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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Jeep Crashes Into British Airport - 2 Arrested


Blazing Jeep Crashes Into British Airport -
2 Arrested -
Incident Being Treated
As Terrorist Attack
Saturday, June 30, 2007
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ThisIsLondon.co.uk website has this report out this morning and it starts off like this... A blazing car crashed into Glasgow Airport today in what is thought to be a failed terrorist bomb attack... Eyewitnesses said two Asian men were in a Jeep Cherokee which was driven at speed with flames coming out from underneath at 3.15pm this afternoon... After the crash, one of men, whose clothes were on fire, jumped out of the car and ran into the terminal building where he was tackled by a heroic holidaymaker...
Read the rest at link below...
Blazing jeep crashes into British airport
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>>> CHRON.com website reports... Two men rammed a flaming sport utility vehicle into the main terminal of Glasgow airport Saturday, crashing into the glass doors at the entrance and sparking a fire, witnesses said. Police said two suspects were arrested...
Read the rest at link below...
Flaming car rams U.K. airport; 2 arrests
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>>> The SKY NEWS website has this take on the story...
Terror Strike As Burning Jeep Hits Airport
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VIDEO: Fox News Coverage of Attack
*Watch ongoing live coverage on Cable Fox News*

Video posted on LiveLeak by: cpmcd2000
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UPDATE: 2:15pm CDT
Just out...
British Officials Have Raised
Security Alert Level To

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New Attack Is Imminent
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>>> FoxNews has this on today’s events... Britain raised its terror alert to "critical" ... the highest possible level ... and the Bush administration announced plans to increase security at airports and on mass transit... One of the men in the car was in critical condition at a hospital with severe burns, while the other was in police custody, said Scottish Police Chief Constable Willie Rae. He said a "suspect device" was found on the suspect at the hospital and it was taken to a safe location where it was being investigated...
Read the rest at
FoxNews.com
(Note: Link should update as new info comes in)
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>>> SKY NEWS - NEWS IN PICTURES
Lots of photos
HERE
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Statement by Secretary Chertoff
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Release Date: June 30, 2007
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
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We have been in close contact with our counterparts in the U.K. regarding today’s incident at the Glasgow airport and yesterday’s car bomb discoveries in London. Our law enforcement and intelligence officials are closely monitoring the ongoing investigations. The senior leadership of the U.S. government has been meeting on these issues both yesterday and today. DHS and the FBI have provided updates and protective measures guidance to our state and local homeland security and law enforcement partners.
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At this point, I have seen no specific, credible information suggesting that this latest incident is connected to a threat to the homeland. We have no plans at this time to change the national threat level, although we remind everyone that the aviation threat level has been raised to orange since last fall.
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However, in an abundance of caution during this holiday period, DHS will be implementing plans to increase our security measures at U.S. airports, mass transit and other transportation facilities. Some of these measures will be visible; others will not. As always, airline passengers should arrive at the airport with sufficient time for security clearance. We encourage the public to go about their business and recreational plans as usual, but remain vigilant to the events happening in your environment and report any suspicious activities to authorities.
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>>> UPDATE: 7:30pm CDT
The International Herald Tribune website has this update... Three terrorist suspects were in police custody Sunday ... and a fourth man under guard in hospital ... following attacks that saw a flaming jeep crash into a Scottish airport and two car bomb plots foiled in central London... Scotland Yard said two people had been arrested in Cheshire, a county in northern England, in a joint swoop by specialist officers from London and Birmingham...
Read the rest at link below...
Police arrest 2 more suspects over London, Scotland terror attacks
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UPDATE: Sunday, July 01, 2007
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The Scotsman.com.uk website has this update on the attack in Glasgow on Saturday and the two failed car bomb attempts in London Friday. It starts off like this... Police have arrested five people following two botched terror attacks in London and Glasgow... The arrests came after police linked the attacks in Glasgow on Saturday with the two failed car bomb attempts in London last Friday...
Read story in full at link below...
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>>> ThisIsLondon.co.uk website has this report Sunday evening... It starts off like this... Two doctors were among five people being held as terror suspects last night after the bomb plots in London and Glasgow... One was one of two men who tried to drive a blazing Jeep packed with petrol [and] gas canisters ... into Glasgow Airport on Saturday...
Read the rest at link below...
Two doctors held over bomb attacks
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*POST END*
More to come in future post above this one...
AubreyJ.........

Iraq: Coalition Forces Control About Half of Baghdad

Coalition Forces Control About Half of Baghdad

June, 29, 2007
Coalition forces are in control of more than 50 percent of Baghdad and are making progress in the rest, the coalition's military commander in the city said today.

