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  • Incredible video of Iraqi forces dropping humanitarian aid, Yazidis scrambing onto helicopter

    08/09/2014 12:27:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 41 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 8-9-2014 | soopermexican
    It’s good to know that the Iraqi forces are doing their own humanitarian effort onto Mount Sinjar where the Yazidis are stranded, instead of just depending on America. In this video from Rudaw, a Kurdish news organization, a reporter goes along with the helicopter that drops off food and water from Iraqi charity services, and shows the danger they have to ward off from ISIS trying to shoot them out of the air. Watch the video from the Washington Post below:
  • ‘TELEPHONIC SIGNATURE’? As of Jan. 1, Obamacare Forces States to Accept

    01/13/2014 2:48:32 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-13-2014 | David Steinberg
    The Obama administration’s interest in creating a streamlined application process for Medicaid, CHIP, and subsidized health insurance via the state Obamacare exchanges has come at the expense of effective security and fraud prevention. As of January 1, 2014, this easing of requirements now includes the mandate that states accept applications completed entirely via telephone. Rather than require such applications be later accompanied by the electronic or mailed transmission of a signed document, HHS instead requires states to accept a spoken assent on a telephone call as the equivalent of an actual signature. Says J. Christian Adams, PJ Media legal editor...
  • Our World: Kerry forces Israel’s moment of decision

    12/17/2013 8:43:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 12/16/13 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Facing the Palestinians’ continued defiance of the very notion of peaceful coexistence with Israel, Kerry is planning to present his own peace deal next month and try to force Israel to accept it. There was a ghoulish creepiness to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Israel last week. Here we were, beset by the greatest winter storm in a hundred years. All roads to Jerusalem were sealed off. Tens of thousands of Jerusalemites and residents of surrounding areas were locked down in their houses, without power, heat, telephone service or water. And all of the sudden, out of...
  • Kenya's military says 'most' hostages freed after forces launch attack on militants inside mall

    09/22/2013 2:35:39 PM PDT · by rawhide · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-22-12
    "Most" of the hostages who have been holed up at an upscale shopping mall in Kenya's capital after it was attacked by members of an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group on Saturday have been freed, Kenya's military says. Kenya's armed forces launched a "major" assault on the militants on Sunday night -- about 30 hours after the Islamists stormed the Nairobi mall in an attack that left at least 68 dead and 175 injured. At around midnight local time, Kenya's Defence Forces said it had rescued most hostages and had taken control of most of the mall, but declined to...
  • Obamacare Forces Indiana University to Cut Jobs

    09/12/2013 4:48:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Bretibart ^ | 9/12/13 | Wynton Hall
    Indiana University is firing 50 maintenance and custodial workers and shifting them to a temp agency to avoid incurring Obamacare costs. WRTV Indiana says Indiana University already spends $215 million on healthcare annually.
  • US moves forces toward Syria

    08/24/2013 7:04:53 PM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 118 replies
    AP ^ | 8-24-13 | Bradley Klapper
    the Obama administration prepared for a possible military response by moving naval forces closer to Syria. Obama discussed the situation in Syria by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the White House said. It was Obama's first known conversation with a foreign leader about Syria since the reports this week that hundreds of Syrians had been killed by the alleged chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus, the capital.
  • Obama: ´U.S. Forces Recently Deployed to Jordan´

    06/21/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/21/13 | Daniel Halper
    In a letter just sent Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Obama notifies Congress that U.S. forces were "recently deployed to Jordan." "Certain U.S. forces recently deployed to Jordan solely to participate in a training exercise. This exercise ended on June 20, 2013. At the request of the Government of Jordan, a combat-equipped detachment of approximately 700 of these forces remained in Jordan after the conclusion of the exercise to join other U.S. forces already in Jordan," Obama writes. This detachment that participated in the exercise and remained in Jordan includes Patriot missile systems, fighter aircraft, and related support,
  • First verified lie from Ed Snowden

