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.

1st Cav Daily Charge, Apr. 30, Page3


15 Responses to “Cav Soldiers Circumvent Insurgent Attack On School”

  1. CommanderMom on April 30th, 2007 7:38 pm

    Thank God, our troops found those explosives. Thanks for sharing, yet another good story, that many won’t hear about.

  2. Terri on April 30th, 2007 7:57 pm

    I agree CommanderMom. You know these types of stories just validate what we’ve been saying all along. It just emphasizes the fact that these monsters could care less about the innocent people and that it has nothing to do with our troops, but instead is an excuse for them to spread their brand of hatred.

  3. VTSharon on May 1st, 2007 9:24 am

    Either these “monsters” have been at it for thousands of years, or we created them by invading Iraq. Which is it?

    BTW, Happy “Mission Accomplished” Day!

  4. Terri on May 1st, 2007 9:27 am

    Which is it? They HAVE been at it for thousands of years Richard, whether you wish to admit it or not. Hurry on now and go back to playing with your friends at OneUtah and Waves of Queer.

  5. VTSharon on May 1st, 2007 9:49 am

    If they have been at it for thousands of years, then why are we all so shocked and appalled that they are at it now? They don’t “fight” like we do because they don’t have the means to fight like we do. We knew that going in to this conflict, and now it’s come back to bite us hard! Oh, that’s right, I forgot, we were going to be greeted as liberators with roses thrown at our soldiers’ feet. Some roses!

  6. CommanderMom on May 1st, 2007 9:56 am

    Terri, I agree.

    Vt~seriously, are we going back to beat that dead horse. Why don’t we just agree to disagree.
    Happy “Many Missions Accomplished Day”, to you too!
    And happy Military Appreciation Month, as well.
    Might be a nice time for you to thank a vet. Thanks.

  7. VTSharon on May 1st, 2007 10:02 am

    Let’s hope that fewer soldiers are harmed during Appreciation Month than were harmed during the month of April which, as you know, presented us with a near record level of soldiers KIA; notwithstanding, of course, success of the troop surge!

  8. Anthony on May 1st, 2007 10:09 am


    You and your kind pay so much attention to the number of Soldiers killed in Iraq. This appears to be how you base success? So in your “success model” where are the number of terrorists killed or captured?

    Or is your “success model” skewed like the polls you talked about the other day?

  9. Terri on May 1st, 2007 10:22 am

    Most likely Anthony. The Sharon’s of the world conveniently forget the hundreds of insurgents that have been captured and/or killed just within the last few days alone.

  10. CommanderMom on May 1st, 2007 11:05 am

    Yes, absolutely, “Let’s hope that fewer soldiers are harmed.”
    Let’s hope that we can listen, support and put faith in those that are really IN THE KNOW.
    Let’s hope for a successful resolution.
    Let’s hope for a world without terror.
    Let’s hope for Peace around the World.
    Let’s hope for our soldiers to return home, when their mission is accomplished to what we should be: The UNITED States of America.
    Yes, VT, we all hope for alot of things.

  11. ChrisG on May 1st, 2007 11:10 am

    Oddly, or not, the only one who is happy with US soldiers dieing is VT, the left wing, and the terrorists themselves…

    VT, you also seem to be under some false impression that we soldiers give a rat’s rear about what the “anti-war” left (who ACTIVLY SUPPORTS the terrorists) think.

    I JUST got back home and am disgusted that too many Americans like VT believe WE are the problem. I am even more disgusted by the antics and treason of the “anti-war” groups who brag about sending money to the terrorists and hold their signs up. These signs at once call anyone who is for defending ourselves “NAZIs” and then call for the genocide of the Jewish people!!!! I simply cannot explain that level of insanity!!

    In addition, too many still believe CNN, who had an office 2 blocks from me, and their willingness to tell lies on TV. I mean I SAW the events occuring and then would walk into the DFAC and watch CNN say something totally FALSE!!! Too many are so entreched in their BDS hatred that they could care less that the Islamofascists will gladly kill their leftist “allies” first if given the chance.

    Now that my blood is boiling and lunch is over, I will get back to wrok making sure good people in America and even ‘useful idiots’ like VT do not have to find out what life (and death) would be like is we lose the War on Terror.

  12. CommanderMom on May 1st, 2007 11:29 am

    Exactly ChrisG~and I’ll say it again, here. WELCOME HOME!!!! And Thank you, can’t even begin to say…..:)!
    And hey go take some, more than well deserved, time off from work soon! :)Enjoy!

  13. ChrisG on May 1st, 2007 12:01 pm

    This is an except from a letter I sent to my family and friends before leaving Iraq a few weeks ago:

    What I have learned and seen while being here increased my support for our efforts from 150% to 1000%. There are things I would have done much differently than the generals and politicians, but no one invited me to the staff meetings. Every one has there opinions and I am sure, just like the ‘talking heads’, they think their plan is the best. ‘Nuff said.

    We Are VERY upset at Congress and I still cannot verbally get the word “Democrat” out without letting a few choice epitaphs and charges of heinous crimes out. Right after the House vote, we got hit several times. I am keeping a few pieces of the shrapnel as reminders. Luckily I did not have to keep them “close to my heart”… Thanks Nancy Pelosi. Thanks for NOTHING!!! Now go to Iran and make sure you cast your eyes down while wearing an “abaya” like a good “dhimmi”. Just don’t come back to the USA.

    I have met several hundred Iraqis during my short time here. I have talked with everyone from janitors to high government and military officials. I have seen their culture first hand. I have seen how they feel about the terrorists and those who support them. Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, and the pro-jihad Muslims living in luxury in the West are NOT welcome in Iraq. Not now, and probably not ever.

    I have lost friends here during my stay. I have cried for them as much as I have ever been capable of crying for anyone. I have seen the wounded. I have aided in killing their attackers as part of an impromptu anti-sniper team (hint, lighting up a cigarette at night will get you killed). I have had mortars dropped on my head. One landed 100m from me and the other exploded over my head. I felt the familiar twist of true fear several times, but came out without a scratch due to luck and the professionalism of my fellow Soldiers. I have seen grown men break down and cry not just for our losses, but for the suffering the terrorists bring to the Iraqi civilians and their children. Emotions lost on our barbaric enemies.

    I have also seen the successes. I have seen the smiling faces of children playing safely. I have seen good people fighting off the terrorists and islamofascists. I have taken information volunteered to me from our Iraqi workers and given it to those who can help. The Iraqis are turning in the terrorists daily. If they do not turn them in, many shoot them themselves. This the media often refers to as “sectarian violence”.

    I have been, and am still, a part of something good and far greater than myself.

    Soon I will be home and working hard on the other end of my mission. I really wanted to get into the research/design/implementation end of fielding US equipment, but this tour has taught me a lot. It reminded me of lessons from Bosnia, and taught me new lessons in myself and others.

  14. Terri on May 1st, 2007 12:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing Chris.

  15. sue on May 1st, 2007 1:01 pm

    I want to cast my vote for Chris’s essay!!! Thanks Chris, for not only sharing that, but for doing what you do, for making the sacrifices you make and for being the kind of man you are. I am so grateful to have you standing watch for me. Thanks, and again, welcome home.

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