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Monday, October 31, 2005

UN Council unanimously adopts Resolution on Syria

"We have affirmed our just demands of the Syrian government -- and made it clear that failure to comply with these demands will lead to serious consequences from the international community."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
October 31, 2005

Read more on topic at:
REUTERS UK ‘UN Council demands Syria cooperate in Hariri probe’
BBC NEWS
‘Syrians glued to UN debate’
TribStar.com ‘U.N. Security Council OKs Syria Resolution’
DEBKAfile ‘Condoleezza Rice added steel to the watered down UN resolution’
More good reads at DEBKAfile...

Charges filed against U.S. soldiers for treatment of Afghan detainees

October 30, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-108
KABUL , Afghanistan --

Charges have been filed against two U.S. Soldiers under military law for alleged assault against two individuals who were being temporarily detained at a forward operating base detention site located in the Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan . The two Soldiers are accused of striking the detainees who were in their custody. The Soldiers allegedly punched the detainees on the chest, shoulders and stomach. The nature of the assault did not require medical attention for either of the detainees.

“The command remains committed to investigate all allegations of misconduct and will hold individuals responsible for their actions consistent with US military law," said Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, Deputy Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force-76 (support). The charges include conspiracy to maltreat, assault, and dereliction of duty. The allegations, if substantiated, could lead to disciplinary action.
(Above by CENTCOM)

Iraq: Another Senior al Qaeda member Bites the Dust

Release Number: 05-10-113
October 31, 2005

AL QAEDA FOREIGN FIGHTER FACILITATOR KILLED
BAGHDAD, Iraq –

A Saudi-born member of al Qaeda involved in smuggling foreign fighters into Iraq was killed Oct. 29 as he attempted to flee Coalition Forces.

Multiple intelligence sources and tips from concerned citizens led Coalition Forces to a location near Ubaydi where a senior Saudi al Qaeda foreign fighter facilitator known as Sa’ud (aka Abu Sa’ud) would be located. Upon arrival at the location, Coalition Forces attempted to secure the vehicle containing Sa’ud and other terrorists when the driver tried to escape. Coalition Forces shot at the vehicle, killing Abu Sa’ud and three unknown terrorists.

Abu Sa’ud, a Saudi extremist, was a senior al Qaeda terrorist who funneled foreign fighters and suicide bombers into Iraq. Intelligence sources believe that Sa’ud recently arrived from Saudi Arabia to shore up the leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq foreign fighter and terrorists cells whose previous leaders have been captured or killed in recent months.

Coalition Forces were informed that an alleged meeting was being arranged in the coming days in which Sa’ud was to take control of foreign fighter facilitation in the al Qaim and Husaybah region. It was also believed that Sa’ud would take on a more active role in the planning and execution of operations against Coalition Forces.
(Above by CENTCOM)

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 1120-05 Oct 31, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Michael P. Hodshire, 25, of North Adams, Mich. , died Oct. 30 of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device during combat operations near Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq on Oct. 29. 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 Casualty

No. 1121-05 Oct 31, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Col. William W. Wood, 44, of Panama City, Fla. , died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 27, when he was directing security operations in response to the detonation of an improvised explosive device. During this response, a second improvised explosive device detonated near his position. Wood was a regular Army soldier assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, Modesto, Calif.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1117-05 Oct 31, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Dillon M. Jutras, 20, of Fairfax Station, Va. , died in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, on Oct. 28, from injuries sustained while conducting combat operations. Jutras 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.

Safe Haven Tehran

The most immediate threat Iran poses to American national security isn't its nuclear (weapons) program. It's the safe haven Tehran is giving al Qaeda terrorists, who are planning and directing jihad across the globe...
Good read today by Peter Brookes at townhall.com- ‘The Iran-al Qaeda Axis’

DoD Announces Recommended Holiday Mail Dates

No. 1105-05 October 31, 2005
DoD Announces Recommended Holiday Mail Dates

The Department of Defense announced today the recommended mailing dates to ensure that holiday cards and packages for service members arrive overseas in time for the holiday season...
Read more at DoD

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Photo for the Day- October 30, 2005


AFGHAN ELECTIONS – Afghan women proudly display their ink-stained fingers after casting ballots in historic parliamentary elections in Lash Kar Gah, Helmand Province, Sept. 18, 2005. (Courtesy of DoD)
U.S. Army photo by...
Staff Sgt. Jacob Caldwell
More photos and read here: 'Operation Enduring Freedom Marks Four Years'

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1116-05 Oct 30, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
1st Lt. Debra A. Banaszak, 35, of Bloomington, Ill. , died at Camp Victory, Kuwait, on Oct. 28, from noncombat related injuries. Banaszak was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1035th Maintenance Company, Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
The incident is under investigation.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1115-05 Oct 30, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Lewis J. Gentry, 48, of Detroit, Mich. , died in Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 26, from a noncombat related cause. Gentry was assigned to the Army's 94th Engineer Battalion, Vilseck, Germany. The incident is under investigation.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Hurricane Beta- Update Sunday, October 30, 2005



