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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Soldiers' Angels

My brother Landon Nordby is serving in Iraq (U.S. Army MP) at the Abu Gharib prison. When you meet him you?ll find him to be the most humble and hard working gentleman you?ll meet.
He first started drawing portraits of other soldiers and their families from pictures that the soldiers had brought with them. Landon was doing this free of charge, but his fellow soldiers wouldn?t let him continue that. The waiting list got so long that other soldiers started to pay him not only for the illustrations, but also to get to the front of the line.
Then, Landon started painting murals over the images of Saddam.
Also, he painted a mural for the church that has been started at the prison. When he started going to the services, there where only 6 soldiers and after a few months it grew to over 100. Much of the growth was due to Landon inviting his new friends.
I?ve attached some images of the mural he painted for the church. I figured the images where pretty fitting for ?Soldier?s Angels?.
My family and I knew Landon was going over to Iraq to do more than guard a prison, liberate the Iraqi people or serve and protect his country. He was going over to change lives for the better.
I?m not sure if you find this interesting or not, but with all of the other ?news? we hear everyday? it?s nice to know that things like this are going on. And I think the American people would find it refreshing.
The paintbrush is mightier than the sword.
Feel free to contact me if you?d like more info.
Thank you for your time and God bless,


Soldiers' Angels

Godspeed Hero

The picture attached is of my Husband SGT Nelson and our son Benjamin Seth the morning my husband was leaving for OIF. My husband is in the 1st Cav Div. Stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Iraq suicide bombings kill 11, top Zarqawi aide captured. 24/10/2004. ABC News Online

Iraq suicide bombings kill 11, top Zarqawi aide captured
Twin suicide car bombs killed 10 Iraqi police and guards today, as US troops captured a top aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Islamic militant behind a wave of attacks and kidnappings.

In the latest hostage crisis, British-Iraqi aid director Margaret Hassan made a desperate plea to the British government to save her life by pulling its troops out of Iraq after she was abducted on Tuesday in Baghdad.

Foreign civilians and soldiers as well as Iraq's fledgling security forces are prime targets in the insurgency, which is bent on destroying Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's US-backed government and ridding the country of US-led troops.

Highlighting the resolve of the insurgents, a suicide car bomb ripped through a police academy in Baghdadi, a town about 200 kilometres west of the capital as policemen gathered for a training session.

"A suicide bomber drove into the academy where police were training and blew himself up," said Mujtaba Ahmed al-Hiti, police chief in the neighbouring town of Hit.

"The attack left 10 people dead and 40 wounded."

In a further blow to US and Iraqi attempts to restore order, a second suicide bomber struck about half an hour later in a farming town north of Baghdad.

"A car bomb, driven by a suicide driver, exploded at 8:00am local time at an Iraqi national guard check point in Ishaki - 20 kilometres south of Samarra - killing two and wounding six, all of them guardsmen," said Hamid Ahmad from the police in neighbouring Balad.

Iraq's National Security Advisor Kassem Daoud later confirmed the attack during a Baghdad press conference but revised the toll to one killed and two wounded.

Ishaki is close to the restive city of Samarra, which US and Iraqi troops stormed at the start of the month in the first major push to retake a Sunni rebel bastion ahead of national elections planned for January.

In the latest operation into insurgent hotspots, US and Iraqi troops have set their sights on Fallujah, believed to be a base for Zarqawi and his followers and the centre of insurgent activity in Iraq.

Iraq suicide bombings kill 11, top Zarqawi aide captured. 24/10/2004. ABC News Online

U.S. Army soldiers patrolling

An Iraqi boy watches U.S. Army soldiers patrolling the center of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) Yahoo! News - World Photos - AP

Sparks fly as ammunition explodes inside a blazing U.S. Army Bradley

Sparks fly as ammunition explodes inside a blazing U.S. Army Bradley armored vehicle next to a junction on Baghdad's airport highway, October 23, 2004. Guerrillas fired grenades at a U.S. armored vehicle and set it ablaze on a highway leading to Baghdad international airport on Saturday, witnesses said. REUTERS/Ali Jasim Yahoo! News - World Photos - Reuters
Iraq War News
Terrorist Mortar Kills 2 in Baghdad: "

From Reuters via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

Insurgents fired two mortar rounds in central Baghdad today, killing
two civilians and wounding one, witnesses said.

A telephone worker said he had taken all three casualties to hospital in his car after one mortar bomb hit the Karrada commercial district.

A donkey was also killed.

Witnesses said the other mortar round appeared to land in the fortified Green Zone, which houses Iraqi government offices and the US and British embassies.

There were no reports of casualties or damage in that blast.


In Command Post: Irak

Gunmen ambush Turkish convoy in Iraq; two killed: "MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Turkish trucks in Mosul on Saturday, killing two Turkish drivers and wounding two others, hospital and police officials said."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

Kidnapped CARE director pleads for help: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Trembling, haggard and weeping into a tissue, Margaret Hassan, the kidnapped British aid worker who has spent nearly half her life delivering food and medicine in Iraq, begged Britain on Friday to help save her by withdrawing its troops, saying these "might be my last hours.""

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

Car bombing kills 10 Iraqi policemen: "A car bomb exploded at a police station Saturday near a base in western Iraq used by U.S. Marines, killing 10 Iraqi policemen and wounding 48 other people, officials said."

In Kansas City Star: Iraq

The Baghdad Blogger goes to Washington: day one (22 Oct 04) in Radio Free USA

US facing 20,000 insurgents in Iraq (23 Oct 04) in Radio Free USA

Suicide Bombers Kill 14 Iraqis in Surge of Violence: "Suicide bombers killed 14 members ofIraq's fledgling security forces near a U.S. marine base westof Baghdad and at a checkpoint to the north on Saturday amid aspate of insurgent attacks across the country. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

A Diamond in the Rough: Iraqis Taking Up Baseball (Los Angeles Times): "Los Angeles Times - BAGHDAD â?? Yasser Abdel Hussein tugs his cap and unwinds with the smooth sidearm delivery that's made him the ace of the pitching staff. He looks like a prospect."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Friday, October 22, 2004

LauraIngraham.com Everyday Angel


U.S. Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

U.S. Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment search for insurgents in Ramadi, Iraq , Friday Oct. 22, 2004. Other Marines had just come in contact with enemy fire nearby. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan) Yahoo! News - World Photos - AP

U.S. Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

U.S. Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment take a rooftop position in Ramadi, Iraq , Friday Oct. 22, 2004. Other Marines had just come in contact with enemy fire nearby, but there were no casualties. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan) Yahoo! News - World Photos - AP

Yahoo! News - Al-Jazeera Airs Tape of Weeping Aid Worker

Al-Jazeera Airs Tape of Weeping Aid Worker

16 minutes ago Middle East - AP

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Al-Jazeera television aired a video Friday showing kidnapped CARE director Margaret Hassan weeping and pleading with the British people to act to save her life. Meanwhile, a car bomb exploded Friday near an American armored vehicle in the northern Iraq (news - web sites) city of Mosul, wounding five U.S. soldiers, the military said.

