Friday, June 09, 2006

The Secret Operation to Kill Zarqawi

It is a story straight from the pen of a Hollywood script writer. But, the killing of Zarqawi is an amazing true story of international cooperation, individual courage, and the dirty, mean ways of war. The Politically Correct war that had heretofore been fought, had gone on far too long and was showing no real results as the scum of the earth ran circles around us. The West tried, valiantly, but vainly, attempted to fight the "good war. It was all for naught; al-Qaida in Mesopotamia and it's leader al-Zarqawi still eluded capture or death.

Finally, in April 2006, a group of real warriors decided enough was enough and fight the war the right way – no quarter, no prisoners, no surrender, failure is not an option.

"A Special Ops “A-Team” helped nail Zarqawi" reported recently.

Only two months ago, the super secret group that found and destroyed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was formulated at a meeting of U.S. and British defense chiefs. One month ago, the "A-Team" was created from elite Special Forces operators of the U.S. Army Green Berets, British Special Air Services (SAS) “Tier 1”, and the Israeli Mossad with the singular purpose of hunting down “the slaughtering sheik” al-Zarqawi and rubbing him out.

The special unit - nicknamed “The Untouchables” - was given 007 license to kill, "no-holds barred" orders to pursue Zarqawi and eliminate him. The Untouchables were given assurances they would not come under any investigations as a result of their activities and methods to bring Zarqawi to "summary justice". In case anyone missed the meaning here, "no-holds barred" means “do anything, maim, or kill anyone necessary” to get Zarqawi; "summary justice" means nothing short of “kill”.

To blend with the locals, team members dressed in second-hand clothing bought at local Baghdad back alley markets. They used brown or black contact lenses to disguise their Western eyes. The Untouchables also (and this is my favorite part) sprayed themselves with a pungent sweat-smelling odor called “souk scent” so they would smell like the local peasants which permitted the team to perform dangerous surveillance operations in generally no-go areas of heavy insurgent activity.

The Untouchable team members were each issued a L115A-338 sniper rifle that have a kill range of 1,000 yards which only highlights the groups’ primary goal to kill Zarqawi. High-tech thermal imaging equipment was employed to view into the dark places the terror rat liked to use as he scurried around Baghdad, cities, villages, and the countryside. Overhead, a CIA operated Predator drone supplied a real-time video feed of anyplace Zarqawi was reported to be.

The needed break in the hunt came when Zarqawi’s spiritual advisor’s location was identified. Staying on the tail of Sheikh Abdul-Rahman, U.S. forces were soon led to Zarqawi in Baquba. The two men, along with other aides and bodyguards, were then monitored electronically and tailed to a farmhouse in Hibhib where Zarqawi had been living for about a week with a woman and child believed to have been his wife and son.

At a news briefing Thursday, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said,
“Through painstaking intelligence efforts we were able to start tracking him, monitoring his movements. ... Last night, he went to meet Zarqawi again at 6:15 p.m. when the decision was made to go ahead and strike that target.

" What everyone needs to understand is the strike last night did not occur in a 24-hour period. It truly was a very long, painstaking, deliberate exploitation of intelligence, information gathering, human sources, electronics, signal intelligence that was done over a period of time, many, many weeks."
The final bit of information pinpointing Zarqawi’s location was supplied by Jordanian intelligence, said an Israeli security official, and Egyptian intelligence corroborated the Jordanian intel. Zarqawi was a native of Jordan. The assumed possible successor to Zarqawi is Abu al-Masari, an Egyptian.

This war could have been over a long time ago if our leaders had just allowed the military professionals to do their jobs in the manner they know to work best for America - fast action, overwhelming firepower, and principled warriors leading the way. When the shooting stops those same troops begin the healing between enemies with acts of kindness and compassion inherent in the heart of every American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine.

