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Ceasefire collapses, US hostage taken in Iraq
abc.net.au ^ | AM - Saturday, 10 April , 2004 08:00:58 | Peter Cave

Posted on 04/10/2004 10:57:34 AM PDT by Destro

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This is a transcript from AM. The program is broadcast around Australia at 08:00 on ABC Local Radio.

You can also listen to the story in REAL AUDIO and WINDOWS MEDIA formats.

Ceasefire collapses, US hostage taken in Iraq

AM - Saturday, 10 April , 2004 08:00:58

Reporter: Peter Cave

TANYA NOLAN: It's the day after the 12-month anniversary of the toppling of Saddam's regime, and things appear bloodier than ever in Iraq.

The ceasefire called by US troops in Fallujah less than 24-hours ago seems to have already collapsed, with mortar rounds ringing out across the Sunni city where 450 Iraqis have died this week.

America has announced the death of six more of it's soldiers, taking the number of US troops killed since Shia unrest erupted on Sunday, to 39.

Meanwhile, insurgents are taking more foreign hostages, an alarming new strategy being used to try and drive coalition forces out of Iraq.

Our own ABC staff on the ground in Iraq have witnessed the taking of the latest hostage.

Hundreds of Sunni Mujahideen or Holy warriors armed with rocket propelled grenades, attacked a convoy of oil tankers taking fuel to US forces besieged in the town of Fallujah, destroying at least a dozen trucks and killing or wounding several drivers.

For hours, the Mujahideen ruled the main east-west highway in Iraq, where they took at least one American hostage.

Our Foreign Affairs Editor Peter Cave reports how he and his cameraman, Michael Cox, were taken by members of the Mujahideen to film the latest hostage, whose fate remains unknown.

PETER CAVE: It was a huge pall of thick black smoke billowing high into the air, west of the capital, that attracted our attention. As we drove closer we passed a burnt out oil tanker, a gaping hole in its side, then another and another.

(Audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: There appears to have been a major attack on oil facilities on the road just up ahead. There are three major fires burning up there with smoke going high into the sky, and just beside us here, an oil tanker is well on fire.

(End audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: But as we continued up the highway, it became clear it wasn't an oil facility, it was more oil tankers blazing furiously.

(Audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: On the road ahead, two oil tankers are burning. We've passed another half a dozen already on this road. There's been a major attack by Mujahideen. Just a short while ago, we spoke to an American who'd been taken prisoner by the Mujahideen.

(End audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: We'd been filming an oil tanker upside down in a ditch beside the road. Local people were braving the fierce heat trying to pull something from the cabin, most probably the driver, who was certainly dead.

(Audio of burning wreckage)

Suddenly, a large late model Toyota Saloon pulled up right in front of us.

(Audio of people speaking)

And three men, two of them masked, climbed out carrying assault rifles and insisted we look at the prize they had in the car.

(Audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: What's happened?

AMERICAN HOSTAGE: They attacked our convoy. That's all I'm going to say.

PETER CAVE: Okay.

(End audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: Their hostage, being held by two more masked men in the car, was wounded in the arm, his blue jeans covered in blood. He had blonde hair and a moustache and appeared more defiant than scared as they roughly yanked his head across so we could see his face.

(Audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: Do you want to give us your name?

AMERICAN HOSTAGE: Hamil (phonetic), Thomas.

(Audio of banging on car roof)

MASKED MAN: Go, go.

PETER CAVE: Okay, okay.

(Audio of car driving off)

(End audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: As they drove off, another car full of armed Mujahideen pulled up.

"I swear in the name of Allah", he says, "we don't care about death or life, we're going to heaven. Death is welcome."

We had to driver some kilometres back towards Baghdad before we found any coalition troops. Several tanks and two APCs guarding an overpass and watching the huge palls of smoke on the road totally under the control of the Mujahideen.

(Audio excerpt recorded on scene)

AMERICAN SOLDIER: Just past that first burning tanker?

PETER CAVE: We're the first people on…

(End audio excerpt recorded on scene)

We reported the fate of the American hostage but there was no immediate move to mount a rescue.

(Audio of crowd chanting)

Several more kilometres down the road and tens of thousands have gathered chanting "Jihad", or "holy war" in the huge Sunni mosque Saddam built on the western edge of Baghdad.

(Audio of speaker yelling through loudspeaker)

The speaker says, "we will say no with one voice. You Americans will not pass through here. There is no legitimacy in the new Iraq, except for those who fight."

