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  • France Prepares Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Syria

    09/09/2015 5:41:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/07/15 | Matthew Dalton and William Horobin
    France is preparing to launch airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, French President François Hollande said on Monday, expanding his nation’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. Mr. Hollande has previously ordered strikes against Islamic State in Iraq but steered clear of striking the group in Syria for fear the attacks would bolster Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, the jihadists’ main foe in the civil war. “Nothing should be done to consolidate or keep Assad in power in Syria,” Mr. Hollande said at a news conference where he laid out his policy priorities for the next six months. The decision to bomb...
  • ISIS In Libya Update: Egypt Reportedly Readying Assault On Islamic State Group Positions

    04/27/2015 12:31:26 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 4-26-2015 | Marcy Kreiter
    Egypt reportedly is preparing a large-scale ground and air assault along the Libyan border to oust the Islamic State group from eastern Libya. DebkaFile, quoting military and intelligence sources, said naval and marine forces are assembling at Egypt's Mediterranean ports for a possible assault on Derna, the militants' provincial capital. DebkaFile noted the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, represents an unacceptable threat to Egypt, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been warned extremists already have penetrated some Egyptian towns and military units. ISIS fighters are being smuggled through the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt from Syria and Iraq by...
  • Israel Prepares for Possible Attack by Hijacked Malaysian Plane

    03/16/2014 5:49:17 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 77 replies
    Breibart ^ | 03/16/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    According to the Times of Israel, Israel's Channel 2 has revealed that Israeli air defenses have been boosted, and approaching civilian aircraft will be asked to identify themselves far earlier. Though the flight was presumed at first to have crashed, whole or in pieces, into the ocean, passive satellite transmissions from the aircraft suggest that it made a deliberate course change and may have headed north into central Asia. Pakistan has already said that the flight never registered on its radar, but at least one expert has suggested the flight could have landed in Bangladesh, whose air defenses presumably would...
  • Syria Prepares for U.S. Attack

    09/03/2013 3:25:45 AM PDT · by kingattax · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 2, 2013 | SAM DAGHER
    DAMASCUS, Syria—The Assad regime prepared for a U.S. attack on the capital despite a likely delay in any military action, urging civilian evacuations, moving soldiers into vacant apartments and issuing new threats of retaliation. A senior Syrian official on Monday said that both the Syrian army and its ally Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, would strike back in the event of a U.S.-led offensive by first hitting American warships now in the Mediterranean Sea. Referring to Hezbollah as the resistance, Khaled Abboud, a parliament member and confidant of President Bashar al-Assad, told The Wall Street Journal: "The resistance and the...
  • Russia prepares to send warships to Syria

    06/18/2012 4:19:16 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 49 replies
    FT.COM ^ | 06/18/2012 | By Charles Clover in Moscow and Abigail Fielding-Smith in Beirut
    <p>Russia has announced it is readying two warships to sail to Syria to protect Russian citizens, in a sign that it is taking precautions against a worsening of the security situation there.</p> <p>A spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea fleet, Vyacheslav Trukhachev, told Russia’s Interfax news agency the mission would be undertaken “in case of necessity”. His comments appeared designed to clarify speculation that warships had already set sail for Syria. Interfax had earlier quoted an anonymous official as saying that was the case on Monday morning.</p>
  • 10 Lessons From People Who Lived Through The Depression

    11/21/2011 7:22:27 PM PST · by Kartographer · 58 replies
    Wanda Bridgeforth was hit hardest on the home front as a child, when her parents couldn't afford to keep her with them. At one point she lived with 19 people—in a six room house. It was in these situations that she learned to conserve what she had, and reuse what she found.
  • Gillard prepares to meet Quentin Bryce to set date for federal election (Australian election)