"Please, please I beg of you, the British people, to help me," Hassan pleaded. "I dont want to die like Bigley," referring to British hostage Kenneth Bigley who was decapitated on a video posted this month on an Islamist Web site.

"Please help me," she begged. "This might be my last hour."

Yahoo! News - Al-Jazeera Airs Tape of Weeping Aid Worker

This woman is being TERRORIZED....We all need to stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH..
Free this inncocent.....

Iraq War News
Family: Turkish Hostage Escapes in Iraq (AP): "AP - A Turkish welder who was kidnapped in Iraq and threatened with death if his company did not withdraw from the neighboring nation, has escaped his captors, his family said Friday."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Trial Date Set for Soldier at Abu Ghraib (AP): "AP - A military judge ordered a U.S. Army reservist on Friday to stand trial Jan. 7 in Baghdad for allegedly abusing Iraq inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Further prison abuse hearings start as US pounds Fallujah: "Court martial proceedings started for two US soldiers involved in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison scandal, while seven people were killed in fresh air strikes on suspected weapons warehouses in the rebel-held city of Fallujah. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqi television Al-Sumariya to start broadcast from Beirut: "A satellite television channel dominated by Iraqi shareholders plans to start broadcasting from Beirut on Friday because of insecurity in Iraq, an official from the broadcaster, Al-Sumariya, told AFP. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraq vote preparations said on schedule: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Preparations for the crucial January election are "on track" and the absence of international observers due to the country's tenuous security should not detract from the vote's credibility, the top U.N. electoral expert here said."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

U.S. continues airstrikes in Fallujah: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. Marines clashed with insurgents on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Fallujah and launched airstrikes at militant targets, the U.S. command said Friday, ignoring a call from the city's leaders to halt new attacks."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

Kidnappers silent on aid worker: "Kidnappers holding a British aid worker hostage in Iraq have failed to respond to her husband's emotive plea for his wife's release."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

U.S. Army Medics Care for Iraq Wounded (AP): "AP - A U.S. Army helicopter flashes over insurgent-infested Iraq, flying fast and low. Instead of mounted weapons, this Black Hawk wears a red cross, identifying it as an ambulance but offering little protection to the medics inside."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Speeding up training in Iraq in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

French national identified among the dead insurgency fighters in Iraq in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

IRAQ: Turkoman struggle for rights could cause ethnic tensions in north: "KIRKUK, 21 Oct 2004 (IRIN) - In a country of mixed religions and cultures the Turkoman aresearching for rights equal to those they see given to Arabs and Kurds, but political disagreements over land could fuel tensions in the north where all three groups live."

In IRIN: Iraq Crisis

How Arab TV Covered the Third Anniversary of 9/11: "The San Francisco based Mosaic news program on Link TV put together a program on how Arab satellite TV channels like Abu Dhabi Television covered the third anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. (NCM, News Analysis, Jalal Ghazi, Sep 16, 2004)"

In New California Media: Focus on Iraq

Thursday, October 21, 2004

From The Front For A Fallen Hero and His Family

When a hero falls in battle, his memory is never forgotten by the Marines he serves with. Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Wyatt, 22, of Calendonia, Wis., died on Oct. 12 due to enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. Wyatt was assigned to Marine Corps Reserve’s 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Chicago, Ill. His commanding officer sent these words back to the extended Marine Corps family at the base where he served:
It is with the deepest sadness and most profound grief that I must report to you the loss of Daniel Wyatt, LCpl, Fox Co, 2nd Bn, 24th Marines, USMC.
Daniel was killed in the line of duty, while conducting foot patrolling operations in Yusufiyah Iraq. Daniel was killed by a command detonated improvised explosive device. He died instantly, suffered no pain and was immediately recovered by his fellow Marines.
My command security element and myself personally recovered Daniel's body and escorted him back to the forward operating base, and then onto the helicopter for the beginning of his final ride home. I cannot even begin to express to you the soul touching sight of combat hardened Marines, encrusted with weeks of sweat and dust, who have daily been engaged in combat, coming to complete and utter solemnity and respect in the handling of the body of one of their own. It puts on display a level of brotherly love you just cannot see anywhere else.
We conducted a memorial service for Daniel in the battle space owned by his fellow Marines, as well as one the following day at the Bn forward operating base. I have spoken with his fiancee and expressed the sorrow and sympathy of the entire Battalion.
If I might for a moment, I hear and see some of the media coverage. I hear the accusations and charges. I hear what could almost be labelled as hysteria over the situation in Iraq. Let me tell you something from ground level. The town of Yusufiyah that Daniel and his fellow Marines seized, had not seen government structure or security forces for over 8 months. FOREIGN FIGHTERS, TERRORIST AND THUGS have had free reign and have routinely murdered people in the market for no reason other than one day they MIGHT support a democratic process and speak for themselves. For nothing more than they MIGHT choose a version of religion even slightly different than the terrorists and foreign fighters. They live in squalor and fear. The Marines of Daniel's unit have not had a shower since seizing the town. They have eaten MREs day on stay on. They live a Spartan existence that few can imagine. And, on all my trips to their position for planning, coordination and command visits, I ask them if they want to be relieved. To a man, they look me in the eye and tell me NO WAY. Why? Well, I am not going to soften it for anyone, the primary reason why is to kill terrorists. Please remember, that is what they are trained and paid to do. But, they also tell me, they want to help the people of Yusufiyah. They want to show all of Iraq that they can stand on their own feet, push back against extremism, and with our help live the life of freedom that all men yearn for. Yes, from the mouths of these young and hardened warriors, this is what they tell me. And then...and then...they ask me how I am doing! Unfreakingbeliveable! They worry about everyone else but themselves.
So believe what you want. That is your right as Americans. But I am telling you, there are no heroes on any football fields, basketball courts or halls of government. Their are honorable and decent people all over America. However, the heroes are on the battlefields of Iraq. Suffering, killing and DYING that others might live, and live in FREEDOM. Americans free from terror, Iraqis free from opression and tyranny.
I am an under-educated gun toter from Indiana who is just lucky there is an organization like the USMC where a half-wit like myself with some rudimentary combat skills can succeed. But I do know heroes! I am surrounded by over a thousand of them. And I am not the least bit ashamed to tell you I have wept like a baby for Daniel Wyatt. Because when one of these heroes falls, it is if an Angel of God himself has fallen from heaven!
I will not profess glory of battle or any other such hype. I will profess duty and sacrifice. Daniel showed us all true duty and ultimate sacrifice. I have no doubt that the instant he died, he was whisked to heaven on the wings of Angels and placed before the unapproachable light of Jesus, who himself said: "greater love hath no man, than a man lay down his life for his friends."
Yours in profound sadness
LTC. Mark , Iraq

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KevHead.Com University of Stupidity:

"Troop Rally This Saturday."
Here is your chance to meet and thank our United States Military. This Saturday at Langendorf Park in Barrington, 235 Lions Drive, from Noon until 3pm. Live acts, music, military drills and food.
A post party will happen at the Port Barrington Bar & Grill. "

Operation Holiday Spirit

Christmas is coming, get those stockings ready!!!

