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  • U.S. to Appeal Blackwater Decision

    01/23/2010 7:19:47 AM PST · by John W · 85 replies · 4,669+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2010 | AP
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. will appeal a court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security contractors involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday. Biden's announcement after a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani shows just how diplomatically sensitive the incident remains nearly three years later.
  • Support swells for 3 accused SEALs

    01/22/2010 9:51:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies · 816+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 22,2010 | Rowan Scarborough
    When a small team of Navy SEALs set out to capture one of Iraq's most-wanted terrorists in September, they never dreamed it would go so smoothly. After all, Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected mastermind of a 2004 atrocity against U.S. contractors in Fallujah, was holed up in a safe house in Anbar province. Intelligence reports, which identified his location, said he kept a revolver under his pillow.
  • Liberal Suicide Bombers Prepare For Rush Limbaugh’s Return To Radio

    01/05/2010 9:29:39 AM PST · by writer33 · 17 replies · 1,163+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 01/05/2010 | Chris Davis
    Palm Beach—On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, all hell is expected to break loose at the Southern EIB Command Post in Palm Beach, Florida, as liberal suicide bombers prepare for Rush Limbaugh’s return to radio.
  • Marine gunnery sergeant revolutionized tank warfare but lost his right eye in battle (Gunny Pop)

    12/15/2009 7:57:27 PM PST · by pissant · 47 replies · 1,936+ views
    Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise ^ | 11/20/09 | Andrew Lubin
    As his M1 Abrams tank, nicknamed Bonecrusher, rolled through Fallujah, Iraq, Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch thought about the trail of dead insurgents left in its wake: “Fight and you die. Run and you die. Hide and you die. Hey, this works for me.” Popaditch, or “Gunny Pop” as his Marines called him, commanded a tank platoon during the first Battle of Fallujah in April 2004. Fighting only a week after four American contractors from Blackwater USA were captured, killed and their bodies hung from a bridge, Bonecrusher and Popaditch’s other tank were working with Marine infantry in clearing insurgents out...
  • Free the Navy SEALs Now

    12/10/2009 6:15:13 PM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies · 2,859+ views
    Investors Business daily ^ | December 10, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Law: American heroes are arraigned for allegedly punching a terrorist in wartime. What happens to Tiger Woods isn't vital to our country's future. What happens to Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe is. People are more likely to recognize the names of Tiger's alleged bimbo eruptions than the names of these three Navy SEALs we sent into battle. They are not household names in a nation consumed with Climate Gate, the public option and the antics of billionaire athletes. An administration consumed with apologies has said the architect of 9/11's massacre, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, must be given all the...
  • 2 of 3 accused SEALs to appear in court (outrageous)

    12/07/2009 9:42:05 AM PST · by pissant · 26 replies · 1,162+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 12/6/09 | Larry Odell
    RICHMOND, Va.—Two Navy SEALs are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in military court on charges that they mistreated an Iraqi suspect in the gory slayings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah. One of the SEALs is accused of punching the detainee after his September arrest, while the other is accused of lying to investigators. A third SEAL also accused of lying to investigators about the episode will be arraigned later. All three men have men have received an outpouring of support from people who view them as heroes. A Facebook page created to support the SEALs had more than 45,000...
  • Blackwater Down

    01/07/2009 6:02:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies · 1,485+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 6, 2009
    Justice: Once again, Americans asked to put their lives on the line go on trial. Their crime was doing the very job we asked them to do in Iraq. Will they now be sacrificed for an ungrateful Iraq?On Tuesday, five members of a tactical support team of Blackwater Worldwide security guards in Iraq made their first appearance in U.S. District Court on charges ranging from voluntary manslaughter to the use of automatic weapons. The "crime" was protecting State Department personnel under fire in a war zone and firing back. On Sept. 16, 2007, 18 members of the "Raven 23" team...
  • Navy Seals Could Face Year in Prison Over Alleged Punching of Terrorist

    12/05/2009 8:16:48 AM PST · by montag813 · 109 replies · 2,667+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 12-05-09 | CNS News
    The Navy Seals facing court martial for the alleged abuse of a terror suspect arrested for killing four Americans face up to a year in military confinement, discharge for bad conduct, and forfeiture of two-thirds of their pay for a year, if convicted, according to defense attorneys.
  • One Fat Lip for the Terrorist,One Black Eye on America

