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  • A Rogue State Along Two Rivers: How ISIS Came to Control Large Portions of Syria and Iraq

    08/23/2014 11:07:21 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 7/3/2014 | JEREMY ASHKENAS, ARCHIE TSE, DEREK WATKINS and KAREN YOURISH
    The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state. But the victories achieved in the past few weeks were built on months of maneuvering along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which define a region known as the cradle of civilization.
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 55 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
        Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • Coalition Forces Target Enemy in Tigris River Valley

    11/26/2007 4:02:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 89+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2007 – Coalition forces detained 10 suspects today during operations targeting al Qaeda networks along Iraq’s Tigris River Valley. The forces conducted several operations targeting associates of al Qaeda in Iraq leaders, including foreign terrorist facilitators and planners of car-bombing attacks. During the operations, coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and detained eight suspects. During one of the operations, information gathered from local citizens indicated that terrorists were using a school as a meeting location and safe house. Coalition forces briefly entered the school, but did not do any damage and left the school as it was...
  • Coalition Forces Target al Qaeda in Iraq’s Tigris River Valley

    09/09/2007 12:35:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 220+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2007 – Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 21 suspects during operations over the past two days in Iraq’s Tarmiyah area and Tigris River Valley to disrupt al Qaeda senior leadership. Several synchronized raids in Tarmiyah targeted the al Qaeda network operating in the northern belt around Baghdad, including its leaders. The network is responsible for car bombings, kidnappings, publishing extremist propaganda and operating an illegal court system in the area. As coalition forces cleared a building, three men inside reached for weapons in the room. Coalition forces engaged and killed them. A related assault force...
  • (Tigris) River's Abundance Of Corpses Ruins Iraqis' Appetite For Carp

    07/11/2007 7:59:45 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 1,144+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | July 11, 2007 | REUTERS
    River's abundance of corpses ruins Iraqis' appetite for carp REUTERS July 11, 2007 BAGHDAD – River fish are off the menu in Baghdad. Dead bodies frequently pulled from the River Tigris have dulled the Iraqi capital's appetite for masqouf, its popular dish of grilled carp, after it was reported that clerics had warned that the fish dined on rotting corpses. “They spread rumors about the fish, that they eat the bodies of drowned people, but this is just a rumor,” said fisherman Hussein Ahmed, 62, after setting his nets within sight of the heavily fortified Green Zone compound on the...
  • U.S. trained Iraqis taming Tigris River

    04/09/2007 1:34:21 PM PDT · by Freeport · 2 replies · 380+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 8, 2007 | Sandra Jontz
    BAGHDAD — The young police officer’s eyes strained in the bright, late-morning sunlight as he scoured for any anomaly lurking among the reeds and plant life along the Tigris River shoreline. Life was calm Tuesday along this several-mile stretch of the Tigris. But patrols along the river aren’t always such smooth sailing, the Iraqi policeman said. “You never know what might be hiding there,” said the 20-year-old officer, part of a special operations team of the Baghdad river police unit. The policemen, whose identities are not being revealed for security reasons, make up the Baghdad River Patrol Station. Their headquarters...
  • Iraqi Police Monitor Tigris River for Criminal Activity

    01/18/2007 5:43:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 184+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Elisandro Diaz, USN
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 18, 2007 – Keeping the Tigris River free from criminal activity is the mission of a unique group of Iraqi policemen. An Iraqi policeman keeps an eye on one of the bridges his boat unit is tasked with protecting during a patrol on the Tigris River on Jan. 7. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Elisandro Diaz, USN  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The policemen belong to the Baghdad River Patrol Station, located along the eastern banks of the Tigris River. From there, police conduct surveillance and establish a presence on fast patrol boats, said Iraqi...
  • River Patrol keeps Tigris safe

    01/15/2007 9:27:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 429+ views
    BAGHDAD — Keeping the Tigris River free from criminal activity is the mission of a unique group of Iraqi policemen. The policemen belong to the Baghdad River Patrol Station, located along the eastern banks of the Tigris River. From there, police conduct surveillance and establish a presence on fast patrol boats, said Iraqi Police Col. Alaa, the station’s commander. “Our primary mission is of a humanitarian nature,” Alaa said. To combat the transport of weapons and illegal contraband, the policemen take certain measures in their daily patrols. One critical tactic used by the river police to deter crime on the...
  • The Tigris sustains her neighbors

