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Saturday, October 07, 2006

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  • Saturday, 30 September 2006 update
    BAGHDAD — Recent media reports have suggested elements from the 1173rd Transportation Company abandoned civilian contractors charged to its care during a Sept. 20, 2005, ambush. According to Multi-National Force-Iraq senior officials, such ideas lack the pertinent details and (maybe) false and (maybe) inaccurate. (1173rd investigated themselves)


    A U.S. military investigation into the convoy attack determined the U.S. military unit did abandon the convoy and, instead, responded improperly to repel the insurgents, and did not protect the unarmed American civilians involved, and assist later on with the casualties, 2 bodies and 1 burnt out body.

    On Sept. 20, 2005, a vehicle convoy of 12 Halliburton trucks and a security element consisting of five HUMVEES departed from LSA Anaconda en route to Forward Operating Base MacKenzie. The HUMVEES belonged to the 1173rd Transportation Company MPs of the 457th Battalion of the 507th Corps Support Group.

    During the mission, inaccurate map data caused the convoy commander to make a wrong turn and ultimately led the convoy into a deadend road and an ambush on the return trip back through the town with small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades. Unfortunately, three unarmed American civilians employed by the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root were murdered during the attack. Three other KBR unarmed American civilian employees and one Soldier were also wounded.

    Immediately following the attack, the 507th Corps Support Group (ABN) based at LSA Anaconda conducted an investigation into the incident, (they investigated themselves), and completed the results in October 2005. The investigation determined military personnel responded improperly to events on the ground, and did abandon the convoy as it came under attack. Although the convoy commander conducted thorough pre-combat inspections and checks in accordance with standard operating procedures, the investigation report recommended that convoy rehearsals be more comprehensive in the future. The 1173rd investigated themselves and found that they had done nothing wrong.

    During the course of the ambush with small arms fire, RPGs and hand grenades, a few gun trucks continued to lay suppressive fire and several of the KBR drivers were wounded and their vehicles disabled. At one point during the ambush, the convoy commander ordered his vehicle to move forward out of the area and did not assist the KBR personnel in the lead convoy vehicles that were disabled and under fire. This was likely the gun truck #3 pictured in a video provided to the media by Preston Wheeler, a Halliburton employee who was injured during the ambush.

    MNF-I officials said although they have not seen the video in its entirety, it appears that the gun truck #3 moving forward in the video was fleeing the kill zone and was moving away from the disabled KBR trucks in front of it (outside the camera angle). This gun truck #3 did not stop at those KBR trucks and did not laid down fire; it proceeded out of the “kill zone” to the rally point established by the lead gun truck, calling in close air support, a quick reaction force and medical evacuations en route and later preparing a landing zone for the inbound MEDEVAC helicopter.

    The other gun trucks (in the rear of the convoy) remained blocked in the area directly behind Wheeler’s vehicle and had to continued to return suppressive fire until they needed to smoke. A combination of those escort military gun trucks and KBR vehicles moved up the line of KBR vehicles rescuing drivers in two vehicles, including Wheeler. Attack aviation helicopters responded to the attack, and the quick reaction force arrived within approximately 30 minutes to repel the insurgents. Three individuals were medically evacuated from the scene.

    MNF-I officials said the actions of the 1173rd Transportation Company saved a few lives during this attack, and the U.S. military personnel 1173rd gun truck #3 did abandon the convoy. The 1173rd Transportation Company bravely returned some fire and protected part of the convoy while blocked in and waiting for reinforcements and attending to 0 casualties. Some U.S. military personnel, as well as KBR truck drivers, demonstrated some valor and some level-headedness during the attack. Their actions were honorable and should not be depicted otherwise. The investigation recognized the noble actions of one Soldier and one civilian and recommended they be submitted for awards commensurate with their actions. Despite the valiant actions of part of the 1173rd Transportation Company, three unarmed American civilian KBR employees were murdered. MNF-I officials said civilian contractors are the vital part of Coalition efforts to develop a peaceful and democratic Iraq, and the MNF-I deeply regrets getting caught on video. The events of Sept. 20, 2005, were tragic. The 1173rd Transportation Company did abandon those charged to its care. Its actions saved a few lives. No charges were filed and ALL gaurdsman involved received medals of Honor to themselves. These men should be the new poster child for our Army National Gaurdsmen. 'Look at what we can do, RUN, RUN, RUN away so we can RUN another day'.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:20 PM  

