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Hats Off to Marine Sniper in Iraq

 
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All I can say is Damn Good Job Marine...

AR RAMADI, Iraq (Jan. 02, 2005) -- Seen through a twenty-power spot scope, terrorists scrambled to deliver another mortar round into the tube. Across the Euphrates River from a concealed rooftop, the Marine sniper breathed gently and then squeezed a few pounds of pressure to the delicate trigger of the M40A3 sniper rifle in his grasp.

The rifle´s crack froze the booming Fallujah battle like a photograph. As he moved the bolt back to load another round of 7.62mm ammunition, the sniper´s spotter confirmed the terrorist went down from the shot mere seconds before the next crack of the rifle dropped another.

It wasn´t the sniper´s first kill in Iraq, but it was one for the history books.

On Nov. 11, 2004, while coalition forces fought to wrest control of Fallujah from a terrorist insurgency, Marine scout snipers with Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, applied their basic infantry skills and took them to a higher level.

"From the information we have, our chief scout sniper has the longest confirmed kill in Iraq so far," said Capt. Shayne McGinty, weapons platoon commander for "Bravo" Co. "In Fallujah there were some bad guys firing mortars at us and he took them out from more than 1,000 yards."

During the battle for the war-torn city, 1/23 Marine scout snipers demonstrated with patience, fearless initiative and wits that well-trained Marines could be some of the deadliest weapons in the world.

"You really don´t have a threat here until it presents itself," said Sgt. Herbert B. Hancock, chief scout sniper, 1/23, and a 35-year-old police officer from Bryan, Texas, whose specialized training and skill helped save the lives of his fellow Marines during the battle. "In Fallujah we really didn´t have that problem because it seemed like everybody was shooting at us. If they fired at us we just dropped them."

Stepping off on day one of the offensive from the northern edge of the Fallujah peninsula, the Marine reservists of 1/23, with their scout snipers, moved to secure a little island, but intense enemy fire near the bridgeheads limited their advance. Insurgents littered the city, filtering in behind their positions with indirect mortar and sniper fire.

"The insurgents started figuring out what was going on and started hitting us from behind, hitting our supply lines," said Hancock in his syrupy Texas drawl. "Originally we set up near a bridge and the next day we got a call on our radio that our company command post was receiving sniper fire. We worked our way back down the peninsula trying to find the sniper, but on the way down we encountered machinegun fire and what sounded like grenade launchers or mortars from across the river."

With a fire team of grunts pinned down nearby, Hancock and his spotter, Cpl. Geoffrey L. Flowers, a May 2004 graduate of Scout Sniper School, helped them out by locating the source of the enemy fire.

"After locating the gun position we called in indirect fire to immediate suppress that position and reduced it enough so we could also punch forward and get into a house," explained Hancock. "We got in the house and started to observe the area from which the insurgents were firing at us. They hit us good for about twenty minutes and were really hammering us. Our indirect fire (landed on) them and must have been effective because they didn´t shoot anymore after that."

Continuing south down the peninsula to link up with the Bravo Co. command post, Hancock and Flowers next set up on a big building, taking a couple shots across the river at some suspected enemy spotters in vehicles.

"The insurgents in the vehicles were spotting for the mortar rounds coming from across the river so we were trying to locate their positions to reduce them as well as engage the vehicles," said Hancock. "There were certain vehicles in areas where the mortars would hit. They would show up and then stop and then the mortars would start hitting us and then the vehicles would leave so we figured out that they were spotters. We took out seven of those guys in one day."

Later, back at the company command post, enemy mortar rounds once again began to impact.

"There were several incoming rockets and mortars to our compound that day and there was no way the enemy could have seen it directly, so they probably had some spotters out there," said 22-year-old Flowers who is a college student from Pearland, Texas.

" Our (company commander) told us to go find where the mortars were coming from and take them out so we went back out," remembered Hancock. "We moved south some more and linked up with the rear elements of our first platoon. Then we got up on a building and scanned across the river. We looked out of the spot scope and saw about three to five insurgents manning a 120mm mortar tube. We got the coordinates for their position and set up a fire mission. We decided that when the rounds came in that I would engage them with the sniper rifle. We got the splash and there were two standing up looking right at us. One had a black (outfit) on. I shot and he dropped. Right in front of him another got up on his knees looking to try and find out where we were so I dropped him too. After that our mortars just hammered the position, so we moved around in on them."

