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  • ISIS Claims Killing of Senior Iranian Military Officer

    12/28/2014 2:16:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/14
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for killing a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer earlier Sunday. Iranian military sources had simply stated that Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi was killed in Samarra, north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, but did not elaborate ...
  • Iraq dislodges insurgents from city of Samarra with airstrikes

    06/11/2014 11:17:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/11/2014 | Ghazwan Hassan
    Iraqi helicopters bombed the city of Samarra after insurgents overran parts of it early on Thursday, bringing them within striking distance of a Shi'ite shrine the destruction of which in a 2006 attack unleashed a bitter sectarian war. The offensive is part of an escalating conflict between Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim-led government and Sunni Islamist militants who have been regaining momentum in the past year, particularly in the west of the country bordering Syria. The Iraqi army and SWAT forces had regained control in Samarra, killing dozens of insurgents and forcing the rest to retreat from the city after they moved...
  • Tony Blair Testimony To Iraq War Inquiry – The Influence Of Iran

    01/21/2011 4:59:45 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-21-11 | Curt
    Former British PM Tony Blair testified in front of another Iraq inquiry today and for the second time this year he testified about the very real danger of Iran and al-Qaeda working together. Of course the storyline by the British papers, the biased MSM, and the lefty blogosphere, is regarding the regret offered by Blair over the loss of life: At the end of his evidence this afternoon he said it had never been his meaning. "Of course I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life," I'm sure everyone else would cheer the loss of life huh? I...
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • IRAQ: Killer of prominent TV journalist confesses

    08/05/2009 12:03:03 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 1,317+ views
    Babylon & Beyond ^ | Aug 4 2009 | Liz Sly and Saif Hameed
    A member of an extremist Sunni group has confessed to the 2006 rape and murder of prominent Iraqi TV reporter Atwar Bahjat, whose brutal death at the height of the sectarian violence shocked even battle-scarred Iraqis. The confession was made in a videotape broadcast at a press conference today. Suspect Yasser al-Takhi described how he and three others abducted and killed Bahjat and her two-man crew, Adnan Abdullah and Khaled Mohsen, in the central Iraqi town of Samarra. His two brothers also confessed to killing Abdullah and Mohsen. Bahjat, who worked for the Arabiya TV network, had gone to Samarra...
  • Iraq hopes shrine rebuild can reconcile sects

    10/06/2008 12:33:58 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 6, 2008 | Tim Cocks
    A ring of scaffolding around charred bricks is all that now stands in place of the golden dome that adorned one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines. Militants bombed the al-Askari mosque in the Iraqi city of Samarra in February 2006, destroying the dome and setting off a wave of sectarian bloodshed that killed tens of thousands of people and nearly tipped the country into all-out civil war. Now, with violence sharply down and Iraq's coffers swollen with oil revenues, officials hope the mosque can be restored to its former majestic glory in a few years. That could help heal bitter...
  • An Appointment in Samarra - As I prepare to return to that ancient and long-troubled city, I'll...

    08/06/2008 6:11:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 131+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 06, 2008 | Pete Hegseth
    August 06, 2008, 0:15 a.m. An Appointment in SamarraAs I prepare to return to that ancient and long-troubled city, I'll be expecting the unexpected. By Pete Hegseth SAMARRA, Iraq: A few days after insurgents killed two of his bodyguards, Asaad Ali Yaseen sat in his living room with a pistol beside him and pondered the challenges of running this city. As if on cue, a U.S. soldier burst in to announce that a sniper’s bullet had just struck a military vehicle parked outside. Mr. Yaseen and his guest, U.S. Army Maj. Steven Delvaux, barely stirred. “It would be good...
  • The Longest Morning

    04/29/2008 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Hazwaste · 1 replies · 55+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/1/2007 | Jeff Emanuel
    Samarra, Iraq THE DAY OF AUGUST 26, 2007, began like any other for the soldiers of Charlie Company, 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (from the 82nd Airborne Division) -- with a mission in the city. Over a year into its deployment to Samarra, Iraq, and now working on the three-month extension announced by Secretary of Defense Gates in the spring, the company knew the city like the back of its collective hands and had its operational routine down to a science, whatever the mission it might be tasked with. On this morning, that mission was to establish a defensive perimeter around...
  • Last Week’s Iraq Ops Leave 10 Terrorists Killed, 16 Captured

