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  • Pittsburgh Steelers 2006: What's Wrong with the Defending Super Bowl Champions?

    10/29/2006 7:53:43 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Free Republic Opinions ^ | October 29, 2006 | Vanity
    Official Website of the Pittsburgh Steelers This year is quickly moving in the wrong direction with regards to an effective playoff run. What are your thoughts on the some of the issues and how things need to change for a turnaround in 2006? Me? #1 The Running Game The running game isn't quite at the level of past teams. Understatement of the year, huh? Operating a historically ball control offense, without a featured back capable of providing a consistent 3-4 yrds per carry, is a problem. That void allows pass coverages more flexibility without fear of a Steeler running...
  • After seven monthsbattling insurgents, restoring security, North Carolina Marines near end of tour

    03/22/2006 10:07:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 441+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander
    CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq (March 22, 2006) -- After spending seven months of routing out insurgents and stabilizing the Al Qa’im region in western Al Anbar Province, Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment say they’re leaving the region in better shape then when they arrived last year. The Twentynine Palms, Calif.-based 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment will replace the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based unit, commonly referred to as “three, six,” in the region as part of a regularly scheduled rotation of U.S. forces in Al Anbar Province. Known as the “Teufelhunden Battalion,” 3rd Bn, 6th Marines have spent more than...
  • Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Turns Tables on Media

    12/03/2005 9:52:27 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 87 replies · 3,582+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 12/03/05 | unknown
    The American media is up in arms over reports that the Pentagon hired a public relations firm to write positive news stories about the Iraq war and get them printed in the Iraqi press. But Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for U.S. forces in Baghdad, isn't letting journalists get away with their phony display of outrage. After the New York Times front-paged the "fake news" story Thursday under the headline: "U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers," Gen. Lynch defended the practice. "We don't lie. We don't need to lie," he told reporters in Baghdad. "We...
  • FReeper, 20-year Marine Corps vet 'Gunny Bob' to broadcast LIVE from Fallujah, Iraq in Jan 2006

    11/30/2005 9:23:57 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 46 replies · 1,862+ views
    Announced LIVE on the air this morning ^ | Wednesday November 30th, 2005 | Gunny Bob Newman
    Just announced by Gunny Bob Newman on 850am KOA this morning while he is filling in for the vacationing Mike Rosen ... Gunny Bob received an email today from a 2nd Marine Division officer approving his visit to Fallujah, Iraq this January 2006 to broadcast his evening radio show LIVE. He will be leaving for Iraq on January 3rd or 4th and be in country until mid-January. Gunny Bob is 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps and a FReeper, 'Gunny Bob'. This will be a can't miss week of talk radio! Gunny will get the REAL story from our men...
  • Once More Unto The Breach (Marine Corps veteran and FReeper 'Gunny Bob' prepares for trip to Iraq)

    12/01/2005 11:06:41 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 23 replies · 1,037+ views
    Gunny Bob's column posted at his 850am KOA website ^ | Thursday December 1st, 2005 | Gunny Bob Newman
    GUNNY BOB'S COLUMN DECEMBER 01, 2005: Once More Unto The Breach The email came in this morning. A Marine officer from the Ground Combat Element-Multi-National Force (GCE-MNF) in western Iraq was informing me that the 2nd Marine Division would be awaiting my arrival in al Anbar Province in the first week in January 2006. My media "embed" request had been approved. In my mind’s eye, time turned back to May 1977, Platoon 3037, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Private Newman was standing at attention in the "DI hut" in my...
  • Marines look ahead to routing insurgents out of region

    11/23/2005 3:18:32 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 612+ views
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Nov. 23, 2005) -- Construction of bases for the Iraqi Army and U.S. military’s long-term security presence is steadily progressing in Husaybah, Karabilah and Ubaydi. Iraqi Army soldiers and Marines continue patrolling to ensure insurgents do not return. These patrols also involve detailed searches, looking for hidden weapons caches and deadly improvised explosive devices. Approximately 120 bombs and mines have been located over the course of Operation Steel Curtain. Three aspects of the operation which makes Steel Curtain different from previous operations in the Western Euphrates River Valley are increased Iraqi Army participation, immediate establishment of long-term...
  • Operation Steel Curtain Concludes Along Iraq-Syria Border

