Troops begin combat operations in New Orleans

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    HURRAY FOR OUR TROOPS!!

    NEW ORLEANS — Combat operations are underway on the streets “to take this city back” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
    “This place is going to look like Little Somalia,” Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission from a staging area outside the Louisiana Superdome. “We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control.”

    Jones said the military first needs to establish security throughout the city. Military and police officials have said there are several large areas of the city are in a full state of anarchy.

    Dozens of military trucks and up-armored Humvees left the staging area just after 11 a.m. Friday, while hundreds more troops arrived at the same staging area in the city via Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters.

    “We’re here to do whatever they need us to do,” Sgt. 1st Class Ron Dixon, of the Oklahoma National Guard’s 1345th Transportation Company. “We packed to stay as long as it takes.”

    While some fight the insurgency in the city, other carry on with rescue and evacuation operations. Helicopters are still pulling hundreds of stranded people from rooftops of flooded homes.

    Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and police helicopters filled the city sky Friday morning. Most had armed soldiers manning the doors. According to Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Grishamn, a spokesman for the amphibious assault ship Bataan, the vessel kept its helicopters at sea Thursday night after several military helicopters reported being shot at from the ground.

    Numerous soldiers also told Army Times that they have been shot at by armed civilians in New Orleans. Spokesmen for the Joint Task Force Headquarters at the Superdome were unaware of any servicemen being wounded in the streets, although one soldier is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained during a struggle with a civilian in the dome Wednesday night.

    “I never thought that at a National Guardsman I would be shot at by other Americans,” said Spc. Philip Baccus of the 527th Engineer Battalion. “And I never thought I’d have to carry a rifle when on a hurricane relief mission. This is a disgrace.”

    Spc. Cliff Ferguson of the 527th Engineer Battalion pointed out that he knows there are plenty of decent people in New Orleans, but he said it is hard to stay motivated considering the circumstances.

    “This is making a lot of us think about not reenlisting.” Ferguson said. “You have to think about whether it is worth risking your neck for someone who will turn around and shoot at you. We didn’t come here to fight a war. We came here to help.”


    http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1077495.php
     
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    I hope this is not a mini Somalia. We saw President Clinton screwed up that military effort.

    But you know the soldiers are right. They have to go in there and attack Americans now. This is disgraceful. I never thought we would see the day. Well...I have thought that we might see Americans fighting Americans in civil war, But I never really believed in my heart that it would happen. I was always hoping it wouldnt. This might not be huge, but in reality it is a civil war. How utterly disgusting.
     
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    "little Somalia"?

    Does this mean we'll be there a week or two, have some of our guys get killed, than break away New Orleans from the rest of the country and have them be independent?
     
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    That brought a smile, thanks I needed it. I think the 'shoot to kill' should have been implemented 2 days ago, but better late than never, if there are still predators preying on anyone.
     
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    I agree. Perhaps even sooner? There are unconfirmed reports that some of the city's most organized gangs (3rd Ward Vicelords, Chopper City Crips) told police there were roving bands of armed drug addicts shooting people on the street, raiding drug houses, raping people and generally all around going nuts.

    Lil Chechyna.

    I just wish the troops godspeed and God's protection, because they're dealing with some truly sadistic, crazy monsters out there treating their part of New Orleans like their own fiefdom.
     
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    Agreed, barbarians at the gate. However barbarians used to some levels of comforts and 'appropriate force' police. They are not used to being 'hunted' and my guess is a few examples and they will decide to stop. Not to mention, what they could get has probably been gotten.
     
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    Crack/drug fiends ain't too bright.

    But yea, I almost feel sorry for them. A lot of these troops are from Iraq/Afghanistan and they will not hesitate to put a bullet in a sucker's head if he wants to act a fool and threaten somebody's life.
     
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    Not to mention paranoid. I've never seen people so paranoid in my life. They'll hole themselves up in a few spots and not move. They really are too stupid to live.
     
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    Last I heard, they're sending the USS Iwo Jima to NO. That means a thousand combat Marines who probably just got screwed on an already heightened deployment tempo, and most have more than likely been in Iraq.

    I hope they clean house. Everything that nornally hides these inner-city predators/parasites has been stripped away. There's nothing to hide their game now.

    Go ahead ..... shoot at some pissed off jarheads.
     
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    heard a story from a senior chief who called the ship yesterday to check in (he's been on leave in biloxi, where his wife is a civilian facilitator/instructor at Keesler's navy/air force weather guesser school).

    he joined in the relief efforts along with a recently seperated army medic. after two days in biloxi, they decided, screw it, let's hit the big time and go to NO.... hitched a ride with an MSNBC helicopter in Baton Rouge and ended up at a big hotel in new orleans that wasn't too flooded out but was near a relief operations center.
    lo and behold, saturday morning the army medic meets his old first sgt., who is now in the LO national guard (high year tenure maybe, what do they have in the army? who knows)

    the first sgt. told him it was a "shame we can't let you tag along"

    medic asked him "why?"

    "well shit, we're gonna make sure ain't no damn crackhead looters left for the jarheads to play with"

    "some kind of competition first sgt?"

    "hell naw, just wanna piss em off even more after having to deploy down here and then having nothing to shoot at"
     

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