Tuesday, May 31, 2005
A directive lists one mission as 'spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy.'
If captured, the manual states, 'At the beginning of the trial ... the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security before the judge. Complain of mistreatment while in prison.'
The handbook instructs commanders to make sure operatives, or 'brothers,' understand what to say if captured.
'Prior to executing an operation, the commander should instruct his soldiers on what to say if they are captured,' the document says. 'He should explain that more than once in order to ensure that they have assimilated it. They should, in turn, explain it back to the commander.'
An example might have occurred in a Northern Virginia courtroom in February.
Ahmed Omar Abul Ali, accused of planning to assassinate President Bush, made an appearance in U.S. District Court and promptly told the judge that he had been tortured in Saudi Arabia, including a claim that his back had been whipped. He is accused of meeting there with a senior al Qaeda leader.
Days later, a U.S. attorney filed a court document saying physicians had examined Ali and 'found no evidence of any physical mistreatment on the defendant's back or any other part of his body.'
Larry Di Rita, spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said two Guantanamo commanders told him that al Qaeda detainees are experts in circulating false charges among the more than 500 fighters captured in Afghanistan. "
Monday, May 30, 2005
Sunday, May 29, 2005
The Lieutenant's lawyer describes the classic conflict between garrison and frontline. "Down at the unit level, there was never a question about Ilario's conduct and whether or not he did the right thing," Charles Gittins, Pantano's civilian lawyer, said. "It was up in the higher echelons. The people removed from combat situations needed to put more trust in their officers rather than assuming they're guilty." Maj. Gen. Richard Huck, commander of the 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune, ends the prosecution of 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano (search), whom prosecutors accused of killing the men without justification.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Winds of Change.NET: " Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today announced that the company is inviting all active duty, reservists, retired military personnel, veterans and their families to receive 10 percent off their purchases in recognition of Memorial Day. The offer is good on purchases up to $2,000 for a maximum discount of $200 between May 26-30, 2005, at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Floor Stores, The Home Depot Landscape Supply stores and EXPO Design Center locations.
'This discount is our way of saying 'thanks' to the brave men and women of our armed forces,' said Bob Nardelli, chairman, president & CEO of The Home Depot. 'The Home Depot has an ongoing commitment to the entire U.S. military community and, during this time of remembrance, we want to show our appreciation to all of those who have served at home and abroad to preserve freedom for our nation.'
To qualify, individuals must present proof of military service to the Special Services Desk at any The Home Depot store, where they will receive a coupon that is redeemable at any cashier's checkout register. Discount coupons are valid on a single receipt in-store purchase only."
Friday, May 27, 2005
MAS's Muslim Brotherhood Problem: "THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD is an international Islamist group that largely operates underground and behind the scenes, with branches in about 70 countries. The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, an Egyptian schoolteacher who--in the wake of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and abolition of the caliphate--bemoaned the sickness of the Ummah, or larger Muslim community. The Brotherhood's response to this perceived sickness
was to emphasize doctrinally that Islam encompasses all the affairs of man. As al-Banna wrote, 'Islam is faith and worship, a country and a citizenship, a religion and a state. It is spirituality and hard work. It is a Qur'an and a sword.' The group also emphasizes that Islam is a universal faith. As al-Banna put it, Islam 'has encompassed all aspects of human life, for all peoples and nations, and for all times and ages.'
Because the Brotherhood views Islam as all-encompassing and universal, one of its highest goals is to spread Islamic law. The Chicago Tribune explains that the controversial 'ultimate goal' of the U.S. Brotherhood is 'to create Muslim states overseas and, they hope, someday in America as well.' Brotherhood members did emphasize to the Tribune that they operate within the laws of the countries where they live:
They stress that they do not believe in overthrowing the U.S. government, but rather that they want as many people as possible to convert to Islam so that one day--perhaps generations from now--a majority of Americans will support a society governed by Islamic law.
