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Thursday
Jan082009

Protesting The Protest: UCI Hosts Pro-Hamas Rally

Crossposted over at PoliticalVindication.com

Today I drove over to the University of California, Irvine to check out the pro-Hamas rally there. I expected anger and outrage, but what I saw mostly was demoralized Palestinian supporters (I guess that what you see then the victims of terrorists starting fighting back) and proud Israel supporters. What a showing by Southern California Israel supporters I saw today! It may seem that we're in the minority, but we're a tough bunch and we have a lot to be proud of!

Over at my blog Politicalvindication.com I've got pictures of the rally and videos of the speakers (which will just piss you off, but maybe your heart needs the workout?). The video I have posted below is my favorite. Mrs. Allyson Rowan Taylor was carrying a sign declaring that her son was a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, and she talked to me about what was needed if peace were ever to be possible:



We need to teach peace - I know that sounds like leftist drivel, but the natural state of man seems to be predatory and if history is any guide, break out the peace manuals. But the difference between the left and the right when it comes to peace is that conservatives tend to recognize that law and order, and the adherence to a moral standard that tames narcissism rather than feeds it - gets us closer to peace than just wishing for it. And sometimes we're forced to fight for peace. In those situations, it's better to have someone who recognizes that than someone who thinks we can talk ourselves into and out of war.

Thursday
Jan082009

End Muslim Immigration

new from CitizenWarrior.com...


Stop Muslim Immigration to the United States

Posted: 07 Jan 2009 01:18 PM CST

WE HAVE NO way of determining which Muslims subscribe to pure Islam. The reason this matters is that pure Islam is seditious. Islamic doctrine is more political than religious, and its sole political goal is the domination of Islam over all over religions and all governments.

It is a Muslim's religious duty to achieve that political goal.

When Muslims move to a country, a certain percentage of them start agitating for special considerations. They start to organize and influence the nation politically in a way that is good for Islam and bad for freedom and equality. When the percentage of the Muslims in a nation's population becomes high enough, they gain so much political power that freedoms and rights begin to disappear. (Watch this video to learn more.)

Given all this, until we have a way of determining who is dedicated to pure Islam, no more Muslims should be allowed to immigrate into free countries.

Does this seem extreme? It's not as bad as it might seem. We already choose who can immigrate and who cannot. We make the rules. This is our country, after all. We are not under any obligation to allow anyone to immigrate who wants to. They do it with our blessing or they don't do it.

So this policy is simply adding to the already-existing filter.

This is not racist. Islam is not a race; it's an ideology. The policy of stopping Muslim immigration is simply acknowledging the reality of the Islamic teachings. I know there are Muslims who reject the violent and intolerant verses of the Qur'an. But Islam also teaches taqiyya and we have no way of knowing who is sincere and who is deliberately deceiving us.

We should not take the chance, at least until we find some way to discern between people who genuinely reject the political goals of Islam and those who do not. In the meantime, we should stop all immigration into free countries by Muslims while we can. You can get the process started right now by signing this petition.

Does signing a petition do any good? According to ThePetitionSite (the organization I used to create this petition), the answer is: "Yes — often, but the answer really depends on a number of factors. In general, the more a target organization is impacted by public opinion, the more effective are the petitions. In addition, ThePetitionSite enhances the credibility of online petitions by centralizing signature collection, structuring/regulating signature data collection and output, facilitating communication of petitions via fax, email, etc. and by using fraud-reduction technology. Remember — the effect of a petition usually goes far beyond the actual list of signatures. Journalists write stories about the petitions, signers get inspired to take additional actions, and other "potential targets" conform their behavior to avoid being a target."

Petitions can also exert an influence through two powerful principles of influence: Social proof and commitment and consistency. Petitions have been known to ignite important public debates.

When this petition reaches 50,000 signatures, I will make sure each member of the House and the Senate finds out about it. And I will make sure newspapers and magazines all over the country find out about it. Your signature will make a difference. Sign the petition today: No More Muslim Immigration.


At the time of this writing, the petition has 368 signatures. You can help it grow by signing it and urging your contacts to sign and promote it. I have added this petition to my list, which you can view at Crusader's Armory.

I urge all readers to visit Citizen Warrior's web site and sign up for his updates. Citizen Warrior has many good ideas and much information to share with us.

Wednesday
Jan072009

Its Shari'ah, Stupid #3

This is the third in a series of posts quoting fiqh from a censored forum. The text of the Jihad Violence thread has been preserved in a .chm (163.4KB) file which you can download here. It is among the resources in the expanded library at Crusader's Armory.

al-Shafi'i, d. 820, founder of shafi'i school. al-Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shaf'i's al-Risala fi us ul al-fiqh, transl. Majid Khadduri, al-Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-shaf'i's al-risala fi us ul al-fiqh: Treatises on the Foundations of Islamic jurisprudence (Cambridge 1997), p. 82-7.

These communications (9:112, 9:36, 9:5, 9:29, 9:38-9, 9:41) mean that the jihad, and rising up in arms in particular, is obligatory for all able-bodied [believers], exempting no one, just as prayer, pilgrimage and [payment of] alms are performed […] They may also mean that the duty of [jihad] is a collective (kifaya) duty different from that of prayer: Those who perform it in the war against the polytheists will fulfil the duty and receive the supererogatory merit, thereby preventing those who stayed behind from falling into error. […]
If all men failed to perform the duty so that no able-bodied man went forth to battle, all I am afraid, would fall into error.

"Rising up in arms" is not consistent with defensive fighting; it implies aggressive Jihad. Defensive fighting, when Dar ul-Islam is invaded, is fard ayn: an obligation binding upon all able bodied Muslims individually. Aggressive Jihad is fard kifaya. Refer to Reliance of the Traveller, O9.1 & O9.3.

"If all men failed to perform the duty so that no able-bodied man went forth to battle, all I am afraid, would fall into error."
Jihad is an obligation; it must be done according to Allah's commands. What commands? Those cited in the Shari'ah.

  • 9:5. Then when the Sacred Months (the Ist, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikun (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
  • 9:29. Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
  • 9:36. Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein, and fight against the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) collectively , as they fight against you collectively. But know that Allah is with those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2).
  • 9:38. O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the Cause of Allah (i.e. Jihad) you cling heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter.
  • 9:39. If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people, and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is Able to do all things.
  • 9:41.March forth, whether you are light (being healthy, young and wealthy) or heavy (being ill, old and poor), strive hard with your wealth and your lives in the Cause of Allah. This is better for you, if you but knew.
  • 9:112. (The believers whose lives Allah has purchased are) those who repent to Allah (from polytheism and hypocrisy, etc.), who worship Him, who praise Him, who fast (or go out in Allah's Cause), who bow down (in prayer), who prostrate themselves (in prayer), who enjoin (people) for Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all what Islam has ordained) and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism of all kinds and all that Islam has forbidden), and who observe the limits set by Allah (do all that Allah has ordained and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allah has forbidden). And give glad tidings to the believers.
The last listed, 112, must be understood in the context of its immediate predecessor.
  • 9:111. Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success .

What do believers do and why?

What will Allah do to them if they do not join the Jihad?

  • Inflict painful punishment {Cast them into Hell.}
  • replace them with someone else.

Wednesday
Jan072009

Its Shari'ah, Stupid #2

al-Shaybani, d. 803 / 5, Hanafi. Siyar, transl. Majid Khadduri, The Islamic Law of Nations: Shaybani's Siyar (Baltimore 1966), p. 76-7, 87, 95-6, 100-1.

Fight in the name of God and in the ”path of God” [i.e. truth]. Combat [only] those who disbelieve in God. Whenever you meet your polytheistic enemies, invite them [first] to adopt Islam. If they do so, accept it, and let them alone. […] If they refuse [to accept Islam], then call upon them to pay the jizya; if they do, accept it and leave them alone. If you besiege the inhabitants of a fortress or a town and they try to get you to let them surrender on the basis of God’s judgment, do not do so, since you do not know what God’s judgment is, but make them surrender to your judgment and then decide their case according to your own views.

This is obviously derived from Muslim Book 019, Number 4294. It is Islamic law from the Hanafi school. It ain't peaceful, it is aggressive.

Wednesday
Jan072009

Islam: War Cult

Another target rich comment too good to pass up.

http://snooper.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/myth-vs-fact-118/#comment-2308

Comment by navedz | January 6, 2009

Islam is a religion of PEACE. It doesn’t teach us to kill unlike other religions. Muslims start their greetings with “As-salaam-wa Alaikum Wa Rahmatu Allah Wa Barakatuh”, which means in English “May GOD’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.”

Allah states: “Whoever kills a human being… then it is as though he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a human life it is as though he had saved all mankind.”

No one probably ever heard of such a stunning message of peace, which considers killing just one person (be it innocent or not) tantamount to killing the entire humanity? Now the doubters should not have any more skepticism about Muslim’s claim that “Islam is a religion of peace”.

The unjustified criticisms of and spitting venoms at Islam by the hateful Islam-bashers got to stop now..

Navedz attached his comment to Myth vs Fact #118, reproduced here.
Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. 33:26-27 And those of the people of the Scripture who backed them (the disbelievers) Allah brought them down from their forts and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed, and a group (of them) you made captives. And He caused you to inherit their lands, and their houses, and their riches, and a land which you had not trodden (before). And Allah is Able to do all things.
Tafsir Allah drove back the Confederates disappointed and lost

The Campaign against Banu Qurayzah


Examine the other texts mentioning that conquest:
What did the Muslims do? They invaded, terrorized, killed, enslaved & plundered. After the men surrendered, Moe had their heads cut off. He had the boys examined; those who reached puberty were decapitated, the juveniles were sold as slaves.
  • Islam is a religion of PEACE
  • It doesn’t teach us to kill unlike other religions.
  • Muslims start their greetings with “As-salaam-wa Alaikum Wa Rahmatu Allah Wa Barakatuh”, which means in English “May GOD’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.”
    • That is how they greet Muslims. As for greeting Kuffar, see: XDIII. People of the Book {Aisha Bewley's translation of Bukhari's Book of Adab} For the benefit of those too indolent to click a link I offer a similar hadith from Abu Dawud's collection. Book 41, Number 5186:
      Narrated AbuHurayrah:

      Suhayl ibn AbuSalih said: I went out with my father to Syria. The people passed by the cloisters in which there were Christians and began to salute them. My father said: Do not give them salutation first, for AbuHurayrah reported the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) as saying: Do not salute them (Jews and Christians) first, and when you meet them on the road, force them to go to the narrowest part of it.

  • Allah states: “Whoever kills a human being… then it is as though he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a human life it is as though he had saved all mankind.”
    • The quote is from Surah Al-Ma'idah 32. Of course, Muslims don't like to quote the next ayeh to Kuffar. But I like to, and I like to cite Ibn Kathir's tafsir of 5:32.
      • The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.
      • What is the meaning of "wage war against Allah"? Ibn Kathir gives an explicit answer: `Wage war' mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways.. Notice the phrase I emphasized. disbelief is one of the definitions of waging war, which subjects one to the specified hudud.
  • No one probably ever heard of such a stunning message of peace, which considers killing just one person (be it innocent or not) tantamount to killing the entire humanity?
    • The catch is: only if that person is a Muslim! The parenthetical 'or not' is totally bogus. Islam does not recognize the sanctity of life of Kuffar
      • And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us[Bukhari 1.8.387].
  • Now the doubters should not have any more skepticism about Muslim’s claim that “Islam is a religion of peace”.
    • We are not in doubt; we know blessed well that Islam is a war cult, not a religion of peace. I have published 490 excerpts from Islam's canon of scripture, tradition & jurisprudence which leave no doubt. Those texts form a congruent pattern of unmistakable clarity.
  • The unjustified criticisms of and spitting venoms at Islam by the hateful Islam-bashers got to stop now..

    • Criticism of Islam is not unjustified. A trail of blood & tears; the bones of millions of innocent victims from Medina to Mumbai testify to this fatal fact. Those of us who understand Islam; who have read its revelation, tradition & exegeses will not be silent. Morality demands that we share our knowledge with others less informed.
Further confirmation is found in Shari'ah. Reliance of the Traveller is recognized as authentic by Al-Azhar. Book O, Chapter 9 defines Jihad, tells us how frequently it must be performed and against whom. This is Islamic law, and it condemns the war cult in the eyes of all sentient persons with a scintilla of morality.
  • Chapter O9.0: Jihad

    (O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. [Refer to translator's notes to 2:190.]

  • O9.1 : The Obligatory Character of Jihad ...

    As for subsequent times, there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims.

    The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, "Jihad is a communal obligation," meaning upon the Muslims each year. ...

  • O9.8: The Objectives of Jihad

    The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o11.4) -which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax (O: in accordance with the word of Allah Most High,

    "Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled" (Koran 9.29),

    the time and place for which is before the final descent of Jesus (upon whom be peace). After his final coming, nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus' descent (upon him and our Prophet be peace), which is the divinely revealed law of Muhammad. The coming of Jesus does not entail a separate divinely revealed law, for he will rule by the law of Muhammad. As for the Prophet's saying (Allah bless him and give him peace),

    "I am the last, there will be no prophet after me,"

    this does not contradict the final coming of Jesus (upon whom be peace), since he will not rule according to the Evangel, but as a follower of our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) ).

  • O9.9

    The caliph fights all other peoples until they become Muslim (O: because they are not a people with a Book, nor honored as such, and are not permitted to settle with paying the poll tax (jizya) ) (n: though according to the Hanafi school, peoples of all other religions, even idol worshippers, are permitted to live under the protection of the Islamic state if they either become Muslim or agree to pay the poll tax, the sole exceptions to which are apostates from Islam and idol worshippers who are Arabs, neither of whom has any choice but becoming Muslim (al-Hidaya sharh Bidaya al-mubtadi' (y21), 6.48-49) ).

