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  • Brig. Gen. David Phillips on how the Iraqi police force is standing up.

    05/03/2007 7:16:27 AM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 706+ views
    Hugh Hewitt show ^ | 5/2/07 | Brig. Gen. David Phillips / Hugh Hewitt
    HH: Pleased to welcome now to the Hugh Hewitt Show Brigadier General David D. Phillips. He is the deputy commanding general of the CPATT, and we’re talking to him from Baghdad tonight. General, thanks for staying up late. It’s great to talk to you. DP: Hey, no problem. It’s good to talk to you, too. HH: Now you’re a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and therefore, before we get to the important and good work you’re doing over there, I’ve just got to ask did you see the draft, General? DP: I did not get to see it. I’ve been actually...
  • 600 (anti-tank) Land Mines Seized in Iraq (By Iraqi Police in Sadr City)

    03/24/2007 8:46:01 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 26 replies · 777+ views
    AP ^ | March 24 2007
    Iraqi police celebrated Saturday after approximately 600 anti-tank land mines were seized in a raid in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. The mines were put on display at the Iraqi Police 8th Division's headquarters. Mines have been used in numerous "Improvised Explosive Devise" attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces. Police were shown in AP Television footage celebrating the success of the raid, chanting "anyone who kills other humans must go to hell."
  • Policeman dies a hero smothering bomb blast

    02/04/2007 8:25:06 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 27 replies · 987+ views
    LA Times ^ | February 3, 2007 | Louise Roug
    AN IRAQI police officer was the hero of a suicide bomb attack in a crowded market street when his brave action perhaps saved dozens of lives in the southern city of Hillah. Even so the death toll was put at 60. Mohammed Raad and his friends, Ali and Abdullah Sami, had just left a nearby gym when the first explosion ripped through the market overturning carts and blowing out shop windows. Over the chaos, Mr Raad clearly heard a police officer shout "suicide bomber". He saw the officer run towards a man who had opened his jacket to reveal a...
  • Army Chief Warrant Officer Chris tells Iraq like it really is. (Do yourself a favor)

    01/18/2007 9:23:59 PM PST · by Valin · 32 replies · 1,254+ views
    The Hugh Hewitt Show ^ | 1/18/07 | Chief Warrant Officer Chris / Hugh Hewitt
    HH: Pleased to welcome Chief Warrant Officer Chris to the program. Chris has completed three tours in Iraq. Thank you for your service, Chris. What’s on your mind? Chris. Thank you, sir. Well, I wanted to comment on your last, and a number of other callers. His first point, to keep the soldiers in the Green Zone, and your counter, keep them on other bases, not an option. As soldiers, we know that it’s not a safe job. If we wanted a safe job, we’d do a checkout at a grocery store or some similar job. We know it’s a...
  • Signs of improved security, quality of life witnessed in Baghdad

    08/20/2006 9:53:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 540+ views
    An Iraqi soldier from the 6th Iraqi Army Division assists an Iraqi citizen with a census form as part of Operation Together Forward. The operation is an Iraqi led, combined effort with Coalition forces to secure the city of Baghdad against terrorists activities. BAGHDAD — Iraqi and Coalition forces this week began witnessing the positive results of their efforts to secure Baghdad and improve quality of life here. Since Amaliya Ma’an ila Al-Amam or Operation Together Forward began July 9, combined forces have killed 97 and detained 501 terrorists associated with death squads, and seized more than 59 weapons...
  • Zarqawi Documents Prove Liberal Media Lies

    06/15/2006 6:53:39 PM PDT · by Cato Uticensis · 36 replies · 2,738+ views
    Republic of | 15 June 2006 | Cato Uticensis Republic Praetor
    Thanks to documents recovered in Abu Musab 'al-Zarqawi's bombed out Headquarters, 104 terrorists have been killed and hundreds more taken prisoner. Dozens of weapons caches have been captured. But of almost equal importance is the insight we gained into 'al-Qaeda's state in Iraq. The 21st century's Ho Chi Minh despaired of the state of his terror organization. He was writing that America was winning the war and he wasn't replacing his combat losses. Do you remember how Liberal "Geniuses" went on and on about how we were "creating more terrorists"? Yeah right. Zarqawi complained about how he wasn't getting any...
  • Armed Forces Mark Special Day Today(Reminder)