    03/09/2008 10:42:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 268+ views
    WASHINGTON — Ten terrorists were killed and 16 captured in operations across Iraq Friday, military officials reported. Northeast of Samarra, Coalition forces targeted an alleged al Qaeda in Iraq leader for the Kanan village. In the raid, forces killed eight terrorists, including the wanted individual. Seven suspects were detained. Also in Samarra, forces captured three suspected terrorists. One of the suspects allegedly is a leader for the al Qaeda in Iraq network in Samarra. Another is believed to be a direct associate of al Qaeda in Iraq senior leadership. North of Tarmiyah, forces captured an alleged associate of the al...
  • 34 al Qaeda killed in day's fighting during Phantom Phoenix

    01/13/2008 10:02:50 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 28 replies · 229+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 1/12/2008 | Bill Roggio
    General Mustaffa in his office in Arab Jabour. Photo by Bill Roggio. Click to view. Coalition and Iraqi security forces were active on Thursday and Friday in fighting as part of Operation Phantom Phoenix. Two senior al Qaeda in Iraq operatives were killed along with 32 foot soldiers during fighting in Arab Jabour, Miqdadiyah, and the Samarra region. Another 34 al Qaeda fighters were reported captured. Operation Marne Thunderbolt and Arab Jabour The most high-profile fighting occurred in the Arab Jabour region, which sits just southeast of Baghdad. US and Iraqi forces are conducting Operation Marne Thunderbolt, a subordinate...
  • Balad Airmen help improve quality of life for Soldiers in Iraq

    01/11/2008 4:18:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 58+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Terri Barriere
    1/11/2008 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- A 13-man team from Balad Air Base made quality-of-life improvements, security repairs and facilitated more than 85 emergency maintenance repairs during a 30-day assignment in December and January to an Army patrol base in Samarra, Iraq. Among the improvements the group of Airmen made were improvements to the Patrol Base Olson aid station to include new lighting and updated plumbing. The Airmen also repaired a damaged security forces facility, built new living quarters, added power panels, and installed new receptacles, lighting, electrical panels, water heaters, water tank and pressure pumps. "We'll go...
  • UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorist killed in raid

    12/26/2007 8:26:53 AM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 144+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – A terrorist killed south of Samarra Nov. 8 has been positively identified as Abu Abdullah. Abu Abdullah, also known as Muhammad Sulayman Shunaythir al-Zuba’i, was a high-level al-Qaeda in Iraq leader for a network operating in the Salah ad Din province. Reports indicate Abdullah was an experienced bomb-maker and attack planner who coordinated numerous attacks on Coalition and Iraqi forces over the past three years, using a variety of improvised explosive devices combined with small-arms fire. Abdullah was also allegedly responsible for the kidnapping, extortion and murder of local Iraqis, and it is believed he led a...
  • Ten killed, eight detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda senior leaders (Samarra, Iraq)

    11/25/2007 6:09:21 PM PST · by Son House · 7 replies · 290+ views
    MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ PRESS DESK ^ | Sunday, 25 November 2007 | MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
    BAGHDAD – Ten terrorists were killed and eight suspects detained during Coalition forces operations Saturday north of Samarra. During three coordinated operations early Saturday, Coalition forces targeted senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders and associates, killing a wanted individual, believed to be associated with the Badush prison escape in March. Reports indicate that the wanted individual had previously been imprisoned for weapons smuggling. As the ground force approached the target area, they were engaged by armed men who were then observed maneuvering into defensive positions near a reed line. Responding in self-defense, the ground force called for supporting aircraft to engage,...
  • The Longest Morning (paratroopers tell tale of ambush in Samarra -- cover of AmSpectator)