Army Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr. spoke to Pentagon reporters from his command post at Camp Liberty, Iraq. He commands the Multinational Division Baghdad.

The coalition strategy starts with disruption of the enemy in Baghdad neighborhoods and moves through clearance, controlling, retention and then finally transitions to pure Iraqi security forces control. There are 474 mahalas - neighborhoods - in Baghdad, and coalition forces track progress in each, Fil said.

In April, coalition forces were in the first phase - disruption - in 41 percent of the mahalas, 35 percent were in the clearing process, and 19 percent of the mahalas were in the control phase.

"That has come up significantly, and now we're at about 15, 16 percent of these are in the disruption phase," Fil said. Thirty-six percent of the mahalas - 191 - are in the clear phase, "which means we're in there with our forces and the Iraqi security forces in active operations."

Around 195 of the mahalas are in control, and "then there are actually a little over 7 percent of them, 34 of the mahalas, that have actually transitioned into the retain pace. So control and retain together is about 48 and something percent."

The numbers will continue to change as more progress is made, Fil said. The number of neighborhoods in clearance of forces remains relatively constant, "because that's as much work as we are confident in doing with the forces we have available," Fil said.

Coalition forces are aggressively conducting operations throughout the capital and denying sanctuary for al Qaeda and other extremist groups in areas like East Rashid, Mansour, Amiriyah and Adhamiya, Fil said. "We are hitting them where it hurts, and we're taking away their ability to control neighborhoods and brutalize the population," he said.

(From news article by DoD’s American Forces Press Service and written by Jim Garamone)

Friday, June 29, 2007

DoD Announces Soldiers Status as Missing-Captured

No. 817-07 June 29, 2007
DoD Announces Soldiers Status as Missing-Captured


The Department of Defense has changed the status of two soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from duty status whereabouts unknown (DUSTWUN) to missing-captured.

Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich.
Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.
...were declared missing-captured June 27th.

On May 12th, Fouty and Jimenez were categorized as DUSTWUN when their patrol was attacked by enemy forces. They are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Efforts continue for their successful and safe return. For more information in regard to the ongoing search and recovery operations please contact the Coalition Press Information Center-Baghdad at (703) 270-0299 or (703) 270-0320.

Change in status questions can be directed to Shari Lawrence, deputy public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., at (703) 325-8856, after hours: (703) 946-0791.

The public affairs officer assisting Fouty's family is Maj. Dawn Dancer, (517) 481-8140 or (517) 481-8141, after hours: (517) 896-0860, Michigan National Guard.

The public affairs officer assisting Jimenez's family is Lt. Col. Jeffrey Buczkowski, (212) 784-0113 or (212) 784-0112, after hours: (785) 410-5522, Army public affairs-New York Branch.

Car Bomb Found in Central London

Car Bomb Found in Central London
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(This post on top today – Scroll for newer post below)
A car bomb planted in central London would have caused "carnage" if it had exploded, police sources have said... A controlled explosion was carried out on the car, packed with 60 litres of petrol, gas cylinders and nails, in Haymarket, near Piccadilly Circus... An ambulance crew saw smoke coming from the green metallic Mercedes, near the Tiger Tiger nightclub at 0130 BST... "International elements" are believed to be involved...
Read this story in full at the BBC News website
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>>> Telegraph.co.uk has these reports...
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In full: Police statement
* Car bomb 'primed to be set off by mobile'
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>>> TimesOnline.co.uk reports...
Analysis: Police expected Baghdad-style attack
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>>> ThisIsLondon.co.uk had this take on the story and it starts off like this... An international manhunt was launched tonight to find the gang ->>> The Sky News website reports... believed to be linked to al Qaeda - that came within moments of blowing up hundreds of revellers in a London nightclub... As the capital remained on high alert, fresh details emerged of the 'massive' car bomb - primed with petrol, gas canisters and nails - discovered by police in the heart of the West End...
Read the rest at link below...
Hunt for Al Qaeda terror gang behind 'massive' London bomb attack
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>>> The Sky News website reports...
Hero Cop May Have Saved Scores Of Lives
(Has videos and photos)
3:00pm CDT: Sky News updates above link... Now saying Police have confirmed that not one, but two massive car bombs were set to explode in the heart of London's West End.
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*POST END*
More to come in future post above this one...
AubreyJ.........