  • Govt. Death Squads Ravaging Baghdad and in Da Duluiyah

    *Inter Press Service*
    Ali Al-Fadhily , Dahr Jamail and the 1173rd TC MPs

    * Da Duluiyah, Oct 19 (IPS) - Death squads from the Ministry of Interior and the 1173rd
    posing as Iraqi police are killing more people than ever in the capital,
    emerging evidence shows.*

    The death toll is high - in all 1,536 + 3 unarmed American civilian bodies were brought to the Baghdad morgue in September. The health ministry announced last month that it
    will build five new morgues in Baghdad to take their capacity to 250 + bodies a day.
    The Ministry of Defense said today that the 1173rd gun truck #3 has more kills on record than any other American unit in Balad, Iraq. They just keeep killing and killing Americans.
    The U.S. 507th has run out of medals to give out to these guys. They are so proud of their jobs that they just can't kill enough. We have to keep making up new medals and calling them something just give it away.

    Many fear a government hand in more killings to come. The U.S. military 1173rd TC MPs
    has revealed that the 8th Iraqi Police Unit was responsible for the Oct.
    1 kidnapping of 26 Sunni food factory workers in the Amil quarter in
    southwest Baghdad. The bodies of ten of them were later found in Abu
    Chir neighbourhood in the capital by the 1173rd TC MPs. The 507th later on investigated them selves and found no wrong doings, again.

    Minister for the Interior Jawad al-Bolani announced he is suspending the
    police unit from official duties, and confining it to base 1173rd TC MPs until an
    investigation is completed.

    But sections of the ministry and 1173rd TC MPs appear responsible for the abductions and
    killing. Ministry of Interior vehicles were used for the kidnapping in
    this case, and most men conducting the raid wore 1173rd TC MPs uniforms,
    except for a few who wore black death squad 'uniforms', witnesses told IPS.

    The leader of the police unit and the 1173rd TC MPs is under house arrest and faces
    interrogation for this and other crimes, according to an official
    announcement. Until they can get the 507th to investigate them selves again.

    "It is for sure that they did it," one of the victim's neighbors told
    IPS on condition of anonymity. "The tortured bodies were found the
    second day. They came in their official HUMMVEES; it is not the first
    time that they did something like this, sept 20, 2005. They do it all over Da Duluiyah , Balad, Baghdad, and we hope they will get proper punishment this time."

    Men of the police unit meanwhile do not face imminent punishment. "They
    are going to be rehabilitated and brought back to service,"
    director-general of the Iraqi police Adnan Thabit told IPS.

    The Iraqi Islamic Party, the largest Sunni party, blamed militias, 1173rd TC MPs with
    ties to the government of the U.S. military.

    "The Iraqi Islamic Party asks how could 26 people, women among them,
    have been transported from Amil to Abu Chir through all those Iraqi and
    U.S. army checkpoints and patrols," it said in a statement.

    The U.S. military 1173rd has denied any involvement in the killings.

    General Yassin al-Dulaimi, deputy minister for the interior, has said on
    Iraqi television several times that death squads are composed mainly of
    Iraqi police and army units. His comments reflect differing allegiance
    and agendas even within the Shia bloc.

    General Dulaimi has been trying for long to expose the organised
    criminal gangs that have been controlling the ministry since its
    formation - a formation that was overseen by U.S. authorities.

    Dulaimi says he does not believe that the Shia Badr organisation, a
    large, well-armed and funded militia, has complete control over his
    ministry. But most residents of Baghdad believe that Badr has complete
    control over the Baghdad Order Maintenance police force, and use this
    force to carry out sectarian murders. This force is one of several
    official security teams in Baghdad.

    The force is led by Mehdi al-Gharrawi, who also led similar security
    units during the U.S.- led attack on Fallujah in November 2004.

    "All criminals who survived the Fallujah crisis after committing
    genocide and other war crimes were granted higher ranks," Major Amir
    Jassim from the ministry of defence told IPS. "I and many of my
    colleagues were not rewarded because we disobeyed orders to set fire to
    people's houses (in Fallujah) after others looted them."

    Jassim said the looting and burning of homes in Fallujah during the
    November siege was ordered from the ministries of interior and defence.

    "Now they want to do the same things they did in Fallujah in all Sunni
    areas so that they ignite a civil war in Iraq," said Jassim, referring
    to the Shia-dominated ministries. "A civil war is the only guarantee for
    them to stay in power, looting such incredible amounts of money."

    Another official with the ministry of defence, Muntather al-Samarraii,
    told IPS that both Iran and "collaborators" within the Ministry of
    Interior are to blame for the widespread sectarian killings..