    07/16/2010 5:21:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Australian ^ | 17th July 2010 | Joe Kelly
    JULIA Gillard has arrived in Canberra and will meet Governor-General Quentin Bryce at 10.30am to set a date for a federal election. The PM's office has confirmed that the Prime Minister will hold a press conference at noon. August 21 or 28 are the anticipated dates for the election. Ms Gillard is then expected to travel to Brisbane, where Labor has to make up ground following the dumping of Kevin Rudd. Ms Gillard smiled, but said nothing to reporters outside her western Melbourne home, as she was driven away just after 7am (AEST). The media is already camped outside Government...
  • Israel holds biggest civil defense drill in state history

    05/31/2009 2:56:54 PM PDT · by Wontsubmit · 6 replies · 588+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 31/05/2009 | Barak Ravid
    A five-day civil defense exercise, simulating an attack on the country, started on Sunday. Named Turning Point 3, the drills will be the most extensive ever held and practice new measures to safeguard civilians. On Tuesday the exercise will spread nationwide and include emergency sirens and air-raid shelters. The cabinet held a special session Sunday on moves during an attack; the ministries will then open their emergency headquarters to rehearse various scenarios. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers during the briefing that the drill was a "routine" procedure and not directed against any regional entity in particular. ...
  • CA: Coastal Commission prepares for budget cuts (BOO HOO Alert!)

    07/29/2008 3:46:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 194+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 7/29/08 | John Howard
    As the state sharpens its budget knife, an agency directly under the blade is the California Coastal Commission, the guardian of 1,100 miles of coast line and an entity that has enflamed passions like few other government offices in California. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier proposed a 10 percent budget cut in the bureaucracy. The coastal commission has sent layoff notices to 46 staff members -- notices that are required by law -- and is preparing for the possibility of cuts, although when and just how deep are not clear. A staff-prepared analysis of the agency's finances said there was a...
  • 18th Airborne Corps Prepares for Lead Role in Iraq Theater

    08/23/2007 6:06:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 191+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2007 – To prepare the 18th Airborne Corps for its upcoming lead role at Multinational Corps Iraq, some 600 servicemembers are engaging in an exercise Aug. 13-24 to replicate the “rigor, complexity and realism” of Iraq’s combat environment, a corps spokesman said today. (Video) During a briefing at the Pentagon, Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, director of joint training and commander of the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va., and Army Brig. Gen. Michael Ferriter, deputy commander for operations for 18th Airborne Corps, discussed the training exercise, dubbed “Unified Endeavor.” It aims to ease the transition...
  • Northeast prepares for severe storm

    04/14/2007 1:00:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 92 replies · 1,918+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/07 | Heather Hollingsworth - ap
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A severe weather system blamed for five deaths plowed eastward out of the Plains on Saturday, leaving snow piled more than a foot deep and rattling the Gulf states with violent thunderstorms. The Northeast prepared for possible coastal flooding. The storm blew across the Plains on Friday, piling snow a foot deep in Kansas and raking Texas with high wind. "I felt my house start shaking like the wind and I ran in here and grabbed my little girl," Amanda Rymer, 21, said in Haltom City, Texas. "As soon as I moved her, the roof fell...
  • Kosovo Force Prepares for Political Status Resolution

    11/15/2006 3:28:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 411+ views
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo, Nov. 15, 2006 -- National Guard troops deployed here are preparing to respond to any sudden resurgence of violence as a settlement nears regarding this breakaway republic’s political status, their commander told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday. Army Brig. Gen. Darren Owens, commander of the Kosovo Force’s Multinational Task Force (East) and the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division, told Marine Gen. Peter Pace that the U.N. Contact Group assisting in the status talks hopes for a negotiated settlement by the year’s end. However, they recognize a settlement is more likely in early 2007...
  • Sunnis Enraged As Iraq Prepares To Divide Itself Into Regions

    09/06/2006 6:09:13 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1,762+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-7-2006 | Oliver Poole
    Sunnis enraged as Iraq prepares to divide itself into regions By Oliver Poole, Iraq Correspondent (Filed: 07/09/2006) The future of Iraq as a sovereign nation was thrown into jeopardy yesterday after a new law was introduced to parliament that would enable the break up of the country into semi-autonomous regions. If passed, a self-ruling Shia state is likely to emerge in the south, based on the autonomous region Kurds have already established in the north. It would not only be able to levy its own taxes and govern itself but, Shia politicians say, would have its own armed guards posted...
  • Preventive Medicine Team Prepares for Iraq Deployment