Jihad is defined as fighting Kuffar to establish Islam. It's minimal requirement is one military expedition per year. It is carried out against people of the book until they are subjugated & extorted and against all other people until they are converted. That is not my opinion, it is Islamic law derived from Qur'an & Sunnah as applied by the Shafi'ite school. Which mainstream Madh'hab rejects it? What does the Hanafi school say?
Sheikh Burhanuddin Ali of Marghinan, d. 1196, hanafi. The Hidayah, cit. ur T.P. Hughes, A Dictionary of Islam (London 1895/1994), s. 244-5.
The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the traditions which are generally received to this effect. […] When the Muslims enter the enemy’s country and besiege the cities or strongholds of the infidels, it is necessary to invite them to embrace the faith, because Ibn Abbas relates of the Prophet that he never destroyed any without previously inviting them to embrace the faith. If, therefore, they embrace the faith, it is unnecessary to war with them, because that which was the design of the war is then obtained without war. […] If the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax, it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them […]

How about the more pacifist Sufi? What did Al-Ghazali say?
al-Ghazali, d. 1111, shafi’i, sufi. Kitab al-Wagiz fi fiqh madhab al-imam al-Safi’i (Beirut 1979), s. 186, 190-1, 199-200, 202-3, övers. Michael Schub.
One must go on jihad (i.e. warlike razzias or raids) at least once a year […] one may use a catapult against them [non-Muslims] when they are in a fortress, even if among them are women and children.

  1. Ibn Kathir's Tafsir uses ayat & hadith to explain the meanings of ayat. Allah's imperatives are contained in clear verses, requiring no explanation. The following list consists of the titles of several tafsir which explain Allah's commands & orders to fight. These titles are linked to the tafsir; click them, read and understand how peaceful islam ain't.

Tuesday
Jan062009

Its Shari'ah, Stupid

Abu Yusuf, d. 798, Hanafi. Kitab al-kharaj, transl. Edmond Fagnan, Le livre de l'impot foncier (Paris 1921).

Quote:
Arab territory differs from non-Arab territory in that one fights Arabs only to oblige them to embrace Islam without making them pay the poll tax: nothing but their conversion is acceptable, and their land, if it is left to them, is tithe land. […] The Arabs who possess Revealed Scriptures [Jews and Christians] are treated as non-Arabs and are allowed to pay the poll-tax. […]
You have now seen a quote from the Hanafi school of Shari'ah. This quote was drawn from a Swedish forum which became a victim of censorship. Having saved the forum thread to my hard disk, I have compiled it into an ebook and made it available on my web site.

The present passage has meaning: Arab victims had to be converted or killed; Jews, Christians, Sabeans, Samaritans & Zoroastrians could be converted or subjugated & extorted as Dhimmis. All must be warred upon. That passage hit paper less than 200 years after Moe's death; it is not a modern innovation by the Abd Al-Wahab.

Tuesday
Jan062009

War News: Voices From The War

~Snooper~

Remember what (general) reid said back in April of 2007 when he was trying to ensure a defeat in Iraq for US Forces as he was trying to ensure a defeat of President Bush for political power and gain? The panty waste dweeb from Nevada regurgitated some more guttural nonsense recently.

JPA started to broadcast reid's stupidity and obviously demented spin yesterday but got too ill to get through it. I understand totally. So, below is the audio as well as the video. (Sometimes, videos get deleted if they are deemed too unkind to the morons of the Leftinistra...thus, the audio.)


All that was recently on Meet The Depressed. The following is from April of 2007, AFTER the Press Conference in Baghdad in March of 2007. It is quite clear, as can be seen in the screen shot below, that reid and his ilk of sycophantic worm dirt cherry picked that which they thought would best fit their plan to aid and abet the enemy for their own political aspirations...at the cost of American lives. I have posted an excerpt of the audio taken from the video.

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Now, clearly, reid and his kind are so far from the reaches of reality, they have believed and accepted their own lies and know that they have lied but cannot and will not admit it. What is a person like that classified as?

Reid got called out and STILL cannot acknowledge that The Troop Surge has been a phenomenal success in the light of how many times the Leftinistra have tried to lose the war. Here's the good part. I tried to excerpt some audio from the March 2007 Press Conference that reid combed through to find his idiocy a new voice but the video guts off just as General Petraeus was getting into the meat of the subject. I wanted you to hear it in his own voice. However, I do have an excerpt of General Petraeus talking about the "reconcilables and the irreconcilables" in Iraq. One presents a military solution and the other is a combination.

The entire conference was about the 18 Iraqi Benchmarks behind the scenes, don't ya know...and, by the way, ALL of them have been met.

Reid is an idiot.



Video and full transcript located here...

Related posts: Volokh Conspiracy, Jules Crittenden, Ace,

Sunday
Jan042009

Where Were the Americans?

I come fresh from Do The Right Thing, where I saw a video that I must share with you. In this video, Tom Trento reports from beautiful downtown Fort Lauderdale Florida, where a mob of 300 hate filled Falestinians were shouting "Nuke Israel" and other messages of Islamic love, peace and tolerance.

They were opposed by a tiny showing of 50 loyal Americans with the courage to stand up for our only democratic ally in the Mid East.

There should have been thousands of Americans to stand up for peace, truth & justice; to shout down the hate spewing SandMaggots. There should be enough so that they would not need the police protection which prevented the SandMaggots from violently assaulting the Americans.

If you are a loyal, liberty loving American, and such a demonstration is held in your community, go and stand up like a man, take your friends with you, out number the demon spawn and shout them down for Chrissake!

It is high time; long overdue for Americans to wake up, wise up & rise up to defend what is right and oppose the evil in our midst. Act now, before it is too late to save our nation from enslavement to Islam.

Sunday
Jan042009

Israel Moves Into Gaza with Troops and Tanks

~Douglas~

Israel sent thousands of troops, backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, into the Gaza Strip as they lauched a ground offensive in Gaza last night. This action follows a week of airstrikes into Gaza that were aimed at stopping rocket and missile attacks against Israel from the Muslim controlled region. Since 2005, after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, relinquishing full control to the Palestinians (and eventually to the terrorist group, Hamas) 6,500 rockets and missiles have been fired into Israel, primarily targeting civilians, killing indescrimitantly.

Hamas, while living up to the "Death To Israel" chant you hear often coming from the lips of Islamists, has used women and children as shields while proclaiming to the world that Israel is in fact the aggressors. Palestinians, and the rest of the Muslim world, continuously remind us that they are committed to Israel's destruction, will never recognize Israel as a nation, and will never end the violence against the Jewish State; yet the moment Israel responds with military actions against the continuous onslaught of violence against them, the Muslim world (and liberal left media alike) screams out that Israel's response is an unbelievable display of disproportionate aggression.

You'd think, if you believe what you read in the newspapers and news magazines, or even kind of believe what you hear on the alphabet news channels, that the Palestinian casualties in a few days of Israeli strikes are astronomical when compared to the deaths of Israelis over any period of time, when in reality the constant pounding of Israel by her neighbors has taking its toll - and the toll has become such that Israel has finally taken action.

Could you imagine if Mexico, declaring that the Southwest United States belonged to them (as the Muslims have declared regarding the Jewish lands), decided to start lobbing rockets into San Diego, San Antonio, and Yuma? How long do you think it would take before the United States took action? Would Americans then be crying out once America took action to stop the attacks? Would the U.S. response be seen as disproportionate? Would we sit still if Mexico or Canada suddenly declared that they were committed to our destruction as a nation, and were willing to use any violence necessary to destroy us? Would we stand for even a single attack against our soil? If you are not sure of the answers to those questions, remember how you felt on September 11, 2001 when the Twin Towers fell.

And here is the real kicker. If any nation other than Israel fights a war and loses, that nation simply lost a war. But Israel, surrounded by the enemy, and existing in a world filled with nations that desire their destruction, must win every war - for to Israel, to lose a war is to cease to exist.

~Douglas~

Sunday
Jan042009

War News That Drives Leftinistra More Moonbattier Than Usual

~Snooper~

The following is data the American Public is not to know under any circumstances

2-320th FAR & ISF Give to Iraqi School Children
BIZNA, Iraq – “Redlegs” from the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment continued to focus on improving the lives of local Iraqis when they visited students from 17 Bizna on their last day of school on May 25, 2008.

During their visit to the local school, the artilleryman from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the Iraqi security forces from Ad Dujayl, spent over six hours handing out numerous supplies to students in the small and remote village south of Balad.

“This visit was our last opportunity to supply the children in 17 Bizna with supplies before the summer break. Hopefully with what we gave them, the supplies will give the kids an added edge in the classroom next year,” said 1st Lt. William R. Hale, a platoon leader with Alpha Battery, 2-320th FAR.

Hale said it was important to do these types of civil military operations in conjunction with the ISF because it shows the local populace that the coalition forces and Iraqi security forces are working together to help build a better Iraq.

“This was just an all around great experience for everyone involved. Doing this type of operation helps the U.S. and Iraqis build lasting friendships with the local population, and that’s one of the reasons we do this type of thing,” said Hale. [...] read the rest...photos

Iraqis Hold Grand Re-opening of Sarafiyah Bridge - Rusafa-Karhk Roadway Bridge Opens After Reconstruction
By Sgt. Jerome Bishop
Multi-National Division - Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The promise of a prosperous future for Iraq took one more step closer to becoming a reality as the Sarafiyah bridge linking the Rusafa and Karkh Districts of Baghdad was reopened, May 27, after being rebuilt.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was present for the opening event, which featured live music, several speeches and a ribbon cutting on the bridge's road way.

The significance of the event wasn't limited only to the result of the bridges opening, but also in how it came to be as it was the government of Iraq, who took the initiative to conduct the reconstruction.

"The reason I think this event was significant today is because it really shows the resilience of the GoI and their ability to repair this bridge, which was destroyed by an insurgent act, and to repair it and continue on with the rebuilding of Iraq and the betterment of Iraq," said Maj. Frank Garcia, a Carson City, Nev., native, who serves as the public affairs officer for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, which operates primarily out of the area where the bridge is located. [...] photos

The First Leg: Bastogne Brigade Sets Conditions for Success in Salah Ad Din
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

SALAH AD DIN, Iraq – Since arriving in Iraq in September, 2007, Soldiers from the Bastogne Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, have been tasked to set the table for Iraqi success in the Salah ad Din province.

The Bastogne Brigade, which is on its third deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, conducts combined counter-insurgency operations daily, to secure the population of the Salah ad Din province. The Brigade is committed to allowing Iraqi security forces and the provincial government here to independently provide security and essential services to the people of the region.

Salah ad Din, which is roughly the size of Vermont, is home to the four key cities of Samarra, Bayji, Tikrit and Balad. It is a geographically diverse area of Iraq that ranges from fertile farmlands to sprawling desert. From the mud huts of Mushlaka to the Mineret of Samarra, Bastogne Soldiers have built a foundation of trust and cooperation with Iraqis here over the last eight months.

“If you had told me when we got here that we would be where we are today, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Maj. William Rice, Bastogne civil affairs officer. [...] photos

Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers Conduct Operations to Increase Safety in Baghdad
Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized weapons throughout Baghdad May 28 as they conducted operations to secure the area.

MND-B Soldiers serving with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division seized a 155 mm projectile round with a detonation cord attached, a 120 mm mortar round, and a bag of TNT northwest of Baghdad at approximately 11:28 a.m.

Later, Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division seized a six-inch EFP starter kit, two pounds of C4 explosives, a 120 mm mortar round, and a 155 mm artillery round in the West Rashid district of Baghdad.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), seized two 4-foot tubes and two 2-foot tubes with white powder, a mortar base, and three pressure plates in the Mansour district of Baghdad at approximately 1:15 p.m.
“Taking weapons and munitions off the streets of Baghdad and the surrounding areas saves lives,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman, MND-B and the 4th Infantry Division. “It’s a powerful message of how much we care about the welfare of the Iraqi people.” [END]

Rakkasans Find Large Homemade Explosive Cache
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A tip led Rakkasan soldiers to approximately 900 pounds of homemade explosives north of Patrol Base Shanghai, about 22 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 26.

Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) uncovered a cache consisting of 18 50-pound bags of homemade explosive.

The cache was detonated on site by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

IA, Rakkasans Uncover Caches in Mahmudiyah
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Iraqi and Rakkasan Soldiers located a cache that included Russian weapons in the Hay al Salam area of Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 28.

A local resident informed the Soldiers of a PKC cache on the roof of one of the buildings in the Qaqa Apartments. The cache contained a PKC machine gun, two Simonov rifles, one bolt-action rifle, two AK-47 magazines, one mortar site and improvised explosive device making materials.

Soldiers from 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and 3rd Platoon, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were conducting clearing operations when they found the weapons.

The IA also found several Kalashnikov-series rifles and a large bag of copper wire in area houses.

The weapons were taken to the IA compound in Mahmudiyah. [END]

Rakkasans Find Large Homemade Explosive Cache
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A tip led Rakkasan soldiers to approximately 900 pounds of homemade explosives north of Patrol Base Shanghai, about 22 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 26.

Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) uncovered a cache consisting of 18 50-pound bags of homemade explosive.

The cache was detonated on site by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Water Purification Creates Endless Water Supply
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

PATROL BASE CORREGIDOR, Iraq - Soldiers at this outpost, about 21 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, don't depend on water deliveries - they pump their own.

"We pump our water in from a man-made lake located in the rear of our patrol base and filter it," said Spc. J.R. Pardo, water purification specialist with Company A, 626th Brigade Support Battalion.

Deployed Soldiers usually have access to two different types of water - potable and non-potable. The difference between the two is that potable water is safe for drinking, bathing and cooking, whereas non-potable water can be used for other purposes, depending on its quality.

The water is pumped through a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit. By going though a rigorous chemical balancing and four filtering pumps, the water is prepared and ready to be used.

The process allows Soldiers to produce and use water without fear of depleting their supply. Pardo said nearly 3,000 gallons are saved per day by using ROWPU. [...]

Iraqi Army Aids Shula Residents
By Sgt. Paul Monroe
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – Leaders and Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division distributed humanitarian aid to residents in Shula, a neighborhood in northwest Baghdad, May 26.

Soldiers travelled door-to-door handing out staples such as rice, lentils and tomato paste to 100 residents.

At the end, nearly 300 residents throughout Shula received aid during a three-day period beginning, May 24.

Shula resident’s movement to and from markets had been hampered by criminal activity in the area, making Soldiers clad in desert uniforms bearing boxes filled with food a welcome sight.

Capt. Joseph Sincere, a fire support officer with the 1st Squadron, 75th Calvary Regiment part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division said, the Soldiers efforts had yielded an optimistic outlook for security going forward.

Some of the same streets used as drop points for humanitarian aid had been the site of recent Iraqi army clearance missions, where Soldiers travelled from house to house, searching and gathering intelligence in an effort to root out criminals taking refuge in the area. [...] photo

Service Members Compete in Iron Chef Competition
By Combined Joint Task Force - 101

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - “There is no love truer than the love of food,” said Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. That love of food, both preparing and serving, coupled with a dose of friendly competition led to the first-ever Iron Chef competition at Bagram Airfield, May 28.

