CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Ramadi has been cordoned

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Ramadi has been cordoned

This European and Pacific Stars & Stripes article notes that the Army's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, operating in Ramadi, has cordoned off the city . . . On Thursday, this site gave an initial look at the Order of Battle for Ramadi. A reader has emailed since then stating that RCT-5 is not in Iraq right now, though some of its battalions are. Army's 2nd BCT is definitely there, and 2/5 is definitely in Ramadi. Keep an eye on this . . .


Blogger Craig Preston said...

Chester, Here in Taiwan your commentaries on our war efforts is greatly appreciated. What is our military situation in Ramadi? If we are cordoning off the city it sounds as though we are in the city? Is this correct? Or does this mean we are besieging it? Are we in the same situation there as we were at Fallujah?

November 14, 2004 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger USMC_Vet said...

Mr. Preston:

Until Chester can get around to giving you better answers to your questions, try these...

By cordoning off Ramadi, it merely means that all major passages in/out of the city are blocked. It implies that the city is completely cut off or surrounded, but in reality it is likely not air-tight.

For certain we are not in the middle of Ramadi, or you would be seeing / reading much of the Fallujah-like carnage.

It is the next logical domino to fall in the Sunni Triangle, but do not be surprised is a geographically closer (to Fallujah) militant hamlet goes next.

Hope this holds you over until Chester gets to your questions.


November 14, 2004 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Marine Dad said...

"For certain we are not in the middle of Ramadi, or you would be seeing / reading much of the Fallujah-like carnage."

Just an FYI....we are in the center of Ramadi. The Marines of the 2/5 have several FOB's scattered around the city. My son is at Camp Hurricane Point. He and his fellow Marines venture into the center of the city on a frequent if not daily basis, receiving 2 Purple Hearts in the process of being "in the city".

It is, to be sure, a hotbed of insurgents. We lost our Company C.O. last week and have suffered many casualties since arriving there to relieve the 2/4 in early September.

November 26, 2004 at 10:37 AM  

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