- In recent days, the tempo of security operations have significantly increased in this insurgent stronghold. As U.S. and Iraqi forces push further into the city they plan to hold the ground they take by setting up small outposts on the insurgents' doorstep. Under sporadic small-arms, rocket and mortar fire, five Marines emplaced over 300 concrete barriers in 27 hours to provide secure borders for a new Iraqi army outpost in this capital city of the Al Anbar province. The Marines, from Combat Logistics Detachment 115, utilized heavily armored forklifts, commonly referred to as TRAMS,...
  • U.S. soldiers learn to live with incoming fire in troubled Iraqi city (Ramadi)

    06/30/2006 12:28:53 PM PDT · by hawkaw · 14 replies · 680+ views
    al AP via Santa Barbara News ^ | June 30, 2006 | ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    RAMADI, Iraq (AP) - The hole in the ceiling is just a way to let out steam for the soldiers showering inside a damaged trailer in Ramadi, one of Iraq's most dangerous cities. But each knows how that hole was created. A mortar round came through the trailer roof a few weeks ago and could have killed everyone inside had it detonated. Most mortars are not so benign, and there are many here. The Iraq war for most troops is fleeting; brief ambushes or sudden, powerful roadside bombings. But in this troubled city, the capital of deadly Anbar province, the...
  • U.S. and Iraq Take Ramadi a Neighborhood at a Time

    06/26/2006 8:13:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies · 1,358+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 27, 2006 | DEXTER FILKINS
    RAMADI, Iraq, June 26 — The 120-millimeter mortar shell landed with a crash in middle of the new American-Iraqi outpost on Monday, hurling foot-long shards of metal and puncturing the chest of a young American soldier. "What's the condition of the casualty?" Col. Sean MacFarland asked, as a team of medics put the wounded soldier into a Humvee and raced to a field hospital. "He stopped breathing, sir," Capt. Michael Bajema replied. Couple of minutes passed. "What's his condition?" Colonel MacFarland asked. "Still no breathing, sir" said another officer who was manning a radio. The soldier died. He was young,...
  • U.S. military encircles Iraqi city (Iraqi and U.S. troops surround Ramadi)

    06/20/2006 8:56:29 AM PDT · by Wiz · 89 replies · 3,697+ views
    BAGHDAD [MENL] -- The U.S. military has laid siege to a provincial capital regarded as the hotbed of the Sunni insurgency. Iraqi and U.S. troops, backed by main battle tanks and helicopters, have surrounded Ramadi in advance of a major operation against insurgents in the capital of Al Anbar. The U.S. Navy has deployed fast attack boats in the Euphrates River to prevent the flight of Al Qaida or other Sunni insurgents from this city of 400,000. "I really think the fight will be in the coming days," U.S. Army Lt. Col. V.J. Tedesco, commander of the 1st Battalion, 37th...
  • IRAQ: Armed foreign gangs fleeing, reports (terrorists in Ramadi on the run)

    06/20/2006 8:44:47 AM PDT · by Wiz · 239 replies · 12,461+ views
    AKI ^ | 2006 Jun 20
    Baghdad, 20 June (AKI) - Sources in Ramadi in the restive al-Anbar province report that large groups of armed foreign militants are fleeing towards the Syrian border, as US and Iraqi forces tighten their siege on the city. Ramadi, some 100 kilometres west of Baghdad, is a stronghold of the insurgency and there are reports of many residents also fleeing in fear of an assault. Sources told Adnkronos International (AKI) that local tribes were also pursuing foreign terrorists "because of the immense damage they have done to infrastructure and the bad name they have given the insurgency by terror attacks...
  • Americans, Iraqis push into area of Ramadi

    06/19/2006 10:14:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 605+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/06 | Antonio Castaneda -ap
    RAMADI, Iraq - Hundreds of American and Iraqi troops backed by a U.S. gunship pushed into an insurgent-infested section of eastern Ramadi, expanding their campaign to bolster their presence in one of Iraq's most violent cities. No U.S. casualties were reported, but six insurgents were thought to have been killed by fire from the AC-130 Spectre gunship in the initial hours of the operation, U.S. commanders on the ground said. Sporadic gunfire between U.S. troops and insurgent snipers echoed throughout the neighborhood. The troops were trying to establish a new outpost in Ramadi's eastern Mulaab neighborhood that would allow U.S....
  • U.S., Iraqi Troops Inserted Into Eastern Ramadi

    06/19/2006 6:49:31 AM PDT · by hawkaw · 32 replies · 974+ views
    al AP via Fox News ^ | Monday, June 19, 2006 | al AP
    RAMADI, Iraq — Hundreds of American and Iraqi troops backed by a U.S. gunship pushed into an insurgent-infested section of eastern Ramadi, expanding their campaign to bolster their presence in one of Iraq's most violent cities. No U.S. casualties were reported but six insurgents were thought to have been killed by fire from the AC-130 Spectre gunship in the initial hours of the operation, U.S. commanders on the ground said. Sporadic gunfire between U.S. troops and insurgent snipers echoed throughout the neighborhood. The troops were trying to establish a new outpost in Ramadi's eastern Mulaab neighborhood that would allow U.S....
  • DFU SONG: Rocket Man (great story of Marine nicknamed Rocket Man)

    06/17/2006 5:23:01 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 9 replies · 537+ views
    DFU SONGS | 6-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - ROCKET MAN He said a prayer and then went to sleep He would be up by 3:00 AM Then the bad guys would know that they are at war with some real men Lance Cpl. Mason does his job well He has pals depending on him When they're calling his name, he's ready to go and the fight begins The insurgents will soon learn they're out of time With iron site, where they hide he finds And so goodbye they will kiss their behinds Oh yes, because he's the Rocket Man Rocket Man, on the rooftop taking...
  • Fear of Big Battle Panics Iraqi City (ar-Ramadi)

    06/11/2006 3:56:45 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 79 replies · 1,819+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 11 2006 | Megan K. Stack and Louise Roug
    Fears of an imminent offensive by the U.S. troops massed around the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi intensified Saturday, with residents pouring out of the city to escape what they describe as a mounting humanitarian crisis. The image pieced together from interviews with tribal leaders and fleeing families in recent weeks is one of a desperate population of 400,000 people trapped in the crossfire between insurgents and U.S. forces. Food and medical supplies are running low, prices for gas have soared because of shortages and municipal services have ground to a stop. .S. and Iraqi forces had cordoned off the city...