    11/01/2007 4:42:12 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 43 replies · 806+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 11/1/2007 | Jeff Emanuel
    THE DAY OF AUGUST 26, 2007, began like any other for the soldiers of Charlie Company, 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment (from the 82nd Airborne Division) -- with a mission in the city. Over a year into its deployment to Samarra, Iraq, and now working on the three-month extension announced by Secretary of Defense Gates in the spring, the company knew the city like the back of its collective hands and had its operational routine down to a science, whatever the mission it might be tasked with. On this morning, that mission was to establish a defensive perimeter around a block...
  • Samarra and Kirkuk: A strategic city update

    10/08/2007 12:10:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Gulf Region North district encompasses 66,000 square miles in seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces, north and east of Baghdad. Its four strategic cities are Mosul, Samarra, Kirkuk and Baqubah. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has project and construction management responsibility for the Iraq Reconstruction Program; and it assists Iraq’s provincial governments as they assume responsibility for managing their infrastructure development, and the capability to sustain it. COB SPEICHER — In the city of Samarra, Iraq, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed 40 of the 45 planned projects in the Iraq Reconstruction Program. “We’re joining the Iraqi people...
  • Army Paratrooper Awarded Silver Star in Iraq

    08/01/2007 5:52:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 401+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon (left), commander, 25th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division - North, pins the Silver Star on Capt. Brennan Goltry, platoon leader, 2nd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, during a ceremony July 31, 2007, at Patrol Base Olson in Samarra, Iraq. Goltry also received two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden Army Paratrooper Awarded Silver Star in Iraq Platoon leader honored for his heroism and courage under fire. By Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden 3rd Brigade Combat Team82nd...
  • Samarra: Symbol of Islam's Great Divide

    06/17/2007 4:59:58 PM PDT · by forty_years · 15 replies · 792+ views
    netwmd.com ^ | 6/17/2007 | Andrew Jaffee
    There can be no "negotiated" settlement between radical Islam and outsiders (infidels). The horrific war raging inside Islam is proof positive. Muslim versus Muslim terrorism confirms that Islam hates itself as much as, or more than, it does the Western World. Democratic leaders have ignored this internal Muslim conflict, choosing a peevish course, and misguidedly called our conflict with Islam a "war on terror." They have forgotten the sacrifices required for victory in WWII. (Could we have "negotiated" with Kamikazes?) Consequently, our war of wars will last decades, not just years. Experts like Daniel Pipes have pointed out in these...
  • Iraq - Blast at revered Shi'ite shrine in Iraq's Samarra (Golden Dome Mosque)

    06/12/2007 11:32:39 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 84 replies · 4,406+ views
    BAGHDAD, June 13 (Reuters) - An explosion struck a revered Shi'ite Muslim shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Wednesday that was badly damaged in February 2006, senior Shi'ite officials and a witness said. The witness said two minarets at the Golden Mosque were damaged in the blast. Last year's attack on the mosque triggered a wave of sectarian violence in Iraq that has killed tens of thousands of people.
  • 12 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks

    05/06/2007 11:58:41 AM PDT · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 18 replies · 3,500+ views
    AP thru Excite.com ^ | 5/06/2007 | Ravi Nessman
    12 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks Email this Story May 6, 2:47 PM (ET) By RAVI NESSMAN (AP) Residents gather at the scene of a car bomb blast in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, May 6, 2007. A car... Full Image BAGHDAD (AP) - A roadside explosion outside the Iraqi capital on Sunday killed six American soldiers and a journalist, the military said, among 12 U.S. deaths reported on a day when two car bombs killed at least 44 Iraqis at a Baghdad market and a police headquarters. A car bomb in the capital, where U.S.-led forces are in the midst...
  • Iraqis Fleeing Samarra Say Extremists Control City

    02/26/2007 7:15:39 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 25 replies · 715+ views
    asharq alawsat ^ | February 26 2007 | Haidar Najem
    A number of families have fled the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, saying that if the government does not intervene, their city will end up like Kabul during the Taliban era. The fleeing families say that extremists have renamed the city "the Islamic Emirate of Samarra, which is one of the emirates of the Islamic State of Iraq, declared by Al-Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers last year. Abdul-Karim Sadi, 46, said: "We and our families have gradually fled our city leaving behind our possessions except for some money that will sustain us for a few months. The...
  • A year after attack, a Shiite treasure still lies in ruins