    06/12/2013 1:58:38 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 143 replies
    blackfive.net ^ | 6-12-2013 | Uncle Jimbo
    NSA leaker Ed Snowden claimed to have broken both of his legs while training for Special Forces. "In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces. Invoking the same principles that he now cites to justify his leaks, he said: "I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression"." That is simply not true as the statement from the Special Warfare Center & School below clearly points out. "Snowden was never a student at...
  • Pro-gun-law forces cancel showdown

    02/26/2013 9:54:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/25/13 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    <p>A Potentially explosive confrontation over Gov. Cuomo’s tough new gun law was avoided over the weekend as 1199 SEIU, the hospital workers union, abruptly canceled a Thursday rally designed to challenge some 10,000 opponents of the governor’s measure, The Post has learned.</p>
  • Chuck Hagel’s Plan for U.S. Forces in 'Palestine'

    02/26/2013 8:46:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/26/13 | Joseph Klein
    On the eve of a Senate vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, a 2009 report co-authored by Hagel has surfaced titled “A Last Chance For A Two-State Israel-Palestine Agreement.” It called for Israel to make “the hard compromises and painful concessions for peace” without asking anything comparable from the Palestinian side. Indeed, the report warned against “the Jewish-American and Christian Zionist groups that feel comfortable amplifying the positions of Israeli politicians hostile to hard compromise and painful concession.” One of Hagel’s principal co-signatories on the report was Zbigniew Brzezinski, who had advised Obama on foreign policy during...
  • Afghans accuse U.S. special forces of being involved in torture

    02/24/2013 5:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan -Afghanistan´s president says all U.S. special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi says Sunday´s decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are linked to the U.S. special forces. He said the government wants the individuals, whom he did not identify, to be handed over to the government. Wardak is a restive province next to Kabul and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts.
  • Syrian forces fire short-range ballistic missiles at rebels

    12/12/2012 10:32:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Karen DeYoung
    Government forces have fired at least a half-dozen short-range ballistic missiles at rebel groups in northern Syria over the past several days, according to U.S. officials, a potentially significant escalation of a civil war that has killed more than 40,000 people. U.S. officials and the group Human Rights Watch also alleged Wednesday that Syrian government forces are dropping incendiary devices similar to napalm weapons on rebel fighters in populated areas. The officials described the tactics as acts of desperation as rebels gain momentum in the nearly two-year-old fight to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Colorado Springs Doctor Rescued from Taliban

    12/09/2012 7:28:32 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 9, 2012 | Clayton Sandell
    Dr. Dilip Joseph and two colleagues were kidnapped by a group of armed men while returning from a visit to a rural medical clinic in eastern Kabul Province, according to a statement from their employer, Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development. The statement said the three were eventually taken to a mountainous area about 50 miles from the border with Pakistan. Morning Star's crisis management team in Colorado Springs was in contact with the hostages and their captors almost immediately, the statement said. On Saturday evening in Afghanistan, two of the three hostages were released. Morning Star did not release their...
  • Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces

    05/29/2012 9:40:03 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 9 replies
    •Strategic Rocket Forces: 334 missiles with 1092 warheads 55 R-36M2 (SS-18) with 550 warheads 35 UR-100NUTTH (SS-19) with 210 warheads 150 Topol (SS-25) with 150 warheads 56 Topol-M silo (SS-27) with 56 warheads 18 Topol-M mobile (SS-27) with 18 warheads 18 RS-24 mobile with 108 warheads •Strategic Fleet: 96 missiles with 336 warheads 3 Delta III with 48 R-29R with 144 warheads 3 Delta IV with 48 R-29RM with 192 warheads •Strategic Aviation: 66 bombers with ~200 cruise missiles 55 Tu-95MS (Bear H) with up to 16 Kh-55 (AS-15A) 11 Tu-160 (Blackjack) with up to 12 Kh-55SM (AS-15B)
  • Report: Iranian Special Forces Are Marching Into Syria