Newt Gingrich: Warnings from Gaza

Newt Gingrich has a good read at his site that you might just want to read... It starts off like this... The Hamas victory in Gaza is a warning that World War IV (as Norman Podhoretz has called it) is going to be long and hard. It is also a warning that the West is currently losing that war... These defeats are not a function of the courage and will of the American people. In a June poll sponsored by American Solutions, 85 percent of the American people said it was important to defend America and its allies. Only 10 percent were opposed...
Read the article in full at NEWT.org

Iraq: Understanding General Petraeus's Strategy

Understanding General Petraeus's Strategy
Testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

The Weekly Standard website had this great read a few days back by Frederick W. Kagan. It went in part like this... The U.S. has not undertaken a multi-phased operation on such a large scale since 2003, and it is not surprising therefore that many commentators have become confused about how to evaluate what is going on and how to report it. Sectarian deaths in Baghdad dropped significantly as soon as the new strategy was announced in January, and remain at less than half their former levels. Spectacular attacks rose as al Qaeda conducted a counter-surge of its own, but have recently begun falling again. Violence is down tremendously in Anbar province, where the Sunni tribes have turned against al Qaeda and are actively cooperating with U.S. forces for the first time. This process has spread from Anbar into Babil, Salah-ad-Din, and even Diyala provinces, and echoes of it have even spread into one of the worst neighborhoods in Baghdad--Ameriyah, formerly an al Qaeda stronghold. Violence has risen naturally in areas that the enemy had long controlled but in which U.S. forces are now actively fighting for the first time in many years...
Read this article in full HERE

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Supporters Fail To Keep Immigration Bill Alive In Senate

A defiant group of senators refused to continue down the path of a widely unpopular immigration reform bill Thursday, putting up a roadblock on a procedural debate and squeezing out any time left to work on one of President Bush's top domestic priorities... On the cloture vote — the test to end debate and move to passage — the Senate voted 46-53 not to carry the motion. Sixty votes were needed for forward progress...
Read the rest at FOXNEWS.com

>>> Bloomberg.com has this take on the story... The U.S. Senate blocked passage of comprehensive immigration legislation, almost certainly ending chances Congress will act this year on the centerpiece of President George W. Bush's domestic agenda...
Read their story in full at link below...
Immigration Legislation Blocked Again in U.S. Senate

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Suicide Unit’s Deployed in Southern Iraq and Southern Iran

DEBKAfile had this report yesterday titled... Iranian Revolutionary Guards suicide unit’s incursion of South Iraq is another step in undeclared war
It started off like this... Early this week, Tehran deployed in southern Iraq and southern Iran contingents of Revolutionary Guards Corps of suicide fighters in anticipation of an American attack on Iranian soil...
Read the rest
HERE

More to come...
AubreyJ.........

Protest in Tehran


Recorded by Communist Youth Organization News Center during the protest of angry people in Tehran, Iran against new gas laws of Islamic regime.
Write-up and Video Posted on YouTube by
workercommunism

More videos and photos at SJK-NEWS
(Scroll down on SJK-NEWS post to view)

AubreyJ.........

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 813-07 June 28, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Frank M. Sandoval, 27, of Yuma, Ariz., died June 18th in Palo Alto, Calif., of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small arms fire Nov. 28, 2005, in Tikrit, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Sill public affairs office at (580) 442-4500.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 812-07 June 28, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Newsome, 27, of Chicopee, Mass., died June 27th in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 811-07 June 28, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan L. Winder, 32, of Blanding, Utah, died June 26th in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Wash.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at (910)-432-6005.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Photo for the Day - June 27, 2007

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NATO Forces Winning Battle Against Taliban in Afghanistan
2nd Lt. Jonathon Reabe, from the Provincial Reconstruction Team, leads his Soldiers down a mountain during a patrol of Balik in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, June 14th.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Bracken

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 808-07 June 27, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Capt. Darrell C. Lewis, 31
, of Washington, D.C., died June 23rd in Vashir City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by insurgents using rocket propelled grenades, mortars and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 239-3410.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 807-07 June 27, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Joel A. Dahl, 21, of Los Lunas, N.M., died June 23rd in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0154.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 806-07 June 27, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Andre Craig Jr., 24, of New Haven, Conn., died June 25th in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 239-3410.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

No. 805-07 June 27, 2007
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cpl. Derek C. Dixon, 20, of Riverside, Ohio, died June 26th while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 803-07 June 27, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Trista L. Moretti, 27, of South Plainfield, N.J., died June 25th in Nasir Lafitah, Iraq, when her unit was attacked by insurgents using indirect fire. She was assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the U.S. Army Alaska public affairs office at (907) 384-1542.

