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  • U.S. Forces Pursue New Iraq Enemy Lists

    12/26/2003 7:49:45 PM PST · by optimistically_conservative · 11 replies · 219+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2003 | JIM KRANE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Thirteen fugitives remain from the original "deck of cards" of top Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) regime members, but U.S. forces are increasingly focusing on new lists of individuals thought to be taking a more active role in the anti-U.S. insurgency, military intelligence sources say. To create these lists, U.S. military units and their coalition allies have developed computer databases, which they have updated with information on every bomb blast, firefight, suspect detained and tip provided by a local resident. The deck of cards, prepared by U.S. intelligence before the March invasion, contains images of the...
  • Rocket interrupts Stryker’s peaceful holiday patrol

    12/26/2003 1:28:20 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 33 replies · 492+ views
    Army Times ^ | December 26, 2003 | Matthew Cox
    <p>SAMARRA, Iraq — They’ll probably never write a holiday carol about how Sgt. Raymond Soto’s platoon passed the hours waiting for Christmas morning. The Christmas Eve presence patrol through the city started quietly enough — then someone fired a rocket-propelled grenade at Soto’s Stryker infantry carrier.</p>
  • Military wife gets $500 gift of kindness from stranger

    12/26/2003 3:45:53 PM PST · by CHICAGOFARMER · 26 replies · 882+ views
    Seattle times ^ | 12.26.2003 | By Lisa Heyamoto
    Military wife gets $500 gift of kindness from stranger By Lisa Heyamoto Seattle Times Eastside bureau DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES After a casual conversation with a man in line at the Woodinville Post Office, in which Karin Santos mentioned her husband serving in Iraq, the man presented her with a wad of cash in the parking lot. E-mail this article Print this article Search archive It was in the post-office parking lot, of all places, where Karin Santos rediscovered her faith in humanity. It had been an emotional few months. Her husband Alberto had left for Iraq in...
  • Operation Iraqi School Supplies [good read]

    12/26/2003 2:19:12 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 612+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Dec. 26, 2003 | Carrie Devorah
    National Security & Defense   Operation Iraqi School Supplies by Carrie DevorahPosted Dec 26, 2003Psalm 91, the protection prayer for soldiers: "I shall not be afraid of the terror by night nor of the arrow that flies by day."Sgt First Class, Danny DeNormandie, age 39, was part of the 101st’s second assault into Iraq this past spring. The 101st had its first "rendezvous with destiny" in January 1991, during history’s deepest combat air assault into enemy territory. The 101st sustained no soldiers killed in action during that 100-hour war. Thousands of enemy prisoners were captured. Things are different, this...
  • 1st AD soldier remembered as loyal friend and churchgoer('Hard Core' Holland liked being a medic)

    12/26/2003 12:03:18 PM PST · by demlosers · 4 replies · 303+ views
    The Stars and Stripes ^ | 26 Dec 2003 | Terry Boyd
    BAUMHOLDER, Germany — With Chris Holland, it was friends forever. “We grew up together,” says Chris Lindsay, 27, who lives in Savannah, Ga., and was Holland’s roommate until Holland joined the Army in 2002. “It was kind of an odd relationship. Usually, when you break away from high school, you lose touch. But I’ve known Chris since at least eighth grade.” Tim Katoski, 27, had stayed friends with Holland since kindergarten. Holland was loyal that way, Katoski said. “The friends he kept, you can trace all the way back to kindergarten,” Katoski said. “I could rattle off 15 names of...
  • Local Soldiers Write Letters Home (Appleton WI area)

    12/26/2003 8:37:17 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 14 replies · 362+ views
    Local soldiers write letters homeMerry Christmas from the 395th As the holiday season draws closer to an end, the soldiers of the 395th Ordnance Company, currently stationed overseas in Afghanistan, take time to reflect what really means the most to them. For most of us, it is the family that we left back home, the friends that we spent so many good times with, freedoms that we never realized meant so much to us and a myriad of other things. Being so far away from friends and family back home is a mere inconvenience for some. For others it is...
  • Akron TV anchor reports home from duty in Iraq