    12/02/2009 7:55:49 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 6 replies · 384+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 12/2/09 | alaphiah
    Abed the alleged mastermind of four mutilated and burned U.S. security guards in Fallujah in 2004. No that’s not the unbelievable moment the moment that is giving America a black eye is the fact that America is prosecuting three of the four U.S. SEALs because Abed a terrorist accused them of fattening his lip in the process of his capture and custody. (see story) (see 4:37min video) According to Reporter Rowan Scarborough; Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a...
  • Save the SEALs: A serious nation doesn't prosecute its heroes

    11/30/2009 8:05:45 PM PST · by Abakumov · 29 replies · 1,273+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2009 | Editorial
    The fact that this case has come this far shows an astonishing lack of perspective. While these three patriotic young men stand before a military judge to answer a terrorist complaint about an alleged thrown punch, CIA- and Air Force-operated drone aircraft rain hellfire missiles on terror suspects, killing them and anyone who happens to be nearby, whether or not they have the right target. Fighting a war is dirty business. As George Orwell is reputed to have said, "we sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would...
  • Dec 7 Navy SEALs Courts-Martial PROTEST - Norfolk Virginia

    11/30/2009 2:45:02 PM PST · by Saoirise · 60 replies · 4,551+ views
    Eagles UP | 11/30/2009 | Elyse A. Buongiorno
    Dec 7 Navy SEALs Courts-Martial PROTEST - Norfolk Virginia SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! Type: Causes - Protest Network: Global Date: Monday, December 7, 2009 Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm Location: Naval Station Norfolk City/Town: Norfolk, VA Description As most of you already know, some of our military’s most elite, the Navy SEALs are under fire from the US Government for none other than bloodying the lip of one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe & Petty Officer...
  • Clubbing Our Seals

    11/27/2009 5:09:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 1,652+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 27, 2009 | IBD edirorial staff
    War On Terror: As Khalid Sheikh Mohammed receives the benefits of U.S. justice, three Navy SEALs face court-martial for allegedly punching a captured terrorist who hanged Americans from a bridge in Fallujah. Apparently our efforts to impress the world about the marvels of our criminal justice system require us to give foreign terrorists such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the man who invented the manned cruise missiles that flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and plowed into a Pennsylvania field on its way to the Capitol Building, the full rights and protections of the American citizens he conspired...
  • SEALs Who Caught High-Profile Terrorist Now Face Court-Martial

    11/27/2009 8:32:10 AM PST · by Irisshlass · 148 replies · 2,843+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/26/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military is throwing the book at three terrorist-hunting Navy SEALs who captured one of the most wanted in Iraq. It seems one of the commandos may have punched Ahmed Hashim Abed, who intelligence reports said planned the bloody ambush of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah, Iraq, five years ago. Instead of plaudits, three SEALs face court-martial in January. And conservatives are expressing outrage to HUMAN EVENTS. Abed, whom the U.S. command designated "Objective Amber," was nabbed in darkness Sept. 3 by a platoon of commandos from SEAL Team 10, based in Norfolk. The next few hours proved...
  • Navy SEALs who captured one of Iraq’s most wanted terrorists, facing charges... over a bloody lip.

    The SEALs took down Ahmed Hasim Abed, the alleged mastermind of a ghastly 2004 incident in which four American contractors who worked security for Blackwater USA, were murdered in Fallujah and two of the bodies were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. But instead of being praised as heroes, the SEALs are all facing charges and have hired lawyers, FoxNews.com reported.
  • Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

    11/25/2009 8:55:22 AM PST · by Paige · 118 replies · 4,826+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.
  • Navy SEALS Prosecuted for Slugging Barbarian

    11/25/2009 10:42:38 AM PST · by jazminerose · 25 replies · 1,535+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 11/25/09 | Joy Tiz
    In yet another exercise in flaunting its “sensitivity”, the Navy is prosecuting three of our extraordinary Navy SEALS for slugging a terrorist. Not just any terrorist, mind you. Ahmed Hashim Abed was the mastermind of the annihilation and mutilation of four Blackwater security guards whose mission on that day was to transport supplies for a catering company. “The Fallujah atrocity came to symbolize the brutality of the enemy in Iraq,and the degree to which a homegrown insurgency was extending its grip over Iraq.” Little Abed was considered a high value target whose capture should be feted. Three of our elite...
  • Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

