UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3124 times:
You are are inundated with the bad news.
How about some good news?
Major General Rick Lynch gave a fantastic press briefing, which no doubt could not be aired because the latest American Idol was airing. He was on his game with the press. Here are the transcripts if you're interested: http://www.mnf-iraq.com/transcripts/060420.htm
But I will highlight:
--The Iraqi Parliament designated a new Prime-Minister, Jawad al-Maliki. He lived in exile during Saddam. He had a price over his head during Saddam, but vowed to one day return. Both Sunni and Kurdish political leaders have said they will support him. He vows to continue the build up of Iraqi forces, so that they can quickly work to the day when the hand over from American forces to Iraqis can be completed.
--Iraq has it own version of Green Berets --- in training ... and the Special Forces instructors taking them through their paces are all Iraqis. That's a long way from where they were nearly three years ago when this elite unit was first formed by American Green Berets.
--The Iraqi army and police in north Iraq have assumed control of security in Sulimaniyah and Salahuddin provinces, and are on track to take the lead in much of the area surrounding the city of Kirkuk.
--So if you look closely at what's happened, just before the first of the year, we were averaging about 44 captured foreign nationals per month, and now we're down to less than half of that. The effect of that is reduction in the number of suicide attacks in Iraq [per day]: over 70 a year ago, 24 now.
--We have reached the point where almost 50 percent of the IEDs are found and cleared before they detonate.
-- In all of 2005, we came across 2,880 weapons caches. Since the first of the year almost 900 weapons caches.
--But I believe that the most important indicator on these charts, on this quad chart, is this one. And that's the number of tips, actionable tips that we are receiving from the people of Iraq. They have indeed reached the point where they're tired of the insurgency, and they realize that they are indeed the target of attacks by the insurgency.
--There are 250,000 trained members of the Iraqi security forces, and that 25 percent of all security operations are independent Iraqi operations. And we are at the point now where at least 25 percent of the day-to-day company-level-and-above operations are Iraqi independent operations. They plan them, they execute them, they review them at the conclusion.
--In the villages around Kirkuk, Iraqis are taking the lead in security operations and intelligence gathering. This is more than just gathering information, it is gaining the trust and confidence of their people before taking control of the area.
--They [Iraqi Forces] are very good. They can come into these villages and do 10 times better than we ever could as far as gathering information just because they are Iraqis and they know the people better than we do and the culture better than we do.
--A tip from a citizen led Coalition troops to a weapons cache consisting of eight 250 to 500 pound aerial bombs.
--A tip led multi-national soldiers to a high-value target, who was arrested. In the same area, seven terrorists suspected of running a bomb factory were also arrested.
--Seven insurgents were caught digging up munitions in Balad. The site contained more than 250 mortar and artillery rounds, and several mines.
--Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division discovered a weapons cache in a neighborhood of Baghdad: The cache consisted of 81 75 mm projectiles, 43 grenades, three 82mm illumination rounds, one 85 mm projectile, two 90mm high-explosive rounds and four 100 mm heat projectiles.
--Two other weapons caches were found in Baghdad: In the first house, the cache consisted of two 55-gallon drums of home-made explosives, two pressure plates, one artillery shell, a home-made rocket launcher, two pipes filled with high-explosive material, a seven-foot missile, a 14.5 mm Dishka heavy artillery machine gun and six anti-tank mines.
In the second house, located approximately 150 meters east of the first house, a second cache was found, consisting of eight shape charges, a sniper rifle, five pressure plates, three rocket-propelled grenades, an acetylene tank and two grenades taped to a window. The interior of the rear door appeared to contain an unfinished booby-trap.
--They [Iraqi forces] are fighting for their families... Despite being the target of numerous terrorist attacks, Iraqi police in Baghdad continue to make significant progress: "They've got heart. The Iraqi police love their job," he said. "The majority of them are fighting for their families, their communities, where they live. This is their home."
