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    May all 8 above R.I.P. It was a bad day in Iraq.
    Quote Originally Posted by HobbesIsReal
    I fully agree. The dedication, bravery, compassion, and Sacrifice of our Military Forces should always be remember....and their achievements should always be recognized:
    My last 24 posts in this thread are dedicated to those soldiers who died this week and are recognizing the achievements and positive accomplishments by our Armed forces serving in Iraq, not in the last year.......BUT ONLY THE REPORTED ACHIEVEMENTS IN IRAQI IN ONLY THE LAST 10 DAYS ALONE!

    In honor of what those men and women have died trying to accomplish, please read the last 24 posts in recognition of the brave work they are accomplishing in a VERY scary and difficult situation.
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...072802269.html


    Security Costs Slow Iraq Reconstruction
    Contract Excesses Also Hamper Progress

    Renae Merle and Griff Witte
    Washington Post
    Friday, July 29, 2005; Page A01

    Efforts to rebuild water, electricity and health networks in Iraq are being shortchanged by higher-than-expected costs to provide security and by generous financial awards to contractors, according to a series of reports by government investigators released yesterday.

    Taken together, the reports seem to run contrary to the Bush administration's upbeat assessment that reconstruction efforts are moving vigorously ahead and that the insurgency is dying down.

    The United States, Iraq and international donors have committed more than $60 billion to run Iraq and revive its damaged infrastructure. But security costs are eating away a substantial share of that total, up to 36 percent on some projects, the Government Accountability Office reported yesterday. The higher security costs are causing reconstruction authorities to scale back efforts in some areas and abandon projects in others.

    For instance, in March, the U.S. Agency for International Development canceled two electric power generation programs to provide $15 million in additional security elsewhere. On another project to rehabilitate electric substations, the Army Corps of Engineers decided that securing 14 of the 23 facilities would be too expensive and limited the entire project to nine stations. And in February, USAID added $33 million to cover higher security costs on one project, which left it short of money to pay for construction oversight, quality assurance and administrative costs.

    "If we didn't have a bunch of extremists running around trying to derail the progress of the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people and the coalition, the amount of money spent on security would be far less," said Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman. "It is a fact of life, one which cannot be wished away."
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    ...In other areas, developments were less auspicious.
    Despite $5.7 billion committed to restoring electricity service in Iraq, power generation was still at lower levels as of May than it had been before the U.S. invasion in 2003. In one case, the GAO reported, the United States led an overhaul of an Iraqi power plant but then did not adequately train the Iraqis how to operate it. A widespread power outage resulted.

    Crude oil production has also dropped in the past two years, even with more than $5 billion in U.S. and Iraqi funds available for rebuilding. Oil export revenue is needed to fund more than 90 percent of the nascent Iraqi government's 2005 budget, the State Department has said.

    "It's quite clear that we've got massive amounts of taxpayer money funneled into Iraq, with very little oversight and a substantial amount of waste and abuse," said Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND). "These are very discouraging reports."...
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    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
    7115 South Boundary Boulevard
    MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
    Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

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    July 29, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-23C


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    TWO(2) MARINES KILLED IN CYKLA

    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed in action July 28 when their unit came under attack by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades.

    The incident took place during combat operations in Cykla, Iraq. Cykla is about 200 kilometers west of Baghdad.

    The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050723.txt
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    NEWS RELEASE
    HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
    7115 South Boundary Boulevard
    MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
    Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

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    July 29, 2005
    Release Number: 05-07-24C


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER DIES IN VEHICLE ACCIDENT

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Task Force Baghdad Soldier died when the vehicle he was driving was involved in a single-vehicle accident off base in central Baghdad around 11:30 p.m. on July 28.

    The Soldier was taken to an Iraqi hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body was later recovered by U.S. military authorities.

    The name of the Soldier is being held pending notification of next of kin. The incident is under investigation.

    Task Force Baghdad Public Affairs provided this release. For more information, please contact SFC David Abrams at david.abrams@id3.army.mil.

    http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/C...t=20050724.txt
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    MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up amidst a group of Iraqi army recruits in northern Iraq on Friday, killing 25 people and wounding 35, as Sunni Muslims protested in Baghdad against alleged government torture.

    Police said the attack occurred outside a municipal building in Rabia, a town 50 miles northwest of Mosul, Iraq's third largest city and a focus of an 18-month-old insurgent campaign against U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces.

    Separately, American and Iraqi forces killed nine guerrillas, five of them Syrians, in a small village northwest of the capital, a U.S. military statement said.

    The guerrillas had fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms at a joint U.S. and Iraqi patrol, prompting U.S. forces to respond with an air strike, the statement said.

    -snip-

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...s_nm/iraq_dc_3
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    Editor Hit for Exposing Biased Iraq Reports

    Mark Yost, editorial page associate editor at the Knight-Ridder newspaper the St. Paul Pioneer Press, wrote the unthinkable - he criticized media coverage of the Iraq war and made himself the target of outraged colleagues for writing that the mainstream media are playing up the bad news about Iraq while ignoring the good news.

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    Editor Hit for Exposing Biased Iraq Reports

    Mark Yost, editorial page associate editor at the Knight-Ridder newspaper the St. Paul Pioneer Press, wrote the unthinkable - he criticized media coverage of the Iraq war and made himself the target of outraged colleagues for writing that the mainstream media are playing up the bad news about Iraq while ignoring the good news.