    02/17/2007 1:37:04 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 25 replies · 680+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 13 February 2007 | Anon
    There is still no gold dome on the Mosque of the Golden Dome. It has been a year, by the Muslim calendar, since an attack on one of the Shiites most sacred shrines here shattered this ancient mosque, ripping a hole to the heavens in its once glorious dome. Now, it is a hulking shell of its former self, gnarled and twisted metal snaking around the crumbling concrete structure. The blue and gold tiles that adorned the facade of the Al Askariya Shrine, covered with graceful Arabic script from the Koran, are in tatters, the broken pieces still on the...
  • Bomb Found Near Iraq Mosque; 23 Kidnap Victims Freed

    12/12/2006 5:07:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 460+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2006 -- Iraqi and coalition forces detonated a bomb in Samarra today and freed 23 kidnap victims yesterday. Earlier this week, combined forces killed three terrorists and detained one. Iraqi police were patrolling yesterday when they found an improvised explosive device near a Samarra mosque’s doorway. “This action by the terrorists shows they have no respect for Islam and are only concerned about killing innocent civilians,” said Army Lt. Col. Viet Luong, commander of 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. “This bomb was built to cause maximum damage, and because of the heroic...
  • Soldiers Make Streets Safer in Samarra

    07/11/2006 6:01:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Russell Lee Klika
    Soldiers of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, search a home in the city of Samarra, Iraq, during a night raid as they look for Samarra’s most wanted insurgents. U.S Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika Soldiers Make Streets Safer in Samarra Since December 2005, Bravo Company has been making the streets ofSamarra safer by capturing hundreds of suspected anti-Iraqi forces. By Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika 133rd Mobile Public Affairs SAMARRA, Iraq, July 11, 2006 -- Texas historians think of the Alamo to be the last stand, for...
  • DETAILS - IRAQI DEATH SQUAD KILLING OF A WOMAN JOURNALIST

    05/14/2006 2:33:19 PM PDT · by FARS · 23 replies · 1,970+ views
    Times Online ^ | May 7th, 2006 | Halah Jaber
    Part of me died when I saw this cruel killing, HALA JABER EVEN by the stupefying standards of Iraq’s unspeakable violence, the murder of Atwar Bahjat, one of the country’s top television journalists, was an act of exceptional cruelty. Nobody but her killers knew just how much she had suffered until a film showing her death on February 22 at the hands of two musclebound men in military uniforms emerged last week. Her family’s worst fears of what might have happened have been far exceeded by the reality. Bahjat was abducted after making three live broadcasts from the edge of...
  • Key Qaeda figure arrested in Baghdad -- US forces (unknown figure detained in Samarra)

    05/08/2006 9:43:29 PM PDT · by Wiz · 6 replies · 681+ views
    BAGHDAD, May 8 (KUNA) -- The American forces in Iraq arrested five Qaeda militants, one of whom is a leader, near Samarra, north of Baghdad, last Friday, a statement by the forces said today. Three militants were arrested during a search operation and were in a vehicle in Samarra, the statement said. During the arrest, the troops came under fire coming from a nearby house and army helicopters returned fire. The statement added two other militants were arrested elsewhere in Samarra and weapons were found in their possession and were confiscated. According to the statement, one of those arrested is...
  • Al Qaeda Terrorist Leader in Samarra Killed in Assault

    04/28/2006 5:03:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 1,054+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 28, 2006 – Coalition forces killed the top al Qaeda terrorist in Samarra today after tracking him to a house north of the city. Hamadi 'Abd al-Tahki al-Nissani was known as the al Qaeda "emir" of Samarra, meaning he was in a position of high leadership. Based on intelligence reports, troops tracked the wanted terrorist and two others to a location about 15 kilometers north of Samarra. As they assaulted the house where the three men were known to be hiding, Nissani, who was armed, attempted to flee and was killed, U.S. officials said. The ground troops also...
  • Rebels in full control of Samarra, cleric says (Shall we smash them with another Falluja like raid?)

