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  • Brand New Covert Radio: Interviews Bill Roggio on what is really going on in Basra and Mosul.

    04/25/2008 12:13:11 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 58+ views
    Brand New Episode of Covert Radio is now up and ready for you to download. This week, Brett talked to Bill Roggio from the Long War Journal. Bill just returned from Iraq a couple of weeks back and he has some great insight into Basra, Al Sadr, and the latest moves by Al Qaeda in Iraq in Mosul. Bill also shares his thoughts on the Northwest Province in Pakistan. You can download it directly from here. brettwinterble.libsyn.com or over at BrettWinterble.com
  • The "Battle of Basrah" from a Soldier on the Ground

    04/14/2008 10:53:15 AM PDT · by Bob J · 28 replies · 189+ views
    email | unk | Soldier Mike
    Received this via email from an ex-Navy Seal with friends in Iraq. Feel free to pass on to whomever -- I have Mike's approval. You can tell he was fired up. You may agree or disagree with this war, we all hate war and wish our boys weren't there, but how about some factual reporting. It's got me fired up! Many of you have written over the last two weeks, and I appreciate it. A lot of you have asked questions, based on what you’ve seen or read in the news. Since so many of you have asked many of...
  • Something To Give Thanks For - Good news from Iraq [Hitchens]

    11/19/2007 1:15:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 138+ views
    SLATE ^ | Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at 10:47 AM ET | Christopher Hitchens
    A few weeks ago, in Britain's Prospect magazine, the paper's foreign editor, Bartle Bull, published a bold essay saying that the high tide of violence in Iraq was essentially behind us and that the ebb had disclosed some interesting things. First, the Iraqi people as a whole had looked into the abyss of civil war and had drawn back from the brink. Second, the majority of Sunni Arabs had realized that their involvement with al-Qaida forces was not a patriotic "insurgency" but was instead a horrific mistake and had exposed their society to the most sadistic and degraded element in...
  • Real Life - Iraq

    11/01/2007 4:41:01 PM PDT · by Danae · 8 replies · 132+ views
    Alive in Baghdad ^ | 10-29-2007 | Alive in Baghdad
    http://www.aliveinbaghdad.org/ This site is nothing short of Brilliant. Its live in Iraq, from the perspective of the people living there, its right there at ground Zero. This is something that should show up on a lot of desks in Iraq, and Washington DC should be seeing. Want to fix Iraq and get out, well, here it is from the perspective of those living it. Their stories. I for one don't like a lot of what I see there, of a number of reasons. You will see yourself. And no I am not affiliated with the site! Danae
  • The Best Police Force in Iraq

    10/09/2007 6:58:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Fox News | Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 09, 2007 | Michael J. Totten
    In late July when I visited a police station in the town of Mushadah just north of Baghdad, I worried that Iraq was doomed to become the next Gaza. As many as half the police officers, according to most of the American Military Police who worked as their trainers, were Al Qaeda sympathizers or agents. The rest were corrupt, lazy cowards, according to every American I talked to but one. No one tried to spin Mushadah into a success story. By itself this doesn't mean the country is doomed. How important is Mushadah anyway? I hadn't even heard of it...
  • Conservative Blogger Reports from Front Lines in Iraq

    09/19/2007 5:09:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 137+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2007 | Amanda Carpenter
    Former Townhall.com columnist Jeff Emanuel is currently in Iraq, where he has been embedded on the front lines with the U.S. military since the end of July. A former tactical air controller in the Air Force, Emanuel participated in major combat operations in Iraq in 2003 as a member of a special operations task force. He has returned to Iraq multiple times as an embedded journalist, and he is currently in that country reporting from “inside the surge.” He will be there until the middle of October.Following General Petraeus’ testimony before Congress last week, Emanuel took a few moments to...
  • New GOP War Critic Describes Latest Iraq Visit [Diary of Rep. James Walsh, R-N.Y.]