    11/24/2009 11:45:09 AM PST · by Terrence DoGood · 638 replies · 27,028+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | By Rowan Scarborough
    Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And for their trouble, three of the SEALs, members of the Navy's elite commando unit, are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com. The three have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and requested a trial by court-martial. Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it....
  • Decorated Marine to run for (liberal) Filner's seat (A Duncan Hunter guy)

    11/10/2009 8:28:46 PM PST · by pissant · 130 replies · 2,859+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 11/10/09 | John Marelius
    Decorated Marine veteran Nick Popaditch on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 51st Congressional District seat held by Democrat Bob Filner. Nicknamed “Gunny Pop,” Popaditch served two separate stints in the Marines. He was a tank commander during the Persian Gulf war and honorably discharged in 1992 after six years. Tiring of civilian life, he rejoined the Marines in 1995. A widely circulated photograph after the fall of Baghdad in 2003 shows the tank commander and platoon sergeant smoking a cigar in front of the statue of Saddam Hussein just before his unit helped tear it...
  • Murder charge dropped in Iraqi detainee killing

    09/29/2009 6:24:31 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 2 replies · 592+ views
    San diego Union Tribune ^ | 9/29/2009 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The government has dropped a murder charge against a Marine who pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty for killing an unarmed Iraqi detainee during a battle to recapture the city of Fallujah. If convicted of murder, Sgt. Jermaine Nelson could have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison and a dishonorable discharge. Instead, he now faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a bad conduct discharge – one grade less than dishonorable. Defense attorney Joseph Low told reporters the plea agreement says Nelson will not serve any prison time and will...
  • Sgt. Jermaine Nelson pleads to dereliction

    09/29/2009 4:03:42 PM PDT · by 4woodenboats · 13 replies · 732+ views
    North County Times ^ | September 29 2009 | Mark Walker
    A Marine sergeant pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to two counts of dereliction of duty in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed detainee during the opening hours of the November 2004 battle for the Iraqi city of Fallujah.
  • Marine accused of killing detainee gets plea deal ( Fallujah Action in 2004)

    09/29/2009 2:22:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 1,482+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Sep 29 01:31 PM US/Eastern | ELLIOT SPAGAT - AP
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - A military judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Marine accused of killing an unarmed detainee in Iraq. The charge against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson was dismissed Tuesday at Camp Pendleton after he agreed to plead guilty to dereliction of duty. His attorney Joseph Low says the plea agreement calls for no prison time and an honorable discharge. The 28-year-old Nelson could have faced up to life in prison if convicted of murder. Nelson was among three Marines accused of killing detainees in 2004 during house-to-house fighting to recapture Fallujah.
  • MILITARY: Last Fallujah Trial Starts Tuesday (Sgt. Jermaine Nelson)

    09/25/2009 11:13:45 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 13 replies · 577+ views
    North County Times / The Californian ^ | September 25, 2009 | North County Times
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- The murder and dereliction of duty trial for the last of three defendants charged with killing an unarmed detainee during a 2004 battle for what was then the insurgent-held Iraqi city of Fallujah gets under way Tuesday in a base courtroom. Sgt. Jermaine Nelson is accused of killing an unnamed detainee he and members of his Camp Pendleton squad captured in the opening hours of the battle that began on Nov. 9, 2004. Two co-defendants, former Marine sergeants Ryan Weemer and Jose L. Nazario Jr., were acquitted in separate trials for the same alleged offense. (snip) Nazario,...
  • CBS and Dan Rather should be held accountable (Warning: Graphic photos down thread)

    05/12/2004 9:43:09 AM PDT · by jg0510 · 149 replies · 481+ views
    I posted the following message on the CBS message board yesterday and also sent the same message to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. If you agree with my message, I would appreciate it if you would forward this e-mail to others in your address book. I believe this is very important and a "grass roots" effort may be the only way to force Dan Rather, CBS, and others to accept the responsibility of their careless and destructive actions: "I think all American citizens should be outraged at CBS for making the "abuse" pictures public. CBS has done serious damage to the...
  • Wounded Warrior Diaries: Family Heals Together, Stays Together