This is Peter Cave in Baghdad, for Saturday AM.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: americanhostage; fallujah; hostages; iraq; thomashamill
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U.S. Military Seeks Fallujah Cease-Fire
1 posted on 04/10/2004 10:57:34 AM PDT by Destro
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To: Travis McGee
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2 posted on 04/10/2004 10:59:06 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
Do democrats have stomach to take on Syria and Iran?
3 posted on 04/10/2004 10:59:37 AM PDT by Tax Government
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To: Happy2BMe
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4 posted on 04/10/2004 10:59:53 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Tax Government
One war at a time, please.
5 posted on 04/10/2004 11:01:01 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
Just tell them -- every dead hostage brings one of these:

Then deliver.

6 posted on 04/10/2004 11:01:21 AM PDT by Clint Williams
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To: Destro
Iraqi Insurgents Threaten to Kill Foreign Hostages
7 posted on 04/10/2004 11:02:26 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: Destro
There was a ceasefire? Guess I missed that.
8 posted on 04/10/2004 11:02:41 AM PDT by Mears (The Killer Queen--caviar and cigarettes)
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To: Tax Government
Do democrats have stomach to take on Syria and Iran?

Democrats are born with a broad yellow stripe down their back in lieu of a spine. Win this one and Syria and Iran will come begging...

9 posted on 04/10/2004 11:03:05 AM PDT by Clint Williams
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To: Travis McGee
The media links work. You can hear the audio report. It is time to switch from useless American news and read the Australian and other foreign press reports again.
10 posted on 04/10/2004 11:03:09 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
Death is welcome

Imagine that.

I find myself in agreement with an Islamo-terrorist.

Yes, his death will be most welcome.

11 posted on 04/10/2004 11:03:25 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Clint Williams
MOAB in a hostage situation?
12 posted on 04/10/2004 11:03:50 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
With all due respect Destro, Iran and Syria are most likely already engaged. I'm not convinced that cleaning them out now is not a good idea. I'll defer to the President here, but this possibility certainly seem worthy of discussion.
13 posted on 04/10/2004 11:04:06 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Destro
FoxNews just reported that Al Jazeera said that the Japanese hostages may be released within 24 hours.

Probably the US and Japan got word to the captors and told them, that for each killed hostage, they will drop a daisycutter on an Iraqi city, starting with Falluja.
14 posted on 04/10/2004 11:05:14 AM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: Destro; Squantos; river rat; Matthew James
PETER CAVE: What's happened?
AMERICAN HOSTAGE: They attacked our convoy. That's all I'm going to say.
PETER CAVE: Okay.
PETER CAVE: Their hostage, being held by two more masked men in the car, was wounded in the arm, his blue jeans covered in blood. He had blonde hair and a moustache and appeared more defiant than scared as they roughly yanked his head across so we could see his face.
PETER CAVE: Do you want to give us your name?
AMERICAN HOSTAGE: Hamil (phonetic), Thomas.
(Audio of banging on car roof)
MASKED MAN: Go, go.
PETER CAVE: Okay, okay.


Pray for the bravely defiant Thomas Hamil....
15 posted on 04/10/2004 11:06:22 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Tax Government
Heck, they don't have the stomach for THIS war much less taking on any other at a later date. Pray for the reelection of President Bush. The alternative is unthinkable.
16 posted on 04/10/2004 11:06:27 AM PDT by Lakeside
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To: Destro
I quess i got my answers.
17 posted on 04/10/2004 11:06:43 AM PDT by Warlord David
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To: Travis McGee
PETER CAVE: Their hostage, being held by two more masked men in the car, was wounded in the arm, his blue jeans covered in blood. He had blonde hair and a moustache and appeared more defiant than scared as they roughly yanked his head across so we could see his face.

(Audio excerpt recorded on scene)

PETER CAVE: Do you want to give us your name?

AMERICAN HOSTAGE: Hamil (phonetic), Thomas.

American (Southern accent) fighting spirit at its finest!!!!

18 posted on 04/10/2004 11:06:57 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: DoughtyOne
Here is an excerpt from an email I received today from a good friend who is over there fighting right now. He is an ex-marine who now works private security. He was in the first Persian Gulf War, Somalia, Bosnia and many other operations. I edited out personal info and curse words.

"Yesterday we encounterd heavy resistance and through the night as well. No casualties on our side, I can confirm 10 ememy KIA's there were several more through out the city with other units and operators. Amazing that no friendly casualites were sustained, I saw some of the heaviest fire fights I have ever seen yesterday and I am in amazement that there were only two injuires. I was behind a PKM all day don't know how many I sent down range, lost count at 600 rounds so we are hammering them through buildings and in the open. These savages have no concept of a "Better way of Life", so we will show them a nightmare of existence."

