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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

As Promised, The Good News From Iraq: 7/18/07

Welcome memeorandum readers.

As I promised you earlier, here is some of the good news from Iraq for today.

First and foremost,Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, also known as Abu Shahid, was captured in Mosul on July 4, said Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, a military spokesman.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. command said Wednesday the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested, adding that information from him indicates the group's foreign-based leadership wields considerable influence over the Iraqi chapter.

(Image from The Fourth Rail, who tells us more about who this man is)

Mashadani has a long pedigree in Iraq’s Salafist terror networks, and had direct contact with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. “Mashadani was a leader in the Ansar Al Sunna terrorist group before joining AQI two and half years ago,” Brig. Gen Kevin Bergner said in a press briefing. “ He served as the al-Qaeda Media Emir for Baghdad and then was appointed the Media Emir for all of Iraq, serving as an intermediary between AQI leader al-Masri, Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. In fact, communication between senior al-Qaeda leadership and al-Masri went through Mashadani.”

Spin it any way you want, the more of these terrorists that we capture is good news, no matter how you cut it.

We have been hearing quite a bit about Iraqi citizens banding together with the U.S. Military and Coalition forces to help bring the insurgents and al-Qaeda down, the left waves it away, but it is happening and happening more and more frequently these days.

QARGHULI VILLAGE, Iraq - An Iraqi citizen who has been working with Coalition Forces during the past week led them to two caches in Qarghuli Village, Iraq, a known terrorist safe haven.

The local resident accompanied Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment "Polar Bears," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., on a dismounted patrol in the village July 12 and led them to two caches.

The caches consisted of a rack system, a video camera, a 61mm fuze, a spool of command wire used to make improvised explosive devices, 44 Dragonov sniper rounds and a 155mm round.

During the past few days the Iraqi residents have led the Polar Bears to more than 14 caches in the village.

Despite the loud protests from the liberals, General Petraeus and his tactics of winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, they continue to help us.

CAMP TAJI, Iraq — For a fourth time in two weeks, a large cache of improvised explosive device-making material and mortar rounds was turned over to Coalition Forces by the “Neighborhood Watch” in Taji, Iraq July 9.

The cache contained more than 20 mortar rounds, multiple makeshift mortar tubes and mortar fuses. Also in the cache were IED timing devices and IED detonation material.

This is the fourth time since the establishment of a Coalition outpost in Falahat, a village near Taji, north of the Iraqi capital, that weapons caches have been turned in or identified to Soldiers from Troop D, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, who man the outpost. Thus far, six caches have been removed from the village, two discovered by Coalition and Iraqi Army troops patrolling the area.

The “Neighborhood Watch” is made up of a group of 500 local volunteers, tribe members in the Taji area who want reconciliation with the Coalition and the Iraqi government.

I guess when we are told that the Iraqi's are not willing to fight for their own freedom it is because our MSM and our Democratic politicians are simply not getting the news?

Or are they deliberately ignoring this?

AL-DHOUR, Iraq - With two well-timed phone calls, Iraqi civilians made some Soldiers' day July 9.

The first tipster called Troop C, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., and alerted them to a cache south of the village of Al-Dhour, Iraq, south of Baghdad.

The troop responded, located the buried weapons, and was only five minutes into the process of digging them up when they got another call.

A man claimed he had the 2nd BCT's top high-value target and would deliver him to coalition custody. The man and Capt. Adam Sawyer, Troop Ccommander, agreed on a pickup site.

The Soldiers hastily re-buried the cache and moved out, and when the vehicle arrived, they stopped it and took the most wanted man and two other men into custody.

Some of the Soldiers were still able to see the cache from their vantage point - and were surprised to see a civilian pickup truck stop there and begin hastily loading the weapons into the bed of the truck.

They engaged the vehicle with an M-240 machine gun, and the men tried to flee, but the Troop C Soldiers detained them all - and called an explosive ordnance disposal team to destroy the weapons.

Sawyer a native of Reading, Penn., was jubilant about the operation.

"All of this was possible because of sources we've developed,through local-national engagements and working with the residents of the area," he said. "It's our work with the people in these areas, our relations with them, paying off."

I will leave you to your own conclusions here as to why the Politicians keep trying to surrender in Iraq.... Move right along, there is nothing to see here. This isn't progress. This is just a figment of your imaginations, after all, the MSM is not high lighting these things and everyone knows the Politicians ONLY pay attention to the newspapers, not the freaking Generals, or the soldiers who are or who have been to Iraq or Afganistan.

How silly of us to think they should get their news anywhere BUT from the MSM.

Sheeeeesh, how slow are we to not understand.

How DARE we question their patriotism dammit?!?

We don't need no stinkin reporters!!! hehe, We can access these news releases every single day ourselves and find the Good News that the MSM refuses to show you.

They say if it doesn't bleed it doesn't lead? Well, this news DOES bleed, the problem is, unless the blood is OUR soldiers blood, the MSM doesn't care for you to know about it, after all, you might get the idea that our troops are seeing success, GOD FORBID.

I guess the blood of terrorists doesn't fit in with the political agenda of our MSM, now does it?


By a 39% to 20% margin, American adults believe that the three major broadcast networks deliver news with a bias in favor of liberals. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 25% believe that ABC, CBS, and NBC deliver the news without any bias.

Similar results are found for CNN and National Public Radio (NPR). By a margin of 33% to 16%, Americans say that CNN has a liberal bias. The nation’s adults say the same about NPR by a 27% to 14% margin.

Ya think?????????

More good news includes but is definitely not limited to:


FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq — After several rockets hit FOB Hammer on July 11, the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team maneuvered to find the source of the attack.

Early on July 12, the 3rd HBCT’s unmanned aerial vehicle located 46 rocket launchers in the northern section of Besmaya Range Complex aimed at FOB Hammer. Thirty-four of the launchers were armed with Iranian 107mm rockets. The Besmaya Range Complex is adjacent to the Coalition Force base.

Soldiers of the 789th Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, currently attached to the 3rd HBCT, immediately responded to the site.

According to Capt. Justin Gerken, from Red Wing, Minn., commander of the 789th EOD team, 12 of the 46 rockets had already been used to attack FOB Hammer the day prior. EOD Soldiers were able to determine that the rockets originated from Iran after analyzing the unexploded ordnance.

The 789th EOD team was successful in neutralizing the remaining rockets.


BAGHDAD – Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces killed a rogue Jaysh Al-Mahdi Special Group cell commander July 11 during an intelligence driven operation in eastern Baghdad.

Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces entered the residence to detain Said Jaffer for questioning. When the insurgent commander brandished a pistol, the team verbally instructed him in Arabic to drop his weapon. However, Jaffer refused to comply and the team engaged the insurgent with well-aimed and proportional fire.

The high-level rogue JAM leader has a history of terrorizing the New Baghdad area by extorting money, kidnapping and carrying out extra-judicial killings on innocent citizens, who resisted his criminal influence in their neighborhoods.

As a commander of more than 120 fighters, his cell is responsible for engaging military and police forces with small arms fire and emplacing explosively formed projectiles along travel routes. The lethal roadside device has been the cause of many Iraqi and Coalition deaths.

Intelligence shows a clear link to his group partnering with outside Persian extremists, whose goal is to destroy the legitimate government of Iraq and create instability in the region.

Coalition Forces served as advisers during the operations. No Iraqi or Coalition Forces members were injured during the operation.

Just another week in Iraq that no one is being told about.

Thank heavens our troops remember who it is we are trying to help, our Democratic politicians certainly don't care.