    07/01/2009 3:50:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Wounded Warrior Dairies ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, July 1, 2009 – A retired Army captain who survived third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body while stationed in Iraq believes that through family, faith and a lot of hard work, anything can be overcome. Retired Army Capt. Alvin Eugene Shell Jr. survived third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body while stationed in Iraq. He credits his family, faith and hard work for his recovery. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Capt. Alvin Eugene Shell Jr., who served with the 16th Military Police Brigade, credits his wife, Danielle, his three sons, his mother...
  • Marines, others rally behind sergeant accused in Fallouja killings [Sgt Nelson case]

    06/28/2009 5:05:09 PM PDT · by RedRover · 14 replies · 1,166+ views
    KABC -- San Diego ^ | 28 June 2009 | Tony Perry
    A group of retired Marines is rallying behind Sgt. Jermaine Nelson, the last of three Marines to face trial in the killing of unarmed prisoners during a battle in Fallouja, Iraq, in November 2004. Two other defendants have been found innocent: former Sgt. Jose Nazario in federal court in August, and Sgt. Ryan Weemer in a court-martial at Camp Pendleton in April. Nelson's case is set for a pretrial hearing Monday at Camp Pendleton. He stands accused of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. Calls for the charges to be dropped have come from retired Col. G.I. Wilson; William McNulty...
  • Memorial Day - Fallen and Never Forgotten - Chaplain's Email and Memorial Pics

    05/22/2009 3:29:43 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 10 replies · 1,063+ views
    John.... Chaplain, 1st MarDiv. ^ | April 9, 2004 | John.... Chaplain, 1st MarDiv.
    Hot&sunny, ops 24/7, bad guys regrouping. The brawl will begin again...probably tonight. bad guys redistributing ammo&moving for new cover. We're on the edge of town&hear the imam's rail against us...morale extremely high...extra intensity, friends on the line. senior nco's and officers here, feel the pull. They've trained everyone on the line...Today at the Div. Chaplain office. He waded into Ar Ramadi during the firefight three days ago...to provide ministry at the aid station...where he was needed. Second, coordinating Holy Week Services. A)worry about large numbers in one place. B)organists in short supply and no organ.C)We are going to worship..we need...
  • Marine Corps to Prosecute Third Fallujah Suspect (Jermaine Nelson)

    04/24/2009 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 46 replies · 1,557+ views
    North County Times ^ | April 24, 2009 | MARK WALKER - Staff Writer
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- Despite having failed to win convictions of two co-defendants, the Marine Corps announced Friday it will prosecute Sgt. Jermaine Nelson for killing an unarmed Iraqi prisoner of war. Lt. Col. David Griesmer said a plea from Nelson's attorney to drop the murder charge has been rejected. The attorney, Joseph Low, said Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland believes the case should be decided by a jury. "Sometimes, a single person does not want to be the decision-maker," Low said of Helland, who has the authority to order the charges against Nelson withdrawn. "The general decided he would rather see...
  • Case against Marine sergeant to proceed to court-martial (Sgt. Jermaine Nelson)

    04/24/2009 6:37:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 479+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/24/09 | Tony Perry
    Murder charges against a Marine sergeant at Camp Pendleton in the death of a prisoner in Fallujah, Iraq, will not be dropped, despite the acquittal of two Marines in the same case. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has decided that the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson should proceed to a court-martial.
  • Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Terrorism Conspiracy Against...