    04/06/2006 6:23:24 AM PDT · by Wiz · 16 replies · 574+ views
    Azzaman ^ | 2006 Apr 6
    Anti-U.S. forces have spread their control over the city of Samarra, according to a Shiite cleric in charge of Shiite shrines in the city. “Samarra is still in the hands of terror … It is outside the jurisdiction and control of the state,” said Saleh al-Haydari in an interview. A bomb attack in February had badly damaged a major Shiite shrine in the city sparking protests and revenge attacks. The country is still reeling from the consequences of the bombing which have plunged it into political turmoil and sectarian infighting. Haydari said the people of Samarra, estimated at more than...
  • Militants blast Baquba mosque, terrorists killed in Mosul, Samarra (two die as IED self destructs)

    04/02/2006 8:24:40 AM PDT · by Wiz · 10 replies · 1,554+ views
    BAGHDAD, April 2 (KUNA) -- A group of militants on Sunday blew up a mosque in Al-Kubba area, 15 kilometers northeast Baquba, a Coordination Center source told KUNA. The source added there were no losses in life in this incident. Meanwhile, Iraqi Police said two explosive devices detonated while a police patrol was passing injuring three Iraqis, two patrol policemen included. This comes as the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced the death of two terrorists and the arrest of 21 individuals in suspicion of involvement in separate incidents in Mosul, Northern Iraq . A ministry statement said the two first terrorist...
  • Civil Affairs Wears Many Hats in Samarra

    03/27/2006 3:11:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 348+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Waine D. Haley
    The Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, days after anti-Iraqi forces bombed the national landmark. The U.S. has offered to help the locals rebuild the mosque, but the Samarra government wants to accomplish it on their own. U.S. Army photo Civil Affairs Wears Many Hats in Samarra The Civil Affairs team in Samarra is working on 30 different projects. By U.S. Army Sgt. Waine D. Haley 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment SAMARRA, Iraq, March 27, 2006 — Welcome to the world of Civil Affairs, where in one minute you could be drinking Chai tea with the mayor and the next...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 3/25/06-Samarra, Op. Swarmer,al-Dor,Baquba,Nowruz

    03/24/2006 9:04:20 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 47 replies · 3,272+ views
    NASA, DOD, Yahoo, AP, Reuters, AFP and the usual suspects | March 25, 2006 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 3/25/06 - Samarra, Op. Swarmer , Kerbala, Abu Ghraib, al-Dor, Baquba, USS Gonzalez, USS Cape St. George, Taji, Nowruz, Istanbul, Tashkent, Tehran BREAKING: Samarra, Op. Swarmer - 11 caches and 104 terrorists taken BREAKING: Kerbala - terrorist attack Abu Ghraib - Real story: cache taken al-Dor - US-Iraqi patrols root out terrorists Baquba - Cache taken USS Gonzalez, USS Cape St. George - Weapons confiscated from terrorist pirates Taji - Nowruz celebrations Istanbul, Turkey - Nowruz celebrations Uzbek capital Tashkent - Nowruz celebrations Tehran - Nowruz celebrations QFN ==== YE OLDE QUAGMIRE-FREE...
  • Caches found in Operation Swarmer near Samarra

    03/21/2006 3:08:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 356+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Mar 20, 2006 | Jeremy L. Wood
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, March 20, 2006) – At least 11 caches were discovered and more than 60 suspected insurgents detained last week during Operation Swarmer, the airborne insertion into southern Salah Ad Din province, near Samarra. Coalition Forces encountered an IED along one of the roads in the area Saturday and one vehicle was damaged. No troops were injured in the attack, Multi-National Force-Iraq officials reported. Iraqi Army troops and their Coalition partners continued to clear the objective area northeast of Samarra Sunday. Enemy caches captured thus far yielded significant amounts of weapons and IED-making materials. Included in...
  • Spinning Operation Swarmer

    03/20/2006 2:44:05 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 14 replies · 1,124+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    And as far as the U.S. effort is concerned, it seems there is almost nothing the White House, the Pentagon, or for that matter any American rifleman on the ground can do that is good enough to garner so much as a one-line "attaboy" from many of our country’s largest newspapers and television news networks. Let’s look at last Thursday, March 16, the day the Iraqi National Assembly opened in Baghdad and a high-profile "air assault" northeast of Samarra, as an example:
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 3/19/06-Baquba,Op.Swarmer, Samarra,Kabul,Qala Bost