Despite these pronouncements, the Muslim Brotherhood has not always been known for non-violence. The 'Qur'an and a sword' outlook trumpeted by al-Banna is, for example, evident in the organization's militant motto: 'Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.' Consistent with this motto, Muslim Brotherhood members have been involved in such episodes as the assassination of Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmud Fahmi Nokrashi and the attempted assassination of Gamal Abdel Nasser."
So we stood off to the side and watched. Over the next half hour, while a couple of hundred soldiers took what they wanted from the boxes about two dozen Army and Marine officers came over and looked to see what was in the boxes. Every one of them left empty handed. It was as clear a testament as I could personally imagine that they had internalized the idea that the needs of the soldiers came before their own."
"But the lone Iraqi woman in the house wouldn't enter the room without a veil. " Via Pamela Hess (United Press International)
Marines focus on small units - (United Press International): "But the lone Iraqi woman in the house wouldn't enter the room with the men"
Saturday, May 21, 2005
LGF reader Joe G. forwarded this letter from Marine Colonel Bob Chase, about his experiences in Operation Matador; note the section about his interview with NBC News:
Was talking to Gino and he asked for some details on the MATADOR fight. Figured, by now since many of you might have caught some of the interviews, you’d like to hear, ‘the rest of the story...“
Matador is now officially over, supposedly, they were going to fight our way back and ”destroy“ us - guess they missed the turn at the dairy queen. We are back and the final tally was Good Guys - 125 enemy dead, many more wounded, and 39 detainees of some significant value. The bad guys, who talk a real good game - 9 Killed (6 in the one Amtrak) and 30 wounded (most will return to duty). Not a bad weeks’ work.
As we have said, our intent was to make ourselves big by leveraging our firepower and mobility. This area was a real sh*thole for AMZ criminals. We knew it, 1st Division knew it, but working it on a regular basis was tough. We kept some recon there and got the timing pretty well, brought up a bridging unit from the Army in Baghdad, then went across in the middle of the night (that was probably the only part that didn’t go on sked (the bank gradient was poorly assessed) but we had near and far-side security already in and a blocking position near the Syrian Border.
The enemy figured out after about 4 hours that we were there in force. They came down with about 100 fighters (no, scratch that - they were TARGETS) and made the poor decision to take on a battalion in open ground. They withdrew - we went after them into a place called Ubaydi. Many mounted boats and tried to escape N, we pushed Air, and the Cobras sunk a bunch of trash barges that night. Meanwhile, we continued to push west across the river. Our far-side units started to see pockets of insurgents move to key areas to emplace mines/IEDs. They came out, snipers took them out; their friends came for the bodies; they, joined them on the deck - permanently.
The force started getting the tanks and LAVs across later than we had hoped; but when they did! Our first casualties came at a high-rise where the enemy had prepared positions; a platoon moved in under fire, 2 Marines, a SSGT and a LCPL were first in the hatch and received a burst of MG fire. As the unit assumed they were dead (no additional fire/no one came out), they lit up the house and dropped it with a coupla 500-pounders. As we moved to recover our Marines (NONE LEFT BEHIND), we discovered that the LCPL, though wounded was still alive (he is serious, but stable). Unfortunately the SSGT had taken a round to the grape and had been killed by the initial burst"
Baghdad Al-Rashid.com"on 10 May 2005
“Another look into the mind of the enemy”
Thuggie sniper's How to handbook on targets to kill available on line...check it out.
Friday, May 20, 2005
"As the longest of the fingers, [the United States] really stands out. The middle finger anchors every function that the hand performs and is the key to all of the fingers working together efficiently and effectively. This is a really good thing, and has given the U.S. a leg-up in global business since the end of World War 1.
However, if used inappropriately --just like the U.S. itself-- the middle finger can convey a negative message and get us in trouble. You know what I'm talking about. In fact, I suspect you're hoping that I'll demonstrate what I mean. And trust me, I'm not looking for volunteers to model.
Discretion being the better part of valor...I think I'll pass.