    06/29/2006 6:58:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 293+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Bane
    Capt. Ann Adcook, assistant officer in charge of Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit 7, conducts training on the Chemical Volitile Organic Compound Unit, which is used to screen soil, water, and air for the detection of toxic materials such as chemical, biological, and radiological agents. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven P. Smith Preventive Medicine Team Prepares for Iraq Deployment Members of Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit East Team 7 trained on the HAPSITE, a man-portable, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers that can detect chemical and environmental hazards. By U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Bane Fleet...
  • America Supports You: Partnership Prepares to Send Goods to Troops

    06/15/2006 4:29:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 262+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 – Now that they have collected the goods, it's time to send them. Checkers/Rally's, the nation's largest double drive-through restaurant, has teamed up with a grassroots troop support group called Operation Gratitude in a drive to collect packages for America's servicemembers overseas. The partnership, called the Patriotic Drive, started on May 8 and ended yesterday with 720 drive-through restaurants across the country offering drop-off points. Packages will be delivered to the troops by July 4th. "Our troops throughout the world will know they are appreciated and supported at home this Fourth of July when they...
  • Exercise Prepares National Guard for Worst-Case Scenario

    04/05/2006 5:59:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 321+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 5, 2006 – Military and political officials, foreign nationals and media observed yesterday as Army and Air National Guardsmen from five states and the District of Columbia responded to a mock disaster staged at the D.C. National Guard Armory. Members of the 34th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, from Blackstone, Va., work through the decontamination site after having been in the "hot zone" of a fictitious nuclear incident. "Vital Guardian," held at the D.C. National Guard Armory, was an Army and Air National Guard training exercise to strengthen response to a catastrophic event. Photo by...
  • Marine Prepares for First Deployment (Follows Dad's Footsteps)

    04/05/2006 4:37:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 225+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel
    U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel M. Knight, 19, from Simpsonville, S.C., looks at names on the Beirut Memorial at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 30, 2006. Knight is preparing to deploy to Iraq for the first time. His father, Morris, is a Vietnam veteran and said he is extremely proud of his son. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel Knight Marine Prepares for First Deployment By Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel 2nd Marine Division CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., April 5, 2006 —“My father, a former Marine, served in Vietnam,” said Pfc. Daniel M. Knight,...
  • Peru's Dynasty-In-Waiting Prepares To Deliver Another Anti-US President

    03/08/2006 7:28:48 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 406+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-9-2006 | Jeremy McDermott
    Peru's dynasty-in-waiting prepares to deliver another anti-US president By Jeremy McDermott in Lima (Filed: 09/03/2006) One of Latin America's most extraordinary political families is poised to produce another of the continent's Left-wing authoritarian leaders with no love for Washington. Ollanta Humala is one of two favourites to become Peru's next president, a role for which, to believe his mother, he has been groomed from birth. Ollanta Humala: ‘I am a nationalist and anti-imperialist’ "We have been preparing our children to take power since they were born," Elena Tasso has said of her eight progeny. "If the boys are not successful...
  • USS Honolulu Prepares For Last Aloha

    03/07/2006 3:11:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 708+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mar 6, 2006 | Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Honolulu's namesake ship is preparing to say farewell to its island home after two decades of service. USS Honolulu (SSN 718), which is scheduled to inactivate next year, will hold a farewell ceremony April 15 prior to departing Hawaii on her final deployment to the Western Pacific. "This is an exciting and challenging time for us," said Cmdr. John Russ, the nuclear-powered attack submarine's commanding officer. "We're preparing to leave our homeport for the last time, and at the same time we're going through the normal challenges associated with getting the ship ready to deploy."...
  • Chavez Prepares His People's Army To Confront US