    12/26/2003 8:06:01 AM PST · by Molly Pitcher · 27 replies · 410+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | Dec. 26,2003 | Bob Dyer
    Akron TV anchor reports home from duty in Iraq Guardsman with family for holidays shares story he says we're Not many people go from reporting the news to making it. Even fewer would want to -- at least not if they found themselves in Eric Mansfield's boots. Until January, the veteran television journalist had spent 17 years moonlighting with the National Guard. He joined so he could afford college and he stayed because he liked it. When all hell was about to break loose in Iraq, Capt. Mansfield was called up to active duty. Suddenly, he went from sitting behind...
  • Peace of home - Soldiers get to spend holiday with friends and family

    12/25/2003 11:39:14 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 246+ views
    December 25, 2003 Peace of home - Soldiers get to spend holiday with friends and family US Army Specialist Dan Robison untangled the Stars and Stripes on his front porch after returning home from Iraq to Nevada County for a three-week leave between job assignments, Tuesday. Robison was in communications and will now be training to repair medical equipment.The Union photo/Pico van Houtryve David Mirhadi James Learmont will wake up this morning, turn to his wife, Eunice, and wish her a merry Christmas. He'll look outside, probably see a bit of fog, maybe snow, and, in a shuffle, slowly make...
  • Soldiers mourn fallen soldier, “little brother”

    12/26/2003 9:51:28 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 382+ views
    CJTF7 ^ | Dec. 25, 2003
    CJTF-7 Public AffairsBAGHDAD, IraqRelease #031225a                              Soldiers mourn fallen soldier, “little brother” MOSUL, Iraq – A memorial ceremony was held at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation building on the Division Rear compound in Mosul Tuesday to pay tribute to Spc. Nathan W. Nakis, a general equipment operator with Company B, 52nd Engineer Battalion, attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Nakis, 19, of Sedro Woolley, Wash., was killed last Tuesday in a vehicle accident near Mosul. He is survived by his mother, Elinor; father, Arthur; and brother, Nicholas. Fellow soldiers gathered in a faintly-lit room, where memories of their...
  • Change of responsibility [1st Armored Division]

    12/26/2003 9:03:37 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 300+ views
    CJTF7 ^ | Dec. 26, 2003
    CJTF-7 Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Iraq Release #031226d  Change of responsibility BAGHDAD, Iraq –First Battalion, 13th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Pring and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Alers as the battalion command sergeant major during a ceremony at the 1-13 Forward Operating Base in Baghdad Dec 15. Outgoing command sergeant major Pring said he would not forget the hard work the unit did getting to this point in Iraq. “To say I am proud of all of you and the unit would be an understatement,” Pring said. “I...

    12/26/2003 8:15:12 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 174+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | Dec. 26, 2003
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 December 26, 2003Release Number: 03-12-63 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TASK FORCE ALL AMERICAN SOLDIERS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE SECURITY IN AL ANBAR During the last 24 hours, Task Force All American soldiers in Al Anbar conducted 160 patrols (including seven joint patrols with Iraqis). Task Force All American soldiers cleared one weapons cache, and conducted one cordon and search. In Fallujah, Task Force 1-504 soldiers conducted a cordon an search of a nine-building complex that resulted in an additional confiscation of munitions:...
  • 2003 NEWS of the YEAR ~ THE WAR

    12/26/2003 7:38:58 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 10 replies · 1,386+ views
    WORLD on the web ^ | Dec. 27, 2003 issue
    December 27, 2003Volume 18Number 50               THE RUN-UP TO WARread more... THE WARread more... THE WAR AFTER THE WARread more... "I WANT TO NEGOTIATE"read more...     Special Issue Coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom   COVER STORY 2003 NEWS of the YEAR In a year of war, is anything else worth remembering? Like the new, high-tech bombs that suck the air out of a cave, bombshell stories from the battlefield seem to suck up all the pages of a magazine, all the power of our collective memory. So, for many, 2003 will simply be...
  • Joining Army is teen's tribute to fallen GI brother. (Tissue Alert)

    12/26/2003 6:37:10 AM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 264+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12/25/03 | Don Babwin
    The Associated Press Susan Tyrrell, ex-husband Arnold and son Joe look at sympathy cards and letters. Kelly is in the doorway. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORRESTON, Ill. - Nobody would have faulted Joe Tyrrell if he changed his mind about joining the Army now. Not after standing over the hospital bed of the badly burned body of his brother, seeing only emptiness where his arms should have been, understanding then as few do the price some soldiers serving in Iraq have paid. But after he buried Pvt. Scott Matthew Tyrrell, 19-year-old Joe, with the blessing of his family, enlisted in...
  • 'I couldn't have looked my friends in the face if I had opposed the war'