Iraq: Coalition Troops Put Pressure on Insurgents

Coalition Troops Put Pressure on Insurgents
During Operation Phantom Thunder
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The troop surge has become "a surge of operations," and coalition forces are in the early stages of a difficult fight, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman told reporters in Baghdad today.

Coalition and Iraqi troops working together have led successful operations recently in Baqubah, Mosul, Anbar and Diyala provinces, and north of Baghdad, Army Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner said.

"We are on Day 12 of Operation Phantom Thunder, the Multinational Corps' offensive to simultaneously increase pressure in and around Baghdad. This has been, and will continue to be, a tough fight; we are in the early stages of that fight," he said.

Acknowledging the continuing violence in the region, Bergner said he joins Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in condemning the June 25 bombing of a busy Baghdad hotel that claimed 13 victims. Four tribal sheiks who were important coalition allies against al Qaeda in Anbar province were among those killed.

"This attack on Iraqis who sought peace and reconciliation is an affront to all people, and further proof of the barbaric nature of al Qaeda," said Bergner, who noted that al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.

Speaking about recent operations, the general said coalition forces killed two senior al Qaeda leaders June 23 south of Hawija in Tamim province.

One of the leaders killed operated a cell that helped foreign fighters move into Iraq; he also fought against coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2001. The other slain insurgent, known as Khalil al-Turki, operated with the same cell and held close ties to other senior al Qaeda leaders, Bergner said.

In Baqubah June 25, combined troops discovered an illegal prison and house used by al Qaeda for executions. Nearby, forces also uncovered a torture chamber and makeshift courthouse linked to the terrorist network, he said.

In raids around the site, coalition elements uncovered a medical facility where injured al Qaeda operatives received treatment, a stockpile of rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle wired for use as a car bomb.

"This array of facilities is an example of how the enemy seeks to consolidate and create an operating base from which they can conduct attacks on the local population, and launch spectacular attacks into Baghdad," Bergner said. "It is further evidence of the importance of applying pressure in and around Baghdad to remove extremist safe-havens and operating bases."

Local residents in Mosul this week led Iraqi and coalition forces to a weapons cache and a large bomb factory where troops found insurgents assembling four truck bombs and two car bombs "in an assembly-line manner," Bergner said. In conjunction with this raid, combined forces nabbed 32 suspected terrorists.

"This is an example of what can be achieved by working and living in the neighborhoods with the people we seek to secure, and operating in partnership with Iraqi police and army forces," he said.

Speaking about operations in Anbar province, Bergner said troops there discovered a facility where improvised explosive devices were being produced, seizing 66 IEDs and bomb-making components.

In Diyala province, the confidence and trust between local tribes and security has led to success, Bergner said, quoting the provincial police director. Troops there have detained or killed roughly 100 al Qaeda operatives and netted multiple weapons caches, he added.

The coalition's Iraqi counterparts are "very much in the fight," the general said. "They are increasingly the first line of defense, while taking casualties at rates of two to three times that of the coalition, and they are not deterred in their mission."

Some 10,000 Iraqis will join their nation's army in the next two weeks, Bergner said, and Maliki is considering expanding the Iraqi security force size "to meet the requirements both today and into the future."

In recent operations in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, Iraqi special forces detained the leader of a kidnapping, murder and IED cell. The suspect also has provided false identification, uniforms and vehicles to insurgent fighters, Bergner said.

In a dangerous Baghdad area, Bergner visited the Joint Security Station -- one of the mixed communities where Iraqi army and police forces are working in concert.

"I saw firsthand the cooperation, the integration and the courage of those forces," he said. "They sit astride a very tense area in the Adhamiya neighborhood, but they're helping to restore security to this area."

Bergner said that coalition progress is mirrored by progress among the Iraqi people.

"Ultimately, the progress of the Iraqi people is our progress," he said. "We are humbled by their courage, and reminded every day of their sacrifice. We are working hard to help them move forward, but this will remain a tough fight that is likely to get harder before it gets easier."
(Taken from news article by DoD’s American Forces Press Service and written by John J. Kruzel)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Start Each Day With A Positive Outlook

HOW TO START EACH DAY
WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK
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1. Open a new file in your computer
2. Name it "Hillary Rodham Clinton"
3. Send it to the trash
4. Empty the trash
5. Your PC will ask you...
"Do you really want to get rid of "Hillary Rodham Clinton?"
6. Firmly Click "Yes"
7. Feel better
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PS: Next week we'll do Nancy Pelosi!!!
(Taken from an e-mail making the rounds. Thanks go out to my good friend DavidM and his Dad for the heads-up)

Tiger Woods to Honor Soldiers and Families

Tiger Woods to Honor Soldiers and Families
About Photo: Tiger Woods, seen here making his professional debut in the U.S. Open at Bethesda, Md.'s Congressional Country Club in 1997, will honor soldiers and military families July 4th at the inaugural Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am Tournament, part of the AT&T National PGA Tour event, scheduled for July 3-8 at Congressional Country Club.
Read the story HERE
U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps
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Congrats on the new baby, Tiger... She is Beautiful.
See photos of new baby
HERE
AubreyJ.........

