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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina- Update Wednesday- 25,000 to be moved

Over 25,000 Refugees will be moved today by bus from the New Orleans Superdome to the Houston Astrodome.
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Please Bring Help…
It’s Hell back there!!!
That's how one refugee- coming out of the bowels of New Orleans puts it… About PHOTO.........
Dania Beach, Fla. August 28, 2005 -- Hurricane Winds from Katrina knocked over huge tree crushing this home. Joann & Orland Douglas point to where they were when the tree fell on them. Orland was knocked down by the tree and Joann was trapped under the rubble and had to be rescued. Many Mobile homes and homes are damaged and residents are displaced.
FEMA photo by: Marvin Nauman
** To those who have the clout to pass this on…
Tell someone in the government to get the bullhorns out- drop leaflets if they must, broadcast on every radio station that they can as to where all these people need to go and what to do to get help… Most of them seem to not have the faintest idea as what to do to help save their on lives-- They so desperately need someone to tell them what to do… It’s almost like that movie I saw on Yellowstone having a mass Volcano eruption and the aftermath of the disaster that followed… FEMA- in this movie- sent out the word called- “WALK FOR LIFE.” They told the survivors where to go for help… Anyway- Like in this movie- with all this mess in New Orleans-- We can’t go and get every single one of these people on an individual basis… Many will die before that ever happens............
They got to come out to us… Get with it FEMA!!!!
AubreyJ………

** "The Folks on the Gulf Coast are going to need our help for a long time...
This is going to be a difficult road."
President George W. Bush

August 31, 2005
** Military Providing Full-Scale Response to Hurricane Relief Effort
Joint Task Force Katrina is setting up today at Camp Shelby, Miss. , as the Defense Department's focal point to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency's relief efforts along the Gulf Coast, Air Force Maj. Eric Butterbaugh, a U. S. Northern Command spokesman, confirmed today.
Read more at DoD: American Forces Press Service
** 10,000 National Guard troops to join the Hurricane Response
More than 11,000 Army and Air National Guard members and 7,200 active-duty troops, mostly Navy, are supporting hurricane relief operations along the Gulf Coast, and 10,000 more National Guard troops are expected to join the effort within the next 48 hours, Defense Department officials said today.
Read more at DoD: American Forces Press Service
** Most likely, Thousands Dead in New Orleans………
"We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water," and other people dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Asked how many, he said: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands."
More info at: 4WWL- WWLTV.COM
** “The vast majority of New Orleans, Louisiana is under water. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses are beyond repair. A lot of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been completely destroyed. Mobile is flooded. We are dealing with one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history.”
President George W. Bush
August 31, 2005
View Video of the President’s remarks today in the Rose Garden-

Click here: Remarks
(*RealPlayer needed to view this video*)

** I’ll end tonight by asking everyone to say their prayers for the victims of this massive storm—but always say one for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have paid the ultimate price for freedom… This one is for you Brian- Thank you Lord for all those who volunteer to serve in the National Guard- Be with those overseas and here at home and be with their families at all times of need. Bless the ones who gave their all in protecting the freedoms of this great country of ours… In these things I pray- Amen.
Good night my friend,
AubreyJ..................................
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Help Now with your Contributions

The victims of Hurricane Katrina need our help……
$25.00- $50.00- $75.00- $100.00- $250.00- $500.00- $750.00- $1000.00……
If you can only send just $5.oo- SEND IT!!!!!!

If just 1,000,000 caring Americans would send in just $5.00…
That’s $5,000,000 in well needed help sent!!!
Things are going to get worse-
So- HELP your fellow Americans in need today…
Please donate to the charity of your choice.

Amy and I have done our part… Have you??????
This plea brought to you by…
AubreyJ……

Pass it on!!!

National Guard Bureau Family Program

Families of Deployed Soldiers affected by Hurricane Katrina are asked to call the National Guard Bureau Family Program at 1-888-777-7731 to let family members know of their whereabouts…
Deployed soldiers may also call to request information.
Hat tip to: Jack Army (Good read today at Jack's- Be sure to stop by and visit)

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 901-05 Aug 31, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2nd Lt. Charles R. Rubado, 23, of Clearwater, Fla. , died on Aug. 29, 2005, in Tal Afar, Iraq, when his M1A2 Abrams tank came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. Rubado was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 900-05 Aug 31, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chief Warrant Officer Dennis P. Hay, 32, of Valdosta, Ga. , died on Aug. 29, 2005, in Tal Afar, Iraq, where his OH-58D Kiowa helicopter came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. Hay was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hurricane Katrina- Update Tuesday- Martial Law has been Declared in New Orleans


