Saturday, April 9, 2016

OPERATION FATAH--Revised Village Map--AL NASR OFFENSIVE, MAKHMOUR DISTRICT

TO 27TH MARINES CP//COC
FROM  LIBERTY BRIDGE OP
SUBJ THE TIGRIS RIVER EAST BANK

(FB RODES)--  Following mapping updated, current--





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AL NASR OFFENSIVE--Enemy KIA, Al-Mahanna, Al-Haj, Village Map--SUBJ OPERATION FATAH, MOSUL, MAKHMOUR

TO 27TH MARINES CP//COC
FROM LIBERTY BRIDGE OP
SUBJ--THE NINEVAH GOVERNATE MAP

(FB RODES)--Following report filed from Kuwait News Agency, the map of the villages has been found in PDF @ http://www.kurdipedia.org/documents/60662/1.PDF

KUNA--
Military
Intl coalition airstrikes kill 30 IS militants in Mosul LOC22:28 09/0412016 I I Gulf News 19:28 GMT
A- At IBRIL, April 9 (KUNA) — At least 30 militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group were killed in a series of international coalition airstrikes on two IS sites south of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. In a press statement, Nineveh Operations Command stated that two airstrikes on an IS defensive fence in Al-Haj, south of Mosul, killed over 20 militants and pulverized the base. 10 other IS militants were killed when coalition jetfighters pounded another site in Al-Mahanna district, south of Mosul. (end) sbr.ibi




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THE MOSUL FRONT--Disinformation from Boozed-Up Sources--SUBJ GOOGLE NEWS, AL NASR OFFENSIVE--

TO RLT 27//COC/CMD
FROM  THE LEPER COLONY
SUBJ MEDIA IRRESPONSIBILITY

(FB RODES)--Following are examples of unverified reports leaked out from the front that have little or no intel values as to the overall status quo of the front lines--

FREEBEACON.COM--
Last week the Iraqi Army, supported by Kurdish Peshmerga forces, captured four villages, including Al Nasr, but an ISIS counterattack recovered the village and left 20 soldiers dead, Rudaw reported.
Of these casualties, six were Peshmerga soldiers killed by a suicide vehicle that passed through the front line, said Ali Awni, a Kurdish Democratic Party leader in the Shekhan District north of Mosul.
The Shia soldiers reportedly abandoned their posts in the recent combat, according to Awni. “They left behind many guns, ammunition, and equipment for ISIS,” Awni said.

The source, some party leader sixty miles away well above the objective, nowhere near the front lines can only be "according to Awni".

Freebeacon.com does not have any registrant information attached to its website other than GoDaddy; the article is written by Doug Burton and the editor is Sonny Bunch, both residing in DC. In other words, their sources are unreliable, unmilitary but the Free Beacon somehow manages to get a listing on Google News.

An article in "thenationalinterest.org" titled "Holding the Iraqi Army's Hand" quotes and analyzes several recent mainstream type reports, Reuters, AP, etc., but adds little to the actual front line status.

Possibly the greatest heap of misinformed dung comes via  the Fox News-Breitbart disinformation coalition under the titles of "Stalled Again--Iraqis Ran Away"...There is no video of the 15th Division screaming for their Mommas as they drop their rifles in terror and run from the enemy. Everybody in the Army owns a cellphone with a camera, journalists are crawling all over each other from Firebase Bell to Liberty Bridge, yet not one video has surfaced of the Army in cowardly retreat.
Breatbart quotes Fox as saying a "Iraq-based Western security and defense specialist" gave them this report. It's utterly false, Fox and Breitbart are liars, out to scoop National Enquirer style headlines at the expense of Iraqi soldiers in the field.




Bona-fide military assessments are ignored on Google News which allows these charlatans to quote any boozed-up behind the lines nobody sloshing an icy martini back at the watering hole at the International Hotel  in Baghdad to be experts on the status quo of the front. It remains to be seen, through realtime reports and current videos just where the push stands and who is actually running from the fight.