Senate Brings Immigration Bill Back With 64-35 Procedural Vote

The Senate voted Tuesday to jump-start a stalled immigration measure to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants... President Bush said the bill offered a "historic opportunity for Congress to act," and appeared optimistic about its passage by week's end... It still faces formidable obstacles in the Senate, including bitter opposition by GOP conservatives...
Read story in full at CHRON.com

More to come...
AubreyJ.........

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 800-07 June 26, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Eric C. Palmer, 21, of Maize, Kan., died June 24th at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small arms fire June 21st in Bayji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 799-07 June 26, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Michael J. Montpetit, 31, of Honolulu, died June 22nd in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. His death is under investigation.
Montpetit was assigned to the 15th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 798-07 June 26, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Henry G. Byrd III, 20, of Veguita, N.M., died June 24th in Landstuhl Germany, from a non-combat related illness sustained June 18th while in Iraq. His death is under investigation.
Byrd was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at (912) 767-2479.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 797-07 June 26, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. William E. Brown, 25, of Phil Campbell, Ala., died June 23rd in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
For more information related to this release media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-3420; after hours (719) 526-5500.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 796-07 June 26, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Dominic N. Rodriguez, 23, of Klamath Falls, Ore., died June 22nd in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. His death is under investigation. Rodriguez was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 794-07 June 26, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died June 23rd in Taji, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:
1st Lt. Daniel P. Riordan, 24, of St. Louis, Mo.
Sgt. Joel A. House, 22, of Lee, Maine.
Sgt. Jimy M. Malone, 23, of Wills Point, Texas.
Spc. Derek A. Calhoun, 23, of Oklahoma City.

For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Reality Check For Some On The Iraq War

Pete Hegseth has a great read today at the WashingtonPost.com website. It starts off like this... As an Iraq war veteran who participated in combat operations and political reconciliation efforts, I take issue with some of the arguments repeatedly being made on Capitol Hill. Most recently I was bothered by statements from Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who cited three common antiwar arguments in his June 21 op-ed, " Lincoln's Example for Iraq," all of which run counter to realities on the ground in Iraq...
Read Pete’s article in full at link below...
Reality Check for the Antiwar Crowd
(Might have to be signed in/registered to Washington Post to read)

Photo for the Day - June 25, 2007

Army Sgt. 1st Class Adin Salkanovic points out gunner positions to Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, on the roof of Patrol Base Shakarat in Iraq's Diyala province, June 20, 2007. Salkanovic, of the 1st Cavalry Division's Troop B, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, volunteered to rejoin his unit in Iraq after recovering from multiple gunshot wounds suffered in March.
Read his story HERE
Photo by Staff Sgt. Curt Cashour, USA

OPERATION ARROWHEAD RIPPER: Troops Find Execution House, Illegal Prison in Baqubah

Monday, June 25, 2007
Iraqi security forces and Task Force Lightning soldiers discovered an execution house and an illegal prison in the Baqubah neighborhood of Khatoon yesterday during the sixth day of Operation Arrowhead Ripper.

The two buildings were in the same area as a torture chamber and illegal courthouse linked to al Qaeda, which were found on the fourth and fifth day of the operation, officials said.

Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, discovered the execution house using information from local citizens, who said it had been used by al Qaeda. Soldiers searching the house found five bodies buried in the yard behind the building and bloody clothes in several rooms inside it.

Located nearby, a house had been converted into an illegal prison, with several numbered rooms and bars covering the building's windows. Several blindfolds were found inside.

Elsewhere in Baqubah, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, identified a house that was filled with explosives and had been booby-trapped. The soldiers cleared the area and destroyed the house through the use of attack aircraft and indirect fire.

"The fact that we continue to find these booby-trapped houses filled with explosives and torture chambers only reaffirms that al Qaeda has no regard for the safety and welfare of the people of Baqubah. They only want to see death and destruction," said Army Col. Gary Patton, chief of staff for Task Force Lightning.

Iraqi and coalition forces also discovered 10 weapons caches throughout Baqubah yesterday. These included four anti-tank mines, three rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 18 rocket-propelled grenades with boosters, 13 AK-47 assault rifles, nine hand grenades, two flak vests, thousands of rounds of ammunition and a box of al Qaeda propaganda.