Martial Law has been Declared in New Orleans.....................
I'm afraid the Death toll from this storm is going to be HIGH when all is said and done--
AubreyJ............
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** August 30, 2005- 10:00am CDT: About 80% of New Orleans is now under water and the water just keeps getting higher and higher. (Photo by FEMA)
** Let’s start the day with comments from our Government-
NOAA:
NEW ORLEANS/BATON ROUGE, LA
6:55am CDT- REPORTS CONTINUE OF FLOODING AROUND THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS AREA DUE TO LEVEE BREAKS ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF LAKE PONCHARTRAIN IN THE AFTER EFFECTS OF HURRICANE KATRINA... PEOPLE IN THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS AREA ARE URGED TO HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS... AND TO AVOID FLOODED AREAS IF POSSIBLE. REMEMBER... A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS COASTAL FLOODING IS LIKELY OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXPECT FLOOD PROBLEMS... AND ACTIONS SHOULD CONTINUE TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS AND UPDATES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
NOAA: JACKSON, MS
...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT...
NOAA: MOBILE/PENSACOLA
...NO COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT...
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE SHELTER TASK FORCE OF THE LOUISIANA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LAISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
2:40 PM CDT MON AUG 29 2005 LOUISIANA EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICIALS ARE NOT ALLOWING RESIDENTS TO RETURN TO SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AT THIS TIME. EVACUEES FROM SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA INCLUDING THE NEW ORLEANS REGION NEED TO REMAIN WHERE THEY ARE SHELTERED NOW. IF ANY EVACUEES NEEDS SHELTER THEY SHOULD STOP AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY SHELTER INFORMATION POINTS............
ON LA 1 AT THE PARAGON CASINO NEAR MARKSVILLE.
ON US 71 AT THE MED EXPRESS OFFICE NEAR ALEXANDRIA.
EXIT 53 ON I-49 AT SAMMY'S TRUCK STOP NEAR BUNKIE.
OFFICIALS WILL NOTIFY RESIDENTS WHEN IT IS SAFE TO RETURN TO SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA. (As of Tuesday- 11:00am CDT this message was still in force…)
** EVACUATION ORDERS in effect for NEW ORLEANS. Water is up to 20 feet deep in places in New Orleans. Water rising to near a foot deep in the French Quarters… No electricity in most, if not all, of New Orleans and could be out from 2 to 4 weeks if not longer… DON’T DRINK THE WATER- A “BOIL WATER” recommendation has been issued… At least 20 Buildings in the city have collapsed… Mayor Nagin on WWL-TV tells of the extent of damage in the City-- Both airports under water- the TWIN SPANS in New Orleans East have been totally destroyed- Yacht Club on the lake has burned and is totally destroyed…… FOR Video info by Mayor of New Orleans- Click here: 4WWL- WWLTV.COM
** For good local updates got to: http://www.wwltv.com/
** FEMA now Mobilizing the LARGEST RELIEF EFFORT in its History… The federal government is supporting state and local authorities by leading one of the largest disaster response mobilizations in the United States history to respond to Hurricane Katrina. Read more at: FEMA
** Major Disaster Declared in Louisiana- Mississippi- Alabama...
** Biloxi Mississippi near flattened- Many dead...
**Red Cross says it needs financial support, supplies and volunteers. To find out how you can help, call (800) HELP-NOW.
** President Bush cuts Vacation short and heads back to White House… (This is not a time for political BS from anyone over him doing so either!!!)
** Twenty-four hours after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, an estimated 7,500 National Guard troops from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi were on duty today, supporting civil authorities, distributing generators, providing medical care, and setting up shelters for displaced residents.
Read more at DoD: American Forces Press Service
I for one, AubreyJ, would like to say- Thanks to all who serve in the National Guard and to their families also. It’s times like these that all Americans need to open their eyes and truly see what’s going on around them……
I would also like to say this- Over the next few days we will surely know who our true friends are in this World we live in. With all the aid we give all around the world… Who is going to step up and offer to help us out in our time of need??? We shall soon see……
** Officials at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Miss. , announced plans today to evacuate 416 now-homeless veterans from the hurricane-decimated home and move them to its sister facility in Washington.
Read more at DoD: American Forces Press Service
** Not enough said about the devastation in Mississippi. So let’s go and look at it. This Video from Skycopter3 of WLBT3 TV will leave you near speechless… A must see- around 20 minutes long video with commentary...................
Click here to view: Mississippi Gulf CoastDamage from Skycopter3
**ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AS EFFORTS TO SANDBAG THE LEVEE BREAK HAVE ENDED. THE PUMPS IN THAT AREA ARE EXPECTED TO FAIL SOON AND 9 FEET OF WATER IS EXPECTED IN THE ENTIRE EAST BANK WITHIN THE NEXT 12-15 HOURS.
** Over 100 Dead have been reported in Mississippi and that number is sure to rise. No reports as yet out of Louisiana… These numbers are going to be real- real high I’m afraid when all the counting is finally done. I just don’t want to think about it– really…
** Looting is out of hand. One person said it looked like it did back during the fall of Baghdad, Iraq… All the video feeds I’ve seen so far seem to back that view too…
** Again- night has fallen so I think I’ll wait to do another post when more info has had time to be collected. First post before noon tomorrow- Wednesday 8/31/05.
** I’ll end tonight by asking everyone to say their prayers for the victims of this massive storm. This one is for you MAX- Hope you and yours made out ok and I’m looking so forward to your blogs in the future when this nightmare is nothing more than a fading memory…
Good night my friend,

AubreyJ..................................
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Monday, August 29, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties- Tuesday 8-30-05

No. 890-05 Aug 30, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Obediah J. Kolath, 32, of Louisburg, Mo. , died on Aug. 28, 2005, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on Aug. 25, 2005, in Husaybah, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his position. The incident involved three other soldiers whose deaths were announced on Aug. 27, 2005. Kolath was assigned to the U. S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N. C.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.
**ALSO**
No. 893-05 Aug 30, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Joseph L. Martinez, 21, of Las Vegas, Nev. , died on Aug. 27, 2005, in Tal Afar, Iraq, where his dismounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire. Martinez was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Where hath the faith gone?

"Why does it seem all of a sudden the American public is giving up and saying that the war in Iraq is not "winnable"? I live this war every day because I am here serving this great nation. I see the progress that we make, no matter how subtle, every day. But it seems that the public feels we are fighting a war we cant win. Why?"
Brian Capozzi
August 29, 2005
A must read at: Across the Pond
AubreyJ says: Thanks for the great read, Brian and...
No other words needed............

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 889-05 Aug 29, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Damion G. Campbell, 23, of Baltimore, Md. , died on August 26, 2005, in Khayr Kot, Afghanistan, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during a combat patrol. Campbell was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Vicenza, Italy.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Hurricane KATRINA- Update Monday

6:30am Eastern Time: Katrina is a Cat 4 Hurricane with sustained winds of 150mph and has just made LANDFALL just east of Grand Isle, Louisiana, (South of New Orleans.) Power out at Superdome- backup generators might be working but I’m not sure at this moment. Be another hour or two before the worse hits New Orleans. Hopefully not as bad as once was thought… We will know soon and now’s a good time to pray for these people in harms way.
AubreyJ…………
Monday, August 29, 2005- 6:30am Eastern Time
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>> National Weather Service- New Orleans, LA
>> Loop of Gulf of Mexico- (Satellite view of Hurricane by LSU- ESL)
>> American Red Cross
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>> Crude Oil (up 3.37) at 69.50 a barrel as of 7:20am eastern, Monday.
>> Gas could go up as much as .25 cents in the next few days… (Fill 'Er Up NOW!)
Note: Cross your fingers for the Oil Refineries on the Gulf- Next few hours are going to be critical as to what kind of damage these Refineries receive and for what kind of prices we will have to pay at the gas pumps in the months to come…
>> Power out at Superdome- backup generators are working but I believe AC is not.
>> 9:45am Eastern Time: Big leaks in roof of Superdome have been reported. Structure seems to be in good shape though. Some reports of major house flooding in parts of New Orleans along with lots of structural damage. Wind gust of 130mph and better likely in parts of New Orleans right now. Pumps Failing and that’s surely not going to help out flooding problems. Electricity is out in many parts of town.
>> 11:00am ET- info from NOAA: Katrina is now a Cat 3 Hurricane with sustained winds of 125mph. A TORNADO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MUCH OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA AND COASTAL MISSISSIPPI DUE TO THE THREAT OF TORNADOES. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 8 TO 10 INCHES- WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES.- ARE POSSIBLE…
>> 12:30am ET- Still Cat 3 storm with 125mph winds… Lets not forget Mississippi- Alabama and Florida… What can one say… Floods- high winds- Tornados still ongoing. I think I’ll wait until I can get some good pictures and on ground reports of damage and such before reporting much more on these places.
>> 1:15pm ET- Katrina is now a Cat 2 Hurricane with sustained winds of 105mph.
I just wanted to say that prayers do get answered. Watching the satellite loop a few minutes ago, I saw something that truly amazed me. (You can make note to look at the next satellite view you see of this Hurricane coming on shore.) As the Eye Wall hit land for the first time in Louisiana, it jumped to the east, (right) then came back on its normal track. That is until it made its 2nd landfall and I’ll be danged if it didn’t do it again. Now I could be wrong on this- but both times this storm took that major jog to the right, (east) was during crucial times for the eye to dodge New Orleans… That’s why I say- Prayers Do Sometimes Get Answered!!! Check it out and tell me what you think…
(I would have given you a link to a satellite loop… but I didn’t want you to think I rigged it or something…)
AubreyJ...............................................................................
>> Hurricane Response Demonstrates Guard's State, Federal Capabilities
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2005


The National Guard's solid response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrates that the Guard is still fully capable of responding to stateside emergencies while supporting the war in terror overseas, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told the American Forces Press Service today.

Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum described the thousands of Army and Air National Guard troops called to active duty in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and other states to support hurricane operations as a testament to the Guard's ability to carry out its federal and state missions simultaneously.

Guard members along the Gulf Coast are performing a variety of missions, from providing security at the emergency shelter at the New Orleans Superdome, where thousands of local residents are seeing refuge from Hurricane Katrina, to assisting with emergency evacuations.

As the storm's fury begins to wane, the Guard will begin providing a wide range of other support: helping law enforcement agencies with security and traffic control; transporting and distributing food, water and ice; conducting searches and rescues; providing generator support; and carrying out other missions to support live and property.

Meanwhile, as they support one of the largest hurricanes on record to hit the United States, Guard units are fighting wildfires in the Northwest and guarding critical infrastructure nationwide against terrorists, Blum noted.

And at the same time, an estimated 75,000 National Guard members are deployed to some 40 countries around the world, including Iraq, where they make up almost one-half the U. S. force, he said.

"All of this is happening at the same time, yet we are not putting the overseas mission at risk, nor are we putting the homeland defense mission at risk," the general said. "We are able to do what the nation needs us to do, and whenever we are needed, we are there, with the right skills and the right equipment and the right personnel. "

Blum called this capability "a huge success story for the Army and Air National Guard" that provides "probably the best demonstration yet" that the Guard can continue to respond to stateside crises while supporting a federal, overseas mission.

Under a plan he instituted when taking over the National Guard Bureau's reins, Blum initiated a policy to ensure every state has at least 50 percent of its Guard assets available to support state missions.

As of today, Louisiana has 65 percent of its troops available for state missions; Mississippi, 60 percent; Alabama, 77 percent; and Florida, 74 percent, Guard officials said.

The National Guard's presence in states being battered by Hurricane Katrina provides reassurance to the American public, which recognizes the security, medical, communications, logistics and law-and-order support Guard members provide local, state and federal first responders, the general said.

"It's a calming and reassuring effect on the American public when they see their National Guard," Blum said. "When you call out the Guard, you know that you've got committed citizen-soldiers with considerable skills and a great commitment to the mission at hand. "

At the same time, Guard members "have great compassion because they come from the people they are supporting," the general said. "So when you call out the Guard, you basically call out America. "

The National Guard is braced to continue that support for the long term until the affected regions get back on their feet, he said.

"We learned from hurricanes in Florida that recovery takes weeks and months, and not days," Blum said. "So we are looking at this recovery operation with the long haul in mind, and we are setting ourselves up to have an extended, protracted response, as necessary, until normalcy is restored to these communities. "
>> 6:00pm ET- Katrina is now a Cat 1 Hurricane with sustained winds of 75mph with gust up to 90mph.
>> I’m going to wait on doing anymore post until I see some of the Damage Reports of all 5 States that got hit by this massive storm today, Monday- 8/29/05. My next post on Hurricane Katrina shouldn’t be any later than noon tomorrow. It’s going to be worse than many think I’m afraid…
God bless the ones who lost their lives to this storm and my condolences to their family members… As of 9:30pm ET- Katrina was a Tropical Storm yet she still had winds near Hurricane strength…. Tornados- high winds and heavy rain-- going to still be a long night for many……
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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hurricane KATRINA-


If you’re not scared yet-- You best be...
Hurricane KATRINA-
Now a CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE-
Sustained winds at 160 mph……
She is now one bad- super dangerous storm…
If you're in its path… All the way up to I-20 and above- Prepare now- This one can most certainly kill you…

God bless… My thoughts and prayers are with you.
AubreyJ..............................

Sunday- 6:45am August 28, 2005
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>> National Weather Service- New Orleans, LA
>> Loop of Gulf of Mexico- (Satellite view of Hurricane by LSU- ESL)
>> American Red Cross
>> 11:00am Eastern Time: Hurricane KATRINA- Still a Category 5 HURRICANE- Sustained winds now at 175 mph… Gust to near 200mph likely. Mandatory Evacuation of NEW ORLEANS and Jefferson Parish has been issued. (This is the first time ever for City of New Orleans to ever have a Mandatory Evacuation.) Check your local area Media for other Evacuation Notices and best up to date evacuation routes to take or for all open Storm Shelter announcements… If you are near this storm-- GET OUT!!!!!!!
>> Oil Output Cut by a Third- Read more at: MSN MONEY
>> Chevron, Louisiana Offshore Port Shut for Hurricane- Read more at: Bloomberg.com
>> AubreyJ say: If this storm takes out any of those Refineries along the GULF-- God help us at the gas pumps in the up and coming weeks... (Thank you for holding your ground and filling our Nations Oil Reserve Mr. President!)
>> Some comments from President Bush this morning: “This morning I spoke with FEMA Undersecretary Mike Brown and emergency management teams not only at the federal level but at the state level about the -- Hurricane Katrina. I've also spoken to Governor Blanco of Louisiana, Governor Barbour of Mississippi, Governor Bush of Florida, and Governor Riley of Alabama. I want to thank all the folks at the federal level and the state level and the local level who have taken this storm seriously. I appreciate the efforts of the governors to prepare their citizenry for this upcoming storm.
Yesterday, I signed a disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana, and this morning I signed a disaster declaration for the state of Mississippi. These declarations will allow federal agencies to coordinate all disaster relief efforts with state and local officials. We will do everything in our power to help the people in the communities affected by this storm.
Hurricane Katrina is now designated a category five hurricane. We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities. I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first by moving to safe ground. Please listen carefully to instructions provided by state and local officials.”
>> At this moment, 6:30pm Eastern Time Sunday… This will be the 4th strongest Hurricane EVER and most likely the worst ever to hit New Orleans... Update: Winds now at 165mph with winds gusting to over 200mph. Storm could hit by as early as 4:00am this morning. Still looking at 20 to 28 foot Storm Surge with what looks like a near dead aim hit on New Orleans. I’ve heard death totals of up to 50,000 possible. A direct hit to New Orleans could put it under 20 – 30 feet of water in places... Ungodly damage to high-rise buildings and such also likely.
>> Update at 11:00pm Eastern Time Sunday- info from NOAA: Max sustained winds are near 160mph with higher gust and still a Cat 5 Hurricane. Some fluctuations in strength are likely as the storm approaches the coast… Katrina is expected to make landfall around sunrise in the morning, (around 9:ooam Eastern Time,) as a Cat 4 or 5 packing sustained 160mph winds. Hurricane Katrina is moving toward the North Northwest near 10mph and a gradual turn to the north is expected later on tonight and Monday. New Orleans is still under the gun…
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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Photo for the Day- August 27, 2005


The mother of four sons currently deployed to Iraq, Tammy Pruett, acknowledges the applause of the crowd at Idaho Center Arena, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 in Nampa, Idaho, after she is introduced by President George W. Bush. White House photo by Paul Morse.
Read more at: The White House

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 887-05 Aug 27, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They died on August 25, 2005, in Husaybah, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their position.