Hurricane Beta- Update Sunday, October 30, 2005

As of 1 PM EST...
Hurricane Beta has moved in and weakening… but the rainfall threat continues… Beta’s Maximum Sustained Winds have decreased and are now near 75 MPH… with higher gust… Beta is a Category ONE Hurricane and is expected to RAPIDLY WEAKEN during the day… and the CIRCULATION IS EXPECTED to DISSIPATE over Nicaragua by tomorrow… Estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 990 MB. Beta is moving toward the west-southwest near 7 mph... A generally west-southwestward motion is expected during the next 24 hours. This track will take the center of Beta farther inland over Nicaragua...

(NOTE :) This will be my last post on this storm… Yet the links and photos within this post will auto update if you wish further information…
For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm......
Click here: National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop.
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Evil Men and Weapons of Mass Murder



President George W. Bush addressess an audience Friday, Oct. 28, 2005 at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Va., speaking on the successes and challenges
in fighting the war on terror.
White House photo by Paul Morse
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“Evil men who want to use horrendous weapons against us
are working in deadly earnest to gain them.
And we are working urgently to keep weapons of mass murder
out of the hands of the fanatics.”
George W. Bush
October 28, 2005

AubreyJ says: Sad thing is that so many Americans forget this little fact. Read the ‘Tea Leaves’ America... Your President is out there trying so hard to warn and
prepare you for the things to come...
You’re NOT listening.........
Here’s more our President had to say...
“We don't know the course of our own struggle, where it will take us, or the sacrifices that might lie ahead. But we do know, however, that the defense of freedom is worth our sacrifice. We do know the love of freedom is the mightiest force of history.
And we do know the cause of freedom will once again prevail.”
Read full transcript at The White House...

How many have died???

How many have died???

A fast question to our think tank readers out there....
How many have died (since the beginning of the formation of the United States of America) while fighting for this great country of ours... including the Civil War... Indian Wars... World Wars and so on... All the way up to today???
Not a trick question... I have not a clue...
My main point here is this...
Freedom is not cheap...
Not Yesterday... not today... not tomorrow...
Thanks for any info on topic...
AubreyJ.........

Hurricane Beta- Update Saturday, October 29, 2005

Hurricane Beta- Update Saturday, October 29, 2005

As of 11 PM EDT...
Hurricane Beta was heading for the Coast of Nicaragua with 105 MPH winds… with higher gust… and could even become stronger. Beta is a Category ONE Hurricane and some strengthening is forecast before Landfall in Nicaragua... Beta is expected to become a Category TWO Hurricane before it makes landfall along Nicaragua and could actually become a Category Three Hurricane... Estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 970 MB. Beta is moving toward the west near 5 mph... This general motion should continue during the next 24 hours. This track will bring the core of Beta near the Coast of Nicaragua early Sunday morning...

For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop.
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

Friday, October 28, 2005

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1112-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Evan S. Parker, 25, of Arkansas, Kan. , died at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, on Oct. 26, of injuries sustained in Balad, Iraq, on Oct. 23, when his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces who threw an explosive device from their moving vehicle. Parker was assigned to the Army Reserve's 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment, 20th Brigade Combat Team, Honolulu, Hawaii.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Lewis Libby Indicted

Lewis Libby indicted today – Karl Rove gets a pass (for now...)
Lewis Libby was indicted today on a total of FIVE charges...
Those charges are:
> Obstruction of Justice- 1 count
> False Statement- 2 counts
> Perjury- 2 counts
And so it starts...................
AubreyJ......
Read more on topic below:
>> FOXNEWS.com ‘Libby Indicted in CIA Leak Probe’
>> washingtonpost.com ‘Press Release Describing Indictment of I. Lewis Libby’
>> MSNBC.msn.com ‘Top Cheney aide Libby indicted, quits post’
>> CBS NEWS.com ‘The Blogs on Libby’
>> United States Department of Justice ‘Patrick J. Fitzgerald Special Counsel’
>> The White House ‘President's Remarks on the Resignation of Scooter Libby’

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1111-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Christopher T. Monroe, 19, of Kendallville, Ind. , died on Oct. 25, in Basra, Iraq, when his 5-ton truck was involved in an automobile accident with a civilian vehicle. Monroe was assigned to the Army Reserve's 785th Military Police Battalion, Fraser, Mich.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1114-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Capt. Michael J. Mackinnon, 30, of Helena, Mont. , died on Oct. 27, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. Mackinnon was assigned to the Army's 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 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 Casualties

