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IED Roll-Up #16
I got an email from “the Army” about these IED Roll-ups. While I’m glad that people are out there looking for OPSEC violations, I think they are slacking a little in their research. I was asked a key question in the email: “are you ensuring that specific unit related information and route information is not published to ensure the safety of soldiers and Marines?” Now, I have to admit I was a little offended.
Obviously, they aren’t READING my IED roll-ups to figure that out themselves. I can’t help but wonder if I was sent a mass email with a brief change to the first sentence relating to my specific focus. Their goal in sending the email wasn’t to curtail what I’m posting, “but only to ensure that specific identifying information” wasn’t getting read by the enemy. After all, anti-Iraqi forces and terrorists owe their resilience in part to their “canny exploitation of the Internet“. However, if the information I’m releasing is detrimental to our success in Iraq, then there is a bigger problem than this site. I get all my information from press releases, newsletters, and in-theatre Command Information Releases that are openly available to the public. If I can piece together this information with such ease, so can the enemy.
I understand what the Army is doing. After all, there are many soldiers out there who just don’t get it. They create blogs to get out the story but don’t think about the fact that they’re helping seal their own fates. I’ve emailed many bloggers about the fact that they openly release their mailing addresses, names of fellow soldiers, and daily activities (to include where they’ve been and where they’re going). This kind of information creates a roadmap for terrorists. All they have to do is a little pattern analysis to find out where to strike next and be successful.
All the information I post does not mention routes, specific locations, times, or individuals involved. I ensure that I don’t post unit strengths and especially weaknesses. I’ve been in the business of protecting our troops AND this country for more than 11 years. Even if the publicly available information from which I get my IED stats mentions these areas, I edit them out before publishing them here. Rest assured that no soldier will die or be injured by information you find on this site.
With that said, let’s get this thing started. I’m gonna be a little short this time since I had to run off at the mouth first. I’ll start with a report from Afghanistan:
February 17 – An Afghan turned a cache of explosives and ammunition in to U.S. forces near Forward Operating Base Ghanzi.
Among the items turned in were 75 cans of 14.5-mm rounds, 11 107-mm rockets, 19 75-mm recoilless rifle rounds and 100 82-mm mortar rounds.
And now back to Iraq…
February 12 – The 2nd Battalion 2nd Brigade 5th Iraqi Army Division, advised by U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers, conducted assaults on two targets in Diyala Province, detaining 102 persons of interest, killing two insurgents and discovering a large weapons cache. The weapons cache contained one Katusa rocket, two 155 mm artillery rounds, two 120 mm mortar rounds, three 60 mm mortar rounds, three rocket-propelled grenades, an RPG launcher, three AK-47 assault rifles, and a collection of IED-making materials including electrical wire and fuses.
February 13 – Not entirely good news, but an IED wasn’t laid in. Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division working with Coalition troops shot at a terrorist after observing him emplacing a bomb in a bag at an intersection near a police station. The insurgent was wounded in the shooting but grabbed the bag and fled, eluding capture by troops. No Coalition injuries or damages were reported in the incident.
February 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day. Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 7th Iraqi Army Division and Coalition troops detained 12 insurgents and found 9 caches during operations in the Haditha area. The caches held a variety of ordnance, including one 130 mm artillery round, 97 120 mm mortar rounds, 10 60 mm mortar rounds, one 82 mm mortar round, 24 .50-calliber rounds, 50 14.5 mm rounds, 50 7.62 mm rounds, one AK-47 assault rifle, one machine gun and 20 loaded AK-47 magazines.
February 15 – Third Iraqi Public Order Brigade troops recovered a roadside bomb northwest of Salman Pak in eastern Baghdad. Three Iraqi children led a patrol of three POB soldiers to a bag containing a roadside bomb consisting of an artillery round. The patrol observed three men running from the site. The suspects eluded capture when a second roadside bomb was detonated by terrorists. The original roadside bomb was recovered. I wonder if one of these kids was the one engaged in an arm wrestling competition in my earlier post.
February 16 – This is just too darn funny!! Two terrorists were killed while attacking police and a house bomb was found and cleared during operations. The police officers were initially shot at with small arms and returned fire. One terrorist then attempted to throw a grenade which detonated prematurely killing himself and his nearby accomplice. Later, the same police unit found a building rigged with 700 pounds of nitrate explosive during an area search. A bomb disposal team responded to the site and disarmed the device.
February 17 – Iraqi Army and Multi-National Division — Baghdad Soldiers found and destroyed 11 roadside bombs and three weapons caches. The first cache consisted of 19 x RPGs, 18 x RPG 7M rounds, one Russian-made light anti-tank weapon, one 120 mm mortar tube, three 82 mm mortar tubes, two RPK light machine guns, one FNL assault rifle, one SA-7 surface-to-air missile (no launcher), 22 x 120mm, 25 x 129 mm, five 107 mm, two 125 mm artillery rounds and eight 82 mm, eight 57 mm, seven 80 mm, two 130 mm mortar rounds, 5,000 rounds of 7.62 mm, 1,500 rounds of 12.5 mm, powder charges and Motorola radios. At the site of the cache, the Iraqi and MND-B Soldiers found a terrain model, two fighting positions, and two underground tunnels.
The second weapons cache consisted of one SKS carbine rifle, 400 armor piercing rounds, five RPG rounds, two 30 mm, one 60 mm, one 120 mm, and five 20 mm rounds, an explosive of unknown composition, and 17 155 mm fuses.
The third cache consisted of two 130 mm mortars, six 60 mm mortars, two anti-aircraft guns, two .50 cal machineguns, 17 rockets, one 130 mm mortar round, 18 82 mm mortar rounds, 15 60 mm mortar rounds, six 30 mm rounds, four PG7 anti-tank rounds, 14 RPG rounds, 30 hand grenades, 87 heavy machinegun rounds, 106 anti-aircraft rounds, one crate of .50 cal ammunition, 12 RPG fuses, six RPG boosters, and one bag of gunpowder.
And that’s it for this week’s IED Roll-Up. The approximate number of IEDs that won’t see the light of day this week is 127 (conservative figure). That equates to approximately 1397 people that won’t be affected by an IED, either hurt or killed. ONE WEEK. If you’d like to read all my previous IED reports, click HERE. Til next week…