Killed were:
Sgt. 1st Class Trevor J. Diesing, 30, of Plum City, Wis. Diesing was assigned the U. S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N. C.
Master Sgt. Ivica Jerak, 42, of Houston, Texas. Jerak was assigned to the U. S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N. C.
Cpl. Timothy M. Shea, 22, of Sonoma, Calif. Shea was assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Friday, August 26, 2005

In captured Iraqi Terrorist Ramzi Hashem Abed's on words-

Captured Iraqi Terrorist Ramzi Hashem Abed: Zarqawi Participated in the Plot to Assassinate Baqer Al-Hakim. We Bombed Jalal Talabani's Headquarters, the Turkish Embassy, and the Red Cross, Took Drugs, Raped University Students Who "Collaborated with the Americans"

The following are excerpts from the investigation of Ramzi Hashem Abed, a captured Iraqi terrorist, which aired on Al-Fayhaa TV on August 12, and Al-Iraqiya TV on August 7, 2005.

Al-Fayhaa TV
Investigator: What is your full name?
Abed: Ramzi Hashem Abed.
Investigator: What is your alias?
Abed: 'Ubeidi.
Investigator: Where do you live?
Abed: Nabi Yunis in Mosul.
Investigator: What organization do you belong to?
Abed: Ansar Al-Islam.
Investigator: What organization is this?
Abed: It is Bin-Laden's group.
[...]
Abed: Mullah Al-Shafi'i said that we were going to carry out operations in Najaf.
Investigator: What kind of operations?
Abed: The Al-Qabanji operation, for example, or sending them poisoned food on the day commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
[...]
Investigator: Give me an example of an operation.
Abed: The Turkish embassy, for example.
Investigator: The Turkish embassy in Baghdad?
Abed: Yes, or the Red Cross. We bombed it. The guys and I bombed it.
Investigator: What was the goal of bombing the Turkish embassy or the Red Cross?
Abed: In bombing the Turkish embassy we wanted to cause a problem between the Turkmens and the Kurds.
Investigator: In other words, to cause civil strife between the two sides?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: As for the murder of Muhammad Baqer Al-Hakim, you were one of the perpetrators, right?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Tell me how it took place.
Abed: The operation... It was agreed upon right from the start by Mullah Al-Raikan, Mullah Al-Shafi'i, and Al-Zarqawi. They took us Iraqis to do surveillance from a distance. There were people there who specialized in bombing operations. They are still in Baghdad and Mosul.
Investigator: How many were you?
Abed: About four or five people.
Investigator: Those who carried out the operation?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: They sent an ambulance and used remote control.
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Where were you exactly at the time of the incident?
Abed: We were in the cemetery.
Investigator: Why weren't you close to the incident?
Abed: Because there were specialists who carried out the operation.
Investigator: Specialists? Who were they?
Abed: Abu Sajjad, Abu Haidar, and Abu Hamza.
Investigator: All these are aliases. What are their real names?
Abed: They never give out their real names.
Investigator: You don't even know their real names?
Abed: No. For example, my name is Ramzi, right? They call me Abu Shema', after my daughter.
Investigator: OK. What was your role in this operation?
Abed: They brought us to monitor the security forces' movements.
Investigator: How did the vehicle enter?
Abed: It came in through Sweiliej.
Investigator: I mean the city itself, how did it enter Najaf?
Abed: It was easy for an ambulance to enter.
[...]
Abed: They gave Abu Sajjad 4,000 dollars.
Investigator: And you?
Abed: They gave us 400 dollars.
Investigator: A religious leader gave you 400 dollars? OK. Did the operation target Muhammad Baqer Al-Hakim specifically or the Al-Imam Ali mosque?
Abed: No... The people in charge, Mullah Al-Raikan and Al-Zarqawi, targeted Al-Hakim specifically.
Investigator: Why in this specific place? Why would they try to target Muhammad Baqer Al-Hakim near the Al-Imam Ali mosque? It is the mosque of the Emir of believers. Didn't you think of all the innocent people around?
Abed: There were also people from Iraqi military intelligence, from the Fidayin, and the internal security, who were also involved in this operation.
Investigator: So Mullah Raikan had ties with the old internal security and military intelligence?
Abed: And they are still in Mosul.
Investigator: What other operations?
Abed: Operations we carried out in Mosul.
Investigator: Like what?
Abed: Against headquarters in Mosul. The headquarters of Mas'oud...
Investigator: Mas'oud Rajab?
Abed: Yes. Against Jalal Talabani. We attacked them on the first day of Ramadan 2003.
Investigator: What squad did you tell me you belong to? Abu Sajjad's?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: The groups you mentioned... Each group had a special mission?
Abed: Each group had suicide bombers, who are Afghans, not Iraqis.
[...]
Investigator: There were murders of police and National Guard officers.
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Slaughtering National Guardsmen and policemen - tell me about it.
Abed: Sir, the slaughtering was done by people who belonged to the Syrians.
Investigator: Syrians?
Abed: Yes, the slaughtering...
Investigator: From your own group?
Abed: No. There was a squad that came from the Syrian border.
[...]
Abed: We carried out an operation in Mosul. We attacked the Islamic movement.
Investigator: The Islamic movement party?
Abed: Yes. This was in Mosul. We also hit the Al-Hisk headquarters.
Investigator: What is Al-Hisk?
Abed: It is the Kurdish neighborhood. We hit them, and we also hit the Communist headquarters, in Mosul.
Investigator: The Communist party in Al-Mosul?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Why did you mainly target Kurds?
Abed: Because in 2000-2003, Jalal Al-Talabani brought the Americans to attack us.
Investigator: You mean that this was just revenge, or did you want to cause strife between Arabs and Kurds?
Abed: No, it was revenge.
[...]
Investigator: Did you kidnap women?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: There were operations of kidnapping and rape, carried out by the squad you belong to?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Tell me how many rape and kidnapping operations were carried out. My information says that the kidnapped women were university students or daughters of famous people. You raped them and got money for it, and if they were not slaughtered afterwards.... Did this really happen?
Abed: Yes, it did.
Investigator: Who would carry out these operations?
Abed: Abu Sajjad.
Investigator: Your superior?
Abed: Yes.
[...]
Investigator: Is this Jihad - raping women? Is this Jihad?
Abed: It is because they collaborated with the Americans.
Investigator: That's why they were raped?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: A student, who is simply going to her university, is kidnapped, raped, and then slaughtered?! This was an American collaborator?!
Abed: Mullah Al-Raikan would give the names to the squad commander.
Investigator: My information says that they were kidnapped and brought to Mullah Al-Raikan's headquarters. True or false?
Abed: He would interrogate them.
Investigator: Were they raped after the interrogation?
Abed: Yes. He would give them to the squad, and they would kill them. Some would rape them.
Investigator: You bastards. This is Jihad? You call this Jihad?
Investigator 2: What was your role in these operations?
Abed: I would stand at the entrance to the headquarters. It was a house, and they would bring them there.
Investigator 2: Did you participate in the rape and murder?
Abed: No. Just one who worked for the PUK. She was a Kurd.
Investigator: In the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan?
Abed: Yes. We brought her too.
Investigator: And you raped her?
Abed: Yes.
[...]
Abed: Our Ansar Al-Islam military camps were in Halabja.
Investigator: This was in the days of the previous regime?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: And now?
Abed: Now, there is nothing. They were all scattered. The training area was in Falluja.
Investigator: And then?
Abed: After Falluja was hit, they would come through Syria to Mosul... I mean, through Falluja to Mosul.
[...]
Abed: I want to say one thing. Lieutenant Muhammad respected me and gave me food. I never thought it would be like this. He gave me food, and we had lunch together, and the honorable lieutenant-colonel gave me some Pepsi. I never believed Shiites could show such respect and care. We were taught by people like Mullah Al-Raikan that Shi'a is not Islam.
Investigator: You mean we show you respect and you slaughter us?
Abed: Yes. Mullah Al-Raikan thinks so, and he said so more than once.
Investigator: That's what they think.
Abed: Yes, that Shiites are not Muslims, that they worship the Imam Ali and do not accept Muhammad.
[...]