No. 1113-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Rustamiyah, Iraq, on Oct. 26, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV. Both Soldiers were assigned to the Army's 3rd Forward Support Battalion, Division Support Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Killed were:
Master Sgt. Thomas A. Wallsmith, 38
, of Carthage, Mo.
Sgt. 1st Class Ramon A. Acevedoaponte, 51, of Watertown, N. Y.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1109-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. James Witkowski, 32, of Surprise, Ariz. , died on Oct. 26, near Ashraf, Iraq, of injuries sustained there earlier that day when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. Witkowski was assigned to the Army Reserve's 729th Transportation Company, Fresno, Calif.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1108-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Daniel R. Lightner, Jr. , 28, of Hollidaysburg, Pa. , died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on Oct. 27, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. Lightner was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, Washington, Pa.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1107-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Michael T. Robertson, 28, of Houston, Texas, died at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 25, of injuries sustained in Samarra, Iraq, on Oct. 17, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The incident fatally injured another soldier and was reported on Oct. 25. Robertson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Tropical Storm BETA- Update Friday, October 28, 2005

Tropical Storm Beta- Update Friday, October 28, 2005

As of 11 PM EDT... Tropical Storm BETA had Maximum Sustained Winds of near 70 MPH with higher gust... Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours and Beta could become a Hurricane soon... Estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 989 MB. Beta is moving toward the north-northwest near 5 mph... A turn to the northwest and west toward Central America is expected during the next 24 hours...

For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop.
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

No. 1110-05 Oct 28, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Killed were:
Lance Cpl. Robert F. Eckfield Jr. , 23, of Cleveland, Ohio
Lance Cpl. Jared J. Kremm, 24, of Hauppage, N. Y.
Both died Oct. 27 from an indirect fire explosion in Saqlawiyah, Iraq. Kremm died at the scene while Eckfield succumbed to his wounds at a nearby medical center. Both were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
Media with questions about these Marines can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at 910-451-9033.

Photo for the Day- October 28, 2005

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Juliet Chelkowski, assigned to the 6th Civil Affairs Group, entertains Iraqi children during a security halt in Kharma, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct counterinsurgency operations to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces.
Courtesy of DoD U.S. Marine Corps photo by...
Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Baghdad's Palestine Hotel Targeted for Media Value

The Terrorists recognize the value of the media and Osama Bin Laden’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, expressed this sentiment in a letter to Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi just the other week. In this letter (English Version of Letter) al-Zawahiri writes: “I say to you: that we are in a battle... and that more than half this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. And that we are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our nation.” So what’s the first major hit al-Zarqawi undertakes... Hitting at the MSM of the World of course...
AubreyJ.........
There is a good read today on this very topic at DOD, writing by Samantha L. Quigley.

Click here to read: ‘Baghdad's Palestine Hotel Targeted for Media Value, General Says’

Update: TROPICAL DEPRESSION 26 Becomes a Tropical Storm- TROPICAL STORM BETA

As of 11 PM EDT... The center of Tropical Storm BETA was located about 35 miles southeast of the San Andres Island and about 160 miles east of Bluefields Nicaragua. Maximum Sustained Winds were near 65 MPH with higher gust... and Beta will likely become a Hurricane on Friday... Estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 994 MB. Beta is moving toward the north near 2 mph... This motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours with a slow turn to the Northwest and west thereafter...

For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )
(AubreyJ says: I’ll be glad when winter gets here!)

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1102-05 Oct 27, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cpl. Benjamin D. Hoeffner, 21, of Wheat Ridge, Colo. , died in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, on Oct. 25, of a non-combat related cause. Hoeffner was assigned to the Army Reserve's 324th Psychological Operations Company, Aurora, Colo.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

CIA LEAK PROBE: The MSM just got setup by Bush and Company???

This was just a fun thought to ponder....
What if no indictments come down and all this hype has to be accounted for...
Who leaked info on the leaks and why would the MSM prosecute something they have no idea about.... except to push an agenda to their wishes as to what they hope the facts to be... Not in anyway knowing anything to be true... or false...
No... That wouldn’t be right!!!
BUSH DID IT!!! Yeah... That’s how the MSM works.........

Love some of the Headlines today......
‘Prosecutor winding up CIA leak probe’
‘White House Braces for Possible Indictments’
‘White House on edge in CIA LEAK Case’
Leak grand jury meets prosecutor’
Cheney Again at Center of Drama
Rove Indictment Would Be Devastating’
‘CIA LEAK Indictments Expected This Week’
And the last one-- Just for fun, (I made this one up!)
Reporters Indicted in CIA Leak Investigations’

AubreyJ........