--An Iraqi village near the Baghdad airport now has clean drinking water: The mayor (of the village) had approached the (Soldiers). He said they had negative water pressure, which allowed sewage to get into the drinking water. "This is the biggest gift from the (Coalition) Forces to this village," said Esam Al Askar, managing director and chief executive officer, Al Fulq Ltd. Co. Al Askar is also a resident of the village. "People used to be very, very sick in the village. When the water pipes were rotten, sewage was leaking (into the water supply)."
--A spring festival is being held in Iraq through April 30. The festivals focus will be on a free and democratic Iraq: The festival, titled "Democratic Culture for a free Iraq" will primarily focus on reviewing efforts, perceptions and ideas that can enhance culture in order to conform with the democratic change witnessed by the various Iraqi factions.
--Groundbreaking for $200,000 in repairs to the Tarmiyah medical clinic took place recently north of Baghdad. The upgrades will include a new operating room and birthing room. Construction will be performed by a local company.
--Farmers on 3,000 acres in Rashidiyah formed a co-op with the help of multinational forces. The facility offers farmers tractors, tools, fertilizer, and seed for planting.
--Renovations to increase the loading capacity at the al-Basrah oil terminal are complete. The $434,000 project will allow the terminal to load more oil onto more ships.
--Marine Gunnery Sergeant Adam Taylor received the Bronze Star for his contributions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom: Taylor is credited with re-writing the tactical signals intelligence concepts of employment and enhancing the capability of his Marines to provide cutting-edge intelligence when they needed it most.
--U.S. Army chef, Chief Warrant Officer David Longstaff, was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in rescuing five soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.
--Marine First Lt. Jeffrey Lee - a tank commander - was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a 12-hour firefight in Fallujah. He was shot and wounded in the arm while in an intense fire fight. He refused medical attention, instead he continued to fight the enemy. In spite of his gunshot wound, he pushed the assault two more city blocks to reach the battalion's objective.
So... how many of you back home hear about this stuff? How much air-time did 1LT Lee, or CW3 Longstaff, get on the news? Did they get more time than that teacher who had sex with her student? Did anyone know that IED attacks are down by 60%. What about the fact that battlefield re-enlistments are outpacing Army demand, how many knew that?
CasInterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5780 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3085 times:
Thanks for sharing UH60, hopefully this will all work out. I still have my doubts in a country with an official state sponsered religion and two really opposite factions. Maybe they will figure it out.
hopefully the next stop won't be Iran.
Keep up the good work and get home safe.
Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3078 times:
This is all indeed excellent news! Good job.
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter): Major General Rick Lynch gave a fantastic press briefing, which no doubt could not be aired because the latest American Idol was airing.
A suggestion though, when material like this is presented with a condescending remark, it devalues it to a degree. I don't believe the American public needs to be referred to as a nation of airheads to get one's point across.
I wonder why we've heard practically none of this from our media. Noooo, no slant at all on the War in Iraq. Our military is occupying and nothing else, doing nothing to help - God I'm really getting tired of this shit.
UH60FtRucker, thank you for your service, and remember, there are still Americans over here that support you 100%, even if you haven't been getting such vibes lately.
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 9): Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Major General Rick Lynch gave a fantastic press briefing, which no doubt could not be aired because the latest American Idol was airing.
A suggestion though, when material like this is presented with a condescending remark, it devalues it to a degree.
I'd agree except that he's telling the truth. It's a fact that none of this seems to have been as well presented by the media as American Idol coverage. Look at AOL for instance.....they have a running section on AmIdol while they print nothing but rehashes of the lowlights that the networks run.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3057 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 11): It's a fact that none of this seems to have been as well presented by the media as American Idol coverage.
I would agree, except that wasn't my point, which I won't belabor. I felt I was spoken down to as an American who has never once said an adverse word about our soldiers in battle. A diplomatic, recipricatory attitude would have been appreciated. There are a lot of us who actually do read the news, watch C-SPAN, and ask questions when things don't seem right.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3042 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 12): I would agree, except that wasn't my point, which I won't belabor. I felt I was spoken down to as an American who has never once said an adverse word about our soldiers in battle.