Our troops need a holiday surprise. Our troops will be gone for another year lets send them some Holiday cheer. We are starting our Stockings for Troops Campaign.

We would like for all of the men and women in the military to know that they are not forgotten this holiday season. Please help by donating a stocking and an AT&T phone card so all our military members may call home and share the holidays with their families.

Thousands of Angels Seeking Help with Getting Holiday Stockings for the Troops

Soldiers' Angels launch Operation Holiday Spirit

(PRWEB) October 7 , 2004 -- Having a must do mindset the members of Soldiers' Angels have made it their number one priority to get Christmas stockings to all of the men and women deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world during this upcoming holiday season. What started as a small wish of Patti Patton-Bader, the founder, has sparked attention from several large corporations, a radio-talk show personality, and a Hollywood actor.

Also in this campaign is the efforts of VFW in Centerreach, New York who has agreed to pack all of the stockings. Soldiers' Angels, a non profit organization started by a mother whose son informed her that members of his unit were not receiving mail from home. The organization has been sending letters and care packages to our men and women of the military since June of 2003. " no soldier go unloved" has been Patti Patton-Bader's motto since the beginning of what started out as one woman's dream has grown to over 14, 000 members supporting our military. To date the organization has about 10,000 military members in its adoption program. While the numbers keep growing everyday the members have not lost focus of their mission and that is to "provide aid and comfort to our military"

Since starting the Stockings for Troops campaign the organization has received 331 cases of items from Neutrogena they plan on putting in the Christmas stockings. AT&T, the only carrier whose phone cards work from many locations where our military are currently deployed. Ms. Patton-Bader and the rest of the Angels believe that if our military cannot be home for the holidays, they can a bit of home to our military. Between now and November 20th Soldiers' Angels hopes to send 140, 000 Christmas stockings to the military men and women defending our countrites freedom far from home. The organization would like to fill each stocking with a card of encoragement, an AT&T phone card, some holiday candy, hot chocolate packets, instant soup, a sand scarf, and other holiday items. They have set up a special link on their website, www.soldiersangels.com for monetary donations.

They are asking that all donations of stockings, AT&T phone cards, cards, and other holiday items to fill the stockings be sent to the

VFW Post 4927,
31 Horseblock Road,
Centerreach, NY 11720.

All monentary donations can be sent to
Soldiers' Angels,
1792 E. Washington Blvd.,
Pasadena, CA 91104.

You may call John Adams of the VFW at (631) 585-7390 or Patti Patton-Bader at (626) 398-3131 for more information on items needed or how to donate.


Soldiers' Angels-Willie In Landstuhl

As we arrived in Landstuhl, Irene and Manfred and me we went to the Fisher House at first. Later we went to the wards 14, 10 , 12 and 8 and looked for wounded soldiers. Kathy and Andrew a volunteer from Fisher House and Javed, a soldier from the Family Assistante Center went with us to the wards. This time it was not allowed to visit the wounded so as in the past. We could not go directly to the wounded soldiers and talk with them. The security is very high at the moment. So Kathy and Javed have looked at first on which wards wounded soldiers were. And at first Javed has called the wards and told the staffs that we are on the way to them.

We must look at first if the staff can go with us or we have to give the backpacks to staffs on the wards and the nurses take the backpacks to the wounded later. So we have luck, and we could go over the wards. We had only two interested talks with soldier Jeremy Smith, a teacher for history. His ancestors are from France and Germany. And we talk with soldier Cook, who we met on the floor.

We have met Staff Sgt. Danny . He was injured during the sniper shooting thursday near Baghdad. He was part of a security detail for a meeting about 20 miles from the protected Green Zone. There was a single shot from a sniper, and Baker was the only soldier hurt. A bullet went in on the left side and exited out his back.

We have heard that marines were there who would be attacked with a car bomb in Mossul on the 18th October. A lot of bed were empty because the wounded were under a surgery.

We had to special backpacks with us for:

Wounded PFC Drake and for wounded LCpl Cory .

Kathy told me that PFC Drake`s mother is arrived this morning in Landstuhl and that his father will come tomorrow. He is in coma and no one knows if he can come out it. So let as pray for him. PFC Drake was seriously hurt in a car bombing in Iraq on Friday that killed four other people. He was in an Army Psychological Operations unit based at Fort Bragg, N.C., and he arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany at the 18th. October on his way to Landstulh Regional Medical Center. Last friday, Private Drake was driving a truck near the town of Qaim near the Syrian border. Two other psychological operations soldiers, a Marine, and an Iraqi translator were killed in the suicide attack. Private Drake was in a coma when he reached in Landstuhl and also has injuries to his head, right arm, and shoulder, including a fractured skull. He has had several surgeries for his head injuries and will have more surgeries when he is in a more stable condition. He will eventually be transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Lance Cpl. Cory a other wounded was hit with shrapnel near Fallujah, his face is damaged, and he may lose his eye. He was in his second rotation in Iraq after serving seven months in 2003.

We have seen that a lot of young wounded conductors, soldiers and marines were there. There legs or arms are wounded.

It was a great day there and we are glad that every one has received a backpack today. We have seen the backpack project is a project we need, we will need it over a long time I believe.

Soldiers' Angels

Soldiers' Angels-Willie In Landstuhl

Brandonblog send s a personal Thank you to Willie and Kathy Gregory at Ficsher House!!