    11/22/2005 9:49:40 PM PST · by stocksthatgoup · 2 replies · 391+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 11/22/2005 | American Forces Press Service
    American Forces Press Service CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq, Nov. 22, 2005 – U.S. and Iraqi forces wrapped up Operation Steel Curtain today near the Iraq-Syria border, military officials here announced. The 17-day offensive was conducted in the cities of Husaybah, Karabilah and Ubaydi, and was geared toward preventing al Qaeda in Iraq from operating in the Euphrates River Valley and throughout the country's Anbar province, officials noted. As part of a larger operation called Operation Hunter, Steel Curtain made way for the establishment of a permanent Iraqi army security presence in the Qaim region. It also set the conditions for...
  • Operation Steel Curtain Concludes Along Iraq-Syria Border

    11/22/2005 6:17:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 565+ views
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq, Nov. 22, 2005 – U.S. and Iraqi forces wrapped up Operation Steel Curtain today near the Iraq-Syria border, military officials here announced. The 17-day offensive was conducted in the cities of Husaybah, Karabilah and Ubaydi, and was geared toward preventing al Qaeda in Iraq from operating in the Euphrates River Valley and throughout the country's Anbar province, officials noted. As part of a larger operation called Operation Hunter, Steel Curtain made way for the establishment of a permanent Iraqi army security presence in the Qaim region. It also set the conditions for local citizens to vote...
  • Marines drop ‘Steel Curtain’ on Iraq-Syria border towns

    11/22/2005 9:49:18 AM PST · by shield · 23 replies · 1,623+ views
    U. S. MARINES ^ | Nov. 20th, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    Marines drop ‘Steel Curtain’ on Iraq-Syria border towns Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division Story Identification #: 200511206429 Story by Cpl. Micah Snead HUSAYBAH, Iraq (Nov. 20, 2005) -- The Marines of 3rd Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, recently pushed through buildings, streets and the constant threat of improvised explosive devices and enemy attacks to bring stability and security to two Iraq border towns in western Al Anbar province. The platoon took part in Operation Al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain), along with more than 2,000 Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team 2 and 1,000 Iraqi...
  • Three Camp Pendleton Marines killed in western Iraq

    11/17/2005 2:04:08 PM PST · by Dubya · 22 replies · 798+ views
    NC TIMES ^ | November 17, 2005 | DARRIN MORTENSON
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- Two Marines were killed in a bombing in the small Iraqi town of Ubaydi on Monday. Another fell in small-arms fire the same day. And at least five more Marines whose names have not been released died in a blast as they rushed a house in the same town Wednesday. Among the confirmed casualties from Camp Pendleton was Maj. Ray Mendoza Jr., 37, of Columbus, Ohio, Echo Company commander for the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Eight Marines in all, at least three of them from Camp Pendleton, have been killed this week in fresh fighting in...
  • OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN UPDATE

    11/17/2005 2:34:44 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 447+ views
    UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND ^ | November 17, 2005 | HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq – Iraqi Army Soldiers and Marines, Soldiers and Sailors continue Operation al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) in the al Qaim region today. Construction of bases for the Iraqi Army and U.S. military’s long-term security presence is steadily progressing in Husaybah, Karabilah and Ubaydi. Simultaneously, Iraqi Army Soldiers and Marines continue patrolling to ensure terrorists do not return. These patrols also involve detailed searches, looking for hidden weapons caches and deadly improvised explosive devices. Approximately 120 bombs and mines have been located over the course of Operation Steel Curtain. Three aspects of the operation which...
  • Air Force fighters strike insurgents

    11/16/2005 6:51:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 907+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Nov 16, 2005
    11/16/2005 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Air Force F-15 Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons and MQ-1 Predators flew air strikes against anti-Iraqi forces near the Iraq-Syria border in support of Operation Steel Curtain. After Marines swept into Ubaydi, a town near Karabilah, Nov. 14, they came in contact with anti-Iraqi forces. The F-15s flew in and dropped precision-guided bombs against enemy forces in a grove of trees. A Predator unmanned aerial vehicle fired a Hellfire missile at a building from where enemy forces were shooting and successfully drove them from the location. Later the same day, F-16s and a Predator responded...
  • Five Marines Killed in Steel Curtain Firefight

