Under the title "Hot in Haditha,"
Army veteran Bill Roggio writes: "on August 2, terrorists conducted the
perfect roadside bombing, and fourteen Marines were killed when their amphibious
assault vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device." Which is it,
Bill, improvised or perfect?
The next day, six Marine snipers were ambushed. Marines commenting on Roggio's weblog are convinced that it was a set-up by treasonous Marine intel. Here is the full set of comments.
#1 Comment by: Patrick at August 4, 2005 03:12 PM
Bill, I believe they were set up personally. Reports are they returned not 1 bullet in response to incoming fire.
I do not believe this
their insertion was previously known to the terrorists. They were
inserted on rooftops,not mountains or hills as the jihadists stated. Don't ask
me how I know this,I do know it for a fact. Not 1 shot fired,they were set up.
Either by a fellow Marine or by IA traitors. It may have been IA who murdered
#2 Comment below posted by: Patrick at August 4, 2005 03:14 PM
Further,the terrorists DID take all Marine weapons and dog tags. This included an array of weapons.
#3 Comment below posted by: Gabriel Chapman at August 4, 2005 06:15 PM
Something doesn't pass the smell test here. What were two STA teams doing in such close proximity? The video is misleading as in it purports to show men sneaking up a hill to ambush the team. But I don't know a Scout Sniper on earth who would expose themselves in such a way on a ridgeline. It was indeed two STA teams that got hit, you can see the 2 M40 rifles, spotting scope etc in the gear laid out. Now it is plausible that they were caught enroute, in say a vehicle or returning from an op, but I really doubt they were caught in the field. And I've never heard of two teams operating so close together as to be all caught at once.
#4 Comment below posted by: Jeremiah at August 5, 2005 02:33 PM
Hi there, you may be interested in an article on my blog about the evolving IED battlefield. IED lethality and delivery efficiency have both been escalating in the last two months. organicwarfare.blogspot.com
#5 Comment below posted by: Brian K. Sain at August 5, 2005 08:58 PM
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#6 Comment below posted by: Chris at August 6, 2005 02:25 AM
I think this is an unbelievable one.
#7 Comment below posted by: Albert at August 8, 2005 01:07 AM
Yes, We must honor these fallen Marines and all those who have sacrificed in Iraq. well said :)
#8 Comment below posted by: Albert at August 8, 2005 04:58 AM
#9 Comment below posted by: STA Team at August 8, 2005 09:51 AM
I personally know one of these guys, and there is no way in hell that they just got shot at and did nothing. These guys were set up by intel. Someone gave up their pos. At least one sniper in these teams was squared away and I expect that they all were. It doesn't matter much when the enemy has intel as to where you'll be. We should be investigating how these cowards knew where our teams were operating.
Insiders were behind it
Reports surfacing about the death of 20 Brook Park Marine reservists indicate that the Marines may have been betrayed.
The truth can be found in a classified report containing a completed investigation of the fatal events last August, reported NewsChannel5's Adam Shapiro.
Shapiro spent two weeks conducting numerous conversations with families of the Marines who were killed, as well as ranking officers from the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines.
The families of those who died are being told that on Aug. 1, six Marine snipers from the 3/25 were killed, and it appears they were set up and ambushed.
Two days later, 14 Marines from the 3/25 were sent to arrest the insurgents who killed the snipers, but their vehicle was blown up, killing all of them.
It now appears that they also may have been set up.
Statements from the Marines indicate as much, and a father of one of the slain Marines says that's the story he's being told by Marines who were there.
Paul Schroeder will never forget that awful first week in August when his 23-year-old son, Lance Cpl. Augie Schroeder, died.
Paul Schroeder said his son's fellow 3/25 Marines told him something that the military never told him, how Augie was killed Aug. 3 while trying to capture the Iraqi insurgents who had killed the snipers.
"They were set up. Someone knew where they would be, how they would be, and they went after them," said Paul Schroeder.
The six Marine snipers were killed in a firefight just outside of Hadithah.
The Marines said they were on an intelligence-gathering mission, but family of the fallen and Schroeder say insurgents may have infiltrated Iraqi security and betrayed the Marines.
"What we have heard from Marines is that the six snipers who were killed on Aug. 1 were set up," said Schroeder.
NewsChannel5 spoke with Maj. Shenandoah Sanchez, who investigated the events.
"All details pertaining to the incident are still classified," he said.
But Lt. Col. Mike Brown, also with the 3/25, said the investigation, "was about how the people responsible were ultimately found."
Brown declined to say who they were and if they were captured.
But Schroeder said it was the mission of his son and 13 other Marines to capture the insurgents who killed the snipers.
The amphibious assault vehicle carrying Augie Schroeder was blown up and all 14 Marines on board were killed.
Paul Schroeder said his son and the others were also betrayed by Iraqi forces who were supposed to be working with the Marines.
"The two incidents of Aug. 1 and Aug. 3 are tied together, all in an effort to get insurgents who were either part of the Iraqi security forces or who were told by Iraqi security forces where they had their opportunities," said Schroeder.
The Marines will not discuss any of this, but Brown told NewsChannel5, "The fact these men were compromised is a part of the investigation."
Schroeder said, "The Marines I have talked to, which are many, believe the story of what really goes on in Iraq needs to be told in its entirety."
The Marines at the 3/25 have requested that the investigation report be declassified and released.
This could take weeks or possible several months. When it happens, the families of the fallen Marines will be the first to learn what it says, and then the report will be released to the public.