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Saturday, October 02, 2004

Operation Holiday Spirit

2004 International and Military Mail Christmas Mailing Dates

To ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by December 25 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas and to international addresses, we suggest that mail be entered by the recommended mailing dates listed below. Beat the last minute rush by bringing your mail to your Post OfficeTM by these suggested dates.

Military Mail Addressed To Express Mail Military Service (EMMS)1/ First-Class Mail®
Priority Mail® Parcel Airlift Mail
(PAL) 2/
Space Available Mail
(SAM) 3/
Parcel Post®
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Dec 20 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec 4 Nov 27 Nov 13
APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 N/A Dec 6 Dec 6 Dec 4 Nov 27 Nov 13
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Dec 20 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec 4 Nov 27 Nov 13
APO/FPO AA ZIPs 340 Dec 20 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec 4 Nov 27 Nov 13
APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966 Dec 20 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec 4 Nov 27 Nov 13

Friday, October 01, 2004

Iraq War News
80 dead as battle rages in Iraq: "More than 80 people were reported dead and 100 wounded in heavy fighting as US and Iraqi troops launched a major assault to retake control of the insurgent stronghold of Samarra north of the capital."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Bigley kidnapping enters third week: "British hostage Ken Bigley enters his third week in captivity as the Government admitted it had not expected to be dealing with kidnappings in Iraq."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

14 die in Pakistan mosque blast: "A suicide bomber blew himself during prayers in a Pakistani Shiite mosque, killing at least 14 worshippers and injuring dozens of others."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Charges facing Saddam Hussein: "A guide to the seven preliminary charges facing Saddam Hussein."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)


Indonesia Confirms Kidnapping in Iraq: "Jakarta called for the release of two Indonesian women held hostage by Islamic militants in Iraq, expressing hope Friday that the kidnapping was "a mistake" since the government never backed the war. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Iraq War News
Two UK troops killed in Iraq ambush: "Two British soldiers have been killed following an ambush on a convoy near the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday morning, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

IRAQ: Residents return to Tal Afar: "BAGHDAD, 28 Sep 2004 (IRIN) - Water and electricity have been restored to the former insurgent stronghold of Tal Afar, near the northern city of Mosul, and many residents have returned to their homes, a US military official said on Sunday on condition of anonymity."

In IRIN: Iraq Crisis




American forces bomb site in Fallujah: "American forces bombed a site in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah early Tuesday where several militants loyal to terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were believed to be holed up, the U.S. military said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Official: Saudis to raise oil production: "Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, will raise production from 9.5 million barrels a day to 11 million barrels, an Oil Ministry official said Tuesday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Palestinian police search for CNN producer: "Palestinian police were searching Tuesday for an Israeli Arab producer for CNN who was kidnapped at gunpoint from his van, and the TV network joined journalists' associations in demanding his immediate release."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Insurgents attack British military convoy: "Insurgents ambushed a British Army convoy near the southern city of Basra on Tuesday, killing two soldiers, the British Ministry of Defense said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Pickup truck vs. roadside bomb in IraqWar.info

Insurgents Are Mostly Iraqis, U.S. Military Says: "WASHINGTON â?? The insistence by interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and many U.S. officials that foreign fighters are streaming into Iraq to battle American troops runs counter to the U.S. military's own assessment that the Iraqi insurgency remains primarily a home-grown problem. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Bombs Insurgent Targets in Baghdad; Civilian Toll Reported: "BAGHDAD â?? U.S. warplanes bombed suspected insurgent positions in a restive slum of the Iraqi capital Monday, and hospital officials said 10 people, including civilians, were killed. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Moderate Muslim nations in southeast Asia urge a steady hand with Islamic terror in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Kyrgyzstan Radioactive Smuggling in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Oil Prices in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Rights group says Afghan election will entrench warlord power in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Officials say al-Qaida election threat not geared toward particular candidate in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Abuse, Torture and Rape Reported at Unlisted U.S.-run Prisons in Iraq: "American legal investigators have discovered evidence of abuse, torture and rape throughout the US-run prison system in Iraq. A Michigan legal team meeting with former detainees in Baghdad during an August fact-finding mission gathered evidence supporting claims of prisoner abuse at some 25 US-run detention centers, most of them so far not publicly mentioned as being embroiled in the Iraq torture scandal."

In Electronic Iraq

Egyptian Workers Kidnapped: "Sept. 24 - Gunmen abducted six Egyptians working for Iraq's mobile phone company, seizing two in a bold raid on the firm's Baghdad office."

In War In Iraq from www.FeedRoom.com

Iraqi Judge Drops Case Against Chalabi: "

A senior Iraqi judge said today that he had closed a case brought against Ahmad Chalabi, the former exile once backed by the Pentagon, who had been suspected of involvement in a counterfeiting operation.

The judge, Zuhair al-Maliky, said in a telephone interview that he took the action about a week-and-a-half ago because he had decided â??the evidence was not enough to bring the case to trial.â?? If more evidence emerges, he said, the case will be reopened.

The decision also followed conversations between Mr. Chalabiâ??s lawyers and representatives of the Central Bank of Iraq, Judge Maliky said.



In Command Post: Irak

Monday, September 27, 2004

Iraq War News
Runaway train: The true story of the U.S. Patriot Act (27 Sept 04) in Radio Free USA

Dutch officer pleads innocent to Iraqi's shooting death: "ARNHEM, Netherlands (AP) - A Dutch officer pleaded innocent Monday to charges of negligence and excessive use of force in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi civilian, in the first court martial of a Dutch serviceman operating under British command in southern Iraq."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

Two car bombs explode near Fallujah; senior Iraqi commander arrested: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two car bombs wounded American and Iraqi troops west of the capital Sunday and a few hours later the U.S. military announced the arrest of a senior Iraqi National Guard commander on suspicion of ties to insurgents, underscoring the challenges to building a strong Iraq security service capable of restoring stability."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

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