    02/08/2012 10:36:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/8/12 | Jim Hoft
    The Turkish news is reporting that Iran Quds forces are marching into Syria to quash the rebellion. The Tatler reported: According to the Turkish newspaper, Sabah, the commander of the Quds forces, Qassem Soleimani and 15,000 of his fighters have entered Syria with the mission of assisting in the suppression of the Syrian protestors. The Quds forces will act as a firewall for the Assad regime as the Syrian army is finding itself in a difficult situation where many officers are joining the opposition because they do not approve of the mass killings of the civilians, which so far has...
  • Egypt security forces raid unit of Al Jazeera

    09/11/2011 9:15:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/11/11
    (Reuters) - Security officers raided the offices of an Al Jazeera channel in Egypt and detained some of its staff, the Qatar-based broadcaster said on Sunday, describing the move as an attempt to drive the channel off the air. State news agency MENA said it had shut down a company that provided facilities to the channel Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), which broadcasts live international events. MENA said the Al Jazeera unit did not have a proper licence. Since it was launched in 1996, Al Jazeera has become the highest-profile satellite news broadcaster in the Middle East. It has frequently had...
  • Israel security forces foil multiple terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, arrest dozens

    09/07/2011 8:41:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 9/7/2011 | Anshel Pfeffer
    The Israeli Shin-Bet security service foiled a suicide terrorist attack last month in Jerusalem, it emerged Wednesday. An explosive belt was seized only 24 hours before the planned attack, after it was already smuggled into Jerusalem. The interception of the planned attack was part of a large-scale operation by the Shin Bet, the IDF and the police against the Hamas military infrastructure in the West Bank and Jerusalem. During the operation, dozens of Hamas activists – operating in alleged 13 separate units – were arrested.
  • Kadhafi forces report gains, launch offensive

    08/07/2011 10:09:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/7/11 | Andrew Beatty
    Rebels in the western Libyan town of Zliten were said to be low on ammunition and on the defensive on Sunday, as the regime said its forces had retaken the strategic southwest town of Bir Ghanam. Abdul Wahab Melitan, a rebel spokesman in the port city of Misrata near Zliten, said forces loyal to strongman Moamer Kadhafi had launched an assault on rebel positions in Zliten's Souk Telat area, killing three and wounding 15. "The rebels lack ammunition to advance and we do not want to risk losing any ground," Melitan said. Meanwhile, a rebel source at Al-Qusbat, around 90...
  • Hizbullah Threatens UN Forces

    12/08/2010 5:40:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 12/8/10 | staff
    Former Lebanese government cabinet minister Wi'am Wahhab, a pro-Syrian politician allied with the Hizbullah, has "warned" that UNIFIL peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon will not be safe if the UN releases a report blaming the Hizbullah for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • Six Forces that will Push Gold Higher Into 2011

    12/03/2010 2:30:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1+ views
    iStockAnalyst ^ | 12/03/2010 | Sean Broderick of ETF News Daily
    Gold recently logged a 25% gain so far this year, and many people think it's time to bank gains and head for the benches. While I'm never opposed to grabbing nice gains, I think there are much NICER gains to come in gold. I can give you a list of forces I've told you about before — lack of new supply, new and surging demand from gold ETFs, the world's central banks switching from net sellers to net buyers, and more.But today, I want to tell you about six more forces that will keep the heat on gold at...
  • ‘US-Trained Armed Forces Turning PA into Police State’

    11/22/2010 5:45:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    inn ^ | 11/22/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The United States may have created a Frankenstein in the Palestinian Authority, which human rights groups fear is using U.S.-trained forces to build a police state. “I feel real concern that we are reaching the level of a police state,” according to Ramallah-based human rights group director Shawan Jabarin, quoted by the Financial Times. The United States has taken pride in its training PA ”policemen,” avoiding use of the words "armed forces" in order not to violate Oslo agreements. General Keith Dayton, who recently stepped down as director of the training program in the PA, has said the forces have...
  • Barricaded Man Forces Evacuation of Calif. Mall

