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Paratroopers land in China quake zone
Antara News ^ | 5/14/2008

Posted on 05/14/2008 9:31:24 AM PDT by charles m

Beijing (ANTARA News) - A first batch of 100 elite troops parachuted on Wednesday into a cut off area close to the epicentre of a massive earthquake in southwest China, state media reported.

The troops landed in badly hit Maoxian county just north of the epicentre of Monday's 7.9 magnitude quake, Xinhua news agency aid.

Efforts to parachute soldiers in the day before were stymied by heavy rain, which has left survivors huddled under muddy tarpaulins.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said earlier 100,000 military personnel and police had been mobilised for the relief effort.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; chinaquake; earthquake

1 posted on 05/14/2008 9:31:24 AM PDT by charles m
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To: charles m

And thus began Operation Organ Harvest.


2 posted on 05/14/2008 9:38:08 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Sax

I’m going to hell. I laughed.


3 posted on 05/14/2008 9:41:50 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: charles m
Just what are 100 airborne troops going to do in a disaster zone???? Secure a bridge?
4 posted on 05/14/2008 10:35:37 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

Control the media access?


5 posted on 05/14/2008 10:56:39 AM PDT by ├čudda├čudd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: 2banana

I imagine it is a company size pathfinder and communications unit sent in to assess the situaton on the ground and figure out how to get more rescue workers in and injured people out. Probably has elements of its battalion staff and communications platoon to connect to and make liaison with higher headquarters.

Based on reports from other cutoff areas, there may not be a whole lot left standing or alive.


6 posted on 05/14/2008 11:10:13 AM PDT by Captain Rhino ( If we have the WILL to do it, there is nothing built in China that we cannot do without.)
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To: charles m

A sneak attack, right when they least expect it. Brilliant!


7 posted on 05/14/2008 11:46:47 AM PDT by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council - "Frog; The other green meat.")
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To: 2banana
"Just what are 100 airborne troops going to do in a disaster zone???? Secure a bridge?"

Without secure bridges, the Chinese won't be able to roll their armor...


8 posted on 05/14/2008 11:53:39 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: 2banana
Just what are 100 airborne troops going to do in a disaster zone???? Secure a bridge?

Assess the situation, manage logistics and build helicopter pads.
9 posted on 05/14/2008 11:54:16 AM PDT by charles m (Ask not what what your country can do for you; ask what you can do to make Michelle Obama proud.)
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To: Blogatron

rofl!


10 posted on 05/14/2008 9:50:47 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: Sax

Brilliant!


11 posted on 05/14/2008 9:51:08 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: Sax

You think it’s funny, right?
So far most of roads were cut by landslide, also no signal for cellphone.
These 15 man, wrote there testament before they jumped into the mountains.
One of them dead, others saved a lot of people.
Please show some respect to them, please.


12 posted on 05/15/2008 9:30:23 AM PDT by Yunlang Leo (Some respect to the dead)
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