Thursday, November 02, 2006

Good News From Iraq

Multi-National Corps - Iraq (MNC-I) sends:
RELEASE No. 20061102-03
Nov. 2, 2006

Coalition Forces kill assassination team
Multi-National Corps – West PAO

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq- An Al Qaeda assassination team was killed by Coalition Forces in Fallujah Tuesday. Coalition snipers heard gunshots and quickly responded to the murder of an off-duty Fallujah policeman by gunmen in civilian clothes. The Marines from 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 5 immediately engaged the armed gunmen and killed two of them.

The third gunman was killed as he attempted to flee in a vehicle.

“We honor the service of the Fallujah policeman Hamed Mohammed Jassim,” said Coalition spokesperson Marine Lt. Col. Bryan Salas. “He stood against the murder and intimidation campaign of the terrorists to help bring security and prosperity to his neighbors in Fallujah. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Assault rifles and other items were recovered from the gunmen.

Gotta love those snipers. I have been through a couple Army sniper programs and got to target through a reticle in Somalia. Much to my chagrin, I have to admit that the Marines freakin' rock. So like they say on the Sniper Teams, "Go ahead and run, you'll only die tired." Sweet.