Sadr City Raid

by Ryan on August 8, 2007

in The Iraq Front

It’s about time we raided Sadr City!  Sadr City is a northeast suburb of Baghdad and a huge breeding ground of Shiite extremists in the north.  It was part of my brother’s partol route when he was stationed in Taji.  He thought it was a place that was calming down, but needed to be handled.  That was before the Sunnis tried to start a civil war back in February 2006, unexpectedly leading to the reprisals and ethnic cleansing of Sunni neighborhoods in Shiite areas.  The Sunnis failed in that endeavor, as is evidenced with their cooperation, movement towards government involvement, and disdain for al Qaeda that has emerged since early 2007.  Plus, if genocide were to take place, the Sunnis realize that it would be they who are wiped out!

So, finally, US and Iraqi forces tracked down a splinter group of Mookie al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army who have been trying to sneak in explosive devices and had received training from Iran.  No surprise that they were in Sadr City!  So, we sent the troops and air support in and mowed down the bad guys.  32 militants and 9 civilians were killed, while 12 suspects were detained.  I’m of the firm belief that al-Sadr’s continued existence was a major failure of the IOF2 (Operation Iraqi Freedom II, stabilization and transition phase).  Al-Sadr was a spoiled little punk who grabbed onto his skirt and ran into a mosque.  He had 400 militants then, but we were waging a politically correct war and would not attack that mosque.  Today, he has 40,000 at his command and a dear friend with deep pockets in Tehran. 

I think a lot of frustration over the Iraq War is that we haven’t been kicking enough butt.  Americans know our military rocks and can beat anyone in a straight fight, so why havent we been doing that?  It’s complicated with asymetrical combat.  However, with the Surge, and with cooperation from the Iraqi Parliament, we now have the rules of engagement that allow us to do the job better.  Hitting targets in Sadr City is a great way to put Mookie and his Iranian stooges on notice.

Salon.com photo.

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BillT August 8, 2007 at 10:10 am

Sadly, if not al-Sadr, Iran would find some malcontent to raise a ruckus in Baghdad. The issue is that we need to get firm with Iran and Syria before the Russians establish forward bases there.

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Rightonoz August 8, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Ryan,

You’re spot on, with one exception. This is no spoiled little punk – they’re the kids we hope one day to get on the straight and narrow.

This is one out and out terrorist bent only on establishing power for himself and his brand of ISLAM (and IRAN).

Wipe him and his followers off the map!

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PeaceLover August 15, 2007 at 5:10 am

The way you guys say those things about kick ass and wiping people of the map really makes me wonder is it really safe for me to have an American as a neigbour! And I thought the Mongols are supposed to be the most cruelest of all the civilizations! By the way do get your facts right on who started all the mess in this world in the first place….

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Mike August 15, 2007 at 1:55 pm

“do get your facts right on who started all the mess in this world in the first place…”

Yet you still couldn’t manage to tell us which facts Ryan got wrong. C’mon peacenik, you need to do better than that.

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