    05/18/2006 5:15:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 186+ views
    Intake platform and rock to protect the river bank from the ravages of the Tigris at Albow Ageel. (GRD Photo by Claude D. McKinney) The Tigris sustains her neighbors by Claude D. McKinney Gulf Region North US Army Corps of Engineers Tikrit, Iraq — Iraq has two major historic waterways coursing through its landscape. Civilization has been located along the Tigris and Euphrates for millennia. The flow of these rivers may have ebbed during some of those past seasons, but the population growth certainly has expanded, especially in recent decades. Rapid growth outstripped the former government’s ability or maybe...
  • River War

    01/29/2006 2:51:43 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 30 replies · 2,575+ views
    Navy League of the United States ^ | February 2006 | AMY KLAMPER
    Navy Riverines are in demand in Iraq to deny insurgents’ use of rivers as transport routes, avenues of escape The Navy Riverine units to be created this year will face a tough and dangerous task in Iraq, where insurgents increasingly rely on inland waterways to transport people and weapons. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which cut through the Iraqi heartland, also are vital avenues of escape for insurgents who strike in urban areas and slither away to avoid counterattacking American units. The only maritime capability now addressing the river-borne insurgents comprises little more than 100 Marine Corps reservists and fewer...
  • Iran's dam threatens Iraqi marshes

    02/24/2005 11:06:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 515+ views
    New Scientist Print Edition ^ | 26 February 2005 | staff
    ust when things were looking up for Iraq's iconic marshlands, another threat has materialised. Iran has begun building a dyke that will threaten the water supply to the healthiest of the wetlands, the Al-Hawizeh marsh. "It will cut off a vast amount of water and remove some of the recovering marshes," says Curtis Richardson of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who is monitoring the recovery. Richardson told New Scientist that maintaining the Al-Hawizeh marsh, which straddles the border between Iran and Iraq, is crucial because it is a refuge for species that may recolonise other marshes. The wetlands, which...
  • TERROR'S NEW FRONTIER - (Keep your eye on Mosul!)

    02/09/2005 9:12:57 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 647+ views
    NEW YORK POST.COM ^ | FEBRUARY 9, 2005 | RALPH PETERS
    MOSUL is the good girl who went bad. Quiet in the early days of the occupation, the violence-ravaged Iraqi city has become a must-win battlefield for our enemies. The terrorists and insurgents will throw all they have left into the fight. There's no mystery involved: Mosul's the decisive point in northern Iraq. Over the long term, the city's vastly more valuable than Fallujah. Insurgent attacks, terrorist bombings and assassinations erupted last autumn and continue on a regular basis. They're not going to stop soon. After Baghdad, Mosul will remain the most bitterly contested Iraqi city in the months ahead. Every...
  • Al-Zarqawi's Group in Iraq Changes Name

    Al-Zarqawi's Group in Iraq Changes Name Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt - Tawhid and Jihad, the Iraqi militant group of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, apparently has changed its name two days after announcing its merger with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization. An Internet statement released Tuesday under the purported new name, al-Qaida of Jihad in the Land of Two Rivers, claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.S. military convoy west of the Iraqi city of Fallujah the same day. The two rivers in the new name refers to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Iraq.
  • Ancient Vessel Traces Voyages Of The Past

    06/13/2002 2:31:03 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 2,402+ views
    Cyprus Mail ^ | 6-13-2002
    Ancient vessel retraces voyages of the past By Stefanos Evripidou IT LOOKS like a tree house stuck on a bamboo banana. In reality it's the incarnation of a pre-Pharaonic reed boat, designed and built to unravel the mysteries of prehistoric navigation. The Abora II drifted in to Larnaca marina yesterday. Weighing in at six- tonnes, the vessel is a totra-reed boat. It is 11.5 metres long, 3.5 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep. The man responsible for building the huge boat is Dominique Goerlitz, a biology teacher at a school in Germany. As a student, Goerlitz was fascinated by the...
  • Health fears grow in polluted Iraq (How Iraq's mighty River Tigris became an open sewer)

