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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Iran playing games says Rice

... "Well, we have heard from Iran -- every time they get close to a security council decision, there is some effort to say, oh, no, we really were in fact interested in that proposal that we rejected just a few weeks ago; or no, now, the IAEA can come. They've had plenty of time to cooperate...” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told ABC network earlier today...
Read story in full at ZEENEWS.COM

April 30, 2006 : Good Morning World!!!

Never forget the past – yet don’t dwell upon it either
Live and govern our lives for today and tomorrow
AubreyJ.........

Saturday, April 29, 2006

bin Laden, then al-Zarqawi and now al-Zawahri

Osama bin Laden was first, (click HERE,) then Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, (face and all... click HERE,) and now we have Ayman al-Zawahri out with another one of his videos, (click HERE.) All three leaders had their videos out in just the last week...
(Photo courtesy of AubreyJ.org)

What’s up with that???
AubreyJ.........

President's Radio Address – April 29, 2006

... On Wednesday, Iraq's leaders united to strongly condemn Zarqawi's statements. One Iraqi official declared that the terrorists and insurgents, quote, "are feeling this might be the last chance they have to survive. They're fighting everyone in Iraq -- every Iraqi. I think that shows how weak they are." End quote. A newly appointed first Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi parliament said that Zarqawi fears the new government will unify Shiites and Sunnis and Kurds. He said, quote, "I believe that Zarqawi was caught off guard by the new government taking shape because it will be a very strong one representing all Iraqis." End quote...
Read Address in full
HERE
Listen to Address in full HERE (Note: RealPlayer needed for Audio)

Photo for the Day- April 29, 2006

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. William Wilder, center, gives a handful of candy to an Iraqi girl during a break in a foot patrol Wednesday April 12, 2006. Wilder and his fellow Soldiers are attached to 101st Airborne Division's 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
(Above and photo courtesy of MNF-I)

Iran now says it will allow Inspections

… In an apparent bid to keep its nuclear program from coming to a sanctions vote in the UN Security Council, an Iranian nuclear official said Saturday that Tehran was ready for a conditional return to intrusive inspections but that uranium enrichment will continue…
(Oh yeah... That’s going to do a lot of good. Watch us while we defy you... in other words! AubreyJ)
Read story in full at
Canada.com
Read more on this story at TheAge.com

Anti-Iraqi Forces camera crew busted

Heads up patrolling and attention to detail aided 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team troops in capturing a pair of anti-Iraqi Forces cameramen in Mosul April 28.

The troops noticed the two men video taping their convoy as they conducted a security patrol in the city. As soon as the Soldiers began to move towards the camera crew, the two individuals scrambled in an attempt to flee. Effective maneuvering allowed the troops to box in the men without incident.

A quick search of the car the AIF were driving yielded two IED initiating devices. The men both claimed they were hired to videotape the activities of coalition forces during patrols in the area.

Both men tested positive for explosives residue and were taken to a coalition detention facility for processing.
(Above courtesy of MNF-I, MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – NORTH, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION- TIKRIT, IRAQ (FOB SPEICHER)

AubreyJ says: I've seen what these so called camera crews do to our men and women over there almost daily. So with that said--After their trials... I hope they hang'um.

Friday, April 28, 2006

My Views -- (Welcome to my first Post- again)

No better way to start off than with a quote...

"In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September 11 in stone and metal. Something we can show to our children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day. But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we'll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day...”
President George W. Bush
December 11, 2001

My answer to this is from my remarks on the homepage of my website at AubreyJ.org. It goes as follows: No matter what your political views might be... One thing is for certain. In these days of fast news and even faster life styles, we all seem to have forgotten those moments in history that so abruptly and tragically changed this beloved Country of ours.
911- How soon we forget.

Now don’t get me wrong… I know all of us have not forgotten 9-11. Yet I do feel that most of us have forgotten the magnitude of the day and the repercussions that soon followed afterwards. Even to this day the repercussions can still be felt.

I came to this conclusion back in July, 2004 during the time when all the hype on the Presidential election was in full swing. My god… All of the crap that was going on during this time was just beyond belief.

You remember??? All the mean hearted ads that were coming out one behind the other. All the one sided columnist and most of the news media, negatively hammering away at anything and everything the President had done or was trying to do. They never once mentioned any of the good things GW had achieved during his first 4 years in office. Made one think we were back in the old Vietnam days again. At least that’s where all the ads and news rhetoric was trying to take us.

My first thought on this was, “Hello out there… Has everyone forgotten the horrors of 9-11?” Seemed to me they had. Think about it. All events, the economy, jobs +/-, (and the list goes on,) all come back to this one day in history. You can spin it anyway you would like but it will always come back to 9-11, one way or the other.

Another thought that came to mind was, “what in the world did Vietnam have to do with anything that was going on, at this moment, on this day?” NOTHING!!! It surely had nothing to do with 9-11 or with any of the mess that followed afterwards. It had nothing to do with the war on terror, the economy, job gains, Social Security, Medicaid or even with Welfare.

The way I saw it, the Bush Administration performed very well considering all the abnormal circumstances that so abruptly fell into their laps after 9-11. By itself, just trying to keep this country heading forward and staying on the right path would have been a hard enough task for any administration. Yet Bush did it well and with the backing of most Americans too.

Were there mistakes made during Bush’s first 4 years? Of course there were. Our great country had never been put into a situation like the one 9-11 brought onto us. NEVER!!! It was the first time in our history that I think we ever had to, “learn as you go.” And we had to learn at a very rapid pace at that… But if you were to listen to all those Left Wing folks out there, they seemed to have forgotten all of that. All they wanted to do was to give you a mile long list of spin on all the wrong doings they thought the Bush Administration had done.

Just another case of Monday morning quarterbacking. They couldn’t help it. They couldn’t come up with a better plan for nothing. Unless you think going back to the old days of thinking, as it was before 9-11, was a good plan. NOT!!!