    10/21/2010 12:54:27 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 21, 2010 | AP
    ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- A regional shopping center in suburban Sacramento has been evacuated after a man started a fire, then barricaded himself in the back room of an electronics store.
  • Man arrested after US forces flight to divert

    05/31/2010 1:36:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 910+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2010
    MONTREAL (AP) -- Canadian authorities identified Monday a man arrested on an Aeromexico flight from Paris to Mexico that was forced to divert to Montreal after U.S. authorities refused to let the plane use U.S. airspace. Abdirahman Ali Gaall was arrested Sunday at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, said Robert Gervais, an Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada spokesman.
  • US-Backed Iraqi Forces Kill Two Top Al-Qaeda Leaders

    04/19/2010 10:18:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 328+ views
    inn ^ | 4/19/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    American-backed Iraqi forces have killed the country’s two senior terrorists in the Al-Qaeda organization, the United States confirmed Monday. American officials said the deaths are a “potentially devastating blow” to the international terror network. The terrorists were identified as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, Al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who killed in a house after troops stormed it approximately six miles southwest of the home town of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
  • Yonhap: Two Koreas' naval forces clash in West Sea. More soon.

    11/09/2009 7:18:49 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 10 replies · 1,382+ views
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  • Non-Gravitational Fifth Force? Research Could Change Most Widely Held Scientific Theories...

    10/28/2009 1:26:53 AM PDT · by bogusname · 25 replies · 1,122+ views
    BCN ^ | Oct 28, 2009 | Teresa Neumann
    He [Jesus] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." -Col. 1:17 REPORTER'S NOTE: Though I'm taking a stab in the dark (excuse the pun) with interpreting this article, one thing is certain: these scientists seem to ascribe cognizant, rational attributes to an invisible "force" that is "ruling over" dark matter in the universe. I'll let you read the article and come to your own conclusions! -Teresa Neumann, BCN. Science Daily reports that an international team of astronomers have found an unexpected link between mysterious 'dark matter' and the visible stars and gas in galaxies that could...
  • Jefferson County Sheriff defends soldier's funeral procession (MUST READ THE SHERIFFF RESPONSE!)

    09/10/2009 1:53:51 PM PDT · by 2banana · 21 replies · 2,590+ views
    StlToday.com ^ | 09/10/2009 | Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer
    Jefferson County Sheriff defends soldier's funeral procession JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County sheriff has offered a stern response to a woman complaining she was inconvenienced by a procession accompanying a soldier's casket. ... Boyer is a Vietnam veteran. He said Thursday he didn't intend for the e-mail to be widely released. -------------------------------------- The original email was sent to Sheriff Glenn Boyer on Thursday, August 27. Below is the citizen's email followed by Sheriff Boyer's response. I tried to call you earlier this morning, but was unable to obtain your extension from the voice mail system as I was not...
  • Iraqi Forces Reportedly Open Fire, Beat Iranian Exiles

    07/28/2009 9:58:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 830+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/09
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces raided a camp housing members of an Iranian opposition group north of Baghdad on Tuesday in a move that ran contrary to U.S. wishes and prompted clashes. Residents of Camp Ashraf claimed the Iraqi troops opened fire and beat people with batons, killing four people. The Iraqi government confirmed authorities had moved into the camp but denied violence was used against the exiles.
  • U.S. Persian Gulf forces cautioned on Iran

    06/13/2009 8:14:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 1,138+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/13/09 | Barbara Starr
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. military commanders in the Middle East have been sent a highly classified message reminding American forces to maintain discipline and prudence if they encounter any Iranian military or security forces during potential unrest surrounding Iran’s presidential election, CNN has learned. This so far is the only acknowledged U.S. military reaction to the unfolding situation in Iran. Two U.S. defense officials with direct knowledge of the message confirmed the details to CNN but said the issue is so sensitive that they could not divulge whose signature was on the message. It was distributed via secure communications in...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Work With Coalition Forces in Legion Pursuit II