    04/17/2009 2:44:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 508+ views
    US DOJ.GOV/opa - Press Release ^ | April 16, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq WASHINGTON – An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen was sentenced to 25 years in prison today for conspiring to murder Americans overseas, including by planting roadside bombs targeting U.S. soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq, and by demonstrating on video how these explosives would be detonated to destroy American vehicles and their occupants. The sentencing of Wesam al-Delaema, age 36, was announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Jeffrey A. Taylor, U.S. Attorney for the District of...
  • Perfect Valor to Premiere May 16th (Fallujah documentary garners great review from Veterans)

    04/14/2009 1:02:54 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 9 replies · 734+ views
    Received via email ^ | April 14, 2009 | Richard S. Lowry
    PERFECT VALOR TO PREMIERE MAY 16th On May 16, 2009, Citizens United Productions will premiere “Perfect Valor” at the GI Film Festival in Washington DC. Peabody Award winning Producer, David C. Taylor and noted contemporary author and military historian, Richard S. Lowry, have worked tirelessly with the talented production staff to create a compelling tribute to all the men and women who have served in Iraq. ORLANDO, FLORIDA April 14, 2009 — Every American needs to see Perfect Valor. This film captures the sacrifices of those who have served our nation. From the young man who joined the Marines to...
  • Attorney wants charges dropped against third Fallujah defendant [And you can help!]

    04/11/2009 6:13:00 AM PDT · by RedRover · 29 replies · 956+ views
    North County Times ^ | April 10, 2009 | Mark Walker
    The attorney for the third and final Marine charged with killing an unarmed insurgent in Iraq says prosecutors should heed the acquittals of two co-defendants and drop the case against his client. Attorney Joseph Low said Friday that it makes no sense for the Marine Corps to pursue the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson. "I am submitting that request to the Marine Corps," Low said. "The Marine Corps should have gotten the message loud and clear now that these cases should never have been brought." ~ snip ~Besides preparing a formal request for the Marine Corps to drop the case...
  • Another Marine found Innocent (you'll love this)

    04/09/2009 12:34:34 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 34 replies · 1,487+ views
    NRO's Corner ^ | April 9, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Sgt Ryan Weemer, accused of killing an unarmed man during the battle of Fallujah. Acquitted by a jury of eight officers who had been in combat. Good thing Jack Murtha wasn't on the jury; he would have likely voted for conviction before the first witness was sworn. Tell me again how he keeps winning elections. And then fix it, please.
  • Marine acquitted of murder in Iraq slaying

    04/09/2009 11:13:54 AM PDT · by lifeisacarnival · 2 replies · 452+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 04-09-2009 | AP
    A military jury on Thursday acquitted a Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • Marine acquitted on all counts

    04/09/2009 11:16:27 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 37 replies · 10,928+ views
    North County Times | April 9, 2009 | Mark Walker
    CAMP PENDLETON -- A military jury this morning acquitted Marine Sgt. Ryan Weemer in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi insurgent during the battle for the city of Fallujah in 2004. The 26-year-old Illinois native hugged his attorney, who broke into tears on hearing the not-guilty verdict. Weemer's wife, sister and high school English teacher, who attended each day of the trial that started March 30, also cried as the decision was read. Weemer was charged last year with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. Prosecutors alleged that as a corporal, he killed one of four captive insurgents the government...
  • Marine acquitted of murder in Iraq slaying (Sgt. Ryan Weemer)

    04/09/2009 10:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 100 replies · 4,201+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/09 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A military jury has acquitted an Illinois Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq. The jury of eight Marines who served in Iraq or Afghanistan also acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer on Thursday of dereliction of duty in the November 2004 death.
  • Jury gets case of Marine accused of killing POW

    04/08/2009 2:46:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 126 replies · 2,840+ views
    NC Times ^ | April 8, 2009 | Mark Walker
    CAMP PENDLETON ----- A panel of eight Marine officers is deliberating the fate of a sergeant accused of killing an Iraqi insurgent prisoner of war in what a prosecutor acknowledged is a "tough case." During his closing argument in the trial of 26-year-old Sgt. Ryan Weemer, prosecutor Capt. Nick Gannon suggested that at minimum, the 26 year-old Marine is guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 incident in the city of Fallujah. Gannon said two statements Weemer made to investigators in 2006 contain no mention of self-defense. Weemer's attorney has said self-defense is what drove his client's actions. "This case...
  • MILITARY: Weemer testimony ends with appearance by Marine hero