19 posted on 04/10/2004 11:07:29 AM PDT by Feiny (Never has so much genius been combined with so little talent.)
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To: Destro
"I swear in the name of Allah", he says, "we don't care about
death or life, we're going to heaven. Death is welcome."


It is the duty of the USA to help these Mujahideen achieve their desired final end.
20 posted on 04/10/2004 11:07:45 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: Mears
This article still refers to burning fuel trucks of two or three days ago.

Just regurgitated pap.

This is a tempest in a tea cup as one writer called it correctly.

21 posted on 04/10/2004 11:08:44 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Notice! Looking for a replacement lawyer with only one hand! (who can't say "on the other hand")
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To: DoughtyOne
We stirred up the hornets nest, that's for sure.
22 posted on 04/10/2004 11:08:55 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Tax Government
"Do democrats have stomach to take on Syria and Iran?"

Interesting comment. This morning on Fox's Cost of Freedom, (I was in the car and could not see who the guest was) said the following, "The quagmire in Iraq is good because it will keep the US from attacking other countries." I was stunned that this was said and would love to know who the clown was because this is the kind of rhetoric that keeps the flames burning in Iraq. One wonders if this is not a liberal plan.
23 posted on 04/10/2004 11:09:55 AM PDT by Toespi (,)
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To: Destro
I hope he makes it out...
24 posted on 04/10/2004 11:10:47 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Tax Government
Do democrats have stomach to take on Syria and Iran?

They dont have the stomach to take on AlQaeda.
25 posted on 04/10/2004 11:12:03 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: Clint Williams
Democrats are born with a broad yellow stripe down their back in lieu of a spine.

I don't know. They were pretty tough in taking on Serbia under Clinton. The real issue is, Is this war necessary?

26 posted on 04/10/2004 11:12:21 AM PDT by JoeSchem
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To: Destro
Our Foreign Affairs Editor Peter Cave reports how he and his cameraman, Michael Cox, were taken by members of the Mujahideen to film the latest hostage, whose fate remains unknown.
I hope there are no more hostages taken. I really do.

But if there are going to be more hostages taken, I hope that Cave and Cox and those who go out of their way to be the jihadists' tools are the next to be taken.

27 posted on 04/10/2004 11:12:33 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: Destro
A ceasefire?

Isn't how Mullah Omar escaped in Afghanistan, by a 'ceasefire' to give him time to run?
28 posted on 04/10/2004 11:12:55 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: wirestripper; Travis McGee
Just regurgitated pap.

What you read and saw was regurgitated pap - this is the original source. This transcript of the audio report filed is legit reporting done in the old school style. It does not get any better than this. Click to hear it. Click to hear (hostage? POW!) Thomas Hamil's (sic) defiance.

I am shocked that this is the second post that hates that this news is printed. We can only stomach rah-rah good news? This is war and this is important. We need information good and bad.

29 posted on 04/10/2004 11:13:22 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: feinswinesuksass
Thanks for the report. This guy is in the thick of it from what it sounds like. I wish him well.
30 posted on 04/10/2004 11:13:40 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: William McKinley
Did you listen to the report?
31 posted on 04/10/2004 11:13:57 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Travis McGee
How come nobody is reporting on the two missing soldiers?
32 posted on 04/10/2004 11:13:57 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: Destro
Yes, one war at a time. And that war is against radical islamists and terrorists, be they in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Palestine, Michigan, Syria, Pakistan, Virginia...
33 posted on 04/10/2004 11:14:29 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: feinswinesuksass
"These savages have no concept of a "Better way of Life", so we will show them a nightmare of existence."

This is the most intelligent thing I've yet read about Iraq.

34 posted on 04/10/2004 11:14:38 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Destro
Actually the Iraqi Governing council wants the cease fire..the Fallujists just agreed to talk to the council but only if the now 3 brigade strength Marines pull 3 miles out of town.(Live on Fox)
35 posted on 04/10/2004 11:15:21 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Destro
Well when the wasps venture into the home, dwellers are bound to try to take out the nest.
36 posted on 04/10/2004 11:15:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Destro
Yes, I did.

The jihadists wanted publicity. They wanted exactly what was published to be published. These fools enabled them.