Anyway... As you can tell by now, I had no likings for John Kerry or his Party. Well… We’ll just say for the way his Party had become. It’s not my fault. The Democratic Party did at least once stand for something. But not now a day. All they stand for now, as before the election, is a bunch of rhetoric and who can hate President Bush the most. Maybe they can get their act together over the next year or two. This country and the war on terror would surely run a lot smoother by them doing so. But if they don’t, we’re going to take a lot of them out of office in the 2006 elections and god help them in 2008. Time will tell I guess.

Oh well… The bottom line for me is my man won. Right man for the right job, George W Bush. And yes, I truly do believe that history will soon enough prove this fact out...

AubreyJ
This was my first post on this Blog back on...
Sunday, May 22, 2005

(Funny how things haven’t changed with the MSM or the Left, over the last few years.)

Freedom Tower - Construction starts at ground zero

... After months of disputes over the future of ground zero, state and city officials brought in the heavy equipment and began construction Thursday of the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower that will rise on the site of the World Trade Center...
Read story in full at FortWayne.com

Photo for the Day- April 28, 2006


President George W. Bush spends a few moments with Kim Han-Mee in the Oval Office, the daughter of North Korean defectors, during a meeting April 28, 2006 with North Korean defectors and family members of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea.
(Courtesy of the White House)
White House photo by Paul Morse

Report on Iran Nuclear Safeguards Sent to Agency’s Board and UN Security Council

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei today released his report Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The report was prepared at the request of the United Nation’s Security Council. Its circulation is restricted, and unless the IAEA Board of Governors and Security Council decide otherwise, the Agency can not authorise its release to the public.

On 29 March 2006 the Security Council requested "in 30 days a report from the Director General of the IAEA on the process of Iranian compliance with the steps required by the IAEA Board, to the IAEA Board of Governors and in parallel to the Security Council for its consideration."

The report was simultaneously circulated to the Agency’s Member States and to the Security Council in New York this afternoon.
IAEA photo by D. Calma
(Above courtesy of IAEA and taken from an IAEA Staff Report)

President Reiterates Diplomacy to Deal with Iran

Diplomacy remains America's choice in dealing with Iran, President Bush said today.

"We're forming a strong coalition of like-minded countries that believe that the Iranians should not have a nuclear weapon," he said during a White House press conference. "And I've told the American people that diplomacy is my first choice, and it should be the first choice of every American president in order to solve a very difficult problem."

"It's very important for the Iranians to understand there's a ... common desire by a lot of nations of this world to convince them, peacefully convince them, that they ought to give up their weapons ambitions," Bush said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said today Iran has ignored calls to suspend uranium fuel enrichment and remains in defiance of the U. N. Security Council, according to news reports.

The president distinguished Iran from Iraq. "There are significant differences between Iran and Iraq," Bush said. He noted that Iraq had a history of aggressive acts that included using weapons of mass destruction on its own people, invading its neighbors, and firing at U.S. aircraft.

"Iraq went through 16 different Security Council resolutions," Bush said. "There was resolution after resolution."

To date, the Security Council has not passed a resolution regarding Iran's desire to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities.

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly told a rally in northwest Iran today that "those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their right, should know that we do not give a damn about such resolutions."

Asked if he thought the Iranian president was someone he could work with, Bush replied: "That's going to be his choice eventually, and it's going to be very important for Mr. Ahmadinejad to recognize the world is united in our desire, and it's his choice to make."
(Above courtesy of DoD - American Forces Press Service and written by Samantha L. Quigley)

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 369-06 April 28, 2006
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Michael L. Ford, 19, of New Bedford, Mass., died April 26 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Media with questions about this Marine can call the Twentynine Palms Public Affairs Office at (760) 830-5476.

Confrontation between Iran and the West will intensify today

... The confrontation between Iran and the west will intensify today when Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the UN nuclear watchdog, delivers a negative verdict on Tehran's nuclear program...
Read this story in full at Guardian.co.uk

More to come on this throughout the day...
(A video too... if I get permission to use it)
AubreyJ.........

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Life Aboard USS Reagan Revolves Around Support To Iraq

The purpose of the craft comes together on the flight deck. That's the ship's reason to exist. Providing support up north is the mission, and the flight deck crew goes at it with a vengeance. The crew exhibits crisp professionalism, but they treat the whole experience a bit nonchalantly. They think nothing of walking on one side of the red-and-white "foul line" painted on the deck, while just on the other side of the line a jet screams in at 150 miles an hour and comes to a halt in about 300 feet...
Great story today by Jim Garamone at DoD - American Forces Press Service.
Click it out
HERE. ...................................................... (Photo courtesy 0f DoD)

What’s going to happen when Iraq goes quiet...?

What’s going to happen when Iraq’s Government is in full swing and in complete control...?
What’s going to happen when Iraq has a strong Army and Police force to protect it...?
What’s going to happen when Iraq’s oil is flowing and has a thriving economy...?
What’s going to happen when Iraq is finally at peace...?
What’s going to happen when Iraq finally says... thank you my friends-- but we got it from here...?

What’s going to happen when Iraq goes quiet...?

AubreyJ.........
(That day is coming, sooner than later and the MSM and the Left... will find a way to downplay this too.)

Planned Protest of a Marine's Funeral- Friday

Many thanks to Kimberly M. for the heads up on this planned protest of a Marine's funeral this Friday......
Her email went as follows...

Aubrey,

I didn't know if you heard about Fred Phelps, who is planning to protest a Marine's funeral in Kenner, LA tomorrow. This idiot's website is http://www.godhatesfags.com, and he is planning on disgracing this young Marine's funeral in an attempt to make himself look and feel better. This action absolutely disgusts me and if I could I would go down there and help shield his family from this manic. Just thought it might be something you might want to post on your website. This idiot goes around the country and protests at a lot of Iraq veterans funerals who died defending our country.