Al-Iraqiya TV
Investigator: Did you rape anyone?
Abed: Only one, a relative of mine.
Investigator: A relative of yours. You kidnapped her and raped her?
Abed: No, we did not kill her.
Investigator: You didn't kill her, only raped her?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: You have some nerve...
[...]
Abed: I want to say one thing. Before the operation they would give us pills.
Investigator: Capsules?
Abed: Not capsules. They would give us something like hashish and opium, and tell us we would not feel the operation we were carrying out.
Investigator: Drugs?
Abed: Yes......
(Above was taken from the U.S. Central Command Weekly Electronic Newsletter.)
Read more by clicking here: ‘What Extremists Are Saying’

AubreyJ says: If we cut and run today like so many wish us to do… People like the one above will soon follow. That’s not a world I want to live in. That’s not a made up-- he lied crap either… That’s the god honest truth.

This is not Vietnam my friends. These bastards will come and kill us as soon as they possibly can if we ever cower and try to hide within our borders. There is not enough money in this world that we can just throw at this problem and make it go away.

Now the way I see it… You can stop everyone from coming in this country… Build a wall across the south and north… Super secure all public places in this great country of ours and they, (the Terrorist,) will still be able to find a way to come and KILL US…The President has this one right. We must stop… capture or kill them over there before they can ever get over here to do their dirty horrific deeds.

We MUST-- as ONE COUNTRY-- all start supporting this War on Terror. I’m sorry… But Iraq is part of that War and we can never, ever just walk away from it…

All the Protesting against the War will not change this... FACT!!!!!!

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 886-05 Aug 26, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier, who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Hatim S. Kathiria, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas, died on Aug. 22, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, where an enemy rocket impacted near his position. Kathiria was assigned to the 703rd Forward Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 884-05 Aug 26, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier, who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Master Sgt. Chris S. Chapin, 39, of Proctor, Vt. , died on Aug. 23, 2005, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq during combat operations when he was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. Chapin was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion (General Studies), 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Colchester, Vt.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

You’re right at home, Cindy-

“The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not INSURGENTS or TERRORIST or THE ENEMY. They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow… and they will win. Get it, Mr. Bush???”
Michael Moore
Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
(His full letter 8/14/04 at:
MICHAELMOORE .COM)
AubreyJ says: You’re right at home, Cindy…

Historic visit will be made by Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this Sunday and Monday, (August 28 - 29,) to Afghanistan-

This upcoming two day visit is largely symbolic and no major agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries said Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran during a News Briefing. But, he added, that the trip would signal India’s strong commitment to help rebuild the war-torn nation.

Even though India and Afghanistan have shared close historic and cultural links, the turmoil in Afghanistan had not allowed an Indian prime minister to visit Kabul since a trip in 1976 by Indira Gandhi. Good read today on this and more at: newKerala.com

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Strategy To Win The War On Terror

President Bush Has Outlined A Comprehensive Strategy To Win The War On Terror

Protecting The Homeland.
The Administration has reformed our intelligence services, trained more than 800,000 first responders, and disrupted terrorist cells in our midst through new tools like the USA Patriot Act. We are hunting down the terrorists in the shadows before they can attack our country again.

Fighting The Terrorists Abroad Before They Can Attack Us Here At Home.
September 11th taught us that retreating within our borders will not keep us safe while the terrorists plot and plan. That is why American men and women in uniform are taking the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and elsewhere. The only way to defend our citizens where we live is to go after the terrorists where they plot and plan.

Advancing Freedom To Ensure American Security.
In the long run, the best way to defeat the terrorists is by offering an alternative to their ideology of hatred and fear. By advancing the cause of liberty in the Middle East, we are bringing hope to millions, security to our citizens - and laying the foundation of peace for our children and grandchildren. As people in the Middle East and across the world advance peace and gain freedom, America will be more secure.

Retreat And Isolation Will Not Make America Safe; We Must Complete The Mission In Iraq

September 11, 2001, Gave Us A Choice Between Waiting To Be Attacked Again And Going On The Offense.
During the last few decades, the terrorists grew to believe that if they attack America - as in Lebanon and Somalia - America would retreat and back down. They are trying to break America's will with acts of brutality and violence. Their goal is to force a retreat, so they can topple governments in the Middle East and turn that region into a safe haven for terrorism and tyranny. We saw the terrible harm that terrorists did when they took effective control of a failed state in Afghanistan, which led directly to the attacks of September 11th.

America Will Not Wait To Be Attacked Again.
America will confront emerging threats before they fully materialize. We will not allow the terrorists to establish new places of refuge in failed states, from which they can recruit and train and plan new attacks on our citizens. Nations that harbor a terrorist are just as guilty as the terrorists.

We Must Complete The Mission In Iraq.
A withdrawal of our troops in Iraq or the broader Middle East before the mission is complete - as some have called for - would only embolden the terrorists and create a staging ground to launch more attacks against America and other free people.

The Iraqi People Are Making Progress.
Iraqis braved threats and violence and defied the terrorists to make their voices heard in elections, and today they are working to write their own constitution. Producing a constitution is a difficult process that involves debate and compromise. Americans know this from our own history, and that is why we admire their thoughtful deliberations and determination to lay the foundation for a lasting democracy.

Members Of The National Guard And Reserve Understand That The Rise Of Liberty Is Critical To Our National Security.
Guard and Reserves members understand the power of freedom because they have witnessed it with their own eyes. They have seen up close the desire for liberty, as Iraqis made their voices heard in elections and as they move toward their own secure democracy.