Iraq: Another Senior al Qaeda member Bites the Dust

Intelligence sources indicate that Abu Dua, who helped Syrians and Saudis enter Iraq to intimidate and kill Iraqi citizens, was in the house at the time of the strike. Dua was linked to other al Qaeda terrorists and facilitators in the Qaim, Karabilah and Husaybah areas. He also was a known close associate of Ghassan Amin, an al Qaeda member known as the "emir of Rawah." Amin was captured in May.
Read more at DoD ‘Al Qaeda Facilitator Likely Dead in Coalition Air Strike’

2000 Americans Dead in Iraq–

It’s practically party-time in the Democratic Party. Liberals are falling all over themselves to “commemorate” the 2000th death in Iraq, as though it were a new home run record! Now they’re “unleashed” to start some whole new series of protests. Mama Cindy will be chaining herself to the White House Fence. Events are planned all over the country which have now been “triggered” by the sad loss of several soldiers yesterday.
Read more at ‘News By Us’

Iraq: Government hails polls as fair

“The Iraqi people have made their decision and have approved the draft constitution,” said a Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a 26 October statement. “With the adoption of the constitution, Iraq can now move forward to the next step in its political transition process... the holding of national elections on 15 December.”
Good read on topic at IRIN.org ‘IRAQ: Government hails poll as fair as Sunnis call for recount’

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

No. 1096-05 Oct 26, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Killed were:
Cpl. Benny G. Cockerham III, 21, of Conover, N. C.
Capt. Tyler B. Swisher, 35, of Cincinnati, Ohio
Both Marines died when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Al Amariyah, Iraq on Oct. 21. Their vehicle was traveling beside a canal when the attack occurred and the two Marines were thrown from the vehicle into the water. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
Media with questions about these Marines can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-9033.

Iraq: Terrorists Killed in Firefight

Task Force Baghdad soldiers killed three terrorists and detained one insurgent suspected in drive-by shooting attacks Oct. 25, officials in Baghdad reported today.

The terrorists, driving a white sedan, were suspected of several small-arms fire attacks on U.S. and Iraqi security forces over the last few days. Officials said around noon Oct. 25, an Iraqi police van transporting prisoners to the Abu Ghraib detention facility came under small-arms fire in the Ghazaliyah neighborhood in western Baghdad.

One guard was killed, five were wounded and at least two prisoners were wounded when the bus veered off the road and rolled onto its side, officials said.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, responded to treat and evacuate the wounded.

Iraqi police spotted the white sedan with four occupants wearing black masks fleeing the scene of the attack. The white vehicle and its occupants were spotted again about an hour later when they fired on Iraqi army forces near the same area, officials reported.

Three hours later in the Khadra neighborhood, soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry, and 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, spotted the terrorists again and gave chase. The terrorists responded with gunfire and a firefight broke out, which resulted in the killing of two terrorists and the wounding of a third, who was immediately transported to a military medical treatment facility where he later died from his wounds, officials reported. A fourth terrorist was detained.

The vehicle was loaded with three AK-47 assault rifles, a Romanian machine gun, a 9 mm pistol, a fragmentary grenade, 12 AK-47 magazines loaded with ammunition, and more than 150 rounds of linked machine-gun ammunition, officials said. In Taji, north of Baghdad, Task Force Baghdad soldiers discovered a large weapons cache while conducting combat operations Oct. 24, officials said.

The cache contained more than 120 mortar rounds, 49 tank and artillery rounds, eight cases of small-arms ammunition, dozens of rockets, three boxes of mortar fuses, a rocket-propelled grenade warhead and two anti-aircraft gun barrels, officials noted.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 13th Armored Regiment, which is attached to 70th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, excavated the stockpile of weapons.
An explosives ordnance disposal team destroyed the cache to prevent its use against coalition and Iraqi forces. Task force soldiers detained 12 individuals for further questioning about the weapons cache.
(Info from DoD- American Forces Press Service- Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)

DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

No. 1094-05 Oct 26, 2005
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson, 25, of N. Wilkesboro, N. C. , was killed in action on Oct. 21,from an IED explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.
Thompson was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 8th Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, based in
Camp Lejeune, N. C.
For further information related to this release, contact the Multi National Forces Iraq Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) at (703) 270-0279/0299.
For information about the 2nd Marine Division, please contact (910) 451-9033.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 1093-05 Oct 26, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Jonathan R. Spears, 21, of Molino, Fla. , died Oct. 23 from enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Honoring our 2,000 fallen in Iraq

I ask everyone to take a moment of silence in honor of our 2,000 fallen in Iraq. God bless each and every one of them and their families, friends and loved ones…
AubreyJ………

"We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their courage... for their valor... for their strength... for their commitment to our country."
Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist
October 25, 2005

War on Terror just got stepped-up a notch

War on Terror just got stepped-up a notch
If anyone had the time to watch President Bush today, as he spoke at the Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives' Luncheon... many would have come out with the same conclusion of his speech as I. All I can say is this... It’s about a year or so late... but now it is on!!! Syria... Look out!!! Today you have been warned... America... I think you just got a Heads-Up today from your President too... White House photo by Paul Morse
AubreyJ.........

