Recent Iraq Operations – A Flash Presentation

Created by Steve Schippert, Marvin Hutchens and Bill Roggio

The pace and tempo of operations in western Iraq have been increasing over the past month, indicating the Anbar Campaign is moving forward. The disclosure of Operation Sayaid signals the Coalition is now prepared to move on the towns and cities along the western branch of the Euphrates River. The following presentation highlights the significant operations in Ninawa and Anbar provinces from August 27 through September 17, 2005. The operations are designed to keep al Qaeda and the insurgency from operating freely in Western Anbar and preventing them from establishing safe havens, or in the case of Tal Afar, removing a main enemy base and transit point. Many high level al Qaeda commanders have been killed or captured in the operations. Click the map view the presentation.

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Iraq Ops Flash Presentation
August 27 thru September 17, 2005
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Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of The Long War Journal.

40 Comments

  • Justin Capone says:

    Bill have you heard anything about this?
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    Shiites fleeing Sunni dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – The ethnic cleansing of Baghdad neighborhoods is proceeding at an alarming and potentially destabilizing pace. Some Shiite Muslim residents in predominantly Sunni Muslim Baghdad neighborhoods are fleeing their homes because they say the country’s violence and sectarian tensions have reached their front doors, forcing them to move into more homogenous communities.
    Government officials and academic experts agree that the virtual expulsion of some ethnic groups from mixed communities is troubling and threatens the nation’s stability, which depends on a degree of ethnic harmony. Some worry the purges are setting the early stages of civil war, saying that homogenous neighborhoods could become future battlegrounds in the capital.
    Indeed, some government officials concede that insurgents, mainly Sunnis, are controlling parts of Baghdad. “Civil war today is closer than any time before,” said Hazim Abdel Hamid al Nuaimi, a professor of politics at al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad. “All of these explosions, the efforts by police and purging of neighborhoods is a battle to control Baghdad.”
    “To the extent that families are moving out, neighborhood by neighborhood, that itself is a sign of civil war,” said Noah Feldman, a constitutional expert at New York University who visited Iraq in 2003 with American officials.
    http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/world/12704914.htm

  • Justin Capone says:

    Also I would like to say that this presentation is incredible. Great job.

  • Marlin says:

    Justin –
    I’d take the Knight-Ridder articles with a litle salt. Hannah Allem usually does good reporting for them, but Tom Lasseter and Nancy Youssef are committed ant-war/anti-Bush individuals. It;s been my experience that their reporting is decidedly negative. e.g., regular MSM.

  • Mixed Humor says:

    Many congrats on the great visual presentation…excellent job gentlemen.

  • USMC_Vet says:

    Thanks, MH. We appreciate that very much and value your feedback.
    Marlin:
    Excellent point.
    Cheers all.

  • USMC_Vet says:

    Thanks much, Justin. For not thanking you in the above, you can take one good swipe at me with a bamboo pole and I’ll just have to sit here & take it.. 😉
    Cheers. (…again…)

  • Soldier's Dad says:

    Good presentation Bill

  • leaddog2 says:

    Great presentation! Can we hope that it might become an ongoing feature ???? September 18th to the 28th… 1 week or 10 days at a time or whatever is doable from now on.
    ????

  • leaddog2 says:

    One other comment… it is great, but slow the next way down in changing from slide to slide for easier reading. (If you decide to do another one, I mean)?

  • Burger says:

    Great presentation!
    How about putting it in a format (MPEG) that viewing may be controlled?

  • Jack says:

    Excellent presentation.

  • Chester says:

    Bill, Steve, Marvin:
    Great work guys! Your time spent on this has paid off.
    All the best,

  • Bill Roggio says:

    FYI:
    We will be releasing an updated version to make this more viewable. Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

  • Terry Gain says:

    Bill,
    Great posts today- and for the past couple of months. The outcome in Iraq has been of great concern to me since this phenonemenol undertaking began.
    This site is my first stop each day. You are providing us with news that no one else seems willing or able to convey. As a result -and because of the undeniable demographics- I remain optimistic – despite the naysaying.

  • USMC_Vet says:

    In the meantime and for future reference:
    Pausing Without a Pause Button
    You can pause just about any audio/video playback in a browser (IE or Firefox) by right-clicking over the playback area and un-shecking the “Play” item in the menu that pops up.
    Resume playing from that point by right-clicking again and clicking “Play” again.
    You’ll have viewable controls within this presentation soon. As Bill said, we’re working on it as we speak.
    Thanks for the constructive feedback!
    (We listen closely.)
    Oh…and for those who know me as USMC_Vet [old Belmont friends?], my wife calls me Steve Schippert. Usually.