    09/13/2007 11:20:30 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 13 replies · 520+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 9/12/2007 | Rep. James T. Walsh
    New GOP War Critic Describes Latest Iraq Visit  By REP. JAMES T. WALSH WASHINGTON — Editor's note: Rep. James Walsh, R-N.Y., recently made his first trip to Iraq in four years to meet with troops, American diplomats and Iraqi officials. Walsh visited a military hospital in Balad and a Baghdad neighborhood once controlled by insurgents. He met with officials overseeing the restoration of Iraq's infrastructure, including its feeble electrical grid. Walsh, who returned to Washington on Sept. 10, said he left Iraq convinced that the country's problems demand a political solution and that it is time to begin a more...
  • 9/11 recollection and reflection

    09/11/2007 8:46:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies · 264+ views
    The subway train goes out of service on Kingston-Throop, and I ascend the stairs. Someone says that they're taking blood over at Hoyt-Schermerhorn (?) and a bunch of folks including me head there. Before getting in line, I go to a local restaurant and order some nervous eating food, a large burger and coke. In line, I fill out forms only to be rejected after medical exam shows I have an accelerated heart beat. Naturally, it was accelerated. I just walked a couple of miles and a big part of my life, the towers, were gone. But that don't cut...
  • BACK FROM HELL - BAGHDAD'S HAIFA ST. STORY

    08/31/2007 12:08:18 PM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 10 replies · 813+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 31, 2007 | Ralph Peters
    IF you saw any news clips of intense combat last January, you were probably watching the fighting unfolding on Baghdad's Haifa Street: 10 days of grim sectarian violence. Until we put a stop to it. The boulevard of Sunni-inhabited high-rise apartments erupted in shootouts pitting the "Haifa Street Gang" and its al Qaeda allies against heavily Shia Iraqi army units. It was a recipe for massacre, as terrified residents - those who remained - cowered in their apartments. Then the U.S. Army moved in.
  • Too Soon To Give Up: A Report From Iraq

    08/29/2007 12:32:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 573+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2007 | Jeff Emanuel
    Baghdad, Iraq - On this, my latest trip to Iraq, I have been embedded with the US military on the front lines for the last month, spending about three weeks in Salman Pak (just south of Baghdad) with the 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, from Ft. Benning, GA, and spending another several days near the Turkish and Syrian borders with a US Special Forces team and an Iraqi Police SWAT unit. As one of the very few journalists (out of the hundreds who come here) who actually spends time out on the real front lines, seeing with my...
  • SV soldier’s camera work in Iraq lands her TV spot

    08/24/2007 6:20:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 463+ views
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — It was 3 o’clock on a January morning when a convoy of Stryker vehicles rolled out of this protected American base near the main Baghdad airport. The discovery of 27 bodies on a part of Haifa Street, a meandering road that also goes through the Green Zone or, as it is now called, International Zone, meant it was time to help the Iraqis take back what has been called one of Baghdad’s meanest and toughest areas, a place, according to news reports, even henchmen of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein avoided. Sgt. Holly Jensen of the...
  • Inside Iraq

    08/10/2007 12:50:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 620+ views
    Time ^ | Aug. 09, 2007 | William Kristol
    I spent a week in Iraq recently, and here's what impressed me most: the Americans. In particular, the quality and character of the American soldiers and Marines who are fighting there and trying to help rebuild the nation. I don't mean to slight, in some ethnocentric way, the steadfastness and courage of the Iraqi people. But it was meeting and watching the American soldiers at work that I found most interesting. I've served in government, and I'm familiar with Washington, and I'm not an uncritical cheerleader for the American military. Indeed, I'd say that some of our general officers--until this...
  • E-mail from a Fine Marine

    07/30/2007 1:48:54 PM PDT · by BOBTHENAILER · 27 replies · 694+ views
    see above | 7/30/07 | Unidentified Marine, currently in Iraq
    Hey oooo, How is everyone doing? It's been awhile since I wrote and wanted to catch you up on the glorious nation of make benefit of Iraq. the unit that is replacing us is starting to arrive and so the end is in sight. We are more than happy to see them here. We are now starting to do some turnover actions and will be doing so for the next few weeks. It has been typical July weather for the Middle East, that is to say hot. Although hot doesn't quite describe it, it's pretty close to southern CA or...
  • Second Chances [Michel Yon on the Ground in Baqubah]

