Mar 31 2007
I am proud of America’s cowboy spirit and its rough and tumble image. And it is a well deserved reputation which is based on reality. Because Americans will fight, which is why when Iran tried to set up a kidnapping ambush along the Iraqi border last September (boy, would that have played havoc with the elections) the result was very different from that seen by the UK Sailors and Marines now being manipulated and used as propaganda puppets. Here is the account of that inciident and how US troops avoided capture – by fighting back. Note the bait and switch beginning which clearly indicates intent on the part of the Iranians to kidnap US soldiers:
U.S. soldiers from the 5th Squadron 73rd Cavalry 82nd Airborne were accompanying Iraqi forces on a routine joint patrol along the border with Iran, about 75 miles east of Baghdad, when they spotted two Iranian soldiers retreating from Iraqi territory back into Iran. A moment later, U.S. and Iraqi forces came upon a third Iranian soldier on the Iraqi side of the border, who stood his ground. As U.S. and Iraqi soldiers approached the Iranian officer and began speaking with him, a platoon of Iranian soldiers appeared and moved to surround the coalition patrol, taking up positions on high ground. At that point, according to the Army’s statement, the Iranian captain told the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers that if they tried to leave they would be fired on. Fearing abduction by the Iranians, U.S. troops moved to go anyway, and fighting broke out. Army officials say the Iranian troops fired first with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and that U.S. troops fell further back into Iraqi territory, while four Iraqi army soldiers, one interpreter and one Iraqi border guard remained in the hands of the Iranians.
It would seem the patrol was either led to the ambush or the Iranians knew the patrol route. One Iranian at least died when he aimed an RPG at the US Humvees. The difference in the tale is our soldiers are not now being forced, under threat of violence, to stage propaganda pieces for Tehran TV.