    04/07/2009 12:18:54 PM PDT · by Dubya · 47 replies · 1,849+ views
    North County Times ^ | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- A Marine Corps hero showered praise Monday on a comrade who is on trial for killing an unarmed prisoner of war. Navy Cross recipient Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal said the accused Marine, Sgt. Ryan Weemer, was a skilled warrior who always displayed "excellent" military characteristics. Kasal was given the Navy Cross, the second-highest award a Marine can receive, for saving fellow Marines despite suffering severe wounds during the "Hell House" battle in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 13, 2004. Both Kasal, now head of a five-state recruiting region based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Weemer were injured that...
  • Six Days in Fallujah brings the battle home

    04/07/2009 7:35:45 AM PDT · by Reeses · 11 replies · 576+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | Ryan Kim
    Six Days in Fallujah, developed by Atomic Games and set to be published by Konami, takes gamers into the 2004 battle for Fallujah, the largest urban assault since Vietnam. Developers said they're not seeking to exploit the war in Iraq for profit but to use video games, the medium of choice for young people and soldiers alike, to illuminate an important battle. To that end, the game is incorporating recorded interviews and other documentary techniques. Developers say it's high time a video game aspired to do more than just entertain. "It's time for video games to do what movies, music...
  • MILITARY: Fallujah suspect on trial at Pendleton

    03/28/2009 9:21:02 AM PDT · by Dubya · 31 replies · 1,554+ views
    N C TIMES ^ | MARK WALKER
    Sgt. Ryan Weemer faces accusation he shot unarmed detainee in 2004 CAMP PENDLETON ---- After failing to convict the first of three men to face trial in the alleged slaying of four insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, authorities will try again next week when Sgt. Ryan Weemer goes on trial. Weemer, the man at the center of the case, faces charges of unpremeditated murder and failing to adhere to the military's rules governing the treatment of captured enemy combatants. He has pleaded not guilty. Weemer was part of a squad from the base's 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment that...
  • MILITARY: Fallujah Suspect (Sgt. Ryan Weemer) On Trial At Pendleton

    03/28/2009 1:21:28 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 20 replies · 1,058+ views
    North County Times ^ | March 27, 2009 | MARK WALKER - Staff Writer
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- After failing to convict the first of three men to face trial in the alleged slaying of four insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, authorities will try again next week when Sgt. Ryan Weemer goes on trial. Weemer, the man at the center of the case, faces charges of unpremeditated murder and failing to adhere to the military's rules governing the treatment of captured enemy combatants. He has pleaded not guilty. Weemer was part of a squad from the base's 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment that is alleged to have encountered four suspected insurgents during the search...
  • Center for Women Veterans Hosts ‘Lioness’ Documentary Screening

    03/20/2009 3:58:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 818+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2009 – In April 2004, at the height of the insurgency in Iraq, five female soldiers unwittingly found themselves fighting alongside Marines in the battle for Ramadi and Fallujah. Their story is told in a documentary film bearing their unit name, “Team Lioness,” which has been shown in private and public screenings throughout the United States and Europe in the past year. The Center for Women Veterans hosted the film at the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters here yesterday. “These stories are important to us at VA, because women veterans are coming to VA in great numbers,...
  • Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq

    02/27/2009 4:08:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 526+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | February 26, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/February/09-nsd-168.html Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq Defendant Also Agrees to Plead Guilty to Beating D.C. Prison Guard Unconscious WASHINGTON – An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen today pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to murder Americans overseas, including by planting roadside bombs targeting U.S. soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq, and by demonstrating on video how these explosives would be detonated to destroy American vehicles and their occupants. The guilty plea by Wesam al-Delaema, a/k/a Wesam Khalaf Chayed Delaeme, age 36, was announced today by Matthew G. Olsen, Acting Assistant...
  • Video - God Bless The Military - An Intense Firefight In Fallujah

    02/19/2009 7:51:47 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 2 replies · 401+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 02 19 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    An intense but short battle takes place on November 29th, 2007, Fallujah, Iraq. (Video on site)
  • Iraqi Police Hold Last Fallujah Checkpoint

    02/11/2009 3:18:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Ryan Turnage, Multi-National Corps - Iraq
    FALLUJAH — Iraqi’s independent security capabilities continued to expand throughout eastern Anbar province as the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, recently turned over command of the battalion’s final entry control point, ECP 1, to the Fallujah District Chief of Police, Feb. 5. Entry control points are manned security positions that screen persons attempting to enter specific areas for weapons, contraband and a criminal history. They are often used as a security measure around cities to protect the population. Now that Iraqi Security Forces control all entry control points in the Fallujah area, Coalition forces will be...
  • Second Fallujah trial postponed [Good news for Sgt Nelson and a happy New Year to all]

