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Originally posted by brimstone735
Personally, I'm thankful for this here thread on the good news coming out of Iraq. I think the introduction of intermural sports will certainly defer suicide bombers from wanting to kill us more. God knows, all this good
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2005 – The staff of the 8th Iraqi Army Division was certified today in counterterrorism operations and tactics, which means the Iraqis can plan and conduct operations against enemy forces with limited support of coalition forces, military officials reported today.
Division units now are striving to achieve full combat readiness, officials said, adding that final coordination with local and central administration will be completed soon to finalize the process of battlespace transfer.
Long-term training, including exercises and combat operations, officials noted, preceded the certification process. Before the division staff was certified, six battalions and two brigades of the 8th completed their certification processes.
Training for the staff was highlighted with classes in planning and executing counterterrorism operations, which encompassed cordon-and-search techniques, checkpoints, patrolling and convoy protection. Tactical training, such as weapons proficiency, engineering, communication, medical support and logistics, also contributed to the overall certification process, a Multinational Force Iraq statement said.
BALAD, Iraq (Army News Service, Dec. 22, 2005) – A unique group of Soldiers are reeling in weapons caches and improvised explosive devices from the streets of Balad … They were the last platoon from their company to start doing patrols.
Composed of cooks, communication specialists, medics and a couple of infantry guys, the Soldiers of the Cobra Black One platoon, Company C, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment initially took to the streets outside of Logistical Support Area Anaconda with not much of a mission.
The platoon spent several weeks searching, but to no avail.
“We really hated doing cache searching at first because we had no method,” said Spc. McHuy McCoy, Cobra Black One medic. “The team would go out and find nothing.”
They ended up getting advice from 1st Lt. Ranjan Singh, Co. B platoon leader, Naluai said. His platoon had led the battalion in caches found at that point.
Singh’s platoon started out much like Cobra Black One did – unsuccessful.
“We decided we needed a system,” Singh said. “One day, we were out on patrol and we saw something we thought could be used to mark an area for future reference. We saw a pile of brush near the marking. When we moved it, we found a mortar tube.”
From that point on, they looked for areas with similar markings and soft dirt, Singh said. “We didn’t have mine sweepers at the time, so we would look for soft dirt and stab at the ground with bayonets.”
From April to June, Singh’s platoon found 44 weapons caches.
It kicked off a cache craze,” Singh said. “Everyone wanted to check out a mine sweeper and look. Of course, they found nothing because they didn’t know what to look for.”
Singh and his Soldiers changed missions to finding high value individuals, so he decided to share his secret to finding caches with the Soldiers of Cobra Black One.
Originally posted by johnfrodo
I wonder how many pros are at work in this thread. I find it hard to believe people are so genuiely navie.
Originally posted by johnfrodo
well good is a relative term. No one could state that on the Human Misery Index Iraqi is better today than under Saddam. Certianly Iraq has the potential to be better. No one could say that was the orginal bremmer plan.