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Anti-terror group analyzes video I retrieved from Ramadi

By Michael Fumento

Photo by Michael Fumento
"The Ramadi Inn" as it looks today.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has analyzed the video I brought back from Ramadi and posted (in part on my website, in full elsewhere) showing the jihadist attack on OP Hotel, now called "the Ramadi Inn." They claim it actually shows explosions from three different attacks, whereas I assumed it was all different angles from the same attack. On the other hand, they also claim the first attack was on a factory. A hotel is not a factory. That this was indeed an attack on OP Hotel has been confirmed by members of 2/69 Armor who were there. With this caveat in mind, you may find their analysis interesting.

This shows the value of anti-terror groups having employees in the field, rather than operating entirely out of Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, I have yet to convince any such group or think tank of this value and hence remain unemployed.

December 20, 2006 02:11 PM  ·  Iraq