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27 October 2008

Yesterday, U.S. special operations forces struck positions across the Syrian-Iraq order, inside of Syria, apparently killing nine people, most of whom were non-Syrian Arab fighters on their way into Iraq. Of course there is a great cry rising from the Syrians today.

For years, tons of explosives and a long line of foreign terrorists have streamed across the Syrian border into Anbar Province and Nineveh Province, Iraq.  I must have spent a total of about nine months in Nineveh, about eight of which were in the capital of Mosul, and another month in Anbar.

Foreign terrorists were caught or killed on a regular basis, and they all had the same story:  They came from an alphabet soup of Arab countries: Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, to name a handful. They had come through Syria.  I remember the day the Libyan was captured in 2005.  Iraqis were trying to force him to wear a suicide vest to attack police in Mosul.  I remember the night, a raid that I did not go on, when the Tunisians were captured in 2005, resulting in hand-to-hand combat that did not go well for the Tunisians.  The owner of the safe house was captured with a diary listing dates and effects for years of attacks; that diary actually matched up perfectly with SIGACT reports of the same incidents. The Tunisians were captured with all sorts of documentation, as I recall, that chronicled their long journey by all modes of transport to get through to Syria and across into Mosul.

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    The Thunder Run · 10 years ago
    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 10/27/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

    http://thunderrun.blogspot.com/2008/10/from-front-10272008.html
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    The Thunder Run · 10 years ago
    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 10/27/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

    http://thunderrun.blogspot.com/2008/10/from-front-10272008.html
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    Mike · 10 years ago
    It seems that Iraqs patience is wearing thin with regard to Syrian support of foreign terrorists entering Iraq.

    http://en.aswataliraq.info/?p=101915

    ƒ??Iraq always seeks distinguished good relations with neighboring Syria but the presence on Syrian territories of these anti-Iraq groups that are involved in terrorist activities against Iraqis would hamper progress of these relations,ƒ?
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    Juan · 10 years ago
    Get some. It's not a surprise that some good'ol black units are in Mosul kicking the crap of the insurgents.
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    Steamboat Jack · 10 years ago
    From an earlier article: "Obama wonƒ??t socialize the country".

    Here is a link to an Obama interview on NPR. He says that the Constitution is fundamentally flawed and that he intends to use the courts and legislation to change that. He intends to ƒ??redistributeƒ? the wealth.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

    It's called socialism of one sort or another.

    And Barney Franks is calling for a 25% reduction in military spending.

    There really is a war going on back here. And just as most Americans didnƒ??t understand that OBL was at war with us during the Clinton years, they are unaware of what is going on now.
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    Zen · 10 years ago
    We've got a ex-special forces soldier and one of the best journalists I've ever read running around massively unstable region, potentially risking his life every day to bring us stories from a side of the afgan war we would never of hear about, and all you can do is whine about if one over privileged rich boy or another rich over privileged rich boy get electeted, who will more than likley do the same things as the last over privileged rich boy did.

    Jesus, you people are worring about a possible tax increase (sorry redistribute the wealth), not if a missile is homing in on a mobile phone to redistribute your internal organs over a hillside.

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