A CRESCENDOING CASCADE OF VICTORIES TO THE IRAQI FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:16 AM
Sat Sep 27, 0:44 AM
By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three rocket-propelled grenades were fired toward U.S. military offices in central Baghdad on Saturday, raising tensions already high because of a fatal ambush on American soldiers and reports that U.S. soldiers killed four Iraqis at a checkpoint.
A U.S. soldier in the al-Rashid Hotel and Convention Center, where the military maintains its press office and other facilities, said the grenades were fired early Saturday. He would not say if the attackers hit the hotel, but added he didn't think there were any casualties.
The neighborhood was sealed off. Residents of a neighborhood just west of the complex said the rocket launcher was fired from the middle of a street in the Salhiya district and left behind as the attackers fled. A resident said the grenades were fired at about 6:30 a.m.
The attack came as residents in Fallujah, a hotspot west of Baghdad, reported that U.S. troops fired on two vehicles at a checkpoint Friday night, killing four Iraqis and wounding at least three others, including a child.
U.S. military officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the reported checkpoint shooting.
Residents reached by telephone in Fallujah said it occurred Friday night on the eastern edge of Fallujah, where opposition to the American presence runs deep.
Iraqi policeman Sinan Najam Fahd said U.S. troops fired at a car and a pickup truck but gave no reason why. Police and ambulances rushed the victims to Fallujah General Hospital. They included one girl who appeared to be about 10 years old and who suffered a leg wound.
Fahd spoke of three wounded and said the dead included two men and two women. The Al-Jazeera satellite news network and some local residents said five people were wounded.
Fallujah, located west of Baghdad in the so-called "Sunni Triangle," is one of the major flashpoints of tension between U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians.
On Sept. 12, U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division killed eight Iraqi policemen and a Jordanian hospital guard near Fallujah. The police were chasing a car known to have been involved in highway banditry.
In April, soldiers from the division fired on protesters on two successive days, killing 18 and wounding 78. U.S. troops had withdrawn to a base outside the city in July and had been turning over security duties to local police. The U.S. military at the time said the troops were fired at first in the April incident, but Iraqi witnesses denied this.
U.S. forces are struggling to maintain order in Iraq five months after the fall of Saddam Hussein's government.
The U.S. military said one soldier from the 173rd Airborne Brigade was killed and two were wounded in an ambush at Kirkuk, 145 miles northeast of Baghdad, when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at their vehicle at about 11 p.m. Thursday.
The death raised to 86 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in combat since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major fighting in Iraq. The military also announced that a soldier from the 4th Infantry Division died and another was injured in a fire Thursday night in an abandoned building in the Tikrit area.
Mourners on Friday buried Aquila al-Hashimi, a member of Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council who was assassinated, apparently by Saddam loyalists.
"Aquila, as we all knew her, in her modesty, in her courage, in her creative imagination, in her understanding of the human spirit, in her love of liberty and justice, and in passionate commitment to her family and to her people, represented the full and free potential of the true Iraq," Jeremy Greenstock, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's envoy to Iraq, said in an eulogy.
Meanwhile, more U.N. employees left Iraq after Secretary-General Kofi Annan slashed the already diminished foreign staff.
In Amman, Jordan, a charter plane arrived from Baghdad on Friday carrying U.N. staff, according to a U.N. official in Jordan who spoke on condition of anonymity.
U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said that over the past 24 hours, the international staff in Iraq was reduced by 10. But he said that figure included three U.N. workers who entered Iraq during that time. When Annan issued the order Thursday to remove about half of the foreign U.N. workers, 42 foreign staffers were in Baghdad and 44 were in the north.
Eckhard said the world body's humanitarian programs would continue with limited international supervision over the 4,233 Iraqis working for the United Nations.
L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator for Iraq, told a news conference at the Pentagon that the U.N. decision to pull out more staff will make it harder for the world body to accomplish its mission.
"It's regrettable that the U.N. apparently has decided to reduce still further its presence there," he said. Bremer expressed hope that the world body will "at an early date build those people back up and that capacity back up."
The U.N. headquarters at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad has been attacked twice with bombs.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 02:57 PM
By Ahmad Amrawi
Resistance is gaining momentum in Iraq
Some observers say Iraq may become another Vietnam for the US occupation forces.
American officials, including the President himself and his defence secretary, vehemently deny that saying Iraq is a different situation altogether.
Yet, US field commanders have admitted that their troops are facing an escalating guerrilla war with an average of 25 attacks everyday.
