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Under fire in Iraq.
-- -- -- Plating and elusive enemy on the streets of ramadi.
You'll witness -- bravery.
Not the director of this report and the trail he's going to.
But our troops -- well I'm out there because those -- -- out there.
That's next and restores.
I'm Oliver North this is war stories.
Coming through from a marine combat base in Iraq.
We're here with the second battalion fourth Marines unit that has inflicted more damage and the enemies of democracy.
And taken more casualties than any other in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Tonight we'll take -- -- in the dangerous missions the 1000 Marines of two or -- on every day when they're when they're -- by the end of you'll see firsthand -- our troops respond to these deadly attacks from I think teams that definitely without warning.
Hours long gunfights and -- -- -- held buildings at a 140 degrees it's the anatomy of battle.
In the war on terror.
We really have no idea what the enemy's capable love the city.
He could be standing there looking around you.
We got no idea worries that.
You can never tell.
What's gonna happen on.
Welcome to ramadi Iraq the sprawling city of almost half a million people lies in Iraq -- -- between the tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Located just seventy miles west of Baghdad and inside the heart of the Sunni Triangle.
Ramadi for decades because stronghold of Saddam Hussein's -- party.
And home to Iraq's military elite.
The former dictator himself vacationed here in an enormous complex of opulent palaces he built an edge of the city the whole thing is right on the banks -- her.
The point for this split Euphrates and the companies -- -- and everything.
Indian and -- of james' book resurgent major second battalion fourth Marines.
Since March 2004 the battalions been headquartered in this -- Rumored to have been a playground through scenes dreaded sons Uday and -- -- -- -- this was a.
Presidential power to Egypt and making physical changes to improve security for -- -- workers from the inside out.
There's been a lot of stuff for generators came back and -- does so -- -- -- What club -- in the war on the bank's case but it swimmer.
Try to get up and that's where half -- is that us fox company it is -- now host just outside our war.
And in body -- when we have the other half time.
Right people -- -- company.
Call that combat outpost basically got a little over a thousand -- -- spread out over.
Here in Iraq and haven't -- or continue the battalions long highly decorated combat -- Activated in 1930 to the battalion fought bravely in the Pacific island campaigns -- reward him.
Unit deployed to Vietnam and it was -- A quarter 5600.
That the battalion acquired its official nickname the magnificent bastards.
In the league record tradition is important and the Marines -- 24 carry their official nickname with pride.
Describe the mission.
Second battalion fourth Marines here in this capitals which company has an area that they're assigned to every day so different things go from handed out stuff school.
You some pretty volatile stuff we came here -- the expectation that it is really just going to be stability operations and support operations.
Connecticut native lieutenant colonel Paul Kennedy is two -- battalion commander.
Just weeks after they deployed to ramadi colonel Kennedy was Marines quickly -- -- that he was anything but -- we begin to receiving ambushes.
Indirect fire storms tax.
There about three weeks we -- we -- performing.
Which you'd expect some comments.
-- Kennedy who is the enemy could before that this could be.
Generals -- security apparatus fighters are generally men from the city.
You don't have jobs who had too much time -- their -- is -- -- a as an affront.
And it's 68 city of ramadi erupted in gunfire.
For three days -- battled fierce and determined and twelve Marines made the ultimate sacrifice.
But the enemy ranks were decimated and there is forced to change tactics they cannot afford to go at a house.
Head to head like -- did 6710.
April mostly now it's nineteen.
-- -- tactics and drop off.
-- -- -- -- Cheap and easy to build the improvised explosive device or IED has become one of the deadliest weapons terrorist use -- Iraq.
It is very clever weapon it's almost like course it's always a precision guided weapon in that they can disguise it as anything but and alleys.
Out of a large city -- guy.
Of the more than 700 Americans killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom almost a 150 of died from IED attacks so.
First lieutenant Dan Crawford knows well the danger of the remote control bombs -- the job of his first mobile assault looking to respond to the museum bush.
So the enemy has proven to be resourceful.
And how they put them in how -- employ -- even training camp able.
This tournament do I get it from here this tournament -- you don't know where I come from.