    05/20/2006 6:06:39 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 520+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 20, 2006 | ERIC CARPENTER and ERIN UY
    Residents across Orange County - some with family members serving in the military, others who just want to show their appreciation for the sacrifices men and women in the service have made - will celebrate U.S. Armed Forces Service Day today. WHAT'S NEW A billboard at Goldenwest Street and Westminster Boulevard in Westminster salutes Scott Montoya, an Orange County sheriff's deputy, U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and Navy Cross recipient. The billboard is part of the Marines' Hometown Hero campaign. Montoya carried five Marines to safety in Baghdad in 2003, earning the Navy Cross two years later. It's the second-highest honor...
  • The Iraq Petroleum Company 1914-1982

    04/26/2006 8:52:24 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 2,738+ views
    Department of Political Science Najah National University The aim of this paper is to investigate the development of the Iraqi oil industry between 1914 and 1982. This will entail a survey:' Iraq's relations with Western oil companies, its role within OPEC, its involvement in the Middle Eastern arena, and its domestic politics. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of what is today called the Iraqi Petroleum Company against the background of these other developments. Over time, the general trend discerned is one:-: increasing nationalization of oil production, the extent of which -' determined by internal, regional, and global circumstances....

    05/08/2006 10:04:16 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 1 replies · 412+ views
    AMERICAN CITIZEN SOLDIER ^ | 07 May 2006 | Buck Sargent
    A CONVERSATION WITH CAPTAIN JOHN TURNER As the second highest ranking officer attached to our company, as well as the liaison between our platoons on the ground and the needs of the Iraqi people in our sector, Captain John Turner is in a unique position to offer his perspective on the Iraq War in general, the situation here in Mosul, and what the American public should know about their soldiers serving overseas.After providing him with a series of written questions he graciously agreed to accommodate yours truly with his remarkably candid personal and professional insight on the battle for hearts...
  • Price: Troops' Morale In Iraq Is High

    05/07/2006 8:12:10 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 1,440+ views
    CBS ^ | Apr. 25, 2006 | Dave Price
    "After I got home from Afghanistan last year," Price recalled, "I made a commitment to return to entertain the troops overseas. … I couldn't pass up the chance to go with Charlie Daniels. "The people now serving in Iraq face death on a daily basis," Price says, "but if you think morale is low, guess again. "My job was to try to cheer the soldiers up. But in most cases, they didn't need it. … It was an amazing experience. I went to Iraq looking to raise morale. But in the end, it was the soldiers who had done that...
  • Media Virtually Mute on Charlie Daniels' Baghdad Visit

    05/07/2006 7:33:01 PM PDT · by PatriotEdition · 37 replies · 1,892+ views
    The Patriot Edition ^ | 5/7/06 | Billy Kess
    Media Virtually Mute on Charlie Daniel's Baghdad Visit It amazes me. When this jerkoff "Flea" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers stands up and bashes President Bush, it seems to make it to a lot of the major news organizations such as the Associated Press and others. Neil Young, who I admire as a great musician and singer/songwriter, a guy who has given us rock and roll lovers so much great stuff, did indeed disappoint me with his latest anti-Bush tirade in his cd "Living with War" - and it also got a lot of internet-media attention. Again, Neil is a great artist, but...
  • Baghdad neighborhood rises up and fights back

    05/03/2006 12:44:39 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 42 replies · 1,840+ views
    Mercury News ^ | May 3, 2006 | Zaineb Obeid
    Abu Salah heard the screeching tires and gunfire outside his home in central Baghdad... He rushed from his house to see his neighbors - Shiite neighbors - on their roofs, in their windows, in their yards, firing at the attackers. In a trembling voice, he explained that at that moment he felt life change. He realized that his neighbors weren't going to stand by and let the bad guys win. "I prefer now to die among my friends and neighbors rather than leave my home," he said. "I felt thrilled to see them fighting, all my neighbors standing next to...
  • Former Fort Monmouth (NJ) Workers Charged With Providing No-Show Jobs