    07/24/2004 5:37:31 PM PDT · by traumer · 6 replies · 414+ views
    BBC ^ | 23 July, 2004
    It's not just the violence in Iraq that is keeping doctors busy. The country is facing an environmental crisis. One of the main problems is waste water pouring out of Baghdad's main sewage plants. Iraq's ancient sewage system collapsed during the war and insecurity is hampering efforts to repair it. Not a drop has been treated yet at the Rustumiya works, which was damaged during the war and then looted. Much of Baghdad's untreated waste, the sewage of more than two-and-a-half million people, is now flowing straight into the River Tigris. The mighty river has sustained civilisation in Iraq...
  • 101st Brigade Transfers Authority to Strykers

    01/22/2004 11:31:28 AM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 176+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 22, 2004 | 101st Airborne Division
    The 1st Brigade, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) handed over control of the Tigris River Valley area of northern Iraq today to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker) 2nd Infantry Division in a ceremony at the Qayarrah West Airfield. The 1st Brigade Combat Team has worked in the area since May, and military officials detailed various contributions the team made. The unit's soldiers spent their time trying to improve the quality of life for Iraqis, officials said, and they captured people who threatened the lives of Iraqis and coalition forces. They destroyed hundreds of...
  • 1st AD soldiers, Iraqi firefighters rededicate fireboat

    01/13/2004 6:52:26 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 181+ views
    CJTF7 ^ | Jan. 12, 2004
    CJTF-7 Public AffairsBAGHDAD, IraqRelease #040112d 1st AD soldiers, Iraqi firefighters rededicate fireboat BAGHDAD, Iraq – For the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, Baghdad has a fire boat patrolling the Tigris River—officially. The Future 2, a fire boat found looted and inoperable by soldiers of the 40th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, on the bank of the Tigris near the 14th of July Bridge, has been repaired and returned to duty. The boat was finally rededicated by 1st Armored Division soldiers and Iraqi firefighters in a ribbon-cutting and christening ceremony on the Tigris near where it was...
  • Army dive team sets demolitions, aids WMD search

    01/06/2004 5:50:32 PM PST · by xzins · 11 replies · 1,015+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Tuesday, January 6, 2004 | Rick Scavetta
    Courtesy of U.S. Army Members of the team assist Sgt. Benjamin Park, a diver searching for a machine gun in the Tigris River. Rick Scavetta / S&S When a forklift fell in the Tigris River near Tikrit, Iraq, last week, divers from the 74th Engineer Detachment decided not to risk their lives in the fast moving current. Courtesy of U.S. Army Soldiers form the 74th Engineer Detachment dive team "Poseidon" begin searching a lake northeast of Baghdad for weapons of mass destruction. Drowned soldier not left behind TIKRIT, Iraq — A few weeks ago, soldiers from the 74th Engineer...
  • Drowned Soldier Found After Two Weeks

    12/24/2003 3:38:46 PM PST · by TexKat · 12 replies · 129+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/24/03 | JIM KRANE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - It was almost midnight on Dec. 10 when Staff Sgt. Aaron Reese stood up in his patrol boat, lost his balance and fell overboard. As Reese was swept away by the turgid Tigris River, his patrol mate, Spc. Todd Bates, plunged in to rescue him. Both men, from the Army's 135th Military Police Company based in the Cleveland suburb of Brookpark, drowned. Reese's corpse turned up the next morning. To find Bates, the U.S. military launched one of the largest search operations since Pfc. Jessica Lynch was captured during the war in April. Over the next two...
  • IRAQ: Hussein confidant became informant

    12/16/2003 12:15:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies · 453+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Updated: 7:20 a.m. ET Dec. 16, 2003 | Alan Sipress - Washington Post
    TIKRIT, Iraq - After raiding two farmhouses, the soldiers had found no sign of Saddam Hussein. Under a moonless sky on Saturday night, they began combing the palm groves and orange orchards, then moved on to the open, furrowed fields.   Once again, it was beginning to look as if Iraq´s most wanted man had eluded them. An informant, a confidant of Hussein whom they had brought along on the operation, had led them to that farm on the Tigris River. Now he pointed them to the very spot where Hussein was hiding in an underground chamber, according to soldiers...
  • Bridge Mission Pushes on Despite Challenges [Tikrit]