What is most crucial to my analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents, is that each of us in the U.S. --the long middle finger-- must be careful that when we extend our arm in either a business or political sense, we take pains to assure we are giving a hand...not the finger. Sometimes this is very difficult. Because the U.S. --the middle finger-- sticks out so much, we can send the wrong message unintentionally.
Unfortunately, I think this is how the rest of the world looks at the U.S. right now. Not as a part of the hand --giving strength and purpose to the rest of the fingers-- but, instead, scratching our nose and sending a far different signal."
HughHewitt.com: "The Yahoo message board for Pepsico is not happy with the company's ineffective response to consumer anger with COO's Nooyi's 'America is the middle finger' speech. Michelle Malkin brands Pepsi the 'new Eason,' and provides a round-up of links. No mention of the consumer anger at Pepsi for its COO's analogy or displeasure with the non-apology apology in MSM, so the story may seem to PR types at Pepsico to be passing. So it seemed to Eason Jordan. Those Pr types might want to have a look at this, and at this."
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Monday, May 16, 2005
Reverse Retna from the Sandlot: "A lesson in Diversity
The other day I was in my SSSA (secret secure smoking area) at work and one of the Transitional National Assembly staff stopped to have a smoke. After the regular exchange of niceties I asked how things were coming along with the New Government. The guy told me that things were going well but it would work out a lot better if we could catch Zarqawi. He actually said 'when you catch Zarqawi.' I responded 'Insha'llah' which means 'god-willing' in Arabic. He then asked a question that gets asked a lot around the world...'Why can't you catch him?' I was a bit taken aback. I told him it wasn't for lack of trying. A quick look on google will tell you that we're constantly chasing that nut-case but my reply is that for all the strength and technology in the world nothing can replace the help of a concerned citizen. Most police officers will tell you, short of a stupid criminal, the thing that usually solves a case is an eye-witness or anonymous tip. I explained that we need the help of the average Iraqi. When someone sees Zarqawi he needs to call either the Coalition or the Iraqi security forces and report it. We're not from here...We don't speak the language and can't tell the difference between the people in terms of dialect or dress. We need their help in this as much as they need ours. He said he understood and that it was a strange concept to him. I asked what was strange. His reply was one that I think most Americans take for granted because his answer seems so simple to us. The concept that he found strange? In his words 'That a single man could change the world.' He had a look of revelation in his eyes that told me he just stumbled onto one of the many facets of real Freedom...
Bin Laden henchman ‘seriously wounded’ - Sunday Times - Times Online
The view of the forest...The Work You as As U.S. Marines are doing... is nothing LESS the liberation of men and women... via:Across the Bay
The weight of American power, historically on the side of the dominant order, now drives this new quest among the Arabs. For decades, the intellectual classes in the Arab world bemoaned the indifference of American power to the cause of their liberty. Now a conservative American president had come bearing the gift of Wilsonian redemption. For a quarter-century the Pax Americana had sustained the autocracy of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: He had posed as America's man on the Nile, a bulwark against the Islamists. He was sly and cunning, running afoul of our purposes in Iraq and over Israeli-Palestinian matters. He had nurtured a culture of antimodernism and anti-Americanism, and had gotten away with it. Now the wind"
Iraq. What he had expected was a travelogue.
What Darby found, he later testified, "[was] shocking. It violated everything that I personally believed in and everything that I had been taught about the rules of war."
Darby delivered the photos to military investigators. His action triggered a series of investigations and a worldwide outcry.
It took courage for Darby to stand up for justice. He must have known that it would make him a pariah with his colleagues, but he followed his conscience. Later, some of his neighbors back home in Maryland made it clear that they disapproved of Darby's actions. After hearing that he had been praised in Washington, one local veteran told the press, "They can call him what they want. I call him a rat." For his courage, Darby has received death threats, and the Army has had to provide him with special protection.
"To be courageous," wrote John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage," "requires no exceptional qualifications.... It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all."
When the opportunity was presented to Joseph Darby, he grasped it and rescued American values from further degradation.
Monday Darby will be given the Kennedy Library Foundation's Profile in Courage Award by Caroline Kennedy for "upholding the rule of law that we embrace as a nation."
