q[This] is a narrative describing the actions of Marines in combat during the liberation of Iraq ... Blue Diamond, the 1st Division's Operation Iraqi Freedom nom de guerre, consisted of some 20, 000 Marines and Sailors and 8, 000 vehicles organized into three regimental combat teams ... '[This] is not a story of each of them, but the story of all of them' ... q -- Foreword.Evaluations were made of fuel distribution pipelines, most of which were not in use. ... of their contents to looters (who for a decade had tapped into the lines and stolen fuel for sale on the black market.) This was also the case with natural gas lines, although these lines suffered more from accidental explosions at the hands of unskilled thieves drilling taps into the system. Until pipelines were repaired, precious fuel was trucked from the production facilities around Al Basrah to the poweranbsp;...
|Title||:||With the 1st Marine Division in Iraq, 2003|
|Author||:||Michael S. Groen|