    03/03/2006 6:41:04 PM PST · by blam · 64 replies · 1,467+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-4-2006 | Sophie Arie
    Chavez prepares his people's army to confront US By Sophie Arie in Caracas (Filed: 04/03/2006) Venezuela begins training a vast army of civilian reserves today to fight off the attack its Left-wing president, Hugo Chavez, says the United States is plotting against it. The oil-rich state aims to teach up to two million volunteers, from the unemployed to office workers, shop assistants and housewives, basic military skills such as marching in step or shooting to kill.Hugo Chavez warned Venezuelans to expect an attack from the US If it reaches that size, the force will be the largest civilian reserve army...
  • Annan prepares for privatisation of UN

    02/11/2006 7:44:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,173+ views
    The Business Online ^ | 2/11/06 | Joe Lauria and Fraser Nelson
    THE United Nations has drawn up plans to privatise the bulk of its staff at its New York headquarters or have their work done more cheaply overseas. The move is in response to mounting demands for reform from the United States, its biggest paymaster. The Business has learned that Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, has commissioned a study into the outsourcing of the department for General Assembly and Conference ­Management, the main UN ­decision-making body whose officials issue about 200 documents a day in six languages. The move comes as the UN grapples with the oil-for-food scandal in which...
  • Military Prepares for Transfer; Search Ends for Missing UAV

    01/06/2006 4:25:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 297+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2006 – Two Army divisions are preparing for a transfer of responsibility in Baghdad tomorrow, and the search for an unmanned aerial vehicle near Mosul has been suspended, military officials said. The 3rd Infantry Division will turn over authority for Multinational Division Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division. Army Maj. Gen. William Webster Jr., 3rd ID commander, will case the "Marne" Division's colors during the transfer ceremony, and Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, 4th ID commander, will uncase the "Ironhorse" Division's colors. In other news, the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team has suspended its search for a Raven...
  • Government Prepares For Next Big Disaster

    12/31/2005 12:18:52 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 363+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 12-31-2005 | Larry Margasak
    Government Prepares for Next Big Disaster By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Before the next big hurricane's winds howl ashore, Homeland Security officials want an emergency communications network operating, emergency medical facilities treating patients, and teams dispatched to search for victims at the likely ground zero. In the wake of congressional hearings that exposed the breathtaking failures of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration is retooling its disaster plan to react more quickly to the next catastrophe. Michael Brown, now the ex-chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, became the public face of Katrina's failure....
  • CA: Northern California winter storms *UPDATE* // Coastal & Southland Alert (StormWatch Thread)

    12/30/2005 11:55:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 255 replies · 5,143+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/30/05 | Lisa Leff - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Northern California residents on Friday braced for a pair of powerful winter storms that were expected to bring heavy rain, mudslides and flooding over New Year's weekend. Parts of Sonoma and Napa counties north of San Francisco reported light to moderate rain Friday morning, with other areas reporting mostly cloudy conditions, according to the National Weather Service. "It's coming in slowly, but it will move in in buckets later on this afternoon," said Diana Henderson, NWS forecaster based in Monterey. The San Francisco Bay area and counties farther north were likely to bear the brunt of...
  • Iraq prepares for new government

    12/27/2005 9:41:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 289+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/27/05 | Aseel Kami
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi political leaders will meet the president in his Kurdish homeland over the next few days to prepare the ground for the formation of a new government, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The announcement, part of efforts ease sectarian and ethnic friction following this month's election, came as around 5,000 supporters of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi marched through Baghdad in the latest protest against the results. Sunni and secular parties are insisting the vote should be rerun -- at least in some key provinces where they say results were fixed to favor the powerful...
  • Afghanistan Prepares to Install New National Assembly

    12/16/2005 3:29:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 16, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2005 – Just as election activities wrap up in Iraq, the people of Afghanistan are looking toward a historic event in their own country, as its National Assembly convenes Dec. 19 for the first time in more than three decades. Formation of the parliament marks the latest step in Afghanistan' path to democracy and follows the country's Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, a State Department official told the American Forces Press Service on the condition that he not be identified or quoted. Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and international military forces ensured a relatively safe and secure...
  • Blair Prepares To Surrender On Terror Laws