The subsequent fire for effect landed right on the insurgent mortar position.



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Last Edited by Phennommennonn on 09/07/2012 12:20 PM
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12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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all I can say is keep your god damn pro-military/death/war-worshipping posts off this site.
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12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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Fucking people fucking around in other countries. I don´t blame him though, he´s just brainwashed.
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12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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War Monger!
Bob the nailer
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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oooo rah! Send them boyz a case of beers!
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"Hats Off to Marine Sniper in Iraq

All I can say is Damn Good Job Marine..."

You got it right OP. I guess the GLPers side with the terrorist. Sad!
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12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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Better them then us.IMHO.A.C.4:14=:ratdance:rat fuck!
Carlos Hathcock
12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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At those ranges, a .50 cal. would be better! A outstanding shot nevertheless!
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whatevermedsdumbass
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good job.
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I´m not the OP, I don´t condone the Iraw war either, but I would like to tell the below poster "Go fuck your self fag"

People talk about aliens, celes weapons and how their fucking burger can talk to their arm-pit stinch. Let some news of how a sniper saved lives of friends/workers, you freak out.

Maybe you would have been happier to hear the mortars fired hit their targets and killed 12938102938 people in the convoy.



>all I can say is keep your god damn pro-
>military/death/war-worshipping posts off this
>site.
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Freakin´ scum of the earth. Yeah right, a real life saver. Yahoo, it´s our hero the sniper.
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Of course it´s a good thing for some, and a bad thing for others, and totaly unnecessary for the most.

I see it like this, if you kill for your country everything is ok, and you´ll be seen as a hero.

If you kill for personal reasons, you´re a criminal, a weirdo.


I say all killers are criminals, if you just follow order without questioning, than you´re as guilty as the one who tell you to kill.
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The sniper is a terrorist.

The cowards will continue to applaude the terror waged on other nations, and will squeal like piglets when it´s them and their family in the crosshairs.

For the folks with short memories, research the incident at Ruby Ridge.

Those were snipers taking care of terrorists too.

Bunch of hypocrits.
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The marine did what Patton expressed years ago.. winning a war by making some other poor son of a bitch die for his country.
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12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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You fucking liberals make me want to yak
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I guess when you come to find out later in life that all is not as it seems; when you become aware that there is some ugly puppetmaster throwing switches and yanking chains to control events and outcomes, then there may come some maturity in what you post.
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"You fucking liberals make me want to yak"

Well if you are going to yak, please make sure that you are asleep at the time, lying on your back!
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gives
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Oh, so you suggest they just sit there and not return fire. Fact is, they´re there. Fact is, they have to kill or be killed, Fact is, its a war. I don´t agree with it but it can´t be ignored as you seem to wish. Better our snipers shot insurgents out of uniforms (cowards). AC 4:30 is simply not dealing with reality.
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Maybe your sniper will be one of the 1400+ that have gone home to the US in a body bag, will you still congratulate him then?
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Get the US out of Viet Rak!!
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Unlike the ´insurgents´ (terrorists) our forces wear easily recognizeable uniforms that let them stand out a mile away as a military target. These bastards are too corwardly to even indicate thesmelves as combatants. Thats why the rules for POW´s dont apply to them.

Keep up the good shooting!
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Yeah, good job. Hope he continuse killing the ragheads until there all gone.
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There is a very good chance that he could be one of the 1400+

Presidential Finesse
By Marilyn A. Guinnane
1-17-5


True US Iraq Casualties Projected At 6,000 Dead, 48,000 Wounded see:
[link to iraq2005.blogspot.com]

Ya´ just gotta´ wonder how long it´ll be for all those gung-ho arm chair generals out there who support the half wit in the White House are going to sheepishly admit they screwed up. When the figure reaches 12,000 dead? When their grandchilddren are drafted and killed? When.

Somebody needs to tell President Half Wit that there´s no winning a "war" on terror. Terrorists are guerrillas. You can´t beat guerrillas. You can, however, address what made them guerrillas, sit at a peace table and work things out.

Bush: "Oh we knew there were no weapons of mass destruction, we knew. We´re not stupid."

Abu Abdul Shamir: "Then why did you attack my country? Why?"

Bush: "´mericans like to drive SUVs and Hummers. You guys had oil. Tough luck."

Abu Abdul: "But you´ve killed countless people in my country! Women, children, old people. You´ve tainted our soil with your uranium ~ they call it depleted, but it isn´t. It has crippled our soil with radiation that will last forever, causing our babies to be born deformed . . . You´d do this to human beings in order to drive big cars?"