    03/18/2006 10:57:58 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 51 replies · 4,620+ views
    NASA, DOD, Yahoo, AP, Reuters, AFP and the usual suspects | 3/19/2006 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 3/19/06 -Baquba, Operation Swarmer, Samarra, Kabul, Qala Bost Fort, Shahi Kot, Lashkar Gah, Kundalan, Sheberghan BREAKING: Baquba, Operation Swarmer, American and Iraqi military forces take terrorists and weapons BREAKING: Samarra, Operation Swarmer, American and Iraqi military forces take terrorists and weapons BREAKING: Kabul, cockfight Qala Bost Fort, Afghanistan, Shahi Kot Lashkar Gah - Education for all, freed by American Kabul - Afghan women on International Women's Day Kundalan, Sheberghan QFN ==== YE OLDE QUAGMIRE-FREE NEWS Exclusive to FReerepublic PICTURES YOU WILL NEVER SEE IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ========= Samarra, Iraq ========= Somewhere...
  • Iraqis Hold Mosque Bombing Suspect

    03/18/2006 7:58:11 AM PST · by bnelson44 · 20 replies · 817+ views
    LA Times via Courant ^ | March 18, 2006 | JOHN JOHNSON JR
    SAMARRA, Iraq -- Iraqi military officials said Friday that an offensive targeting insurgents in the desert northeast of Samarra has resulted in the capture of weapons and a man who may have been among those responsible for the recent bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra. Iraqi military and political leaders, speaking at a forward base of operations along the Tigris River 80 miles northeast of Baghdad, said they were checking pictures and other documents to determine if they had captured one of those they believe planned the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra and the killing of an...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 03-18-06

    03/18/2006 7:54:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 530+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 03-18-06 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseMarch 18, 2006 President's Radio Address       Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. In recent weeks, Americans have seen horrific images from Iraq: the bombing of a great house of worship in Samarra, sectarian reprisals between Sunnis and Shias, and car bombings and kidnappings. Amid continued reports about the tense situation in parts of that country, it may seem difficult at times to understand how we can say that progress is being made. But the reaction to the recent violence by Iraq's leaders is a clear sign of Iraq's commitment to democracy.  Radio Address 200620052004200320022001  Radio Interviews 20052004...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 3/18/6 -Samarra,Op.Swarmer, Natanz,Bushehr,Isfahan

    03/17/2006 1:15:51 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 70 replies · 4,153+ views
    Yahoo, AP, Reuters, and the usual suspects | 3/18/06 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 3/18/06 - Samarra, Op. Swarmer, Natanz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Tehran BREAKING: Samarra -Operation Swarmer : U.S. and US-liberated-Iraqi soldiers meet minor resistance, capture weapons caches Natanz - facility perimeter and inside the uranium enrichment facility Bushehr - nuclear power plant weapon research site - Russian technicians Isfahan - uranium conversion facility (UCF) Tehran - female police graduation ceremony and with terrorist founder Khomeini QFN ==== YE OLDE QUAGMIRE-FREE NEWS Exclusive to FReerepublic PICTURES YOU WILL NEVER SEE IN THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA TODAY: IRAQ and IRAN: THE GOOD, THE BAD, and the PUG-UGLIES...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-17-06 (Head DUmmie Skinner Suggests Samarra Assault Propaganda Ploy)

    03/17/2006 6:35:26 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 75 replies · 1,320+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 17, 2006 | DUmmie Skinner, DUmmies, and PJ-Comix
    As soon as I heard about the Operation Swarmer air and ground assault upon Samarra, I KNEW the DUmmies would claim that it is merely a propaganda ploy to divert attention from Bush's (media manipulated) poll ratings. However, despite my expectation of typical DUmmie behavior, I never expected them to be sooooo STUPID as this THREAD, "Does the US Military often do this type of operation in broad daylight?" posted by Head DUmmie Skinner. Yes, STUPIDITY in DUmmieland does pour from the TOP down. Of course, DUmmie Skinner could have spent about half a minute checking the FACTS on...
  • BBC: US Iraq campaign 'to last days' ~ near Samarra