Now any object in the streets treated with suspicion.
But the -- is going one step forward.
Packing normal looking parked cars with the explosives these bonds -- called BB IUDs or vehicular borne improvised explosive device.
When detected the Marines have multiple means of destroying them.
But in a crowded busy city almost any car can potentially be lethal.
In July marine commandant general Michael -- visited the front lines to see what -- Marines are up against.
-- using a technique you know.
-- Lebanese are using these new born -- now that a suicide -- when his -- better road.
We can expect and CNET.
I would say they had the biggest -- we've taken out here unfortunately.
It is how do you defend against me improvised.
Explosive device hardening of the vehicles.
The previous war a lot of humvees and so -- pretty rough shape and be students for.
High mobility multi purpose vehicle.
Light and easy to maneuver it wasn't design produce and direct combat.
And his highly vulnerable to roadside bombs the army and Marines responded -- up are lowering their -- -- reinforcing the -- -- vehicles with steel plating and ballistic resistant glass.
And ramadi much of this work vols to sergeant -- Ashland and the Marines in the two for multiple.
-- and ask you one of seven McCain -- an after how many vehicles -- cancer and tell me what happened this this.
Vehicles hit by half ideologues.
Five artillery round that armor that we did have on the vehicle protecting everything and it was supposed to.
You see the dancers that ricocheted off -- and -- engine.
Think we know that we got -- Stopped all the laughs whose idea was this additional -- -- -- movement was one of the companies commanders idea that one and some of the gunners got back injured from my eighties they decided to extend high in India side dominated India -- a little more protections.
And that's homemade and yes there we -- and in particular that -- -- -- green ingenuity and yes there.
So -- -- -- doesn't work when you see our exclusive video.
And I ED detonating right next long feel like this.
That's next on war story.
14 July in Iraq -- is not a strong enough word for unrelenting heat.
In the sweltering 120 degrees Marines carry up to forty pounds of armor and equipment.
And -- given six bottles of water per day to stay hydrated.
This stay the Marines have to force conducted a recon to ramadi with -- officers from second battalion fifth -- we'll rotate into ramadi this ball.
The city -- is filled with shops and cafes in an instant.
This routine patrol went to hell.
Watch carefully in slow motion is this IEB detonates next to the second comedy.
Thanks to the armor on humvees the Marines survived the attack the one received serious burns.
Hours later kind of -- the army's first infantry division operating nearby came under attack the Marines have -- responded.
More stories little we were about five minutes and we're visiting hospitals when we get calls who's.
Fortunate that we -- so close.
We came down on the edges of the mosque.
We -- receiving -- -- You know prior.
One sudden CBS three major -- herald the credit Crawford and staff sergeant Michael great rush to give their Brothers support -- reporting and I -- tell the the situation.
It was going to be pretty area.
Customer -- developed nation.
In the world we live -- -- you whiskey yeah.
Aren't great maneuver on the ambush and then -- -- began after.
-- The rooftops over here.
And this contact -- -- enemy combatants were killed.
-- the Marines maneuver to security here.
They were surprised to find it much of the fired come from the building that considered friendly people offices of the coalition of Iraqi national unity.
The so called political party headquarters concealed a huge arsenal of weapons preaching great -- PG over fire.
I'm from Michigan machine guns.
Grenades the supposed to be political -- here.
Party I've -- the director of this political parties and -- team didn't.
Elsewhere and he was upstairs and make it nice when we entered the building.
And simple and honest about it continues.
To defend itself.
So he's he's going to him.
Just another typical day for the Marines and the army and ar ramadi.
-- 1 July 2004.
Another -- Wednesday.
It began quietly at our combat recent remark.
But by mid afternoon another 123 degree day to combat operations center or CEO's seat received written report within the.
The Italian -- major Mike wiley and been caught in the end he pushed through and reported -- -- Kennedy combat base yeah.
-- -- -- -- The radios crackled with situation reports from other units in the field.
The battle heated up.
Hey Mike during the firefight you're in charge in the command post describe what's happening here in this news.
What we've got various -- towards what we're plotting the movements of all of our units.