The competition, held at the Aviation Dining Facility, was based on the popular ‘Iron Chef’ television series. It pitted two teams of food service specialists, one representing Task Force Destiny and the other representing Task Force Lifeliner, against each other to see which team could woo a panel of judges senses of sight and taste with their culinary delights.

The showdown started shortly after the afternoon meal was concluded. The two teams were called into the back room of the dining facility, where they faced off as they were given the rules to the competition. Then the moment they anxiously awaited arrived, the unveiling of the “secret ingredient”. The cover was lifted to reveal bell peppers, in vivid red, yellow and green. [...] photos

Food Drop Assists Families in Need
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

PATROL BASE CORREGIDOR, Iraq – Iraqi families in need received nearly three tons of food from U.S. Soldiers southwest of Baghdad, May 27-28.

A civil affairs team and 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers teamed up to bring the food and other supplies to residents of three villages near Patrol Base Corriegidor.

“We took food to the people of Abu Amer, Abu Haswa and Shakariyah, having the sheikhs determine who would receive it,” said 1st Lt. Daniel Hodgson, fire support officer for Troop B, 1-33rd Cav. Regt. “We made sure the sheikhs chose the families most in need, such as widows who are unable to support a family without their husbands.”

The supplies included rice, beans, flour, sugar, salt, soap, tomato paste, bowls and utensils, diapers and infant weaning cereal.

“The planning for the (distribution) began, April 30,” said Staff Sgt. Rob Bridgeford, Company A, 411th CA Battalion team chief. “We had to make sure the food was divided appropriately throughout the needy families; the amount given is able to feed a family of up to 10 for about a month.”

This was the first humanitarian aid food donation in the area since the CA Soldiers arrived. [...]

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Detain Multiple Criminal Suspects, Discover Large Cache
By the Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – Multi National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained six suspected criminals in different areas of the Iraqi capital while conducting ongoing operations May 31.

At approximately 1 p.m., Soldiers from 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division detained a man in West Rashid who is suspected of being associated with several criminal groups. The suspected criminal is an alleged weapons smuggler, facilitator and improvised explosive device maker.

Iraqi Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army, with support from Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division arrested two men suspected for their criminal activity in the Al-Mansour district at approximately 1:20 p.m.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division detained two alleged al-Qaida in Iraq members northwest of Baghdad.

Another suspect was detained in the Adamiyah district by Soldiers from the 108th Military Police Company, 18th MP Bde. May 31. The suspected criminal is alleged to be involved in an explosively formed penetrator attacks on coalition forces. [...]

Preventative IED Training to Save Lives
By Staff Sgt. Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
11th Public Affairs Detachment

TIKRIT, Iraq – Improvised explosive devices are the number-one killer of coalition forces deployed to Iraq. Tougher and larger vehicles are one way of protecting Soldiers on the roads of Iraq, but another is preventative training.

Sailors with Task Force Troy North who specialized in counter IED measures, spend many days at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, located in Tikrit, Iraq, teaching Soldiers what to look for and how to react on the battlefield.

“We are training units to raise their level of awareness, give them an idea of what devices look like up-close, and give them ideas of what indicators they might see,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Juhl. “We get their eyes trained-in to focus when they go outside the wire to be thinking IEDs here, IEDS there, that could be a timing marker that could be an indicator.” [...] photos

Rakkasans Help Mothers Meet Children’s Needs
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airbourne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – More than 100 Iraqi families showed up to receive diapers, formula and cereal at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex Civil Military Operations Center, about seven kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 31.

Rakkasan soldiers handed out two packages of disposable diapers, two cans of powdered formula and two cans of cereal mix for each child 3 years and younger. More than 180 children were assisted during the distribution.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, began an initiative to reach out to and meet the needs of Iraqi women in February. A series of meetings with professional Iraqi women and visits to women from different areas in the Mahmudiyah Qada revealed their dreams, hopes, needs and future goals. [...] photos

MND-B Soldiers Seize Weapons Caches in Baghdad
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized weapons as they continued conducting operations to increase security, June 1-2.

A local citizen turned in munitions to Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at a combat outpost northwest of Baghdad at approximately 9 p.m., June 1.

The items included a homemade rocket, a homemade launcher, two 120 mm rounds, an anti-aircraft gun and 80 .50 cal. rounds.

MND-B Soldiers serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division seized weapons in northwestern Baghdad at approximately 8:30 a.m., June 2. The weapons consisted of two rocket warheads, blasting caps, twelve AK47 magazines and various improvised explosive device making materials.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., June 2, a Soldier serving with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division found an explosively formed penetrator in the Adhamiya District of Baghdad. [END]

IA, MND-B Soldiers Find Multiple Weapons Caches
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Iraqi army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers seized numerous weapons in Baghdad, June 3.

At approximately 9 a.m. in the Karkh security district, IA Soldiers from 22nd Brigade, 6th IA Division, seized two rocket components, two rocket propelled grenades, two MP-5 magazines and an armored vest.

Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered six 60mm high explosive mortar rounds, two 82mm mortar rounds, three RPGs, seven mortar tail booms and a grenade at approximately 11 a.m. in the Sadr City District of Baghdad.

The IA Soldiers from 44th Brigade, 11th IA Division found an improvised explosive device, two rocket warheads, 12 RPGs, an RPG launcher; approximately 4,000, 7.62mm rounds; 14 boxes of various ammunition, a PKC and a AK-47, a rocket motor, three radios, five RPG motors, four blasting caps, five flak vests and three pounds of explosives at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Baladiat area of New Baghdad. [...]

MND-B Soldiers Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
By Spc. Aaron Rosencrans
Multi-National Divison - Baghdad

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Music and dancing filled the courtyard at the Strike Dining Facility on Camp Liberty, May 30, during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration where Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers learned about the many cultures of Asian Pacific Americans.

Soldiers from Camp Taji traveled to perform choreographed group and solo dances to help MND-B Soldiers have a better understanding of the Asian Pacific customs and cultures; the Soldiers also had the opportunity to sample traditional meals.

The event was to not only entertain Soldiers during the lunch hour, but to educate them about the different customs and traditions in the many Asian Pacific cultures.

“Events like these heighten the awareness of other cultures,” said Master Sgt. Sarah Blackmon, a native of Maysville, N.C., who serves as the MND-B equal opportunity deputy and non-commissioned officer-in-charge with the 4th Infantry Division and MND-B.

“Because we are a diverse Army, we need to learn about other cultures to have a better understanding of our brothers and sisters who fight with us.” [...] photos

Battlefield Promotions for “Bastogne” Artillerymen
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment Public Affairs Office

LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq – Seven Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, were some of the first artillerymen in the Army to receive battlefield promotions on June 1 at Logistical Support Area Anaconda, Iraq.

The “Redlegs”, who fall under the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the battlefield promotions under a new program that allows enlisted Soldiers to be promoted based on extraordinary performance during combat.

“The battlefield promotion program is designed to accelerate those Soldiers that willingly and unhesitatingly accept and flawlessly perform at levels of increased responsibility in the combat environment,” said Command Sgt. Major Edward E. Estep, battalion sergeant major for the 2-320th.

The battlefield promotions are a one-year pilot program that was quietly introduced in military personnel (MILPER) message 08-094 dated April 1. It's set to expire April 9, 2009. [...] photos

ISF, Rakkasans Recover Two Caches in Mahmudiyah Area
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A tip from an informant led Iraqi security forces and Rakkasan Soldiers to two separate weapons caches southwest of Baghdad, June 3.

The informant told Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, the first cache was originally found in the side of a canal. The informant moved the munitions to a secure location until IA and coalition forces arrived.

The cache, found near Mohammad Fahad, 22 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, included three SPG-9 Russian rockets, 12 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds and 28 60 mm mortar rounds.

The munitions were taken back to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for disposal at a later date.

The second cache was discovered by Mahmudiyah Iraqi police and the 65th Military Police Company near Muadefeen, about 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad. That cache included six 60 mm mortars identified by explosive ordnance disposal personnel as Iranian in origin, 32 rocket propelled grenade rounds, five RPG motors and various other mortar components.

The cache was taken to the Mahmudiyah IA Compound.

Rakkasans from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently began riverine operations along the Euphrates River. Gaining access to caches similar to these buried in the river bed is one of their goals. [END]

Iraqi Soldiers Continue Seizing Caches in Sadr City
By the Multi-National Division – North Public Affairs Office

TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, uncovered several weapons caches in Sadr City, Baghdad, June 7.

The soldiers seized a weapons cache at approximately 5:30 a.m. consisting of an explosively formed projectile, a 155 mm artillery round, an improvised-explosive device, explosive wire, two anti-tank rockets and an anti-aircraft rocket.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., soldiers in the same unit discovered two more caches, the first of which consisted of two 60 mm mortar rounds, three machine guns, four Russian sniper rifles, five AK-47 magazines and 200 AK-47 rounds.

The second cache consisted of a rocket propelled grenade, five grenades, an RPG-7 round, three SPG-9 anti-tank rockets, a 20 mm round, three fuses made up of explosive wire, a radio and an IED with a 155 mm mortar round.

Another cache found at approximately 9 a.m. included two IEDs, two RPGs, four propellant RPGs, two anti-tank mines, an anti-personnel mine, wire and a block of C-4. [...]

Rakkasans Coordinate Veterinarian Visit in Owesat
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Rakkasans organized a veterinary clinic at the Nasiriyah school in Owesat, May 31.

“Owesat is a farming community and the animals and husbandry is a key aspect of their lives,” said 1st Lt. Edward Janis, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry Regiment. “Currently, they don’t have any medicine for the animals so we funded a project to sponsor a local animal doctor who has some training in the field.”

The Soldiers of 3-187 Inf. Regt., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), coordinated for Iraqi veterinarian Mohammed Helim to vaccinate livestock in the community, approximately 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad. Helim is responsible for tending to the livestock of four tribes in the area. [...]

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Sunday
Jan042009

War News: News The Enemies Within Hate To Print

~Snooper~

Getting back to posting on the plethora of successes our Troops have accomplished in the Global War On Terror, I am constantly amazed how good our fighting men and women are. Those that have never served yet say that they support the Troops is indeed admirable but only those that have served in The Suck truly know...others can only imagine...

Screaming Eagles Teach Iraqi Army Soldiers to Drive

By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA)

TIKRIT, Iraq – A long line of armored vehicles screams down the highway, weaving in and out of traffic like a drunken serpent. Behind the wheel of most of these vehicles are young Iraqi army soldiers, most of whom have never properly learned to drive.

A danger to themselves, other drivers and civilians, these road warriors need professional help.

Soldiers from 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) know what safe driving looks like and have teamed up with the IA to provide a driver’s training course. The “Taskmaster” battalion has driven more than 90,000 miles on long stretches of road in the Salah ad Din province keeping the “Bastogne” team in the fight.

As the Iraqi army matures and begins to assume a larger role in securing the people of the province, they are looking more and more to their coalition partners as mentors and teachers. [...] read the rest...photos

Service Members ‘trot’ for GWOT
By Sgt. 1st Class Antony M. C. Joseph
Combined Joint Task Force - 101

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Drum beats and music resonated in the dusty Afghan air as men and women gathered under the morning sun. The sounds of the 101st Airborne Division Band became increasingly muffled as thunders of ‘whooshing’ sounds grew nearer. The sand lifted into a whirlwind as an Apache, Blackhawk and Chinook helicopter simultaneously passed overhead – a signal that meant ‘go.’ With that, the men and women bolted off and began their 10 kilometer stretch toward the finish line.

More than 700 service members participated in the ‘GWOT Trot,’ an 101st Combat Aviation Brigade-sponsored race held, May 17.

Runs are not new to service members, nor are commemorative races. However, what made the GWOT Trot unique was service members and contract workers here and from task forces in Jalalabad, Kandahar, Salerno and many other forward operating bases undertook the race together – separate locations with one overlying theme. [...] read the rest...photos

Citizens Lead Soldiers to Three Caches
By Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Once a haven for insurgents to conduct operations and store weapons, the community of Maderiyah lived in fear. Now, citizens have turned against insurgents and are providing intelligence to secure their community, leading to the recovery of numerous weapons caches.

On, May 16, citizens led Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, to three separate caches.

“Local Iraqis are tired of the violence and fighting … and have come to see the benefits of assisting the coalition and (Iraqi army’s) efforts in their community,” said Lt. Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, attached to 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. “The benefits of assisting the coalition and government of Iraq clearly outweigh any benefit to supporting or tolerating the insurgency.”

The first cache consisted of four rocket propelled grenades, six RPG warheads and six RPG boosters. [...] read the rest

Vice Chief Reenlists BSB Soldier
By Cpt. Georginia Bradshaw
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARE OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - The U.S. Army vice chief of staff, Gen. Richard A. Cody reenlisted a Bravo Company, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Soldier and presented a few combat patches to Soldiers during his farewell tour, May 12.

Reenlisted was Sgt. James W. Kehoe, Jr, a Bravo Company, 801st BSB, 4th BCT mechanic from Cleveland.

“I am excited because I served with General Cody when he was the 101st commander,” said Kehoe, who has been in the Army 12 years and reenlisted for five more.

Kehoe shared fond memories of the general.

“At General Cody’s chain of command, we had a pass and review with the division. It was the most amazing situation because he had told the entire division to rush him at the podium,” said Kehoe. “Everyone was screaming and yelling. It was an awesome experience and extremely moving because that was the last time the entire division was at Fort Campbell, (Ky.).”

Though he expressed a sincere congratulation, Kehoe also felt mixed emotions when he learned the visit was the general’s farewell tour. [...] read the rest...photo

Piledriver Comes to an End, Projects Continue
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Operation Marne Piledriver kicked off in earnest April 15 with an Iraqi army-led air assault and clearing operations in the Mahmudiyah area, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Although the IA has led air assaults in the past, this particular mission showcased its abilities.

“This … showed that Iraqis are securing the area, ridding it of the last bastion of (al-Qaida in Iraq) and simultaneously injected projects, both US- and Iraqi-funded, such as clean water, agricultural and other business opportunities and (aimed) to grow the trust in Iraqi security forces,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Piledriver is the first major operation initiated by Task Force Marne that targeted capacity building throughout the Mahmudiyah Qada.

