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June 08, 2006

H&I Fires* 8 June 06

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D+2 The build-up continues. -The Armorer

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In a post below, I snark, and link to a tongue-in-cheek look at the Dem's reactions to Zarqawi's death. Via Confederate Yankee, we are led to Texas Rainmaker - who notes that the Democratic Party Base simply cannot be parodied. -The Armorer

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Defense Tech has a good 'rolling coverage' of Zarqawi-related news.

Only the Academic Submariner would note Zarqawi's assumption of room temperature by quoting Shakespeare and Patton - together.

It appears CENTCOM has posted the airstrike video. I'd expect server delays. H/t, Chuck Simmins.

Update - I snatched it. You can get it much more quickly here - but please right click and save as. -The Armorer

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Welp. That's kinda funny and sad all at the same time. Weird, eh? ~AFSis

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Sad - Sad Day. Let this day be forever known as The Great Tokarev Masacree Day. Mark my words: Estonia will pay for this; oh the horror!

WARNING - NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART - BOQ

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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