    11/16/2005 6:54:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 51 replies · 1,192+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2005 – Five Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed today during a firefight while conducting Operation Steel Curtain in New Ubaydi, Iraq, military officials reported. Sixteen enemy fighters were confirmed killed in the engagement, officials said. Officials also announced that a Task Force Baghdad soldier died today of wounds suffered in a Nov. 15 roadside bomb attack northwest of Baghdad. The servicemembers' are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. In other news from Iraq, Iraqi soldiers from the Desert Protectors -- Iraqi scouts recruited...
  • Air Force Fighters Strike Insurgents in Operation Steel Curtain

    11/16/2005 6:48:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 498+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2005 – U.S. Air Force F-15s, F-16s and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles made air strikes against insurgent fighters near the Iraq-Syria border Nov. 14 in support of Operation Steel Curtain. After ground forces with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, swept into Ubaydi, Iraq, a town near Karabilah, and came in contact with enemy fighters, F-15s were called in and delivered precision-guided bombs against enemy forces in a grove of trees. A Predator fired a Hellfire missile at a building from where enemy forces were shooting and successfully drove them from their location. Later that day, F-16s...
  • You Think You're Tough? [Guy loses eye in suicide bombing, joins Army Rangers]

    11/05/2005 6:56:41 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 43 replies · 2,447+ views
    Men's Health ^ | 10/6/2005 | Peter Moore
    Peter Springer lost an eye to an Iraqi suicide bomber -- and then joined the Army Rangers On the morning of December 9, 2003, Peter Sprenger was 2 weeks from the end of an eventful tour in Iraq. He'd been at the "tip of the spear," in army parlance, spending the preceding 10 months roaring through the invasion of Iraq, occupying Baghdad, securing other restive towns. As a member of the 101st Airborne Division, he had a clear mission: to probe for trouble and take care of it. But on that particular morning, the trouble found him. Corporal Sprenger drew...
  • Top Commander Denounces Call for Iraq Withdrawal Deadline

    11/16/2005 2:47:18 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 63 replies · 1,403+ views
    WP ^ | Nov 16 2005 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 16 -- A top American commander in Iraq on Wednesday denounced calls by some U.S. senators and others for a deadline on withdrawal from Iraq, calling that "a recipe for disaster" for the 2 -year-old war. "Setting a date would mean that the 221 soldiers I've lost this year, that their lives will have been lost in vain," said Maj. Gen. William Webster, whose 3rd Infantry Division is responsible for security in three-fourths of Iraq's capital. Webster's criticism of a withdrawal deadline referred to a Democratic proposal that would have required U.S. leaders to fix a rough date...
  • Marine Volunteers for Operation Steel Curtain

    11/15/2005 5:11:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 462+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 15, 2005 | Sgt. Josh H. Hauser
    U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nicholas M. Zallis Marine Volunteers for Operation Steel Curtain By Sgt. Josh H. Hauser 2nd Force Services Support Group CAMP GANNON, Iraq, Nov. 15, 2005 — Most Marines will proudly tell you, if asked, one of the greatest and most selfless moments of their lives is when they raised their right hand and swore to serve and protect the country they love. Lance Cpl. Nicholas M. Zallis, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion-2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) serves aboard Camp Gannon alongside his fellow brothers-in-arms. Normally a motor transportation operator, Zallis is now on...
  • New phase of 'Steel Curtain' continues in Ubaydi

    11/15/2005 4:48:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 359+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 15, 2005
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 15, 2005) – Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers, together with Marines in Regimental Combat Team–2, began a new phase of “Operation Steel Curtain” Nov. 14 by entering the town of Ubaydi, located on the banks of the Euphrates River about 20 kilometers from the Syrian border. Many of the terrorists who are now fighting in Ubaydi are suspected to have fled from Husaybah and Karabilah, the first two cities that were secured by Iraqi and Coalition Forces at the beginning of the operation last week, officials said. Part of Ubaydi was cleared by Iraqi...
  • Steel Curtain continues in Ubaydi [80 Dead Terrorists]

    11/15/2005 10:09:35 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 26 replies · 929+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | November 15, 2005 | 2D MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    November 15, 2005 Release A051115e Steel Curtain continues in Ubaydi CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq –Iraqi Army soldiers and Marines, Soldiers and Sailors with Regimental Combat Team –2 continue Operation Al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) in the town of Ubaydi Nov. 15. It is suspected that many of the terrorists who are now fighting in Ubaydi fled from Husaybah and Karabilah, the first two cities that were secured by Iraqi and Coalition Forces at the beginning of the operation. While the fighting has been sporadic, it has been characterized by commanders on the ground as some of the heaviest...
  • Steel Curtain Troops Move Into Ubaydi