    04/28/2006 4:37:23 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 1,516+ views
    Millennium Radio ^ | Friday, April 28, 2006
    Two former Fort Monmouth workers, and the daughter of one of them, are accused of scheming to have government contractors provide no-show jobs for the daughter. Accused in an indictment made public today are 55-year-old Michael Rzeplinski, a former programs director for the General Services Administration and former Army supervisory engineer; 61-year-old Connie Davidson, a former G-S-A employee who lives with Rzeplinski in Red Bank, and her 33-year-old Kirsten Davidson of Red Bank. All three are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Rzeplinski also faces two counts of mail fraud and three counts of tax evasion. Rzeplinski and...
  • Coalition forces kill 12 terrorists

    04/26/2006 11:30:48 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies · 503+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | April 26, 2006 | COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER
    BAGHDAD , Iraq – Coalition forces killed 12 terrorists during a raid April 25 in Yusifiyah at a safe house associated with foreign terrorists. Multiple intelligence sources led the troops to the specific structure located approximately 8 kilometers N/NE of the location where the U.S. Apache helicopter crashed April 1. Upon arrival the troops took direct fire and immediately engaged the threat with small arms fire as well as rotary wing aircraft machine gun fire. The troops initially killed five terrorists outside of the safe house, and then called for an air strike to neutralize the persistent direct fire coming...
  • GP first-graders get to meet 'adopted' soldier

    04/26/2006 11:04:15 AM PDT · by txroadkill · 14 replies · 591+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 24, 2006 | KATHY A. GOOLSBY
    GRAND PRAIRIE – Sgt. Chris Hockman didn't hear the 18 first-graders chanting his name minutes before he arrived in their room at Moore Elementary School on Monday. But he has been feeling their love for five months. The students have been writing to Iraq since November, when their teacher, Claudia Flores, "adopted" Sgt. Hockman through the nonprofit group Operation AC. He has become so close to the students, he decided to spend part of his two-week leave meeting them. "I didn't know when I would get back again, and in a few weeks the kids will be out for the...
  • German Intellegence (BND) Report on Iraq WMD

    04/26/2006 7:44:10 AM PDT · by avacado · 21 replies · 1,719+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Feb 5, 2003 | Marc Erikson
    Germany's leading role in arming Iraq "Expurgated portions of Iraq's December 7 report to the UN Security Council show that German firms made up the bulk of suppliers for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs..." "In the summer of 1994, the BND (German Intelligence) conducted a major study to estimate the magnitude of the - as at that time - still undeclared and concealed Iraqi WMD arsenal, relying on sales records in its possession of post-Gulf War German, Austrian, and Swiss exports of technologies, sub-systems and strategic materials to Iraq. It concluded that these exports pointed to several specific weapons...
  • Al Qaeda, Saddam

    04/25/2006 11:35:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,254+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2006 | Helle Dale
        Bad news about Iraq is not hard to come by in current media coverage. Terrorist attacks on Iraqi citizens and U.S.troops are recorded day by day. Mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by Iraqi security forces leaps to the headlines. Calls for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's resignation are gathering steam among Democrats on Capitol Hill, with Congress set to debate the issue next week.     When it comes to any good news out of Iraq, the liberal media are negligent or simply silent. And if there is new information corroborating the reasons the United States went to war against Saddam Hussein in...
  • Rumsfeld, Rice meet Iraqi leaders

    04/26/2006 5:28:31 AM PDT · by Santiago de la Vega · 7 replies · 313+ views
    AP ^ | 4/26/2006 | Robert Burns
    President Bush dispatched America's top two foreign policy officials to Iraq on Wednesday in separate, surprise missions calculated to demonstrate a strong show of support for the country's emerging new government.
  • Undated Document: Change Chemical, Nuclear, And Missiles Sites for Fear of Western Attack