Thanks,
Kimberly M.
*******************************

Again I’ll say... thank you Kimberly.

Now... as with Kimberly, I too agree with Alan, (at http://maverickviews.blogspot.com/2006/03/just-repulsive.html,) and so many others. This Fred Phelps and the likes of him make me sick!!!

For now I’ll just ask that the word be put out there and if anyone lives down in that part of Louisiana... please go to where Phelps and his bunch will be at and block them from the view from this family in grief. That goes for all these sickening protest in the future by this bunch too. (Keep it with the respect of the families in mind and within the LAW.)

I’ll end by saying this. You would think that Congress could pass a law to stop this kind of BS in its tracks. I mean look... I’m a strong believer in the freedom of speech... but I do think there is a line and this line has surely been crossed by Phelps and party.
Thanks to all...
AubreyJ............

>>> Link to Fred Phelps website HERE and this link will surely give you the red A%#... click HERE.

The Yellowcake Connection and more

... CIA officer Mary McCarthy was fired for leaking a possibly trumped-up story about a secret network of CIA-run prisons in Europe. Ms. McCarthy’s pattern of political donations, her Clinton administration White House service, and her extensive network of ties to other important Clintonista figures has set off a blogstorm of data mining and speculation...
Good read today at The American Thinker.
Be sure to click it out.
(Note: This post was added to my blog- “Captured Prewar Iraqi Documents - AubreyJ.org” for future reference.)

al-Qaeda trying to kill witnesses against Saddam???

...The al-Qaeda terrorist group has attempted to bribe Fijian guards at Saddam Hussein's trial into identifying witnesses so they could be killed...
Read story in full at
TheAge.com

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 368-06 April 27, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Raymond L. Henry, 21, of Anaheim, Calif, died on April 25 in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. Henry was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 367-06 April 27, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Metodio A. Bandonill, 29, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died in Baghdad, Iraq on April 24, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. Bandonill was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 366-06 April 27, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Richard J. Herrema, 27, of Jackson, Tenn., died in Baghdad, Iraq on April 25, when he came under enemy fire during combat operations. Herrema 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.

Photo for the Day- April 27, 2006

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On the Hunt... 24-7
They WILL get you Zarqawi
(Photo courtesy of MNF-I)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Transcript of a recent video message by al-Zarqawi

Many thanks to Sgt. Gehlen from the U.S. Central Command public affairs office... for the heads up on this transcript of a recent video message by al-Zarqawi....

On 25 April, The Global News Network posted a statement issued by The Mujahidin Shura Council in Iraq [Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin fial-Iraq] announcing a new message from Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, leader of the Al-Qa'ida Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers (I.E. Iraq), and provided links to a 34-minute 4-second video statement titled, "This is a Declaration to the People." In it, al-Zarqawi rages against the democratically-elected Iraqi government, encouraging Iraqis and foreign fighters to wage war within the country.
(Courtesy of CENTCOM.MIL) Photo courtesy of AubreyJ.org
Read Transcript in full at CENTCOM.MIL
What Extremists Are Saying
More Photos and Full video can be found HERE

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 361-06 April 26, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died of injuries sustained in Taji, Iraq, on April 23, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV during combat operations. All three soldiers were assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:
Sgt. Robert W. Ehney, 26, of Lexington, Ky.
Cpl. Jason B. Daniel, 21, of Fort Worth, Texas
Cpl. Shawn T. Lasswell Jr., 21, of Reno, Nev.

For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 360-06 April 26, 2006
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons, 20, of Modesto, Calif., died April 24 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Media with questions about this Marine can call the Twentynine Palms Public Affairs Office at (760) 830-5476.

Iraqis condemn Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as a foreigner determined to destroy their country


... “I believe that al-Zarqawi was caught off guard by the new government taking shape because it will be very strong one representing all Iraqis,” Sheik Khalid al-Attiyah said....
Read story in full at Guardian.co.uk
(Photo courtesy of AubreyJ.org)

President Bush Announces Tony Snow as Press Secretary

9:10 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT:
Good morning. I'm here in the briefing room to break some news. I've asked Tony Snow to serve as my new press secretary.

Tony already knows most of you, and he's agreed to take the job anyway. (Laughter) And I'm really glad he did. I'm confident Tony Snow will make an outstanding addition to this White House staff. I am confident he will help you do your job. My job is to make decisions, and his job is to help explain those decisions to the press corps and the American people.

He understands like I understand that the press is vital to our democracy. As a professional journalist, Tony Snow understands the importance of the relationship between government and those whose job it is to cover the government. He's going to work hard to provide you with timely information about my philosophy, my priorities, and the actions we're taking to implement our agenda.

He brings a long record of accomplishment to this position. He has spent a quarter of a century in the news business. He's worked in all three major media -- print, radio and television. He started his career in 1979 as an editorial writer for The Greensboro Record in North Carolina. He's going to -- went on to write editorials for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. He ran the editorial pages in both The Daily Press of Newport News and The Washington Times. He's written nationally syndicated columns for both The Detroit News and USA Today.

During his career in print journalism, he's been cited for his work by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, and Gannett. For seven years, he served as the host of "FOX News Sunday." Most recently, he reached Americans all across our country as the host of "The Tony Snow Show" on FOX News Radio, and "Weekend Live with Tony Snow" on the FOX News Channel.

He's not afraid to express his own opinions. For those of you who have read his columns and listened to his radio show, he sometimes has disagreed with me. I asked him about those comments, and he said, "You should have heard what I said about the other guy." I like his perspective, I like the perspective he brings to this job, and I think you're going to like it, too.