On Abu Ghraib: One sergeant's courage a model for US leaders - Yahoo! News
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Check it out. You won't be disappointed---Michael Yon : Online Magazine and the thuggie fire mission
Michael Yon : Online Magazine
Saturday, May 07, 2005
But by the time Scott was nearing the end of boot camp in Parris Island, S.C., Kevin had joined and was getting started.
They saw each other at Parris Island and again in early 2004 when they were both stationed near Camp Lejeune, N.C.
But Scott left for Iraq in August 2004 and the two didn't see each other again until the middle of the night on March 7.
Both knew there was a chance their paths might cross but figured it was highly unlikely.
Scott had arrived in Kuwait a few hours earlier and had gone to a dining hall early in the morning.
He saw some other Marines and asked one if he knew of a Marine named Siska.
``You're Siska,'' the other Marine said to him.
Then, another Marine looked at Scott Siska with a confused look on his face and then asked him to stay put.
The Marine left and returned about 15 minutes later.
Scott was eating and when he turned around, there was his brother.
``How are you doing?'' Kevin asked his brother.
``Good. How are you?'' Scott said.
For the next four hours, the brothers ate, talked and strolled around the base.
They discussed their family but not Iraq.
``It wasn't anything serious,'' Scott said.
But he said he could tell that his brother was tense.
``He seemed like he was really uptight,'' Scott said.
Kevin Siska is attached to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Weapons Platoon and Scott was with 1st Force Service Group and provided force security in the Fallujah area during his time in Iraq.
At the end of their short visit, Scott said he could tell the visit was good for his brother.
``There was a big sigh of relief,'' he said.
Scott said he figured that when his brother saw him, he could see that his brother came out of Iraq fine and that he knew he could, too.
The young men, who will turn 21 on May 24, then said their goodbyes.
In a matter of hours, Scott was headed back to Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Kevin was on his way to Iraq.
A few weeks ago, Carol Siska received a photograph of her sons on that night in Kuwait, taken by a friend on Kevin's disposable camera."
Col. David H. Hackworth, 1930-2005: Legendary critic of careerism and incompetence , U.S. Army Guerrilla Fighter, Champion of the Ordinary Soldier
'What the average soldier is going to take away from Abu Ghraib is a reinforcement of what he learned at boot camp - that he's responsible for his actions,' says Mary Hall, a former military judge now in private practice. 'These Abu Ghraib courts-martial are a blunt reminder to even the newest private that they have a duty to just say 'no.' '"
Friday, May 06, 2005
7Online.com: Government Alert: Hospital Security Breach
Thursday, May 05, 2005
He dashed in front of the bullet-riddled building where the Marines were under heavy fire, grabbed a machine gun and began firing at the enemy.
With Adametz's covering fire, the Marines regrouped and the insurgents were repelled.
"I looked out there and saw this crazy maniac firing away so all the Marines could come back alive," said Lance Cpl. Carlos Gomez-Perez, who was severely wounded in the attack.
On Wednesday, in a ceremony in which he was praised as a "great warrior,"Adametz was awarded the Silver Star, the United States' third-highest award for combat bravery.
Dozens of Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division have received commendations in the Fallujah campaign. But only Adametz received the Silver Star.
At Wednesday's ceremony, Adametz seemed slightly embarrassed at being called a hero. "All I wanted to do was protect my brother Marines," he said.
He leaves in July for a third tour of duty in the Persian Gulf region.
HoustonChronicle.com - Marine gets Silver Star for bravery at Fallujah
USAID: Assistance for Iraq - Accomplishments Overview
No Court-Martial in Iraq Mosque Shooting - Yahoo! News
"The Soldiers saw the gunner run down an alley and into a nearby mosque. U.S. Forces secured the area and Iraqi citizens on the scene identified the attacker. Iraqi police arrived at the site, entered the mosque and detained 18 suspects, including the attacker.
In a separate incident, three local national males parked a vehicle near a busy traffic circle in east Baghdad and exited the vehicle moments before it detonated."