    04/25/2006 12:56:52 PM PDT · by jveritas · 104 replies · 6,578+ views
    This document ISGZ-2004-007589 is an undated Top Secret and Immediate memo sent by the Director of Iraqi Intelligence to the Military Industrialization Commission asking warning them about potential military attacks by the West against Nuclear, Chemical, and Long Range Missile Sites and he asked them to do what they can to hide these targets in order to prevent the air strikes from succeeding in hitting the targets . What is also interesting in this document that the Iraqi Intelligence Service obtained the information from a Double Agent who was given the information of the attack targets by Western Intelligence Services...
  • Infantry transformed by new tools, training

    04/25/2006 6:31:44 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 37 replies · 3,270+ views ^ | April 24, 2006 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.,
    SAND HILL TRAINING AREA, FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The Army drill sergeant rebuked a group of recruits who had fired their rifles too hastily in a mock ambush. "You know we've got civilians on the battlefield," said 1st Sgt. Dennis Williams. "Just because your buddy fires, doesn't mean you fire." You've got to be aware of exactly what you're shooting at, Williams told the soldiers. Be aware of what you're not shooting at, too; don't focus on the first target that pops up and forget your flank. "Everybody wants to kill that same guy, but those guys over there," he...
  • Blogs link families with children at war

    04/25/2006 8:37:59 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 10 replies · 2,879+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 25 April 2006 | Richard Allen Greene
    Carla Lois started an online diary - a weblog - just before the army sent her son Noah to Iraq in January 2005. Carla Lois: Having a son at war is like a constant asthma attack Eight months later, it paid off in a way she must always have prayed it would not, when she posted a terse item headlined: "My Son Has Been Injured." Noah had a serious spinal injury, she told her readers, and she asked them to pray for him. Within hours, 200 emails had flooded in offering prayers, comfort, support - and news. Someone who read...
  • Bush: Victory in Iraq Will be Blow to Terrorist Ideology

    04/24/2006 6:03:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 432+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2006 – A successful democracy in Iraq will be a major tactical and ideological blow to the totalitarian vision of Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants, President Bush said in California today. "One, it will be a tactical blow. We'll deny them that which they want," Bush said in a speech in Irvine. "But secondly, it will be a major blow because, in the long term, the best way to defeat an ideology of hatred is with an ideology of hope." Bush said the United States learned a lot of important lessons on Sept. 11, 2001. The...
  • A Major Victory (Iraq)

    04/24/2006 12:56:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies · 1,713+ views
    NRO ^ | April 24, 2006 | Masthead Editorial
    The selection of a compromise prime minister in Iraq is a major victory for that country’s fledgling political class, and for the Bush administration. Purveyors of doom on Iraq now have some explaining to do: If the country is in the midst of a full-scale civil war fatal to our project there, how is it that elected representatives of the major factions were able to sit down and hammer out an agreement on the top positions in a national unity government? Iraq pessimists act like they have a special immunity from ever having to recalibrate their view of the conflict,...
  • Polish Defense Minister Proud to Have Polish Army Protecting Freedom in Iraq

    04/24/2006 9:39:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 44 replies · 721+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Apr 24, 2006 | Sebastian Kwiatkowski
    Polish Defense Minister Proud to Have Polish Army Protecting Freedom in Iraq by Sebastian Kwiatkowski Posted Apr 24, 2006 Radek Sikorski travelled a long and winding road on his voyage to become Polish defense minister. When communist dictator Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski sent troops to the streets in Poland, Sikorski, at age 18, sought political asylum in Great Britain. Later, with a master's degree from Oxford University in his pocket, he travelled through Soviet-occupied Afghanistan with a Kalashnikov (AK-47) in hand as a war correspondent. As a foreign affairs expert, the author, journalist and World Press Photo prize winner, he is...
  • 1999, 2000 Iraqi memos: Procurement of 50000 Aluminum Tubes That Can Be Used For URANIUM ENRICHMENT.