Soldiers' Angels

Steven Moore, Founder

916.502.6222 (c)



Is Iraq Better Off? Ask the Iraqis

By Steven E. Moore
Steven E. Moore is a Sacramento-based political consultant who has worked with political leaders in five countries with Islamic extremist. A longer version of this article appears in the forthcoming issue of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal. Website: www.TheTruthAboutIraq.org
October 20, 2004
John Kerry is playing the prophet of doom in the most important foreign policy initiative of our generation. In Pennsylvania, Kerry described Iraq as "the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time." In New York, he opined that murderous cleric Muqtada Sadr "holds more sway in suburbs of Baghdad than Prime Minister [Iyad] Allawi." In Columbus, Ohio, the senator claimed to have a more accurate perspective on the situation in Iraq than did the interim prime minister, whose favorability rating of 73% among Iraqis, it's worth noting, is higher than Kerry's 48% favorability rating among Americans in the latest polls. Kerry, of course, has never set foot in Iraq. I was there from July 2003 to April 2004, conducting about 70 focus groups and a dozen public opinion polls and advising L. Paul Bremer III, then the civilian administrator, on Iraqi public opinion. Whatever you might hear from Kerry, Michael Moore (who has also never been to Iraq), the mainstream media and anyone else to whom defeating President Bush is more important than the fate of the Iraqi people, those who know best what's going on in Iraq — the Iraqis themselves — are optimistic about the future.Iraqis consistently say in nationwide polls that the situation in their country is improving. In polls over the course of the summer, for example, more than half of Iraqis said their country was on the right track. The vast majority of Iraqis — 72% — see the same benefits in democracy as Americans do: the hope for peace, stability and a better life. Most polls show that 75% of Iraqis want to vote for their leaders rather than have clerics appoint them.In a recent speech, Kerry charged that Saddam Hussein's brutality "was not, in itself, a reason to go to war." Iraqis disagree, as should any supporter of human rights. Nearly 55% of Iraqis say that toppling Hussein was worth the price of the current difficulties. These figures are easy to understand when you look at another set of numbers. In an Op-Ed article circulated this year among the more than 200 independent newspapers now published in Iraq, an Iraqi democratic activist observed that Hussein tortured and killed as many as 750,000 of his own people. Iraqis don't understand the debate about whether Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. To them, Hussein was a weapon of mass destruction.UNICEF, hardly an apologist for the Bush administration, estimates that 5,000 Iraqi children a month died of starvation and malnutrition while Hussein siphoned funds from the U.N.'s oil-for-food program to build his palaces and enrich French politicians. Americans are only now learning of the extent of Hussein's corruption of this humanitarian program; the Iraqis have known about it for quite some time. When asked to rate their confidence in the U.N., Iraqis gave the organization a 2.9 on a scale of 1 to 4, with a 4 meaning absolutely no confidence. In contrast, more than 60% of Iraqis tell pollsters that the Iraqi government has done a good job since the June 28 hand-over.Polling in Iraq is done much as in any developing country. Interviews are conducted face to face by highly trained Iraqi interviewers. For a 1,500-person sample, for instance, 75 qada (the Iraqi equivalent of precincts) would be chosen at random, with interviews conducted in 20 randomly chosen households in each.Though difficulties abound, the cooperation rate is usually more than 80% — much higher than in the U.S. Iraqis are amazed that, for the first time, somebody cares about their political opinion, and they frequently want interviewers to interview cousins and friends. From 20,000 to 30,000 insurgents, many from outside Iraq, are trying to prevent Iraqis who want democracy from achieving it. Kerry has said he would begin withdrawing U.S. troops six months after his inauguration. Iraq's autocratic neighbors are vigorously supporting the efforts of extremists to derail Iraqi self-government. Hastily withdrawing U.S. troops for political reasons would be a mistake for which we would pay for decades.A look at the nightly news confirms the finding that six out of 10 Iraqis are worried about security, but what's being given short shrift are the strides being made and the intensity of Iraqi optimism.



A U.S. Army soldier stands guard at al-Sina'a soccer field

A U.S. Army soldier stands guard at al-Sina'a soccer field while a large crowd gathers at the gate waiting to turn in weapons in Baghdad's Shi'ite suburb of al-Sadr city, October 21, 2004. This was the last day of a renewed cash-for-weapons exchange instituted by the interim Iraqi government to pacify the slum of Sadr City. Photo by Ali Jasim/Reuters
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TheStar.com - Iraqi air employees attacked

Iraqi air employees attacked


BAGHDAD - Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying female employees of Iraqi Airways to the Baghdad airport Thursday, killing one and wounding 14, an airline official said. All the victims were Iraqi women.

Meanwhile, the husband of the kidnapped director of CARE International made a plea in Baghdad for her release, saying she has spent her life helping Iraqis.

Margaret Hassan, the head of operations in Iraq for the charity, was abducted on her way to work early Tuesday by gunmen who blocked her route and dragged the driver and a companion from the car, said her husband, Tahseen Ali Hassan.

During a news conference Thursday, Hassan, an Iraqi national, addressed the kidnappers, saying: "Release my wife. She's Iraqi. She's working for a humanitarian organization and I ask you to release her."

The attack on the airline workers occurred on the main road linking the airport with central Baghdad, the official said on condition of anonymity. The U.S. State Department has described travel between central Baghdad and the airport as "particularly dangerous."

The official said the attack killed one person and wounded 14 — all women. Insurgents often target Iraqis seen as co-operating with American or government institutions.

Meanwhile, hospital officials said Thursday that a pair of car bombings in Samarra a day earlier were suicide attacks that killed 10 Iraqi civilians and injured 14 others. Earlier reports put the death toll at one.TheStar.com - Iraqi air employees attacked
Iraq War News
Poll: More Iraqis doubt nation's direction (USATODAY.com): "USATODAY.com - More Iraqis say their country is headed in the wrong direction and they blame the poor security situation, a new poll has found."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Reservist pleads guilty in prison scandal (USATODAY.com): "USATODAY.com - A U.S. Army reservist pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and testified that some of the humiliating practices were dictated by military intelligence officers and civilian interrogators."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

U.S. Unit Commander in Iraq Moved from Post (Reuters): "Reuters - The commander of a U.S. army company that refused orders to deliver fuel along a dangerous route in Iraq was relieved of her duties at her own request on Thursday, the U.S. military said."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

MP Pleads Guilty to Abuses at Iraq Prison (washingtonpost.com): "washingtonpost.com - BAGHDAD, Oct. 20 -- Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick, the highest-ranking of eight soldiers charged with abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison last year, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in the mistreatment, telling a military judge that he knew his actions were wrong at the time he committed them."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Baghdad Bus Attacked by Gunmen, Four Killed: "Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Baghdadairport employees to work on Thursday, killing four people andwounding 11 in a brazen assault on Iraqis helping to revive avital link in Iraq's reconstruction. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Britain to announce decision on troop redeployment in Iraq: "Britain will announce later whether it has agreed to a US request to send hundreds of its troops to relieve American forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman said, a move widely expected to go ahead. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Thousands of Britons Protest War in Iraq: "Thousands of anti-war and anti-globalization activists marched through central London and filled Trafalgar Square on Sunday to protest the U.S.-led coalition's presence in Iraq. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Fiji Troops May Grow U.N. Presence in Iraq: "The deployment of about 130 Fijian troops to Iraq next month to protect U.N. staff and facilities could lead to an expanded U.N. operation ahead of elections in January, if security conditions permit, the United Nations said Wednesday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraqi photographer shot dead in Iraq: "An Iraqi press photographer working for a European agency was shot dead outside his home in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the second Iraqi journalist to be murder in Iraq in the past week, media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Iraq war decision lacked vital missing ingredient: " (USATODAY.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Shrine under control: "Alastair Leithead finds contradiction in Najaf, but calm inside the Imam Ali shrine."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)