Bush: "Listen buddy, it goes deeper than that. Get it ~ I just made a joke! ´Deeper´ and ´oil´ ~ get it? Anyway, let me get right to the point. You´re ragheads, and ragheads attacked our buildings in New York City, see; so all ragheads don´t mean shit to us."

Abu Abdul: "With all due respect, we all know that you planned and executed those maneuvers on 9/11 yourselves. Americans may not know it, but the whole rest of the world does. We´ve done nothing to you."

Bush: "All right, that does it, we´re outa´ here!" Turns and calls out: "Jenkins, call for my ´chopper!"

Jenkins: "Name´s Renkins, Mr. President."

Bush: "Renkins Jenkins, what the hell´s the difference? Come on, let´s go home. Let´s just blow Baghdad off the map; we´ll show this mf."

[link to www.rense.com]
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12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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Mighty proud of a fellow Marine. I´ve done some shooting at a 1000yds,but not at a live target. I´ll bet it has a whole different feel!I can tell you training to shoot at these distance´s is very difficult.....Great shootin!!!
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Outstanding demonstration of only targeting the immediate threat and neutralizing it.
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12/08/2005 10:11 AM
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"War is never sterile. War is never bloodless. And when you slaughter others, their blood has a way of splashing all over you.

And it stains your soul."
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As admitted by Bush, Iraq never had WMD so why the congratulations on taking a life when it is the US who are the aggresors?

The UK and US has bombed them into submission since the previous war and knew exactly what they had and did not have!
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Israel knew it too.

[link to www.iraq.net]

´Israel knew Iraq had no WMDs´
Posted by: Editor on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 02:00 AM

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter said Sunday that the Israeli intelligence community was well aware that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.

"That´s the only conclusion you can reach, " Ritter said in an interview with Y-Net in Washington. "Israeli intelligence reached it years ago."

In reaction, MK Ehud Yatom (Likud), a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said Sunday evening that Israel had always maintained and believed that Iraq did, in fact, retain weapons of mass destruction.

MK Roman Bronfman (Meretz) said that if Ritter is right, it means the government had purposely misled the Israeli public. "This just shows what price Sharon´s government is prepared to pay in order to sow panic and evade undertaking any political action," he said.

Ritter, a former marine, was a weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998 and a vocal critic of the Bush administration´s policy on Iraq.

Last July, Ritter released a new book, accusing US President George W. Bush of illegally attacking Iraq and calling for "regime change" in the US in the next election. Ritter criticized key figures caught up in the US-led war, saying: Bush lied to the American people and Congress about Iraq´s weapons of mass destruction; UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lacks courage; and former chief weapons inspector Hans Blix is "a moral and intellectual coward."

One month earlier, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Yuval Steinitz (Likud) formed a subcommittee to investigate Israel´s readiness and the intelligence community´s activities in preparation for the Iraq war.

By December 2003, the subcommittee had not yet submitted a report, and committee member Yossi Sarid (Meretz) demanded a new, more independent subcommittee be formed.

By then, conflicting reports published by a respected Tel Aviv think tank in December indicated deep disagreement over the failure by Israeli intelligence regarding Saddam Hussein´s threat to strike the Jewish state.

One report, penned by veteran IDF intelligence officer Col. (res.) Ephraim Kam, the deputy head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, claimed Israeli intelligence was correct in assuming Iraq had the capability and intention of striking Israel during the recent US invasion, if only to play it safe following the previous conflict, in which Israel was hit by 39 Iraqi Scuds with conventional warheads.

The other report, by Brig.-Gen. (res.) Shlomo Brom, claimed Israeli intelligence not only was a "full partner" in the failure to correctly assess Saddam´s capabilities and intentions, but had participated in an "exaggerated assessment" with the Americans and British.

While not overtly political, this was mainly due to "excessive intelligence anxiety" to adopt the worst-case scenario in order to be heroes if validated, and forgiven if their bleak prophecies did not materialize, Brom said. He warned that the good reputation enjoyed by Israeli intelligence could be jeopardized by this failure and hinted there may have been subtle political influence on the intelligence assessment.

Arieh O´Sullivan and Nina Glibert contributed to this report.
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This has NOTHING to do with the presence of WMD´s. The fact is the US is there and their soldiers are in harms way. They have the right to defend themselves anyway possible.

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