    12/12/2003 10:58:34 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 4 replies · 189+ views
    Defend America ^ | Dec. 12, 2003 | Sgt. Liana Mayo
    Soldiers from the 652nd Assault Bridge Engineer Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Ellsworth, Wis., ferry troops to a site near Tikrit, Iraq where soldiers a constructing a 340-meter bridge across the Tigris River.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Liana Mayo Bridge Mission Pushes on Despite Challenges By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Liana Mayo244th Combat Heavy Engineer Battalion   FORWARD OPERATING BASE IRONHORSE, Tikrit, Iraq — On a crisp November evening, as shadows stretched along the banks of the Tigris River, six soldiers from the 652nd Assault Float Bridge Engineer Company, climbed out of the multi-purpose boat...
  • Engineers Work to Keep Clean Water Flowing to Iraqis

    12/04/2003 1:42:30 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 267+ views
    Special to American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec. 4, 2003 | Spc. Joshua Hutcheson
    Engineers Work to Keep Clean Water Flowing to Iraqis By Spc. Joshua Hutcheson, USASpecial to American Forces Press Service MOSUL, Iraq, Dec. 4, 2003 – American engineers in northern Iraq are using their skills to keep the water flowing into the people's houses in Mosul -- and to keep the oil out. In October a crude oil pipe ruptured, spilling an "unknown quantity" of oil into a dry creek bed 15 kilometers above the Tigris River. The Tigris is the source of water for millions of people in northern Iraq, said Maj. Scott Vick, group plans officer, 926th Engineer...
  • For a Respite in Iraq, a Nickel Ride Across the Tigris

    12/02/2003 12:11:11 PM PST · by presidio9 · 3 replies · 115+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2003 | ALEX BERENSON
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — This war-torn city has one oasis where no one fears car bombs or kidnappers, where the traffic moves freely and the air feels clean. The place is the River Tigris. On its languid waters boatmen ply their trade as they have for thousands of years, ferrying customers from bank to bank. A ride costs 100 Iraqi dinars — five cents. It is the cheapest, maybe the only, way to relax in Baghdad. No one gets rich on the river, the pilots say. But the work is steady, and not too hard. Many of the boatmen have run...
  • Kodak moment at reopening of Baghdad bridge

    10/26/2003 5:15:07 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 11 replies · 183+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct. 27, 2003 | Ron Jensen
    Sunday, October 26, 2003 Kodak moment at reopening of Baghdad bridge By Ron Jensen, Stars and StripesEuropean edition, Monday, October 27, 2003 Ron Jensen / S&S Brig. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commander of the 1st Armored Division, speaks during a ceremony that opened the 14th of July Bridge in Baghdad on Saturday afternoon. Opening the bridge, which was damaged during the war, will help relieve traffic congestion in the Iraqi capital city. Ron Jensen / S&S Soldiers armed with digital cameras photograph the ribbon-cutting Saturday at the 14th of July Bridge in central Baghdad. BAGHDAD, Iraq — The commander of...
  • Iraqis Reclaim Their Ancient Wetlands

    10/01/2003 7:03:49 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 12 replies · 266+ views
    NewScientist ^ | October 01, 2003 | James Randerson
    The Marsh Arabs of Iraq have given up waiting for outsiders to restore their wetlands. Local people are taking matters into their own hands by breaching dykes and shutting down pumping stations in a bid to restore the marshes drained by Saddam Hussein's regime. But some experts worry that their actions could hamper the region's recovery. Five months ago, New Scientist reported that an international team of wetland experts, backed by the US State Department, planned to gradually re-flood the wetlands (print edition, 26 April 2003). But reports from inside Iraq reveal this plan is increasingly irrelevant. Even as Saddam's...
  • Whatever happened to the guy in the reeds?

    09/27/2003 2:25:45 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 183+ views
    vanity | today | me
    Does anybody remember watching the video where the Iraqis were shooting into some reeds along the river with huge crowds looking on. Apparently they suspected that an airman or special forces guy (either U.S. or U.K.?) was trying to escape or something. I don't remember hearing anything more after that video footage and I've wondered ever since whether the guy either existed or escaped.
  • Coalition Denies Losing Pilot in Baghdad

    03/23/2003 5:31:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 132+ views
    AP | Sunday, March 23, 2003 | By HAMZA HENDAWI
    Coalition Denies Losing Pilot in Baghdad By HAMZA HENDAWI .c The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi officials launched a massive search for a possible downed coalition pilot in Baghdad on Sunday, shooting into the reeds and shallow water along the Tigris River. The U.S. military said the report was a fabrication. No coalition aircraft was shot down and no pilot was missing, said Navy Lt. Mark Kitchens, U.S. Central Command spokesman at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar . Hundreds of heavily armed police and security men opened up with Kalashikovs along the river after witnesses said they had seen...
  • BREAKING: Iraqi Soldiers Shoot and Kill a......River!!!

