Marines receive fire from a Hospital (Geneva convention anyone?)
Marines from 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, received small-arms fire from the Al Janabi Health Clinic in eastern Fallujah while conducting a vehicle patrol Monday night.Iraqis assume command of IA 8th Army:
Following the engagement, the Marines entered the hospital and an adjacent building to ensure the insurgents had fled and were no longer posing a threat to Coalition Forces, Fallujah citizens, and the patients within the clinic.
The Iraqi Ground Forces Command assumed command and control here today of one of its Iraqi Army divisions from the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, marking the first step toward Iraqi sovereignty over their own armed forces.Iraqi army recruits 293 Iraqis in Habbaniyah and Fallujah:
The 8th Iraqi Army Division, commanded by Maj. Gen Othman Ali Salih Farhood, which had reported to Multi-National Division-Baghdad as a subordinate unit, will now report directly to the IGFC as an adjacent unit to MND-B. It was the first Iraqi Army division to take the lead in its sector on January 27, 2006.
Soldiers from the 1st Iraqi Army Division enlisted 293 Iraqi males from greater Fallujah and Habbaniyah as part of an al Anbar Province-wide recruiting drive Tuesday and Wednesday.This is one of those "trouble areas" the news keeps talking about. Increases in recruiting in these areas is one sign of a strengthening national government. The more boys join up to the "good" side, the less likely a civil war is.“They looked enthusiastic about doing this, and that’s a good sign,” said Maj. William Gerst, a Regimental Combat Team 5 assistant operations officer who assisted the Iraqis in the coordination of the campaign. “It’s a sign that they notice we’re here to help them and they are taking control of their own destiny.”“I want to serve our country and defend Iraq,” said one recruit through an interpreter.“Patriotism… I want to defend my country,” said another.
IA Combat Engineers Prove Prowess:
Engineer oldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division proved their prowess on the latest methods of route clearance, patrolling and improvised-explosive device detection Friday during “Capstone” training conducted here by Soldiers from Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s 5th Engineer Battalion, 16th Engineer Brigade.The more news like this you don't see on the news, the further away Iraq is from civil war. In spite of all the dire predictions coming out of Feingold, Murtha et al, there are things going right there in a big way.The ability of Iraqi army (IA) engineers to fight terrorism and keep the roads safe for local residents is important for the future of the Iraq, said Sgt. 1st Class Richard Seville, assistant operations sergeant and combat engineer, 5th Eng. Bn., 16th Eng. Bde.“They’re the future for their country. The more (IEDs) they find, the more it validates our training,” said Seville. “The lane training is important to tie everything in. It’s better for them to learn from their mistakes here, take the learning to heart and improve. They’re hard workers and they want to make a difference. I get on them just like my own troops. They’re learning and that’s the main thing.”