Friday, October 07, 2005

Operation Iron Fist photos

Here are some pictures courtesy of the Marine Public Affairs Office which provide samples of actual photos of Operation River Gate. Thanks Capt JP! I think it illustrates the kind of terrain that's been talked about in past posts. The pictures were taken within a few miles of each other. Along the band irrigated by the river ...


... entering one of the towns


... then when you go above or below the river belt, you are in the desert.

Have a good weekend!


Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Reminds me a lot of Al-Ain UAE and Buraimi. Lots of palms and green but get just a little bit away one side and you had the huge rolling dunes go the other way and it was a flat gravely plain.

10/07/2005 04:51:00 AM  
Blogger ex-democrat said...

kstagger - check Bill Roggio's site:

10/07/2005 05:10:00 AM  
Blogger goesh said...

Grunts on patrol. Some things never change.

10/07/2005 05:35:00 AM  
Blogger Solomon2 said...

[off-topic] Wretchard, I think you'd like to read this little history note at my blog.

10/07/2005 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger goesh said...

CJB - you cracked me up with that comment but there is a grain of truth to it

10/07/2005 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger Boghie said...

The next media meme will be:

The American military is killing children...

The average age of the 'militants' is getting younger. There are multiple reports stating that the majority of foreign fighters are in their late teens...

So watch for the meme to become one in which we are killing untrained, defenseless, children!!!

Even now, the media is expressing wonderment on the dispersed organization of al Qaeda, the agony of Iraq, the fervor of ‘militant’ youth, and super-weapon IEDs; instead of understanding that we are destroying al Qaeda’s the command structure, defining the battlefield, are out-recruiting the terror organizations, and can defend against IEDs and deploy super-weapons of our own that the enemy has no defense against.

10/07/2005 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger diabeticfriendly said...

....The next media meme will be:

The American military is killing children...
The average age of the 'militants' is getting younger. There are multiple reports stating that the majority of foreign fighters are in their late teens...

For years, the MSM claimed that Israel was killing palestinian "youths/kids" even if these innocent children had bombs strapped to their bellies, or had "non-lethal" rocks or firebombs...

How about this? If someone takes a rock, (over 1 gram) and propels it at a officer of the law/army, it is responded to by a small lead rock propelled back...

When i was young the thought of being able to attack a cop or soldier and NOT having my brains blown out never crossed my mind. Now rioting protesters are allowed to TRY to smash the skulls of cops/soldiers and somehow it's a violation of the freedom of expression of the protesters for the cops to use live fire

10/07/2005 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

How does our President, George W. Bush, wake up every morning and face the disaster that the Clinton / Gore junta left for him to mop up. Even in Iraq, it seems that some “Clinton Generals”, probably homosexual, are now bombing bridges on the Euphrates. Hello!!, we occupy the country, why in the hell are these Clinton Generals bombing eight bridges? This is a loser move. Surely we can control these bridges against the rag-tag insurgents without bombing them. If we don’t replace these Clinton appointees soon, Iraq will be lost.

Besides, President Bush has to now deal with Clinton appointee, the flagrantly leftist homosexual Karly Rove, an obvious spy for Al Qaida, who disclosed the identity of the top-secret agent, Mrs. Joe Wilson. Supposedly 22 Clinton appointees are soon going to be indicted for the outing of the galliant CIA agent who single-handily kept the world free of WMD’s. Just wait for the MSM to try to blame this on poor George.

Then Hilary’s secret lover, Harry Miers, is appointed to the Supreme Court! How is George W. Bush supposed to sort through all the DC sewage left behind by the Al-Clinton/Gore? It is hardly honest George’s fault that this feminist – top is now going to have a lifetime appointment to decide on some of the most important issues facing America in the coming years.

As if that wasn’t enough, the stupid Norwegians have given the Nobel Peace Prize to Osama Bin Laden’s Number 2 in the Al Qaida hierarchy: Mohamed El-Baradei.

10/07/2005 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Annoy Mouse said...

Building a bridge takes considerable time. Un-building a bridge take time as well. I suspect that the bridges were bombed as part of tactical operations to keep the enemy off balance and possibly catch them out in the open. I must admit though, it seems wasteful. Couldn’t you dump a load of concrete or something in the approaches to the bridge?

10/07/2005 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...


I didn't take any account of casualties in making calculations about Iraqi force generation, but then I was working with proxy numbers which are good only for very rough estimates.

One thing though is that those ISF battalions, in taking those losses, must have inflicted some of their own on the enemy. Maybe it was not an equal percentage to their own losses, but it must have been something. So ISF losses imply some level of insurgency losses.

10/07/2005 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...


Failed State nations are trying to seize control of internet ROOT servers!

Better do what you can, EACH of us, to stop this from happening!


10/07/2005 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

insurgents (I really hate that word)

Try "terrorists". It seems to work quite well.

And if you're feeling a little more informal, Bad Guys does nicely too.

"Insurgents" is soooooo yesterday's NY Times!

10/07/2005 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

To kill time, so I read Frank Rich's defeat-infantilism today.

According to the Sunday NYT Op-Ed, the American empire is dissolving in fastmotion, as more and more of us join the "apostate majority."

Majority? Like in a vote?

This denial of election results is becoming a laugh line.

In the words of Elvis Costello: "I used to be disgusted / Now I try to be amused"

The Old Gray Lady is fading, inexorably. Truth from many voices is on the rise.

So why be annoyed anymore at Dowd or Krugman or Rich or any of them?

They are singing to themselves, openly now. You know, the "apostate majority."

10/09/2005 03:58:00 PM  

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