The three thugs were captured trying to flag down a taxi by police.
The United States Army Home Page
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Because several smaller units near Haqlaniyah were ready for other missions April 20, nearly 200 troops from the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines were able to respond to the shootout there within the first hour. The troops remained in town for the next three days. When left Haqlaniyah on April 23, things appeared to have returned to normal. The locals had learned on several previous occasions that the Marines rarely stay.
But on April 26, about 500 Marines from 3/25 and other battalions suddenly returned to Haqlaniyah, a small town of about 5,000 on the Euphrates River. Not only were major roads sealed off, but so were the desert and surrounding villages. Troops began rolling into all of Haqlaniyah's neighborhoods almost at once, and stayed until early Sunday.
Besides being able to actually shoot back at insurgents in the first phase, more than 40 arrests were made in the second phase, said battalion commander Lt. Col. Lionel Urquhart. Marine officials said the insurgents were apparently surprised the Marines had returned.
Outnumbered by insurgents
The first move in the new strategy for Anbar could not have begun in a more mundane way. Just after noon on April 20, two gunmen fired on a civil affairs patrol carrying repair proposals to schools in a neighboring town.
A description was sent out of the shooters' getaway car, which Hanselman's patrol stumbled across south of Haqlaniyah. But the Americans quickly found themselves outnumbered by an insurgent counterattack that sent gunfire and rockets down on them from several homes on the edge of town. Another American platoon arrived to pin down the Iraqi gunmen, and then a fresh company of troops backed them up.
By the time the fighting died down five hours later, hundreds of Marines from the 3/25 had poured in, supported by tanks, armored vehicles and helicopters.
'It's one of the first times they actually stayed and fought,' said Staff Sgt. Michael Knittle, 35, of Wakeman, Ohio, who was in the initial firefight alongside Hanselman.
Then came the pullout and the surprise return April 26, when hundreds more troops from battalions as far away as the Jordanian and Syrian borders sealed off Haqlaniyah, trapping insurgents and foreign fighters.
'Insurgents typically run like rats on a sinking ship,' said Maj. Steve White, the operations officer who directed the fight in Haqlaniyah. 'This time, I don't think they realized the ship was sinking.'
The 3rd Battalion moved almost all of its forces in the area into town April 26 and sat there, hoping for insurgents to grow impatient and begin fighting again.
North of them, a company from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, based in Al Qaim, seized the shops, neighborhood and pontoon bridge where the fight had begun a few days before. Across the river and on the outskirts of town, parts of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, stationed on the border with Jordan, blocked off road junctions in the desert.
WorldNetDaily:Hackworth to Gen. John Sattler, USMC Three LAR Reserve Marines screwed over for promotion. " REAL" Marines Only
"a company first sergeant called a meeting in Iraq solely to share his intent that none of the Reserve Marines in his company would be promoted on his watch because such promotions would count against the quotas for "real Marines." And even after an affected Gyrene researched the promotion policy and tried to tell the first sergeant there was absolutely no connection between regular and IRR promotions, his righteous words fell on deaf ears.
"Gen. Dennis McCarthy, commander of Marine Reserve Forces, also read my column (Hackworth) and had his staff review "the entire IRR promotion system." According to Col. Bob Braithwaite, Gen. McCarthy's chief of staff, this review uncovered that:... some individuals, particularly those activated and deployed in support of GWOT [Global War On Terrorism], may not have been given proper consideration for promotion due to administrative oversight. The unintended consequences of a new policy intended to increase promotion opportunity for our IRR Marines unfortunately resulted in some administrative confusion that appears to have temporarily penalized some of those Marines. We are taking proactive measures now to rectify those issues and will take care of our Marines.