I understood that, but I think that your perception of being patronized there was one of defensiveness since many assume that any criticism is being directed their way when it may just be in general.
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2987 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 9): A suggestion though, when material like this is presented with a condescending remark, it devalues it to a degree. I don't believe the American public needs to be referred to as a nation of airheads to get one's point across.
That was never my intention. On the contrary, I think the American public is far brighter than the MEDIA gives them credit. The truth is, this war is too complex to explain through soundbites and 30 second images.
I don't blame the American public for not knowing many of the advances we're making over here. How could I? How could blame them, if they're not being provided the information?
And I am venturing on shaky ground here - but I think the Administration's biggest failure is their inability to get their message out and to lead a POSITIVE information campaign about the situation on the ground. Why isn't the President getting on tv on a regular basis, with maps and pictures spread across the floor of the oval, and him explaining what we're doing and what where we're going!?
I point with the American Idol comment is simple: How can any expect support for the war effort to hold steady when there is more media emphasis on catching the latest American Idol effort and not the latest news brief by Major General Rick Lynch?
Sprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2929 times:
Thanks for the update.
Glad to get some good news. My nephew is there with the 101 as a combat medic. Dont ask me what unit,I have no clue(must ask my sister). I will sleep a little better now knowing it not all doom and gloom.
Good luck over there. I have a good friend joining you in a few months flying Seahawks doing SAR along with SEAL, Ranger, and Delta (I know...they don't exist) extractions peppered with some dropoffs into hot LZs.
"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
DC10GUY From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2909 times:
Today I heard about some of the soldiers coming home from Iraq and getting turned into collection agencies for not paying back over paid combat pay. The problem is that when they got wounded they left combat but the combat pay continued. The government wants the pay back and they don't have it or their legs ... Too sad. Did you here about that UH60Ftrucker dude ??? Stay safe over there ... Any rumours about when we're going to hit Iran ???
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter): What about the fact that battlefield re-enlistments are outpacing Army demand, how many knew that?
Like you said or insinuated.... the US media isn't interested in the success, only how many died in the daily suicide bombings. It's good to hear news from the frontlines that are positive... There was an article on CNN about 30,000 troops possibly coming home by the end of the year.
Keep up the hard work, regardless of how some Americans feel about the war, we all support you and are proud of what you are sacrificing... Keep it up, be safe, and return home soon
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7508 posts, RR: 49
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2865 times:
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter): So... how many of you back home hear about this stuff? How much air-time did 1LT Lee, or CW3 Longstaff, get on the news? Did they get more time than that teacher who had sex with her student? Did anyone know that IED attacks are down by 60%. What about the fact that battlefield re-enlistments are outpacing Army demand, how many knew that?
None of this gets back home surprisingly. The day we were leaving to come here to Qatar, the teacher-student sex story was the lead-off story. Since being here, I get all my news from Stars and Stripes, AFRTS, and the internet here at the MWR centre. But for the update.
Keesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
What a patriotic bullshit. Is a.net becoming a rally behind the flag medium?
It is a dirty war with all the un-nice things that come with it, sparsely broad casted on TV not to be accused of endangering the boys out there.
The press in Iraq doesn't dare to go out anymore to see what happening & is 99% reliant on official info. When that 1% slips thru everybody is "surprised" & says it's an incident that has been taken care of.
How do we think the US & Iraq forces really get the info on /out of the insurgents? Spontaneous tips? Really? .....
Nothing personally towards the no doubt mostly good boys & girls out there. However the world is increasingly misunderstanding & backing away from the Iraq offensive.
I think everybody agrees that there is no easy way out at this moment but that isn't a reason to ignore in one of the many many good news breaks from Iraq.
The numbers that are missing are the numbers of killed & wounded Iraqies and US people.