Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, May 06, 2005

The Raid on the al Qaim Poultry Farm

How much do you want to bet that this escapade between 2 and 3 May was a FUBAR operation?

Twelve suspected rebels were killed and 8 wounded, including a 9 year-old girl and six US troops, in clashes near the Syrian border. US troops followed a suspect truck [What's a suspect truck--one with plates in Arabic?] to a small encampment outside al-Qaim where suspect bundles were loaded. [Suspect bundles--didn't anyone bother to find out? I mean, alot of things are transported in bundles: dates, poultry, dirty laundry, camel dung, cellphones, cats...] Also, US aircraft launched a raid on a tent and a storage shed, killing three suspected rebels. Two Marine F-18 Hornet aircraft went down, but CENTCOM refused to say where.

Doesn't this just stink? Doesn't this just ooze the stench of FUBAR from the A to the Z? I wouldn't even rule out a friendly fire episode--that the Marines on the ground were wounded by their own aircraft and maybe even had to shoot down their own F18s to avoid massacre? Doesn't suggest that a) the place was a chicken ranch or b)a warehouse for smuggled electronics but definitely not a rebel encampment? And that the target, the stakeout, and the action was wrong wrong wrong?


Blogger Traveller said...

Now and again I wonder (well, daily, in line with ongoing instances of FUBAR) whether there's a website which simply lists FUBAR's. There should be.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Gaianne said...

Two Marine F-18 Hornet aircraft went down

Just stunning for a raid on a date farm!

Or whatever it was.

Col. Hackworth was right when he called Iraq our Syracuse. It won't be as fast but it is shaping up to be as total!

6:12 AM  

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