08 September 2006

B36 News - 08 September 2006

Allow me to introduce another member of the B36 team. This is The Liz. The Liz joins the B36 team as what is commonly referred to in the media as a "stringer".

In Iraq, a stringer is typically a local national who, for obvious reasons, can move much more freely throughout the more dangerous areas of the country and get information about what's going on. The stringer is then paid by a reporter for the story which is reprinted with the reporter's name attached to it.

In this case, my stringer is a local lizard who will be paid in small insects. The Liz will focus on infiltration and survellience style operations and will provide insider commentary on some of the stories reported here.

Presidential "Winning in Iraq"
The latest speech given by the President focused on the progress that's been made in the broader Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Hopefully this will help show Americans that we are in fact winning this war and that as long as we are given the resources (time included) to get the job done, we will. Thank you, Mr. President, for supporting our efforts to win the war.

More Important Than Bullets!?
I found this story particularly interesting because it combines two of my personal interests; coffee and the military. The story is about a Starbucks employee who was also a member of the National Guard. He was called up to duty in Iraq and not only did Starbucks meet the federal requirements for employers of activated troops, but they're now sending him and his buddies critical supplies of coffee and coffee paraphenelia. While I'm no particular fan of Starbucks coffee (it always tastes like they burnt the beans), I admire the support they give their employees.

When my friends and family asked me what they could send me to make life a bit better here in the desert, my response was, "Send coffee!" Within a month my troops and I had collected so much coffee that we're still working through it all, that was about 9 months ago now. Thanks for your support!

Brings a Tear to My Eye
Tears of joy that is. I can't tell you what joy it brings me to read stories like this. It happens on a somewhat regular basis that when a bad guy is planting an IED, it detonates prematurely killing those planting it. Call it a sick sense of irony or twisted justice, but hearing these stories can really turn my frown upside-down.
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – A terrorist prematurely detonated an improvised-explosive device, killing himself and severely wounding his accomplice at approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday in southern Baghdad’s Masaffee neighborhood.

Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were flagged down by Iraqi citizens and told of a terrorist killed while placing an IED.
The wounded terrorist was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

In another incident, Iraqi army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, seized various munitions while on patrol in northern Baghdad Wednesday night.

IA soldiers found two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, nine RPG rounds and 500 PKC machinegun rounds.

IA soldiers turned the cache over to the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

In a separate event, MND-B Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 172nd SBCT, captured various weapons while conducting a cordon and search operation of an ice cream parlor in Adhamiyah Wednesday night.

The MND-B Soldiers seized two RPG launchers, four RPG rounds, a belt of PKC machinegun ammunition, loose ammunition and bomb-making materials.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Solo said...

I hope you translate. Lizish was not my best subject back in school. Weapons found in an icecream parlor?!?! That's just not right!!!!! You know they have a real nice fella in prison over in Englnad that suffered from premature detonation too. An affliction I hope spreads among the Jihad gene pool.

15:46  
Blogger The Liz said...

Silly Infidel, I can speak English! You Americans think that just because I'm green that I can not speak your language.

One thing that Bandit didn't mention is that I was "embedded" in the bumper of one of the Strykers that was with the patrol that found the weapons in the ice cream parlor. He also didn't mention that in addition to the weapons, the troops also siezed several cartons of ice cream, chocolate and strawberry I believe.

Following our return to the FOB, the troops slaughtered and consumed the cartons of strawberry and chocolate ice cream with no mercy. There was nothing left as the Americans brutally destroyed the cartons. I hope only that the strawberry and chocolate ice cream will find peace in the next life.

17:19  
Blogger The Griper said...

Peace in the next life? shucks, folks how can they not? they'll have 72 oz. of the warmest, most tantilizing, tastiest virgin "cream" straight from the cow to indulge them for the sacrifice they made. Isn't that what the Koran says?

20:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Liz. Thanks for your insights and hope to hear more from you in the coming days. About the demolition of the contraband chocolate and strawberry ice cream; I happen to know that your "lizzy" commander is an addict for both. What part may he have had in all this? BTW - do you sleep with your eyes open, eyes closed, one open and one closed. You've survived in a combat zone so you must be pretty good, huh?

01:55  
Anonymous Solo said...

I really wanted to interrogate that ice cream. Questions can be answered real quick with the proper use of hot fudge syrup.mmmmm

04:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF only your reports would be printed on the same page with the daily deaths and other bad news. Oh i forgot I dont live in that kind of world anymore.
thanks again B36 and all the other Marines,Soldiers, Airmen,Sailor, and their familes for fighting and sacrificng for my sorry arss.

07:37  
Blogger The Griper said...

Solo,
That ice cream probably would just melt at the sight of you so near.

10:19  
Anonymous Solo said...

Griper, my cold eyed stare has been known to cause shivers at ice cream socials. Liz, did ya'll kick the door in and holler "FREEZE!!"?

15:41  
Blogger devildog6771 said...

Great post Bandit. Thanks for the trust. It isn't often we get to have first hand contact with an "operative!" Hi, Liz!" I hope you gave Liz some of that ice cream. What was her favorite flavor? Oh wait, that was so uncool. I already know the answer. Sorry Liz! I hope you enjoyed your chocolate covered bugs!

The President's speech was awesome. I was amazed at all the info and intel gathered and all the big shot terrorists cxaptured.

As usual, the "Washington Post" and the European "P's" are in an up roar. Kofi couldn't wait to get on the wagon. Neither could France.

There is a new rumor mill started now. 9/11 was instigated by the President. The War on Terror isn't real.

I have some ideas about how we can show them the truth but they would fall under cruel and inhuman. Too bad! I think those sorry pampered slugs could use a dose of reality!

The mission in Iraq is turning into a whopping success! You guys, the IA, and the ISF are really doing a great job. It is sad we have to rely on your reports and CENTCOM for the eeal story there.

I heard Sadr has backed down for now. GIven his past role in all of this, I consider his move strictly strategic. He is a nutcase of the worst kind. He will never back down. [just my opinion]

My Dad served with MacArthur and Patton in some of their worst campaigns. We didn't know about any of this until his death. We found his medals and DD214. One thing he always talked about was the importance of "a good cup of java!" It was second only to letters from home!

22:20  
Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

The President is not the only one supporting you. We're backing you all the way here at home and doing the best we can to fight the third column idiots and find ways to do what we can to help you in the fight.

Thank you and all who you fight and work along side for your sacrifice, your time, and your efforts.

02:19  

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