The mounting number of casualties from combat operations has exacerbated US worries and opinion polls have shown that an increasing number of American citizens are not happy with the present situation in Iraq.
A Gallup poll published on 8 July 2003 indicated that 42% of the US public think the war in Iraq is going badly compared to 13% in May.
The tactics of searching neighbourhoods, blockading cities, mass round-up operations, and torturing and killing of civilians are fuelling the resentment of the Iraqi people toward occupation forces.
Resistance is gaining momentum in the central and mid-northern regions of Iraq while the Shia dominated regions in the south have been relatively quiet so far.
However, Iraqi resistance groups are not clearly defined yet, and only four groups - unknown before - have revealed their identities and warned the occupation forces that they will fight until Iraq is free.
The Armed Islamic Movement for al-Qaida
The National Brigades of Iraqi Resistance
The National Front of Fedayeen
The Salfist Jihad Group.
US Troops are facing an escalating
guerrilla war In Iraq
Using rocket-propelled grenades, mines, explosives and mortars, the Iraqi resistance fighters are costing the occupation forces a lot in life and equipment.
Regardless of whether the attacks are orchestrated by Saddam as the US says, the truth is that Iraqi citizens are disillusioned with an occupation that has left them without jobs, incomes, security, electricity and clean water.
Paul Wolfowitz, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense and a chief architect of the war on Iraq, has admitted that the Pentagon had been partially wrong in its post-war assumptions, saying: "Some conditions were worse than we anticipated."
Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:25 PM
RPG-7: Killer on the Loose
The RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launcher is one of the most common and most effective infantry weapons in contemporary conflicts. It is rugged, simple and carries a lethal punch. Whether downing US Blackhawk helicopters in Somalia, blasting Russian tanks in Chechnya, or attacking government strong points in Angola, the RPG-7 is the weapon of choice for many infantrymen and guerrillas around the world.
The RPG-7 is the lineal descendant of the World War II German Panzerfaust.The RPG-7 was adopted by the Soviet Armed Forces in 1961. Today, it is part of the TO&E of over 40 different countries' armies and several of these countries, besides Russia, are licensed to build their own. Other manufacturers include Bulgaria, China, Iran, Iraq, Romania and Pakistan.
The Soviet Army assigned one RPG-7 per motorized rifle squad. Forces involved in regional conflicts tend to add more RPGs to their organizations. In the Iran-Iraq War, the Iranian 11-man squad had two RPG-7 gunners. In the Soviet-Afghan War, the Mujahideen averaged one RPG for every 10-12 combatants in 1983-1985. By 1987, they were two RPG-7s for every 10-12 combatants. The Mujahideen formed special armored-vehicle hunter-killer teams where 50 to 80% of the personnel were armed with RPG-7s. This could be up to 15 RPGs. When there weren't mortars available, these groups also used their RPG-7s as a form of pseudo-artillery and conducted RPG preparation fires.
Constricted terrain [mountains, forest, jungle, and population centers] leads to close combat. When the combatants are 10-30 meters apart, artillery and air support is practically nonexistent due to the danger of fratricide. Close combat is a direct-fire brawl in which the RPG-7 excels.
Combat in the High Desert
The Soviet -Afghan War lasted from 1979 to 1989 and pitted the local Mujahideen against the Soviet occupiers and the Afghan communist government. Afghanistan is a rugged land, full of towering mountains, vast deserts, 'green zones' and occasional forest. Guerrilla warfare favors the use of light infantry. The Soviets never fielded enough light infantry to match the quality light infantry of the Mujahideen. The RPG-7 was the Mujahideen weapon of choice and they proved its value as a light-weight killer against Soviet tanks, armored personnel carriers, trucks and helicopters. The Soviets tried to stay at least 300 meters away from the Mujahideen - out of AK-47 Kalashinikov assault rifle and RPG-7 moving target range. The Mujahideen, on the other hand, tried to get in close and 'hug' the Soviet force to escape Soviet artillery and air strikes while using their RPGs to good effect.
Among the forces that the Soviets deployed to Afghanistan were two spetsnaz brigades. The spetsnaz forces were not authorized RPG-7s in their TO&Es. Instead, they were issued RPG-16s or RPG-22s. The RPG-16s and RPG-22s lacked the range and punch of the RPG-7, so spetsnaz troops used captured Chinese and Pakistani RPG-7s. They preferred these RPGs to the Soviet-manufactured model since they are lighter, and have a folding bipod and a convenient carrying handle.