And what this allows users to well we called battlefield geometry real SeaWorld -- units are converging.
And were able to put the tactics together -- best defeat the enemy.
With three of the four companies engaged in heavy combat.
-- Kennedy called for the QRF.
Your -- stands for quick reaction force.
Task organized force with -- company whenever we need Marines and equipment on -- we will call out.
-- As the cure for broached the battle fox cameramen -- James had his camera on as a BB ICD exploded.
George -- slow start sprang into action just.
-- schools dust and smoke and then recently stopped.
And everybody gets out and I mean it's easily the most -- thing in the world to do you've just been attacked let's get out.
-- -- -- we do not believe handicapped his right side.
Sure by the end was secure a -- to close up for the Marines already in contact with a large going to be -- across the street from the Saddam mosque.
Within minutes thirty Marines secure flipped up with a fellow Marines -- Foxx and golf -- Fox company led by captain mark -- maneuvered under fire from the south.
Nieminen and ER PG face to face.
Mark the RPG that wounded view also -- your -- you offered -- -- -- tell us.
As we approach that area.
-- and -- right.
People cleared off the streets -- are vehicles -- so.
I turned right -- well south of what I suspected was an enemy ambush that for a corner and a the guy popped out -- RPG.
I saw -- signature blast was actually fired.
Just like -- in slow motion -- the ground once in front of his skills.
The battles continued.
When war stories -- Putting on July urban -- -- rate it's on the streets of ramadi.
And -- scorching 120 degree heat 600 Marines to war battle of -- and often faceless enemy.
The gun fight charges down narrow alleys from building to building.
The next several life please god -- you guys feel about it police station.
We kept -- through as soon as we get the Saddam mosque.
We had multiple heart -- teams multiple.
We're not going well.
Back a little.
You don't want from this event.
An hour under the gun fight goes in the third marine air -- lift off -- how to cut of air base twenty miles away.
Fifteen minutes later the gunships overhead providing air support for the embattled green.
There's a day we had cobra attack helicopters and we do what's called -- would direct your sports editor.
Call for the aircraft in the aircraft traction control on -- by Forward Air controller.
Who is able to see aircraft the enemy friendly forces.
On the ground after mark Carleton in the box company continued they can fire.
Intent for us was to get behind him.
-- him -- and have a hammer handle it if you will obviously we didn't -- quite well enough.
For the wings pinned down in history.
And we are you explodes right next -- captain Carlton the blast wounded Carlton to the Marines of -- -- First sergeant Timothy Webber arrived on the scene -- -- make.
My way up to the front to see if there any casualties -- see if I can help.
Into the flight -- in realizing captain and at -- time and and then later after all right final five minutes or so on the one.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Go badly wounded and shrapnel in his face arms and legs Carlton refused to leave his -- -- You didn't wanna go and I was gonna ask -- -- something just only known as the commander leader's command and the captains and flight.
The Marines have taken fire from the upper floors of this building.
There was no time to search it revenues in the first brigade first infantry division have to reinforce and -- -- -- -- -- The enemy combatants recitals.
After four hours of intense fighting the battle this -- Wednesday was -- 45 insurgents were killed and seventeen.
Another 25 were taken into custody and turned over to Iraqi authorities.
Marines were killed captain Carlton and eleven other Marines were wounded in action marked.
You think about that moment you almost got killed does that make you rethink what you're doing all.
If for nothing else -- out there because those boys are out there.
There's no other place ball.
And -- the magnificent bastards work around the clock.
This -- Iraqi police report -- suspicious vehicle believed to be packed with explosives and.
-- -- To neutralize the threat the Marines deployed this experimental robot.
It looks like a space age gadget from Star Wars.
But the robot took too much time.
Shoot mortars and it is and so there was.
Well it hurts -- -- of fire over there.
Facing enemy fire at night that couldn't wait for the -- The Marines quickly prepared -- told was -- two -- optical -- were guided missile launch from a humvee fact.
Mission accomplished the Marines -- a -- but.
And head back to the combat base.
Every bullet fired every drop of water drunk every bandage -- -- had to be delivered to the fighters.
