[More uncensored news from Iraq, as written by soldiers in the field]

CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq - U.S. forces rescued two Iraqis who were held captive by insurgents in the Euphrates River-city of Hit, Iraq, Wednesday.

Soldiers from the Friedburg, Germany-based 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division rescued the kidnapping victims after pursuing insurgents who were fleeing in three vehicles containing the captives.

In their escape, the insurgents fled on foot, abandoning their vehicles and victims.

The soldiers found the victims under a palm tree, handcuffed near the abandoned vehicles.

No one was killed or injured during the incident.

"This demonstrates Coalition forces' ability to quickly respond," said Col. W. Blake Crowe, commanding officer for the Twentynine Palms, Calif.-based Regimental Combat Team 7.

RCT-7 is the Coalition forces unit responsible for training Iraqi security forces and providing security in communities throughout more than 30,000 square miles in western Al Anbar Province.

A search of the vehicles revealed multiple weapons and munitions as follows:

* (7) RPGs
* (5) Hand Grenades
* (6) AK-47 Magazines
* (1) Draganov sniper rifle with magazine
* (1) 57 mm. Projectile
* (3) Mortar propellant

Further investigation revealed that the kidnapping victims were relatives of Iraqi policemen in nearby cities.

Marines here say the insurgents view the developing Iraqi police forces throughout western Al Anbar as their greatest threat.

"They (insurgents) know that well-led, well-trained and well-equipped Iraqi police will defeat the insurgency", said Crowe.

Since RCT-7 assumed responsibility of the region in February, more than 2,800 Iraqi men have joined the ranks of police forces and are working in cities throughout western Al Anbar.

1-36 is responsible for training Iraqi security forces and providing security in Hit, in support of "Operation Al Majid." Majid is an on-going, synchronized Coalition and Iraqi security forces "clearing and holding" operation intended to disrupt and defeat insurgent activity throughout more than 30,000 square miles in western Al Anbar Province.

The operation began late last month.

The battalion deployed to Iraq in February.

Note from Howie: This is good news. Thank goodness these men were not murdered before they were rescued. I cannot count the number of Iraqis who have been murdered in snuff films this year.

Today the mujahadbeens murdered people standing in line to buy kerosene.

Posted by: Howie at 08:44 AM


1 This is a happy news Morning!

Thanks Howie. I love it when the good guys win!

USA, all the way! (and Happy New Year!)

Posted by: Michael Weaver at December 28, 2006 11:15 AM

2 Amazing how the lefturds never chime in on posts of this nature. Shows their true colors.

Posted by: Greyrooster at December 28, 2006 01:53 PM

3 Excellent

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at December 28, 2006 04:41 PM

4 I wish Centcom would stop referring to terrorists and petty thugs as "insurgents." It plays into the hands of the anti-Americanpropagandists.I strongly suspect the order to use that ridiculous term comes all the way from the top.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 28, 2006 08:51 PM

5 Not much on my mind recently. I've pretty much been doing nothing. I can't be bothered with anything recently.

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