Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Interesting Information from Iraq

I got an email from a friend which directed me to visit a website written by Tractorman. ( linked via title bar ). The posted article was all about how soldiers rated the various weapons being used in Iraq. That may be of great interest to some of you; having served in the Army and qualified with both the M-16 and the M-14, my leaning would be toward the M-14 for reliability in less than perfect conditions and for its knock down ability over the newer and lighter weapon and cartridge; apparently these folks agree.

Further down in the article there was a section which he called, “Who are the bad guys?”. Earlier today I posted, “Falluja Should Have Been Leveled” and I stand by that opinion, especially after reading the information that Tractorman has from those who are in country and really do know; as opposed to the media outlets and their BS. I don’t care how they spell it, Falluja or Fallujah, the place needs to be turned into a sand dune. Go read the entire article; I will only show a small portion, none of which is classified information.

Who are the bad guys?

“Most of the carnage is caused by the Zarqawi Al Qaeda group. They operate mostly in Anbar province (Fallujah and Ramadi). These are mostly foreigners, non-Iraqi Sunni Arab Jihadists from all over the Muslim world (and Europe). Most enter Iraq through Syria (with, of course, the knowledge and complicity of the Syrian govt.) , and then travel down the at line which is the
trail of towns along the Euphrates River that we’ve been hitting hard for the last few months. Some are virtually untrained young Jihadists that often end up as suicide bombers or in sacrifice squads. Most, however, are hard core terrorists from all the usual suspects (Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas etc.) These are the guys running around murdering civilians en masse and cutting heads off. The Chechens (many of whom are Caucasian), are supposedly the most ruthless and the best fighters. (they have been fighting the Russians for years). In the Baghdad area and south, most of the insurgents are Iranian inspired (and led) Iraqi Shiites. The Iranian Shiia have been very adept at infiltrating the Iraqi local govt., the police forces and the Army. The have had a massive spy and agitator network there since the Iran-Iraq war in the early 80s. Most of the Saddam loyalists were killed, captured or gave up long ago.”

The fact remains that it is too easy for these terrorists to cross the border into Falluja where it is easy to hide and plan attacks on our service men. Level that area and make it harder for the “insurgents”, more correctly, make it harder for the terrorists to set up shop.

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