And the convoys that.
These vital supplies -- the dangerous highways of Iraq are prime targets when more story continues.
Providing the warriors.
The means to fight.
Yeah indirectly enemies of -- after she attacked -- coalition forces in the country city.
And working grueling desert highways including civilians.
There's a terrorist targets.
For American contractors were killed as they drove to the city of Fallujah.
Well just days later.
Truck driver Thomas -- was kidnapped by militants during an attack against the convoy on the highway between Baghdad and Ramallah may affect our convoy.
That's -- -- -- -- -- -- made a daring escape other civilians haven't been so fortunate.
More than a 120 foreign nationals have been kidnapped in Iraq since the beginning of hostilities.
-- civilian convoys increasingly under attack.
-- forces are now moving more of their supplies themselves.
We've been exposed to I.
Keywords to find ways that we could operate convoys moment.
Brigadier general Richard friendly as commander first force service support group or first ever says -- -- -- -- -- -- Good job of this unit to deliver tons of food fuel ammunition and medical supplies.
The marine combat units stationed throughout Iraq's all on -- Providence journal give -- -- sense of magnitude of the task he 31000.
Water mobile world.
Allen or provinces is huge -- why only.
So we really had to solve that that distance situation.
They start at 41 man and certain we've run her own security and provide transportation all of our part really.
First lieutenant Matthew -- convoy commander with second platoon alpha company transportation support but -- He runs armed convoys 320 miles from Baghdad to Jordan.
We get there are warning order based of the -- for other cowboys we go that night go to all the media MO.
Different -- to remove and I would try to get -- to sleep at night.
-- coming afternoon loaded weapons I would repeat -- intelligence.
On the route any changes a hot anger over having vehicles that progress seen throughout -- take the -- and counting down.
And visiting an Intel and -- and town.
Sargent Nicole Connors and the -- third platoon Bravo company second battalion.
Augment the security for lieutenant biker kind awards.
We have five puppies you're passing -- pac ten and we carried the and you could you tell.
-- mark nineteen automatic grenade launchers we have the first grenade launchers.
And teams that sign bills for a pretty heavily -- And -- -- and arms they built the convoy rolls others.
Below one of the quiet and ominous desert highway two -- they're prepared to deal with any threats to their views.
They -- can't expect anything like I eighties -- -- -- it appears that probably can.
-- -- -- The convoy is attempting -- -- Quaker cutters in the rest of their Marines often come under attack your role to the please clover -- and just start in the area and we get basically get by companies such force.
Mortars heavy machine and storms far.
Golden -- strikes in the airstrikes and in the days -- birdies the only those engagements going.
Just going -- and I haven't.
Anderson left and right Venus and Jupiter so far we've had any injuries and my ten minutes -- -- This -- works particularly -- They sense the danger whenever I go outside this base.
They've risen up that.
To that challenge.
On -- lonely highways convoys face attack without war.
But Beckett get to -- -- handling the massive amounts of supplies is also an enormous job.
Chief warrant officer Michael left but he says the Marines from first -- GR a for the tax.
We have about 181000 my friends of those -- Ranging from tires for humvees all the way down into the administrators supplies we -- everything every -- -- pretty.
Right here on this -- Let's say and monthly basis it's.
Place about 4000 short tons of supplies 80000 cases of water.
Operations officer major John meet those first -- -- Christian walker can be when working in the blazing sun.
We figured consumption -- about six bottles per individual day.
-- a weekly basis we receive about.
Fifteen truckloads of water.
Anywhere from eleven -- to thirteen hundred cases for.
The variety of items is stagnant.
Can spare parts.
Prior to go fast.
Very fast to holiday trimmings -- There's anything portions -- licensing.
The Marines and play a high tech will be -- existence.
To keep track in the mountains of Pallet containers and box we actually track -- the -- coming -- with the radio frequency identification tags.
This tag is interrogated by computer and it lists all the content of that house.
The tackles and indicate where the center of the year after the rise of ultra -- what they do -- their convoys coming and they uploading.
They break it out this can't take.
It off yeah.