    03/23/2003 4:44:56 AM PST · by oldvike · 25 replies · 150+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2003 | me
    I was just watching Fox News and they showed a bunch of Iraqi soldiers standing on the bank of a large river (Tigris??) running through downtown Baghdad shooting at the water! The officer in charge would point to different parts of the river and the soldiers would fire at it. Funny stuff.
  • Arab TV: U.S. pilot captured (Lebanese TV)

    03/23/2003 6:55:33 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 3 replies · 298+ views
    UPI - 23 March ^ | 23 March, 2003
    Arab TV: U.S. pilot capturedFrom the International DeskPublished 3/23/2003 7:05 AMView printer-friendly version BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 23 (UPI) -- A Lebanese satellite channel, LBC TV reports from Baghdad that an American pilot was captured in Baghdad, Sunday. The station showed images of dozens of Iraqis rushing to a bridge overlooking the Tigris river to capture a pilot whose plane was shot down. The bridge is close to the neighborhood of Sanaka leading to the information ministry. LBC is saying a U.S. pilot was captured. The event took place at the time Baghdad was being bombarded and the bridge was crowded...
  • **Photos** -- Crack Republican Guard Marksmen take aim at Evil Zionist Tigris River

    03/23/2003 7:05:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies · 179+ views
    Sun Mar 23, 9:04 AM ET An Iraqi soldier fires his AK-47 rifle into reeds on the banks of the Tigris river in Baghdad, March 23, 2003 after reports that U.S. or British pilots may have ejected over the city. Television reports showed Iraqi soldiers shooting into the Tigris river and in boats, apparently searching the water for pilots. Smoke rose from a fire on the riverbank as hundreds of Baghdad residents looked on. 'Central Command denies any coalition aircraft were shot down over Baghdad,' the spokesman at Central Command forward headquarters outside Qatar told Reuters. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic Sun...
  • Cheers on the Tigris for one (British pilot) that got away

    03/24/2003 5:57:49 AM PST · by dead · 8 replies · 254+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | March 25 2003 | Paul McGeough, Herald Correspondent in Baghdad
    Iraqi soldiers search the reeds on the bank of the Tigris river, where it was believed that allied aircrew were hiding after having been shot down. Photo: AFP To be shot down behind enemy lines is every fighter pilot's nightmare. But in the crowd that watched from the banks of the Tigris River on Sunday as Iraqi soldiers searched for a British pilot who they believed had bailed out over Baghdad, some were willing him to safety. The rest of the world might have been focusing on the feisty Iraqi resistance to the United States advances into Iraq and...
  • Iraqis Join 82nd Soldiers

    08/28/2003 6:41:39 AM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 16 replies · 171+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqis have joined 82nd Airborne Division soldiers in guarding the country's key places. On Tuesday, Spc. Chad Gomez and Pfc. Luis Sanchez sat in a watchtower overlooking the Tigris River. With them providing security for the Al Dora power plant were Thair Fawzi Salim and Baha Mzid. Salim and Mzid are members of the Facility Protection Service, the Iraqi security force that assists the paratroopers in protecting banks, the power plant and an oil refinery. Having them join Americans is part of the effort to relinquish control to the Iraqi people. When the program started a few...
  • Baptism in Tigris for US Fighters

    08/25/2003 1:12:37 AM PDT · by ImaGraftedBranch · 39 replies · 265+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/27/03 | Cawthorne
    Baptism in the Tigris for U.S. Christian SoldiersSun August 24, 2003 07:28 AM ET By Andrew Cawthorne TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Nineteen-year-old Private Bill Goodwin puts down his gun, takes off his combat jacket and steps into the warm waters of Iraq's Tigris River. "I baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ," proclaims his unit's Protestant chaplain, Xuan Tran, submerging the soldier completely for Sunday's baptism rite. Goodwin emerges smiling and posing for a photo to send to his family in Oklahoma before reflecting on what he has done. "I have been away for five and a half months...
  • Some U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Seek Baptisms