    04/24/2006 9:45:15 AM PDT · by jveritas · 241 replies · 13,327+ views
    This document CMPC-2004-004404 contains memos dated from 1999 and 2000 about Saddam regime procurements of 81 mm in Diameter, 900 mm in Lenght HIGH STRENGTH AND HIGH QUALITY ALUMINUM TUBES. As many of you know the issue of 81 mm High Strength, High Quality Aluminum Tubes were subject for an intensive debate since 2002 because this type of tubes can be used in GAS CENTRIFUGES FOR URANIUM ENRICHMENT. Although the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) said in its final report in 2004 the following about the procurement of these tubes “ Baghdad’s interest in high-strength, high-specification aluminum tubes—dual-use items controlled under...
  • Iraq Reaches 'Important Milestone' in Forming Unity Government

    04/23/2006 3:39:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 948+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Elaine Wilson
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2006 – After months of deadlock, Iraq reached an "important milestone" in its journey toward democracy with an agreement on top leadership posts for a national unity government, President Bush said yesterday. The parliament elected a president, two vice presidents, a parliament speaker and two deputies yesterday. President Jalal Talabani then named Jawad al Maliki as prime minister-designate. "This agreement represents compromise and consensus among many different Iraqi groups and it came after months of patient negotiations," Bush said in a speech at the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento. "The agreement reflects the will of the...
  • Terrorists Detained, Weapons Caches Uncovered

    04/23/2006 3:41:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 473+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2006 – Coalition forces detained a dozen suspected terrorists today and yesterday, and uncovered large weapons caches around Baghdad, officials in Iraq reported today. Coalition soldiers detained three Iraqi men and an Iraqi woman today while conducting combat operations near Abu Ghraib. The woman was allegedly attempting to hide about 50 blasting caps under her clothing when detained. Coalition troops also confiscated several AK-47 assault rifles, a pistol and a sniper rifle. The incident remains under investigation. Yesterday, eight suspected terrorists were detained during a combat patrol south of Baghdad. Soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad's 2nd Battalion,...
  • 2001, 2002 Iraqi Memos: SECRET NUCLEAR PROJECT (Translation)

    04/23/2006 6:36:32 PM PDT · by jveritas · 56 replies · 7,140+ views
    This document CMPC-2004-000167 talks about a project that started in early 2001 by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) to use components from the previously destroyed TAMUZ (also known as OZIRAQ) Nuclear Reactor to build a Nuclear Simulator Reactor. The TAMUZ Nuclear Reactor was destroyed by an Israeli air attack in 1981. In September 2002, after almost a year and a half since the start of this Nuclear Project and when it became very clear to the Iraqi Regime that the UN inspectors were coming back to Iraq, a decision was made to stop this Nuclear Activity project. What is...
  • Wrong number: Interpreter answers cell phone, dupes insurgents

    04/21/2006 10:20:47 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 73 replies · 2,981+ views
    The Stars and Stripes ^ | Saturday, April 22, 2006 | Jeff Schogol
    IBRAHIM AL MARKHUR, Iraq — One misplaced cell phone and one savvy interpreter equaled one dead insurgent, several pieces of intelligence and a whole lot of captured weapons. On a routine patrol, U.S. troops with 1st Battalion, 68th Armor came upon a house in the midst of dense greenery and at the end of a dusty country road. Staff Sgt. Matthew Nicodemus, 33, said he immediately noticed that no Iraqi men were around. Suddenly, a cell phone inside the home rang, said Nicodemus, of Altoona, Pa. “The interpreter went in and answered the phone, and on the other end of...
  • Strong Leaders Keep Northern Iraq Calm

    04/21/2006 4:34:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 367+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 21, 2006 – The relative calm that has been seen in Iraq's northern provinces can be attributed to aggressive coalition and Iraqi leaders who understand the area and know how to diffuse problems before they happen, a U.S. commander in the area said today. "The presence of coalition forces, along with an increasingly competent and confident Iraqi army brigade and Iraqi police force inside Kirkuk, are keeping a lid on potential violence," Army Col. David R. Gray, commander of 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, said in a satellite news conference from Iraq. Kirkuk province is an ethnically diverse...
  • Band of Brothers Soldiers Detain Suspects, Unearth Major Cache

    04/21/2006 4:37:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 794+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 21, 2006 – U.S. soldiers from Task Force Band of Brothers scored successes in two operations this week. Soldiers from the task force caught seven suspected insurgents in the act of emplacing explosives yesterday. Soldiers on patrol with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, observed the suspects digging. As the patrol approached, the suspects tried to flee in two vehicles. The soldiers stopped, searched and detained all the suspects. In one vehicle, a blue truck, soldiers discovered more than 120 mortar rounds, fuses and four missiles. At the site where the...
  • Iraqi Police Take the Lead in Baghdad