From refurbishing schools, clinics and water treatment facilities to rejuvenating the poultry and fish industries, the operation has yielded several projects to improve quality of life for Iraqis on many fronts. [...] read the rest...photos

Aviation Unit Flies 200th Air Assault Mission in Iraq
By Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – As grand accomplishments go, Task Force Marne’s Combat Aviation Brigade’s 200th combat air assault mission during their current deployment to Iraq went off with as little fanfare as possible.

An uneventful mission is just fine with the pilots of 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, the CAB, 3rd Infantry Division’s air assault unit.

“For us it went exactly as planned,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Nigel Huebscher, the mission’s flight lead. “We hit the ‘time on target,’ spot on the (landing zone) and performed the mission as close to flawlessly as we can.”

The first 12 months of the 3rd CAB’s 15-month deployment in Multi-National Division – Center has seen many records knocked down; total flight hours of 100,000 and fuel pumped of more than 10 million gallons, to name a couple. Most of these records are based on the operational tempo of the 3rd CAB, meaning the amount of missions flown every day and night.

During the unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2005, the 4-3rd Avn. Regt. executed more than 110 air assault missions in their first 12 months, said Capt. Conor Stilwell, assistant operations officer. [...] read the rest...photos

Sayafiyah Celebrates Change
By Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – After nearly three months of reconstruction, Sayafiyah residents celebrated the simultaneous openings of the Sayafiyah Governance Center, Veterinary Clinic and Health Clinic on May 20.

“This is their day,” said Capt. Joe Johnson, commander of Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, currently attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

All three of the projects were a result of teamwork between Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the civilian population.

“They are great people down here who want to help themselves,” said Sgt. Jeremy Johnson, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-187th Inf. Regt. “They put a lot of hard work into this,” he said, pointing to the restored health center. “Before, it was just rubble.” [...] read the rest...photos

SoI, Shaykh Tip Lead Rakkasans to Huge Cache
By Multi-National Division - Center

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – A local shaykh, informed by a Sons of Iraq member, gave a tip to coalition forces leading them to a huge munitions cache approximately 13 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 21.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, retrieved the cache containing 268 57 mm mortar rounds, two 82 mm mortars and four 107 mm rocket casings.

None of the rounds were serviceable, but they could have been alternately used as improvised explosive devices.

The munitions were turned over to Iraqi army personnel at a nearby compound. [END]

Widowmakers Fight Off Militant Attack While Searching for Cache Near Shulla
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division–Baghdad Soldiers from Troop B, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received a tip of a possible weapons cache just on the outskirts of Shulla in western Baghdad May 16.

The scene going into the area was almost unreal. Animal carcasses littered the fields surrounding Shulla. The creek running to Shulla’s south filled the air with an awful odor. As the Soldiers pushed into the area, an improvised explosive device immediately detonated. Fortunately, it did not strike any of the troops. The IED attached was immediately followed by three rocket-propelled grenades.

For nearly the next two hours, the Soldiers continued to search the area for the possible cache while under attack by indirect mortar and RPG fire. The Soldier’s fought back against the violent extremists, firing 5.56mm and .50-caliber rounds into the enemy forces’ positions. [...] read the rest...photos

Bastogne Physical Therapists Keep Soldiers on Their Feet
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA)

COMBAT OPERATIONS BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – It’s not a game, it’s combat. Yet many of the physical tolls that professional athletes face are mirrored in professional Soldiers. Pulled muscles, back pains and sprains are just a few injuries that Soldiers face while conducting day to day operations in Iraq.

Enter the Army physical therapist. A mobile, hands-on medical professional, who works with Soldiers to alleviate Soldier’s neuromusculoskeletal problems in the thick of the fight.

“We see our guys on the line as professional athletes,” said Capt. Christine Iverson, a physical therapist with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Iverson, who has been an Army physical therapist since April of 2006, earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Baylor University and has been helping Screaming Eagle Soldiers reach their peak performance ever since. She and her mobile physical therapy team have helped more than 2,500 Soldiers get back on their feet since being deployed here in Sept. 2007. [...] read the rest...photos

Rakkasans Distribute Supplies to Iraqi Schools
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Public Afffairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers distributed school supplies to the Saad and al-Zuwaiti Schools, about 11 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 21.

The Soldiers, with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), distributed a total of nine boxes filled with pens, pencils, erasers, paper, folders and other supplies.

“Basically, anything you would send your child to school with back home was included,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Wade, native of Auburn, Mass., section sergeant for Troop A.

Schoolchildren and generous people of Fairfield, Pa., donated everything distributed on that day.

“Tammy Kurtz, mother of one of our Soldiers, a teacher’s aide in Fairfield, contacted us and wanted to do something with the students as a civic’s lesson,” Wade said.

Various stores and shops in the Fairfield area took interest and also contributed to the donation of items. [...] read the rest...photos

Uthman Feed Mill Renovations Complete
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – After months of planning and hard work, the Uthman Feed Mill celebrated its completion of refurbishments in Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad, on May 21.

The finished feed mill now boasts a sound-proof generator and increased ability to provide pelletized feed for the re-energized poultry and fish industries.

“My feed mill shows the continued commitment of American forces to the area,” said Uthman Daheesh, the owner. “Without their assistance this would not be possible.”

The feed mill also now has the dyes it previously lacked to pelletize feed. [...] read the rest...photos

Government Officials, U.S. Work to Heal, Unite
By Capt. Drew Sandstrum
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

PATROL BASE KEMPLE, Iraq – For the first time in recent history, the government of Iraq came to the aid of local residents requiring medical care in al-Betra and Owesat, about 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, on May 20.

Assisted by Soldiers of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), GoI officials and Iraqi doctors flew to a school in the remote community of al-Betra to provide medical care and discuss the extension of government services to the area.

The adjoining communities of al-Betra and Owesat sit on the western shores of the Euphrates River. The area falls under the jurisdiction of Anbar province and Ameriyah-Fallujah Nahia, despite being more than 30 kilometers from the nahia government and more than 40 kilometers from Fallujah, the seat of provincial government.

This natural isolation has led to a lack of essential services. In recent months, however, the tribal leaders of al-Betra and Owesat have reached out to GoI officials with the assistance of coalition forces. This mission marks a turning point in the effort to integrate the communities into government operations. [...] read the rest...photos

Speicher-based Unit Wins Top Quartermaster Award
By Spc. Rick Rzepka

COMBAT OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – “I am Quartermaster; my story is enfolded in the history of this nation, sustainer of Armies.”

The 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, has been selected by the 2008 Quartermaster Honors Panel as a Distinguished Unit of the Quartermaster Regiment. The 426th BSB is the only unit to have won the annual honor twice.

Since 1993, the award has recognized units with a Quartermaster lineage that have significantly contributed to the proud heritage of the Army and the Quartermaster corps.
The “Taskmaster” battalion’s history, longevity, campaign and battle streamers, and unit citations were all taken into consideration in determining this year’s winner.

“The 426th BSB is a proven winner,” said Col. Michael S. McBride, 1st BCT commander. “This battle-hardened unit deserves the honor as being named as the 2008 Distinguished Unit of the Quartermaster Regiment,” he said. [...] read the rest...photo

Coalition Forces Care for Obeidi Tribe
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Members of the Obeidi tribe in Maderiyah, 25 kilometers south of Baghdad, have always relied on one another through difficult times.

Now, thanks to successful implementation of the counterinsurgency policy, the tribe can also rely on Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, for help.

Soldiers from 1st Platoon, Battery B, 1-9th FA, met with an Obeidi woman May 21 to coordinate treatment options for burns she suffered during a mortar attack aimed at coalition forces. [...] read the rest...photos

IA, Coalition MiTT Find Cache at Fish Farm
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army soldiers and a Rakkasan Military Transition Team found a weapons cache in the water of a fish farm in Shubayshen, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 24.

A tip led Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division and the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment MiTT, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to the cache of six 120 mm mortar rounds.

The cache was turned over to the IA for later disposal by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

IA, Rakkasans Find Cache in Lutifiyah
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi and Rakkasan Soldiers uncovered a small cache west of Patrol Base Lutifiyah, about 40 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 23.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), found 18 82-mm mortar rounds and seven mortar fuses.

The items were taken to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for destruction at a later date. [END]

Balad Area Fighters Reconcile With Iraqi Government
By Spc. Rick Rzepka

BALAD, Iraq – More than 140 fugitives in the Balad area have turned themselves in to Iraqi security forces here, May 22, and many more are expected to come into the fold during the next several days.

Iraqi nationals suspected of planning and carrying out attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces, initiated the process of reconciliation at the Joint Coordination Center in the city of Balad as a result of increased pressure on anti-Iraqi forces in the last several weeks.

Tribal leaders in the area have made an attempt to end the stand off with coalition and Iraqi forces by bringing the men under their influence into the governmental fold.

“Today’s reconciliation is an example of local leaders taking a broad step forward in the future security and in the legitimacy of the Iraqi legal process,” said U.S. Army Maj. Ramiro Salazar, operations officer for the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Along with Iraqi security forces, the squadron is responsible for security in Balad. [...] read the rest...photo

Daughters of Iraq Begin Training
By 1st Lt. Agustin Valerio Nunez
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – The Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment found an ally in the Sons of Iraq (Abn al-Iraq) early on in their 15-month deployment.

As part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Rogue worked with the Sons of Iraq to thwart criminal activity in the Al Mansour District of northwest Baghdad for 13 months.

Now the plan is to add women to the ranks.

On, May 17, 31 women from the Adil and Jamia neighborhoods of northwest Baghdad began training to become part of the Daughters of Iraq.

The 10-day training program was held at the Joint Security Station in Adil. There Soldiers incorporated hands-on-instruction with classroom activities to teach women basic military skills. [...] read the rest...photo

CJTF-101 Observes Memorial Day in Afghanistan
By Pfc. Scott Davis
Combined Joint Task Force-101

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – A cool afternoon shower set a somber mood as Combined Joint Task Force-101 observed Memorial Day with a ceremony here today, paying tribute to those who have died in our nation’s service.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and CJTF-101 was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

“Like the brave veterans who served before us and now lay in final rest at our nation’s cemeteries, today’s Soldier, Sailor, Marine and Airman continues to prove that they are willing to risk everything, and to give up the comforts of life so that others, average American citizens, can go about their daily routines freely and without fear,” Schloesser said.

He ended his speech with a quote written on a memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

“Nothing speaks higher to the memory of fallen Americans than these: ‘Not for fame or reward, not for place or rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it, these men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and died.” [...] read the rest...photos


Photo Gallery
Troops Patrol Northern Ghazaliyah
Strike Soldiers Patrol Western Baghdad
Widowmakers Set Up Concertina Wire Around Shulla
Troops Set Up Obstacles to Help Halt Enemy Movements In, Out of Shulla
No Respite for Unsung Heroes of No Slack Battalion
Medical Visit for Iraqi Man
A Day in the Life of a CG's Aide
101st Airborne Soldiers Honor Fallen
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Sunday
Jan042009

War News: Voices From The War

~Snooper~

The following information is that which you will never read about in the alleged main stream media now reclassified as the Lame Stream Media. Supporting the Troops and telling their stories is anathema to those that loathe our military as well as to those that pretend to support the Troops. I once wore the Uniform and I did swear the Oath. To hell with the pretend and self-appointed intellectuals. These are what the Troops have accomplished in spite of the moronic left.

Iraqi Army Led to Cache in Shakariya

By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A local citizen led Soldiers from 2nd Company, 4th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division to a cache in Shakariya, about 24 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 11.

The cache contained 50 rocket fuses, two cans of 14.75 mm loose ammunition, one anti-tank grenade, one bag each of 5.56 mm and 14.75 mm ammunition, three pressure plates, one 2.2-pound bag of homemade explosives and various trigger components.

The items will be transported to the IA headquarters in Yusifiyah for disposal. [END]

1-35th Takes the Reins From 2-69th
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Two companies from two different battalions traded places during a ceremony at Patrol Base Lion's Den, about 15 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 10.

The Soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment will soon head back to Fort Benning, Ga., after a 15-month deployment as Co. B, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment fills in their place.

Company B, 2-69th Armor Regt., part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was attached to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during their deployment. [...] read the rest...photos

SoI, IA Unearth Cache After Tip, Rakkasans Assist
By 3rd Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Sons of Iraq members and 3rd Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division soldiers, discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition near Say Fahal village, approximately 20 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 12.

Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, assisted in the recovery.

Acting on information of munitions and weapons in the area, the Rakkasans coordinated for a metal detector to use in discovering the cache.

The cache consisted of three Egyptian 100 kilogram explosive devices, 57 Iraqi 60 mm mortars, 53 Chinese 60 mm mortars, four 130 mm Iraqi high explosive projectiles, a Russian 122 mm rocket, a South African 155 mm rocket and various fuses and ammunition.

The weapons and ammunition were destroyed by explosives ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Chicks Hatch, Kick Start Poultry Industry
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – The Karadi hatchery was abuzz with activity as nearly 33,000 day-old chicks were prepared for delivery to chicken farms in Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 13.

At the end of a 21-day incubation period, 32,750 chicks were distributed among seven local farmers. The chicks represented approximately 94 percent of the 35,000 eggs, well exceeding the expected 90 percent survival rate.

“After eight to nine months of planning, this is the first step where all the chicken farmers see live chickens getting put into the entire chicken industry,” said Capt. Benjamin Neusse, civil military operations officer for 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. [...] read the rest...photos

Field Artillery Provides Aid to Displaced Iraqis
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment Public Affiars Office

ETAB, Iraq – Since the beginning of the war, millions of Iraqis have fled their homes seeking refuge from violence and unrest brought on by insurgent groups in the war-torn country.

According to recent U.N. reports, over 2.2 million Iraqis have been displaced due to conflict and sectarian violence, and an estimated 60,000 are being forced to leave their homes every month.

To leaders within 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), helping those who have been displaced has become a top concern.

“Every opportunity we take to help the people of Iraq in the midst of this conflict further isolates the insurgent from his power base ... the people,” said Maj. Tim Frambes, battalion operations officer. [...] read the rest...photos

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Provide Much Needed Assistance to Local Village
By 1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment PAO

Zuhari, Iraq – Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Iraqi soldiers from 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, spent a day together dropping off humanitarian aid supplies in the village of Zuhari on April 29, 2008.

The village, which lies southeast of Balad, has around 300 people and lacks clean water, medical supplies, and consistent electricity.