    12/31/2008 3:44:25 PM PST · by RedRover · 54 replies · 993+ views
    North County Times ^ | December 30, 2008 | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- The Monday start of a trial for the second of three men accused of killing four unarmed captives during a 2004 battle in Iraq has been delayed. Sgt. Jermaine Nelson was scheduled to go on trial in a base courtroom on a charge of unpremeditated murder for allegedly shooting one of the captives. No bodies were ever found in a case built almost exclusively on an admission from one of the defendants. Nelson also is charged with three counts of dereliction of duty for failing to follow the rules of engagement, the laws of war and the...
  • A warrior and Branson Junior High honors its Veterans (Marine from Iraqi Freedom Special Guest)

    11/23/2008 8:31:17 PM PST · by SERKIT · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Branson Courier ^ | Nov 12, 2008 | Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull
    The guest speaker, U.S Marine Sergeant Jason Arellano was introduced through a video clip. The clip showed him being carried off the field of battle after receiving serious injuries in a fire fight in Fallujah, Iraq when there was serious doubt as to whether or not he would survive. As he started his presentation Arellano asked two questions, “When you look at our flag what do you see and feel? When you hear our National Anthem what do you hear and what does that mean to you?” Rather than talk about himself extensively, Arellano brought the sacrifice of Veterans home...
  • Dog trained in military prison to help amputee

    11/22/2008 8:11:34 AM PST · by Dubya · 24 replies · 1,426+ views
    STAR NEWS ^ | Amanda Greene
    This is the first time Marine Cpl. Zachary Briseno will be in his Fort Worth, Texas, home for Thanksgiving in four and a half years since his two tours of duty in Iraq. That’s something to be thankful for. But the 23-year-old has a furrier reason for thankfulness this week. Briseno, who lost both of his legs below the knees almost a year ago in an IED attack in Fallujah, is getting a specially trained guide dog to help him in his day-to-day tasks. The dog was trained through Carolina Canines for Veterans, an adjunct program of the local nonprofit...
  • Return To Anbar: Day 2

    11/20/2008 4:30:06 AM PST · by radar101 · 2 replies · 465+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | November 19, 2008 | David Mac Dougall
    We spent a fascinating second day in Fallujah, guests of B-Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. Capt. Dan Micklis and Lt. Joe Passman have been showing us around downtown Fallujah, and as I hope you can see from the photos, there’s a lot of life and a lot of color in the markets. Lt. Passman is one of the last marines in Fallujah. His unit is based at a building pretty much in the city center, where he works in close conjunction with the Iraqi Police. The marines we met were, as usual, highly motivated and very interesting to talk with....
  • Marines Encouraged by Iraqi Progress in Anbar, General Says

    11/10/2008 2:59:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 596+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2008 – Since Anbar province returned to Iraqi control, Iraqi security forces are taking more responsibility and U.S. Marines in western Iraq are increasingly performing an overwatch role, the deputy commander of Multinational Force West said today. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Martin Post, briefing Pentagon correspondents by satellite from Fallujah, said a very few foreign fighters are trying to infiltrate the country, and Iraqi forces are in the lead in trying to stop them. The coalition leadership in Anbar province has been pleased “across the board” with Iraqi security forces, the general said. “We're most happy with...
  • Last One Turn Out the Lights

    10/20/2008 6:07:49 AM PDT · by PatrioticMarineMom · 4 replies · 386+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 20, 2008 | Jennifer Griffin
    WASHINGTON — When Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly deployed to Iraq in February, the violence had fallen so low in Anbar province that he began figuring out how to start closing bases and prepare to go home. In the last 10 months the Marines in Fallujah have done what was unthinkable before the surge began — they have quietly transferred out of one of Anbar province's largest cities. FOX News has learned in an exclusive interview with Kelly from Fallujah that 80 percent of the move is complete. In February there were 8,000 Marines living at Fallujah base. Now there...