    04/21/2006 5:26:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 444+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Staff Sgt. Brent Williams
    Iraqi Police have trained more like para-military forces than conventional police officers. U.S. Police Transition Teams continue to work with Iraqi police officers, training them in police techniques such as handcuffing and making arrests to help prepare the IPs for their conventional role. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brent Williams   High-Res Image Iraqi Police Take the Lead in Baghdad The Iraqi Police Force fights a faceless enemy but demonstrates daily the ability to rapidly respond to terrorist and criminal activity. By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brent Williams 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 21, 2006...
  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Visits Iraqi Soldiers

    04/21/2006 6:27:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 573+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Maj. David Olson
    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker (left) receives a guided tour of the Iraqi army's armored vehicles at Camp Taji, Iraq, April 19, 2006, from Iraqi army Maj. Gen. Ayoub Bashar (right), commanding general, 9th Iraqi Army Division, as U.S. Army Col. John Hort, senior advisor to the 9th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team, observes. U.S. Army photo by Maj. David Olson U.S. Army Chief of Staff Visits Iraqi Soldiers Iraqi soldiers from the 9th Iraqi Army Division displayed their armored vehicles for inspection during the visit. By U.S. Army Maj. David Olson 1st Brigade Combat...
  • Dispatch from Iraq: A tiny bit of comfort (Required read!)

    04/21/2006 5:48:50 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 34 replies · 1,000+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Friday, April 21, 2006 | ARIC CATRON
    A soldier sees and feels a wider variety of sights and emotions in a year than most people will experience in a lifetime. ... In my short time in the military I have experienced more suffering than I could have imagined before joining up. I have held the hand of a dying Marine who had only one last wish: that someone would be with him and hold his hand as he passed on. So I sat there with a strange man, holding his hand, not saying a word, until he died. ... I have watched grown men cry, and cried...
  • State Security To Begin Trial of Terrorist Sajidah al-Rishawi on Monday

    04/21/2006 6:42:05 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 511+ views
    Al-Dustur ^ | Tuesday,April 18, 2006 | Translations by Laura Mansfield
    Jordan: "State Security To Begin Trial of Terrorist Sajidah al-Rishawi on Monday" Al-Dustur (Internet Version-WWW) Tuesday,April 18, 2006 The State Security Court will begin on Monday (24 April) the trial of the 35-year old Iraqi terrorist Sajidah al-Rishawi who took part in the Amman hotel bombings, in which seven other terrorists headed by the leader of Al-Qa'idah in the Land of the Two Rivers, Ahmad Fadil Nazzal al-Khalayilah (Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi) took part, and three Iraqi dead, including Ali Husayn and Ali al-Shammari, Sajidah's husband. The members of the terrorist group, which managed last November to carry out three terrorist operations...

    04/20/2006 7:48:31 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 74 replies · 4,675+ views
    E-Mail ^ | 20 April 2006 | Marine officer in Iraq
    To Everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm still doing well and have been blessed with the Lord's protection every day. I finally got back to the 'rear' where I could get on the computer to email everyone. I don't have a lot of these opportunities, so if I get a second while I'm out operating, I'll write what I can and save it for when I can email it. That's what I've written below - an Easter weekend message. I hope you enjoy the update and I hope you enjoyed your Easter! To everyone, I...
  • Iraqis Continue 'Dominant Contribution' to Operations, General Says

    04/20/2006 3:55:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 289+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 20, 2006 – Iraqi security forces continue to play an increasingly larger role in the fight against terrorism, with many units taking responsibility for their own areas and making connections with citizens, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today. In a marked improvement over last year's three battalions, the Iraqi army now has two divisions, 16 brigades and 58 battalions that have the lead in counterinsurgency operations in their areas, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said at a news conference. Also, at least 25 percent of daily company-level and above operations are independent...
  • Lending a Helping Hand (COMMENTARY)

    04/20/2006 4:06:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
    BAGHDAD, April 17, 2006 — Last week I flew to Fallujah to meet the men and women of the 5th Regimental Combat Team. As I do with all units, I shared the words of T.E. Lawrence, "Do not try to do too much with your own hands … it is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them." This powerful theme, consistent with our motto, "Iltizam Mashtarak – United Commitment", guides our joint vision for success in Iraq. Iraqis are determining their future according to their Constitution. Together the people, the government, and the...

