Thursday, March 16, 2006

Operation Swarmer 

Operation Swarmer is a huge combined arms assault on insurgent positions northeast of Samarra. I don't have any pithy analysis to offer, but there were a couple of cool pictures on the Yahoo slideshow:

U.S. soldiers and aircraft take their position at Forward Operating Base Remagen airstrip shortly before they launched Operation Swarmer, an assault operation with the combined U.S. and Iraqi forces targeting insurgents near the town of Samarra, about 100 km (60miles) north of Baghdad March 16, 2006. The U.S. military said on Thursday it had launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. A military statement said the operation involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops as well as 200 tactical vehicles targeted suspected insurgents operating near the town of Samarra.

Go get 'em, boys.

UPDATE: If you feel the need to listen to the "Ride of the Valkyre" as you view these pictures, click here. Courtesy commenter Andrewdb.


By Blogger sirius_sir, at Thu Mar 16, 01:33:00 PM:

Go get 'em, boys.

And take no prisoners.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Thu Mar 16, 01:44:00 PM:

Yep. Prisoners are such a hassle.  

By Blogger Andrewdb, at Thu Mar 16, 03:18:00 PM:

Am I the only one hearing Ride of the Valkyries?  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Thu Mar 16, 05:51:00 PM:

No, andrew, I heard them too. Run your cursor over the photographs.  

By Blogger Andrewdb, at Thu Mar 16, 09:52:00 PM:

Great! I missed that.

Let's hope they also have a LTC Kilgore along too.

God Speed to them all.


By Blogger Andrewdb, at Thu Mar 16, 10:04:00 PM:

I am sorry, I can't help myself.

See here:


Who knew Project Gutenberg had mp3 files?

I am traveling, so I don't have the good speakers on this laptop - hopefully this sounds OK.  

By Blogger sirius_sir, at Fri Mar 17, 11:46:00 AM:

And here I always thought that music was called, "Kill The Rabbit".  

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