    03/31/2009 5:42:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 202+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Anthony Jones, USA
    Iraqi Army Soldiers, pictured here on a patrol in February, are participating in joint patrols with Coalition forces throughout Iraq and taking on an increased role of responsibility for the security of their country. U.S. Army photo. DIYALA — Before the sun rose the morning of March 26, Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, were already on the move, heading for the villages of Abu Bakr and Abu Awad. The Soldiers, commanded by Capt. Matthew D. Mackey, were beginning Operation Legion Pursuit II. The top three key tasks of Legion Pursuit II were to project...
  • One More Headache For The Jihadis: The Robocopter

    11/26/2008 5:56:10 PM PST · by ElKafir · 6 replies · 761+ views
    Introducing the Robocopter: the newest and coolest looking weapon in the arsenal of the US Special Forces is entering combat this month. With this new and sophisticated flying eye in the sky the already dismal average life expectancy of the Islamonazis will be cut even shorter.
  • Iraqi forces kill senior al Qaeda leader

    11/07/2008 8:08:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,519+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/7/08 | Tim Cocks
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces supported by U.S. firepower killed a senior al Qaeda leader who made car bombs and ran Islamist militant cells throughout northern Iraq, the U.S. military said on Friday. A statement said the Iraqi army and members of a U.S.- backed Sunni Arab neighborhood patrol shot Abu Ghazwan as he hid in the grass near a house they were searching on Thursday in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad. The patrol had been attacked with guns and a bomb in the house. "While further searching the area, a (neighborhood patrol) member discovered a trail booby-trapped with grenades...
  • Britain's Armed Forces 'Stretched Beyond Their Capabilities' By Fighting In Iraq And Afghanistan

    06/24/2008 3:18:42 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 165+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-24-2008 | James Kirkup
    Britain's Armed Forces 'stretched beyond their capabilities' by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent Last Updated: 10:12PM BST 24/06/2008 Britain's Armed Forces cannot go on running two major military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the head of the Armed Forces has admitted. There are 4,000 British troops in Iraq and numbers in Afghanistan will soon exceed 8,000 The two wars have left the Forces "stretched beyond the capabilities we have," Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup said. It is the first time the most senior officer in the British military has expressed such grave doubts about...
  • Karzai threatens to send forces into Pakistan (Afghanistan fed up with cross-border attacks)

    06/15/2008 10:07:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 163+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/08 | Jason Straziuso - ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened Sunday to send Afghan troops across the border to fight militants in Pakistan, a forceful warning to insurgents and the Pakistani government that his country is fed up with cross-border attacks. Karzai said Afghanistan has the right to self defense, and because militants cross over from Pakistan "to come and kill Afghan and kill coalition troops, it exactly gives us the right to do the same." Speaking at a Sunday news conference, Karzai warned Pakistan-based Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud that Afghan forces would target him on his home turf. Mehsud is suspected...
  • Rowdy passengers forces planes to land

    03/24/2008 12:50:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 584+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/08 | AP
    WARSAW, Poland - Two passenger jets made unrelated emergency landings in Poland Monday to remove rowdy passengers, one of whom claimed to be a terrorist. In the first incident, a Lufthansa-operated flight from Germany to the Ukraine was diverted to Pyrzowice airport, near the southern city of Katowice, after a Russian citizen on the plane claimed to be a terrorist. Polish border guards at the airport examined his luggage but found no evidence that he was a terrorist, said Maj. Cezary Zaborski, spokesman for local border guards. Zaborski said the man appeared to be inebriated. The plane, an Airbus 320...
  • Commander Foresees Growth of Special Operations Forces

    03/05/2008 3:25:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 153+ views
    American Forces Press Service | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, March 5, 2008 – The numbers of U.S. special operations forces are expected to grow in the years ahead as the United States continues its fight against global terrorism, a senior U.S. military officer told a Senate panel here yesterday. By direction of the president, U.S. Special Operations Command is the lead combatant command for synchronizing Defense Department planning for the global war against terrorism, Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Today, special operators are posted in 58 countries, mostly in small numbers, Olson said. More...
  • Freedom Journal Iraq, Nov. 1, Ops Update – Iraqi Security Forces strengths determined Watch Now Link