    07/09/2007 12:29:47 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 57 replies · 1,768+ views
    Michael Yon ^ | 7/9/07
    When context is other people’s children As I write these words just a few miles from the graves I saw, the resulting controversy about whether what the man said was true, or whether his words should have been written if the writer couldn’t verify them, seems precious. There is no imaginary line of credulity that al Qaeda might cross should it go from beheading children to baking them. No unnamed Iraqi stringer claimed that al Qaeda had taken over Baqubah. Al Qaeda said this through the press. I sit writing these words in Diyala Province just a short drive from...
  • Bless the Beasts and Children (al Qaeda in Iraq, What they do)

    07/02/2007 3:44:59 PM PDT · by Valin · 10 replies · 733+ views
    Michael Yon-online ^ | 7/1/07 | Michael Yon
    On 29 June, American and Iraqi soldiers were again fighting side-by-side as soldiers from Charley Company 1-12 CAV—led by Captain Clayton Combs—and Iraqi soldiers from the 5th IA, closed in on a village on the outskirts of Baqubah. The village had the apparent misfortune of being located near a main road—about 3.5 miles from FOB Warhorse—that al Qaeda liked to bomb. Al Qaeda had taken over the village. As Iraqi and American soldiers moved in, they came under light contact; but the bombs planted in the roads (and maybe in the houses) were the real threat. The firefight progressed. American...
  • Dispatches From Iraq: Bless the Beasts and the Children

    07/02/2007 8:18:38 AM PDT · by stm · 7 replies · 570+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 02, 2007 | Michael Yon
    Where did they go? On June 29, American and Iraqi soldiers were again fighting side-by-side as soldiers from Charley Company 1-12 CAV, led by Capt. Clayton Combs and Iraqi soldiers from the 5th IA, closed in on a village on the outskirts of Baqouba. The village had the apparent misfortune of being located near a main road — about 3.5 miles from FOB Warhorse — that Al Qaeda liked to bomb. Al Qaeda had taken over the village. As Iraqi and American soldiers moved in, they came under light contact, but the real threat were the bombs planted in the...
  • "The Blog of War" - Front-Line Dispatches from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (from BlackFive)

    09/06/2006 4:43:18 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Blackfive ^ | Tuesday September 5th, 2006 | Matt, Blackfive
    Milblogger BlackFive has just released a new book that contains dispatches from our outstanding men and women of the US military who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. If it weren't for the milbloggers much of the good news from Iraq and Afghanistan would never become widely known by the American people. --- It is the work of over 50 Americans who tell their stories about the experiences around the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In it you will meet: * The Warriors. Snipers, tankers, grunts. Readers who have never heard a shot fired in anger will come closer to...
  • An E-Mail From Afghanistan

    08/23/2006 9:51:38 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 33 replies · 1,034+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 23, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    Hugh, Our son, Boots Dunlap, is a Capt. in the 1-32 Inf Battalion (nicknamed Chosin Bn.). We just got this letter to soldiers' families from the Battalion Commander. These men and women are doing a great job and spilling their blood for us at home. I hope American appreciate their sacrifice. Charlie Dunlap Dear Chosin Family, As you all make your way back from summer vacations and travels, I thought I would welcome you back with some great information about your loved ones' exploits over here in Operation Enduring Freedom. It has been a long, hot summer here in AOR...
  • Photo Diary of Evacuation from Beirut (Rebel_Yell2)

    07/22/2006 1:52:19 PM PDT · by rebel_yell2 · 192 replies · 6,183+ views
    Rebel_Yell2 | July 22, 2006 | Rebel_Yell2
    Freerepublic Exclusive: Photo Diary -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In port prior to boarding -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scenes from the muster point where evacuees check in and board buses to the Orient Queen.     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Glimpse of Safety --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From the bus -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bus ride to the Beirut port from the muster point near the Embassy.   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In port prior to boarding -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Buses arrive at Beirut port, Orient Queen is in the background. British helicopters arrive, land, take on evacuees from buses, and then depart.       Lebanese soldier providing port security lights up a cigarette. Lebanese navy (both ships!)...
  • Letter from a friend waiting to leave Lebanon