    03/17/2006 12:22:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 730+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 17 March 2006, 03:55 GMT | staff
    US Iraq campaign 'to last days' The US military says some 1,500 US and Iraqi troops are involved The US military says a major operation targeting suspected Iraqi insurgents and foreign fighters near Samarra could continue for several days. The biggest airborne operation in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003, it involves more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and US troops. They are said to have detained about 40 suspects so far, and seized weapons. The Iraqi foreign minister said the aim was to stop insurgents from turning the town into a stronghold. A bomb attack on...
  • U.S., Iraqis Launch 'Operation Swarmer'(detailed report)

    03/16/2006 9:00:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1,538+ views
    AP ^ | 03/16/06 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    U.S., Iraqis Launch 'Operation Swarmer' By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said. The U.S. military said the offensive dubbed Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing "a suspected insurgent operating area" northeast of Samarra and was expected to continue over several days. "More than 1,500 Iraqi and Coalition troops, over 200 tactical vehicles, and more than 50 aircraft participated in the operation," the military statement said. Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad,...
  • US Launches Major Offensive Against Sunni Insurgents (largest Air Offensive since 2003 invasion)

    03/16/2006 8:25:49 AM PST · by IrishMike · 35 replies · 1,410+ views
    Guardian ^ | Thursday 16 March 2006
    US launches major offensive against Sunni insurgents ....Thursday March 16, 2006 ....... More than 50 US warplanes were today involved in the biggest air offensive launched by the Americans in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, the US military said. A huge air and land offensive has been launched against Sunni insurgents in the restive town of Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.....The US military said some 1,500 Iraqi and US troops and 200 tactical vehicles were involved in the operation, Reuters reported. The US military added that Operation Swarmer would last several days....Insurgents in Samarra, which is a predominantly Sunni...
  • IRAQ: BIGGEST US AIR RAID SINCE 2003 TARGETS SAMARRA

    03/16/2006 8:21:25 AM PST · by gandalftb · 38 replies · 1,984+ views
    Aki ^ | Mar-16-06 16:40 | Fmk
    Baghdad, 16 March (AKI) - The US military has launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. A military statement said the operation involved more than 50 aircraft and 200 tactical vehicles and some 1,500 US and Iraqi forces. The operation targeted suspected insurgents operating near the town of Samarra, some 100 kilometres north of Baghdad. The focus of the raid is believed to be three villages northeast of Samarra where there are believed to be various Arab fighters as well as native Iraqi insurgents. "Iraqi army and police forces, backed by U.S. helicopters launched a pre-dawn...
  • US launches REALLY BIG air assault in Samara

    03/16/2006 7:34:19 AM PST · by blu · 690 replies · 28,922+ views
    Fox TV | March 16, 2006
    50 aircraft,1500 Iraqui/ US Troops in Samra (n of baghdad) , largest air and land assult since we went in.
  • AP: U.S. Marines Wall in Iraqi City With Sand ~ near Syria border....

    03/05/2006 12:41:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 1,500+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 05, 2006 at 11:11:5 PST | ANTONIO CASTANEDA ASSOCIATED PRESS
    RUTBAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. Marines used to patrol the streets of this city near the volatile Syrian border. Now they've penned it in with a wall of sand, leaving only three ways in or out. While causing discomfort to the townspeople, the military says it is an effective barrier to insurgents and frees up troops for use in other parts of restive Anbar province in western Iraq. The Marines ringed Rutbah with a 10.5-mile-long berm, seven feet high and 20 feet wide, in mid-January and reduced their presence to checkpoints at the three entrances that also are manned by...
  • Was the Askariya Mosque Bombing an Inside Job ?

