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Sunday, September 12, 2004
New trend in roadside
This particular bomb was a 152 mm artillery round encased in plaster to blend in with the surrounding curb.
8 Sept. 1400 hours >> A patrol from one of our sister battalions was ambushed using a roadside bomb. Four soldiers received minor injuries; all were released back to their units.
This is a danger every time we leave the patrol base. The enemy is cunning. He uses trash, tires, concrete, animal carcasses and anything else around to camouflage these bombs. I just wish people who see this type of device planted would call the police immediately.
8 Sept. 1700 hours >> Another possible roadside bomb was found. The commander went with a squad to investigate along with police and a disposal unit.
Another artillery round encased in concrete. Looks like we have a new trend to deal with until we can bust this guy.
We ended our week with another full trip around our company area of operation. We were able to get out and talk with the people and let them know that we reward information leading to the arrest of persons committing crimes against coalition and police forces.
The new tent city has emptied out a little over the last two weeks. The population out there has diminished by about 40 percent.
On our last trip through the village we asked where everyone had gone. One man said, "We are poor, and we have nothing. Some people have gone back north to be with relatives because there are no jobs here."
One small boy told me, "A rocket landed in the camp so everyone left."
I walked over to the area where he said the rocket had landed. There was a small hole in the ground. He said that it didn't explode; it just stuck there, so they called the police and they took it.
After doing an analysis of the trajectory and direction, we concluded that it was probably aimed at the airbase and fell a few hundred meters short. The camp is located in the flight path of rocket attacks.
Remember America, this week marks the third anniversary of the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
We lost a lot of good people that day, and we have lost a lot since bringing the fight to the enemy.
If you didn't have a moment of silence on the 11th, it's not too late. Say a prayer for all of the people that protect this nation's freedom at home and abroad.
God Bless and Aloha.
This week meet Spc. Omar Jaber, a M-203 grenadier for 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon. He is from Orange County, Calif., and has been in the Army for three years.
Jaber used to work as a security element on all raids and missions with the commander. He is fluent in Arabic, and we used him to guard the women and kids and just listen from the mouths of babes.
Jaber said that he was preparing for a six-month deployment to Afghanistan when he found out it was changed to one year in Iraq. He said, "I was still ready to go, it was just kind of a shock. I started wondering what kind of people we would meet and how they would react to us."
He continued by saying, "I didn't like living in the tents when we first got here, but the houses at the patrol base are OK."
I asked Jaber what has been the most stressful thing he has to deal with here in Iraq. He said, "Time. It has to be the time away from family and friends. It's also stressful when we hear the rockets flying over and striking the airbase. It really bothers me when these guys get away."
I asked Jaber what the most enjoyable thing he's done in Iraq. He said, "Being around the people in my squad. I like the neighbors and the kids, too. When the people praise us for improving their lives, it feels good inside."
He finished his interview by saying hi to all his family back in Orange County and his Uncle Ben in Arcadia. "See you soon, I hope."
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