    04/20/2006 10:33:05 AM PDT · by parnasokan · 51 replies · 2,243+ views
    Il Foglio ^ | 04/20/2006 | Christian Rocca
    NIGERGATE: BUSH DIDN’T LIE TO THE AMERICANS REGARDING URANIUM FROM AFRICA Today’s Il Foglio newspaper from Italy reports on the recent scoop by The Sunday Times and a follow-up article, “Clueless Joe Wilson” published by Slate. The piece in today’s Il Foglio, signed by top investigative reporter Christian Rocca, examines the true reason why the famous ‘16 words’ were included in the 2003 State of the Union address: President George W. Bush didn’t lie to the American public regarding Saddam Hussein’s attempts to procure uranium from Africa, Saddam had been out trying to do his shopping in Niger. The left...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Donate Blood to Save Lives

    04/20/2006 4:12:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Jason Thompson
    Iraqi Soldiers Donate Blood to Save Lives Iraqi Army soldiers donated 350 pints of blood to the Baghdad Blood Bank for distribution to numerous medical centers in Iraq. By U.S. Army Spc. Jason Thompson 4th Infantry Division CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, April 20, 2006 -- Approximately 75 soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, took some time from their dangerous mission of patrolling the streets of Baghdad to offer more service to their nation: donating blood during an Iraqi army blood drive April 5 at Forward Operating Base Justice. "Terrorists are injuring innocent Iraqi people every day. When...
  • (Katherine) Harris visits Iraq hot zones (Report & Photo of recent trip)

    04/20/2006 9:58:32 AM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 59 replies · 2,204+ views
    The Longboat Observer (Sarasota, FL) ^ | Feb. 17, 2006 | Roger Drouin
    Harris visits Iraq hot zones Congresswoman says infrastructure improvements and Iraqi-American cooperation are most noticeable changes. During a recent trip to Iraq, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, met one-on-one with a small group of Florida soldiers in the Middle East. Harris said one soldier told her to let the military experts fight the war and decide when to withdraw troops. "He told me, 'Don't take us out before we can finish;" Harris said. "That is the one thing the troops say when I am alone with them:' The five-day trip to Iraq, Israel and Jordan reaffirmed the pro-war congresswoman's...
  • Chaplain’s Assistant Serves Third Deployment

    04/20/2006 4:23:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 866+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Master Sgt. Scott King
    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Arms is a forward-deployed Air Force chaplain’s assistant with the 40th Air Expeditionary Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is his third deployment since Sept. 11, 2001. He said he loves God and country and feels very fortunate to be a chaplain’s assistant. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Arms Chaplain's Assistant Serves Third Deployment By Master Sgt. Scott King 40th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, April 20, 2006 -- He is well known around this forward operating...
  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Provide Medical Aid

    04/20/2006 6:03:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 420+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. C. Terrell Turner
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, April 20, 2006 – While the fight against enemy insurgents continues, Iraqi and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers provided medical and humanitarian relief to local nationals caught in the middle and those without means to provide care for themselves. Army Sgt. Allen Hill, a civil affairs specialist with Company A, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, hands out humanitarian supplies to local residents. An Iraqi translator and members of the Iraqi army assisted the soldiers during a medical operation at the Taji soccer stadium April 11. Photo by Spc. C. Terrell Turner, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • Saddam's bomb? [Saddam had and tested a nuclear weapon?]