    07/20/2006 7:19:19 AM PDT · by dotnetfellow · 41 replies · 2,137+ views
    A Friend ^ | 7/19/2006 | Dani
    Well, we’ve been at the makeshift deportation center for six hours now. We were called at 2:00 am and told to be here at 9:00, but our name isn’t on any list. Many are in the same situation – but many others haven’t been called and are crashing the gates and creating problems. For the first 4 hours we were on a concrete road in the hot sun. We were able to watch three big ships coming in from the sea. We made a little tent with Adam’s blanket for our kids and some others nearby. All the announcements were...
  • Letter from a Marine in Iraq

    07/18/2006 5:54:22 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 65 replies · 1,468+ views
    Parent of Marine in Iraq | 7/14/2006 | Anonymous
    <p>"As I come closer to the halfway point in my second combat tour, I have been reflecting on the events dating from 9/11 to today. Watching the nation's perspective change from an incredible level of patriotism to the lackluster, complacent attitude I see now, is sickening. I ask myself what has changed since 9/11. Does it take a horrific tragedy to open the eyes of the public and motivate them to stand behind our nation's principles? "For those who have forgotten, we were sent here to defeat tyranny and fight terrorism. Tyranny has been abolished and we are now in the process of ridding this country from terror. Our fight is not over, we still have a mission to accomplish, and we still need the support of our country: not support for the troops but support for the war on terror. "Hearing people say, 'I support the troops, but I don't support the war,' is hypocrisy that astounds and annoys me every time I hear it. Saying you don't support the war is telling me that you don't support my beliefs, my right to fight for freedom, and my choice to be over here away from my family to be a part of something I believe in. I'll tell you what I don't support: I don't support Americans cowering behind the wall of freedom that we provide and then criticize the way we provide it. Stand behind us. Stand behind what we've volunteered to do. "Over the past month we have made incredible progress in our war effort. We are working hand-in-hand with the Iraqi army, and with their help we have successfully broken apart several terrorist cells in our area. We have seen more success at this point in the war than eight months of fighting in OIF I and II. And yet our nation supports us less now than before . . . what is the explanation? "Don't let the events in Abu Ghraib and Haditha alter your perspective of the Marine Corps. A week ago today two Iraqi children were brought to our traffic control point. The children were sheep herders, and as they were walking, one of their sheep stepped on a pressure-plated IED. The IED was not meant for coalition forces. It was placed by an insurgent whose intent was to harm any Iraqi civilian. The IED blew one of the children's lower mandible off and left severe shrapnel wounds in the upper leg of the second child. Both of these children survived the IED because their parents brought them to us. They knew that the Marines would care for them. The Marines would save their children when a terrorist attacked his own people. The Marines and Navy corpsmen of Alpha Company of the 3rd LAR have saved the lives of numerous innocent Iraqi civilians and have developed a relationship with the Iraqi Army to the point that I can call them brothers-in-arms. A language, religion, and culture barrier separates us, and yet one common factor allows us to unite and fight side by side. The fight for freedom—to liberate a country. "I will spend my Independence Day fighting for the freedom of a country that has been oppressed for over 54 years. For those of you who say, "Let them fight their own war," or "Pull the troops out now—it's not our fight," remember how our country came to be and the sacrifices that have been made to build our nation. "For those of you who remain supportive, I thank you with all my heart. I wish I could portray to you the joy and exhilaration I experience every time we help the Iraqi people. Your support keeps us driving, and without it this fight would be unwinnable. To the families of all the military personnel overseas, you are heroes to us . . . your ability to support our being away for months at a time requires more courage than any situation we encounter. The support of my wife, family, and friends has taken me through almost two combat deployments. Realize that our families have it harder than us. Respect and support them as you do the Marines and sailors. Semper Fi"</p>
  • *BREAK* FReeper rebel_yell2 trapped in Lebanon