The spetsnaz found that the RPG-7 was ideal for taking out Mujahideen firing positions dug into mountain slopes. They would aim the RPG-7 to hit above and behind the firing position, showering the firing position with shrapnel and pieces of rock.
The Mujahideen used the RPG antitank grenades against both vehicles and personnel. The antitank round has a lethal bursting radius of some four meters and can kill with blast and shrapnel. The Mujahideen learned that the best way to destroy a vehicle was to engage it with two or three RPGs simultaneously from a range of 20-50 meters. The chances of hitting the target with a lethal shot are greatly increased by firing a number of shots at close range. Further, the vehicle under attack has less of a chance to react to the attack.
The rebels in Tadjikistan in 1992 applied this same technique when attacking T-72 tanks equipped with reactive armor. Since they lacked the anti-reactive armor PG-7VR tandem warhead, the first gunner would hit the tank to blow a hole in the reactive armor and the second and third gunner would fire the kill shots at the exposed area. This 'double-teaming' also usually took out the tank's vision blocks, so if the tank survived, it was blind allowing the RPG gunners time to reposition, reload and reengage. Another 'trick of the trade' was to throw a fragmentation grenade on the T-72's front deck to take out the driver's vision block before the massed RPGs opened up on the tank. The optimum shot for the Tadjik rebels was against the rear section of the T-72 turret.
The biggest danger to the RPG gunners was infantry accompanying tanks, so they tried to take out tanks that were out of immediate infantry support range. Further, RPG gunners usually were accompanied by supporting snipers and machine gunners and an assistant RPG gunner carrying an assault rifle. These could protect the RPG gunner from enemy infantry. It was absolutely necessary, if the RPG gunners were not firing from prepared positions, that they change firing positions after every shot. This was especially true if they failed to kill their target with the first shot or the target had a supporting vehicle in overwatch. RPG gunners who were caught up in the heat of the moment and stood their ground were quickly killed.
RPG-7s were especially valuable in executing an ambush. RPG positions were selected with particular care, then dug-in, reinforced and camouflaged. The area behind the firing positions were soaked for two-four meters in depth with water to prevent a tell-tale cloud of dust. The firing position was hidden within local foliage - brush, reeds, corn and tall grasses up to two meters high. It was only necessary to have a clear view of the target and an unimpeded pathway where the grenade could fly without be deflected by twigs and foliage.
No matter how well camouflaged and watered-down a position, the launching signature of a RPG is unmistakable. The flash and the whitish blue-grey smoke is a clear give-away and the surviving RPG gunner is one who quickly shifts positions or dives deep into a hole.
While the RPG was designed to kill tanks and other combat vehicles, it has brought down a number of helicopters as well. During the fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia in October 1994, the two US Army Blackhawk helicopters shot down were by the RPG. In Afghanistan, the Mujahideen found that the best anti-helicopter tactics were anti-helicopter ambushes. The first variant was to identify likely landing zones and mine them. Then the Mujahideen would position machine guns and RPGs around the landing zone. As the helicopter landed, massed RPG and machine gun fire would tear into the aircraft.
If the Mujahideen could not lure helicopters into an ambush kill zone, the RPG could still engage helicopters. The Mujahideen found that a frontal shot at a range of 100 meters was optimum against an approaching helicopter. As before, the more RPGs firing simultaneously, the better chance of a hit and escape from an avenging wingman. Should the helicopters be flying further away, it was better to wait until the helicopter was 700-800 meters away and then fire, trying to catch the helicopter with the explosion of the round's self-destruction at 920 meters distance. Chances of hitting a helicopter at this range by the self-destruct mechanism were very limited, but they served to discourage reconnaissance helicopters and air assault landings, particularly if a SA-7 Strela or a Stinger shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile was also firing.
Combat in Cities
In December 1994, the Russian Army entered the break-away Republic of Chechnya and attempted to seize the Chechen capital of Grozny from the march. During the first month of the conflict, Russian forces wrote off 225 armored vehicles as nonrepairable battle losses. This represents 10% of the armored vehicles initially committed to the campaign. The bulk of these losses were due to shoulder-fired antitank weapons and antitank grenades.