    11/02/2007 8:37:53 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Freedom Journal Iraq ^ | Thursday, 01 November 2007 | Freedom Journal Iraq
    • Ops Update • British VIP Visit ImageWatch Now Ops Update – Iraqi Security Forces strengths determined. British VIP Visit – Des Brown visits British Troops Fallujah Cement – Restoration of Cement Factory will help city. The “Raid Report” – Daily update on Iraqi and Coalition security progress. News Desk – Headlines from around the region. CSAR Maintainers – Maintenance team helps saves lives. Rules of Engagement – Soldiers build relationships with local citizens
  • Coalition forces disrupt terrorist operations; 10 killed, three detained(Nice Reid too)

    11/02/2007 8:16:58 AM PDT · by Son House · 10 replies · 251+ views
    MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ PRESS DESK ^ | Friday, 02 November 2007 | MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed 10 terrorists and detained three suspects during operations Friday targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq. Southeast of Baghdad in Salman Pak, Coalition forces conducted an operation targeting an alleged foreign terrorist facilitator with ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq senior members operating in the Arab Jabour area. Reports indicate the individual is also associated with several foreign terrorist facilitators operating outside of Iraq, and an al-Qaeda in Iraq member who claims involvement in attacks against Coalition forces. The ground force was engaged by small arms fire as they approached the target building. Responding...
  • Security Forces, Citizens Decrease Violence in Iraq

    10/28/2007 11:46:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 130+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi security forces continue to make progress against al Qaeda and other criminal elements, thanks in large part to the efforts of concerned citizens throughout the country, a senior military official in Baghdad said during a briefing today. In his first briefing since taking over as chief of Multinational Force Iraq’s communications division, Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith said the recent detention of several key leaders in al Qaeda propaganda cells has proven that coalition forces are making an impact against al Qaeda in Iraq. Smith said four senior media cell members...
  • Despite Commitments, U.S. Forces Ready For Any Contingency

    09/25/2007 5:51:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 104+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2007 – The commitment of ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is heavy, but the U.S. military has ample forces to respond to any other contingency that may arise, the general in charge of planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. About 490,000 military members are forward-deployed around the world, with 234,000 in Southwest and Central Asia, about 139,000 in the Pacific, about 96,000 in the European theater, and a little more than 4,000 in Latin and Central America and the Caribbean, Army Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock, director of operational planning for the Joint...
  • Afghan Security Forces Earn Public’s Trust

    09/24/2007 4:53:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 109+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Nathan W. Hutchison
    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Sept. 24, 2007 — With the help of American and coalition forces, the Afghan national security forces are gradually earning the respect and acceptance of the Afghan people. Embedded tactical trainers spend their days training and coaching Afghan national army and police how to conduct themselves during and outside operations. “We are the ANP’s mentors; making sure they are being professional at their jobs and not exploiting their power.” Capt. Jason E. Knueven “Our biggest job is showing ANSF what ‘right’ looks like,” said Army National Guard Maj. Chris P. Guziec, ANP ETT district commander. “We take...
  • Coalition Forces Rebuild Iraq on Many Fronts

    09/07/2007 3:20:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2007 – Rebuilding infrastructure, empowering local business leaders, and training Iraqi army forces are pieces of the full-spectrum approach being taken by coalition forces on the ground in Iraq, a U.S. military commander said this week. “Like most military units in our mission statement, it categorizes our approach as full spectrum, which means that we’re simultaneously developing capabilities of the Iraqi security forces, the local government, the basic services, building relationships with the local populace and tribal leaders,” said Army Col. Michael X. Garrett, commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multinational Division Center....
  • Iraqi, U.S. Forces build on residents’ stand against terrorism