    11/06/2005 4:40:07 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 441+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-6-2005 | Gaby Hinsliff/Ned Temko
    Blair prepares to surrender on terror laws Gaby Hinsliff and Ned Temko Sunday November 6, 2005 The Observer (UK) Tony Blair was preparing a humiliating climbdown over anti-terror laws last night in what will be seen as a further blow to his dwindling personal authority. Senior Downing Street sources said that although the Prime Minister remains personally convinced that allowing police to detain suspects for up to 90 days without trial is essential to combating the threat from al-Qaeda, he has now accepted that in the present political climate he will have to compromise. Without a change, Blair faced the...
  • 48th Brigade Prepares Security at Polling Sites

    10/14/2005 4:32:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 254+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 13, 2005 | Army Sgt David Bill
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hand stands ready to have a barrier lifted off a trailer and emplaced around a local polling site in south Baghdad, Iraq, for the Oct. 15, 2005, Constitutional Referendum. Hand is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 648th Engineer Battalion, 48th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Bill 48th Brigade Prepares Security at Polling Sites Iraqi Army soldiers provided security with an outer cordon as 48th Brigade Combat Team battalions put concrete barriers and concertina wire into place. By U.S. Army Sgt David Bill 48th Brigade Combat Team RADWINIYAH, Iraq, Oct....
  • What about my boat? ("Return-Free" — IRS would automatically prepare income-tax returns)

    10/08/2005 5:57:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies · 1,289+ views
    What about my boat? If you think it's bad enough that the Internal Revenue Service collects your hard-earned tax dollars, imagine if an IRS agent prepared your income-tax returns, too. No, we're not joking. The concept, called "Return-Free" — where the IRS automatically prepares income-tax returns of those taxpayers with the simplest returns and then sends taxpayers the bill — is being considered by the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. One of several Republicans who opposes the concept calls it "flawed" and "dangerous to taxpayers." It "creates a conflict of interest by making the tax collector the tax...
  • Army prepares for round two as Rita approaches

    09/21/2005 5:53:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 204+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sep 21, 2005 | unattributed
    NEW ORLEANS (Army News Service, Sept. 21, 2005) -- Three weeks after the Gulf Coast was pummeled by Hurricane Katrina, Army emergency responders there are preparing for the possibility of a second round of severe weather from Hurricane Rita. After Rita hit the Florida Keys with winds up to 100 mph, the storm gained in strength over the warm Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center reported that as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Rita had intensified to a category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of 135 mph. It was moving westward at 14 mph toward the coast of Texas or...
  • Government Prepares for Hurricane Rita's Landfall

    09/21/2005 5:48:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 417+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 21, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2005 – In anticipation of the landfall of Hurricane Rita, nearly 2,000 National Guardsmen in Texas are on state active duty and the governor has authorized the activation of up to 5,000 of the more than 10,000 National Guardsmen currently available in the state, defense officials reported today. Additionally, Texas guardsmen serving in Louisiana are returning to Texas in anticipation of the storm as other units assume their Katrina missions, and the Air National Guard has relocated several of its aircraft from Houston to Austin as a precautionary measure. About 1,500 guardsmen already are on duty in...
  • NORTHCOM Prepares to Support Relief Efforts for Hurricane Rita

    09/20/2005 9:50:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 214+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2005 – U.S. Northern Command is prepared to meet requests for assistance that the Federal Emergency Management Agency may issue prior to and in the wake of Hurricane Rita, military officials reported today. The hurricane near the Florida Keys strengthened to Category 2 today and is forecast to strengthen further as it moves westward into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. NORTHCOM's Joint Operations Center continues 24-hour operations in Colorado Springs, Colo., to monitor the storm's progress and to facilitate subsequent requests that may come from FEMA representatives. Defense Coordinating Officers and Defense Coordinating Elements...
  • NATO Prepares to Expand Mission into Southern Afghanistan