    07/13/2006 1:00:45 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 728 replies · 25,273+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | July 13, 2006 | NonValueAdded
    From Tourists Streaming into Syria from Lebanon, post 47: To: cinives You all might find this damn funny, but my sorry ass is marooned in Beirut, where I have been working for the IMF. If anybody has any helpful suggestions on how I can get out of this war zone, I would be most grateful. Right now, the road to Syria is the only way out of Lebanon for anyone, including U.S. citizens, and the Israelis are bombing that road. I am NOT happy with the Israelis right now. I understand their concerns about their kidnapped soldiers but bombing the...
  • A Personal Report from a Safed Bomb Shelter

    07/13/2006 5:39:42 PM PDT · by Alouette · 27 replies · 1,099+ views
    COL.org.il ^ | July 13, 2006
    Seven katyusha missiles fell today in Safed. In response to the order of army authorities to enter shelters we walked down dusty stairs to a place we never thought we would need to enter. As we arrived the bottom of the staircase we met up with a strong smell of mildew produced from the locked up room with no windows and piles of old dusty books stored in crates. Luckily, one of the neighbors brought in a fan to facilitate breathing. A woman sitting on a stool, and surrounded by four frightened little girls was a young emissary from Moscow...
  • Words from a Soldier in Afganistan

    06/27/2006 7:30:10 PM PDT · by Explorer24 · 20 replies · 737+ views
    Personal Email ^ | 6/27/06 | LT in USAF
    "We are all American soldiers, we just wear different uniforms. A wise man once told me that we are only where we are because we stand on the shoulders of giants. People like you and the other support[er]s are our giants and the foundation that lets us stand strong in the face of the enemy. With the negativity in the media, it is a breath of fresh air when we hear such kind and motivating words from you. We are all doing well over here. The job is hard, but it seems like the last month has gone really quickly...Please...
  • Back to Falluja

    06/03/2006 10:26:22 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies · 757+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 8, 2006 | by Michael Fumento
    Al Anbar Province, Iraq I ARRIVED AT CAMP FALLUJA in Iraq's Anbar Province by Blackhawk at 4 a.m. on the morning of April 13. No sooner had I lain down in my bunk than I heard the "thump, thump, thump" of outgoing artillery, five rounds in all. I later learned they were illumination rounds, probably called in to light up the area around the Iraqi Army's Observation Post 3 (OP3) in Karma, just northeast of Falluja. It was, I was told, the largest enemy action in the area in the last eight months. Click here for the rest of the...
  • Mike Pence visits injured troops in Germany(support the troops)video

    05/28/2006 7:38:37 AM PDT · by theworkersarefew · 2 replies · 251+ views
    wish tv watch video ^ | KLaren hensel
    When Indiana Congressman Mike Pence visited soldiers in Iraq, he agreed to take a camera provided by 24-Hour News 8. In this special report, Pence visits a military hospital in Germany where American soldiers are taken from the battlefield as soon as they are stabilized. "An IED went off," one injured soldier told Congressman Pence as he stood by his bedside. The soldier is recovering after a roadside blast. "Turns out both legs were kinda pinned under the driver's compartment." The Congressional delegation hears the story repeated, soldiers injured by roadside bombs. The scars are lost legs, lost arms, and...
  • The truth about Iraq from the troops(watch video)

    05/28/2006 7:33:29 AM PDT · by theworkersarefew · 19 replies · 927+ views
    Congressman Pence Meets with Hoosier Soldiers in Iraq May 23, 2006 04:18 PM EDT Congressman Pence Meets with Soldiers in Iraq 1st Sgt. Darren Thomas of Bloomington More on WISHTV.com Indiana Congressman Visits Injured Soldiers in Germany Indiana Congressman Mike Pence recently returned from Iraq. Pence took with him a small WISH-TV camera as he met with Indiana soldiers and talked to them about their mission. The day began at 4 a.m., the start of a 24-hour day in Operation Iraqi Freedom. It's a 2-hour ride aboard a C-130 cargo plane to Mosul, a bus ride to the military base...
  • A Soldier's Perspective

    05/15/2006 8:01:40 AM PDT · by RDTF · 11 replies · 975+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2006 | LT. COL. SCOTT A. MORRISON
    Yesterday I returned home from a one-year tour in Iraq, where I served as a military advisor to Iraqi forces. Although nearly a quarter of my 40 years have been spent living outside the United States during my military career, returning home to the land of the free and the home of the brave remains an emotional experience. Words fail to convey the sincere appreciation felt for the immense support received from the American public. On our journey home, the aircraft stopped over at several locations. In one country an American citizen saw us and pressed a $100 bill into...
  • 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...
  • AMAZING E-MAIL FROM MARINE IN IRAQ

