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Iraq: Concerned Local Citizens repulse AQI attack
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Very interesting conversation on Blogger's Round Table with COL Terry R. Ferrell, Cdr of the 2nd BCT, 3rd ID about a battle that took place Monday, November 12th.

The place was Adwaniyah, which is a village south of Baghdad and formerly (pre-surge) an AQI stronghold. With the surge, AQI was pushed out and, obviously, found that not to their liking.

So they planned and mounted an attack. But there had been a change in Adwaniya. The week before, a "Concerned Local Citizens" group had been formed and the CLCs were manning checkpoints around the village.

The attack on 3 of those checkpoints began at 0930 that morning with mortar fire on the southern checkpoint and direct fire on 2 other checkpoints to the north. The attack was carried out by 30 to 45 AQI using a combination of small arms fire and trucks mounted with DSHKA 12.7 mm (similar to our .50 cal machine gun) machine guns. The attempt, it is felt, was to deal a "death blow" to the newly formed CLC program.

It didn't work out that way. An Iraqi Army unit immediately moved to the northern checkpoint and helped the CLC there engage AQI. A US element in the town also took AQI under fire. The battle lasted 4 hours and saw the eventual use of US indirect fire, attack aviation and AF assets.

The result, 15 AQI killed with the loss of 4 CLC and the attack completely repulsed (as well as the destruction of the truck mounted AQI assets).

Pretty impressive and a statement of the courage and willingness of the local Iraqis to defend their homes.

Asked if the central government was becoming more responsive, COL Ferrell said that their support has been key to standing up the CLC program and is also being seen in other ways such as infrastructure repair and aid to the mostly rural farming area in which Adawniya is located.
 
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saw the eventual use of US indirect fire, attack aviation and AF assets.
Queue the clowns who will use the stats on increased use of air and artillery assets during the surge period (as in this case) to demonstrate things are actually worse.
Ever seeking the cloud behind the silver lining.
 
Written By: looker
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Quagmire. We’re occupiers not liberators! No Blood for Oil!!!!11!!11

Al Qeada is composed only home grown Iraqi freedom fighters!
 
Written By: A fine scotch
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The interesting thing is that the surge appears to be leverage for political progress (locals fighting AQI is groundroots political progress).

Bad news for AQI, the netroots, and DNC operatives.
 
Written By: Don
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A fine scotch,

FWIW, I was listening to a commander in Iraq discuss AQ there and he stated that they weren’t picking up that many AQ foreigners anymore. Which seemed to indicate that most AQ were coming from Iraqi communities these days. The promise of monetary remuneration seems to be driving much of their participation.
 
Written By: Syloson of Samos
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Maybe the promise of getting blasted by other Iraqis will reduce their desire to participate.
 
Written By: looker
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looker,

That likely depends on a number of factors, including the economic situation there (which is in many areas, to be blunt, what one would expect in a war torn nation).
 
Written By: Syloson of Samos
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As I understand it, in certain areas, it was pretty crappy before we overran Saddam.
 
Written By: looker
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As I understand it, in certain areas, it was pretty crappy before we overran Saddam.
Untrue, LIAR, Iraq was a veritable Utopia! Have you seen the housing projects Saddam the Beneficent was constructing for his people throughout the land? And womyn, womyn were much better off in Iraq then than today. What are you some kind of Haliburton Stock-Holding, War-Crazy, Neo-Con, Chickenhawk?
 
Written By: Joe
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Al Qeada is composed only home grown Iraqi freedom fighters!
Yep. In fact, I’m sure I heard somewhere that:
They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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What are you some kind of Haliburton Stock-Holding, War-Crazy, Neo-Con, Chickenhawk?
Sir!
Yes Sir!

Chickenhawk especially, and if I were a veteran, I’d be in the Veterans FOR WAR group, not that shady, pantywaisted Veterans for PEACE organization.

I shouldn’t really call them pantywaists though, because it takes a lot of gumption to be against things so many people are in favor of, like war, world hunger, injustice, poverty, etc.
 
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