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Iraq: IED Attack (IX) Against U.S. Stryker Vehicle - January 2007

 

Background

 

“[…] Pentagon planners this week warned President George W. Bush that his ‘troop surge’ plan could double U.S. casualties in Iraq in the coming year and result in 10,000 or more American deaths by the end of 2008. In a classified assessment memo, military experts predicted violence against U.S. troops will increase ‘at a sustained pace’ and concluded that increasing the use of soldiers for house to house searches in Baghdad will ‘dramatically alter’ the ‘ratio of casualties to actions’ in that civil-war torn city, says a military source familiar with the memo. The Pentagon report admitted battle weary soldiers are more prone to mistakes that lead to casualties and noted that military personnel sent to Iraq for third and possibly fourth tours increase the odds that those soldiers will become casualties of war. […]”

 

Excerpt of a Capitol Hill Blue article from January 12th, 2007.

IED attack against Stryker

 

The Video

 

 

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Scenes from Iraq in January of 2007

Baghdad

Ramadi

Sadr City, Baghdad

Video & Photo Credits

 

The Video

 

1) The video features an IED attack against an U.S. Stryker vehicle in Iraq. The video has been published by the insurgent group “Islamic Army in Iraq” in January 2007. An exact date and location was not given.

 

Iraq in January 2007

 

1) A US military Apache helicopter flies above smoke rising from Baghdad's notorious Haifa Street area. - January 9th, 2007 - Ali Yussef/Agence France Press;

2) Residents gather outside a damaged building after clashes between U.S. forces and insurgents in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad. Coalition Forces' press office said seven separate exchanges of gunfire took place in Ramadi. - January 20th, 2007 - Stringer/Reuters;

3) An Iraqi child holds a framed photo of Muqtada al-Sadr, Imam Ali and Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr during Friday prayers in the Shiite enclave of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq Friday. U.S. and Iraqi forces arrested one of Muqtada al-Sadr's top aides Friday in Baghdad, his office said, as pressure increases on the radical Shiite cleric's militia ahead of a planned security sweep aimed at stemming the sectarian violence ransacking the capital. - January 19th, 2007 - Adil al-Khazali/Associated Press;

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