Before now poetry has taken notice
Of wars, and what are wars but politics
Transformed from chronic to acute and bloody?
from "Build Soil"
Robert Frost

Sunday, March 18, 2007

VBIED Update

The suicide VBIED I wrote about was an attempt at a chlorine bomb attack. It was the first of three chlorine bombings in Anbar province that day, all of which were SVBIEDs. See why we call it VBIED Friday?

Another detonated in Amiriya, south of Falluja, killing two Iraqi Police and sickening approximately one hundred residents. Amiriyah is the town in which local insurgent groups banded together with Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army to fight Al-Qaeda In Iraq militants.

All told, the three blasts killed 2, and injured over 350 people. Interestingly enough, the Guardian Observer makes it sound as though the death toll was far worse.
The attacks killed at least two policemen and 350 civilians - including dozens of children - and six US soldiers were taken to hospital.
Poor structure and punctuation make it sound as though the civilians were killed- a rather misleading sentence, in my eyes.


  1. We get a LOT of misleading info from the media. Thanks for giving us the straight poop.

    Keep your head down, watch your six, come home safe.

  2. Anonymous18/3/07 07:59

    From what I've been reading, the use of the chlorine weapons are al-Qaedas last ditch effort to terrorize the residents into submission, in areas where they once had support. A.Q.s kill 'em all, let Allah sort 'em out tactics are begining to backfire on them. Ironic that with each homicide attack, they shoot themselves in the foot, so to speak. Saddening that so many good people have paid such a high price. The clerics that drive these forces need to start disappearing.

  3. Good Sunday morning TD.
    Thank you for clarifying that.
    Be safe --

  4. Anonymous18/3/07 10:20

    Thanks for the real report. Media got it wrong. What a surprise. I am new to your site. Take care, and I hope you can feel the love many of us are throwing at you guys! Thank you for all you do.

  5. Anonymous19/3/07 23:57

    And they're supposed to be the best at the Queen's English, or they'd be the first to claim. That's an Eats, Shoots and Leaves travesty. And My Soldier caught it. Good going.

    I don't know if you've been told, but the Gathering of Eagles was a HUGE success.

    We support you AND your mission! I always have My Soldier. It was a salve to my soul too to see all those beautiful vets holding all those beautiful flags.

  6. Anonymous20/3/07 18:17

    That's a new kind of spin for a major news outlet: bad grammar.

    I find these chlorine detonations interesting. In some ways, they seem to represent a terrorist failure, since they have a low death rate, as compared to a bomb, and the injured recover well. However, "gas" has such a fearsome resonance in the popular imagination, that I wonder if this functions more as a cheap and easy form of pure psychological warfare.