24 Jun 2004 1st Armored Division Claims Victory Over Sheik
Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times has an article today, “Army Unit Claims Victory Over Sheik,” about the work Spc. Joe Roche and his fellow soldiers of the Army’s 1st Armored Division have been doing in Iraq. The piece begins:
The Army’s powerful 1st Armored Division is proclaiming victory over Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr’s marauding militia that just a month ago seemed on the verge of conquering southern Iraq.The Germany-based division defeated the militia with a mix of American firepower and money paid to informants. Officers today say “Operation Iron Saber” will go down in military history books as one of the most important battles in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq…
Speaking of Joe Roche, he’s just e-mailed us an update. (Go here for a list of his previous commentaries, some of which have appeared in newspapers nationwide.) We’ll be publishing it in this blog shortly.