Digital Video/Time Hack
Description of Event
Segment 1: Aftermath of the IED
051119_0759/06:30-11:20 (See Segment 1:
footage to the aftermath of IED and suppression of occupants in the
white sedan at the location of Chestnut & Viper. Footage is
significant for several reasons. First, the footage of the white sedan
clearly shows that the vehicle was not a "taxi." It did not display
the required placards and in light of what is now known about the
occupants, the vehicle was never intbended to act as a taxi.
the status of the doors on the vehicle point to at least one occupant
intending to conceal his actions. The passenger door behind the driver
is closed. This points to an occupant sliding across the seat to exit
from the side that would have provided the most cover.
Additionally, none of the occupants are located in the street and are
all found in the vicinity of a dirt pile and a wall that would have
additional note from this footage is the fact that much time is spent
reviewing the remains of the HUMVEE after the IED. It is clear from
the photos that the IED did not kill any civilians as there were no
bodies around the vehicle. Whoever had the video feed from this scan,
at the time it was occurring, would have known that the IED did not
kill civilians. In light of the recently released mirChat
transcriptions, the commands above the company knew the IED did not
Segment 2: Suspected trigger house
051119_0814/06:00-06:30 (See Segment 2:
Possible trigger house seen by Regiment or Bn COC personnel as they
look at the layout of the terrain.
ScanEagle then scans from that possible trigger house/OP to the IED
blast site where the HMMWV wreckage is easily seen This also shows the
heavily built up urban terrain in vicinity of the Routes Viper and
Segment 3: Suspicious individuals / Route Chestnut
051119_0829/01:25-02:15 (See Segment 3:
ScanEagle is observing overwatch position and then observes two
figures in black moving throughout the town within 250m of the blast
site. This is unusual for this town, which at this point in the day
had been paralyzed by kinetic activity. Most if not all civilians
would be indoors, praying, etc; normal activity was suspended.
ScanEagle scans from OP house to the IED Blast site from North to
South and then follows Route Chestnut West to the HMMWV wreckage.
Segment 4: Individuals in a palm grove
051119_0844/08:35-09:05 (See Segment 4:
ScanEagle scans palm groves most likely in response to EOD teams
reports of smalls arms fire and a far ambush while moving towards
Routes Chestnut and Viper from the Hadithah Dam in order to conduct a
post blast analysis. ScanEagle picks up at least three individuals
running through the palm grove. ScanEagle then loses the individuals
in the foliage.
Eagle is scanning the palm groves between River Road and the Euphrates
River, North of the Hospital and well North of the Chestnut and Viper
intersection (1.5-2.0km). ScanEagle observes enemy riding a motorcycle
at speed from South to North along the rural route named Palm Grove
Trail. The rider comes to a halt and then turns around a drives back
South a hundred meters or so before stopping.
Segment 5: Insurgents link up / safe house
051119_0859/00:59-05:45 (See Segment 5:
ScanEagle tracks the movement insurgent messenger as he links up with
what later becomes known as the "blue taxi" that is engaged by CAS at
the insurgent safe house. Linking up with the insurgents in the blue
taxi along Palm Grove Trail, both vehicles head North and link up with
several insurgents operating out of the palm groves. Five insurgents
are seen from the footage coming out of this part of the palm groves
to re-supply, exchange weapons, etc. After a short rally or exchange,
the blue taxi moves South on Palm Grove Trail.
ScanEagle observes the taxi full of insurgents stopping and possibly
linking up with other possible insurgent vehicles and personnel as
they head South along Palm Grove Trail. Euphrates River is on the
East side as the blue taxi travels South.
ScanEagle follows the blue taxi what turns out to be the insurgent
safe house at the intersection of River Road and Palm Grove Trail.
This location is approximately 700 meters from the Route Viper and
Route Chestnut location. Insurgents can be seen dismounting the blue
taxi and insurgents/personnel can be seen coming to the vehicle from
the house at this location. Notice how the insurgents “combat park”
the vehicle in order to expedite a quick departure.
Segment 6: At the safe house
051119_0914/01:51-02:16 (See Segment 6:
Insurgents re-positioning themselves within the enclave of houses
being used as a rally point or safe house.
Insurgent departs one of the houses and moves across the street and
then seemingly blends back into the population of the town. It looks
like he meets up with a group of unidentifiable persons along River
Road. Then, one of the insurgents moves again from one house to
ScanEagle observes two more unidentifiable personnel (one dressed in
black, one in brown; both likely insurgents) arrive foot mobile at the
safe house from the West, possibly having come from the Route
Chestnut/Route Viper area.
ScanEagle observes one more insurgent moving from River Road into the
Segment 7: At the safe house
051119_0929/06:48-07:23 (See Segment 7:
ScanEagle observes another unidentified person moving from River Road
into a house adjacent to the safe houses. This show either that their
were multiple house being used by the insurgents or at a minimum that
the insurgents did not have any regard for civilian risk involved by
choosing houses in close proximity to occupied homes.