Tony knows what it's like to work inside the White House. In 1991, he took a break from journalism to serve as Director of Speechwriting and Deputy Assistant to the President for Media Affairs. He's taught children in Kenya. He belongs to a rock band called Beats Working. He's a man of courage, he's a man of integrity, he loves his family a lot. He is the loving husband of a fine wife, and the father of three beautiful children.

He succeeds a decent and talented man in Scott McClellan. I've known Scott since he worked for me in Texas. We traveled our state together, we traveled our country together, and we have traveled the world together. We have also made history together. Scott should be enormously proud of his service to our nation in an incredibly difficult job. I've always -- I will always be grateful to him. I will always be proud to call him, "friend."

I appreciate Scott's offer to help Tony Snow prepare for his new job, and I'm proud to welcome Tony as part of our team.

MR. SNOW: Well, Mr. President, I want to thank you for the honor of serving as Press Secretary. And just a couple of quick notes, I'm delighted to be here. One of the things I want to do is just make it clear that I -- one of the reasons I took the job is not only because I believe in the President, because believe it or not, I want to work with you. These are times that are going to be very challenging. We've got a lot of big issues ahead, and we've got a lot of important things that all of us are going to be covering together.

And I am very excited, and I can't wait, and I want to thank you, Mr. President, for the honor, and thank all you guys for your forbearance, and I look forward to working with you.
Thanks......
(Above courtesy of the White House)


AubreyJ says:
Tony’s a humble man. You can tell this in his words above.

I just wish Tony the best in his new job and I for one can not wait for his first press briefing. It should to be a very interesting one that I’m sure all the Cable News channels will be showing... C-SPAN too.


Read more about Tony Snow today at:
>>> Fox News...

... President Bush named Tony Snow to be his White House press secretary on Wednesday in the latest round of staff changes in the West Wing...
Tony Snow Named White House Press Secretary

>>> MarketWatch.com......
... The move marks the latest step in an effort by Bush and his new chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, to revamp the White House amid the president's increasingly weak public approval ratings...
Bush picks Fox's Snow as spokesman

Home at Last



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AubreyJ.........

(More of my slides/videos at... AubreyJ.org - Video Blog)

Secretary Rumsfeld in Baghdad on surprise visit

... On a mission to show support for Iraq's fledgling new government, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld arrived Wednesday morning in Baghdad on an unannounced visit...
Read story in full at CNN.com

... Rumsfeld was expected to not only congratulate the Iraqis on breaking a deadlock over selection of a prime minister and other top political positions, but also to reinforce the Bush administration's message that the Iraqis should not expect U.S. forces to remain indefinitely...
Read this story in full at CHRON.com

Update:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes a surprise visit to Iraq too... and just a few hours after Rumsfeld arrival.
... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unscheduled visit to Baghdad on Wednesday just after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went to Baghdad in a show of support for Iraq's new leadership...
Read more of this story at
Reuters.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Rare Video of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appears on Islamic Web Site

... An Islamic Web site on Tuesday posted a rare video showing al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who accused the West and the United States of waging a "crusader" war...
Read story in full at CHRON.com

Update: Found video by way of Atlas’s Blog, (thank you Atlas,) and will pull stills off of it Wednesday morning sometime.
Now I’ve been watching part of this video and it might just be me but damn... Zarqawi looks like he’s had a few to many!!! But more so than not... he’s most likely got a whole bunch of drugs in him... It’s in his eyes and they are all screwed up. Than again if I was on the run 24-7... like he has been and without much sleep... I’d be screwed up too!!!
AubreyJ.........

Iran defies the World to continue its Nuclear Program – Israel Launches Satellite to spy on Iran

... "We are already there. We are an atomic state and should therefore be approached accordingly," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday. He did not rule out Iran's exit from the IAEA and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in case of sanctions... Ahmadinejad has also said that his country would not give in to the UN deadline and would continue its nuclear activities... despite sanctions and military strikes against its nuclear sites...
Read this story in full at The Times Of India

... Israel will put a new spy satellite into service on Tuesday which will increase the levels of surveillance of Iran's nuclear program, organizers of the launch said...
Read this story in full at
TurkishWeekly.net

More on Iran Today below...
... Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said his country is ready to share its nuclear technology with other nations... The Sudanese president praised Iran's enrichment of uranium as a great victory for the Islamic world...
Read this story in full at BBC.co.uk

Terror on the Red Sea

... Attacks by suspected Islamic terrorists struck hard at one of the Arab world's most stalwart allies of the United States last night when three explosions rocked Egypt's Sinai resort town of Dahab, leaving at least 23 people dead and 62 wounded...
Read story in full at belfasttelegraph.co.uk

... The third attack on the Sinai Peninsula in 18 months, at Dahab, will be a major concern for the Egyptian authorities...
Read this story in full at BBC.co.uk

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 356-06 April 25, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died of injuries sustained in Baghad, Iraq on April 22, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their HMMWV causing a fire. This occurred during combat operations. All four soldiers were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 67th Armored Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:
Sgt. Kyle A. Colnot, 23, of Arcadia, Calif.
Spc. Eric D. King, 29, of Vancouver, Wash.
Pfc. Jacob H. Allcott, 21, of Caldwell, Idaho
Pvt. Michael E. Bouthot, 19, of Fall River, Mass.

For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Taliban Killed, Wounded in Firefight; Coalition Aircraft Interdict Enemy

Afghan National Police fought a significant Taliban force in Mianashin, near Kandahar City, in Kandahar province, while coalition forces interdicted enemy fighters in Helmand province, both yesterday, U. S. military officials in Afghanistan said today.

The ANP reported three Taliban fighters were killed and another seven wounded in the firefight. One ANP officer was killed and six others were wounded.
Coalition forces were aware of the Kandahar incident but did not take part.

"I congratulate the ANP for yesterday's successful operation in Mianashin," said British Brig. Gen. David Fraser, Combined Task Force Aegis commander, said today. "The coalition is convinced by actions such as yesterday's firefight that the ANP will play an even larger role in improving security across Afghanistan in the days and weeks ahead.