“This was great opportunity to show the people of Zuhari that we truly care for there well-being. I think that by working together, the Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers made a huge difference for some really great people during this mission,” said Capt. Adalberto Rodriguez, battery commander for Alpha Battery, 2-320th FAR. [...] read the rest...photos

Iraqi Army, Rakkasans Find Weapons Cache in Abu Osage
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army and Rakkasan soldiers located a weapons cache in Abu Osage, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, after following up on a tip from a local resident, May 14.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division, and 4th Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were conducting a joint patrol when they uncovered the buried cache.

The cache contained four 120 mm mortar rounds, three 155 mm mortar rounds, two 105 mm mortar rounds, three 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds, six boxes of DSHKA rounds, two boxes of 25 mm mortar rounds, one box of 60 mm mortar fuses and one 120 mm mortar tube with tripod.

The munitions were taken to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for disposal at a later date. [END]

Four Rakkasans Selected for Sgt. Audie Murphy Club
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne. Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Four Rakkasans from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have been selected for induction into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club since the brigade arrived in Iraq.

After a series of grueling boards at the battalion, brigade and division levels, these noncommissioned officers proved themselves to be the caliber of Soldier the board members sought.

Sergeant First Class Anthony Crisostomo, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment; Staff Sgt. Johnny White, HHC, 3rd Special Troops Battalion; Staff Sgt. Benjamin Richards, Company A, 626th Brigade Support Battalion; and Staff Sgt. Amos Sward, HHC, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., were recommended.

“I think the Audie Murphy Club is a prestigious club made up of NCOs who wanted to be part of something great,” White said. “The Army in itself is a great institution, but within any organization there are a few people who like to set themselves apart; the Audie Murphy Club presents that opportunity.”

Sward likened the selection into the prestigious board to the Expert Infantryman Badge. [...] read the rest.

Fish Farming Rebounds in MND-C
By Greg Dubin
Multi-National Division – Center Public Affairs Office

MULTIN-NATIONAL DIVISION – CENTER, Iraq – The tumultuous era for fish farming in Iraq is beginning to wane, as Task Force Marne Soldiers facilitate a massive rebirth of this once prosperous industry.

The history of “aquaculture” in Iraq dates back thousands of years. Yet, since the 1980’s, the country’s fish farming industry has been declining.

Prior to the recent conflict, more than 2,000 fish farms operated in the country. Due to their profitability, the government took over many of the farms and gave them to Saddam Hussein’s family members.

With the overthrow of Hussein’s regime, the farms were returned to the Iraqi people. This transition from state-owned to private enterprise has required substantial coordination and assistance from TF Marne. [...] read the rest...photos

Yusifiyah Radio Station Begins Broadcasting
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

PATROL BASE YUSIFIYAH, Iraq – A radio station in Yusifyah, about 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, aired its first broadcast throughout the Nahia May 15.

The station will broadcast Iraqi music of various genres throughout the day, as well as weekly and bi-weekly message segments dealing with various ministry departments of the government.

“This is for … the people of Yusifiyah,” said Jamal Hussein, radio station manager. “This station is supported … by both the coalition and government of Iraq.”

A small building in the Yusifiyah Joint Security Station was renovated with new paint and windows, air conditioning, lights and broadcast equipment for broadcast use. [...] read the rest...photo

IA, MND-B Soldiers Strengthen Relationship With Mansour Community
By Spc. April Campbell
Multi-National Division Baghdad

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – As Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers continue to work with Iraqi soldiers, they stress the importance of developing relationships with members of the local communities.

Working with their Iraqi army counterparts, Soldiers with the 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, currently attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), MND-B, worked to build such relationships during a visit to the Iskan Children’s Teaching Hospital in the Baghdad district of Mansour on May 15.

During the mission, the American and Iraqi Soldiers visited the cancer ward at the children’s hospital to hand out goodies sent by friends and Family in the United States. The Co. D Soldiers have been visiting the children at this hospital, which is near Joint Security Station Washash, where they have stayed since they arrived there more than a year ago. [...] read the rest...photos

Tip Leads Rakkasans to Cache in Mahmudiyah
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasans from 2nd Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), found a cache near the Qaqa apartments in Mahmudiyah, about 26 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 16.

A tip from a local citizen led the Soldiers to a cache comprised of 450 7.62 mm x 54 mm armor-piercing rounds, one 60 mm mortar system, 15 rocket-propelled grenade motors, 96 mortar cartridges and 10 pounds of mortar propellant bags.

Explosive ordnance disposal personnel transported the items to Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah for later disposal. [END]

MND-B Soldiers Kill Two Criminals, Seize Munitions Caches
By the Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Office

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers killed two special groups criminals, who conducted attacks on coalition force soldiers, and discovered two weapons caches, one with the help of a Sons of Iraq (Abna al-Iraq) member, in Baghdad May 16.

The SoI member led Soldiers from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division to a munitions cache consisting of 155 mm mortar rounds west of Baghdad at approximately 12:20 p.m.

At approximately 5 p.m., special groups criminals attacked soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with an improvised-explosive device and small-arms fire, as the soldiers were conducting a mounted patrol in the Shuala neighborhood of Baghdad’s Kadhamiyah district. The MND-B soldiers defended themselves and killed two criminals.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered 82 mm mortars and 60 mm mortars in the Furat neighborhood of the West Rashid district.

“The soldiers of Multi-National Division – Baghdad work alongside the Iraqi security forces to keep these dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, MND-B chief of staff. “We will remain diligent, and steadfast and loyal, in the professional execution of our duties to maintain peace and security for the people of Iraq.” [END]

Mortar Rounds, Rocket Found
By Multi-National Division - Center

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – A local Iraqi gave information leading Iraqi army soldiers to a weapons cache in the Sharifat area, 12 miles south of Baghdad, May 18.

Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division, uncovered the cache, which contained a 60 mm mortar tube with stand, 52 120 mm mortar rounds, 10 82 mm mortar rounds, 13 60 mm mortar rounds, two Iranian 60 mm mortar rounds, one unidentified rocket, one Russian SPG-9 rocket and more than 80 mortar primers and fuses.

The rounds, which were fused and primed, were mostly unserviceable as mortar rounds, but could be used as improvised explosive devices.

Explosive ordnance disposal personnel with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will examine the Iranian rounds. [END]

Photo Gallery
ISF, MND-B Soldiers Patrol Western Baghdad Neighborhood of Ameriyah
Iraqi Army Leads Peaceful Patrol in Yusifiyah
101st Airborne Artillery Fires Shells in Support of Operation Fulton Harvest
IA Soldiers Visit Local Neighborhood Market in Mansour
MND-B Chaplain Conducts Church Service at JSS Washash
Strike Soldiers Search for Caches, React to Enemy Attack
GWOT Trot Held on FOB Fenty

Video
Yusifiyah Opens New Iraqi Police Station
Operation Marne Piledriver Update
Rakkasans Host Tournament

Sunday
Jan042009

HOOAH Rakkasans! Voices From The War

~Snooper~

The following information is that which you will never read about in the alleged main stream media now reclassified as the Lame Stream Media. Supporting the Troops and telling their stories is anathema to those that loathe our military as well as to those that pretend to support the Troops. I once wore the Uniform and I did swear the Oath. To hell with the pretend and self-appointed intellectuals. These are what the Troops have accomplished in spite of the moronic left.

Rakkasans Find Large Rocket, Mortar Cache

By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers recovered nearly 200 weapons rounds near Shubayshen, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 7.

Soldiers from Companies C and D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), acted on a tip that there was a weapons cache in the area.

The cache contained 82 57 mm rockets, 95 82 mm mortars and 23 120 mm rounds, all of which could have been used as improvised explosive devices.

The munitions were secured at Patrol Base Yates for later detonation by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Rakkasans Discover Weapons Cache in Sa’id Abdullah Corridor
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, unearthed a cache during air assault operations in the Sa’id Abdullah Corridor, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 6.

Soldiers from 4th Platoon, Btry. A, found a buried cache that contained 18 86 mm projectiles, three 82 mm rounds, three 130 mm rounds prepared as improvised explosive devices, one 75 mm rocket, one 60 mm mortar base plate, one rocket propelled grenade round and one packing tube with 2,500 7.62 mm rounds.

The unit destroyed the cache by controlled detonation on-site. [END]

Rakkasans Prepare to Patrol Waterways
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Most Soldiers who join the Army can honestly say they would have never imagined patrolling the Euphrates River in a boat.

Some Rakkasans will soon be able to say they’ve done just that.

Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is training to operate boats the unit received, May 2.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Cpl. Tomas Montoya, Co. A, 3-187th Inf. Regt. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to work on boats over here in Iraq.” [...] read the rest...photos here

Rakkasan Transition Team Teaches Iraqi Army Soldier Skills
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – A Military Transition Team stationed at Forward Operating Base Falcon, about eight kilometers south of Baghdad, plays a rigorous and important role in rebuilding the capacity of Iraq.

The MiTT helps the Iraqi army to operate in an optimal manner, said Sgt. Chad Highland, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldiers from the MiTT, assigned to 1-33rd Cav. Regt., teach a five-day Iraqi basic training course using U.S. Army knowledge converted into something Iraqi army soldiers can execute. [...] read the rest...photos here

Rakkasans Find Iranian Rockets, Launcher Cache
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Rakkasan Soldiers recovered a rocket launcher and two Iranian 107 mm rockets near Mustufar, about 18 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 11.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, acted on a tip from a local citizen that there was a rocket launcher in the area. [END]

Uncommon Bond: Screaming Eagle’s Stay Connected to Vietnam-era Brethren While Serving in Iraq
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

BAYJI, Iraq - This ain’t your father’s Army. Some say it’s a kinder, gentler Army, wary of political correctness and public perceptions. Some say that this has caused soldiers to lose touch with their roots, to disconnect themselves from the past. But for one Infantry platoon, at the heart of the fight in Iraq, some things never change and they are neither kind nor gentle.

Somewhere, in the dusty expanse of the Salah ad Din province in Iraq, the Tigers are lurking. They patiently wait for their prey in the city and in the desert. They are keenly aware, not only of their immediate surroundings, but of their heritage as well. They know they have some big boots to fill.

Tiger Force, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the most highly decorated platoon sized element in the U.S. Army. Over the past 48 years, Tiger Force Soldiers have earned two Medals of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, numerous Silver Stars for valor and countless other commendations. Names like Hackworth, Gertsch, and Gardner are synonymous with the Tiger legacy, which began in the sweltering jungles of Vietnam. [...] read the rest...photos here

And, in other news:

Flying UAVs Not a Game for Soldiers of Task Force XII

By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Seaton
Task Force XII PAO

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Flying an unmanned aerial vehicle sounds like a video gamer’s dream. In reality though, it is serious business for the Soldiers of Multi-National Division – Baghdad.

Games like the popular “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon - Advanced Warfighter” even let players fly a simulated UAV through a digital battlefield – discovering the pending threats before they discover you. [...] read the rest...photos here

Logisticians Converge on Kuwait to Map Out Future
By Staff Sgt. W. Watson Martin
311 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs Office

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – U.S. military logisticians have come together to discuss how to improve shipment of supplies to troops operating in the mountains of Afghanistan to the varied terrains of Africa and Iraq as well as the many other countries throughout the region.

“We all know what’s at stake here, we can’t fail the war fighter,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Leonard, Commanding General of the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) who hosted the conference. “Our mission is to keep the Soldier in the fight supplied with whatever he needs to accomplish his mission. Whatever he needs, wherever he is. This is one way to make sure we all know the game plan and the way ahead,” said Leonard.

“We are not here to critique, but to observe how the 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) – U.S. Army Central’s enduring logistical command – is going to sync the log efforts throughout the 27-country theater,” said Marine Lt. Col. Tim Bryant, who traveled to the conference from Tampa with Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dowd, CENTCOM director of logistics, engineering and security assistance. “It is a good thing to have this conference so all the services can gain a better appreciation for the scope of operations we face.” [...] read the rest...photos here

First Iraqi Comedy in Wasit Since Saddam’s Era
By Sgt. Daniel T. West
214th Fires Brigade, Public Affairs Office

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq – Actors from the popular Iraqi sitcom, “Mud House,” performed the first comedic play in Wasit province, in al-Kut, since 2003 on May 4.

“People and People” conveyed Iraqi life from a comedic perspective to entertain the Wasit audience and give them hope and optimism for the future, as described by the actors, An’am al-Rubay’ai, Ali Dakhil and Majid Yasin.

Fifteen hundred people filled the Municipality Hall in al-Kut to see the play, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in coordination with the 214th Fires Brigade and the Iraqi police.

The Iraqi police estimated another 3,000 people were waiting outside the theater, said Vanessa Beary, public diplomacy officer for the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team. [...] read the rest...photos here

MND-B Soldiers Kill Criminals Emplacing IED, Seize Weapons Caches
By Multi-National Division – Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, while conducting operations in support of their Iraqi security forces partners, killed two criminals and discovered two weapons caches in Baghdad, May 5.

At approximately 5:15 a.m., Soldiers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a weapons cache containing 60 mm mortar rounds, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, an RPG warhead, a light anti-tank weapon, a PKC light machine gun, an RPG fuse and PKC rounds.

At approximately 8 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, discovered two large containers filled with 7.62 mm rounds while on a combat patrol.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Ur, an MND-B patrol was attacked by criminals using small-arms fire. The Soldiers returned fire and killed one special groups criminal. [...] read the rest...no photos

Operation Chicken Run Revitalizes Qarghuli Village
By 1st Lt. James Flaherty
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

PATROL BASE INCHON, Iraq – Since the beginning of March, Rakkasans have been meeting with Sheik Sabah Abdullah Kanaan to inspect the type and amount of chicken feed pouring into Qarghuli Village.

Soldiers from Headquarters and 3rd Platoons, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted multiple dismounted patrols in the last two months to visit Sabah, a local leader and business associate.

The chicken feed project is the keystone for Operation Chicken Run, a joint effort between the military, agricultural experts from embedded provincial reconstruction teams and local poultry farmers to boost the poultry market, which has been in the works for more than six months. [...] read the rest...photo here

Strike Soldiers Provide Medical Care to Wounded, Sick Patients
By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st AIrborne Division (AIr Assault)

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – There is no telling what may happen on the streets of Baghdad as Iraqi security and coalition forces maintain a constant presence in an attempt to detour any enemy activities. The enemy will go to great lengths to inflict damage upon those who wish to see a prosperous Iraq. However, more often that not, they are unsuccessful; though occasionally, their cowardly attacks do cause harm.