'Eight dead' in Iraq car bombs: "Samarra is hit by its first major attack since US-led forces recaptured the town from insurgents three weeks ago."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)

"Get Some, F--KERS!": "Some combat footage from Mosul, as shot by a soldier and given to me. Looks bad up there. (Iraq, Christopher)"

In Back to Iraq 2.0

On break: "Going on holiday. (Iraq, Christopher)"

In Back to Iraq 2.0

Iraqi television Al-Sumariya to start broadcast from Beirut: "A satellite television channel dominated by Iraqi shareholders plans to start broadcasting from Beirut on Friday because of insecurity in Iraq, an official from the broadcaster, Al-Sumariya, told AFP. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Silence as kidnap ordeal continues: "Aid chief Margaret Hassan entered her third day in captivity with no word from her kidnappers, as politicians and her family pleaded for her release."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

U.S., Iraqi forces gear up to retake Fallujah: "An imminent offensive to break the resistance in Fallujah, a rebel stronghold about 35 miles west of Baghdad, could be one of the most decisive battles since the fall of Baghdad 18 months ago. (USATODAY.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Photographer Says Unharmed by Iraq Captors: "An American photographer abducted bygunmen in Iraq said after his release Tuesday that he wastreated well but did not know why he had been kidnapped. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Saddam Must Have Been Surprised: " (Cynthia Tucker)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

ABC News: Large Explosion Heard in Central Baghdad

A large explosion shook Baghdad at sunset Wednesday, and a large plume of smoke could be seen rising from the western bank of the Tigris river.

There was no indication what caused the blast, but the smoke could be seen rising north of the Jumhuria bridge and behind the Mansour Hotel.

ABC News: Large Explosion Heard in Central Baghdad

The Advertiser: Aid worker refused to be scared [21oct04]

Aid worker refused to be scared

A FEISTY, charismatic and fiercely intelligent woman, Margaret Hassan remained in her Baghdad home throughout the war, telling her bosses: "I am staying with my people. This is my home."

There seems little doubt that Care International owes its continued presence in Iraq, long after many other aid agencies had departed, almost entirely to her single-minded determination, her detailed local knowledge and her dedication to the Iraqi people.

A British national from an Irish family and married to an Iraqi, Ms Hassan, 52, also has Iraqi nationality and considers herself Iraqi, friends say. Slightly built, with piercing brown eyes, she speaks fluent Arabic and is a well-known figure on the streets of Baghdad.

While she is Muslim, she does not wear the veil when working.

Like everyone else in the capital, she is careful to alter her daily regime, although she is one of the few Britons still living in the city who is not holed up in the heavily fortified Green Zone where Western embassies and the Iraqi Government are all based.

A close friend said yesterday: "She was not reckless. She knew the risks of kidnapping. She knew of many Iraqis who had been abducted, but she insisted she would not be scared away from doing her job."
The Advertiser: Aid worker refused to be scared [21oct04]

US soldiers patrol a road leading out of Baghdad

US soldiers patrol a road leading out of Baghdad after a roadside bomb blew up near a US vehicle.(AFP/Awad Awad) Yahoo! News - Top Stories World Photos - AFP

U.S. Army soldiers investigate the scene of car bomb attack

U.S. Army soldiers investigate the scene of car bomb attack on a highway southern Baghdad, October 20, 2004. A suicide car bomb went of on early Wednesday as a U.S. military convoy was patrolling on the highway, which leads to Baghdad's International Airport. U.S. Army officer on site said that there were no serious injuries caused. REUTERS/Ali Jasim Yahoo! News - World Photos - Reuters

Iraq War News

British troop movement to US-zone would be for 'weeks, not months' (AFP): "AFP - Any British troops sent from southern Iraq to help out in the more dangerous US-controlled zone to the north would only be redeployed for a few weeks, according to the top British general in Iraq."

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Humanitarian Aid Director Is Kidnapped (Los Angeles Times): "Los Angeles Times - BAGHDAD â?? Gunmen Tuesday kidnapped the head of the CARE humanitarian group in Iraq, a British-born woman in her 60s who has been critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and worked for three decades to improve living conditions here."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Aid Group Stops Iraq Work After Official Kidnapped (Reuters): "Reuters - The kidnapping of a British-Iraqi aid official might prompt her agency, Care International, to withdraw from Iraq, its director said on Wednesday."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Turkish Cypriot government resigns: "The shaky coalition governing Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus resigned Wednesday after months of confusion in the minority government following a failed referendum to reunite the divided island."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Humanitarian Aid Director Is Kidnapped: "BAGHDAD â?? Gunmen Tuesday kidnapped the head of the CARE humanitarian group in Iraq, a British-born woman in her 60s who has been critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and worked for three decades to improve living conditions here. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Car bombing near Baghdad airport in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

CIA expected Iraqis to wave US flags after invasion (AFP): "AFP - The CIA was so convinced Iraqis would warmly greet US troops that it proposed smuggling hundreds of small American flags into Iraq ahead of the 2003 invasion, to give them something to wave at the soldiers, a report said."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Soldier to Plead Guilty in Iraq Abuse Case (AP): "AP - An Army reservist charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners plans to plead guilty at a court martial to four counts arising from the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal in a plea deal in which eight other counts will be dropped, his lawyer has said."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

UN Puts Zarqawi Network in Iraq on Its Terror List: "A U.N. panel has put on itssanctions list networks said to be controlled by Jordanian AbuMusab al-Zarqawi after they claimed responsibility forbombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

More than 8,000 U.S. troops wounded in Iraq: "WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The latest Pentagon figures reveal that the number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq since military operations began in March 2003 has topped 8,000."

In kgw.com: Iraq News

Iraqi Battalion Commander Barely Escapes Assassination: "In a careening, high-speed shootout, insurgents tried to assassinate the commander of the Iraqi National Guard."

In New York Times: World Special

Faulty Intelligence Misled Troops at War's Start: "Much of the information provided by the C.I.A. to those prosecuting the war and planning the occupation proved wrong."

In New York Times: World Special

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


A Story Of Hope

reviewjournal.com -- News: LAS VEGAN KILLED IN IRAQ: Fallen Marine saluted

"It's getting tight around here. There have been a few near misses with road bombs. It's scary, but I'm tough. I'll be okay."

That was how Las Vegas Marine Cpl. William I. Salazar began an e-mail message last week from Qaim, Iraq, to his father, Gus.

Two days later, on Friday, Cpl. Salazar, a 26-year-old videographer who was documenting the war, was killed in a car-bomb attack as he rode in the passenger seat of a Humvee.