ScanEagle observes two probable insurgents dressed in black emerging
from the westernmost safe house and egress to the West. If you follow
the footage beyond 10:30 of the clip you will see the two individuals
take a trail that heads Northwest towards Routes Viper/Chestnut.
Segment 8: Two Hellfire missiles
051119_0944/03:15-03:55 (See Segment 8:
ScanEagle observes first Hellfire missile impact. At this point the
safe house is cordoned off by elements of 4th Platoon (Weapons
Platoon, Kilo, 3/1).
ScanEagle observes 2d Hellfire missile impacts.
from 4th Platoon move to conduct battle assessment after the two
Hellfire missiles impact apparently on target.
Segment 9: Insurgents on roof, 4th Platoon moves in
051119_0959/04:59-05:15 (See Segment 9:
Insurgent movement on the rooftop of the house closest to River Road.
Door opening and closing.
Segment 10: Insurgents on both rooftops
051119_1014/00:38-03:29 (See Segment 10:
Insurgent movement on both rooftops and the close quarters/direct fire
fight intensifies. Mid-way through the clip it looks like one
insurgent on the rooftop is hit by direct fire and then probably
killed by a hand grenade thrown by 4th Platoon Marines. One insurgent
can be seen maintaining cover behind the rock or concrete facade found
on many of roof tops in Iraq. At the end of the clips it looks like my
Marines have cleared the building closest to River Road, get on the
roof, and then pursue the enemy on the other roof by fire but are not
able to kill him. Just before that occurs, one insurgent looks to
check on the dead insurgent in black. That dead insurgent and what
looks like the outline of a weapon remain on the roof for the rest of
the day until fixed-wing CAS delivers ordnance.
Platoon Marines continue to engage and suppress enemy activity on the
rooftop of the safe house.
Segment 11: Insurgents on rooftops (cont.)
051119_1029/02:28-03:01 (See Segment 11:
Platoon suppresses the safe house areas while some of the
non-ambulatory wounded are carried out of the fight to a waiting gun
Platoon Marines pull off of the tight inner cordon on one of the safe
houses in order to extend the cordon and make safe for pending CAS.
ScanEagle picks up the "turkey peeking" around the corner of the roof
top stair well despite being suppressed from the southern gun truck
and dismounted Marines. He then quickly ducks back inside for cover.
Platoons send an element back to the corner of the easternmost safe
house apparently to move more casualties back to the forward gun
insurgent (looks to be a different one because of the tan shirt)
surfaces on the roof top and leaps off to escape just before being
strafed by well-aimed 20mm from a AH-1 Cobra in over-watch can kill
him. He may have been hit by the Cobra, but it looks as though he
finds cover below. It is difficult to locate the direction of flight
of this insurgent due to the dust and impacts from the 20mm, but it
looks like he was attempting to flee to the West. Later in the clip
as Marines suppress the target house, LCpl Pegues (from Cheraw, SC)
throws a green smoke grenade on the roof and marks for CAS.
Wing CAS (Cobra 20mm,) impacts on the roof marked by green smoke.
Segment 12: Insurgents flee
051119_1044/11:06-11:47 (See Segment 12:
more insurgents jump off of the roof of the safe house and flee.
Because the Marines are in a cordon- with greater standoff distance
they may not have seen the two break contact. (If you take this clip
all the way to 12:15, you will see the two insurgents move towards the
stand of palm trees SW of the target house.)
Segment 13: Dud
051119_1059/10:51-11:17 (See Segment 13:
dud dropped by fixed wing CAS.
Segment 14: Palm tree stand
051119_1114/02:30-03:00 (See Segment 14:
Tree Stand footage. Located blood trail after some insurgents fled the
Segment 15: Hitting the safe house
051119_1314/04:40-05:15 (See Segment 15:
Insurgent safe house is hit by Fixed Wing CAS
insurgent safe house is hit by Fixed Wing CAS, but it appears to be a
low order detonation or dud.
Segment 16: Hitting the safe house (cont.)
051119_1329/02:40-03:50 (See Segment 16:
Insurgent safe house is hit with ordnance delivered by Fixed Wing CAS.
Segment 17: Fleeing insurgent
051119_1429/00:39-01:31 (See Segment 17:
insurgent is tracked from house to house West of the safe house, but
in the same neighborhood and finally comes to the residence where Capt
McConnell with a squad from 3d Platoon, a squad from 4th Platoon, a
section of M1A1 tanks, and a squad of Iraqi soldiers finally detain
him without a fight.
Segment 18: Capture
051119_1514/06:45-08:38 (See Segment 18:
section of tanks and mounted and dismounted Marines cordon off the
house. Once the house is surrounded by an outer cordon, a composite
squad of Iraqi soldiers supervised by Marines enters the house to
clear and detain the insurgent. There is not a fire fight at this
051119_1544/05:40-06:10 (See Segment 19:
detainee, now zip-tied at the ankles and hands, as well as
blind-folded, is slowly escorted to the high-back HMMWV where he will
be moved back to the combat outpost vicinity of the 82 Northing along
River Road for initial interrogation. From there, the detainee is
forwarded to Sparta.