    08/15/2007 6:36:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 400+ views
    BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers operating in the Adhamiyah District of the Iraqi capital used to wager bets on what kind of attack they would come under when patrolling near the Abu Hanifa Mosque. “We’d be like, 'I wonder what we’ll get hit with today?'” said Maj. Jim Schaffer of Cleveland, Ohio, a civil affairs team leader who has been based in Adhamiyah since February. Small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs struck patrols traveling near the mosque on such a regular basis that Schaffer and the other Soldiers were convinced insurgents had made the Abu Hanifa their base....
  • Top Enlisted Leader Visits Armed Forces Retirement Home

    08/09/2007 4:51:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 410+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 1st Class Derrick Ingle, USN
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – The U.S. military’s most senior enlisted member locked up his office yesterday in pursuit of other seniors – senior citizens living in the Armed Forces Retirement Home here. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, jokes with Army veteran Jo Colvard-Willa Cooper about being married to a sailor, Aug. 8, 2007. Gainey and his joint travel team spent their workday visiting the Armed Forcers Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. Photo by Sheila R. Abarr  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Command...
  • Calling Blood Type AB Donors

    07/20/2007 12:34:13 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 101 replies · 2,531+ views
    Calling Blood Type AB Donors We have received an urgent request from the United States Department of Defense for type AB plasma. We will be shipping them 100 units a week thru mid-August. We ask for your help at this time. As a blood type AB donor, the plasma in your body is universal – it can go to anyone of any blood type. Who uses plasma? Burn patients, trauma patients, even our troops wounded in battle. Type AB is also rare. Only 4% of the population is type AB, so you can imagine how in-demand your plasma must be....
  • Coalition Forces Bring Security to Arab Jabour

    07/05/2007 6:41:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 360+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Luis Delgadillo
    PATROL BASE MURRAY, Iraq, July 5, 2007 — Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, in conjunction with soldiers from the Iraqi Army’s 6th Division, have been hard at work in Arab Jabour, steadily clearing the area of al Qaeda and other insurgent forces. "I think that we still have some hard work to do the rest of the summer, but we are well on our way to the return of normalcy here on the western banks of the Tigris." U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ken Adgie U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ken Adgie, commander of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment,...
  • Time Needed to Build Iraqi Forces, Training Chief Says

    06/25/2007 4:40:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 207+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2007 – While Iraqi forces are progressing, it will take time before they are fully ready to shoulder the security burden, the man in charge of training Iraqi Army and police said today. Army Brig. Gen. Dana Pittard also said that one of the lessons of the war in Iraq is that the coalition must not “draw forces down too quickly when we think there's a glimmer of success.” Pittard is finishing up a year as the commander of the Iraq Assistance Group in Baghdad. He briefed Pentagon reporters via video teleconference. The Iraq Assistance Group...
  • Special Forces Training?

    06/17/2007 6:24:22 PM PDT · by tlj18 · 86 replies · 3,652+ views
    Self | 17 JUN 07 | Self
    I am wondering if anyone here has an info on Special Forces training that isn't easily found on the Internet. I am very tentatively considering going for SF in maybe 12-18 months. I have to get in a lot better shape (plus I need to get promoted to at least E-4), in the meantime. I don't just intend to qualify for SF training, I want to get to the training, stay in it all the way through, and become SF qualified and wear the tab. I won't go unless my PT score is in excess of 275 (it's currently around...
  • ARMED FORCES DAY

    05/19/2007 3:16:09 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 3 replies · 319+ views
    United States Dept. of Defense ^ | May 19 , 2007 | DoD
    Armed Forces Day "America Supports You" Saturday, May 19, 2007 President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.
  • Troops Speak Out: Armed Forces Day Really Does Matter

    05/18/2007 5:19:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 320+ views
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md., May 18, 2007 – Ask someone serving in the military, and you might be surprised to hear them tell you just how much Armed Forces Day means to them. As the country commemorates its 57th Armed Forces Day tomorrow, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines say they’re grateful for a special day set aside to recognize them and their service. It’s particularly important, they say, while the country is at war. After 14 years in the Army and two deployments to the Middle East, Army Sgt. Robert Clark said he welcomes a day honoring the...