Apr 24 2008

Mahdi Forces Try And Strike Back, Fail Miserably

Published by at 6:53 am under All General Discussions,Iraq,Sadr/Mahdi Army

It is almost sad to see how pathetically weak Sadr’s rag tag militia is against the professional and well trained US and Iraq forces. The vaunted Mahdi Army apparently is an impotent force that falls well short of all the hand wringing concern from the SurrederMedia. Checkout how badly the Mahdi did just yesterday:

In Suq Ash Shuyukh, southeast of Nasiriyah, Iraq, a combined force of more than 300 Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics personnel, advised by U.S. Special Operations Forces, killed 40 criminal militia members and arrested an additional 40 after the Iraqi forces were attacked by the militia members.

Using assault rifles and automatic weapons, the criminal militia attacked Iraqi Security Forces in the morning. Regional police and Army forces on alert in the area responded in force, overwhelming the outnumbered criminal militia fighters.

Facing a combination of armored vehicles and suppressive fire, the criminals retreated to a building that contained the local Sadr Trend office. With Iraqi special weapons and tactics personnel providing support, additional security forces launched a counter attack, overrunning the remaining enemy defenses. The ISF entered the building and cleared it of the remaining criminals.

During the sweep of the building, ISF found a large weapons cache containing explosively formed penetrators, Katyusha rockets, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and a large quantity of additional weapons and ammunition. An explosive ordnance disposal team also found several improvised explosive devices rigged to explode inside the building. All weapons were destroyed on site.

Many local Iraqis witnessed the fighting and thanked the ISF for their bravery and willingness to defend their town.

In eastern Baghdad, a Multinational Division Baghdad aerial weapons teams, or AWT, killed seven criminals as ground forces seized weapons in separate incidents.

Around 6:30 p.m., the AWT located two criminals transporting weapons in Sadr City district, in the eastern section of the Iraqi capital. The AWT engaged them with a Hellfire missile, killing both criminals and destroying two machine guns.

About two hours later, criminals using small-arms fire attacked coalition forces. The troops returned fire, killing one.

In eastern Baghdad around 3 a.m., an AWT was conducting an aerial surveillance patrol when the crew saw two criminals with a mortar tube. The AWT engaged them with a Hellfire missile, killed both criminals. The missile also demolished the mortar tube.

Elsewhere in Iraq yesterday, Operation Saulat al Fursan, or “Charge of the Knights,” began a new phase of operations around Basra.

Phase three of the operation focuses on the criminal militia strongholds within the Hyyaniyah district area. Iraqi Army soldiers of the 1st and 14th infantry divisions are conducting the deliberate clearance operation, military officials said.

The operation began at approximately 6 a.m., when British artillery and U.S. aircraft fired ordnance against known criminal rocket and mortar sites west of Hyyaniyah.

Pretty pathetic efforts on the part of the Mahdi. They move weapons for shooting they get killed before they can set up. They spring an attack they get wiped out and followed back to their hideout where they lose all the rest of their weapons and everyone back at the base camp. If this is “open war” it will be over very quickly. In fact, it may be coming to an end now:

U.S. officials said Wednesday that a military campaign in the stronghold of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has succeeded in nearly eliminating the deadly rocket and mortar attacks launched from the area.

U.S. and Iraqi forces have been battling for weeks in the capital’s Sadr City neighborhood against Shiite fighters tied to Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia. The U.S. military said at least 142 suspected fighters have been killed, including at least 15 Tuesday night.

The military on Wednesday also announced that a U.S. soldier was killed by small-arms fire in eastern Baghdad.

American officials said the mission in Sadr City was to stop attacks on the heavily fortified Green Zone, the center of U.S. military and Iraqi government operations here. since Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched a campaign against Shiite fighters last month in the southern city of Basra.

“We accomplished what we were trying to do, which was to stop the indirect fire,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, chief of staff for Multinational Division-Baghdad. “The manifestation of the violence that you’re talking about has pretty much stopped.”

At least 697 rockets and mortar rounds have been fired since March 23, mostly from Sadr City, according to U.S. military statistics. The data showed that 292 struck U.S.-led coalition forces, 291 hit Iraqi neighborhoods and 114 fell in the Green Zone.

Emphasis mine. Note that Sadr City and the Mahdi had been firing rockets (and missing their mark half the time and killing Iraqis – unlike our precision weapons) at the Iraqi and US forces prior to the crackdown. The SurrenderMedia tries to hide the fact open fighting was ongoing with missile and rocket and mortar attacks. They cannot bring themselves to face the fact this was just a security action against thugs with weapons – not the Arab uprising they have been praying would finally arise and defeat America’s efforts. The only uprising in the Arab streets has been against the Islamo Fascists.