    11/14/2005 3:50:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 416+ views
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq, Nov. 14, 2005 – Iraqi army soldiers and U.S. Marines, soldiers and sailors with Regimental Combat Team 2 began a new phase of Operation Steel Curtain today by entering the town of Ubaydi. Ubaydi, located on the banks of the Euphrates River, is only 20 km from the Syrian border, and was the site of Operation Matador in May. Insurgent fighters have been battling with Iraqi and coalition forces since the operation began at dawn. Coalition air strikes hit five targets while insurgents were engaging coalition forces with small-arms fire. Preliminary reports indicate an estimated 25...
  • TR-based Aircraft Continue Support of Operation Steel Curtain

    11/14/2005 3:46:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class Steve Murphy
    ABOARD USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (NNS) -- Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 stationed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) continued support of Operation Steel Curtain (OSC) throughout the second week of November, conducting five consecutive days of strikes against terrorist targets in support of coalition troops in Iraq. The missions flown during OSC demonstrate the quickness and flexibility of CVW 8 and the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) to provide continuous support on both land and sea. “Carrier Air Wing 8 continues to demonstrate that we can deliver a knock-out punch in support of coalition troops on...
  • Operation Steel Curtain moves to Ubeydi

    11/14/2005 5:18:30 AM PST · by Cap Huff · 23 replies · 735+ views
    CNN ^ | 14 November 2005 | Unknown
    UBEYDI, Iraq (CNN) -- Facing "significant resistance," U.S. and Iraqi forces on Monday entered the western town of Ubeydi on the tenth day of Operation Steel Curtain, an offensive designed to push insurgents from along the Iraq-Syria border. "Insurgent fighters have been battling with Iraqi and Coalition forces since the operation began at dawn," a U.S. military statement said. Col. Stephen Davis, commander of Regimental Combat Team 2, said at least 45 insurgents have been killed in the fighting with another 25 captured. "This is a fight all the way through the city. This area is well bunkered especially up...
  • New phase of Steel Curtain begins

    11/14/2005 10:19:27 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 16 replies · 659+ views
    New phase of Steel Curtain begins ^ | November 14, 2005 | 2D MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    November 14, 2005 Release A051114a New phase of Steel Curtain begins CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq –Iraqi Army soldiers and Marines, Soldiers and Sailors with Regimental Combat Team –2 began a new phase of Operation Al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) today by entering the town of Ubaydi. Ubaydi, located on the banks of the Euphrates River, is only 20 km from the Syrian border, and was the site of Operation Matador last May. Insurgent fighters have been battling with Iraqi and Coalition forces since the operation began at dawn. Five targets were struck by Coalition air strikes. The insurgents...
  • US-Iraqi troops start new offensive in western Iraqi town

    11/11/2005 8:03:31 AM PST · by Valin · 2 replies · 345+ views
    Peoples Daily ^ | 11/11/05
    US and Iraqi troops started a large-scale operation in a flashpoint western Iraqi city near the Syrian border on Wednesday following a similar offensive in a nearby town, the US military said on Friday. "Iraqi army soldiers and US forces have begun clear-and-hold operations in the city of Karabilah near Husaybah town, close to the Syrian border," the US military said in a statement. The offensive is the continuation of Operation Steel Curtain, which was staged by the US-Iraqi forces in Husaybah, as intelligence services said some insurgents, driven out of Husaybah, fled to nearby Karabilah. On Tuesday night, the...
  • Steel Curtain Operations Move Into Karabilah

    11/10/2005 3:18:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 453+ views
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq, Nov. 10, 2005 – Iraqi and U.S. forces began clearing-and-holding operations in the city of Karabilah, about two kilometers east of Husaybah, as Operation Steel Curtain entered its sixth day, officials said here today. The new phase of is intended to set conditions for a permanent security presence within the city. Patrols and targeted raids are also being conducted in Husaybah, where the operation was first launched Nov. 5, to root out any remaining al Qaeda in Iraq-led terrorists. Intelligence indicates some terrorists might have abandoned Husaybah once Iraqi and U.S. forces began clearing that city...
  • Marines set up shop along insurgents' route from Syria into Iraq