    04/20/2006 4:23:55 PM PDT · by Roscoe Karns · 97 replies · 2,449+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 20th, 2006 | Bill Samii
    Our contributor Ray Robison notes a startling early 2001 article from the U.K. Sunday Times, claiming Saddam had and tested a nuclear weapon. What makes this old, and apparently dismissed, claim more viable is a document in the Harmony Database (what we call here “The Saddam Files”) recently made available on the web for open source translation from Arabic. Ray has put two and two together. If the implications are proven, it changes the entire argument about the justification for going to war. Ray writes: I only recently read this article and found it interesting but very hard to believe....
  • America Supports You: Michigan Police Help Iraqi Colleagues

    04/19/2006 5:33:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 325+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, April 19, 2006 – A Michigan police officer says he has found his calling in the effort to foster a democratic Iraq and ultimately bring America's troops home. Iraqi police officers and Army Lt. Col. Alfred Bazzinotti, commander of 519th Military Police Battalion, hold up police uniforms in Baghdad. Coordinated by police Sgt. Ed Hude, members of several Michigan police departments have been sending body armor, handcuffs, uniforms and other items to help supply Iraqi police since October. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Since October, Sgt. Ed Hude, a 31-year veteran with the Mason, Mich.,...
  • 48 hours after son dies in Iraq, parents face cameras and praise army's role

    04/18/2006 3:46:37 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 25 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 18, 2006 | LAURA ROBERTS
    Parents of soldier killed in Iraq support military involvement Father & mother of Lt Richard Palmer voice fears but stress pride in army 27 year-old was 104th British soldier to die in Iraq Key quote "Life was very difficult for his squadron, for his troop, but he still believed in what they were doing - they were doing it very professionally - and that they were, little by little, making a difference for the majority of the population." - Brigadier John Palmer THE parents of a British soldier killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq have issued a...
  • 'Patriots' outnumber protesters at Marine's funeral

    04/19/2006 6:06:03 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 77 replies · 4,066+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/19/2006 | Jason George
    Five members of a small Kansas church demonstrated today outside the funeral of a Marine from south suburban Lansing, but left when hundreds of counter-protesters turned out to shield family members from their display. Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka have been traveling around the country to demonstrate at military funerals, contending that God is punishing America with war casualties for its tolerance of homosexuals and generally welcoming the combat deaths. Today, they came to the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Philip J. Martini, 24, who died in combat of a gunshot wound April 8 in Iraq's Al Anbar...
  • Great photos here of FL's Favorite Governor, Jeb Bush, in Iraq and Kuwait (and, Happy Easter!)

    04/16/2006 3:51:45 PM PDT · by summer · 86 replies · 2,240+ views
    State of FL ^ | April 16, 2006 | State of FL
    April 14, 2006 – Kuwait Gov Bush enjoys a meal with troops in Kuwait. Jacksonville, Fla., resident, Army Capt. Suzanne Love, speaks with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Saturday morning during a governors’ delegation visit to troops that also included the governors of West Virginia, Iowa and Indiana. April 15, 2006 – Iraq Following a short speech from Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to Iraqi soldiers during a governors’ delegation visit to the troops, the governor pauses to speak to an Iraqi soldier. April 15, 2006 – Iraq Governor Jeb Bush poses with Soldiers of the Florida National Guard during his recent...
  • Combined operations yield caches

    04/14/2006 3:51:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 291+ views
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, April 14, 2006) – In the Tigris River valley, Iraqi Army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers discovered four weapons caches during a combined operation April 13. Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division and U.S. 22nd Infantry Regiment conducted a two-phase search in southern Baghdad April 10. During the first phase of the operation, Iraqi Soldiers found pre-made roadside-bombs encased in concrete. In the second phase, the Iraqi and MND-B Soldiers air assaulted into the area and found additional caches. The caches from both phases contained rocket propelled grenade rounds, machine guns, mortar rounds, landmines,...
  • Troops Help Iraqi Farmers Team Up With Co-op

    04/14/2006 4:08:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 380+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. C. Terrell Turner
    RASHIDIYAH, Iraq, April 14, 2006 – Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers worked with residents and farmers here to create a farming co-op that held its grand opening April 6. The tractors shown were provided as part of the building of a local farming co-op that opened its doors in Rashidiyah, Iraq, April 6. The co-op will provide support to about 3,000 acres in the Rashidiyah region. Photo by Spc. C. Terrell Turner, USA   The co-op is a major step in stabilizing and strengthening the agricultural output in the region. Local farmers joined together and created a business plan that will...