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‘Operation Varsity March’ Nets al Qaida Weapons Smuggler

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 27, 2007

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, captured 13 suspected insurgents during a nighttime air assault mission in Sayafiyah, a small village outside of Salman Pak, Nov. 24.

One of the detainees was a high value individual (HVI), who was a member of al-Qaida in Iraq wanted for weapons smuggling and financing attacks on Coalition forces in Salman Pak and Al Ja’ara.

“According to our intelligence, the insurgent we apprehended was an expert bomb maker and VBID (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) maker,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Barwick, from Lanham, Md., fire support officer for Co. B. “By apprehending him, we have taken a very dangerous person off the streets and made the area safer.”

During the course of the operation Co. B Soldiers cleared eight houses and barns while searching for the suspects.

“The operation went perfectly,” said Spc. Lyle Johnson, from Comanche, Okla., an indirect fire specialist in Co. B. “We cleared all of our objectives and got the No. 1 HVI and 12 of his partners. We did all of this without firing a shot, so I’d say it was a good operation.”

The 1-15th Inf. Regt. is part of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March.

(By Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Source: Multi-National Forces-Iraq

What follows is the Iraqi Freedom Journal for today:

And next is an insurgent video of an attack on a US Military Vehicle with personal effects and body parts of an American Soldier shown off as trophies. Video is for a mature audience only, and intended to demonstrate the barbarity of our Islamofascist enemy:

2 Responses to “‘Operation Varsity March’ Nets al Qaida Weapons Smuggler”

  1. Gordon Smith said

    Five years into this war, and this isn’t something the Iraqis are doing? Ugh.

    It’s nice that the bad guy got picked up, of course. It just sucks that the operation likely cost you and me a billion dollars and put our guys at risk.

    What happened to the whole “stand up, stand down” thing?

    Oh yeah, Bush keeps changing the meaning of success, and his sycophants won’t hold him accountable for his failures.

  2. Thunder Pig said

    There are a lot of operations where our guys and theirs operate together, and others where our guys are just along as observers.
    As I have repeatedly stressed, the way we fight war has undergone a paradigm shift on the order of magnitude as the shift from 2GW to 3GW with the German introduction of “Blitzkrieg,” or maneuver warfare, or the shift from 3GW to 4GW during the Third World War, or the “Cold War” fought from 1947 to 1989.
    With the shift from 4GW to 5GW, we are returning to a type of warfare that was conducted before the Treaty of Westphalia…when warfare wasn’t a monopoly of the state. Mercenaries and Volunteers will make up the bulk of sustained operations.
    Teaching an army to fight like this is like teaching a bull to dance the ballet in a china shop.
    As with any revolution…it will take time for everybody to be on the same page, and just as there are still people who prefer living in the Stone Age, there will be people left behind…and irrevelant to the future of humanity.
    Like the Amish, they will be curiosities.

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