Since the beginning of Operation Arrowhead Ripper, at least 58 al Qaeda operatives have been killed, 60 have been detained, 23 weapons caches have been discovered, 52 improvised explosive devices have been destroyed, and 17 booby-trapped structures have been destroyed.
(From a DoD’s American Forces Press Service news article that was taken from a Multinational Corps Iraq news release)

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 793-07 June 25, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died June 23rd in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their unit was attacked by insurgents using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

Killed were:
Staff Sgt. Michael D. Moody Jr., 31
, of Richmond, Va.
Sgt. Chris Davis, 35, of Lubbock, Texas.
Pvt. Shane M. Stinson, 23, of Fullerton, Calif.

For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Benning public affairs office at (706) 545-3512; after hours, call (706) 545-2218.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 792-07 June 25, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Carter A. Gamble Jr., 24 of Brownstown, Ind., died June 24th in Duraiya, Iraq, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Benning public affairs office at (706) 545-3512; after hours, call (706) 545-2218.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 791-07 June 25, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Jerimiah J. Veitch, 21, of Dibble, Okla., died June 21st in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck with a rocket propelled grenade. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
For more information related to this release media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-3420; after hours (719) 526-5500.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 790-07 June 25, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died June 20th in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Killed were:
Maj. Sid W. Brookshire, 36, of Missouri
Staff Sgt. Darren P. Hubbell, 38, of Tifton, Ga.
Spc. Joe G. Charfauros Jr., 33, of Rota, Mariana Islands
Pfc. David J. Bentz III, 20, of Newfield, N.J.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at (912) 767-2479.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 789-07 June 25, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Joseph P. Kenny, 20, of Veneta, Ore., died June 23rd in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident. His death is under investigation.
Kenny was assigned to the 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Bliss public affairs office at (915) 568-4505.

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 788-07 June 25, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died June 21st in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

Killed were:
Sgt. Alphonso J. Montenegro II, 22, of Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Sgt. Ryan M. Wood, 22, of Oklahoma City.
Pfc. Daniel J. Agami, 25, of Coconut Creek, Fla.
Pfc. Anthony D. Hebert, 19, of Lake City, Minn.
Pfc. Thomas R. Leemhuis, 23, of Binger, Okla.

For more information related to this release the media may contact the U.S. Army, V Corps, public affairs office at 011-49-6221-57-5812.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

‘Chemical Ali’, Saddam Hussein’s Cousin, Sentenced to Death by Hanging for Genocide

Chemical Ali’, Saddam Hussein’s Cousin, was sentenced today, Sunday, June 24, 2007, to Death by Hanging for Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and for Ordering Chemical Gas Attacks on Kurdish Villages in Northern Iraq back in 1988.
Read more on this story below...

>>> IndianMuslims.info...
Iraqi tribunal sentences 3 Saddam's aides to death
.
>>> IHT.com has this take on the story...
Two decades after Iraq's military laid waste to Kurdish villages, the Iraqi High Tribunal on Sunday sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," and two others to death for their roles in the bloody campaign against the restive ethnic minority...
'Chemical Ali' sentenced to death
.
>>> A Blog For All has a few words on the subject at link below...
Swinging From the End of a Rope
.
Hope he keeps he’s HEAD about him...
AubreyJ.........
****************************
Remember These???
The Famous, Iraq's Most Wanted, Deck of Cards

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DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

No. 786-07 June 24, 2007
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Airman 1st Class Jason D. Nathan, 22, of Macon, Ga., died June 23rd, in Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol. Airman Nathan was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England.
For more information related to this release, please call the 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at 44-1638-52-5638.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

USS Enterprise Strike Group Speeding Towards Persian Gulf?

USS Enterprise Strike Group Speeding Towards Persian Gulf?

DEBKAfile has an interesting read that I found from a few days back that I thought you might like to read. It starts off like this... According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the US naval build-up off the shores of Iran marks rising military tensions in the region, accentuated by last week’s Hamas victory which has endowed Iran with a military foothold on Israel’s southwestern border... The USS Enterprise CVN 65-Big E Strike Group will join the USS Stennis and the USS Nimitz carriers, building up the largest sea, air, marine concentration the United States has ever deployed opposite Iran.
Read the rest below...
A third US carrier, the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise Strike Group is speeding towards the Persian Gulf
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Then again... the Navy has no mention of the USS Enterprise being deployed anywhere at this time.