    11/10/2005 8:05:54 AM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 704+ views
    Stars and Stripes Mideast edition ^ | November 10, 2005 | Andrew Tilghman
    HUSAYBAH, Iraq — Thousands of U.S. Marines swept across the eastern half of this desolate border city Wednesday night, finding limited resistance in a key area long considered an insurgent stronghold and passageway on the route from Syria. Periodic explosions were heard across the city of roughly 40,000 residents as the Marines, assisted by an Iraqi battalion, began setting up a permanent presence in the city in the form of firm bases and battle positions. “We’ve seen stiff resistance in some places and not so stiff in others,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Joy, of the 3rd Battalion, 6th...
  • Coalition completing ‘Steel Curtain’ sweep in Husaybah

    11/09/2005 3:19:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 861+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 9, 2005
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 9, 2005) – Operation Steel Curtain continued into its fifth day as Iraqi forces and U.S. Soldiers and Marines completed clearing operations to root out any remaining insurgents in Husaybah, near the Syrian border. By the fourth day of the operation, 180 suspected terrorist had been detained and 17 large weapons caches had been discovered. Iraqi Army soldiers and U.S. forces set conditions for a permanent security presence within the city of Husaybah, officials said. They said patrols and raids were also being conducted to clear out any remaining al Qaeda-led insurgents. Husaybah...
  • One Marine died in action on the 3rd day of US-Iraqi operation Steel Curtain. 36 insurgents killed.

    11/08/2005 8:25:23 PM PST · by strategofr · 3 replies · 366+ views
    DEBKA files ^ | November 5, 2005, 2:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
    One Marine died in action on the third day of US-Iraqi operation Steel Curtain in Husaybah near the Iraqi-Syrian border. Thirty-six insurgents killed US military reports they included two al Qaeda leaders responsible for deadly attacks, known as Abu Omar and Abu Hamza. Some 2,500 US Marines and 1,000 Iraqi troops have detained 200 terrorists in house-to-house battles at Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s fighters first way station inside Iraq from Syria. DEBKAfile Reports the operation follows Washington’s “clear, hold and build” strategy for cleansing western Iraq of terrorists. For this offensive against al Qaeda, 2,500 US Marines and 1,000 Iraqi troops...
  • Steel Curtain Yields 'Substantial' Weapons Caches

    11/08/2005 7:50:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 680+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2005 – Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines have found numerous weapons caches - 17 of which were "substantial in size" -- during the four days of Operation Steel Curtain in Iraq's Anbar province, military officials reported today. Weapons, munitions and bomb-making material for the construction of roadside and car bombs have been some of the more commonly found items at the cache sites, officials said. One cache discovered in central Husaybah today consisted of large amounts of medical supplies and rocket-propelled grenades and launchers. Also, on the southern outskirts of the Iraqi-Syrian border town today, Marines discovered...
  • ‘Steel Curtain’ drops on terrorists near Syrian border

    11/08/2005 3:12:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 925+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 8, 2005
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 8, 2005) -- Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers are fighting alongside Marines near the Iraq-Syria border in Operation Steel Curtain, which began over the weekend. Thirty-six terrorists have been confirmed killed so far in the operation, near the town of Hasaybah. The objectives of Operation al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) are to restore Iraqi sovereign control along the border and destroy the al Qaeda operating throughout the region, officials said. Terrorists masqueraded as women Iraqi troops killed three foreign fighters dressed in women’s clothing. The trio brandished weapons as they neared the checkpoint that...
  • OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN UPDATE

    11/07/2005 1:23:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies · 836+ views
    UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND ^ | November 7, 2005 | UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
    Release Number: 05-11-42 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN UPDATE CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq – Iraqi Army Soldiers and U.S. Marines, Sailors and Soldiers are in the third day of fighting along the Iraq-Syria border in the town of Husaybah. The objectives of Operation al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) are to restore Iraqi sovereign control along the Iraqi-Syrian border and destroy the al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists operating throughout al Qaim region. Iraqi Army Soldiers shot and killed three terrorists dressed in women’s clothing near the entrance to the safety zone established for displaced persons. The trio brandished...
  • US Marine, 17 insurgents dead in west Iraq assault [Steel Curtain]