    12/27/2003 5:17:21 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 23 replies · 2,091+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 12/28/03 | Kamal Ahmed
    She's the firebrand left-wing MP who stunned the Commons into silence when she backed Tony Blair over Iraq. Many said she saved the Prime Minister's skin. After a momentous year, Ann Clwyd talks to Kamal Ahmed Ann Clwyd was in the shower when the news started coming in from Iraq. Saddam Hussein had been captured, dead, alive, no one was quite sure. It was early on Sunday morning, 15 December. She got an excited telephone call from a friend in Iraqi Kurdistan saying, 'Have you heard, have you heard? Saddam has been found'. For Tony Blair's human rights envoy to...
  • Top U.S. official in Iraq misses taste of the Valley

    12/27/2003 10:50:42 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 519+ views
    The Monitor ^ | December 24, 2003 | Travis M. Whitehead
    RIO GRANDE CITY — Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez is really missing his mom’s tamales. While his mother is sitting down today with his brothers and sisters for Christmas dinner, the top U.S. commander in Iraq is battling insurgents in a country brutalized for decades by Saddam Hussein. However, the general, who was born and raised in Rio Grande City, on Tuesday evening said there is still room for celebration. “We have a whole bunch of entertainers that are visiting us,” Sanchez said from Iraq during a telephone interview with The Monitor. “David Letterman and a bunch of others across the...
  • MND-CS statement regarding terrorist attacks at Karbala [Multi-National Division]

    12/28/2003 6:34:11 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 251+ views
    CJTF7 ^ | Dec. 28, 2003
    CJTF-7 Public AffairsBAGHDAD, IraqRelease #031228bMND-CS statement regarding terrorist attacks at Karbala  KARBALA, Iraq – “Today in Karbala, evil individuals conducted an unprovoked attack against Coalition Forces and innocent Iraqis.  “These individuals have no honor and no respect for the Iraqi people.  They commit these attacks in an effort to further their own self-interest and to prevent the Iraqi people from taking their rightful place in the world of free nations.  “These attackers killed and injured innocent people and threaten the recovery of Iraq’s economy and job market.  “These evil people will not stop the partnership between the Iraqi people and...
  • Update ~ coalition forces attacked in Karbala [CJTF7 re. 12/27 attacks]

    12/28/2003 6:15:21 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 2 replies · 132+ views
    CJTF7 ^ | Dec. 28, 2003
    CJTF-7 Public AffairsBAGHDAD, IraqRelease #031228aUpdate - coalition forces attacked in Karbala    KARBALA, Iraq – About 1 p.m., 27 Dec. there were multiple attacks against Coalition Forces serving in the Multi-National Division (Central South) in the Karbala area.  These attacks included four suicide car bomb attacks, and mortar and machine gun attacks which targeted Camp Lima, Camp India and the City Hall in Al Hillah.    CJTF-7 immediately dispatched helicopters with an emergency medical response team consisting of a doctor and emergency medical technicians.    Five Coalition soldiers assigned to MND (CS) were killed and approximately 25 were wounded.  In addition, there...
  • One task force 1st Armored Division soldier killed, five wounded in IED attack ~ CJTF7

    12/28/2003 6:03:05 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 268+ views
    CJTF7 ^ | Dec. 28, 2003
    CJTF-7 Public AffairsBAGHDAD, IraqRelease #031228cOne task force 1st Armored Division soldier killed, five wounded in IED attack BAGHDAD, Iraq – A soldier from Task Force 1st Armored Division was killed and five other soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated during a mounted patrol east of the Karadah district in Baghdad at approximately 10:13 a.m. this morning.The wounded soldiers have been evacuated to military medical facilities.The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The incident is under investigation.
  • Canadian Beats World at Rock, Paper, Scissors

    11/09/2003 8:44:45 AM PST · by uglybiker · 8 replies · 108+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sun Oct 26, 6:45 PM ET
    World - Canada Canadian Beats World at Rock, Paper, Scissors Sun Oct 26, 6:45 PM ET TORONTO (Reuters) - The competitors, in glitzy, off-the-wall costumes, call themselves professional athletes. Some even bring along team doctors to supervise their nutrition and take them through intense warmups. Related Links • 2003 RPS Championships • World RPS Society   This, it seems, is serious stuff to the 320 competitors who shook their fists early into Sunday morning at the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Championships at a nightclub in downtown Toronto. The man who did win -- and netted himself a purse of...