:WorldNetDaily: Another open letter to Gen. John Sattler, USMC
Hamas vs. America - (article by Daniel Pipes) thugs called "business professionals" by white house drone
"....an astonishing statement in which the White House spokesman referred to Hamas members as "business professionals." The Bush administration's push for quick democracy in the Middle East has an increasingly clear implication: if Islamist organizations such as Hamas are to be likely electoral winners, Western powers should stop classifying them as terrorists and instead come to terms with them.This conclusion follows from such efforts as those led by Alastair Crooke and his Conflicts Forum; the European Union's exploration of opening a dialogue with the Islamists; and an astonishing statement in which the White House spokesman referred to Hamas members as "business professionals."Hamas vs. America - article by Daniel Pipes
The Los Angeles Billboard Project: "dhimmitude, Eurabia, and Bat Ye'or"
"What has happened to myself and my brothers is an unforgivable crime, but God will punish the oppressor," the letter reads. "I swear by God that you will be asked about what happened to us because you have not asked about the situation of the migrants. Morale is down and there is fatigue among mujahedeen ranks.
"There is discrimination by some of the brethren emirs. God would not accept such actions, and a simple mistake delays victory, so what about big mistakes and gross guilts? Many underestimate them and are lenient toward them."
The letter is dated April 27, the military said.
The author of the letter also "admonishes 'the Sheik' for abandoning his followers" after last year's U.S. siege on Falluja, west of Baghdad.
CNN.com - U.S.:�Possible letter to al-Zarqawi cites low morale - May 3, 2005
Sunday, May 01, 2005
thinks the thugs in Irag may be using as a guide. Its worth reading...about 48 pages long...everything the thuggies think is worth reading goes double for you as you get inside Ali the thug-dude's ooda.
Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla
by Carlos Marighella
A DEFINITION OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA
PERSONAL QUALITIES OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA
HOW THE URBAN GUERRILLA LIVES
TECHNICAL PREPARATION OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA
THE URBAN GUERRILLA'S WEAPONS
THE SHOT; THE URBAN GUERRILLA'S REASON FOR EXISTENCE
THE FIRING GROUP
THE LOGISTICS OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA'S TACTICS
THE INITIAL ADVANTAGES OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA
KNOWLEDGE OF THE TERRAIN
MOBILITY AND SPEED
OBJECTIVES OF THE GUERRILLA'S ACTIONS
ON THE TYPES AND NATURE OF MISSIONS FOR THE URBAN GUERRILLA
THE BANK ASSAULT AS POPULAR MISSION
RAIDS AND PENETRATIONS
STRIKES AND WORK INTERRUPTIONS
DESERTIONS, DIVERSIONS, SEIZURES, EXPROPRIATION OF AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES
LIBERATION OF PRISONERS
THE WAR OF NERVES
HOW TO CARRY OUT THE ACTION
SOME OBSERVATIONS ON TACTICS
RESCUE OF THE WOUNDED
THE SEVEN SINS OF THE URBAN GUERRILLA
KNOWLEDGE OF THE TERRAINMinimanual of the Urban Guerrilla
The urban guerrilla's best ally is the terrain, and because this is so he must know it like the palm of his hand. To have the terrain as an ally means to know how to use with intelligence its unevenness, its high and low points, its turns, its irregularities, its fixed and secret passages, its abandoned areas, its thickets, etc., taking maximum advantage of all of this for the success of armed actions, escapes, retreats, covers, and hiding places. Impasses and narrow spots, gorges, streets under repair, police checkpoints, military zones and closed-off streets, the entrances and exits to tunnels and those that the enemy can close off, corners controlled or watched by the police, traffic lights and signals; all this must be thoroughly known and studied in order to avoid fatal errors.
Our problem is to get through and to know where and how to hide, leaving the enemy bewildered in areas he doesn't know. Being familiar with the avenues, streets, alleys, ins and outs, the corners of the urban centers, its paths and shortcuts, its empty lots, its underground passages, its pipes and sewer systems, the urban guerrilla safely crosses through the irregular and difficult terrain unfamiliar to the police, where the police can be surprised in a fatal ambush or trap at any moment.