“...This week, the United Nations Security Council will hear a new report from an independent commission that points to Syrian involvement in the terrorist bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, and 22 others last February. Syria is destabilizing Lebanon, permitting terrorists to use its territory to reach Iraq, and giving safe harbor to Palestinian terrorist groups. The United Nations has passed strong resolutions against terror. Now the United Nations must act -- and Syria and its leaders must be held accountable for their continuing support for terrorism, including any involvement in the murder of Prime Minister Hariri.”
President George W. Bush
October 25, 2005

>> Read transcript in full at The White House ‘President Addresses Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives' Luncheon’
>> UN NEWS CENTRE ‘UN probe into ex-Lebanese premier’s assassination faces threats, its chief says’
.....(Be sure to read original English Version of Letter between ZAWAHIRI-ZARQAWI)
>> DoD ‘No Distinction Between Terrorists, Those Who Support Them, Bush Says’

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 1090-05 Oct 25, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on Oct. 15, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle during combat operations. The soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Vincent E. Summers, 38
, of South Haven, Mich.
Spc. Thomas H. Byrd, 21, of Cochise, Ariz.
Spc. Jeffrey W. Corban, 30, of Elkhart, Ind.
Spc. Richard A. Hardy, 24, of Newcomerstown, Ohio.
Spc. Timothy D. Watkins, 24, of San Bernardino, Calif.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1089-05 Oct 25, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander, Jr. , 34, of Killeen, Texas, died at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 22, of injuries sustained in Samarra, Iraq, on Oct. 17, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Alexander was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Iraq's Constitution Passes

Iraq’s Constitution Passes
...by a Vote of 79% “YES” to 21% “NO”
This paves the way for the parliamentary elections of Iraq... Scheduled for December 15th.
AubreyJ.........
Read more on topic at:
>> Fox News
‘Iraq's Constitution is Adopted’
>> IslameOnline.net ‘Iraq Charter Ratified, Sunnis Cry Foul’
>> ABC News International ‘Draft Constitution Adopted by Iraq Voters’
>> DoD 'Iraqi Voters Say 'Yes' to New Constitution'

Hurricane Wilma- Update Tuesday, October 25, 2005



Hurricane Wilma- Update Tuesday, October 25, 2005

As of 5:00 PM EDT....
Hurricane Wilma had Maximum Sustained Winds of near 85 MPH with higher gust... Satellite Imagery indicates that Wilma is merging with a frontal system and is losing its Tropical Characteristics... Additional weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours...
Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 53 mph... A turn toward the East-Northeast and a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours... Hurricane Force Winds extend outward up to 53 miles from the Center and Tropical Storm Force Winds extend outward up to 430 miles...
Wilma’s Minimum Central Pressure was 976 MB. (Photo/Display courtesy of NOAA)
.............. THIS IS THE LAST POST ON WILMA ..............
For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1088-05 Oct 25, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Jacob D. Dones, 21, of Dimmitt, Texas, died in Hit, Iraq, on Oct. 20, when his forward operating base was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire. Dones was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, Calif.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

More Details of Baghdad Bombing Released

Officials Provide More Details of Baghdad
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2005

Military officials today released more details about the three car bombs that detonated near the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in central Baghdad early Oct. 24th.

The first car bomb caused a breach in an outer barrier wall of the Palestine and Sheraton hotels, at Firdos Square traffic circle, officials said.

About five minutes later, a second car bomb approached the square and tried to maneuver through the breach, but was engaged by civilian security forces and detonated near the 14th Ramadan Mosque.

Thirty seconds later, a Task Force Baghdad soldier engaged a cement truck that was moving through the breached wall. The truck exploded near a coalition vehicle, causing moderate damage.

At least six civilians were killed and 15 others were wounded in the attacks. No coalition forces were injured.
(Info by American Forces Press Service compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks Dies at 92

In memory of Rosa Parks-- No other words needed......

Way back in 1955... Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a White Man... And the Civil Rights Movement from then forward was on...
AubreyJ.........


Reads on topic at:
>>
CNN.COM ‘Civil rights icon Rosa Parks dies at 92’
>> CBC NEWS ‘America mourns for Rosa Parks, mother of the civil rights movement’

Hurricane Wilma- Update Monday, October 24, 2005

Hurricane Wilma- Update Monday, October 24, 2005

11:00 PM EDT.... Wilma's maximum sustained winds had weakened from 125 mph when coming on shore early this morning, (a Cat. 3,) to near 105 MPH, (a Cat 2,) at the time of the 1:00 PM Advisory... Yet at the time of the latest (11:00 PM) Public Advisory... Wilma had MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS of near 125 MPH with higher gust... Wilma was a Strong Category Three Hurricane and some weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours... Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 47 mph and a continued increase in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours... Hurricane Force Winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center and Tropical Storm Force Winds extend outward up to 260 miles...
(Photo/Display courtesy of NOAA)
For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop
>>>>NEW- Video Hurricane Local Statement KEY WEST, FL

Special Note: It was reported early Wednesday morning (10/19/05) that Wilma had maximum sustained winds of 175mph with higher gust and data from a Reconnaissance Aircraft had estimated a minimum pressure of 882 MB. This was the Lowest Minimum Pressure ever measured in a Hurricane in the Atlantic Basin... Yet... as of today at 11:00 PM EDT, the estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 959 MB.

