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Michael Yon…Drilling For Justice

Drilling for Justice

Drilling for Justice

Army officers have been pleased with Michael Gordon’s portrayal of the events in Baqubah.


On 19 June American forces sealed off Baqubah and began attacking targets within the city. The immediate goal of Arrowhead Ripper was to free Baqubah of al Qaeda, by trapping and killing its members, but according to American officers here, public remarks by senior military officials may have flushed many AQI leaders before the attack. Despite this frustrating and significant setback, progress toward the end-state goal of Arrowhead Ripper—turning over Baqubah to Iraqi government control—appears to be working, at least in terms of the removal of the current AQI leadership and its quasi-government. There are conflicting signals about how many of the AQI leadership escaped before Arrowhead Ripper launched. This weekend’s capture of a possible high-value target in Baqubah indicates that not all AQI leaders successfully fled the city before the attack.


Media reports indicating that many top leaders escaped before Arrowhead Ripper began appear to be mostly true. But other information suggests some AQI leaders are trapped just down the road from where I write. In addition to the seven men who were caught trying to escape while dressed as women, there is information that some AQI leaders remain trapped in a constricting cordon.

Senior Officer in the Iraqi 5th Division during meeting in Baqubah. The Iraqi Army in Baqubah is far more capable than the police.


For security reasons, the Iraqi Army (IA) was not included in the initial planning of Arrowhead Ripper, yet with each succeeding day the IA has taken a larger role in the unfolding attack. The Fifth Iraqi Army Division is considered an increasingly competent group of fighters, and from the limited scope of 5th IA that I personally witnessed, that judgment seems correct. The 5th is committed to battle. Whereas the Iraqi Army is coming into the fight, and playing increasingly critical roles, the local police force is less impressive.


June 25, 2007 - Posted by | Arrowhead Ripper, Yon


  1. I have been saying this for years, but we are screwing ourselves in Asia, again.

    Check out Col. North’s comments in this. Then tell the libs to bugger off when they draw parallels between Viet Nam and now – it’s wholly manufactured, by them. And if they keep it up, it will come to pass.

    Comment by libertycard | June 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. The libs are friends and allies to our enemies. Especially Kennedy as he tried so hard to defeat Reagan’s push to defeat the USSR without firing a shot.

    Comment by snooper | June 25, 2007 | Reply

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  4. Te soldiers in wjose unit the reporters are embedded shoudl always be given the right of veto. 100% veto power for every reporter.

    Comment by garfish | June 26, 2007 | Reply

  5. Exactly so. Michael Yon ALWAYS runs his reports through the chain of command. I hope the current NYSlimes man does the same.

    Comment by snooper | June 26, 2007 | Reply

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