Thursday, November 10, 2005

We Are Winning in Iraq

Happy birthday United States Marine Corp, hoo rah!

Everyday we hear reports on every explosion and casualty out of Iraq. What’s missing from these MSM stories are the victories that we are experiencing daily. Have you seen any reports on Operation Steel Curtain by the MSM? I had to go, where else, to the blogosphere to get my news. The news is we’re winning and the MSM doesn’t want you to know that. In fact, from printing CIA leaks and stories about phony Koran flushing, to the lack of fact checking traitorous marines, (you don’t know how much it hurts to say that), the MSM seems to want us to loose. We are however gaining ground every day. Our Armed Forces along with elite Iraqi forces secure areas and other trained Iraqis take over security in those areas. We heard that 2000 soldiers had died by the MSM, but did they mention that 200,000 Iraqis are now members of the police force or National Guard?

Bill Roggio at The Fourth Rail conducted an interview with the Commander of Marine Regimental Combat Team – 2, Colonel Stephen W. Davis. His Marines and Iraqi units are in the border town of Husaybah. Some excerpts:

Bill: What is the current status of Operation Steel Curtain?

Col Davis: Husaybah has been cleared and secured. Coalition forces are now conducting combat patrols. Construction is underway for basing of Iraqi and U.S. troops to maintain a permanent presence in the city, and provide security. We had a real good plan, but the execution was even better. I am pleased with the results of Operation Steel Curtain.

Bill: MNF-West states there were 1,000 Iraqi troops involved, while CNN and other news outlets reports 550. Is there an explanation for this discrepancy?

Col Davis: The number is just a hair short of 1,000. There is one full battalion of Iraqi Army soldiers, one brigade headquarters unit, units from the Desert Protection Force, and a Special Operations Forces unit, which was trained by [U.S.] Army Green Berets. These SOF units are high caliber units with a great deal of expertise and bring it to the battlefield.

Bill: How is the Desert Protection Force organized and trained?

Col Davis: These are platoon sized units recruited locally and trained in reconnaissance and scout techniques. They add a level of granularity due to their experience and local knowledge of the region. They have been very, very helpful during Operation Steel Curtain.

This next comment especially tells me we are winning, that each day brings us closer to an Iraq stable enough for us to pull out.

The Desert Protection Force escorted residents out of harms way to the displaced persons facility, where they receive food, shelter and medical care. Word spreads pretty fast throughout the city and they came to the facility on their own. As in all of the cities and towns out here, once the citizens are free of the influence of the insurgents and are assured the Iraqi Army will remain, they open up and show us who has been supporting the insurgency, where they are hiding, lead us to ammunition dumps and safe houses and provide tips on what the insurgent have been saying and planning.

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