    09/15/2005 6:24:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 237+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 15, 2005 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    BERLIN, Sept. 15, 2005 – NATO defense ministers, who met here Sept. 13 and 14, "are strongly committed to expanding NATO's role" in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in a Sept. 14 news conference. "By spring, our goal is for NATO to partner with the Afghan National Army to manage security in what will amount to something like three quarters of that country," he said. The secretary said U.S. forces would continue to play a strong role. Discussions during the Sept. 14 meetings focused on expanding NATO influence into the southern part of Afghanistan, including the area around...
  • New Yorker prepares Marines for combat, trains Iraqis for police work

    08/25/2005 4:06:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 287+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 25, 2005 | Sgt. Juan Vara
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Aug. 25, 2005) -- Before Marine Aircraft Group 26 left North Carolina earlier this year, pre-deployment training helped its Marines and sailors prepare for some of the things they would see here. Sergeant Thomas R. Fuller, the group’s training, anti-terrorism and force protection chief, was responsible for building a pre-deployment training plan and instructing some of the service members who deployed. “All I did was help other Marines get ready to come out here and have the right mindset,” he said. Single handedly, Fuller prepared nearly 1,000 Marines and sailors for deployment to a combat environment. He...
  • Bush Prepares for Second Inauguration

    01/19/2005 11:48:34 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 277+ views
    Yahoo! News | AP ^ | 1/19/05 | Scott Lindlaw
    WASHINGTON - Relishing history as he awaited his second oath-taking, George W. Bush paused amid celebratory galas Wednesday to contemplate America's most treasured historical documents, including George Washington's inaugural speech. Asked whether he was feeling the history of the moment, Bush said "Absolutely." He and Laura Bush studied original versions of the Declaration of Independence so faded that most signatures were illegible; the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; and Washington's address and Bible. The sense of history was palpable in the dimly lit, dome-shaped room. A portrait of the Founding Fathers gazed down on the president, his wife and their...
  • Bush Prepares for Possible GPS Shutdown

    12/16/2004 7:04:56 AM PST · by crushelits · 72 replies · 1,671+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Thursday, December 16, 2004 | Ted Bridis
    WASHINGTON - President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said Wednesday. Any shutdown of the network inside the United States would come under only the most remarkable circumstances, said a Bush administration official who spoke to a small group of reporters at the White House on condition of anonymity. The GPS system is vital to commercial aviation and marine shipping. The president also instructed the Defense Department to develop plans to disable, in certain areas, an enemy's...
  • This Is Your Last Chance, Fallujah Rebels Are Told As US Prepares Ground Attack

    10/28/2004 5:50:19 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 539+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-29-2004 | Toby Harnden
    This is your last chance, Fallujah rebels are told as US prepares ground attack By Toby Harnden in Ramadi (Filed: 29/10/2004) Iraq's government yesterday offered the leaders of rebel-held Fallujah a "last" chance to negotiate as an American military commander described the city as a cancer that had to be dealt with. Iyad Allawi, the Iraqi prime minister, indicated that time was fast running out for those who were harbouring insurgents there. "This chance could be the last," he said in a statement, imploring "the leaders and notables of Fallujah to use it to find a political solution". But with...

    09/06/2004 9:42:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 89 replies · 1,990+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Sept. 6, 2004 | Drudge
    As Bill Clinton hit the operating table at 6:45 a.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia in upper Manhattan, MSNBC almost simultaneously was preparing a video package of the former president's obituary -- just in case. From: Hitchins, Charles (NBC Universal, MSNBC) Sent: Monday, September 06, 2004 6:25 AM To: @MSNBC Newsforce Staff Subject: Clinton Obit Just in case it's needed Mitchell Obit on Clinton C1052 Trt 3:47
  • Iraqi PM Prepares to Face Down Guerrillas

