Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Operation Steel Curtain Updates

CENTCOM reports that at least 150 terrorist insurgents have been captured since the beginning of Operation Steel Curtain, and news releases seem to indicate that over 200 have been killed (CENTCOM doesn't routinely release terrorist body counts). 30 have been killed since last night in Ubaydi, bringing to 80 the number sent to Allah from this Iraqi border town alone.

Terrorist Insurgents Trapped:
It is suspected that many of the terrorists who are now fighting in Ubaydi fled from Husaybah and Karabilah, the first two cities that were secured by Iraqi and Coalition Forces at the beginning of the operation. While the fighting has been sporadic, it has been characterized by commanders on the ground as some of the heaviest since Operation Steel Curtain began Nov. 5. Intelligence reports indicate that the strong resistance to the Iraqi and Coalition push into the city is due in large part to the fact that terrorists believe they are trapped and have nowhere else to go.
Baath Leader Captured:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces captured Hamid Sharki Shadid, the leader of the New Ba’ath Party in Diyala Province, during a patrol November 9th.

Shadid’s capture is a major achievement for Coalition Forces as they believe he can provide crucial information on the whereabouts of former Staff General Jamal Karki, a suspected Ba’athist insurgent, and Abd-al-Baqi al-Sa’adun, who has been a fugitive since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003.
CENTCOM also reports that several brave jihadi babyhunters tried to sneak away from Ubaydi by hiding in a flock of sheep.

I'm reprinting these stories on the off chance that our loyal, unbiased, non-partisan mainstream media completely ignore them.