    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...
  • 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...
  • Video From Iraq from Platoon some of us are supporting

    04/08/2006 2:03:42 PM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 45 replies · 2,428+ views
    Thought you all might to see this. This was sent to me by the solider who wrote the following email. Thanks to Freeper eeevil conservative for working out the tech details so I could post it.
  • The Frontline Forum [Michael Yon]

    04/10/2006 7:20:22 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 7 replies · 321+ views
    Michael Yon email dispatch | 4/10/2006 | Michael Yon
    Greetings,  Today we open a new frontier.  My site gets much traffic and exposure, making this an excellent venue for our people in harm's way to tell their stories.  Please click here http://flf.michaelyon-online.com/ for our first story from a soldier in Iraq.  The story is well written and complete with photos.   If you know someone at war who would like to submit a story to FLF, many people are waiting to read it.  Photographs are encouraged.   Please spread the word about the Frontline Forum--there are graphic links and related resources in the Press Room off the FLF main page.      Respectfully,     Michael...
  • Front Line Views on Iraq/Afghanistan War Situation, No. 2

    04/07/2006 11:01:38 AM PDT · by gleeaikin · 18 replies · 709+ views
    emails from Afghanistan | 4/7/06 | gleeaikin
    Since Front Line Views....No. 1 was posted at FR on 3/12/06, my son in Afghanistan who also served 8 months in Gulf War I in Saudi Arabia and Iraq has emailed additional observations. Subjects include: real casualty rates (KIA) vs. press reports, "appearance" of soldiers vs. actual military skills/performance, soldiers as civil servants vs. being warriors, and official prohibition against unapproved body armor. Remember, he is in Afgh. so some observations may not fit Iraq, but others do. Some of what he says is harsh, he never was one for pussyfooting. Paragraphs in quotes are HIS words. The rest is...
  • An Infantry Colonel’s Foxhole Report from Iraq

    03/30/2006 7:37:44 PM PST · by Barbarian6 · 59 replies · 2,075+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 29 March 2006 | COL William Ivey
    Sorry it has been five months since my last update, but then, we have been busy. Let me give you the bottom-line up front (BLUF), and then catch you up on things. Feel free to forward this to whomever, since we still can’t seem to get the press to tell folks what is going on. This is how the fight is going from my foxhole, and it is much more than the bombings, US casualties, and rumors of civil war the press seems to be focused on.
  • Myths of Iraq (Col. Ralph Peters)

    03/13/2006 9:35:40 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 86 replies · 1,671+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 3-14-06 | Ralph Peters
    March 14, 2006 Myths of Iraq By Ralph Peters During a recent visit to Baghdad, I saw an enormous failure. On the part of our media. The reality in the streets, day after day, bore little resemblance to the sensational claims of civil war and disaster in the headlines. No one with first-hand experience of Iraq would claim the country's in rosy condition, but the situation on the ground is considerably more promising than the American public has been led to believe. Lurid exaggerations and instant myths obscure real, if difficult, progress. I left Baghdad more optimistic than I was...
  • Front Line Views on Iraq/Afghanistan War Situation

    03/12/2006 7:36:24 PM PST · by gleeaikin · 95 replies · 1,959+ views
    A Soldier in Afghanistan | 3/12/06 | gleeaikin
    After spending 8 months in Gulf War I (Aug. 1990 to April 1991) with an elite unit, and now in Afghanistan this soldier has definite opinions on the Iraq/Afghanistan war, politicians and supporting our troops. The threat of civil war in Iraq and the outbreak of suicide bombing in Afghanistan heighten concerns here at home. Here is a front line assessment of implications for the future. Question: Recent reports indicate that Iraq Sunnis are turning on Al Qaeda. If they are driven out of Iraq, what are the implications for action in Afghanistan? Answer: "Most likely suicide bombers have made...
  • What Iraq civil war? (update from No Longer Free State deployed in Iraq)