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SUBTERRANEAN MOSUL--300 Concrete Workers Disappear, B52s Appear--OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE-FATAH

TO: RLT 27//CMD//FWD
FROM LZ410//DELTA-NOVEMBER
SUBJ WHERE ON EARTH ARE THE AL BADIA BUNKER BUILDERS

(FB RODES, MAKHMOUR)--Whether or not there is a connection to the abduction of  two full companies of bunker-building specialists from the Al Badia plant in Syria a few days back and the arrival of the long-range Stratofortress squadron in the theater of operations, the coincidence is worth noting.
If there is a connection, then where is it? Which happened first?

SCENARIO ALPHA: The enemy received information that the coalition was about to bring in long-range heavy bombardment aircraft  to replace lighter aircraft that had only produced limited results. The conclusion was to build strong bomb resistant bunkers and for that, as many concrete workers as possible need to be rounded up and pressed into bunker duty; whether in Mosul, or Raqqa.

SCENARIO BRAVO: The coalition, on learning of the abduction of the concrete workers, realized through available intel channels that the enemy would be building stronger bunkers resistant to light air missions and was given the go-ahead to bring in the heavy aircraft.



The first case indicates what the Kurds have been reporting, that someone is ratting to the enemy, but it appears to be at a higher level than what was suspected.

Following the successful bombing of the HQ in Mosul last week, the enemy now has to accept the inevitable; if it wants to hold on to the city, it will have to dig in and create some paramount defenses, including an underground network of concrete structures resistant to even the heaviest of air raids.

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Adding to the disinformation surrounding the abduction, there are reports that some of the workers have been executed, which makes no sense at all:

KASHMIR MONITOR--Damascus:  The Islamic State group has executed 175 of the 344 cement factory workers kidnapped.
The group was accused of kidnapping more than 300 employees of a cement factory in Syria, in the latest mass abduction by the jihadists.
IS attacked the town of Dmeir, east of Damascus, after suffering a series of territorial losses at the hands of regime troops in recent weeks, including in the ancient city of Palmyra.
The Reuters news agency quoted Syrian military sources reporting the killings on Friday, days after officials reported the factory workers missing from the Al Badia Cement Company.
But the agency later said the source had been "misattributed" and warned that the report was unconfirmed.




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HIGH ROAD TO MOSUL--Operation Arc Light--B-52, OP FATAH, MAKHMOUR, AL NASR

TO //27TH MARINES RLT//HQ//COC
FROM TAC NET//AIR OFFICER
SUBJ HIGH ALTITUDE BOMBING

(FB RODES)--  Heavy bombers dispatched to Al Udeid AB, Qatar which places the at a distance of about 900 miles from objective:


Some reports indicate the aircraft  in from US, other from Saudi Arabia.


EIGHTH AF DISPATCH:
B-52s from Barksdale arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar today in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Here's Eighth Air Force commander Maj Gen Richard Clark on why having the BUFF's long-range strike capability in U.S. Central Command's theater is a big deal:
"With the introduction of the B-52, we are bringing another asset to the fight which offers the capacity, accuracy and endurance to continue sustaining that requirement. Like the maintainers and aircrew before them, I'm confident the warriors from the 2nd Bomb Wing will prove indispensable in the fight against Da'esh."

AF WEBSITE--This deployment is the first basing of the B-52s in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in 26 years. The B-52s were based in Saudi Arabia supporting Operation Desert Storm. The B-52s were last flown operationally during Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2006, and during Exercise Eager Lion, a USCENTCOM-led multilateral exercise in Jordan, in May 2015.

The coalition conducted more than 33,000 airpower missions in support of OIR. Since the beginning of the operation, the coalition struck about 459 vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, 776 mortar systems, 1,933 logistics buildings housing these weapons, 662 weapons caches, and 1,341 staging areas.

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