As of 5:00 PM ... Tropical Depression ALPHA (Click here for PUBLIC ADVISORY) had Maximum sustained Winds of near 35 MPH with higher gust... Estimated Minimum Central Pressure is 1004 MB... Alpha was a Tropical Depression and should DISSIPATE during the next 12 to 24 hours as it is absorbed by the much larger and powerful... Hurricane Wilma. This is the last post on Tropical Depression ALPHA...
Tropical Storm Alpha made for a record for the most Tropical Storms in the Atlantic Basin in one year (22nd named Tropical Storm) and the first time the Greek Alphabet has ever been used to name an Atlantic Storm. This Storm named “ALPHA” developed into a storm and into the record books last Saturday 10/22/05.
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

DoD Identifies Marine Corps Casualties

No. 1086-05 Oct 24, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Corps Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Kenneth J. Butler, 19, of Rowan, N. C. , died Oct. 21 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Al Amariyah, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
Cpl. Seamus M. Davey, 25, of Lewis, N. Y. , died Oct. 21 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the vicinity of Haqlaniyah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Force Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Reno, Nev. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Media with questions about Butler can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at (910) 451-9033. Media with questions about Davey can call Marine Forces Reserve Public Affairs at (817) 782-5800, ext. 234.

DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

No. 1085-05 Oct 24, 2005
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson, 25, of N. Wilkesboro, N. C. , was killed in action on Oct. 21 from an IED explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.
Thompson was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 8th Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, based in Camp Lejeune, N. C.
For further information related to this release, contact the Multi National Forces Iraq Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) at (703) 270-0279/0299.
For information about the 2nd Marine Division, please contact (910) 451-9033.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 1081-05 Oct 24, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Dennis P. Merck, 38, of Evans, Ga. , died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 20, of a non-combat related injury. Merck was assigned to the Army National Guard's 878th Engineer Battalion, Augusta, Ga.
The incident is under investigation.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Hurricane Wilma- Update Sunday, October 23, 2005

Hurricane Wilma- Update Sunday, October 23, 2005

As of 11:00 PM EDT, Hurricane Wilma had maximum sustained winds of near 115 MPH with higher gust… Hurricane Wilma is now a very DANGEROUS Category THREE Hurricane. Wilma is moving toward the northeast near 18 mph and little change in strength is expected until landfall occurs and Wilma will likely make landfall as a CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE early Monday Morning... Hurricane Force Winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the center and Tropical Storm Force Winds extend outward up to 235 miles...
(Photo/Display courtesy of NOAA)
For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop
>>>>NEW- Video Hurricane Local Statement KEY WEST, FL

Special Note: It was reported early Wednesday morning (10/19/05) that Wilma had maximum sustained winds of 175mph with higher gust and data from a Reconnaissance Aircraft had estimated a minimum pressure of 882 MB. This was the Lowest Minimum Pressure ever measured in a Hurricane in the Atlantic Basin... Yet... as of today at 11:00 PM EDT, the estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 958 MB.

As of 11:00 PM EDT... Tropical Depression ALPHA (Click here for PUBLIC ADVISORY) had Maximum sustained Winds of near 35 MPH with higher gust... Estimated Minimum Central Pressure is 1004 MB... Alpha has weakened to a Tropical Depression and little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours... Tropical Storm Alpha made for a record for the most Tropical Storms in the Atlantic Basin in one year (22nd named Tropical Storm) and the first time the Greek Alphabet has ever been used to name an Atlantic Storm. This Storm named “ALPHA” developed into a storm and into the record books yesterday afternoon, (Saturday 10/22/05.)
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Glimpse into what we face in this War on Terror

...Based on tenets articulated by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the grand-strategic objective of the Strategy Toward 2020 is for an Islamist-jihadist Caliphate to replace the United States as the world's sole pre-eminent hyper-power. In military terms, the ultimate defeat of the US-led West, in which Russia is a key power, would be achieved as the aggregate impact of two types of war: (1) the attrition of the US and its allies by ensnaring them in a myriad of endless debilitating quagmires, particularly in Iraq, the Caucasus, and Israel; and (2) the demonstration to all of the inherent weakness of the US and the West to be achieved by a series of spectacular strikes at the heart of the US and the West.

AubreyJ says: Very lengthy reads at the links below... but it gives one a good glimpse as to what we face as a Nation in this War on Terror......