As he always did, he carried a rifle as well as a camera, but it wasn't enough to deter the suicide bomber who pulled alongside of the Humvee close enough to detonate the explosive-packed vehicle, causing fatal injuries to Salazar, an Iraqi interpreter and two soldiers.

The Pentagon has identified the soldiers as Sgt. Michael G. Owen, 31, of Phoenix and Spc. Jonathan J. Santos, 22, of Whatcom, Wash.

In a telephone interview Monday, Gus Salazar, of Winnetka, Calif., reflected on his son's e-mail.

In it, William Salazar wrote: "I'm still alive and well. Happy Birthday. I always forget your birthday so if I'm late or early, at least I tried to remember."

Gus Salazar wrote back, "You did fine. Thank you very much for remembering my birthday. Love, Dad."

From now on, he said, "My birthday will never be the same ... because I won't be celebrating birthdays, I'll be celebrating memorials."

When his son arrived in Iraq in May, Gus Salazar said his thoughts were that he "needed to support the war and support William."

"Now after this has happened, the war is over for me," he said.
reviewjournal.com -- News: LAS VEGAN KILLED IN IRAQ: Fallen Marine saluted

IRAQ: Combined Operation Nets Massive Cache

IRAQ: Combined Operation Nets Massive Cache

American Forces Press Service

TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 18, 2004 -- More than 400 57 mm rockets, 7,275 rounds of 14.5 mm anti-aircraft ammunition, and one U.S. tube-launched optically tracked wire- guided missile were just the tip of the iceberg during a recent weapons cache discovery north of Iraq.

"We would begin digging in a new area, and we just kept finding stuff," said the 2nd Battalion, 7th Calvary Regiment senior Iraqi National Guard advisor Capt. Mark Leslie, of the 39th Brigade Combat Team.

The discovery began with a tip from a reluctant informant. Rumors had circulated within the ING camp of a citizen who knew where a very large cache of weapons was located, but fear for his life kept him from speaking with multinational forces.

"Once word got back to us, we began trying to get soldiers with the ING to bring this guy to talk to us. But the gentleman just wasn't having any of it," said ING advisor Staff Sgt. Ronald Denton, of the battalion's Headquarters Company.

Known locally as a fair and honest person, the commander of Company D, 307th ING Battalion finally convinced the man to speak with him and to ultimately work with multinational forces to recover the cache. "Had it not been for the reputation of Lieutenant Colonel Waleed within the community, I really don't think we would have ever found the cache," Denton said.

The information obtained, Company D, 307th ING Battalion supported by troopers from 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., gathered up detection equipment and headed to the location. "The location of the first site put us in the far northern region of 2-7 Cav.'s (area of operation)," explained ING advisor Sgt. 1st Class Robert Haney of Company A. "The initial cache discovery was exactly where the informant said it would be. But as we started spreading out, we kept finding more cache sites."


US contractor killed in Baghdad mortar attack

BAGHDAD, Oct 19 (AFP) - One US contractor was killed and seven other people wounded, including an American soldier, in an attack on a US army compound in central Baghdad on Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

"We had mortar and RPG (rocket propelled grenade) fire that hit inside our compound this morning," the spokesman told AFP.

The US soldier and one of the six Iraqi civilians injured in the attack were in a serious but stable condition, he said.

The Iraqis nationals had all been working in the compound.

Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of the US oil services giant Halliburton, confirmed its employee was killed, bringing to 54 the number of deaths suffered by Halliburton and its subcontractors in Iraq.

"KBR regrets to confirm the death of one employee who was killed today as a result of injuries sustained during a mortar attack near Baghdad," it said in a statement.

Mortars also slammed into an Iraqi National Guard base north of the capital, killing four guardsmen and injuring 82 others, an interior ministry spokesman said.

US contractor killed in Baghdad mortar attack

Portsmouth Herald World/National News: Transport trouble for troops

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Blowing sand. Blistering heat. Shrapnel-spewing roadside bombs. The U.S. Army says it does its best to keep its hard-pressed vehicles and helicopters running despite these conditions, but soldiers say Iraq sometimes trumps their best efforts.
Now maintenance is at the heart of the controversy over an Army Reserve unit that refused to carry fuel along one of Iraq’s most dangerous stretches of road.

Last week, the Army announced it was investigating up to 19 members of a platoon from the 343rd Quartermaster Company, based in Rock Hill, S.C., after they refused to transport supplies from Tallil air base near Nasiriyah to Taji, north of Baghdad.

The unit’s members complained that the fuel trucks they were to drive lacked the armor needed for the dangerous mission, and were in bad shape. The U.S. military said Monday no decision had been made on whether to discipline the reservists.

U.S. officers say the refusal to carry out the mission last week was an isolated incident. Still, it’s no secret that convoy duty is one of the most perilous jobs in Iraq.

Across the country, the brutal conditions can be seen on the Humvees on patrol with smashed or cracked front windshields or punctured doors and fenders where chunks of shrapnel have blown through. Worse, dozens of vehicles have been lost in attacks. Video clips of burning Humvees have become a staple of Iraqi insurgent propaganda DVDs.

The Army’s fleet of Black Hawk helicopters, which dates as far back as the late 1970s, requires lots of maintenance to keep flying. The helicopters’ engines and rotors suffer even more than land vehicles from blowing sand and the heat, and the craft are in higher demand than ever to ferry passengers trying to avoid Iraq’s ambush-prone roads.

"Most of the problems we’re having are from dust. Most of the bearings are open bearings, it gets in there and wears them out quicker," said Sgt. Amos Ritter of Allentown, Pa. "It’s not making it to the point where we can’t finish a mission. But it’s a problem we need to work around."

Ritter, a 31-year-old crew chief and flight mechanic for the Army’s 30th Medical Brigade, said his fleet of helicopters dates to 1982. The Army has been able to deliver common spare parts more quickly, but some parts are still tough to get.

"There are difficulties getting spare parts, it’s a bit more of a wait than we’re accustomed to, like back when we were in garrison," Ritter said on his base near the ancient ruins of Babylon in central Iraq. "When you’re in a combat zone, you should have the priority on parts, but it seems like you’re not really getting the priority down here."

In the western town of Qaim, a U.S. Marine complained that his unit lacked vehicles and protection - as well as troops - to replace those killed and destroyed by roadside bombings, ambushes and anti-tank mine blasts.

"We need more vehicles, more armor, more bodies," said Cpl. Cody King, 20, of Phoenix, Ariz., of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

At times, breakdowns have turned tragic.

In May, two soldiers in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division were killed and five wounded when a roadside bombing in Baghdad tore apart a Humvee that had broken down and was being towed.