"More and more, Afghan authorities are successfully protecting good citizens from terrorists and criminals who are trying to destroy Afghanistan’s future," Fraser added.

Coalition aircraft patrolling the Helmand province fired two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and dropped one bomb on four enemies while they were meeting at a suspected Taliban camp in the Lashkar Gah district.

Three enemy fighters were killed and one fled during the air strike.

No damage to civilians or property was observed during the operation.

The people killed were responsible for launching numerous attacks against the Afghan government and coalition forces, including financing terrorist activities, officials said.

"Afghan and coalition forces will continue to pursue those who stand in the way of the government of Afghanistan's objectives," said Army Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesman. "Afghans are tired of the death and violence Taliban fighters and other enemies of Afghanistan have inflicted upon them," he said.
(Above courtesy of DoD - American Forces Press Service and taken from combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases)

Monday, April 24, 2006

It’s too quiet

Something is fixing to go down-- hard...
AubreyJ.........

Iran says sanctions unlikely

... President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he did not expect U.N. sanctions to be imposed on Iran over its nuclear program and vowed to press ahead with uranium enrichment on an industrial scale...
Read story in full at MSNBC.msn.com......
Iran says sanctions over nuclear row unlikely

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 352-06 April 24, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Capt. Clayton L. Adamkavicius, 43, of Fairdale, Ky., died of injuries sustained in Abu Ghurayb, Afghanistan, on April 21, when he came under enemy small arms fire during combat operations. Adamkavicius was assigned to the Army National Guard's 149th Brigade, 35th Infantry Division, Louisville, Ky.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Taking a moment to remember our Fallen

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Some of our bravest gave their all these last few days... Take a
moment to read their names, (in the posts below/above this one,)
and in your own way thank them for all they have done and were
willing to do for you-- me and this great country of ours…
God bless each and every one of them and their
families, friends and loved ones…
AubreyJ………

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 350-06 April 24, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pvt. Travis C. Zimmerman, 19, of New Berlinville, Pa., died in Baghdad, Iraq on April 22, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his observation post during dismounted combat reconnaissance operations. Zimmerman was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 348-06 April 24, 2006
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cpl. Eric R. Lueken, 23, of Dubois, Ind., died April 22 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Media with questions about this Marine can call the Hawaii Public Affairs Office at (808) 257-8870/71.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 347-06 April 24, 2006
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Jason C. Ramseyer, 28, of Lenoir, N.C., died April 20 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
Media with questions about this Marine can call the Hawaii Public Affairs Office at (808) 257-8870/71.

Trial of Saddam Hussein resumed today

... The Baghdad trial of Saddam Hussein resumed today, and an expanded group of handwriting experts confirmed signatures of the former Iraqi leader and his co-defendants...
Read story in full at the IrishExaminer.com

Read more on topic at:
>>> WJLA.com......
... Prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein on Monday played an audiotape said to be a phone call between the former Iraqi leader and one of his co-defendants discussing the destruction of farmland during a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s...
Prosecutors Play Audiotape of Saddam
>>> ChinaView.cn......
... The trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity was adjourned Monday to May 15...
Saddam trial adjourned to May 15

Sunday, April 23, 2006

America needs to be reminded about the Democrats

Many thanks to Amy Proctor for the following post she did titled NEVER FORGET (Democrats Politicizing 9/11.)” Be sure to click it out.

I’d have to add that the Dems are not just politicizing 9-11... but everything else as far as that goes. And yes... the drumbeat from the left does sound the same as it has for several years now and the MSM is truly their orchestra...
Check out this Video by GOP.com HERE, (or watch it at Amy’s post.)
I bet you too forgot all about this one...
(This video needs to be put out in the news and Blogs all over again... America needs to be reminded. These are the same people who if allowed to regain power… would try to Impeach this President whose only guilt is to try to protect the American People and her Allies. Never forget that...)
AubreyJ.........

OK-- Here’s a good example of how the MSM and the Dems work together...
... Several Democratic U.S. lawmakers pointed to a newly broadcast audiotape purported to be from Osama bin Laden as a sign that the Bush administration has wasted efforts in Iraq instead of adequately cracking down on al Qaeda...
You can read this typical Left Leaning MSM Reporting at CNN.com.
(All I can say is... “Show them the VIDEO!!!”)


Also-- this is on... yet off just a tad of topic... but click this post out anyway over at Opinionnation Times. Post title: John Kerry Praises Treason

Iran says its uranium enrichment work "irreversible"

... Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi says demands for Iran to suspend its nuclear research work were "not on the agenda"...
Read more on topic at:
>>>
BBCNews.com......

>>> ISNA.ir
... Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman announced that Iran had not suggested to temporarily freeze its nuclear activities to the IAEA and all news regarding this issue were media material....
Iran FM Spokesman: Nuclear Activity Freeze not on Agenda

New Bin Laden Tape says West at War With Islam

"I call on Mujahedeen and their supporters, especially in Sudan and the Arab peninsula, to prepare for long war again the crusader plunderers in Western Sudan. Our goal is not defending the Khartoum government but to defend Islam, its land and its people.”
Usama bin Laden
Taken from audiotape broadcast Sunday, April 23, 2006 by Al-Jazeera network

Read more on this topic below:
>>> FoxNews.com......

Alleged Bin Laden Tape: U.S. at War With Islam
>>> AllHeadlinesNews.com...
New Bin Laden Tape Backs Hamas Government
>>> TheAustralianNews.com...
Bin Laden calls for Darfur jihad

AubreyJ says: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again... “The war on terror is moving out of Iraq fast and into other parts of the world.”