>> JIHAD UNSPUN ‘Planning the Great Ramadan Offensive 2005’
>> CENTCOM ‘What Extremists Are Saying’
.....(Be sure to read original English Version of Letter between ZAWAHIRI-ZARQAWI)

“I say to you: that we are in a battle... and that more than half this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. And that we are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our nation.”
From letter by Zawahiri to Zarqawi

Now... I have said this time and time again and I still say it to be true... These crazies are coming after us no matter where we fight this war... Better in their world... over there... instead of here at home in our streets, schools, hospitals, government and public buildings....

I too believe in a state-of-the-art border fence being built on our South and in time North Borders... Yet-- We can build all the fences... secure all entrances and highly secure every public and private building in this great country of ours.... But when all is said and done... They’re coming.... It just depends on where we as Americans want to fight this war....
I for one say-- “Not here...”

Hurricane Wilma- Update Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hurricane Wilma- Update Saturday, October 22, 2005

As of 11:00 PM EDT, Hurricane Wilma had maximum sustained winds of near 100 MPH with higher gust… Hurricane Wilma is still a Category TWO Hurricane. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours and Wilma could again become a Major Hurricane on Sunday... Wilma is about to emerge off the Northeastern Coast of Yucatan... Hurricane Force Winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and Tropical Storm Force Winds extend outward up to 200 miles...
(Photo/Display courtesy of NOAA)
For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop
>>>>NEW- Video Hurricane Local Statement KEY WEST, FL

Special Note: It was reported early Wednesday morning (10/19/05) that Wilma had maximum sustained winds of 175mph with higher gust and data from a Reconnaissance Aircraft had estimated a minimum pressure of 882 MB. This was the Lowest Minimum Pressure ever measured in a Hurricane in the Atlantic Basin... Yet... as of today at 8:00 PM EDT, the estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 959 MB.

AND HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE!!!
Tropical Depression 25 is Now a Tropical Storm
If you would look at the bottom right of center of the above photo... you will see this developing storm clearly...
As of 11:00 PM EDT... Tropical Storm ALPHA (Click here for PUBLIC ADVISORY) had Maximum sustained Winds of near 50 MPH with higher gust... Estimated Minimum Central Pressure is 998 MB... Some strengthening is possible before the center of the storm reaches the Southern Coast of Hispaniola. Then... rapid weakening over the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola is expected after landfall sometime early Sunday Morning. This is a record for the most Tropical Storms in the Atlantic Basin in one year (22 named Tropical Storms) and the first time the Greek Alphabet has ever been used to name an Atlantic Storm. This Storm is named “ALPHA” and has not only developed into a storm but into the record books....
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

More reads today at these sites:
>> The Post Chronicle ‘Countdown to Alpha: Tropical Depression 25 Forms In Atlantic’
>> BBCNEWS ‘Hurricane batters Mexico resorts’
>> NEWS.com.au 'Wilma- Roaring all the time'

Iraq: Election Results

63% of the registered voters of Iraq turned out to vote on the Constitution Referendum October15th. Initial returns seem to indicate that it passed... but we will not know for sure until the final results come out... maybe sometime today... but most likely next week sometime......
Will update this post if the results should come out today...
AubreyJ.........

>> AINA.org ‘No sign of Dangerous Iraq vote violations’

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

No. 1080-05 Oct 22, 2005
DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Killed were:
Staff Sergeant Richard T. Pummill, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Russoli, 21, of Greensboro, N. C.
Lance Cpl. Steven W. Szwydek, 20, of Warfordsburg, Pa.
All three Marines died Oct. 20 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq. They were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N. C.
Media with questions about these Marines can call the 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs Office at 910-451-9033.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 1079-05 Oct 21, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three Soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Balad, Iraq, on Oct. 19, when their HMMWV was struck by enemy indirect fire during patrol operations. The Soldiers were assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Killed were:
Sgt. Arthur A. Mora Jr. , 23
, of Pico Rivera, Calif.
Spc. Russell H. Nahvi, 24, of Arlington, Texas.
Spc. Jose E. Rosario, 20, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Photo for the Day- October 21, 2005


Two Iraqi Security Force soldiers pose with an Iraqi flag in a school during the Iraqi referendum in Barwana, Iraq, Oct. 15, 2005.
Official U.S. Marine Corps photo
by Lance Cpl. Shane S. Keller
Courtesy of MNF-I
AubreyJ says: Sure looks to me like they’re good to go...