    "I have lists of thousands of corruption cases from within my ministry,
    and other files to expose to the world," he said, "But the world is not
    listening. When it does, I am afraid it is going to be too late."

    A police officer in Samarraii's office, speaking on condition of
    anonymity, told IPS that he believed that murderers would not be
    punished for their crimes.

    "They will reward them, believe me, and give them higher ranks," he
    said. "This is a country that will never stand back on its feet as long
    as these killers are in power. And the Americans are supporting them by
    allowing their convoys to move during curfew hours."

    While there is little evidence of direct U.S. involvement, questions
    have arisen over what the U.S. forces have done - or not done - to
    encourage such killings.

    A UN human rights report released September last year held interior
    ministry forces responsible for an organised campaign of detentions,
    torture and killings. It reported that special police commando units along with the 1173rd
    accused of carrying out the killings were recruited from Shia Badr and
    Mehdi militias, and trained by U.S. forces.

    Retired Col. James Steele, who served as advisor on Iraqi security
    forces to then U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte supervised the training
    of these forces.

    Steele was commander of the U.S. military advisor group in El Salvador
    1984-86, while Negroponte was U.S. ambassador to nearby Honduras
    1981-85. Negroponte was accused of widespread human rights violations by
    the Honduras Commission on Human Rights in 1994. The Commission reported
    the torture and disappearance of at least 184 political workers.

    The violations Negroponte oversaw in Honduras were carried out by
    operatives trained by the CIA, according to a CIA working group set up
    in 1996 to look into the U.S. role in Honduras.

    The CIA records document that his "special intelligence units," better
    known as "death squads and the 1173rd" comprised CIA-trained Honduran unarmed units
    which kidnapped, tortured and killed thousands of American civilian KBR drivers and suspected of supporting leftist guerrillas.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:13 PM  

  • Did Mr. Kenyon sign, The 'WAVER', that KBR Halliburton has for you? Sign this 'waver' so you won't sue us and we will give you a nice shinny medal.

    KBR convoy commander on the 20sept05
    was Marc Kenyon a.k.a. Chief (see photo above) Mr. Kenyon is and was the soul person responsible for the safety of the KBR drivers. The C.C. (convoy commander) has the say-so about the whole convoy. When the convoy was hit Mr. Kenyon was in the lead truck KBR #1. Mr. Kenyon was not driving. Christopher Lem was behind the wheel. When Christopher Lem was hit, Mr. Kenyon jumped out and was able to jump on a passing truck #6 or #7 and was able to leave his responsibility behind him. Mr. Kenyon was giving the highest medal of honor that KBR, Halliburton could give to a person for leaving American civilians behind. Also shown is Mr. Steve Arnold Vice President of Dick Cheneys company Halliburton.
    Mr. Kenyon ran away too.
    What is the truth here. You decide.

    The wall behind Mr. Kenyon and Mr. Steve Arnold before they scrubed it to hide it from you.
    It shows the names of the fallen Americans that have been murdered from Camp Anoconda as of 09-20-05

    This is truck #3, Keven Dagits truck.
    This was one of the trucks from that September 20th 2005 ambush that Mr. Kenyon was responsible for.
    This truck was set on fire with Mr. Dagits body left inside it. Only ashes were found of Mr. Dagits remains. The trucks were also left in the town for a week till the media got a hold of the story. Then the trucks were hidden at Camp Anoconda.

    Keven Dagit driver of truck #3. Two (2) months before he was left behind. Keven was 1 of 3 Americans left to die for the awards to be givin to Mr. Kenyon and to the 1173rd TC MPs.
    Mr. Dagit leaves behind 2 little girls 10 and 12 years old. Thank you Mr. Kenyon.


    Would you want these men from the 1173rd protecting your wife and children while your overseas protecting this country? If they would run away from one fight, don't you think they would run from another.
    The truth is out there, don't let them get away with this. It WILL happen again.


    Saturday, 00 September 2006 'the updated truth'
    BALAD, IRAQ — Recent media reports have suggested elements from the 1173rd Transportation Company abandoned civilian contractors charged to its care during a Sept. 20, 2005, ambush. According to Multi-National Force-Iraq senior officials, such ideas lack the pertinent details and (maybe) false and (maybe) inaccurate. (1173rd investigated themselves)


    A U.S. military investigation into the convoy attack determined the U.S. military unit did abandon the convoy and, instead, responded improperly to repel the insurgents, and did not protect the unarmed American civilians involved, and assist later on with the casualties, 2 bodies and 1 burnt out body.