Remember... The war on terror... the war in Iraq... Syria... radical Islam... nuclear proliferation... peace in Israel... activities of Egyptian and Palestinian groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood... al Qaeda... al Qaeda in the Land Between the Two Rivers... and the list goes on -- all have one common thread that links them. What is that common thread you might ask??? Most all of the major troubles going on in the Middle East today are rooted back to-- IRAN. And I’m afraid the way things are looking right now... everything is aiming for Israel...
And by the way... where in the heck did Abu Musab al-Zarqawi go???

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Two new Blogs

I’ve been playing around some lately and started these two new Blogs to go along with this one. (Page two and three you might say.)

One Blog is about the Captured Prewar Iraqi Documents that we hear so little about in the MSM. I for one think some powerful things will come out of these documents in time. So this Blog was born that I titled “Captured Prewar Iraqi Documents – AubreyJ.org.” If you should come across a good read on this topic... please let me know......
You can check this Blog out HERE

The other Blog is a Video Blog of all my slide/videos that I’ve put together over the last year or so. You just might like this one too. I titled this one “AubreyJ.org – Video Blog.” I’m working on another slide that I’m going to call “Home at Last.” I’m taking my time and doing my best to make this little slide as heart warming as possible. So... look for it to be ready by around mid next week. (If you check out any of the slides... be sure to click the video play button twice to get the sides to play.)
Anyway... you can check this new Blog out HERE
AubreyJ.........

Four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

...There was little that could have been done to prevent the insurgent bombing that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, Canada's top soldier says...
Read story in full at CTV.ca

Iran to Enrich Uranium in Russia???

... Iran's envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Saturday the Islamic republic had reached a "basic deal" with the Kremlin to form a joint uranium enrichment venture on Russian territory, state-run television reported...
Read story in full at CBS13.com
AubretJ says: Heard that one before... I'll believe it when I see it...

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will disclose Iran’s decision on UN deadline Monday

... Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will disclose Iran’s decision on the United Nations Security Council deadline in a press conference on Monday, the news agency Fars reported on Saturday...
Read story in full at
KhaleejTimes.com

Aide Jawad al-Maliki leaps past boss to become Iraq's PM

... After three years of backroom political meetings in Baghdad perhaps the stern-faced Maliki has the right stuff to tame a parliament fractured along religious and ethnic lines and restore peace to war-ravaged Iraq...
Read story in full at TehranTimes.com

Friday, April 21, 2006

How soon we forget


We’ve come a long way America
It’s a shame how soon we forget
AubreyJ.........

Finally, an agreement over top Iraq Government Posts

... The Shiite alliance nominated a tough-talking Shiite politician, Jawad al-Maliki, as prime minister Friday in a move that breaks the long impasse over forming a new government aimed at pulling Iraq out of its sectarian strife...
Read story in full at Jackson New-Tribune

CIA Officer fired for leaking Classified Info to Media – More leak investigations are under way

"... The officer has acknowledged unauthorized discussions with the media and the unauthorized sharing of classified information," said CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano. "That is a violation of the secrecy agreement that everyone signs as a condition of employment with the CIA..."
Read story in full at FoxNews.com...

AubreyJ says: Just a little while ago I was flipping through the cable news channels, when I came across MSNBC reporting on this very story. Funny how they went about reporting it... for not once did they ever mention that the person in question wasn’t fired just because of a failed polygraph, (which is all MSNBC reported,) but that the fired officer admitted discussing classified information TOO!!! Never mentioned that one......

Just a note...
I wonder how The Washington Post is going to report on this one. Front Page!!! Yeah right......

How much longer can Israel afford to wait?

1) Arutz Sheva reports today, April 21, 2006:
... Hamas appointed a wanted terrorist to set up a new military force and direct the PA's interior ministry office. Israel and the U.S. denounced the promotion, and an MK called for targeting him...
Read story in full below.........
PA to Establish New Military Force Headed By Terrorist


2) Arutz Sheva reported yesterday, April 20, 2006:
... Dan Gillerman, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, warned the world body this week that Iran, Syria and the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (PA) are forming an "an axis of terror" which could spark a world war...
Read this story in full below.........

Israel Warns U.N. of World War by Axis of Terror

AubreyJ says: Israel is not going to wait too much longer on the UN and the world leaders... to talk about getting around to talking about doing something with Iran...

The enemies of Israel and the western world are encircling Israel fast and setting up for some real... real bad things to come. I can not understand why this picture is being ignored by the MSM and so many of the think tanks out there.

I don’t know if anyone has noticed this but Israel has still not done anything about the suicide attack in Tel Aviv some days back that killed at least 9 people and wounded 60 more. (Israel said they thought Iran was knee deep in it too.) Israel-- sitting back and doing nothing after such an attack. That’s not the norm for Israel.
Makes one wonder what’s fixing to go down next......

Photo for the Day- April 21, 2006






















An F-16 pilot conducts a test flight with the LITENING-AT targeting pod, the grey cylinder attached to the bottom of the aircraft, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., April 18, 2006. The LITENING-AT is an operational precision targeting pod system used with a wide variety of combat aircraft and will update the existing LITENING pod with several new capabilities, including a video downlink transmitter, which is currently used in the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. (Courtesy of DoD)
DoD photo by U.S. Air Force

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 343-06 April 21, 20066
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Patrick A. Tinnell, 25, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died in As Siniyah, Iraq, on April 19, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted combat patrol. Tinnell was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

No. 341-06 April 21, 2006
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 Marcques J. Nettles, 22, of Beaverton, Ore., died April 2, when the truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Al Asad, Iraq. Nettles was previously listed as Duty Status - Whereabouts Unknown. His body was recovered April 16. He was assigned to 1st Combat Logistics Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
For further information related to this release, contact Navy Public Affairs at (703) 697-5342.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 340-06 April 21, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Robert J. Settle, 25, of Owensboro, Ky., died in Taji, Iraq, on April 19, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. Settle was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Airmen Missing In Action From WWII are Identified

No. 338-06 April 21, 2006
Airmen Missing In Action From WWII are Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of eleven U.S. airmen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

They are:
Capt. Thomas C. Paschal, El Monte, Calif.
1st Lt. Frank P. Giugliano, New York, N.Y.
1st Lt. James P. Gullion, Paris, Texas
2nd Lt. Leland A. Rehmet, San Antonio, Texas
2nd Lt. John A. Widsteen, Palo Alto, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Richard F. King, Moultrie, Ga.
Staff Sgt. William Lowery, Republic, Pa.
Staff Sgt. Elgin J. Luckenbach, Luckenbach, Texas.
Staff Sgt. Marion B. May, Amarillo, Texas.
Sgt. Marshall P. Borofsky, Chicago, Ill.
Sgt. Walter G. Harm, Philadelphia, Penn.
all U.S. Army Air Forces.