Because he knows the terrain, the urban guerrilla can pass through it on foot, on bicycle, in a car, jeep or small truck, and never be trapped. Acting in small groups with only a few people, the guerrillas can rendezvous at a time and place determined beforehand, following up the initial attack with new guerrilla operations, or evading the police cordon and disorienting the enemy with their unexpected audacity.
It is an impossible problem for the police, in the labrynthian terrain of the urban guerrilla, to catch someone they cannot see, to repress someone they cannot catch, and to close in on someone they cannot find.
Our experience is that the ideal guerrilla is one who operates in his own city and thoroughly knows its streets, its neighborhoods, its transit problems, and its other peculiarities. The guerrilla outsider, who comes to a city whose streets are unfamiliar to him, is a weak spot, and if he is assigned certain operations, he can endanger them. To avoid grave mistakes, it is necessary for him to get to know the layout of the streets.
Ambushes are attacks, typified by surprise, when the enemy is trapped on the road or when he makes a police net surrounding a house or estate. A false alarm can bring the enemy to the spot, where he falls into a trap.
The principle object of the ambush is to capture enemy weapons and to punish him with death. Ambushes to halt passenger trains are for propaganda purposes, and, when they are troop trains, the object is to annihilate the enemy and seize his weapons. The urban guerrilla sniper is the kind of fighter specially suited for ambush, because he can hide easily in the irregularities of the terrain, on the roofs and the tops of buildings and apartments under construction. From windows and dark places, he can take careful aim at his chosen target.
Ambush has devestating effects on the enemy, leaving him unnerved, insecure and fearful.
Pfc. Bryan J. Nagel
Marine Stops Enemy Attack, Saves Comrades
By Marine Corps Cpl. Tom Sloan
2nd Marine Division
AR RAMADI, Iraq, April 28, 2005 ? Insurgents launched an attack against one of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment?s observation posts in the city here the evening of April 20 but they didn?t count on one Marine: Pfc. Bryan J. Nagel.
While receiving sporadic enemy fire, the native of Jamestown, N. D., stood his ground and took out a suicide truck bomb and fought off an insurgent attack, preventing major property damage and casualties to the Marines and civilians in the area.
The 20-year-old squad automatic weapon gunner with 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company B, was responsible for thwarting the attack and preventing a potential disaster that day, according to his company first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Scott A. Van De Ven.
?His quick thinking and actions under fire clearly foiled the enemy?s plans,? said the 36-year-old from Grayling, Mich. ?Nagel?s initiative destroyed the enemy vehicle before it reached the Marines? position.?
Nagel was manning an observation post in downtown Ramadi and being fired at by insurgents when a mid-sized passenger car detonated near his position injuring two Marines.
?I was getting shot at so I started returning fire,? said Nagel, who disregarded his own safety and moved above the protection of the position?s bulletproof glass to engage the enemy. ?Then the first SVBIED (suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) hit.?
The blast breached the observation post?s main entrance.
?There was smoke everywhere,? recalled the 2003 Jamestown High School graduate. ?I was reloading when, through a patch of the smoke, I saw the second vehicle coming our way. I knew what I had to do.?
Nagel employed his weapon with precision, hitting the yellow sewage tanker truck?s windshield and killing the driver.
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Bryan J. Nagel, a squad automatic weapon gunner with 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, is responsible for saving the lives of his fellow Marines during an attack by insurgents on an observation post in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, April 20, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tom Sloan
"I shot about sixty or seventy rounds at him,? said Nagel.
?I never thought I would have to make a decision like that.?
Other Marines were alerted by Nagel?s fire and engaged the vehicle as well.
?The truck swerved to one side of the road and detonated,? he said. ?It all happened so fast.?
No one was injured by the second blast; but it left a large crater in the main street.
According to Van De Ven, Nagel?s heroic actions are a testament to his character.
?He?s hard working, polite and is someone who cares for his fellow Marines,? he said.
Though, Nagel?s command is recommending him for an award for his courage under fire, he is just happy his comrades are OK.
?I?m overwhelmed knowing that I saved the lives of my Marines.?
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Bryan J. Nagel - DefendAmerica News