    02/24/2006 3:53:10 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 27 replies · 768+ views
    The Morning Paper-Special Edition | 02/24/06 | vanity
    The Askariya Mosque Bombing- An Inside Job ? I have read some informal estimates –full of caveats – suggesting the bombing of the Askariya Mosque – said to be one of the holiest places in the Shi’ite Muslim world – may have been an “inside job” ; and that it may well have been carried out by pro-Iranian followers of a radical Iraqi Shi’ite: Muqtada al-Sadr. - The mosque, which is located in a predominantly Sunni area of Samarra,seems unlikely to have been accessible to anyone but known Shi’ites. - The explosive charges were probably laid in a walkway, about...
  • IRAQ : We Are All Misinformed! ~~ 24 Steps to Liberty BLOG in Iraq reports some real facts.......

    02/25/2006 2:09:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 491+ views
    24 Steps to Liberty ^ | Thursday, February 23, 2006 | 24 Steps to Liberty
    You guys always said you don’t get all the news from Iraq. And I always agreed with you! I was shocked today when I read the news in the foreign newspapers. No one emphasized the marvelous cooperation and solidarity between the Shiites and the Sunnis in Iraq yesterday after the bombing of one of the most respected and visited holy sites in Islam, the Askariyah shrine, which is in Samarra city north of Baghdad. The shrine contains the remains of two 9th century Imams, Imam Ali al-Hadi and Imam Hasan Askari. They are now wrongly considered as Shiite Imams. [Just...
  • Iran Behind Iraq Mosque Bombing?

    02/23/2006 10:11:00 PM PST · by tomahawk · 58 replies · 2,013+ views
    American Spectator Blog ^ | 2/24/06 | John Batchelor
    Iran attacks - Friday, February 24, 2006 @ 1:04:55 AM Best signals source points to the Samarra mosque bombing in Iraq as the launch operation of the Iranian counter offensive. You will recall the retreat of Ahmadinejad some weeks back, out of sight for ten days while he participated in national exercises and war planning. First indications are that the war is now launched. Rather than wait to be attacked by the US fleet and air, Iran has attacked -- using all available surrogates to damage and intimidate the US led coalition that is driving the IAEA referral recommendation to...
  • Malkin: The Golden Mosque Bombing

    02/23/2006 1:58:33 PM PST · by cgk · 78 replies · 3,973+ views
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 2-22-06 | Michelle Malkin
    THE GOLDEN MOSQUE BOMBING By Michelle Malkin   ·   February 22, 2006 02:51 PM Source: Yahoo!/AP Via AP: SAMARRA, Iraq - Insurgents detonated bombs inside one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines Wednesday, destroying its golden dome and triggering more than 60 reprisal attacks on Sunni mosques. The president warned that extremists were pushing the country toward civil war, as many Shiites lashed out at the United States as partly to blame. As the gold dome of the 1,200-year-old Askariya shrine lay in ruins, leaders on both sides called for calm: But the string of back-and-forth attacks seemed to push the country...
  • Mosque Attack Pushes Iraq Toward Civil War

    02/22/2006 2:20:29 PM PST · by jdm · 175 replies · 12,309+ views
    AP ^ | 02-22-06 | Ziad Khalaf
    SAMARRA, Iraq (AP) - Insurgents detonated bombs inside one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines Wednesday, destroying its golden dome and triggering more than 90 reprisal attacks on Sunni mosques. The president warned that extremists were pushing the country toward civil war. With the gleaming dome of the 1,200-year-old Askariya shrine reduced to rubble, leaders on both sides called for calm and many Shiites lashed out at the United States as partly to blame. But the string of back-and-forth attacks seemed to push Iraq closer to all-out civil war than at any point in the three years since the U.S.-led overthrow...
  • Explosion has ripped through a Shiite holy site in Samarra

    02/21/2006 11:10:09 PM PST · by ferri · 29 replies · 1,234+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/21/2006
    An explosion has ripped through a Shiite holy site in Samarra, destroying the al Askariya "Golden Mosque."
  • Blast destroys Al-Asqariya Golden Mosque"

    02/22/2006 12:58:04 AM PST · by Bubbatuck · 242 replies · 5,344+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An explosion ripped through a Shiite holy site in Samarra Wednesday, destroying the golden dome of the al Askariya mosque, a U.S. military statement and a local security official said.