I agree with Tom Donally at the Weekly Standard, Sadr and his Mahdi are in deep trouble. And those who keep fantasizing that the Mahdi threat is growing verses being decimated are losing too – all their credibility. At least whatever credibility they have left, which ain’t much after claiming the Surge was a failure, Afghanistan a quagmire and Saddam too strong to take out because the Arab Street will rise up to defend him (damn, those predictions look even more idiotic in hindsight than they did when the left made them years ago). The great “Mahdi Vietnam” chicken-little cries pretty much drained the swamp of any credibility. Not sure what planet the SurrenderMedia and Surrendercrats live on, but it sure is not planet Earth.

14 responses so far

14 Responses to “Mahdi Forces Try And Strike Back, Fail Miserably”

  1. AJ: could you please provide an address/POC at Moqtada As Sadr’s HQ for “LECHERHATERIDIOT”, I’m sure he wants to mail off a sympathy card and send flowers as well, he’ll be in mourning of course….


  2. WWS says:

    You remember the tard’s fascination with “The Empire”? I think I found him in the news this morning.

    “A man posing as Darth Vader attacked a Star Wars fan, who had founded a Jedi Church, a court has heard. Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, from Holyhead, Anglesey, admitted assaulting Barney Jones and cousin Michael with a metal crutch. They suffered minor injuries.

    The court heard he has a “chronic alcohol problem” and had drunk the best part of a 10 litre box of wine. Mrs Lloyd said: “He was wearing a black bin bag and a cape and had a metal crutch in his hand.”

    Mrs Lloyd said he was shouting “Darth Vader”.

    She added that Hughes hit Barney Jones over the head with the crutch, leaving him with a headache.


  3. Neo says:

    JAM has an odd way of showing their victory over Maliki.

  4. preachingpatriot says:

    More false straw men from dissembling Strata. Who could have said Saddam as an individual couldn’t be taken out, when he himself told Dan Rather on “60 Minutes” before the war, he could be taken out and had made peace with Allah? What he didn’t say, but what his confidante, Lebanese journalist Ali Ballout did, right after the unanticipated insurgency broke out, was that Saddam, a student of Mao, realizing he couldn’t win a conventional war, had planned a resilient Baathist-led resistance.

    That component of the insurgency is still alive and well and
    helping quagmire America in Iraq.

  5. 75 says:

    Mao killed 50 million. Interesting that you would actually find he, and Saddam’s respect for him, as impressive. Well done, Truthy…well done. Open mouth, insert foot.

  6. preachingpatriot says:

    Mao was a master at conducting guerilla war, which was the reference-not to his rule after the war. And as far as Saddam’s rule goes, he was your ally the better part of his rule in which your kind excused him for his “excesses.”

  7. 75 says:

    Lack of concern for your own casualties is about as masterful as your own thought process.

  8. preachingpatriot says:

    you certainly do have lack of concern for the 4000 killed, tens of thousands maimed, else you would be advocating getting the troops out.

  9. preachingpatriot says:

    bad news, Strata.


    Al-Sadr may restart full-scale fight against US in Iraq

    Apr 24, 5:05 PM (ET)


    BAGHDAD (AP) – Muqtada al-Sadr is considering setting aside his political ambitions and restarting a full-scale fight against U.S.-led forces – a worrisome shift that may reflect Iranian influence on the young cleric and could open the way for a shadow state protected by his powerful Mahdi Army.

  10. 75 says:

    “4,000” and “thousands maimed” again?
    Like I said…a “masterful” thought process.

  11. preachingpatriot says:

    “Muqtada has shown a great deal of patience not calling for an all-out war yet with so much pressure on him,” said Mohan Abedin, director of research at London’s Center for the Study of Terrorism and an expert on Shiite affairs. “The Mahdi Army is by far the most powerful Iraqi faction. It can cause damage on a massive scale if it goes to war.”

    Next move uncertain
    Al-Sadr’s next move is still uncertain, but he clearly holds important cards.

    The Mahdi Army is estimated to have about 60,000 fighters — with at least 5,000 thought to be highly trained commandos — and is emboldened by its strong resistance to an Iraqi-led crackdown launched last month in the southern city of Basra and elsewhere.

    Much erroneous bluster here would certainly be corrected immediately should al Sadr be less patient than heretofore.

  12. preachingpatriot says:

    Maybe we should check what Abedin was saying about the war in 2004 and contrast it with what Roggio was saying, I mean assuring?