While the media is full of stories of Nancy Pelosi's "Miss Cleo" impression on the future of politics in America and fantasizing about Porter Goss playing poker while smoking a cigar, our brave military are still kicking butt over in Iraq (and Afghanistan). Here's some of the latest from Centcom.mil...
TERRORIST CHEMICAL EXPERT KILLED IN BAGHDAD RAID
"Ansar al-Islam member and chemical expert, Ali Wali, was killed May 6th at approximately 1 p.m. during a counterterrorist raid in the Mansur district of Baghdad. Iraqi civilians transported the two bodies to the morgue where Coalition forces later confirmed the identity of the wanted terrorist, Ali Wali.
Ali Wali, full name believed to be Abbas bin Farnas bin Qafqas, was a 37 or 38-year-old Iraqi Kurd who served as a key leader in Ansar al-Islam’s military (operational) command responsible for training and military operations (terrorist activity) to include the planning of suicide operations (bombings), ambushes and kidnapping. Ali Wali was also an expert in the implementation of explosives as well as in the use of artillery, tanks and anti-aircraft weapons. Ali Wali allegedly was an expert in toxins and poisons."
Searching over at Google News, there are only 3 references to Ali Wali and not one is a major media outlet or wire service. Good news = bad. Bad news = good.
IRAQI ARMY CAPTURES TERRORIST CELL LEADER IN EAST BAGHDAD
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, along with 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 506th Infantry Regiment’s Military Transition Team, dealt the anti-Iraqi forces a blow when they detained an al-Qaeda in Iraq cell leader and seven other anti-Iraqi forces in two different raids in the Adhamiyah area May 4.
The first raid led to the capture of the AQIZ cell leader and two other suspects, along with 17 full AK-47 magazines, 20 rolls of TNT, three pistols, two belts of 7.62 mm ammunition and eight boxes of pistol ammunition.
“The apprehension of the cell leader was entirely the work of the Iraqi Army,” said Capt. Joshua Brandon, 4-320th FA MiTT. “We (U.S. and Iraqi forces) have been tracking this guy and gathering joint intelligence for the last four months, but the Iraqi Soldiers took the lead and detained this guy and got information on another weapons cache.”’
Acting on a tip from the cell leader, the Soldiers then mounted up again, this time with the help of the MiTT team, and moved out to the second location, where they detained the other five suspects and recovered eight timer switches, one Motorola-rigged detonator, an 82 mm mortar tube, three pipes for rockets, an 82 mm mortar tripod, a 60 mm mortar tripod, an 82 mm base plate, a large rocket, several nine-volt batteries rigged to switches and a bag of paraphernalia. "
It is just shocking, shocking I tell you, that a terrorist cell leader would rat out his comrades when he was captured. So much for the valiant warrior image... Another little known secret - the Iraqi Army IS functional and doing a heck of a job...
BOMBMAKERS IN MOSQUE COMPOUND BLOW THEMSELVES UP
An explosion occurred in a building within the Sheik Abdel Kader mosque compound at approximately 6 p.m. May 7 in Rusafa, a neighborhood of east Baghdad. According to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Division, the bomb exploded, causing a fire.
The Iraqi fire department responded and began suppressing the fire when firefighters noticed an improvised explosive device inside the mosque.
The Iraqi police explosive ordinance disposal team arrived at the mosque to clear the holy site of bombs and bomb making materials. The team dismantled six IEDs.
If a suicide bomber has a premature detonation does he still get the 72 virgins? Please note the words "Mosque" and "IEDs" used together. So much for that religion of peace, huh?
Just a reminder to the lazy enemedia - this information is found over at www.centcom.mil. It is posted and updated at least daily. They even have a newsletter that you can sign up for so you don't even have to leave your computer. NOW - what's your excuse??