Stryker MGS in Baqubah

stryker mgs in baqubah

Stryker Soldiers with Company B, 4-9 Infantry Regiment, walk through a village in the outskirts of Baqubah, as the Mobile Gun System Stryker variant pulls security down a road, June 20. Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team are assisting Soldiers of 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in the clearing of Baqubah, a major operation known as “Arrowhead Ripper,” by isolating Baqubah just outside the city limits, to prevent insurgents from getting in, or out, of the city. Both Stryker brigades are with the 2nd Infantry Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash. Photographer: Sgt. Antonieta Rico, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Tikrit

Found at The Tension.

UPDATE: Speaking of Baqubah, check out Michael Yon’s Operation Arrowhead Ripper: Day One

The enemy in Baqubah is as good as any in Iraq, and better than most. That’s saying a lot. But our guys have been systematically trapping them, and have foiled some big traps set for our guys. I don’t want to say much more about that, but our guys are seriously outsmarting them. Big fights are ahead and we will take serious losses probably, but al Qaeda, unless they find a way to escape, are about to be slaughtered. Nobody is dropping leaflets asking them to surrender. Our guys want to kill them, and that’s the plan.

A positive indicator on the 19th and the 20th is that most local people apparently are happy that al Qaeda is being trapped and killed. Civilians are pointing out IEDs and enemy fighters, so that’s not working so well for al Qaeda. Clearly, I cannot do a census, but that says something about the locals.

The prep work in Dalyia has been going on for months. This is full-on “surge” in action. If the battles here are successful and the developments in An Anbar remain on track, it’s going to be a huge summer.


  1. That pic, along with another (of probably the same gun truck) can be found at DVIDS. They’ve got another group of pics of paratroopers from 2/505th attached to 3/2ID (Stryker) in Baqubah. The interesting bit is I haven’t seen that battalion mentioned in any of the press bits so far. (4-9, BTW, normally belongs to 4/2ID, not 3/2. There’s a full Stryker brigade involved in Arrowhead Ripper, but it’s a mish-mash of units from 3/2 and 4/2)

  2. Not quite correct. Half of 4-2 was already up there with a Bn of 3-2 last month. The rest of 3-2 moved up there and went hot on monday. Only two Bns of the two Stryker Bdes are not in Baqubah. – 2-23 Inf in Bayaa (West Rasheed) – 1-38 Inf in Doura (East Rasheed) They are still doing clearing ops… Both Bdes are there with 3-1Cav Bde and elements of 25CAB. IA is 2-5 and 3-5 Bdes. INP is 1st NP Mech Bde.

  3. How do you know that it isn’t all part of a huge misinformation campaign that you’ve just spoiled? You’re one of those bloggers, aren’t you?

  4. Because the PAOs released it and the Corps Commander is braging on it… If there is an IO op then they want the world to think those strykers are there and have fooled Yon. (Cardboard strykers?) PS Do you know who owns BBC and who pays for their ops?

  5. DJ: I was just messin’ with you. You guys are always so on top of things it makes my head spin. Most of the so-called ‘real’ media would be going ‘what’s a 2-23 Inf?‘ And that ‘carboard Stryker’ crack is going to be picked up shortly by the M113 mafia… As for the BBC, I don’t know the exact answers to ‘who owns’ them or ‘pays for their ops’, but it’s pretty clear where they stand most of the time. They’re ostensibly a quasi-public business, as I understand it, but for all I can tell they might get their marching orders from the US State Department. (bada-boom!)

  6. The BBC exists under a Royal Charter. This is supported by an Agreement. The Charter and Agreement establish the constitutional basis of the BBC and the BBC Trust.’ The British public fund it… Their actions in asking for people to report on troop movements constitute Espionage and Treason under UK law. Note: I do not solicite such data from troops. Strictly publish open citeable source even when I know otherwise from other sources…

  7. I know you don’t DJ. That’s what makes various militaries’ criticisms of your reports funny (to outsiders)…you take their official releases and analyze them…then they cry that you’re leaking sensitive info.

  8. You will want to see today’s MNC-I Pentagon Brief Slides. Do you want to know where all of our Bdes are and what they are doing. He layed it out. Did not see the ISF layed out though. Unlike 31 May brief…

  9. Hey I was part of 4-9 2ID until oct. 20 2006 in Alpha Company…I can’t seem to find ne pics of A co. just b and c have ne ideas what they got them doing based off of the info you have obtained….because it looks like they have changed up the original plans quite a bit we were 1/2 Cav prior to reflag and tested the land warrior and mounted warrior equipment ne ways drop me a line on what you can find out in my email box please.