Depending on where wounded troops or civilians are located in Baghdad and how immediate their wounds are determines where they will be medically evacuated to. One particular place is the Riva Ridge Troop Medical Center. [...] read the rest...photos here

Leader Battalion Helps Families Move Home
By Capt. Raymond Nutter
1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Two years ago, al-Qaida destroyed the Chalabi village in the Sayafiyah region. A Shia tribe in a predominately Sunni area, the Chalabis fled to Mahmudiyah, Baghdad and other surrounding areas.

About four months ago, coalition forces entered the area and set up Sons of Iraq security and Iraqi Army checkpoints. Soon after, Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discovered residents had returned to the area.

“These families had heard from word of mouth that the area was now secure so now they are back,” said Capt. Joe Johnson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-187th Inf. Regt. [...] read the rest...photos here

Sons of Iraq Turn Over Weapons Caches During Medical Engagement
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Members of the Sons of Iraq turned over small weapons caches to Iraqi army soldiers during a coordinated medical engagement in Abu Osage, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 8.

More than 165 Iraqis received care from medics with 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division and 3rd Platoon, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. The medics were informed the SoI had found two small caches in the area.

The caches contained one 105 mm artillery round, one 120 mm mortar round, one Russian 73 mm projectile, 108 mortar primers and one surface-to-air rocket launcher.

The munitions were taken to the Lutifiyah IA Compound for disposal at a later date. [END]

MND-B Soldiers Seize Munitions, Detain Criminals
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers detained five criminals and 13 suspected criminals in separate events in the West Rashid and Kadhamiyah districts of Baghdad on May 11.

At approximately 7 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, detained a known criminal and six other suspected criminals while conducting a population engagement operation in Kadhamiyah.

At approximately 7:45 a.m., Soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained a suspect and three other individuals during Operation Tusker Chamberlain in West Rashid.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., MND-B Soldiers detained another suspect and three other individuals allegedly involved in planning improvised-explosives device attacks against Iraqi security and coalition forces.

At approximately 11:20 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, seized a munitions cache, west of Baghdad. The cache consisted of a 55-gallon drum filled with more than 300 pounds of homemade explosives. The area was cleared and the munitions were detonated on site. [...] read the rest

Ceremony Marks Completion of School Construction
By Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi citizens celebrated the completion of construction at the Omah Moktar school for girls in the Qadisiyah apartment complex in Mahmudiyah, about 20 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 8.

After nearly three months of construction, the Moktar school’s approximately 600 students can now enjoy new windows, gates and doors, as well as new auditorium furniture. Exterior improvements included raising the outer wall as an added security measure.

“The educational environment was greatly enhanced and helped to bolster pride in their school,” said 1st Lt. Jason Potter, Moktar school project manager, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “This project was significant in that it showed the residents of the neighborhood that the coalition forces are really here to help.” [...] read the rest...photos here

Historic Tigris River to Provide Drinking Water for Iraqi Citizens
By Maj. Johnpaul Arnold
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

TIKRIT, Iraq - Bottled water or tap water? For several years this has been an unfiltered debate in the United States. Now it is a debate for the citizens of Abu Ajil, Iraq.

A water treatment facility project was recently completed in Abu Ajil, which is located just outside of Tikrit, Iraq. The facility will provide a better purified source of water for more than 15,000 Iraqi citizens who inhabit the famed Fertile Crescent region.

For thousands of years, the Tigris River has been the wellspring of life for Iraq, providing abundant refreshment to crops, animals and the people of ancient Mesopotamia.

The Tigris River has seen dramatic changes in the last fifty years. During the 1960’s and 70’s several dams and barrages were created to harness the river for irrigation and hydroelectric purposes according to a Georgetown University report. Additionally, former dictator Saddam Hussein created forced droughts on marsh lands in southern Iraq by constructing river obstacles. [...] read the rest...photos here

Shukrega Greenhouse Project Begins
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Local government officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shukrega greenhouse in the Mahmudiyah area, about 25 kilometers south of Baghdad, May 10.

“The project brings to the area an opportunity to prove how effective the greenhouse can be for farmers,” said Capt. Benjamin Torpy, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. [...] read the rest...photo here

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Photo Gallery
Strike Soldiers Talk With Families at Fort Campbell on Mother's Day

Saturday
Jan032009

War News: Voices From The War

~Snooper~

The following information is that which you will never read about in the alleged main stream media now reclassified as the Lame Stream Media. Supporting the Troops and telling their stories is anathema to those that loathe our military as well as to those that pretend to support the Troops. I once wore the Uniform and I did swear the Oath. To hell with the pretend and self-appointed intellectuals. These are what the Troops have accomplished in spite of the moronic left.

Strike Soldiers Visit Clinics in Western Baghdad: MND-B Troops Seek to Help in Life-saving Equipment, Abilities

By Sgt. James Hunter
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division

BAGHDAD – Women sat quietly in the waiting rooms as their young children curiously gazed around the room. With their white gowns neatly upon them, doctors and nurses moved quickly through the corridors carrying clipboards and charts. Even, an elderly Iraqi woman walked around with a squeegee and a bucket of steaming, hot water. She went room-to-room, cleaning the hospital floors.

It was an interesting place for the Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad who were visiting the local medical facilities in their area that day. The facility was oddly quiet, which was strange for a place that had what seemed to be rather new or austere equipment. There was even a new X-ray machine. [...] read the rest...photos here...

Soldiers Assess Iraqi Fish Farms to Gauge Progress
By Army Pvt. Christopher McKenna
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - U.S. civil affairs soldiers assessed fish farms in the Lutifiyah, Iraq, area April 23 to gauge their progress.

"What we are trying to do is set up fish farms that can supply a mass product," said Army Pfc. Timothy Perkins, a communications specialist with Company B, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion.

Three types of carp -- common, grass and silver -- are going to be raised in the farms.

"The government of Iraq is actually working toward setting up a fish farmers agriculture committee," Perkins said. "It is going to be a program used to educate the farmers [on] caring for fish and agricultural requirements that the ponds have." [...] read the rest...photos here

26th BSB Sprints to Finish Build-up of PB Dezil
By 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team are fast completing work and delivery of equipment and materials for Patrol Base Dezil, the 12th patrol base established by the 2nd BCT, 3rd Infantry Division.

Each patrol base has been a learning experience for the Soldiers of the 26th Brigade Support Battalion who make construction possible through combat logistic patrols.

Chief Warrant Officer Sallyann Burroughs, accountables officer for the 26th BSB, said before any materials or supplies can be consolidated or ordered through her office, engineers responsible for the construction must first receive an estimate of how many Soldiers will be occupying the base. [...] read the rest

MND-C Extends a Hand to Iraqi Children
By Multi-National Division - Center

BAGHDAD - Several years ago, the diagnosis of baby Noor's rare congenital condition would have been equal to a death sentence. Today, she is on her way to leading a happy and healthy life, thanks to the Soldiers of Multi-National Division - Center.

Born with certain organs outside her body, Noor's life depended on advanced medical procedures the Iraqi medical system could not provide.

Determined to get her the care she needed, doctors from 948th Forward Surgical Team successfully performed an operation that saved her life.

Soldiers are now making arrangements to send her to the United States for two follow-up surgeries.

Stories like Noor's are increasingly common throughout MND-C's area of operations. Throughout the region, Soldiers are coming to the aid of the often-neglected victims of this conflict - Iraq's children.

From building schools, to distributing toys, to buying wheelchairs, Task Force Marne Soldiers are determined to improve the quality of life for Iraqi youth. [...] read the rest

Arctic-tough Engineers Build Rakkasans’ Capacity
By Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback,
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

PATROL BASE YATES, Iraq – In a push to move Rakkasan Soldiers closer to the people they protect, Task Force Marne engineers are constructing a new base southwest of Baghdad.

Company C, 864th Engineer Battalion, is building Patrol Base Yates in support of Operation Marne Piledriver, a capacity-building operation for Multi-National Division – Center. Living at PB Yates are Rakkasans from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Company C, from Fort Richardson, Alaska, is the only vertical construction engineer company serving MND-C. Since arriving in Iraq, they have been under the command of the 479th Eng. Bn., serving TF Liberty and TF Marne. [...] read the rest

Lutifiyah Medical Clinic Gets Two Ambulances
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq – The Lutifiyah Medical clinic received two ambulances April 26 through the efforts of coalition forces.

Before this, the clinic had relied on Iraqi Army forces to provide transportation for critically ill or wounded persons.

“We will still provide security for the ambulance movement,” said 1st Lt. Mohammed Mousa, a doctor with 1st Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. “We know the people need emergency medical care on a regular basis and we are going to make sure the people who can give that care get to the people who need it.”

The nahia council in Lutifiyah, 36 kilometers south of Baghdad, brought the need to the attention of Coalition forces, who facilitated delivery of the ambulances.

“This will increase the capacity and ability of the health clinic to reach a more widespread area and be able to bring care to people in need,” said Capt. Mike Fisher, commander of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). [...] read the rest...photos here

Sons of Iraq Help Secure Fuhail Village
Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st AIrborne Division

PATROL BASE YATES, Iraq – As part of their commitment to keeping insurgents away, members of the Sons of Iraq built a checkpoint on a narrow stretch of road through Fuhail Mujeer Village, 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, April 25.

As recently as December, Rakkasan Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), established a presence in the area, which was previously an insurgent safe haven.

Now Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, assigned to their battalion’s Company D, are living at the newly built Patrol Base Yates and working with the SoI to maintain security in the area.

The first of eight SoI checkpoints was constructed in mid-March approximately 400 meters north of the site where a Rakkasan Soldier was wounded by an improvised explosive device. Working their way toward the patrol base, checkpoints have been placed in strategic locations along the road to deter insurgent activity. [...] read the rest

IA Recovers Cache in Abu Hamid
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division found a cache of multiple mortar rounds near Abu Hamid, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 1.

Acting on a tip, the Soldiers found a cache in two different holes that consisted of 19 120 mm mortar rounds, 17 81 mm mortar rounds, one 120 mm artillery round, two grain sacks filled with 81 mm mortar rounds, 12 boosters, one canister of TNT and various illumination round components.

The items will be destroyed by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

IA, Coalition Troops Meet With Locals About Security
By Capt. Seth Palmer
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Rakkasans conducted a joint security meeting with their partnered Iraqi army battalion and local citizens at Patrol Base Knight, about 15 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, April 29.

Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and 3rd Battalion, 43rd Brigade, 11th IA Division met to interact with local residents to discuss various issues concerning the area, particularly security.

Security remains a major concern for all Iraqis. One desired outcome from the meeting is the building of trust between area citizens and the IA.

“Initially we saw hesitation from the locals to interact with the Iraqi Army; there just wasn’t much trust between the two,” said Staff Sgt. Adam McMurray, Troop A, 1-33rd Cav. Regt. “These meetings have been a great step towards building that trust.”

One sign that trust in the IA is improving is the increase in tips from residents leading the IA to weapons cache sites. Originally, many of these tips went to U.S. forces, but in the past week there has been an increase of tips given to the IA.

The unit plans to continue these meetings on a regular basis to help maintain reconciliation efforts in the area. [END]

Wholesale Farmers’ Market Reopens in Yusifiyah
By Staff Sgt. Tony M. Lindback
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – The Yusifiyah Wholesale Farmers’ Market had a grand reopening on April 29 after closing four years ago.

“This was the center of commerce for the city before the war,” said Capt. Steve McGregor, from Longwood, Fla., projects officer for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “It shut down because of all the fighting ... It was the main way the farmers in this agrarian society made their money.”

Now, the wholesale market may help turn a profit for local farmers. Regular markets only allow farmers to sell produce or goods a little at a time; at the wholesale market, people come to buy bulk produce by the kilogram. [...] read the rest...photos here

Military Wife a Finalist for Mother of the Year
By Spc. Rick Rzepka
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

The military wife is said to have the toughest job in the Army.

One Army wife, living in Clarksville, Tenn., is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

Judy Thomsen is a finalist in the 2008 Mother of the Year competition held by Nashville television station WSMV.

“I don’t know where she finds the time to do anything. It would wear me out,” said her husband, Staff Sgt. Eric Thomsen, who is currently deployed with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in Iraq. [...] read the rest

SoI Recover Cache in Kartani Fahal Village
By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – A local citizen’s tip led to a cache find in Kartani Fahal village in Sadr al-Yusifiyah, about 25 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 3.

After receiving the tip, Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, arrived on the scene to find Sons of Iraq already recovering the cache, with Iraqi army troops providing security.

The cache contained 16 82 mm mortars, 10 120 mm mortars, six 60 mm mortars, 17 rocket propelled grenade rounds, 300 7.62 mm rounds, 11 RPG launch motors, an improvised rocket launcher, two rockets, four rifle rounds, one hand grenade, seven 50-pound bags of homemade explosives, 29 unknown fuses, 20 electric blasting caps, approximately 400 blasting cap primers, a mortar tripod and three mortar tube sites.

The items were detonated on site by explosive ordnance disposal personnel. [END]

Government Officials Meet With Qarghuli Sheikhs
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Local government officials visited tribal leaders of Qarghuli to discuss a number of issues, May 3.

“The government representatives approached us to speak of our concerns,” said Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, who held the meeting in his home. “This is out of the ordinary. We are usually the ones going to them about our concerns and issues.”

Rakkasan leadership of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, attended the meeting but only to observe.

“It’s rare for me to come to a meeting and not have to mediate, but I didn’t have to do that today,” said Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. “That just goes to show that the government cares about its people and is taking the steps to move forward in the right direction.” [...] read the rest...photos here

Country Star Visits Bastogne Artillery Soldiers in Iraq
By 1st Lt. Jonathan Springer
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Office

LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq –Instead of touring the world or recording his next blockbuster album, country singer Toby Keith decided to take a detour from music making and visit with Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) April 28.

During his trip to Logistical Support Area Anaconda, the award-winning music star spent a few hours with Soldiers, and took part in a re-enlistment ceremony that saw five “Redlegs” re-up with the battalion.

“It’s an honor to be here with these fine Americans today; I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” said Keith after the ceremony.

For the Soldiers of the 2-320th FAR, it was an honor to have the opportunity to meet the country music singer and for him to participate in the re-enlistment ceremony. [...] read the rest...photos here

Cavalry Scouts and Iraqi Security Forces Sweep Golden Hills for Extremists Groups
By Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Doheny
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) PAO

BALAD, Iraq -- The benefits of the overall increasing security situation in the Balad area over the last few months has yielded an economic surge not seen in many years to the people there.

The swell in security has allowed the city to open up to the local communities, giving farmers an outlet for their crops.

