Army Maj. Gen. James E. Simmons, deputy commander for support for Multinational Corps Iraq has a lot to say. Shhhhhh - let's listen in on some of it:
“We will continue to hunt down their leadership, deny them safe haven, disrupt their supply line and significantly reduce their capability to operate in Iraq.”
He's talking about what we are doing to the islamofascist terrorists in Iraq - kind of like shooting fish in a barrel these days. Ooh. Here's some more:
In the first 24 hours of one operation, Multinational Division North soldiers captured and killed several enemies and seized weapons caches in the Diyala River Valley. Called Operation Lightning Hammer, this operation targeted extremists as they tried to reestablish sanctuaries, the general said.
Ha! Just try and reestablish sanctuaries, you dirty islamofascist terrorists. We're waiting for you.
“We believe that a continued, aggressive offensive operation to seek out and destroy these extremist networks will prove to be the most effective way to continue to protect the citizens of Iraq,” Simmons said.
Operation Phantom Strike comes on the heels of Operation Phantom Thunder, a corps-level offensive launched June 15 that targeted al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents and Shiia extremists in, near and around Baghdad. In 142 battalion-level joint operations, Iraqi and coalition forces detained 6,702 suspects, killed 1,196 enemies and wounded 419 others. Combined forces also killed or captured 382 high-value targets, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, said during an Aug. 17 Pentagon briefing.
WOW! That's a LOT of freaking bad guys.
Troops also cleared 1,113 weapons caches and scores of IEDs and car bombs. “The number of found and cleared IEDs, (car bombs) and caches are approximately 50 percent higher than the same period last year due, in large part, to effective tips provided by concerned Iraqi citizens,” Odierno added.
Oh yes. Those Iraqi citizens are getting tired of your terrorist crap, too. EVERYONE is!
“Al Qaeda and other extremist elements will have to contend with an Iraqi population that no longer welcomes them,” he said, “as well as quick-hitting offensive operations by coalition and Iraqi forces.”
The only way we lose is if we quit. God Bless America! God Bless a Free Iraq!