An 18-year-old private, Christopher Fernandez, earned the division’s first Silver Star medal after he helped fight off a guerrilla ambush that followed the blast. Another soldier, 33-year-old Sgt. Timothy Buttz, got the Army’s Bronze Star medal for carrying the wounded and dead soldiers from the disabled Humvee.

In Alabama, Ricky Shealey, whose son, Spc. Scott Shealey, was one of the soldiers who refused the convoy run to Taji, said the unit was told it would have to deliver aviation fuel that had been contaminated, something the U.S. command has denied.

"They wanted the mission to go out at 7 a.m. to take that same fuel and those same vehicles, without any maintenance checks or maintenance after coming off a mission," Ricky Shealey said. "The vehicles were deadlined, meaning something on a vehicle is going to be a problem. They had 12 to 13 deadlines, and these vehicles were not supposed to roll."

Portsmouth Herald World/National News: Transport trouble for troops

AP Wire | 10/19/2004 | CARE official kidnapped in Iraq

CARE official kidnapped in Iraq

Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The director of CARE International's operation in Iraq was kidnapped early Tuesday in Baghdad, the organization said.

Margaret Hassan, said to be an Iraqi national, was abducted in the capital at 7:30 a.m., CARE International, United Kingdom said in a statement released in London and read to The Associated Press in Baghdad.

"As of now we are unaware of the motives for the abduction," the statement said. "As far as we know, Margaret is unharmed.

CARE USA is headquartered in Atlanta.
AP Wire | 10/19/2004 | CARE official kidnapped in Iraq

An M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from 1st Platoon, Bravo Troop, 1-4 Cavalry,

An M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from 1st Platoon, Bravo Troop, 1-4 Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division opens fire from its 25 millimeter chain gun on anti- Iraqi forces in Samarra. US warplanes struck suspected hideouts of Islamic militant Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi in rebel-held Fallujah, while Britain assessed a US request to send troops to more dangerous areas.(AFP/US Army/Shane Cuomo) Yahoo! News - Top Stories World Photos - AFP

U.S. Forces Bomb Falluja, Release Police: "U.S. forces freed the police chief ofthe rebel-held city of Falluja on Tuesday after warplanesbombed what the military said were houses and arms dumps usedby America's top enemy in Iraq. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Saboteurs hit pipeline in northern Iraq in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

IRAQ: Schools in need of basic facilities face overcrowding - UNICEF: "BASRA, 19 Oct 2004 (IRIN) - Thousands of schools across Iraq are still in need of major rehabilitation and basic facilities, while the southern governorates are facing overcrowding problems in their classrooms, a report by the Iraqi Ministry of Education (MoE) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has revealed."

In IRIN: Iraq Crisis

Bush Interview in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

US soldier's non-combat death raises toll to 1,100 (AFP): "AFP - The body of a US soldier was found in his living quarters in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, raising the American death toll in the country to 1,100, according to an official Pentagon tally."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

US commander Franks denies hunt for bin Laden was 'outsourced' (AFP): "AFP - A former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has denied a claim by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that US troop had "oursourced" the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan's eastern border region of Tora Bora in the wake of the September 11 attacks."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Iraq's Allawi Grows in Confidence (AP): "AP - In an hour-long appearance, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi shook many hands, let out hearty laughs, bear hugged some and then got down to business, giving a keynote address that lasted 20 minutes and fielding questions for another 40."

In Yahoo! News: Iraq

Marines Vent Frustration in Western Iraq: "The sound of the Black Hawk medical helicopter is an ominous sign for the Marines patrolling this forgotten western corner of Iraq that borders Syria. It means that one of them is seriously wounded or killed by their elusive enemy. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

100 Iraqis killed or wounded in attack
JuneauEmpire.com: Associated Press: "A mortar attack on an Iraqi National Guard headquarters north of Baghdad on Tuesday killed or wounded at least 100 Iraqis, officials said, while U.S. troops battled insurgents in a major city west of the capital."

Monday, October 18, 2004

Soldiers' Angels

Since I have returned from DC I have had time to think about my trip. I walked into the room of a man who thought he had no one. A man who thought that he was going to die alone, a man who thought he was going to go through life with no love in his life.

Then one day a man walked into the room of this lonely man and decided that no one should die alone. One man contacted the Angels and asked for help and the Angels came. What was once a dark hospital room was filled with balloons, flowers, cards, and stuffed animals. Hats, Hennessy, watermelon, and candy filled the room. Singing toys and figurines showed up and everything you could imagine. People flew in, people drove from different states, the visitors never stopped coming.

The phone calls are endless, one lady calls and sings everyday. The refridgator is full of food just for Phil, we have named it the Philarator. He has everything in there subs, chinese food, chicken, watermelon, anything you can think of.

When I met Phil more than a week ago and we said good bye the first time it felt as if we were saying good bye forever, this time when we said good bye it felt as if we were saying good bye for a few weeks. I honestly feel that the love that we Angels are giving Phil are giving him a reason to continue his fight. He has shown so much improvement in the past few days. He knows that he is loved, he knows that he has a family, he knows that we want him to stay with us.

Mark has been a wonderful friend to Phil, and his has been very devoted and has and will be very private in his feelings about this situation. I ask that we respect Mark's privacy and not push him in talking about his feelings about this for he has great respect for Phil and is very touched by all of this attention that we have shown Phil, but Mark is a very private person and does not wish to discuss much. His desire is for Phil to have all the attention because he wants Phil to have the fight and desire to fight this and walk out of the hospital.

I ask all Angels to continue to send cards and support to Phil, I know that we can heal Phil and I know that we have the power to show this man that the Angels do love him. Phil wants to ride the roller coasters so lets help heal him so we can get him to all of the amusement parks to get him on all the good ones.


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On October 13th, eighteen (out of 100) soldiers of the 343rd Quartermaster Company, a reserve unit from Rock Hill, S.C., failed to show up Wednesday for the fuel convoy's departure for a 150-mile trip to Taji, north of Baghdad. The 343rd has been in Iraq since February. The soldiers refused to drive the transports due to many reasons (reported by the media):

(1) lack of armored vehicles - according to preliminary findings, the 343rd did not have up-armored vehicles upon arriving in Iraq and did not receive upgrades while in Iraq.
(2) lack of vehicles that were not deadlined (meaning safe or able to operate correctly) - for example, a broken fuel injector could keep a vehicle from operating.
(3) lack of convoy security in the form of MP humvees or helicopter gunship support - this is in dispute right now
(4) the fuel they were supposed to transport was alledgely contaminated - this is in dispute right now.
(5) the trip from Talil to Taji is one of the most dangerous in IraqBLACKFIVE

A US military gunship helicopter

A US military gunship helicopter hovers over a stadium in Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City. Mortars landed near the packed stadium where hundreds were turning in weapons as part of an arms-for-cash initiative aimed at disarming radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's movement.(AFP/Jewel Samad) Yahoo! News - Mideast Photos - AFP

Iraq War News
Iraq blasts mar Muslim holy month: "Bomb attacks on churches mark the start of Ramadan in Iraq and reports are coming in of explosions in Falluja."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)

Zarqawi movement vows allegiance with al-Qaida: "BAGHDAD, Iraq â?? The most feared militant group in Iraq, the movement of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, declared its allegiance to Osama bin Laden on Sunday, saying it had agreed with al-Qaida over strategy and the need for unity against "the enemies of Islam.""