    08/24/2003 4:56:55 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 80 replies · 197+ views
    The Associated Press
    By HRVOJE HRANJSKIThe Associated PressSunday, August 24, 2003; 5:16 PM TIKRIT, Iraq - With war and death on his mind, Spc. Barry Page was baptized Sunday in the Tigris River by an Army chaplain at the sprawling U.S. military headquarters on the fabled river's banks. A Southern Baptist working as a military policeman, Page said he decided to "reannounce his life to Christ" in the birthplace of civilization. "I realized death is walking in this place," said the 22-year-old from Houston, his uniform and boots soaking wet. "It can be any of us. Next time it could be me." The...
  • A dream of restoring Iraq's great marshes: Wetlands destroyed by Hussein could thrive again

    04/18/2003 2:44:47 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 21 replies · 444+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/18/2003 | Glen Martin
    <p>There could be an unexpected beneficiary of the war in Iraq: the environment.</p> <p>More specifically, the late, great Mesopotamian marshes -- a decade ago, the largest wetland by far in the Middle East, and a site considered by many religious scholars as the inspiration for the Garden of Eden in the Bible and Koran.</p>
  • Ron Harris: Iraqi City Warms to Marines: "Are We Free Yet?"

    04/04/2003 10:18:42 AM PST · by scott7278 · 28 replies · 221+ views
    STLToday.com ^ | 4/03/2003 | Ron Harris
    <p>NUMANIYAH, Iraq - The streets of this river city came alive Thursday as residents began to adjust to the presence of hundreds of Marines who spent the day calming citizens' fears, meeting with ranking authorities, finding and destroying weapons caches and rooting out local remnants of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's Baath Party.</p>
  • Biggest push for Baghdad

    04/02/2003 1:28:07 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 4 replies · 233+ views
    London Evening Standard ^ | 4-2-03 | Bob Graham in Baghdad, David Taylor and Justin Davenport
    Biggest push for Baghdad By Bob Graham in Baghdad, David Taylor and Justin Davenport, Evening Standard 2 April 2003 American ground assault forces achieved stunning successes on two fronts in a decisive push for Baghdad today. In the first move, troops completely encircled the city of Karbala, south-west of the capital. And in a separate action to the south-east, US marines fighting the Republican Guard near the city of Kut took a vital bridge over the Tigris, hailed by one senior officer as "the last big bridge we needed" before Baghdad. The successes paved the way for US troops and...
  • Debka Update

    03/31/2003 7:21:50 AM PST · by Rams82 · 15 replies · 413+ views
    Dramatic shift in battle lines around Baghdad: DEBKAfile reports: US 101st Airborne units break through Iraqi defense lines and are fighting in streets of Hindiyah south of capital. Rumbles of artillery fire heard in South Baghdad come from these advancing US units. Iraq opens Euphrates-Tigris floodgates in path of US troops advancing on Baghdad
  • Iraqi Forces Reportedly Diverting Tigris River Waters Into Plains

    03/28/2003 10:02:14 PM PST · by gaucho · 14 replies · 240+ views
    TEHRAN, 27 Mar (KUNA) -- The Iraqi regime forces have diverted the water of the Tigris river into nearby plains to curb the advance of coalition forces in southern Iraq, Iraqi opposition sources said. The sources told KUNA that large quantities of water have already been spilled into the nearby level lands. Meanwhile, the coalition forces have been speeding their advance towards the city of Amara as helicopters started as of yesterday the transport of troops and vehicles into that region.
  • Archaeoligists: Iraqi Dam Threatens City

    02/05/2003 6:34:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 593+ views
    ABC News via AP ^ | Feb. 3 2003 | AP Editorial Staff
    Feb. 3 — An Iraqi dam under construction on the Tigris River threatens to submerge the remains of the spiritual capital of the ancient Assyrian empire in an act archaeologists liken to flooding the Vatican.Much of the city of Ashur, which thrived for more than 1,000 years until the Babylonians razed it in 614 B.C., could vanish under a lake to be created by the Makhoul dam, U.S. and European archaeologists said.More than 60 outlying historical sites are also threatened.Ashur, or Assur, was of such importance that it lent its name to the Assyrian civilization itself."Losing it would be...