The impending opening of the canning factory near the city also promises incredible potential for the area, increasing the commercial lines of communication throughout the nearby provinces and Iraq.

Ensuring the gains from this surge are sustained without disruption, the Bandit Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, alongside their Iraqi security counterparts, conducted Operation San Jacinto April 21-25, in an effort to eliminate the enemy extremists from the Golden Hills area. [...] read the rest...photos here.
Iraqi, Coalition Leaders Discuss Piledriver Progress
By Pvt. Christopher McKenna
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Iraqi army, coalition, tribal and government of Iraq leaders met at the IA Compound in Mahmudiyah May 1 to discuss the progress of Operation Marne Piledriver.

Marne Piledriver, a capacity-building operation, kicked-off April 15 with an air assault and dismounted patrols throughout the Mahmudiyah Qada, aimed at disbanding any remaining al-Qaida threat in the area.

“We want to build trust within Mahmudiyah and make sure the terrorist threat is gone for good,” said Sheikh Abu Amar, Mahmudiyah Qada Council chairman. “In gaining trust, however, we expect people to come to the government when they have issues or project ideas.”

Since the start of Piledriver, a series of projects have begun to improve the stability of local governance and economics throughout the qada. [...] read the rest

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Photo Gallery:
"No Slack" Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand at parade rest while paying their respects to a fallen brother at Forward Operating Base Summerall, Iraq.

A U.S. Army Soldier from 3-320 Field Artillery, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Lighting 1-6, 101st Airborne Division, monitors a crowd of Shiites on a pilgrimage, Feb. 25, in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Luke Thornberry)

2nd Lt. Vincent Barber, a native of Toledo, Ohio, talks with an Iraqi man in Rathwaniyah on April 30 after receiving small arms fire. Barber serves as the platoon leader for 1st Platoon, Battery B, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Multi-National Division Baghdad.

Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Battery B, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, pull security while on patrol in Rathwaniyah on April 30.

An Iraqi national policeman provides security during the IP Station Road opening in Khadra, Iraq, on Feb. 27. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Sharhonda R. McCoy).

Iraqi police officers celebrate the opening of the new Iraqi police station in Yusifiyah on April 30.

Col. Dominic Caraccilo, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander is greeting by Qarguli sheikhs prior to a meeting between the tribal leaders and government of Iraq officials, May 3, at Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah's home.

A Soldier from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, patrols during an operation near Balad, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Rick Rzepka, 1st Brigade Combat Team)
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Saturday
Jan032009

itbach al yahood

I generally do not post videos, due to bandwidth limitations, I neither view nor post them. This is one of the rare exceptions. I want you to view this video and share it with others. I want you to see and hear a Sheikh exhorting the rabble to kill Jews. I want you to see and hear the audience reaction. I want you to recognize the quotations from the Qur'an. Please watch and share this video from MEMRI.

The raving maniac you are about to observe in action is Muhammad Abd Al-Qader, Member, Jordanian Parliament. He was raising Hell December 28, 2008, broadcast by Al-Jazerra.

MEMRI has added sub-titles in English so that you can comprehend the exhortation. I recognized Jihad & itbach al yahood in the Arabic sound track. These demon spawn have brethren in our on nation, ranting and raving in languages we do not understand. What are they
saying? What are they exhorting their audiences to do? Why do we continue to tolerate it? Terminal insanity is the only answer.


http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD217109

"The Koran says: 'Fight them, Allah will torment them by your hands. He will bring them to disgrace, and grant you victory over them. He will heal the hearts of the believers.' 9:14
"Yes, [jihad] is a personal duty, not a collective one. A wife should set out on jihad even without her husband's permission, a child should set out even without his father's permission, and a slave should set out even without his master's permission.
The second quote is only legal under Shari'ah when Dar ul-Islam is invaded by Kuffar. Women, juveniles & slaves are not permitted to join Jihad unless the Muslims are invaded or being overrun by a superior force.

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Saturday
Jan032009

The Troops! The Troops! And Nothing But The Troops!

~Snooper~

I am at this time thanking one and all that had a part in the successful New Years Troops Show on 12.31.08! Apparently, we did not miss one SHOUT OUT and the show had a historical audience.


The archive numbers are still rising and I am still receiving emails thanking all those involved in the background ensuring the usual trolls and the not so usual trolls were defeated before they knew it.

In the past, I published routine news items regarding The Troops but the election season, much to my chagrin, slowed that down to a near crawl. Starting soon, the focus of this blog will once again return to War News from around the globe.

Again, a HUGE thank you to Do The Right Thing, Chandlers' Watch, Halls of Valhalla, Knottie and Danger Girl for helping out with the show. Without the mentioned people the show would have not been the success that it became.

PS As promised, music was played that I absolutely "disliked" but The Troops asked and they received!

PPS We also made the front page of BTR as a featured show!!

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Friday
Jan022009

Without Support, What Happens to Israel?

Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

Photo Credit: AP by Mohammed Zaatari - Daylife
10 hours ago: Palestinian boys hold the Quran, Islam's holy book, as they wear fake explosives belts during a rally called by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad groups to protest against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza strip, in the Ein el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. Israel showed no sign of slowing a blistering seven-day offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers, destroying homes of more than a dozen of the group's operatives Friday and bombing one of its mosques a day after a deadly strike killed a prominent Hamas figure.
Glen Greenwald at Salon is mulling over the "oddities" of a Rasumssen poll that shows Americans "closely divided" on Israel's retaliation for Gaza aggressions.
(44-41%, with 15% undecided), but Democratic voters overwhelmingly oppose the Israeli offensive -- by a 24-point margin (31-55%). By stark contrast, Republicans, as one would expect (in light of their history of supporting virtually any proposed attack on Arabs and Muslims), overwhelmingly support the Israeli bombing campaign (62-27%).
(emphasis in red is mine)

He laments that Democrat leadership is in lockstep with Republican leadership, on the side of Israel, while leaving "one half of the citizenry without no real voice." He believes the policy on Israel is the ONLY "position where:"

(a) a party's voters overwhelmingly embrace one position (Israel should not have attacked Gaza) but...

(b) that party's leadership unanimously embraces the exact opposite position (Israel was absolutely right to attack Gaza and the U.S. must support Israel unequivocally)?

Does that happen with any other issue?

Well, yes it does. How about drilling and energy independence, which Americans overwhelmingly support but Democrat leadership eschews? How about bailouts which Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of but Democrat leadership has decided to ram through, one way or the other. How about federal tax increases, which Americans overwhelmingly and vehemently do not want, but Democrats in Congress are hell-bent to enact. How about illegal immigration and amnesty, which Americans are solidly against, but Democrats in Congress are willing to sneak legislation into Bills that no one takes the time to read, to do the bidding of their illegal constituents?

I'll point out that we do not get to vote on the above issues, and polls are often willingly fraudulent. So you can call me wrong on the issues, but the world, as Greenwald claims, doesn't vote either. If the people had a voice, the world would be astonished at the conservative and freedom-loving and freedom-protecting opinions around the globe. Need I mention that the voices that make it to print are often the voices of the media.

Greenwald offers links to these world opinions, but to be sure, he ignores the guarded and middle of the road voices:

From Europe, they warned of "provoking a humanitarian crises," and the author characterized the warning as "sharp." The PM of Finland demanded the release of Israel's recently abducted soldier and the 64 Hamas parliamentarians arrested by Israeli troops AND he "insisted that Palestinians end the shelling of Israeli territory from within the Gaza Strip." An EU spokesman condemned the "disproportionate use of force by Israel, but the truth is, the EU voted against the UN Human Rights Council on sending an investigative team to look into alleged violations by Israel.

Now here's a real gem:

The criticisms of Israel came as a poll showed that four out of five Israelis want their government to assassinate Hamas leaders to end the Gaza crisis.
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Does any country in the EU have a next door neighbor plotting to eliminate them?

In the Asian link, with the Islamic Republic News Agency reporting,"China is shocked by the human tragedy," in Gaza. This should be one of the "oddities" Greenwald is addressing, but he prefers to blast the U.S. for supporting an ally and the Middle East's only democracy.

If China can be "shocked" by "human" tragedies of any kind, it would be only the happy event of their own dictators being called to task. Did I mention that China was meeting with Iran when the condemnation was issued, and that China wants Iran to solve these "regional" problems? Could Greenwald venture a guess as to how Iran would handle Israel?

The link to the Middle East opinions is certainly one Greenwald could give weight to, right? It tells us that Muslim nations are "angry." South Africa is "gravely concerned." South Africa - a country where rumors are high that genocide is escalating, and will escalate, upon Nelson Mandela's death - with Jews already high on the hunt list.

Iranians are protesting and chanting and marching with signs:

Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth and We should all rise and destroy Israel.
Egypt has their protesters, but government statements are tepid, as are statements out of Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Hamas is a bully whose shenanigans they could do well without.

"David Axelrod, a top aide to Barack Obama, told CBS television the US president-elect was committed to achieving peace in the Middle East." That's a relief. Can't wait to hear his plan. Obama will not comment, because, of course, we can only have one President at a time, but Bush has put his position on record, over and over. Here's a quote from the same Middle East link, from a Bush spokesman:

The outgoing Bush administration blamed Hamas "thugs" for provoking the offensive by firing rockets into Israel from Gaza.
Our next President has a microphone anytime he wants it. For what reason would he not immediately condemn Hamas?

As Greenwald was gratified to claim Israeli condemnations by the Europe, he failed to mention at the least, this exception: German Chancellor Angela Merkel "blamed Hamas," and agreed that responsibility "clearly and exclusively lies with Hamas."

Greenwald muses whether or not Israel's security is "enhanced or undermined" by the "attack" on Gaza and whether "the 40-year-old Israeli occupation," among other events should "bear more of the blame."

American opinion-making elites march forward to opine on the historical rights and wrongs of the endless Israeli-Palestinian territorial conflict with such fervor and fixation that it's often easy to forget that the U.S. is not actually a direct party to this dispute....

Even for those Americans who...want endlessly to fixate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, who care deeply and passionately about whether the Israelis or the Palestinians control this or that West Bank hill or village and want to spend the rest of their days arguing about who did what to whom in 1948 and 1967, what possible interests do Americans generally have in any of that...

Ignoring and rewriting history is the straightest path to legitimizing injustice, and Greenwald gives it his best shot. If historical events, such as the League of Nations' clear mandate for land for Israel, is not important, then what is? If we continue to ignore that much of Israel's land was stripped away to appease influential Arabs, then we can ignore anything. If we refuse to acknowledge that Israel has occupied these lands, continuously, from "time immemorial," and not expect and demand that their neighbors civilly accept the reality of Israeli nationhood, then what good to the world are free nation's everywhere?

If the free world cuts off funds to Israel, as Greenwald believes should happen; and if the free world leaves Israel waging this battle alone, then what happens to Israel? I don't doubt for a minute that Israel is capable of taking care of business, but for how long? Who asks this question? What happens to Israel?

Can a Westerner, and most importantly, an American, believe that Israel should cease to exist? Without U.S. support and the support of other free countries, she cannot exist where she is today. And that's the goal of the Muslim world.

"Just as was true for Israel's bombing of Lebanon, it's American bombs that -- with the whole world watching -- are blowing up children and mosques...."
Where is Greenwald's concern about atrocities in the name of Allah?

The Iranian U.S. embassy hostages, double digit American kidnappings in Lebanon, a Hizbullah suicide bomber attack at the Beirut Embassy, the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, another Embassy bombing in Kuwait, again another in Beirut, Hizbullah hijacking a Kuwait flight and killing Americans, Hizbullah hijacking a TWA flight and killing a U.S. Navyman - 17 days of sheer terror for the passengers, the PLO murdering Leo Klingerhofer aboard the Achille Lauro, another TWA flight bombed just as the plane landed in Athens, Greece, the Pan Am Lockerie flight - killing 270, the 1989 World Trade Center car bomb, the Hizbullah bombing of the the U.S. military complex in Riyadh, bombings of embassies in Nairobe and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - 223 dead, and injuring over 4000, the U.S.Cole, and September 11, 2001.

Nasrallah's atrocities against his own, Hamas atrocities against their own, al-Qaeda atrocities against their own, Iran's atrocities against their own, Islamic fathers' atrocities against their wives and daughters in the U.S.

There are hundreds and hundreds of thousands of killings in the name of Allah. You and I would be dead now, if Islamic extremists had their way. What does Greenwald have to say about this? Oh yes, I remember: if other than an Islamic population had not dared put foot on their sacred ground...infidels would not be an enemy.

...should [the U.S.] continue to play such an active, one-sided role in this dispute.
So what would the world have Israel do? Any nation on earth...if in Israel's place, what would they do?

Friday
Jan022009

More UN AssWholliness

From UN Watch comes news of more AssWholliness:

Asma Jahangir, Chairperson of the coordinating body for independent United Nations human rights experts (known as "Special Procedures") issued the following statement today:

"The Coordination Committee of Special Procedures is deeply alarmed at the continuing violence in Gaza. We stress that international human rights law continues to apply and that it imposes binding obligations on all parties in situations of armed conflict.

We call on all parties to immediately cease all actions that result in civilian casualties, or put them at great risk. Both air strikes by Israeli Government forces and rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel are resulting in inexcusable loss of life and placing the civilian populations in the affected areas in extreme danger.

The use of disproportionate force by Israel and the lack of regard for the life of civilians on both sides cannot be justified by the actions of the other party. They constitute clear violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law.

We are particularly concerned at the impact of the current violence and destruction of vital infrastructure on the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. We call on all parties to immediately ensure full access to humanitarian actors and supplies and enable them to carry out their work of distributing food, treating the sick and injured, and guaranteeing the provision of essential energy and sanitation.

Independent human rights monitoring, including by the various UN Special Procedures, is particularly crucial in these circumstances which result in an exceptionally broad range of human rights violations."