    03/07/2006 1:22:11 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 102 replies · 1,377+ views
    3/7/2006 4:50:47 A.M. | No Longer Free State - Dave
    FYI, all, today I saw a notice in Stars & Stripes about a poll that said 80% of Americans believe a civil war has started in Iraq following the destruction of the Golden Mosque in Samarra. Let me offer another opinion. While some of the hotheads in both of the muslim sects went after each other for a few days, that incident may end up being the catalyst not for civil war, but for civilization in Iraq. I have seen countless reports in the last few days that tell an entirely different picture of what you see in the news....
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-02-06 ("I just got home from Iraq....")

    03/02/2006 5:29:11 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 181 replies · 4,915+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 2, 2006 | Truthful Marine, DUmmies, and PJ-Comix
    It was a grand scene in DUmmieland. A Marine veteran of Iraq returned home and began posting his observations for the DUmmies. Surely this vet would VALIDATE the leftwing worldview of the DUmmies, right? Well, things didn't quite work out as the DUmmies expected as you can see in this THREAD titled, "I just got home from Iraq...." So let us now watch this drama unfold in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, watching the DUmmie expectations being shattered yet again against the rocks of reality, is in the [brackets]: I just got home from Iraq.......
  • The trial just got interesting...(from Iraq The model)

    02/28/2006 11:45:58 AM PST · by tsmith130 · 1 replies · 257+ views
    Iraq The Model ^ | 02/28/2006 | Omar
    I was just about to leave home to work when I heard a big bang… Uh, oh…I won't be able to reach the clinic today, I told Mohammed. The explosion was probably less than a mile away so I knew the roads around us would be soon blocked. And minutes later I found they were. I decided to go back to bed but then I heard that a new session of Saddam's trial was scheduled for today. Recalling the past few sessions, I thought that was a good idea to watch while lying on the couch as it would soon...
  • Victor Davis Hanson, just back from Iraq.

    02/25/2006 11:26:38 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 37 replies · 1,264+ views
    Radio Blogger ^ | February 24, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    ...HH: And do you think we are going to lose it? Or win it? VDH: No, I think we're going to win it, and I think that we're going to see dramatic results at the end of this year, 2006. And by 2007, like I said, it's going to be a situation like Korea, and that's going to be terrible for bin Laden, and the people in Iran and Syria.... MP3 of interview with Victor Davis Hanson
  • Crushed beneath the headlines:The heroic deeds of the 184th Infantry lie buried

    02/19/2006 12:25:58 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies · 606+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | February 19, 2006 | Robert C.J. Parry
    Last month I returned from Iraq, swapping my desert camouflage for a suit and tie to resume my desk job at a Los Angeles firm. For the first time in 18 months I was separated from my battalion, the 1st of the 184th Infantry Regiment, which was among the first California Army National Guard units to be sent into combat since the Korean War. From the first weeks of our mobilization in August 2004, we were in the spotlight. We were the battalion ''mired in scandal.'' We were, according to the disgruntled, poor in training and morale. Once in Iraq,...
  • Life in Fallujah

    02/14/2006 8:55:12 AM PST · by tgambill · 10 replies · 1,349+ views
    02-13-06 | Civilian Contractor in Iraq
    Thought I'd pass this along to those who may not have seen it. This is an e-mail from a civilian contractor in Iraq. Seems to me that life in the boonies hasn't changed much over the years.....the actual names have been omitted due to obvious reasons. + + + + + + + + + Hello all! I am now a resident of Fallujah. As I have found, this is a very different place from Camp Victory, and a very different world. The Marines run Fallujah. Marines are different. Their way of life is different. More disciplined. More regimented. More...
  • U.S. Soldier From 184 Infantry Reports: "We Were Smeared" By the Media

    02/12/2006 8:05:41 PM PST · by infoguy · 17 replies · 1,186+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 12 February 2006 | Dave Pierre
    Robert C.J. Parry, a first lieutenant in the California Army National Guard's 1st battalion of the 184 Infantry, has published a must-see op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times (Sunday, February 12, 2006), entitled, "The war you didn't see." In the piece, he reports something that is rarely reported but has been known by many all along: The mainstream media has been giving our troops a raw deal by harping on negative news and ignoring positive accomplishments. "We served with honor. We served with valor. We earned distinction," writes Lt. Parry, as he recounts a number of  brave actions in battle...
  • The War You Didn't See