The group remains of the entire crew are to be buried today at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, as are the individual remains of each man with the exception of King, Giugliano and Widsteen, whose families have elected hometown burials.

On April 16, 1944, Paschal and Widsteen were piloting a B-24J Liberator with the other nine men aboard. The aircraft was returning to Nadzab, New Guinea after bombing enemy targets near Hollandia. The plane was last seen off the coast of the island flying into poor weather.

The loss was investigated following the war and a military board concluded that the aircraft had been lost over water and was unrecoverable.

In early 2001 a team of specialists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) interviewed a native of Papua New Guinea who claimed to have found the aircraft crash and recovered identification media for May and Harm. The team surveyed the site in 2002 and found wreckage that matched Paschal’s aircraft tail number along with human remains. They also took custody of remains previously collected by the villager.

Later that year, two additional JPAC teams excavated the crash site and recovered additional human remains and crew-related artifacts. Identification tags were found for Luckenbach, May and Paschal. Other crew-related materials found were consistent with items used by the Army Air Forces around 1944.

Mitochondrial DNA obtained from dental and bone samples was one of the forensic tools used by JPAC scientists and Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory specialists to identify the airmen.

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.

Band of Brothers Soldiers Detain Suspects, Unearth Major Cache

U. S. soldiers from Task Force Band of Brothers scored successes in two operations this week.

Soldiers from the task force caught seven suspected insurgents in the act of emplacing explosives yesterday. Soldiers on patrol with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, observed the suspects digging. As the patrol approached, the suspects tried to flee in two vehicles. The soldiers stopped, searched and detained all the suspects.

In one vehicle, a blue truck, soldiers discovered more than 120 mortar rounds, fuses and four missiles. At the site where the individuals had been digging, soldiers found a cache containing 250 artillery and mortar rounds, two anti-personnel land mines, one anti-tank mine, and a hand grenade. The munitions were taken to a secured location for controlled detonation. The suspects are undergoing questioning, U. S. officials said.

Meanwhile, a large cache discovered in Diyala province April 19 by Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers continues to yield munitions, officials said.

Iraqi soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, and Troop A, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, uncovered more mortars and artillery rounds yesterday.

The initial find of nearly 50 mortar rounds and more than a dozen fuses was found to be much larger when an additional 250 artillery and mortar rounds were unearthed in the same location, officials said.
(Courtesy of DoD - American Forces Press Service and compiled from MNF-I news releases)

Pakistan kills another al-Qaeda Suspect

... A suspected Islamic militant killed in a shootout in northwestern Pakistan was believed to have been a close associate of al-Qaeda No. 2 leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri...
Read story in full at FoxNews.com...

Suspected Al Qaeda Linked Saudi Militant Killed in Pakistan
AubreyJ says: Someday we'll get the al-Qaeda No. one and two... Someday soon would be nice...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Prime Minister Tony Blair on Iran

"At a point in time when the president of Iran is talking about wiping Israel off the face of the earth and when there are young people signing up to be suicide bombers... I do not think that this is the time to send a message of weakness."
British Prime Minister Tony Blair

April 19, 2006

Read more at Bloomberg.com
Blair Cautions Against ‘Message of Weakness’ to Iran
(Hat tip to ‘Regime Change Iran’)

Sooner than Later

<< Forgot all about this haven’t ya???
Think it will be going up again???
With all of this mess going on with Iran, I’d have to say it will be going up sooner... than later. Right along with the prices at the gas pumps......

AubreyJ.........
(Another reminder to all--Are you and your family prepared??? Click HERE)

Legendary Test Pilot Albert Scott Crossfield, dead at 84

... Legendary test pilot Albert Scott Crossfield, the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was found dead today in the wreckage of his single-engine plane in the mountains of northern Georgia...
Read story in full at KOMOTV.com
Read more about Scott Crossfield at DFRC.NASA.gov
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Albert Scott Crossfield
October 2, 1921 - April 19, 2006
In memory of...
AubreyJ.........

Iraqi PM al-Jaafari Agrees to Let Shiite Lawmakers Consider Replacing Him

Iraq Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, under intense pressure to give up plans for a second term, agreed Thursday to let Shiite lawmakers reconsider his nomination, a step that could mark a breakthrough in the months-long effort to form a new Iraqi government.
Read story in full at ABCNews.go.com...
Iraq PM Lets Shiites Consider Replacement

AubreyJ says: Please hurry up and get it done...
Iraq needs a leader that is supported by most all Iraqis... An Iraqi George Washington if you will......

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

That’s it... Global Civil War

"Civil war is a war between civilians and there is already a war between civilians... The threat of a break-up in Iraq is a huge problem for the countries of the region, especially if the fighting is on a sectarian basis. This type of fighting sucks in other countries."
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

AubreyJ says: You know... I’m glad he cleared that up for me... I thought this was a War on Terror that we’ve been fighting these last few years... Its not... This is a Global Civil War!!!

