Cav Soldiers Circumvent Insurgent Attack On School
April 30, 2007
One thing that is commonplace in the news, is stories about the insurgents attacking innocent civilians in Iraq, as a way to strike fear into the hearts of the citizens. More often than not, the insurgents resort to these cowardly attacks, as a way of making a statement and to frighten the citizens enough for them not to cooperate with authorities who are trying to make their neighborhoods safer. These cowards attack unarmed civilians, many whom are women and children, in places like markets and schools. Saturday, alert Cav troops prevented an incident like that from occurring. Sadly, attacks such as this have become commonplace in Iraq. These incidents not only strike fear in the hearts of the Iraqi citizens, but maim and kill innocent citizens. People can claim that it’s our fault because we have soldiers in Iraq, but is just simply making excuses for the insurgents and their actions and adding more fuel to their twisted agenda. Incidents like this just emphasize how truly evil the al-Qaeda insurgency is and how little they care about the well-being of the most precious commodity the country has…. it’s children.
On Saturday, Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 1st Cav discovered a command wire leading from the outer perimeter of the Huda Girl’s School in Tarmiyah, Iraq. The wire led to one of the rooms inside the school. Inside the room, soldiers discovered five artillery shell explosives. The insurgents planned the attack, to voice their opposition to the construction of the school. Also discovered were two large explosive filled propane tanks that had been buried under the fllor along with numerous projectiles placed underneath electrical conduits located at the front of the classroom.
It’s very apparent that the goal of al-Qaeda operatives in the area, is to halt progress and improvement in the area, that the Coalition forces and the local Tarmiyah government are implementing to improve the lives of the citizens of the area. This particular school that the insurgents had targeted had recently been reconstructed and was scheduled to open in the coming weeks. This is the second time in the past month, that explosives have been found in the school. As soon as the explosives were discovered, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team was dispatched to the scene. The EOD team transported all of the explosive rounds out of the school for safe disposal.
“This is a testimony of how little the al-Qaeda of Iraq truly care about the citizens of Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Scott Efflandt, commander of 2-8th Cavalry.
This last quote from LTC Efflandt says it all to me. Al-Qaeda has made it very obvious that they could care less about the lives of innocent citizens, children or adults.