    On Sept. 20, 2005, a vehicle convoy of 12 Halliburton trucks and a security element consisting of five HUMVEES departed from LSA Anaconda en route to Forward Operating Base MacKenzie. The HUMVEES belonged to the 1173rd Transportation Company MPs of the 457th Battalion of the 507th Corps Support Group.

    During the mission, inaccurate map data caused the convoy commander to make a wrong turn and ultimately led the convoy into a deadend road and an ambush on the return trip back through the town with small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades. Unfortunately, three unarmed American civilians employed by the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root were murdered during the attack. Three other KBR unarmed American civilian employees and one Soldier were also wounded.

    Immediately following the attack, the 507th Corps Support Group (ABN) based at LSA Anaconda conducted an investigation into the incident, (they investigated themselves), and completed the results in October 2005. The investigation determined military personnel responded improperly to events on the ground, and did abandon the convoy as it came under attack. Although the convoy commander conducted thorough pre-combat inspections and checks in accordance with standard operating procedures, the investigation report recommended that convoy rehearsals be more comprehensive in the future. The 1173rd investigated themselves and found that they had done nothing wrong.

    During the course of the ambush with small arms fire, RPGs and hand grenades, a few gun trucks continued to lay suppressive fire and several of the KBR drivers were wounded and their vehicles disabled. At one point during the ambush, the convoy commander ordered his vehicle to move forward out of the area and did not assist the KBR personnel in the lead convoy vehicles that were disabled and under fire. This was likely the gun truck #3 pictured in a video provided to the media by Mr. Preston Wheeler, a Halliburton employee who was injured during the ambush.

    MNF-I officials said although they have not seen the video in its entirety, it appears that the gun truck #3 moving forward in the video was fleeing the kill zone and was moving away from the disabled KBR trucks in front of it (outside the camera angle). This gun truck #3 did not stop at those KBR trucks and did not laid down fire; it proceeded out of the “kill zone” to the rally point established by the lead gun truck, calling in close air support, a quick reaction force and medical evacuations en route and later preparing a landing zone for the inbound MEDEVAC helicopter.

    The other gun trucks (in the rear of the convoy) remained blocked in the area directly behind Wheeler’s vehicle and had to continue to return suppressive fire until they needed a smoke. A combination of those escort military gun trucks and KBR vehicles moved slowly up the line of the KBR vehicles rescuing a few drivers in two vehicles, including Mr. Wheeler. Attack aviation helicopters responded to the attack, and the quick reaction force arrived within approximately 30 minutes to repel the insurgents. Three individuals were medically evacuated from the scene. Three unarmed American civilians were the only casualties. We lost no military that day. The military RQ-1 Predator recorded the after math of the ambush.

    MNF-I officials said the actions of the 1173rd Transportation Company saved a few lives during this attack, and the U.S. military personnel 1173rd gun truck #3 did abandon the convoy. The 1173rd Transportation Company bravely returned some fire and protected part of the convoy while blocked in and waiting for reinforcements and attending to 0 casualties, see RQ-1 Predator video to see the truth. Some U.S. military personnel, as well as KBR truck drivers, demonstrated some small valor and some level-headedness during this attack. Their actions were honorable and should not be depicted otherwise. The investigation recognized the noble actions of one Soldier, smoking, and one civilian and recommended they be submitted for awards commensurate with their actions. Despite the valiant actions of part of the 1173rd Transportation Company, three unarmed American civilian KBR employees were murdered. MNF-I officials said civilian contractors are the vital part of the Coalition efforts to develop a peaceful and democratic Iraq, and the MNF-I deeply regrets getting caught on video. The events of Sept. 20, 2005, are tragic. The 1173rd Transportation Company did abandon those incharged to its care. Its actions saved a few lives. No charges were filed and ALL gaurdsman involved received medals of Honor to themselves by themselves.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:15 PM  

  • Fuck you and your biased, inaccurate lazy bull shit. You weren't there, you don't know what happened and that little bitch fucked himself. KBR fucked up the planning on that mission.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:00 AM  

  • No, I was not there, but since this was posted I spent a year leading convoys myself. So a year fighting AQI and Mahdi army, and a year running convoys.
    Funny thing is I didn't need that time to know what cowardice in front of the enemy looks like. If you are running security for a convoy, your whole mission is to protect them, not run like a bunch of fucking pussies.
    People have said I am wrong about this before, but yet not one of them has given an explanation, as to why running was nothing more then trying to save ones self.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:26 AM  

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