We will never know the names of the men involved in the quick operation to kill Zarqawi; we will never be able to thank them for their special service. The very special men of the SOF (Special Operations Forces) know the need for secrecy and anonimity and are willing to live unknown lives. But, within there own tightknit community, they know the great risks they take for liberty are appreciated by freedom loving people everywhere.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Zarqawi Is Alive!

Or, rather, he was alive.
Zarqawi survived the initial bombing living long enough to recognize American troops. Realizing he was very near capture, Zarqawi attempted to roll off the ambulance stretcher to get away. Read to story here from Reuters via The Drudge Report.

I was happy to read of his death, but knowing he was alive enough to understand the jig was up just thrills me to no end. Knowing that Z felt the sting of capture and realizing it all ended right there - how sweet it is!

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Zarqawi is Really Dead this Time!

This time Abu Moussab Zarqawi is really, truly, verily dead, dead, dead.
American warplanes were guided to the target in Hibhib 30miles north of Baghdad Wednesday evening by information provided by senior members of Zarqawi's own oganization. The al-Qaida in Iraq group apparently assassinated their leader with American weaponry.

The man with "the dark Medieval vision of the future" as Don Rumsfeld termed him, was possibly alive after the pinpoint air attack and was killed by local civilians. His identity has been confirmed through "fingerprints, facial recognition technology, and known body scars," said General Casey.

The death of Zarqawi will not in and of itself end the violence and killing. However, charismatic leaders fostering the idea they have been appointed by Allah are few and finding a replacement of Zarqawi's stature will be difficult and time consuming - time the bad guys do not have. Killed along with the idea man was his spiritual advisor, the man who gave religious justification to the mass killings, serial beheadings, and the intra-religion killings between Sunnis and Shia. Six other close aides also died in the attack.

Many will say the death of Zarqawi is not very important because another "Zarqawi" will arise. The power of symbolism is much greater in the Middle East than in the West. Leaders in the ME often take upon themselves the mantel of the Mahdi or Allah. The common folk can turn them into folkheroes who cannot be killed because they are protected by Angels. Killing Zarqawi proves that such is not the case. Younger members of the terror groups may become disillusioned and give up the fight or never join in the first place. The death of Zarqawi, his spiritual advisor, and other aides who failed to protect him is a big deal - a very bid deal.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Monday, June 05, 2006

No Falafels in Mohammed's Time

Aqeel Hussein in Baghdad and Colin Freeman writing for the London Telegraph tell of new edicts issued by the Islamofascists at the point of a gun.

In a bizarre example of Iraq's creeping "Talibanisation", militants visited falafel vendors a fortnight ago, telling them to pack up their stalls by today or be killed.

The ultimatum seemed so odd that, at first, most laughed it off - until two of them were shot dead as they plied their trade.

"They came telling us, 'You have 14 days to end this job' and I asked them what was the problem," said Abu Zeinab, 32, who was packing up his stall for good yesterday in the suburb of al Dora, a hardline Sunni neighbourhood.

"I said I was just feeding the people, but they said there were no falafels in Mohammed the prophet's time, so we shouldn't have them either.

"I felt like telling them there were no Kalashnikovs in Mohammed's time either, but I wanted to keep my life."
The edicts are indeed eo stupid one has a hard time believing the men with guns are serious. The Islamonazis have banned the wearing of goatees, shorts, T-shirts with English writing, the sale of mayonaise (assume the use, also), ice is banned as well as cold drinks and ice cream. Women are banned from public busses and cigarette smoking is forbidden. (Cigarette smoking is now banned in all public spaces in one California town, too. I don't think an immediate death penalty applies, though.)

Yes, all of these bans would be laughable if they were really part of a "Seinfeld" script, but people are actually being killed for violating the new rules. Tennis players and their coach have been shot dead for wearing tennis shorts, ice cream vendors are dead, men with goatees have been murdered. There seems to be no end to Islamic stupidity. There is a lot of stuff that didn't exist in Mo'profit's time. The killing field is wide open.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.