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Freeing Fallujah

Information  August 20 2005
 — By CJ Grisham

Omar, at The Iraqi Model, translates THIS to bring us more good news from Iraq:

The residents of Fallujah are asking the authorities to increase the number of voters’ registration offices in the city as the existing ones are not enough to finish the registration process of all eligible voters before the day of the referendum planned for October 15….

Well, the way things change in Iraq can be really surprising sometimes; just try to compare between Fallujah 12 months ago and today’s Fallujah!

I remember walking through the markets on the northwest part of town (near the bridge where they hung those American contractors) day after day and detaining or killing weapons and explosives dealers. We never found them all because they were threatening the local merchants that they would kill them and their families if they gave up their caches to the Americans. Many of them only supported the insurgency to avoid killing their families and losing everything.

I’ll never forget running through crowded markets and hoping that none of these children were injured by these guys. We were having trouble convincing the command that this place needed to be searched thoroughly. Unfortunately, the Brigade leadership at the time thought that what we had planned was too aggressive and scrapped the idea. Since the infantry and scouts weren’t authorized, I got with our PSYOPS team and we planned a joint raid on the weapons market.

We came in front different approaches after dismounting about a mile away and marched through alleys and backways so that no spotters could identify us. It worked. As we approached the market, we picked up our pace and sure enough the bad guys were still there. We caught them by surprise. We chased them down, but couldn’t catch any of them in the crowded market. No shots were fired, either, though someone in the crowd did toss a grenade (probably a flash/bang) which didn’t hit or injure anyone. We did, however, capture hundreds of blasting caps, thousands of rounds, explosives, and weapons. We almost didn’t have room for it all. If only the Brigade had agreed to send in the infantry or scouts with us, we’d have been so much more successful. This operation only had about 10 soldiers on it. It’s an operation I dubbed “Spooky Voodoolicious” after both our callsigns.

(11) Readers Comments

  1. I hope they do get more offices for the voters. It would make it less likely for the bad guys to “hit” 3 as opposed to 1. Makes sence to me. And it would make it easier for voters to get registered, more likely to vote. More sence there.

  2. CJ,

    The iraqi people have tasted freedom for the first time in many years and for many of them, for the first time in their lives. They have been starving for so long that they didn’t even know what it was that they craved. Downtrodden, dejected and afraid, a future beyond today was beyond comprehension for them. But, once a starving man has tasted the sweetness of freedom he will hunger for it always. Their appetites are now insatiable and they have America and the American Military Forces to thank for that. I hope 100 years from now they still remember who it was who fed them their first meal of freedom.

  3. I think I need Uncle Marty to do guest shots on my site. I absolutely love everything he says.

  4. K,

    I went to your website to check it out….and I saw the link for the Salie brothers….that was so poweful. I cried so hard!

    I also wanted to say that I agree with “Uncle” Marty…once a person has tasted freedom…they never forget.

  5. I cried as well Teresa, thanks.

  6. Hey,

    You might have left, but Michael Yon is on Mission! and despite being told to hold back, he is in the thick of things.

    I just added another $50.00 to his tip jar, he is going to need a major I&I pretty soon.

    In case you are not familiar with him, which is unlikely, he is a writer, not a reporter, he works for himself.

    He has attached himself to our guys and they are in the crap.

    Go read him and read his past posts.

    Papa Ray
    West Texas
    USA

  7. Papa Ray,

    Your link worked in the original post, so I deleted the redundant comment for you. Thanks for posting that…good info!!

  8. I LOVE Michael Yon’s website!!! God bless him… I wish I could help support him, too. :-( I need to win the lottery or something…! LOL ;-)

    ~K — I bawled my eyes out, watching that story about the Salie brothers. OMG. True heroes, for sure.

  9. Uncle Marty! :-) Good to see you around! :-)

  10. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand but since I haven’t seen a Chris-ism in a while, I thought I’d post my Meghan-ism here…

    As some of you know, or may not know, we have recently moved to Fort Knox. Anyway, most of the boxes are gone but there are a couple still left in the kids’ rooms that we need to go through. Today Nathan, my oldest, found his walkie-talkies and quickly asked Meghan to play.

    So I hear Meghan say into her walkie-talkie, “Nathan, I’m in your room, roger that?” Nathan, out in the living room says, “Ok. I’m in the living room, roger that?”

    Meghan runs out to the living room and says, “NATHAN! I’m not playing “Roger That!” You are!”

  11. I integrated part of CJ’s account of the raids on Fallujah’s weapon market into the entry on Wikipedia about these raids:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Market_Sweep

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