Status of the Navy as of June 22, 2007
Navy Personnel

Active Duty: 340,212

Officers: 52,461

Enlisted: 284,455

Midshipmen: 3,296
Ready Reserve: 147,850 [As of 18 June]

Selected Reserves: 68,925

Individual Ready Reserve: 78,925
Reserves currently mobilized: 5,102 [As of 13 Jun]
Personnel on deployment: 57,315
Navy Department Civilian Employees: 175,824
Ships and Submarines
Deployable Battle Force Ships: 277

Ships Underway (away from homeport): 133 ships (48% of total)

On deployment: 104 ships (38% of total)

Attack submarines underway (away from homeport): 24 submarines (44%)

On deployment: 18 submarines (33%)
Ships Underway

Carriers:
USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - Coral Sea
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) - Arabian Gulf
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Arabian Gulf

Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG):
USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Red Sea
USS Bohomme Richard (LHD 6) - Arabian Gulf

Amphibious Warfare Ships:
USS Wasp (LHD 1) - Atlantic Ocean
USS Essex (LHD 2) - Coral Sea
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) - Atlantic Ocean
USS Juneau (LPD 10) - Coral Sea
USS Tortuga (LSD 10) - Coral Sea
USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) - Atlantic Ocean
USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) - Atlantic Ocean
USS Rushmore (LSD 47) - North Arabian Gulf

Aircraft (operational): 4000+
Info taken from the NAVY.mil website

DoD Identifies U.S. Casualties

Taking a Moment to Honor Our Fallen Heroes
Some of our bravest have given their all over 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… May God bless each and every one of these fallen Heroes, their families, friends, loved ones and their comrades in arms who were at their side...
AubreyJ.........


No. 757-07 June 18, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Dustin R. Brisky, 26, of Round Rock, Texas, died June 14th in Tallil, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an explosion. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 952nd Engineer Company, Paris, Texas. The unit was attached to the 92nd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at (912) 767-2479.


No. 758-07June 18, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Michael P. Pittman, 34, of Davenport, Iowa, died June 15th in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 239-3410.


No. 760-07 June 18, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died June 16th in Rashidiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when the vehicle they were in struck an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Killed were:
Sgt. Danny R. Soto, 24, of Houston, Texas.
Spc. Zachary A. Grass, 34, of Beach City, Ohio.
For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Fort Lewis public affairs office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0147.


No. 761-07 June 18, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Roy P. Lewsader, Jr., 36, of Belleville, Ill., died June 16th, in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
For more information in regard to this release the media may contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at(785) 239-3410 or (785) 239-2222.


No. 763-07 June 19, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
1st Lt. Frank B. Walkup, IV, 23, of Woodbury, Tenn., died June 16th in Kirkuk, Iraq, from injuries sustained in Rashaad Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position during dismounted operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
For more information, the media may contact the Schofield Barracks public affairs office at (808) 655-4815 or (808) 655-8729.


No. 764-07 June 19, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. David A. Wilkey Jr., 22, of Elkhart, Ind., died June 18th in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit June 17th in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 239-3410.


No. 767-07 June 19, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died June 17th in Panjway, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

Killed were:
Capt. Joshua E. Steele, 26, of North Henderson, Ill. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Transition Team), Fort Riley, Kan.
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Henderson, 35, of Hillsboro, Ore. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Transition Team), Fort Riley, Kan.
Sgt. 1st Class John M. Hennen, 26, of Vinton, La. He was assigned to the Louisiana National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, Lake Charles, La.

For more information related to Steele and Henderson the media may contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 239-3410.
For additional information related to Hennen the media may contact the Louisiana National Guard public affairs office at (225) 319-4928.


No. 771-07 June 20, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Richard K. Parker, 26, of Phillips, Maine, died June 14th in Scania, Iraq, from wounds suffered on June 13th when improvised explosive devices detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery Regiment, Maine Army National Guard, Waterville, Maine.
For more information in regard to this release the media may contact the Joint Force Headquarters-Maine public affairs office at (207) 430-2151.


No. 772-07 June 20, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Larry Parks Jr., 24, of Altoona, Penn., died June 18th in Arab Jabor, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at (912) 767-2479.


No. 773-07 June 20, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Eric L. Snell, 35, of Trenton, N.J., died June 18th in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with insurgents using small arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
For more information related to this release, media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-3420 or after hours (719) 526-5500.


No. 774-07 June 20, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They died June 14th in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Killed were:
Sgt. Derek T. Roberts, 24
, of Gold River, Calif.
Spc. Val J. Borm, 21, of Sidney, Neb.
Spc. Farid Elazzouzi, of Paterson, N.J.

