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Video of Attack on "The Ramadi Inn" or OP Hotel

By Michael Fumento

In my "New Band of Brothers" article in the Weekly Standard I wrote of the attack on OP Hotel, now jokingly called "The Ramadi Inn," in the Industrial Area, one of the sectors for which 1/506th is responsible. "In a video a soldier showed me on his laptop, enemy soldiers attacked observation posts on the building. They poured in fire as a diversion, while a dump truck packed with explosives sped towards the structure. The tactic failed. The GIs (from 2-69th Armor of the 3rd Infantry Division) shot up the truck, which exploded in a massive ball of orange flame. Concussions all around, but no Americans were seriously hurt. To look at the hotel now, though, it seems like one good hard breath would knock it over."

Photo by Michael Fumento
"The Ramadi Inn" as it looks today.
Well, this trip I uploaded a copy. I'd forgotten it was actually a jihadist video, recovered from the enemy. I've clipped off the part propaganda section before the actual video (.wmv, 40 MB), but it's presented as if it's depicting a great victory over the infidels rather than a failed attack in which only jihadists were killed. This turning of defeat into victory is an interesting phenomenon. I saw the same in a video of a failed attack on Abu Ghraib. In this case, the video is ambiguous as to whether the attack succeeded. You have to know that the target is the sand-colored building to the far left, which obviously survives the tremendous blast. But the Abu Ghraib video showed a clear failure. I'm no expert on Arab culture or jihadist thinking. Maybe they're giving themselves an "A" for effort. If you have a better idea, let me know.

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October 18, 2006 11:12 PM  ·  Iraq