Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
Many brave Iraqi citizens have stood up to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq and to advance the security and stability of the Iraq Nation. Many have become targets for al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda also targets the families of these brave men and women.
One victim was Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, who was killed in a bombing Sept. 13. Abu Risha united the Tribes in the Anbar province and lead the efforts to work with the coalition forces to end al-Qaeda’s occupation of Anbar.
I have been anticipating hearing who was responsible?, who will claim responsibility?, will they find the people responsible?, and will the people responsible be held accountable?
Well it looks like it was al-Qaeda (Islamic Army of Iraq the militant wing of al-Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility) This is what I assumed it would be, but I feared what could happen if it was the Iranian backed Shiite insurgents. As ussual Al-Qaeda used its standard tactics which included money to bribe men with weak ethics, and al-Qaeda used threats of violence.
The local citizens and tribes have announced they will be errecting a statue and naming a street as a sign of their respect and admirration of Abdul Sattar Abu Risha. I salute this brave Iraqi and those who have vowed to continue his work.
Here is video on Michael Yons website
Here is one sorce of information regarding the captured suspects:
Sunday, September 23, 2007; Page A21
BAGHDAD, Sept. 22 — The U.S. military on Saturday confirmed the arrests of 25 suspects in the assassination of a tribal leader who had allied himself with the United States and unified Sunni groups against the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The suspects were detained by the Iraqi police and include the head of the security detail that was supposed to protect Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, who was killed in a bombing Sept. 13, 2007 according to Lt. Col. Jubeir Rashid, an Iraqi police officer in Anbar province.
Video of Abu Risha and recent News
Iraqi Translator that was there when Dave Bremmer was injured while reporting in Iraq gets a well deserved safe home in the USA
I saw a good video but can’t find the link doh!! (so if someone finds it send me the link)
It was about a translator who Dave Bremer claims helped save his life. The Iraqi translator had been shot many times and had to leave Iraq because of death threats. He had been living in Damascus Syria and Dave Bremmer met him their. Later with the help of a US Senator (anyone know which Senator? let us know please) and the US commander the translator was able to get a US visa and sanctuary. He is now living with the US military officer that he worked with in Iraq. In fact the translator will be staying in the officer’s son’s room. The office’s son is on his way back to Iraq.
I enjoyed wathing the below linked videos and look forward to finding some more. Iraq’s foreign Minister is an Iraqi Kurd and has been very successful at his job. As he explains so well, he was once an insurgent fighting the Saddam regime. He seems to be one of the few making a big difference.He most resentley has been encouraging more U.N. involvment in Iraq, and telling the British and Aussie’s to stay the course. He was the instrument that opened talks between Iraq and Iran something that has not happened in I think in almost tens years. He is charismatic and has a great sense of humor, so I hope you enjoy the videos. He jokes about discussions with Crocker and Petraeus were he says to them “as a former insurgent….”
Here is one video he is urging Australia and Britian to stay the corse in Iraq. Click Here for the Video
Here is an interesting Video of a Saudi Citizen who killed 12 people in an al Qaeda suicide attack in Iraq. He is one of over 1,000 Saudi citizens who have attended re-education programs, aimed at reversing the brain washing done by al-Qaeda and other radical views of Islam. He was told to drive a tanker truck to an address. Once the truck got to the address the truck was remotely detonated. The Saudi insurgent was burned very bad yet he survied. He pleaded guilty to the terrorist attack. He now works for a new Saudi agency that works to educate about the realities and lies of Jihad. Saudi Arabia has been the largest producer of Jihadists in Iraq. Approx. 1,000 have been caught or killed so far in Iraq. The number of Saudi men not yet caught in Iraq is of corse likely to be at least 3 times that, if not as many as 10 times that number. Saudi Arabia appears to be leading the fight to help catch these men before they go to Iraq. The involvement of the Saudi Government in stemming the tide of insurgents into Iraq was even noted by Patraeus when he talked about “new procedures in Saudi Arabia aimed at stoping one way airplanes tickets to Damascus” the current staging point for al Qaeda in Iraq.
Sunday, September 23, 2007; 8:20 AM
LONDON (Reuters) – A British newspaper said on Sunday Israeli commandos seized North Korean nuclear material in Syria to help secure U.S. approval for an Israeli air strike that destroyed a suspect weapons plant on September 6.
I am looking forward to find out more about this. Syria has been very hush hush and publicly state that they thwarted an Israeli air attack in Syria. However the bombs had to of fall somewhere? The exact date was not even being released but intel within Syria suggested an attack had occured on Sept 6th…….. then the questions started……why is Syria and Israel not talking? the questions and the secret mission have lead to an interesting trail of events. – Ian Bach
In a wave to a dear friend of mine I included the above link to Glenn Beck. Glenn is a bit of a nut but at least he ain’t a lefty. So for some of my friends who could use a decent laugh Glenn Beck can supply that, interwoven with bits of information and News.
I recently had the pleasure to speak with my best friend. I was hoping I could get some stuff off my chest.Things that only a few people I know can I talk openly and candidly with, things like my experinces, fears, hopes, and dreams. Like me he has seen enough destruction and wasted lives, that he has demons he also represses still. I was disappointed I didn’t get a chance to talk about most of the things I wish I could unload. But just talking with him was enough to help even my keel out a little. It took a few days before I got over the fact that I still have not unloaded some things….. but at least I feel I am making an effort now, and I feel good about that. But simply talking with someone who can relate helped most of all. – Ian Bach