These supplies for the second battalion fourth Marines ready to be shipped -- -- There's so these boxes we'll look to -- -- wouldn't they will go well most likely tomorrow on three up at Mars or within 48 hours.
From an operations center that looks like to -- Marines like corporal -- valley monitored each and every item.
All the way from the United States -- final destination in Iraq.
And you're tracking this boy -- -- conceivable path of where every Terry.
We have Robert de bug but -- daily -- to just by at a camp major note that the industry.
And for the troops serving throughout Iraq the convoys like those of first -- -- as cheap as a lifeline that keeps them going there's real mutual trust there.
We know what the requirements are.
They know we're gonna get what.
Well armed well supplied and highly motivated the Marines know that they can only do so watch.
Iraq means we'll have to open it.
They defend himself.
With the efforts of some brave Iraqi leaders are undermined by others accused of corruption and even murder.
Stretching from west of Baghdad to the borders of Saudi Arabia Jordan and Syria.
-- -- Iraq's largest province a vast territory with limited government influence.
But in the provincial capital ramadi the second battalion fourth Marines have a clear mission.
We -- still focused.
And rebuilding infrastructure.
Building security forces and -- -- the Iraqis stepping up to the plate getting ready to -- responsible for their own -- it's already happened.
-- -- gain confidence in the police and Iraqi national park hours before they weren't sure where we're excited -- -- wrong.
On July 13 we saw that cooperation firsthand as we -- with the Marines from the heavily fortified government compound in the center of ramadi.
-- the governor -- -- -- Abdullah ring versions spoke about the problems of lawlessness in the Providence how does that speak to.
It is a tough problem and right now we need the help of the Americans as well as good citizens -- Iraq is your life at risk right.
And cannot worry about the risks involved we must keep working for our futures.
But sadly for the governor those risks became too -- Barely two weeks after our visit.
Militants associated with a notorious terrorist Abu -- curry invaded the governor's home burned it to the ground and kidnapped his three sons.
On August 4 governor versions resigned to save his sons' lives it's rumored the attack may have been aided by adversaries in his own administration.
In ramadi trust and sometimes in short supply.
We also met with the -- -- province police chief showed on Mohamed Al war.
A former bath party official checked it -- and was reputed to be a moderate.
Ready to work with the Americans he said all the right things -- everything is getting better and crime is decreasing.
Are you confident.
That democracy will work in Iraq.
Yes but the Iraqis themselves need to make change.
Chief today and even brought in Spain suspected of planning an attack against -- Chief Judah and as a tough interrogation.
But three weeks later that she -- self was arrested by the Marines and charges of bribery and extortion.
He's now being questioned about his role in kidnappings and murders.
The -- -- -- working closely with those Iraqis who really don't want to build a better future.
This building -- -- -- Indian police station.
That's one of many civilian reconstruction projects in the province totaling over 500 million dollars civil affairs officer major Kenneth Lindbergh.
Introduced me to the local contractor.
Did you Lindbergh and mr.
are sure -- sort of tour of the site it's constantly guarded.
Because the enemies of Iraq's future not only target people they also tried to destroy -- new projects like this book.
You know about the attack on.
Strangely discarded never heard of.
All right thank you.
Major lender -- personally inspect the site before payment community you're on target.
Today much -- displaced in the Iraqi National Guard.
The cadre of former soldiers and Saddam's army the National Guard is now recruiting young Iraqis who want to help their country's future.
You know alarmed by the guard is led by major general -- scene looks very promising.
Is definitely a leader and he's already infused.
The somewhat listless National Guard that much much more active.
General -- -- overall too aware of the dangers of being seen working with a coalition forces he didn't want his face to appear on TV.
But he did express some -- Iraqi citizens are ready to work and the transfer sovereignty will help.
The situation in a -- -- bar is tough and no one knows that better than major general Jim Mattis commander of the first marine division.
The bottom line is.
We are trying to build -- -- it struck her.
-- allowed people.
Select their own leadership on governors are on -- -- it's a tough mission were reform at all.
Transforming Iraq is gonna take more than simply rebuilding police stations and schools are getting better.
Iraqis are still unable to provide security for their people.