    11/07/2005 1:12:02 AM PST · by davidosborne · 4 replies · 504+ views
    za.today.reuters.com ^ | 07 November 2005 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces killed at least 17 insurgents as they swept through a town on the Syrian border and one U.S. Marine was killed, the military and reporters in the town said on Monday. On the third day of Operation Steel Curtain in Qusayba in western Iraq, the U.S. military said troops were moving through the town, whose 30,000 residents appear mostly to have fled, clearing out insurgents in house-to-house searches. The military said in a statement one Marine was shot dead on Sunday in the biggest operation in the mainly Sunni Arab desert province of...
  • US launches offensive near Syria [OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN]

    11/04/2005 10:31:16 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 46 replies · 2,034+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 05, 2005
    US and Iraqi forces have launched an offensive along the border with Syria called Operation Steel Curtain involving some 3500 troops, the US military said today. The goal of the military sweep "is to restore security along the Iraqi-Syrian border and destroy the Al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist network operating throughout Husaybah, located on the Iraqi-Syrian border," the military said. The operation involves some 1000 Iraqi army soldiers as well as 2500 Marines, sailors and soldiers. "Operation Steel Curtain marks the first large-scale employment of multiple battalion-sized units of Iraqi Army forces in combined operations" with US-led forces, the military said.
  • OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN

    11/05/2005 6:26:28 PM PST · by Wrangler22 · 222+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | November 5, 2001 | John Kuethe
    As we approach the December 15th national elections in Iraq, American and Iraqi forces have undertaken Operation Steel Curtain. The objective of this massive offensive by Iraqi Army forces in combined operations with coalition forces is to shut down the porous Syrian border. Operation Steel Curtain is part of Operation Hunter. It has been designed to deny al Qaeda in Iraq access to the Euphrates River Valley and to permanently secure the Syrian border. They believe that success in this operation will provide a safe and secure environment for the Iraqi people in that region to vote in the December...
  • Offensive kills dozens of Iraqi insurgents, military says (Terrorists, that is)

    11/05/2005 3:16:36 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 6 replies · 591+ views
    CNN ^ | November 5, 2005 | Arwa Damon
    Offensive kills dozens of Iraqi insurgents, military says Operation near Syrian border takes aim at rebel stronghold Saturday, November 5, 2005; Posted: 2:09 p.m. EST (19:09 GMT) HUSAYBA, Iraq (CNN) -- Dozens of insurgents have been killed during Operation Steel Curtain, the major offensive kicked off Saturday in Husayba, the Iraqi city on the Syrian border, military officials told CNN. U.S. Marines, soldiers and sailors and Iraqi soldiers have been engaging in firefights with militants attempting to stand and fight. At least three Marines received minor wounds. Forces proceeding into the southwestern part of the Anbar province town have found...
  • U.S. AND IRAQI FORCES LAUNCH OPERATION STEEL CURTAIN

    11/05/2005 11:20:19 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 1 replies · 377+ views
    MichNews.com ^ | Nov 5, 2005 | CENTCOM.mil
    CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq – Approximately 2,500 Marines, Sailors and Soldiers with Regimental Combat Team-2 and 1,000 Iraqi Army Soldiers began Operation Al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) in western Al Anbar Nov. 5. The objectives of Operation Steel Curtain are to restore security along the Iraqi-Syrian border and destroy the al Qaeda in Iraq's terror network operating throughout Husaybah. The operation follows on the heels of Operations Iron Fist and River Gate. During Operation Steel Curtain, elements of the 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division and specially trained scout platoons recruited from the Al Qaim region will take...
  • U.S. and Iraqi forces launch Operation Steel Curtain

    11/05/2005 4:04:37 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 7 replies · 478+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | November 05, 2005 | 2ND MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    November 05, 2005 Release A051105c U.S. and Iraqi forces launch Operation Steel Curtain CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq – Approximately 2,500 Marines, Sailors and Soldiers with Regimental Combat Team-2 and 1,000 Iraqi Army Soldiers began Operation Al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) in western Al Anbar Nov. 5. The objectives of Operation Steel Curtain are to restore security along the Iraqi-Syrian border and destroy the al Qaeda in Iraq terror network operating throughout Husaybah. The operation follows on the heels of Operations Iron Fist and River Gate. During Operation Steel Curtain, elements of the 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division...