The Chechen forces were armed with Soviet and Russian-produced weapons and most Chechen fighters had served in the Soviet Armed Forces. The Chechen lower-level combat group consisted of 15 to 20 personnel subdivided into three or four-man fighting cells. These cells had an antitank gunner [normally armed with the RPG-7 or RPG-18 shoulder-fired antitank rocket launcher], a machine gunner and a sniper. Additional personnel served as ammunition bearers and assistant gunners. Chechen combat groups deployed these cells as anti-armor hunter-killer teams. The sniper and machine gunner would pin down the supporting infantry while the antitank gunner would engage the armored target. Teams deployed at ground level, in second and third stories, and in basements of buildings. Normally five or six hunter-killer teams simultaneously attacked a single armored vehicle. Kill shots were generally made against the top, rear and sides of vehicles.
The RPG-7 and asymmetrical future combat
The RPG-7 will be around for a good while yet. It is a proven, cheap killer of technology which will continue to play a significant role--particularly when conventional forces are pitted against irregular forces. US soldiers need to be aware of the RPG-7 and how it has been deployed. The chances are, whenever a US soldier is deployed to a trouble spot, the RPG-7 will be part of the local landscape.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:37 PM
Sep 26, 2003
A U.S. military vehicle was hit with an explosion in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on Thursday, leaving at least four American soldiers "badly wounded", according to witnesses.
About ten witnesses reported seeing the "bodies of four U.S. soldiers", AFP reported, but there was no confirmation of their condition after the blast on a main road in front of the telecommunications center.
US IMPERIALIST "CENTRAL COMMAND" WILL STRING OUT THE DEATHS IN REPORTS OVER A WEEK OR SO. THERE'S NO WAY THEY CAN ADMIT THE REAL RATE OF LOSSES TO THE US PUBLIC IF THEY WANT TO PROLONG THE WAR RACKET FURTHER ENRICHING WALL ST. AT THE PEOPLE'S EXPENSE.
For its part, the U.S. military said it had no report of the blast, which witnesses said occurred at 9:30 am (local time).
British soldier has died in a "tragic firearms incident" in Iraq, the British Ministry of Defence said Thursday. He was based at Shaibah, near Basra, when the incident happened on Tuesday.
IN OTHER WORDS, THE BRITISH IMPERIALISTS ARE FRAGGING THEIR PIG OFFICERS AND, UNABLE TO LIVE WITH THEIR GUILT FOR MURDERING IRAQI CIVILIANS WHO DAILY HATE THEM, TAKING THEIR OWN PATHETIC LIVES
A British spokesman said the circumstances of the death are being investigated, but the soldier did not die as a result of enemy action.
Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier was killed and two others were injured in a military vehicle accident in Balad, north of the capital city of Baghdad, the U.S. army said Thursday. The soldiers involved in Wednesday's crash were from the 220th Military Police Brigade, according to an army press release.
"MILITARY POLICE" ARE THE PRESENT EQUIVALENT OF THE GERMAN EXTERMINATION SQUADS IN OCCUPIED EUROPE AND ARE ESPECIALLY HATED BY THE POPULACE. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:43 PM
27 September 2003
The following statement of the Socialist Equality Party of Britain is being distributed today at a demonstration in London as part of protests being held world-wide against the continuing US-British war and occupation in Iraq.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 03:55 PM
Posted 28 September 2003 - 02:08 AM
But these so called "freedom fighters" have done all of these things. They have killed Iraqi civilians, they blew up oil pipelines, and they attacked and killed members of the UN. These things don't help their country to be free, it just prolongs the suffering of everybody, the most of which happen to be the common Iraqis.
The way I see it, they are just anti-western fanatics, not caring who they kill, as long as they keep on killing westerners. And they're sure not doing a good job at it either, it seems as though more of them are being killed and arrested than they are able to take out. For each US soldier killed, there are at least 10 casualties on the other side. That's just not good odds.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 03:26 AM
LOL!!!! Ok, whatever man.
"what do you expect them to do, let the zio-americans still their RESOURCES?"
Well, the "freedom fighters" are the only ones stealing resources by destroying those pipelines. They not only shut off a large source of revenue for the IRAQI people, they also caused gas prices to go sky-high within the country. In a country with only one natural resource-oil-cutting off that supply severely hinders the return to normalcy. Again, not the actions of "freedom fighters".
Posted 28 September 2003 - 08:04 AM
Posted 28 September 2003 - 07:39 PM
Those fools are even too stupid to exploit such an opportunity. They are simpletons. Idiots who blindly support their own slavery. They are spineless s-c-um sucking brainwashed pigs who are kept in contempt by their masters.
These people are primitive simpletons who are not able to comprehend what really is happening around them and to them.
They are subhuman species, a piece of sh-it, a manure.
That's what they are
Posted 28 September 2003 - 08:08 PM
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