America Will Prevail Through The Challenges We Face In Iraq.
Since the morning of September 11th, we have known that the War on Terror would require great sacrifice. In this war, 491 heroes of our National Guard and Reserves have given their lives for a cause that is just and necessary for the security of our country - and now we will honor their sacrifice by completing their mission. We will prevail in this struggle because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind - and because we have on our side the greatest force for freedom in the history of the world: the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
(Above taken from the Office of the Press Secretary- The White House)

You don't speak for me, Cindy!!!

You don't speak for me, Cindy!!!
Sound off gang......
AubreyJ.........

Britain to command Nato’s allied rapid reaction force next year in Afghanistan - Zarqawi Heading to Africa???

Britain will be under heavy pressure to cut back its forces in southern Iraq, now numbering about 9,000, before it takes over control of Nato forces in Afghanistan in April next year. Britain will command Nato's allied rapid reaction force, to be based in southern Afghanistan. Nato will later set up another headquarters to the east of the country.
Good read today at the Guardian Unlimited on this and about what Major General Douglas Lute had to say about al-Qaida fighters in Iraq moving to the "vast ungoverned spaces" of the Horn of Africa once conditions in Iraq got too tough for them. Click it out at GUARDIAN UNLIMITED.
AubreyJ says:
Hope that day never comes! What I mean is… I hope like hell we have either captured or killed Zarqawi and all of his head members before they ever get a chance to move to Africa or anywhere else as far as that goes…

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 879-05 Aug 24, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They died on August 22, 2005, in Samarra, Iraq, when they were conducting patrol operations and an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Sparta, Tenn.

Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance, 34
, of Seymour, Tenn.
Sgt. Joseph D. Hunt, 27, of Sweetwater, Tenn.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 878-05 Aug 24, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
1st Lt. Carlos J. Diaz, 27, of Juana Diaz, P. R. , died on Aug. 23, 2005, in Baqubah, Iraq, when enemy forces detonated an explosion near his position. Diaz was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

More Troops Deploy for 120 days to support security efforts during the election period in Iraq

No. 876-05 Aug 24, 2005
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Infantry Battalions to Deploy to Iraq for Election Period
On August 23, 2005, the Secretary of Defense approved a request by the commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) to deploy two additional infantry battalions to Iraq.
Two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq for an anticipated duration of approximately 120 days to support security efforts during the election period. Adjustments to troop levels in Iraq occurred prior to the transfer to Iraqi sovereignty in June 2004 and during the January Iraqi elections.

These troops will join 180,000 Iraqi security forces and 138,000 coalition forces in helping set the security conditions for successful elections.

Gen. Casey's request for this additional capability was made in close consultation with, and with the support of, the Iraqi government. This approved request temporarily adds an additional 1,500 active duty soldiers to the troop level in Iraq.

This decision follows a decision in July 2005 to deploy a battalion to Afghanistan in support of security efforts during the upcoming September elections.

Commanders continue to assess security conditions, and additional adjustments to troop levels for the elections are possible.
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Two More Battalions to Boost Security During Iraq Elections
By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2005

Two infantry battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy from Fort Bragg, N. C., to Iraq to support security efforts during the upcoming election period, defense officials announced today.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved the request from Army Gen. George Casey, commander of Multinational Force Iraq. Officials said the request was made in close consultation with and the support of the Iraqi government.

The 1,500 All-American Division troops will deploy within the next several weeks and will be in Iraq for an estimated 120 days, officials said. There, they will join the 180,000 Iraqi security forces and 138,000 coalition forces in helping set the security conditions needed for successful elections.

Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said the added troops will help guard against any efforts on the part of insurgents to disrupt the elections, allowing the political process to continue moving forward.

"Political progress in Iraq is on track, and this deployment is in support of continued progress," he said. "We are reinforcing success."

DoD approved similar troop-level adjustments before the transfer of Iraqi sovereignty in June 2004 and before two successful national elections, one in Afghanistan last fall and one in Iraq in January.

In addition, defense officials announced plans in July to deploy an additional battalion to Afghanistan to support security efforts during September elections.

"We've done it before, it worked well, and we're doing it again," Venable said of actions to come about with today's announcement.

Commanders on the ground will continue to assess security conditions and adjustments troop levels as needed to support the elections, officials said.

Venable emphasized that the troop increase for the election period is temporary and is not directly related to the long-term U. S. presence in Iraq.

Decisions about force reductions and redeployments will be based on conditions, not an artificial timetable, he said, with U. S. troops remaining in Iraq in the numbers needed through the political transitions and until Iraq is capable of providing for its own security.

Giving them Hell- More Coalition and Iraqi forces success in Iraq

Coalition Forces Meet With Successes, Capture Insurgents, Weapons
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2005


Coalition forces in Iraq met with several successes Aug. 23, capturing a known al Qaeda member, several suspected terrorists and weapons, and destroying a terrorist hideout, according to U. S. military officials in Baghdad.

Acting on tips from local Iraqis, coalition forces raided a hideout near Asad and confirmed terrorists were using the location to facilitate operations.

No details were available on the capture of the al Qaeda member. But after coalition forces captured the individual, he told officials about related terrorist activity in the area, which led to the capture of two suspected terrorists. Coalition forces near Asad also captured and destroyed a car bomb and two weapons caches consisting of mortars, rockets and rocket-propelled grenades.

In other news, Iraqi army soldiers captured 15 insurgents in two operations Aug. 23. Iraqi soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, captured five insurgents believed to be involved in improvised-explosive-device attacks in Dujayl. In nearby Tikrit and Balad, combined operations led to the capture of 10 insurgents suspected of mounting indirect-fire attacks and other attacks against Iraqi security forces.

Elsewhere, Iraqi army soldiers and coalition forces conducting a joint dismounted search of residences in the Hit area Aug. 23 captured suspected five insurgents and improvised explosive device-making materials and equipment.

Iraqi soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, joined U. S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, to search an area on the east side of the Euphrates River that earlier was the site of an engagement with insurgents.

In a building from which previous small-arms fire originated, the troops detained five men and found anti-coalition propaganda, cell phones, photos of men carrying weapons, infantry gear, and materials commonly used to make IEDs, including washing machine timers, motorcycle batteries, and wires.

The five detainees tested positive for gunpowder residue and were escorted to Camp Hit for processing and questioning, officials said.

Iraqi security forces and multinational forces from Task Force Freedom detained 27 suspected terrorists in northern Iraq Aug. 23 and today.

Iraqi army soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, detained three individuals at a checkpoint in Makuk today.

U. S. soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, detained four individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a raid in southern Mosul today.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, detained an individual suspected of terrorist activity in northern Mosul.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, detained an individual suspected of terrorist activity in central Mosul today. Weapons were confiscated for future destruction.
Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment detained two individuals suspected of terrorist activity in Rawah today.

U. S. soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, detained 12 individuals suspected of terrorist activity in southern and eastern Mosul Aug. 23 and today.