    06/29/2004 11:21:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 179+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/28/04 | Jim Krane - AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Bomb-building Islamic radicals have joined forces with guerrilla foot soldiers from Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s ousted regime in a bloody insurgency that now has a new target: Iraq (news - web sites)'s fragile day-old government. Officials have been warning that insurgents were planning a bloody offensive and a spate of car bombs to disrupt the day that the interim government is installed. U.S. occupation chief L. Paul Bremer and his entourage, who abruptly handed the reins to Iraq's new government on Monday, two days early, sidestepped the expected mayhem. But the Iraqis — and the...
  • Russia Prepares to Launch Spacecraft (Baikonur to the ISS ... Crew swap)

    04/17/2004 4:50:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 243+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/17/04 | Bagila Bukharbayeva - AP
    BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A spacecraft that will carry a new crew to the international space station was hoisted into launch position Saturday in preparation for the third manned mission to the orbital outpost since NASA (news - web sites)'s shuttle disaster sidelined the U.S. space fleet. The 132-foot rocket topped by a Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was carefully rolled out of a hangar at the Baikonur cosmodrome and slowly drawn by rail to the launch site for manned space missions. Police and two fire engines escorted the rocket on its two-hour journey. A sniffer dog ran ahead of the train checking...
  • US Prepares Battle Force To Wipe Out Hardline Iraqi Resistance

    06/03/2003 5:15:04 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 203+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6-3-2003 | Rory McCarthy/Evan MacAskill
    US prepares battle force to wipe out hardline Iraqi resistance Rory McCarthy in Baghdad and Ewen MacAskill Tuesday June 3, 2003 The Guardian (UK) A force of more than 1,500 US troops, backed by tanks and armoured vehicles, is to take control of two towns near Baghdad that are thought to be sheltering Iraqi fighters still loyal to Saddam Hussein. In the next 10 days, battle-hardened troops of the US army's 3rd Infantry Division will be sent into Falluja and Habaniya, west of Baghdad. The troops, who led the invasion of Iraq and the capture of Baghdad, will be backed...
  • CA: Davis signs budget bills, prepares for more cuts

    05/06/2003 2:21:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 193+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/6/03 | AP - Sacramento
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) - Even as he signed six bills Monday that will cut state spending by $4.6 billion over the next two years, Gov. Gray Davis said he is preparing to make even more reductions in his revised budget plan due out next week.</p>
  • CA: Assembly speaker prepares for worst - Wesson

    02/20/2003 9:00:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 352+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/20/03 | Margaret Talev
    <p>Herb Wesson says he's still angry about Steve Peace's "crack cocaine" remark.</p> <p>Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson said Wednesday he is doubtful that Republicans will ever come to the table to negotiate a budget deal this year.</p> <p>Given that possibility, the Democratic leader from Culver City said he has instructed staff to research just how a long-term standoff could affect California's ability to provide services on a range of government programs.</p>
  • Ventura Prepares to Take Leave

    12/23/2002 11:33:25 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 223+ views
    FOX ^ | 12/23/02 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — For Jesse Ventura, public service was never enough. He craved the spotlight. In four stormy years as Minnesota's governor, the flamboyant former pro wrestler mixed serious-minded attempts at reform with often outrageous star turns as author, sports analyst, cameo actor and talk show guest. Ventura gave himself the hook in June, announcing he wouldn't seek a second term the day after news reports said his 22-year-old son had used the governor's mansion for parties. The Body said his heart wasn't in the job anymore, but his approval ratings were also sinking and political opponents were looking...
  • Kuwait Becomes An Armed Camp As US Prepares To Go Back Into Action

    12/08/2002 4:32:55 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 234+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 12-09-2002 | Andrew Gumbel
    Kuwait becomes an armed camp as US prepares to go back into action By Andrew Gumbel, in Los Angeles 09 December 2002 War may not have been declared, but the mobilisation against Iraq is already well under way. The latest figures from US Central Command suggest that 60,000 American troops are already stationed in the Gulf region. A total of 12,000 are in Kuwait – twice as many as there were a few weeks ago. Others are stationed in Qatar ready for the computerised war games starting today, or on one of the vessels making up the 5th Fleet's fully...