That means that soldiers sailors -- -- Marines let's continue to battle the enemies of democracy.
Stay tuned for more American bravery.
And that dangerous streets of ramadi.
In today's Iraq good intelligence is crucial.
In ramadi sometimes the -- rely -- Muslims.
Other times they use an unmanned aerial vehicle or you -- the what we're nearby airstrip the UAV flies over ramadi.
It's camera instantly transmitting a televised picture of what's happening in the city.
The -- on the ground use these live images to spot suspicious activity as it occurs and respond business.
Today the Intel indicates an enemy unit massing for an attack -- -- soccer stadium.
The magnificent -- set out on a mission.
-- cultural center behind his head on a regular basis on top marine observation.
Now come to reinforce -- intelligence indicates this afternoon there's going to be an attack.
A hundred mujahideen fighters are reported to be in the area it's a 125.
Degrees but Lance corporal Justin Hairston is ready.
It is -- 1940 millimeter automatic grenade launcher and.
Standing by there.
Yes that is at that didn't tell that ambushes.
And stepped up.
And it isn't it something at him.
The Marines spot is suspicious truck.
A possible VBITV.
Major like -- lieutenant Dan Crawford considered taking the truck out.
-- there's no I mean it's.
Not coincidental that.
There -- good but today this truck isn't Obama.
With the enemy was watched.
And suddenly struck from behind.
After ten minutes of fighting with no casualties the Marines taken -- -- Strapping on night vision goggles the Marines set out to have read the quality of former police chief George.
The suspect is a police captain.
It was identified as taking -- in the -- -- with the Marines.
-- -- -- Inside the suspects by the claims the sun -- -- and I would hope I know -- Obama.
Been -- the Marines find cash Hilton doesn't.
Didn't license plates.
In their suspect hiding in the closet for sergeant Timothy Webber in parakeets and a team -- told you.
The police captain maintains his innocence.
Every -- in combat -- -- -- -- army medics or navy corpsman are right there with them on the battlefield.
Thanks to these remarkable medical specialists many of those who get wounded lived to fight another day.
This is this certifying that the president of the United States of America and awarded the purple heart.
Captain -- Carlton.
At this ceremony eleven other Marines and a navy corpsman from fox company also receive the honor homefront effect here to -- -- Just wanted to reward people valiant fight.
-- -- All of you have -- The right quick comment actually it as far as I'm certain discomfort and their -- -- -- us today.
And the fact that they sustained wounds.
Inflicted by the enemy.
There's one thing but the fact that they're back here today standing in front of you and willingly.
Serving again you know they've been quoted by violence to get home they wanted with the -- -- the Biden.
Look me in the -- given your -- -- thanks for staying with you in this fight we're not done.
More war stories and just a moment.
Stay -- The troops on the front -- in the war on terror life doesn't stop in a combat zone.
The Marines have to -- -- any moment they can't relax and unwind.
The biggest thing that is there a sense of humor that I don't think some people fully understand that they're pretty raw sometimes got up I -- aircraft.
And fifty years and our grandchildren ask you.
What did you accomplished in Iraq.
We don't tell that our purpose coming here was peaceful.
Our focus of effort -- to provide.
Hope and support to the Iraqi citizenry.
You know -- I'm not sure what's huge for us places but I know that these guys that are -- out every day 150 degree weather.
And working together trying to keep this place that's possible.
In many of our troops serving in Iraq today wonder what to tell their friends and family at home.
When they return I'm not sure you understand -- that was so has been comment or.
Just don't think he can be explained most -- -- by the French what's the name of the people -- it.
And the Bosnian and -- -- more than friends more like Brothers we have -- brotherhood here and -- -- stuff.
It would directories and that's a lot of people say it would resemblance that's real one when I say -- For the soldiers sailors airmen Guardsmen and Marines serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom life here has become a matter of prevailing against IED's.
RPG attacks ambushes and the incredible -- I mean who -- about -- training and equipping the new Iraqi National Guard and police while building a democracy.
Is an extraordinary challenge.
Theirs is a war story that deserves to be -- I'm Oliver North.
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