In kgw.com: Iraq News

British government says redeployment of troops in Iraq not Bush booster in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Indonesian militant cleric to stand trial in Marriott, Bali bombings in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Car bomb kills at least seven in Baghdad: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops pounded Fallujah with airstrikes and tank fire Sunday, and the Iraqi government appealed to residents to expel "foreign terrorists" to prevent an all-out attack. A suicide driver in Baghdad exploded a car near a police patrol, killing at least seven people and wounding 20."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

A War without reason (18 Oct 04) in Radio Free USA

U.S. Frees Fallujah Negotiator: "The military released the spokesman for the rebel-dominated city as an apparent gesture to restart talks aimed at avoiding a bloody showdown there. A car bombing in Baghdad left six people dead."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Palestinian: U.S. election stalling peace: "Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said Monday that the U.S. presidential election was stalling the Middle East peace process and urged other countries to increase their efforts."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraq attacks aimed at sinking Bush reelection bid: Putin: "Russian President Vladimir Putin all but endorsed US President George W. Bush, saying that terror attacks in Iraq aimed to sink his reelection bid and warning they would likely increase if successful. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq


Britain rejects troop redeployment claim: "Prime Minister Tony Blair's government on Monday rejected claims from opposition lawmakers that a redeployment of British troops in Iraq would be a political show of support for the Bush administration before U.S. presidential elections."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Attacks Target Iraqi Police: "BAGHDAD â?? A car bomb attack in central Baghdad and an ambush south of the capital killed at least a dozen Iraqi police officers Sunday as insurgents continued their violent campaign against the country's security forces. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Buyers of Hussein's Oil Acted to Assist Iraq: "WASHINGTON â?? A month before the Persian Gulf War began in 1991, with an attack by the U.S.-led coalition imminent, famed Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt rushed his corporate jet to Baghdad to rescue 21 Americans being held hostage by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. (Los Angeles Times)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Britain seen moving Iraq troops further into harm's way: "Defence Minister Geoff Hoon is due to address the British parliament on his country's troop deployment in Iraq, amid widespread reports that some forces are to be moved from the relative calm of southern Iraq into areas around Baghdad, thereby freeing up US forces for attacks on cities like Fallujah. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Iraq Today

A U.S. Army soldier, on top of a Bradley armored vehicle, views smoke rising into the sky after his colleagues destroyed a seized Katyusha rocket, which was found in an empty yard next to a school in Baghdad, October 17, 2004. The Iraq (news - web sites) war has done little to increase security across the world or halt the activities of international terrorists, United Nations (Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) said Sunday. (Ali Jasim/Reuters) Yahoo'>http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/041017/photos_ts/mdf781961&e=10&ncid=1479">Yahoo News - Top Stories Photos - Reuters

Two Soldiers Die After Crash in Iraq
1 hour, 9 minutes ago Middle East - AP
By TINI TRAN, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces battled insurgents around the rebel stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday after two American soldiers died when their helicopters crashed south of Baghdad. Many Iraqi Christians skipped Mass following bombings at churches in the capital.

Fierce clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents broke out on a highway east of Fallujah and in the southern part of the city, witnesses said. The road, which leads to Baghdad, has been completely blocked. Residents reported fresh aerial and artillery attacks as explosions boomed across the city.
Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the Askari and Shuhada neighborhoods in eastern and southern Fallujah as families began to flee the area, residents reported. They said a Humvee was seen burning in the eastern edge of the city. Hospital officials said three civilians were injured in the clashes.
Fallujah, 40 miles west of the capital, is considered the toughest stronghold of insurgents. Commanders have been speaking of a possible new offensive to wrest it out and other cities of militants' control, and the Marines said Saturday they had tightened their cordon around the city to keep suspected terrorists from fleeing the area. Still, officials have said that intensified airstrikes and fighting over the past week don't mark the start of a new operation.
South of Baghdad, two Army OH-58 helicopters went down about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the 1st Cavalry Division said. The deaths of their pilots brought to six the number of American troops killed in two days, following car bombings on Friday that killed four servicemembers.
The division said the cause of the crashes had not been determined.
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A U.S. Army soldier, no name available, from the Scout Platoon, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, secures a highway for a convoy of troops moving from Fallujah, Iraq , toward Ramadi early Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan)Yahoo'>http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/041017/481/mac10310171248&e=3&ncid=1479">Yahoo! News - World Photos - AP


Iraq War News
Bigley brother hails anti-war march: "Thousands of anti-war demonstrators marched through London and received a ringing endorsement from the brother of murdered hostage Ken Bigley."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Egypt won't invite Iraq opposition groups to conference: "CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Egypt's foreign minister said Saturday that his country would not invite Iraqi opposition groups to a high-level conference on Iraqi elections planned next month at an Egyptian resort."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

Britain Denies Using Troops to Boost Bush's Standing: "The British government rejectedaccusations Sunday that it is using British troops in Iraq toboost George W. Bush's political position in the United Statespresidential election race. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Thousands set to protest Iraq war on London streets: "Thousands of demonstrators were expected to throng the streets of central London to protest against the Iraq war as Prime Minister Tony Blair struggles to shake-off criticism of the invasion. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.N.'s Annan: Iraq War Done Little to Halt Terrorism: "The Iraq war has done little to increasesecurity across the world or halt the activities ofinternational terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General KofiAnnan said Sunday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Nine Iraqi Police Killed in Ambush South of Baghdad: "Gunmen ambushed a minibuscarrying nine Iraqi policemen home from training in Jordan,killing all of them, police in Kerbala said. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Detainees released from infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Detainees freed from infamous Iraq prison: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - More than 200 detainees were released Sunday from Abu Ghraib prison after a security review deemed them no longer a threat, the U.S. military said."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

U.S. forces continue assault in Fallujah: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. forces battled insurgents around the rebel stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday after two American soldiers died when their helicopters crashed south of Baghdad. Many Iraqi Christians skipped Mass following bombings at churches in the capital."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

Mortars Fired at Baghdad Hotel Used by Foreigners: "Two mortars were fired at a hotel usedby journalists and foreign contractors in Baghdad on Sunday.There were no initial reports of any injuries or damage. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Saudi forces arrest 4 suspected militants: "Security forces have captured four suspected militants, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Sunday, the latest detentions in a Saudi crackdown on Islamic extremists in the kingdom."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

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