  • No human right trumps the right to live unmolested, free of attack & threat of attack. There is no right to genocide, pillage nor plunder. Islam attacked Israel in 638 and perpetrated many pogroms before Israel restored her sovereignty in 1948. Islam attacked again, mounting several major invasions and many acts of terrorism which continue to the present day. Only exterminating Islam can end the perpetual series of attacks. That is not advocacy of genocide, nor disproportionate force, it is objective factual reality.
  • The obligation is on Islam to terminate its aggression. It will never do that because its aggression is doctrine driven. Allah commands Muslims to conquer the world and exterminate the Jews. His commands can not be repealed, they have neither geographic nor chronological limits.
  • Islam could have stopped its attacks any time in the last 60 years and Israel would have ceased retaliating. Islam will not stop, because it perceives weakness. Like all predators, Islam seeks weak prey unable or unwilling to defend itself. Israel can only obtain peace by victory. Victory is defined as extinction of the predator.
  • When a genocidal attack is mounted, no retaliation is disproportionate. Israel must use sufficient force to terminate the aggression. Only extermination can terminate the aggression; there is no substitute. While there is Islam, there will be attacks upon Israel. If Israel retaliated by launching ballistic missiles into residential areas at random, that would be proportionate, and the U.N. would bitch about it. Go to Hell, U.N.!
  • In warfare, it is necessary to cut off supply lines to prevent the enemy from replacing spent weaponry and ammunition. Israel is an idiot, as evidenced by repeated opening of the border crossing to allow supplies to be delivered.
  • Islam is a human rights violation!
    • enslaving people to Satan
    • denying the right to life
    • denying the right to property
    • denying human dignity
    • sanctifying perpetual war
    • sanctifying genocide
    • sanctifying terrorism.
Do you need to see the proof ? You can find it in these compilations of blog posts, which contain ample documentation through hyperlinks to Islamic source documents.
Further confirmation is contained in the following topics in Ibn Kathir's Tafsir.

The constant spew of malicious malarkey, particularly the moral inversion; portraying the aggressive predator as the victim, is an insulting offense to intelligence and reason. By it, the United Nations and its agencies condemn themselves as unworthy & unqualified to declare, defend and promote human rights and peace.

Friday
Jan022009

Fire!!!

Stand up and fight

Israel must learn to stand up for herself and tell the objectors to go to Hell. There is no national dignity in crawling to France on bended knee begging the President for 'time'.

Time is one thing we all have in common, 60 seconds per minute, 60 minutes per hour, 24 hours per day. Time can not be begged, borrowed, bought nor extended. Will you use your time wisely before you die and must answer for it, or will you quiver in fear of 'world opinion'?

Israel does not have much time. Her demise has been a dream in the minds of Muslims since her rebirth in '48. Now Iran is on the verge of building an atomic bomb capable of destroying her. Israel must choose: extermination or opprobrium. Israel must demonstrate that she possesses ability, will & resolve to exterminate her enemies before they exterminate her. I am not sure she has those qualities, and her enemies are convinced that she lacks them.

Proxies of Iran

Hamas & Hezbollah are proxies for Iran. In this writer's opinion, Iran has sent Hamas to soften up Israel, using up vast quantities of ordinance. This will set the stage for Hezbollah to launch salvos of missiles, drawing Israel into a second front.

When Israel goes into Lebanon to stop the missile launches, Hamas will use their reserve arsenal to resume and increase their attacks. Then Syria will chime in to further wear down Israel for Iran's final push.

Israel needs to tell the U.N., E.U., N.G.O.s, regional organizations, heads of state and international news & opinion media to sit down and shut up. This affair is none of their business. It is Israel's business; a matter of her survival.

No Hudna!

There must be no cease fire. Islam does not cease fire until it obtains victory. It only slows the rate of fire while it rearms and regroups. Pull your head from your anal orifice, wipe the drek from your eyes and learn something useful from Allah's unholy book.
47:35. So be not weak and ask not for peace (from the enemies of Islam), while you are having the upper hand. Allah is with you, and will never decrease the reward of your good deeds.

47:36. The life of this world is but play and pastime, but if you believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism), and fear Allah, and avoid evil, He will grant you your wages, and will not ask you your wealth.

Islam will only seek Hudna when they perceive that they are too weak to achieve victory. They don't give a damn about being killed, they worry about failing Allah by not following his command to the letter; they fear being cast into Hellfire for shirking Jihad.

No Monitors

There must be no 'peace keepers'; no 'international monitors'. You can not keep anything that does not exist. While there is Islam there is no peace. You ain't got it; you can't keep it! What good have the monitors done in Lebanon? They disarmed seven missiles. Big deal! They allowed Hezbollah to re-arm right under their noses. The U.N. is part of the problem, not part of the solution; it does not act in good faith. Such personnel in the area can only serve as shields for Hamas to hide behind as they launch their rockets; they'll serve no other purpose.

Total Victory

Israel must totally destroy all of the Hamas infrastructure & armament, leaving no reserve or residue. All of their supply tunnels, missile factories, explosives laboratories, ammunition dumps and underground bunkers must be found and destroyed.

No Human Shields

Hamas launches missiles from residential areas and school yards. They store missiles and bombs in apartment buildings and Mosques. All such places must be leveled; reduced to rubble. There must be no sanctuaries. They use human shields; they must learn that no shield is effective against righteous indignation. Let them scream & caterwaul. Let them mourn. Let the whole world see that it is all for show. People who teach their children that martyrdom is their highest aspiration; who dress them in bomb vests and send them to blow up Jews have no grounds for complaint when the Jews retaliate. Human shields must not be allowed to deter retaliation!

Collateral Damage

Civilians get maimed & killed. So what? Hamas and other Muslims deliberately maximize civilian casualties; it is part of their strategy of casting terror. Let them taste their own medicine. Israel seeks to minimize collateral damage. Let her wise up and send her enemies to Allah's waiting claws in the fire pit.

Its War, Idiot!

This is war, not a congeniality contest in a beauty pageant. Islam seeks to reconquer Israel; to slaughter her citizens and render the world Judenrein. Islam can't quit. They have a demonic mandate to conquer the entire world and rid it of Jews. They can not obtain their promised Houris, rivers of wine and low hanging fruit until they hunt down and kill the last Jew.
Muslim Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

No Peace Partner

There are no moderate Muslims to negotiate with because there is no moderate Islam. Islam is immoderate; it is extreme in its original substance. Muslims sell their souls to Allah; they fight in his cause, kill and are killed in return for admission to the gardens after they die.
Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success .

Allah's Orders

Get a clue!! Read Allah's damn book and see for yourself what he commands Muslims to do.
Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
That is the Hilali & Khan translation. Need more clarity? Try Rodwell's translation of Al-Taubah 29.
Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.
Is there some part of that you don't comprehend? Then read Ibn Kathir's Tafsir of that ayeh: The Order to fight People of the Scriptures until They give the Jizyah.

Allah Promised

Allah made promises; by withstanding 60 years of Islamic aggression, Israel proves Allah's promises to be null and void; proves Allah to be an impotent idol. No Muslim can tolerate that. For this reason, there will be no peace until Islam is extinct.
2:137. So if they believe in the like of that which you believe, then they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition. So Allah will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.

8:66. Now Allah has lightened your (task), for He knows that there is weakness in you. So if there are of you a hundred steadfast persons, they shall overcome two hundred, and if there are a thousand of you, they shall overcome two thousand with the Leave of Allah. And Allah is with As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).

13:41. See they not that We gradually reduce the land (of disbelievers, by giving it to the believers, in war victories) from its outlying borders. And Allah judges, there is none to put back His Judgment and He is Swift at reckoning.

40:51. Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) in this world's life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, (i.e. Day of Resurrection),

Allah promised, he has not delivered.

Common Sense

There is only one way to stop a determined, persistent predator. Islam has persisted in aggression for nearly 1400 years. Let that aggression come to an end, permanently.

No Appeasement


Islam's Jihad, genocide & terror will not be ended by concessions, good will gestures, negotiation or appeasement. They will be ended by making Islam extinct. Israel will have neither peace nor security until there are no Muslims within rocket range. You get more of what you reward and less of what you punish.

Thursday
Jan012009

Golda Meir: War And Wisdom

I'm reading a book containing 14 of Oriana Fallaci's interviews with the world's most powerful people as of 1974 (it's an out of print book titled "Interview With History"). It's astounding for its raw glimpse into leaders that during the 1970's were headlining newspapers and affecting nearly every family in the world in one way or another. With the current battle in the Gaza Strip raging right now in Israel, I thought it would be interesting to let you read a little of what Golda Meir said about Israel's prospects for peace in November of 1972. She had been prime minister of Israel for over three years by then. (Note: I've edited some of her answers for brevity, always keeping in mind the power of the scalpel)

Oriana Fallaci: Mrs. Meir, when will there be peace in the Middle East? Will we be able to see this peace in our lifetimes?

Golda Meir: You will, I think. Maybe...I certainly won't. I think the war in the Middle East will go on for many, many years. And I'll tell you why. Because of the indifference with which the Arab leaders send their people off to die, because of the low estimate in which they hold human life, because of the inability of the Arab people to rebel and say enough.

Do you remember when Khrushchev denounced Stalin's crimes during the Twentieth Communist Congress? A voice was raised at the back of the hall, saying, "And where were you, Comrade Khrushchev?" Khrushchev scrutinized the faces before him, found no one, and said, "Who spoke up?" No one answered. "Who spoke up?" Khrushchev exclaimed. And again no one answered. Then Khrushchev exclaimed "Comrade, I was where you are now." Well, the Arab people are just where Khrushchev was, where the man was who reproached him without having the courage to show his face.

We can only arrive at peace with the Arabs through an evolution on their part that includes democracy. But wherever I turn by eyes to look, I don't see a shadow of democracy. I see only dictatorial regimes. And a dictator doesn't have to account to his people for a peace he doesn't make. He doesn't even have to account for the dead. Who's ever found out how many Egyptian soldiers died in the last two wars? Only the mothers, sisters, wives, relatives who didn't see them come back.Their leaders aren't even concerned to know where they're buried, if they're buried. While we...

Fallaci: While you?...

Meir: Look at these five volumes. they contain the photograph and biography of every man and woman solider who died in the war. For us, every single death is a tragedy. We don't like to make war, even when we win. After the last one, there was no joy in our streets. No dancing, no songs, no festivities. And you should have seen our soldiers coming back victorious. Each one was a picture of sadness. Not only because they had seen their brothers die, but because they had had to kill their enemies. Many locked themselves in their rooms and wouldn't speak. Or when they opened their mouths, it was to repeat a refrain: "I had to shoot, I killed." Just the opposite of the Arabs. After the war we offered the Egyptians an exchange of prisoners. Seventy of theirs for ten of ours, The answered, "but yours are officers, ours are fellahin! It's impossible." Fellahin, peasants. I'm afraid...

Fallaci: Will you ever give up Jerusalem, Mrs. Meir?

Meir: No. Never. No. Jerusalem no. Jerusalem never. Inadmissible. Jerusalem is out of the question. We won't even agree to discuss Jerusalem.

Fallaci: Would you give up the West Bank of the Jordan?

Meir: On this point there are differences of opinion in Israel. So it's possible that we'd be ready to negotiate about the West Bank. Let me make myself clearer. I believe the majority of Israelis would never ask the Knesset to give up the West Back completely. However, if we should come to negotiate with Hussein, the majority of Israelis would be ready to hand back part of the West Bank...

Fallaci: And Gaza? Would you give up Gaza, Mrs. Meir?

Meir: I say that Gaza must, should be part of Israel. Yes, that's my opinion. Our opinion, in fact. However, to start negotiating, I don't ask Hussein or Sadat to agree with me on any point...

Fallaci: And the Golan Heights?

Meir: It's more or less the same idea. The Syrians would like us to come down from the Golan Heights so that they can shoot down at us as they did before. Needless to say, we have not intention of doing so, we'll never come down from the plateau. Nevertheless, we're ready to negotiate with the Syrians too.

Fallaci: And the Sinai?

Meir: We've never said that we wanted the whole Sinai or most of the Sinai. We don't want the whole Sinai. We want control of Sharm El Sheikh and part of the desert, let's say a strip of the desert, connecting Israel with Sharm El Sheikh. Is that clear? Must I repeat it?...

Fallaci: And so it's obvious you'll never go back to your old borders.

Meir: Never. And when I say never, it's not because we mean to annex new territory. It's because we mean to ensure our defense, our survival. If there's any possibility of reaching the peace you spoke of in the beginning, this is the only way. There'd never be peace if the Syrians were to return to the Golan Heights, if the Egyptians were to take back the whole Sinai, if we were to re-establish our 1967 borders with Hussein. In 1967, the distance to Natanya and the sea was barely ten miles, fifteen kilometers, IF we give Hussein the possibility of covering those fifteen kilometers, Israel risks being cut in two and...They accuse us of being expansionist, but believe me, we're not interested in expanding. We're only interested in new borders. And look, these Arabs want to go back to the 1967 borders. IF those borders were the right ones, why did they destroy them?

Fallaci: But since the 1967 cease-fire, the war in the Middle East has taken on a new face: the face of terror, of terrorism. What do you think of this war and the men who are conducting it? OF Arafat, for instance, of Habash, of the Black September leaders?

Meir: I simply think they're not men. I don't even consider them human beings, and the worst thing you can say of a man is that he's not a human being. It's like saying he's an animal, isn't it? But how can you call what they're doing "a war"? Don't you remember what Habash said when he had a bus full of Israeli children blown up? "It's best to kill the Iseaelis while they're still children." Come on, what they're doing isn;t a war. It's not even a revolutionary movement because a movement that only wants to kill can't be called revolutionary. Look, at the beginning of the century in Russia, in the revolutionary movement that rose up to overthrow the czar, there was one party that considered terror the only means of struggle. One day a man from this party was sent with a bomb to a street corner where the carriage of one of the czar's high officials was supposed to pass. The carriage went by at the expected time, but the official was not alone, he was accompanied by his wife and children. So what did this true revolutionary do? He didn't throw the bomb. He let it go off in his hand and was blown to pieces. Look, we too had our terrorist groups during the War of Independence: the Stern, the Irgun. And I was opposed to them, I was always opposed to them. But neither of them ever covered itself with such infamy as the Arabs have done with us. Neither of them ever put bombs in supermarkets or dynamite in school buses. Neither of them ever provoked tragedies like Munich or Lod airport.

Fallaci: And how can one fight such terrorism, Mrs. Meir? Do you really think it helps to bomb Lebanese villages?

Meir: ...Maybe more than any other Arab country, Lebanon is offering hospitality to the terrorists. The Japanese who carried out the Lod massacre came from Lebanon, The girls who tried to hijack the Sabena plane in Tel Aviv had been trained in Lebanon. Are we supposed to sit here with our hands folded, praying and murmuring, "Let's hope that nothing happens"? Praying doesn't help. What helps is to counterattack. With all possible means, including means that we don't necessarily like. Certainly we'd rather fight them in the open, but since that's not possible...

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