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  • Ike says:

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  • Rookie says:

    First, let me congratulate The Forth Rail team for their work. Well done ! I’m looking forward to see new versions of this file, which could become an accurate monthly report on WOT.
    Second, I found this on cnn…:
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/09/21/iraq.main/index.html
    If the report is correct, we have 5 dead terrorists – camouflaged into “insurgents” not to be recognized by MSM – and one detained. Very good.
    But (…) 3 soldiers/police dead, 7 wounded, air support called in…. at this rate the Iraqi battalions will have to be replenished very often, not mentioning the huge costs of this kind of operation.
    I can understand if the 6 terrorists were hardcore veterans, but I’m afraid there were not. The fact that their kidnapped victim manage to escape somehow prove this.

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  • Soldier's Dad says:

    Rookie,
    “at this rate the Iraqi battalions will have to be replenished very often”
    The Iraqi battalions grow at the rate of about 5,000 per month.

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  • leaddog2 says:

    Ultimately Rookie, if it came to that (and it WILL NOT) look at the Gross Numbers: 60% Shia, 20% Kurds, 20% Sunni Arabs.
    In reality, there are millions of Sunni Arabs who DO NOT support the Terrorists. Even if they did, they hold a losing hand.

  • Robert M says:

    Forwarded your post and flash presentation to my local papers. Looking forward to the response.

  • Rookie says:

    Yes people, but are you not worried about this kind of events? Not speaking that lifting up several Apaches and launch expensive ammunitions to kill 6 ragheads will cost you, US, a bunch? In five minutes their 6 proud mothers are going back-alley and create a new lot of suicide bombers…
    Not all Sunnis are supporting terrorists, that’s correct. But also enough Shia’s are, only not the same terrorists. Basra will develop really ugly if Brits are forced to leave, mainly because their “no see, no hear, no speak” policy.
    I saw the soldiers who escaped from that tank. Brave young lads. Imagine that something like Fallujah was happening, what they did to those contractors…. no reprisals here possible, Shia will go up immediately. I’m really curious what those 2 Brits who got arrested did, if it was an Iranian setup to provoke exactly this. For Iran, facing laughable UN sanctions, it’s the right time to try something… now that Al Queda was smashed in the Western Iraq.
    Sorry about pesimism, it’s in my nature. I know that many will disagree, but someone said that we must not forgot why US are in Iraq: to make US and world safer, to deny safe heavens to terrorists. Establishing a prosperous democracy is a bonus, but if I look back at how Europeans are behaving now after WW2 and Marchall plan, don’t expect too much gratitude in the future.
    Long post, sorry. Hope it makes some sense.
    Robert M: “Looking forward to the response”
    [crickets] 🙂

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  • USMC_Vet says:

    So we should pack up and go home because it’s hard, Rookie?
    That’s what you are suggesting.
    Forget the ‘replenishing rate’ or ‘enlistment rate’. Your argument doesn’t even get that far with me. Your argument hinges upon an attitude of defeat and the path of least resistance.
    I reject that emphatically, energetically, confidently and completely. Period.
    Furthermore, while appreciation or ‘much gratitude in the future’ is rewarding in its own right, it is by no means a basis of determining what action is the correct action to take.
    Rookie, you are traveling from New York to Denver, yet determining your travel route based on a map of Los Angeles.
    I have but 5 minutes of internet access today and this is what I read?
    Now, go back and continue to argue about the freeways of Los Angeles. I’ll call you from Denver when we get there.

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  • Tony B says:

    Bill, really, really nice job.

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  • Rookie says:

    USMC_Vet:
    Don’t need to get so upset, and only in 5 minutes… Sorry I did not responded earlier, as I saw you waited for a comment, I worked 13 hours yesterday… hence the crickets…
    I’m worried about proficiency and costs. I do not advocate retreat, but “rentability”. I’m not US citizen, and I must say that everywhere I go, in Europe, Asia, Africa (except Denver, never was in USA) I’m a tiny minority with my views. The others? Peace lovers talk: “I hope Iran will use Sunburn missiles to destroy US army”, “I really wish someone to nuke NY”, “9/11 was designed by US”. Don’t fool yourself focusing just on Iraq.
    From your site I saw a description of yourself, and I salute your sacrifice. As a soldier, it’s obvious you’re trained to think positive, to keep morale high.
    At some point, the costs of war will reach the critical mass, exploited by the terrorist’s 5th column in US. Pression will be higher and higher. Pression from 30 moonbats in Washington DC who get all media attention. Then 100, then 500. On TV, they will look like 5.000.000. This is what moderate people are seeing, there are not millions reading this blogs. And then they vote.
    Most of the people thoughts are passing through their stomachs. How many from normal people in US will say ummmm… I have a rough life here, and we are spending hundreds of thousands to kill 6 terrorists. Proficiency, I say. Kill 100 with 100.000 and minimum casualties. Let them spin that.
    How? I have no clue… I have the wrong map :(. Besides, I’m 98.5% civilian.

  • Timber Wolf says:

    Great job Bill! Thanks! The Troops thank you!
    Side Note: quoting an article from the duluth superior paper, why not just cut the bull and quote Air unAmerica.

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