What You Don’t Hear in the Media

A soldier at the checkpoint told me yesterday that there were two Iraqi men, laborers, who had gotten into the habit of bringing food a few times a week.  These men would arrive later than the majority of the workers and talk with the soldiers as well as share food with them.

Two days ago that stopped.

The labor detail that these two men were part of had to go in earlier than usual and these men were recognized by some of the other workers.  The other laborers all started shouting “Saddam’s men!  Saddam’s Men!” and once identified the two workers were removed from the crowd and incarcerated by the Military Police.  I’m guessing that they are in one of the POW camps today.

For all the negative news that comes out of the media, and all of the “Iraqi’s Hate America” bullshit that the media spouts, you’d think that the Iraqi’s don’t want America here, but I see the opposite with these workers every day.

Long Day Today

I spent the day out at my construction site.  A lot of new stuff has gone in out there, and the construction crew was asking for some support with networking printers, fixing laptop issues, and providing IT support for a third-party plotter.  I‘m still working on the plotter, but I think that for the most part the guys out there are happy with the outcome today. 

Tomorrow I will be back out there, and those guys maximize use of IT personnel when they get us out there, so I‘m not sure what my night will look like for blogging. 

I talked with a few soldiers from the Missouri National Guard/Reserve and they gave me a little more insight into what was going on last night.  While the newspapers were simply reporting explosions, the soliders told me that the fighting included Bradleys and at least on M1A1 Abrahms tank.

I may post more later, but right now, I‘ve got to take care of more issues.

Massive Weapon’s Fire Tonight

There was a major engagement on the eastern end of the airport this evening.  I’m not sure where exactly, and I don’t have any details, other than what I saw out my windows this evening.  Tonight’s engagement is the first that I have seen in my time here.

We began hearing the explosions of heavy rounds at about 9:10 PM, continuing until just moments ago at 9:25 PM.

I’m not going to give operational details about what I saw, other than to say that it didn’t look like a minor firefight was taking place.  My guess is that insurgents attempted to strike back in retaliation for yesterday’s start of Operation: Iron Hammer.

Iron Hammer is a counter-insurgency operation aimed at destroying insurgent’s resources and gathering places as well as capturing leaders.

The main point of my post right now is to alert my friends and family to the fact that I am okay.  I don’t know with any degree of certainty where this attack took place, so I want to make sure there are no doubts as to my safety.

From what I could see, I’d guage the attack to have been about 2-3 miles from my location.  From here it looked like a distant fireworks display once armor started to respond.