Soldiers from the same unit also wounded three suspected terrorists and seized a weapon from their vehicle while responding to small-arms fire in Mosul Aug. 23. The wounded suspected terrorists were transported to a combat support hospital, and one uninjured suspected terrorist was detained. "The toll on terror continues to climb as (Iraqi security forces) and (multinational forces) show resolve in tracking down terrorists responsible for attacks against innocent Iraqi citizens," officials from Task Force Freedom said in a release.

In other action, terrorists detonated three car bombs in central Baghdad starting at 3:15 p. m. today, killing and wounding several Iraqi police and civilians. Task Force Baghdad soldiers came under small-arms fire when they tried to help the Iraqi police with security operations after the first explosion. No U. S. deaths or injuries were reported in the three attacks.

In other Iraq news, coalition forces turned over Camp Zulu, in Suwayrah, to the Iraqi army Aug. 21, officials reported today.

This is the first coalition forces camp within the Multinational Division Central South area of responsibility to be turned over to the Iraqi army's 8th Division. The division's 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, will be permanently housed in the camp, which is located about 35 miles southeast of Baghdad.

In the air war over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew more than 50 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties Aug. 23 in support of coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities, according to U. S. Central Command Air Forces Forward Public Affairs officials.

Coalition aircraft also supported Iraqi and coalition ground operations in creating a secure environment for ongoing Transitional National Assembly meetings.

U. S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets and a U. S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator aircraft provided close air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Ramadi and Tuz Khurmatu, which is about 110 miles north of Baghdad. Ramadi is about 70 miles west of Baghdad on the Euphrates River.

The Predator aircraft's capabilities include providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to battlefield commanders.

Ten Air Force and Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. U. S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft also performed in a non-traditional role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.
(Compiled from news releases provided by Multinational Force Iraq, Task Force Baghdad, Task Force Freedom, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, and U. S. Central Command Air Forces.)
AubreyJ says: Want see any of this on TV tonight-- Oh yeah... maybe the car bombings that killed people and a shootout- that we won by the way...

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 872-05 Aug 23, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Joseph C. Nurre, 22, of Wilton, Calif. , died on Aug. 21, 2005, near Samarra, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his M916 tractor during convoy operations. Nurre was assigned to the Reserve's 463rd Engineer Battalion, Weirton, W. Va.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 871-05 Aug 23, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Ramon Romero, 19, of Huntington Park, Calif. , died Aug. 22 when the vehicle he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq. Romero was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Media with questions about this Marine can call the Twentynine Palms Public Affairs Office at (760) 830-6213.

Remembering our fallen in Afghanistan

The major news people do not spend enough time reporting our efforts in Afghanistan. In the future, I’ll try to bring more news from over there… (We have a lot going on yet no one is reporting about it…)
These last few days have not been good ones for our fighting men over in Afghanistan. This whole year hasn’t been as far as that goes. With this said I’ll ask all of you to stop a moment and remember our fallen from this War on Terror… But maybe an extra prayer for those we lost (and for their families,) over there in Afghanistan...
(Please make note of those who gave their all in the posts below and above this one…)
(Note: Today I started adding the eagle and flag icon to all the DoD Casualty Reports.)
AubreyJ.........

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 869-05 Aug 23, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2nd Lt. James J. Cathey, 24, of Reno, Nev. , died Aug. 21 of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Al Karmah, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
Media with questions about this Marine can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-9033.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 870-05 Aug 23, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They died on August 21, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, where their M915A1 tractor pulling a 7,500-gallon tanker accidentally rolled over. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army's 360th Transportation Company, 68th Corps Support Battalion, 43rd Area Support Group, Fort Carson, Colo.

Killed were:
Pfc. Elden D. Arcand, 22
, of White Bear Lake, Minn.
Staff Sgt. Brian L. Morris, 38, of Centreville, Mich.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 868-05 Aug 23, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Phillip C. George, 22, of Houston, Texas, died Aug. 18 from enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations near Taleban, Afghanistan. George was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Media with questions about this Marine can call the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Public Affairs Office at (808) 257-8840 or (808) 257-8839.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 865-05 Aug 23, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Willard T. Partridge, 35, of Ferriday, La. , died on August 20 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Partridge was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 864-05 Aug 23, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died on August 21 near Baylough, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during patrol operations. The soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy.

Killed were:
Spc. Blake W. Hall, 20
, of East Prairie, Mo.
1st Lt. Joshua M. Hyland, 31, of Missoula, Mont.
Sgt. Michael R. Lehmiller, 23, of Anderson, S. C.
Pvt. Christopher L. Palmer, 22, of Sacramento, Calif.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Monday, August 22, 2005

3 More Days to Resolve Constitutional Issues

Iraqis to Take 3 More Days to Resolve Constitutional Issues
By Donna Miles

American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2005–


Iraq's National Assembly accepted a draft constitution today and will take the next three days to review the document and hammer out remaining differences before voting on it, the assembly spokesman announced today.

Hajim al-Hassani announced just minutes before today's midnight deadline that the assembly had accepted the document from the constitutional drafting committee.

The move came over the objections of Sunni Arabs, who oppose some provisions and have threatened to vote against it during the national referendum if the National Assembly approves the constitution in its current state, according to news reports.

Key sticking points involve federalism, the distribution of Iraq's oil wealth and the role of Islam in the new government, news reports said.

Hassani reflected the Iraqi National Assembly's goal of reflecting all Iraqis' interests in the new constitution. "There is a determination by all parties that there should be a consensus among all parties," he said, noting that the assembly members "will try, God willing, to reach the consensus over some of the points that are still outstanding."

Negotiators worked through the day to come up with a compromise, but as the clock ticked toward midnight, they opted to deliver the draft constitution to the National Assembly. The Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law had set an Aug. 15 deadline for the National Assembly to approve a draft constitution. However, the Iraqi parliament voted within 20 minutes of that deadline to extend it by seven days, until midnight today, or 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Once the National Assembly approves the draft constitution, it will be put to a national referendum by Oct. 15. If the Iraqi people ratify the constitution, parliamentary elections will be held by Dec. 15 to elect a permanent government.

However, if any three of Iraq's 18 provinces reject the draft constitution by two-thirds or more, the constitution will be defeated.

"Producing a constitution is a difficult process that involves debate and compromise," President Bush acknowledged during a speech earlier today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The president noted that the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention "was home to political rivalries and regional disagreements," and that the document they ultimately produced "has been amended many times over."

"So Americans understand the challenges facing the framers of Iraq's new constitution," Bush said. "We admire their thoughtful deliberations. We salute their determination to lay the foundation for lasting democracy amid the ruins of a brutal dictatorship."

All Iraq's main ethnic and religious groups cooperated in the project, with all making "the courageous choice to join the political process, ...(to) produce a constitution that reflects the values and traditions of the Iraqi people," the president said.

