US Military sweeping away Insurgents and Terrorists
Husaybah should be a familiar name for readers of this blog. The venerable USA Today had this description of Husaybah on the 6th November 2005:
Husaybah had long been identified as an entry point for foreign fighters, weapons and ammunition entering from Syria. From Husaybah, the fighters head down the Euphrates valley to Baghdad and other cities.Then came Operation Steel Curtain. Bill Roggio describes Husaybah on the 28th November 2005:
Both Lieutenant Oren and Corporal Hall explained the successful patrol in Husaybah this afternoon would have been unheard of just three weeks ago prior to Operation Steel Curtain. “Over three weeks ago, we wouldn’t have gotten 200 feet into this city without taking fire”, said Cpl Hall.and
We removed our boots and gear, and entered the home [of a local Sheik], to receive warm greetings from the tribal leaders. We sat on the blanketed floor, sipped sweet chai, and smoked cigarettes while Lieutenant Oren and the sheikhs discussed, via Icy, various issues of import to both the tribe and the Marines. The Marines and Iraqi soldiers stood by for almost an hour and a half until the meeting ended, with smiles, warm handshakes and a group photo.This smacks of Vietnam, doesn't it? Only in a perverted dream.
For those that have not heard of Bill Roggio, please find a description here and a summary in what follows. He served in the US Army for over four years, in the National Guard for over two years and is a software analyst. He also maintained a personal blog, The Fourth Rail. He raised some money to finance his trip to Iraq and now provides regular descriptions of Iraq and posts them on ThreatWatch. He is a patriotic man who has come to dislike the MSM for its incessantly negative reporting of Iraq. We should pray for his safety and for his family that remain in the US.
Incidentally, has anyone heard of what happened of Zarqawi?