Hurricane Wilma- Update Friday, October 21, 2005

Hurricane Wilma- Update Friday, October 21, 2005

As of 11:00 PM EDT, Hurricane Wilma had maximum sustained winds of near 140 MPH with higher gust… Wilma is a STRONG and very Dangerous Category FOUR Hurricane. Some weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours as the Center of Wilma is now over Land. Hurricane Force Winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the center and Tropical Storm Force Winds extend outward up to 200 miles...
(Photo/Display courtesy of NOAA)

For complete up to date ADVISORIES & WARNINGS about this storm click here:
National Hurricane Center
(Click HERE for the latest satellite imagery IR Loop)

Special Note: It was reported early Wednesday morning (10/19/05) that Wilma had maximum sustained winds of 175mph with higher gust and data from a Reconnaissance Aircraft had estimated a minimum pressure of 882 MB. This was the Lowest Minimum Pressure ever measured in a Hurricane in the Atlantic Basin... Yet... as of today at 11:00 PM EDT, the estimated Minimum Central Pressure was 932 MB. Also a major heads up to our friends in Florida… All interest it the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula should closely monitor the progress of this Extremely Dangerous... Hurricane Wilma…
(All info gathered from Public Advisories and Warnings issued by the National Weather Service - Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL )

Good reads today at these sites:
>> ABC NEWS U.S. ‘Hurricane Wilma Slowly Approaches Florida’
>> Heraldtribune.com ‘The Wilma Watch’

U.N. probe implicated Syrian officials in murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister

The probe named as suspects in the February 14 killing... members in the inner circle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and top pro-Syrian Lebanese officials, with suspicion cast even on President Emile Lahoud.
Read more on topic below:

>> The White House ‘President Discusses Mehlis Report from United Nations’
>> REUTERS UK ‘Hariri probe puts Syria on collision course with UN’
>> The News Tribune.com ‘Syria rejects accusations in Hariri probe’
>> UN NEWS CENTRE Annan receives report on assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Hariri’
>> DEBKAfile ‘Converging evidence points at both Lebanese and Syrian involvement in the assassination plot against former Lebanese prime minister’
>> DEBKAfile- Exclusive Report ‘The UN investigator of the Hariri murder: Syria tried to mislead the investigation’

Update- Lawyer in Saddam Hussein Trial Kidnapped/Dead

Lawyer in Saddam Hussein Trial has been found Dead
Friday Oct 21, 2005 8:55 AM EDT
Police in Iraq have found the body of lawyer Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi's... who was representing one of Saddam Hussein's co-accused, hours after gunmen took him hostage.
al-Janabi's corpse was found near a mosque in Baghdad, with two gunshot wounds to the head...
Will update more if news warrants...

AubreyJ.........

>> update- 1:30 pm EDT- REUTERS AlertNet Lawyer's murder taints Saddam trial -rights groups’
>> 8:55 am EDT- CBC NEWS ‘Lawyer in Saddam trial found dead’

Just another Operation in Afghanistan


The airdrop of supplies in the morning had fallen far from the mark, leaving water bottles and boxes of food strewn for hundreds of yards across the mountain. The paratroopers had spent the afternoon carrying box after box down from the ridgeline, but several large loads still needed to be transported. With daylight rapidly disappearing, the company seemed to have run out of options.

Luckily, that is when "donkey man" showed up......

This is truly a great read by
Spc. Mike Pryor, USA...
Special to American Forces Press Service
Click it out... ‘Unit's Comic Misadventures Still Lead to Successful Mission’

Iraq Election Comparison- January 30th vs. October 15th

Iraq Election Comparison- January 30th vs. October 15th

Registered voters - 14.3 million voters registered in Jan. vs. 15.6 million voters registered in Oct.

Numbers of polling centers 5,677 polling centers in Jan. vs. 5,852 polling centers in Oct. with most of the new centers going to Sunni regions.

* Al Anbar polling centers increased from 33 in Jan. to 171 in Oct. (indications are that more than 200,000 additional people voted in Anbar)
* Ninewah polling centers increased from 88 in Jan. to 230 in Oct. (nearly 400,000 more voted this time)

Poll worker applications increased from 110,000 in Jan. to 450,000 in Oct.

Total poll workers increased from 108,000 in Jan. to 171,000 in Oct.
- Early projections are that more than 60 percent voted (of registered)

Voting Rights Changes since January
- Iraqi Security Forces guarding polling stations outside their provinces were allowed to vote
- U.S. held detainees that had not been convicted of a crime were allowed to vote

Election Security
- Total attacks in Iraq - 299 attacks on 30 Jan 05 vs. 89 Attacks on 15 Oct. 05
- Total polling place attacks - 108 attacks in 30 Jan 05 vs. 19 Attacks on 15 Oct. 05
- Total number of Civilians killed - 30 Deaths on 30 Jan 05 vs. 3 Deaths on 15 Oct. 05
* Overall 34 deaths on 30 Jan, 10 deaths 15 Oct.
- Total number of suicide bombers - 7 on 30 Jan vs. 0 on 15 Oct. 05

Security Forces
- Ministry of Interior Forces - 79,116 in January 05 vs. 106, 112 in October 05
- Ministry of Defense Forces - 56, 949 in January 05 vs. 93, 959 in October 05

Logistics
- MNF-I moved most of the materials in Jan; Iraqi contractors conducted most of the movement and logistics
- Voting supplies were moved into warehouses three days earlier than in January with no shortages of supplies reported (per IECI press conference)
(Above courtesy of CENTCOM)