Truth is... by his definition... it almost makes sense.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 334-06 April 19, 2006
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Capt. Ian P. Weikel, 31, of Colorado, died in Balad, Iraq on April 18, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations in Baghdad. Weikel was assigned to the 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.

Chemical Masks, Protective Suits and more




About Photo: Chemical masks, protective suits and more than 50 AK-47 assault rifles with ammunition were confiscated during a search of the Al Amarryia neighborhood Satuday March 25, 2006. The mission, conducted by 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, was a response to more than 30 attacks occurring in the area during the previous 30 days.
(Photo/About Photo Courtesy of MNF-I)

Scott McClellan Resigns as White House Press Secretary


Well we all knew this was coming-- Scott McClellan Resigns as White House Press Secretary. I for one do not know how these people do this kind of job... from either Party... Hope we get someone who will take charge of the Press Briefings and not let the MSM run all over them... We shall see......

Anyway-- Thanks for your service Mr. McClellan. Enjoy the quiet for a while......
AubreyJ.........

>>> Read Mr. McClellan’s Statement HERE
White House Photo by Eric Draper

Iran: Nine days and counting...

April 28th is the deadline set by the UNSC for Iran to stop all uranium enrichment activities. Iran now has nine days left and has done anything but.........
It’s going to be a very wild and dangerous month this coming month of May... You haven’t seen/heard anything yet......

AubreyJ.........

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Photo for the Day- April 18, 2006

U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Murray, right, leads a group of Iraqis in the construction of a playground set at a school in Abraham Jaffas, Iraq, April 16, 2006. The American company Big Toys, Inc., shipped the playground set to Iraq after Murray, a landscape architect, contacted them requesting a donation.
(Courtesy of DoD)
DoD photo by Photographer's Mate-
1st Class Michael Larson, USN

Sacrifices of Military Children Aren't Forgotten

This is something I think most Americans never give a thought to... When we talk about the sacrifice the military families have to make while one serves his/her country... we do seem to overlook the children...
AubreyJ.........
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Sacrifices of Military Children Aren't Forgotten, Pace Says
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Children in military families make sacrifices and serve their country as much as anyone in uniform does, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

"In so many loving ways, our children quietly shoulder part of the burden, making their mom or dad understand that what they are doing is important," Marine Gen. Peter Pace said in an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service.

Military parents often have to miss holidays and special occasions, and children are left home to worry while parents go on difficult missions, Pace said. Military families also have to move every two or three years, making the children uproot, change schools and say goodbye to friends, he said.

"There's no way, in my mind, that you can be successful in the military and have a family unless that family does, in fact, appreciate your service to the country," he said.

Because military children have to transition and adapt a lot, they gain great life experience and maturity, Pace said. He recognized that, as teenagers, his own children were much more worldly than he was at that age, because he spent his entire childhood in his hometown.

"I think that, in the main, growing up in a military family strengthens the individual," he said.

In honor of April's observance of the Month of the Military Child, Pace recently wrote a letter to military children, thanking them for their patience, understanding, courage and support.

In the letter, Pace thanked the children for their unconditional love and support of their parents, even through difficult separations. Military children's resilience and self confidence throughout frequent moves are strengths that others, including their parents, admire, he went on to say.

“You can be proud of your mom and dad for their brave defense of this great country," Pace said in the letter. “Your love and support sustains them. So thank you for being there for mom and dad. You are American patriots and role models for us all.”
(Above courtesy of DoD - American Forces Press Service and written by Sgt. Sara Wood, USA)

Rumsfeld critic retired Gen. Anthony Zinni, changes tune on Iraq

... The most prominent of the retired generals calling for the ouster of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appears to have reversed his estimation of the former Saddam regime's threat to the world... (Now go figure that!)
Read story in full at
WorldNetDaily.com
AubreyJ says: Now this is a story that most in the left MSM will not want you to see... They sure aren’t going to go out of their way to report it...

More on the Tel Aviv Suicide Bombing- DEBKAfile Style

... Hizballah’s 1800 Forward Command’s mission was set up to design “quality” terror attacks against Israel...
Read story in full
HERE
More from DEBKAfile here

VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT OF HOSTAGE RESCUE IN IRAQ


(Best to read the below Transcript first - then watch the video clip afterwards - Video may take a second or two to load... so give it time - Right click to save to disk)
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Here are Coalition Forces in action. In this video, you will witness the reconnaissance of some terrorists who were affiliated with hostage taking.
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We received information as to their whereabouts and checked out what they were doing. Turns out they were in the process of taking some more hostages, so we deployed our troops within minutes, tracked down and killed two of the terrorists and rescued the hostages, unscathed from the trunk.
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This was an intelligence-based operation. On 25 March, we had been watching this black sedan for a while in the Tarmiya-area. Here you see it facing traffic the wrong way as a truck approaches. One man with a gun jumps out of the car, followed by others, and the truck hesitantly pulls over.
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At gunpoint, men from the sedan pull two men out of the truck and force the hostages into the trunk of the sedan.
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One man gets back into the sedan while the other two get into the truck and drive away. The two men in the sedan drive off and then turn down a back road.
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At this point our troops have quickly launched to intercept the black sedan with the hostages in it.
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After it passes a white car, our forces engage the sedan with three disabling shots into the engine block. The two men get out of the car and begin to run, but they don’t get away -- both hostage-takers were killed.
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Simultaneously, troops moved to secure the sedan and release the hostages and ensure that everyone else is alright.
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The rescued hostages were questioned about the truck driver and the hostage takers, but had little information – they were released immediately to their families a bit shaken understandably, but safe and sound.
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This engagement clearly displays the quick reaction capabilities of Coalition Forces -- the nearly simultaneous merging of intelligence, operations and supporting personnel to conduct a precise and surgical strike that more than likely saved the lives of two Iraqis.
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Now-- Watch Video HERE or click on Photo
(Above Photo, Transcript and Video courtesy of MNF-I)