Thursday, November 01, 2007

Mini Mini Battlefield Digest: Iraq, Week 44


Intra-sectarian violence in the news. Britain continues Iraqi exit plans.

Interesting that the captured Sheikhs were freed so quickly. Is someone playing cat-and-mouse with their very lives?

Battlefield News, Iraq

Political Developments and Major Campaign Resource Shifts

  • Roggio: Seven Sunni and three Shia sheikhs were kidnapped after returning from a reconciliation meeting. The interior ministry denied the Muqdadiya police chief and seven of his bodyguards were kidnapped earlier this week. -Sunday, October 28, 2007
  • Roggio: Iraqi soldiers freed eight of the 11 kidnapped tribal sheikhs while the US named the Mahdi Army commander behind the kidnapping. A suicide bomber killed 27 police recruits and wounded 20 in an attack in Baqubah. -Monday, October 29, 2007
  • smh: THE largest dam in Iraq is in danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a huge wave of water, possibly drowning 500,000 people, new assessments by the US Army Corps of Engineers show. -Tuesday, October 30, 2007
  • AP: For veterans of Ramadi, it seems like a different place and a different war. Just last year, soldiers were breaking down doors, hunting insurgents and struggling to secure the city block by block. U.S. troops now are invited into... -Sunday, October 28, 2007
  • AP: The British defense secretary confirmed Wednesday that Britain plans to turn over security to Iraqis in the oil-rich southeastern province of Basra in mid-December. -Wednesday, October 31, 2007
COIN: Actions, Reactions, Counteractions, etc.
  • Roggio: Sadr reiterated his call for the Mahdi Army to stop attacks. -Thursday, October 25, 2007
  • Roggio: Muqtada al Sadr may call off the cease fire with the Mahdi Army. Al Qaeda targeted the headquarters of the 1920s Revolution Brigades in Miqdadiyah in Diyala province with a suicide bomber. -Saturday, October 27, 2007
  • Roggio: Arrest warrants were issued for 50 Iraqi policemen for their involvement in terrorist attacks. -Thursday, October 25, 2007
  • NYTimes: The U.S. military's push to organize Sunni Arabs into local neighborhood-watch groups has been one of its most important initiatives in Iraq so much so that President George W. Bush flew to Anbar Province in September to highlight growing... -Sunday, October 28, 2007
VIOLENCE: Tactical Developments
  • Xinhua: A car bomb went off in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing a civilian and wounding three others, a well-informed police source said. -Wednesday, October 31, 2007
  • wavy: Four...National Guardsmen are recovering after an IED attack in Iraq...Private Eric Holt of Williamsburg is stable at Walter Reed Army Medical Center...Specialist Derek Banks of Newport News is in critical condition at Landstuhl... -Tuesday, October 30, 2007
  • Reuters: Police confirmed Iraqi academic Jamal Mustafa was taken from his house on Sunday in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the abduction. -Tuesday, October 30, 2007
  • MNF: Three Multi-National Division - Center Soldiers were killed when their patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device southeast of Baghdad Oct. 30. -Tuesday, October 30, 2007
  • Reuters: Gunmen blew up the office of supporters of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in northwestern Baghdad's Hurriya district after dusk, police said. No one was harmed in the attack. -Sunday, October 28, 2007
  • Reuters: A suicide bomber killed at least seven people in a huge explosion that ripped through shops and set cars ablaze in the northern oil centre of Kirkuk. -Sunday, October 28, 2007
  • Reuters: Police found a body riddled with bullets near the Tigris River in the town of Suwayra, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. -Sunday, October 28, 2007
  • Reuters: One woman died when gunmen attacked her house in southern Kut, 170 km (105 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said. -Sunday, October 28, 2007
  • Reuters: Gunmen wounded a police colonel and his driver when they opened fire on their car in northern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. -Sunday, October 28, 2007
Economic Developments, Reconstruction, and General Good News

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