A democratic constitution, once approved, "will be a landmark event in the history of Iraq and the history of the Middle East," he said.
(above taken from DoD)

Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel

Chuck the Muck
Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel…
Has become ‘Chuck the Muck-up’ as of this weekend… Gone and joined the Democrats there did ya Chucky old boy???
With all the crap you spewed out this weekend… I’d have to say it’s soooo. Only a good left Dem would go and vote for you now after all of those Not in Party Lines statements you’ve made… You’re parties respect for you just went down the tubes and I truly wish this for you …. Good Luck you Muck in the upcoming elections… HA!!!!!!!
Read Chuck's comments here: The Boston Globe
AubreyJ...............

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 862-05 Aug 22, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on August 18, 2005, in Samarra, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV following a mine assessing mission. The soldiers were assigned to the3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Killed were:
Sgt. Nathan K. Bouchard, 24,
of Wildomar, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Jeremy W. Doyle, 24, of Chesterton, Md.
Spc. Ray M. Fuhrmann, II, 28, of Novato, Calif.
Pfc. Timothy J. Seamans, 20, of Jacksonville, Fla.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

America Supports You Freedom Walk

VA Supports Sept. 11 "Freedom Walk"
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2005

The secretary of veterans affairs has urged employees of his department, veterans and their families to take part in the Sept. 11 "America Supports You Freedom Walk" that begins at the Pentagon, officials at that agency announced Aug. 19.

"This is everyone's chance to salute the valor of ordinary Americans during the 9/11 attack and the extraordinary sacrifices of our service personnel in the global war on terrorism," VA Secretary R. James Nicholson said.

The America Supports You Freedom Walk begins Sept. 11 at 10 a. m. in the Pentagon's south parking lot. It winds two miles through Arlington National Cemetery and over the Potomac River before ending at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. The walk will include a free concert on mall by country music performer Clint Black.

Officials with the Defense Department's America Supports You program, which is sponsoring the Freedom Walk, hope to make it an annual event, with other communities holding their own Freedom Walks next year.

The America Supports You program seeks to highlight what communities, organizations and individuals throughout the United States are doing to support the troops.
(From a Department of Veterans Affairs news release.)
AubreyJ says: Will Cindy Sheehan and her Posse show up???
NO!!!!!!
(But you support the troops... Don't you???)

Why we Ousted Saddam

For those of you with short memories, here’s an article at the Herald Tribune that I recommend you all read. Click it out at: heraldtribune.com
AubreyJ says: You can’t tell some people nothing though.............

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Letter to President George W. Bush

Letter to President George W. Bush
August 21, 2005

Light the Fires Mr. President.

This killing is not going to end by Politics. Not yet at least. The only ‘reasoning' these countries that support and harbor these terrorist know is all-out force. Light the Fires Mr. President. Let Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, UN Ambassador John Bolton and the United Nations clean up the political mess that follows. At least you’ll have put a huge dent into the stopping of this drip- drip- drip of death from our men and women in harms way.

They deserve better Mr. President…They deserve what you promised them and the world and the countries harboring these terrorists. You told the entire world this: “Over time it’s going to be important for nations to know they will be held accountable for inactivity… You’re either with us or against us in the fight against terror.”

Put the world again on notice… That we’ve had enough. Give these countries a stern warning with a deadline. If they do not do as asked, no told, go and LIGHT THE FIRES on them. We can not keep kicking this can down the road hoping things will change. The politics with these terrorists supporting countries is not working and never will.

We tried the political route all through the 80’s and the 90’s. All it got us was 9-11 and now this constant Drip of Death that seems to have no end in sight…

I’m sorry for the above rant… It’s just everytime I do a post in my blog about the Department of Defense announcing the death of another one of our soldiers… it just… hell it hurts. It really, really hurts. And of late… this Nation has had way too many hurts.

I’ll end this letter by asking you too please remind all Americans, over and over again, that we are at war. I also pray that you Mr. President and all the Generals of our Armed Forces, (the retired ones too,) never let politics get in the way of doing what has to get done to end this War on Terror.

Keep up the good fight…
AubreyJ...............
AubreyJ.org

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Our Troops Know…

“Our troops know that they're fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere to protect their fellow Americans from a savage enemy. They know that if we do not confront these evil men abroad, we will have to face them one day in our own cities and streets, and they know that the safety and security of every American is at stake in this war, and they know we will prevail.”
President George W. Bush
August 20, 2005


Click here to Read: President's Radio Address

Death penalty has a very poor recognized effect in deterring crimes???

UN envoy in Iraq urges Government to eschew death penalty
20 August 2005 – Reacting to the recent application of capital punishment in Iraq, the senior envoy to the country has urged the Government to desist from carrying out executions.
On Wednesday, Iraqi Vice-President Adel Abdel Medhi signed a decree authorizing the execution of three men convicted of kidnapping, killing and rape.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, issued a statement today voicing deep regret over the decision, citing the UN Human Rights Commission's condemnation of the death penalty.

Mr. Qazi also emphasized that “in the process of transition that Iraq is experiencing, one should look at consolidating the right to life instead of imposing the death penalty which has a very poor recognized effect in deterring crimes.”
(Above from UN News Centre)

AubreyJ says: You got to be kidding me???????

Report on Past Week's Successes in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2005 – The rebuilding effort continues in Iraq, and coalition military officials provided a summary of this past week's progress...
Click here to read: Successes in Iraq

Friday, August 19, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 860-05 Aug 19, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Both soldiers died on August 18, 2005, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated underneath their HMMWV during ground assault convoy operations.
The soldiers were assigned to the Army's 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (Provisional), Fort Lewis, Wash.

Killed were:
1st Lt. Laura M. Walker, 24
, of Texas.
Sgt. Robert G. Davis, 23, of Jackson, Mo.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Air Force Officer MIA From Vietnam War is Identified

No. 859-05 August 19, 2005
DoD (DPMO) Identifies Air Force Officer MIA from Vietnam War

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is:
Air Force Col. Gregg Hartness of Dallas, Texas.
He is to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., on Sept. 14.

On Nov. 26, 1968, Hartness and lst Lt. Allen S. Shepherd, III, took off from Da Nang air base in South Vietnam, on a forward air control mission. While flying over Salavan Province in Laos, their O-2A ‘Skymaster’ was apparently struck by enemy fire and began to spin out of control. Shepherd bailed out and was rescued by an Air Force search and rescue team about nine hours later. He did not see Hartness bail out.

About 30 minutes after that rescue, the airborne team located the crash site of Hartness and Shepherd’s aircraft about 200 meters (660 feet) south of the rescue pickup point. The aircraft had been burning, but no contact with Hartness could be established. Enemy forces in the area precluded further rescue attempts, and electronic searches of the loss location detected no signals from the lost aircraft or pilot.

Between 1993 and 2003, joint U.S.-Lao investigators interviewed more than 60 witnesses in 39 different settlements in Laos before selecting a site for excavation. In January and February of 2005, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, with assistance from the Lao government, excavated a site in Salavan Province. They recovered human remains, aircraft wreckage, life support equipment and personal effects.

Of the 88,000 Americans missing from all conflicts, 1,815 are from the Vietnam War, with 372 of those within the country of Laos. Another 756 Americans have been accounted for in Southeast Asia since the end of the Vietnam War. Of those, 197 are from losses in Laos.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.