    02/12/2006 6:47:21 AM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies · 718+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/12/06 | Parry
    A controversial National Guard unit's heroics got lost in the hype and scandal. C.J. PARRY, a first lieutenant in the California Army National Guard's 1-184 Infantry, is a senior account manager for a Century City public relations firm. Contact him at rparry@ppmgcorp.com. LAST MONTH I returned from Iraq, swapping my desert camouflage for a suit and tie to resume my desk job at a Century City firm. For the first time in 18 months I was separated from my battalion, the 1st of the 184th Infantry Regiment, which was among the first California Army National Guard units to be sent...
  • Behind the Scenes Photos (Laura Ingraham's photos from Iraq)

    02/08/2006 5:54:19 PM PST · by Cecily · 84 replies · 3,437+ views
    LauraIngraham.com ^ | February 8, 2006 | Laura Ingraham
    Check out Laura's world! The photos below will give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of the life and times of Laura Ingraham.
  • U.S. Soldier to America: "Don't Let a Bunch of Whiny, Marxist Sycophants Lose This Thing"

    02/07/2006 8:21:37 PM PST · by infoguy · 18 replies · 1,065+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 7 February 2006 | Dave Pierre
    Popular radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham is broadcasting from Iraq this week, and she has spent quite a bit of time talking with our fine troops.On today's show (Tuesday, February 7, 2006), Laura talked with Major Doug Anderson, from Fairbanks, Alaska, and he had some words for those of us back home (audiotape on file): "To the American people, I just wanted to say: Don't let a bunch of whiny, Marxist sycophants back home lose this thing." Laura (in addition to countless listeners also, I'm sure) let out a loud "Yes!" Amen! Thank you, Major Anderson! As we've seen in...
  • Laura Ingraham radio show LIVE with the troops from Iraq - Feb 6 thru 10! (Read her journal!)

    02/07/2006 3:30:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies · 4,146+ views
    Laura Ingraham .com ^ | 2/07/06 | Laura Ingraham
    FINALLY, LAURA HAS A WAY TO GET TO THE STUDIO ON TIME! Laura's Iraq Journal Day 1: Feb. 5th, 2006First let me repeat what I already knew--the troops serving over here are a stellar, inspiring group. I have been thoroughly impressed from the moment of our first contact with the 4th Infantry Division personnel who helped faciitate our trip into Iraq. In the middle of the night we were whisked off to an undisclosed location, and a few hours later flown to Baghdad by a great Air Force crew out of Alaska and a trusty old C-130. A number of...
  • Successes in Iraq

    02/06/2006 3:33:40 PM PST · by concretebob · 36 replies · 733+ views
    milblog ^ | 4 February 2006 | CJ
    Here we are again with this week’s successes with respect to finding, identifying, and neutralizing a threat the media likes to categorize as a hopeless cause. The area of IEDs is just another example of the successes we’re having in the war in Iraq against terrorism. Here we go: For those that don’t know, 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers are training an Iraqi Combat Engineer unit to be IED hunters. These soldiers are highly motivated to fight IEDs and insurgents and love working with Coalition Forces to learn how to combat this menace. One [Iraqi] soldier was on his day...
  • Facts vs. Fiction: A Report from the Front

    02/02/2006 5:59:50 AM PST · by RKV · 53 replies · 1,038+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | February 2006 | Karl Zinsmeister
    Your editor has just returned from another month in Iraq—my fourth extended tour in the last two and a half years. During November and December I joined numerous American combat operations, including the largest air assault since the beginning of the war, walked miles of streets and roads, entered scores of homes, listened to hundreds of Iraqis, observed voting at a dozen different polling sites, and endured my third roadside ambush. With this latest firsthand experience, here are answers to some common queries about how the war is faring.... Iraq is now creeping away from murderous authoritarianism to face the...