For more information related to this release, the media may contact the 25th Infantry Division public affairs office at (808) 655-4815 or (808) 655-8729.


No. 775-07 June 20, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Darryl W. Linder, 23, of Hickory, N.C., died June 19th in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993 or after hours (254) 291-2591.


No. 781-07 June 22, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sgt. Dustin J. Perrott, 23, of Fredericksburg, Va., died June 21st, in Miri, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.


No. 782-07 June 22, 2007
DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

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

Killed Were:
Sgt. Shawn P. Martin, 30
, of Delmar, N.Y.
Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Wilson, 28, of Duluth, Ga.

Both Marines died June 20th while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. Both Marines were assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Camp Pendleton public affairs office at (760) 725-5044.


No. 783-07 June 22, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Jacob T. Tracy, 20, of Palestine, Ill., died June 18th in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle June 17 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.


No. 784-07 June 23, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Raymond N. Spencer Jr., 23, of Carmichael, Calif., died June 21st in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
For more information related to this release the media may contact the Fort Bliss public affairs office at (915) 568-4505.


No. 785-07 June 23, 2007
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Karen N. Clifton, 22, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., died June 21st in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when her vehicle was hit with a rocket propelled grenade. She was assigned to the 554th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the 21st Theater Support Command public affairs office at 011-49-631-413-8184.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

AubreyJ Had A Heart Attack

AubreyJ Had A Heart Attack

Around lunchtime Monday, I had a Heart Attack and I’m now the proud owner of a new heart stent. Doc said it wasn’t a major heart attack but I did have some muscle damage to the heart. How much... only time will tell.

I got back home this afternoon around 1:00pm CDT, and it feels great to be back and out of that hospital. Though for the first 2 days I was more than happy to be in such good care.

Just wanted to let everyone know what happened to me and to tell you I’ll be taking it easy over the next few days...

Take care all.
And God Bless the Troops...

AubreyJ.........
1:30 pm CDT
Thursday, June 21, 2007


Monday, June 18, 2007

Coalition Forces Disrupt Secret Cell Terrorist Network

Coalition Forces Disrupt Secret Cell Terrorist Network

Coalition Forces killed at least 20 terrorists, wounded six suspected terrorists and detained one suspected terrorist during operations targeting Secret Cells operating in Amarah and Majjar al-Kabir.

The individuals detained during the raid is believed to be members of the secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training.

In coordination with the Government of Iraq, Coalition Forces conducted coordinated raids in the Maysan province of eastern Iraq. During the morning’s operations, Coalition Forces came under heavy small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade attacks in both Amarah and Majjar al-Kabir. Using appropriate escalation of force measures, ground forces were forced to use close air support to suppress the enemy fire. During the close air support, at least 20 terrorists were killed and six suspected terrorists were assessed to be wounded by the strafing. A vehicle being used by the terrorists as a fighting position was also destroyed by the close air support.

Intelligence reports indicate that both Amarah and Majjar al-Kabir are known safe havens and smuggling routes for Secret Cell terrorists who facilitate Iranian lethal aid. Reports further indicate that Iranian surrogates, or Iraqis that are liaisons for Iranian intelligence operatives into Iraq, use both Amarah and Majjar al-Kabir as safe haven locations.

“Terrorists learned this morning that there is no safe haven in Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “Coalition Forces will seek out and find terrorists anywhere and everywhere in Iraq.”

(Taken from press release #A070618a by MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ, COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER - BAGHDAD, Iraq)

>>> AllHeadlineNews.com has this take on the story...
Coalition Raids In Eastern Iraq Target Weapons Smuggled From Iran

>>> HotAir.com writes this...
Raids target Iranian aid to insurgents in Iraq

Photo for the Day - June 18, 2007

An Iraqi Army Soldier and U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent Passero, provide security together near the site of a weapons cache discovery Wednesday in the western Baghdad Yarmouk neighborhood.
Read the story
HERE

USA photo by 1st Lt. Patrick Henson, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Battle In Tripoli, Lebanon - Update Six

Battle In Tripoli, Lebanon
Update Six
Sunday,
June 17, 2007

>>> YaLibnan.com has this report today... The Lebanese army has wrested control of over 90 percent of Fatah al-Islam strongholds in the northern Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, the Lebanese National News Agency said Sunday... According to the report, the southern and eastern parts of Nahr al-Bared were now under "full army control."
Read the rest at link below...

Lebanon's army now controls over 90% of Militants' strongholds

>>> YaLibnan.com also has this report...
Lebanon army expected to finish off militants within 48 hours

More to come...
AubreyJ.........