37 posted on 04/10/2004 11:16:37 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: Destro
I saw the Australian interview on cable.
38 posted on 04/10/2004 11:17:36 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Travis McGee
I am praying for his safety and his release. I am also praying for God to sustain him and supply him with peace and strength during his ordeal.
39 posted on 04/10/2004 11:18:43 AM PDT by PleaseNoMore
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To: Destro
"We stirred up the hornets nest, that's for sure."

Good analogy. If there are hornets, one doesn't try to peacefully coexist with them. One clears them out.

Hornets and people do not mix.

40 posted on 04/10/2004 11:19:00 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: Travis McGee
"Pray for the bravely defiant Thomas Hamil....

Maybe Thomas Hamilton?

41 posted on 04/10/2004 11:19:27 AM PDT by blam
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To: Destro
I doubt very much these peecenicks were "held" at all. This smells more like a staged PR stunt than anything.
42 posted on 04/10/2004 11:20:10 AM PDT by ChadGore (Mach 7 !)
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To: Destro
and now they are freeing the Japanese hostages !!!
43 posted on 04/10/2004 11:21:02 AM PDT by EDINVA (reporters aren't stupid .. they just think YOU are)
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To: Destro
I'm afraid there's actually more chaos in parts of Iraq than even the liberal media can get hold of. Just today I saw a picture of an Abrams tank ablaze in Baghdad - the crew must've gotten away otherwise it would've been reported in a separate story.

For every US combat fatality there must be 10-15 attacks by the enemy, many of which leave our troops wounded. The Pentagon rarely reports attacks that don't cause at least one US death - unless the wounded are too many.
44 posted on 04/10/2004 11:21:24 AM PDT by Filibuster_60
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To: feinswinesuksass
These savages have no concept of a "Better way of Life", so we will show them a nightmare of existence.

Supreme Allied Commander candidate #3.

45 posted on 04/10/2004 11:23:50 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Now you go feed those hogs before they worry themselves into anemia!)
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To: Filibuster_60
The report said a ten year old fired the RPG or Mortar that set that tank on fire..TEN year old.One tank is not good but neither is it a fire fight on every block.
46 posted on 04/10/2004 11:26:10 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Destro
The 'ceasefire' is likely for domestic (Iraqi) consumption. Many people here are worried that the U.S. is so angry about the recent murder/mutilations that we're going to burn Fallujah to the ground. It's certainly how Saddam would have handled them.

If nothing else we're making a show that we're willing to let the bad guys come out with their hands up. This isn't for their benefit, but for the non-fanatical residents of Fallujah. I know it's easy to say 'Screw em all', but there are a lot of innocent people there that are afraid of the fanatics. If they can be spared, the effort should be made.

That having been said, the fanatics probably won't surrender, and this will result in us having to smash much of the town to get at them. A lot of people who just want to be left alone will wind up dead. That is unfortunate, but if the bad guys won't come quietly, they must be brought in by force. It's a pretty lousy situation, but I think we're handling it pretty well.

47 posted on 04/10/2004 11:26:27 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (Yo Mullah so fat, he has to iron his robes on the driveway!)
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To: Destro
Hundreds of Sunni Mujahideen or Holy warriors armed with rocket propelled grenades, attacked a convoy of oil tankers taking fuel to US forces besieged in the town of Fallujah, destroying at least a dozen trucks and killing or wounding several drivers.

Well...beyond the question of whether this is accurate...if it is, we've simply got to wonder why these convoys are not more heavily guarded. These irregulars seem to have the ability to attack the soft targets in our supply train. That is, of course, the point of infiltration, but if you have a convoy that is a nice target it would seem that you'd put some choppers in the air around it and have some other air assets nearby to make life hell for the attackers. Or perhaps use phoney convoys as ambushes...or spend a little more effort sweeping the ground around your line of transit. Given that the enemy isn't trying to win a war in the conventional sense -- just trying to break our will to keep forces that far from home -- perhaps a little more effort to protect our soft targets in the hot zone wouldn't hurt.

48 posted on 04/10/2004 11:28:45 AM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: MEG33
That's plain impossible - a 10-year-old can barely lift an RPG let alone aim it at a safe distance.
49 posted on 04/10/2004 11:31:15 AM PDT by Filibuster_60
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To: Scott from the Left Coast
This convoy attack happened yesterday .I believe we have two soldiers and another person missing.No word on the soldiers.One soldier dead in this attack.12 wounded

Al Jazeera is reporting captured American will be killed if we don't pull out of Fallujah.
50 posted on 04/10/2004 11:36:18 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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