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    NewsMax is not a credible source, sorry.
  8. #308  
    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    NewsMax is not a credible source, sorry.
    Why, because they dont fabricate the news like C-BS, the NY Times or CNN
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    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...ilitary_health

    Iraq Affecting Mental Health of Troops

    By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer
    Fri Jul 29, 7:32 AM ET


    WASHINGTON - Thirty percent of U.S. troops surveyed have developed stress-related mental health problems three to four months after coming home from the Iraq war, the Army's surgeon general said Thursday.

    The survey of 1,000 troops found problems including anxiety, depression, nightmares, anger and an inability to concentrate, said Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley and other military medical officials. A smaller number of troops, often with more severe symptoms, were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a serious mental illness. ...


    ...Such problems are sometimes more acute in members of the National Guard, who return to a civilian job when they leave active military duty, Ritchie said.

    Military medical officials, however, cautioned against people reading their data as suggesting the war had driven so many soldiers over the edge. Instead, they characterized the anxiety and stress as normal reactions to combat, seeing dead and mutilated bodies, and feeling helpless to stop a violent situation.

    Still, such reactions can lead to problems with spouses and children, substance abuse and just day-to-day life, they said.

    Truck drivers and convoy guards in Iraq are developing mental health problems in greater numbers than other troops, Ritchie said, suggesting the long hours on the road, constantly under threat of attack, are taking their toll...
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       #310  
    Quote Originally Posted by clairegrrl
    Why, because they dont fabricate the news like C-BS, the NY Times or CNN
    I will not argue with you on this. You can find it from some other (credible) source.
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    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...ddstothestrain


    For combat-weary Marines, each stint adds to the strain


    By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY Fri Jul 29,'05

    The day the Marines crossed into Iraq, Cpl. James Welter Jr. killed his first man. During his second combat tour, he earned a commendation for leadership skills and coolness under fire, but he brought a nightmare home. Now, with six weeks left in his third fighting tour, his goal is simple.

    He hopes to survive.

    Welter - Jimmy to his friends - is among about 150 veterans of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment here who have fought in Iraq three times since the war began in March 2003. Each trip, they have endured some of the harshest combat.

    ...Interviews with two dozen Marines in Ramadi, their commanders, and friends and family back home reveal the cost in human terms. Like Jimmy Welter, some Marines in this unit enlisted after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But that patriotic fervor now seems spent. And what the Marines have endured - Welter's story is typical - speaks to the changes that come with war.

    During their first tour, Welter and his unit were greeted as liberators. During the second, they fought a growing rebellion. Now, on the third, many say they are angry to be back, shaken by the loss of more friends and feeling old beyond their years.

    "I'm 22 years old. It really feels like I'm 30," Welter says. "I've seen more and done more things at 22 than most people have in 40 years."

    Evidence of victory is scant, those interviewed by the newspaper say. Some are stunned that, after all the sacrifices they and others have made, so many Iraqis now seem to hate them.
    Their choice to serve has put them on the battlefield three times in three years. Now, many say they just want to go home. ...
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    There are no X-ray glasses, U.S. troops assure Iraqis

    Chicago Sun-Times, May 15, 2003 by Jack Kelly

    http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...5/ai_n12504784

    NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER, Iraq--Sgt. Mark Hadsell noticed that when he was talking to Iraqis in Baghdad, the men would try to stand behind something, or would stand in front of their wives or daughters. He thought this was curious. So he asked why.

    "They'd been told that when they wear their sunglasses, American soldiers can see through clothing," Hadsell said.

    Hadsell handed his sunglasses to the Iraqi who told him this and had him put them on. One more rumor dispelled. Another small victory for the team from the 361st Psychological Operations Company, a reserve unit based in the Seattle suburb of Bothel, Wash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    I will not argue with you on this. You can find it from some other (credible) source.
    Here is what I found with a quick google:

    Since you have to register to view the article, here is a reprint:

    Why they hate us
    By Mark Yost

    http://jewishworldreview.com/0705/yost.php3

    Here is the reaction from some against this article:

    Democrats.com call it propoganda:
    http://www.democrats.com/node/5371

    Philadelphia Daily News: A Tale of 2 Journalists...or "Why They Hate Mark Yost"
    http://www.pnionline.com/dnblog/atty...es/002196.html

    Here are some other comments, some are blogs, but have good links to other sites:

    Mainstream media suppress Iraq optimism
    http://www.townhall.com/columnists/G...20050728.shtml

    The MSM Roast of Mark Yost
    http://soapbox.townhall.com/?op=disp.../17/191343/430

    Attacking the Messenger
    http://www.camedwards.com/archives/002343.html

    Press criticism criticism
    http://www.buzzmachine.com/archives/2005_07_13.html

    More Mark Yost Iraq controversy
    http://craigwestover.blogspot.com/20...ntroversy.html
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    Terror Cell Leader Captured; Nine Terrorists, Two Marines Killed

    American Forces Press Service

    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jul2...0729_2268.html

    WASHINGTON, July 29, 2005 – U.S. troops captured al Qaeda terror cell leader Ammar Abu Bara, alias Amar Hussein Hasan, during a July 27 cordon-and-search operation in Mosul, Iraq's third largest city, U.S military officials reported today.
    Bara, reportedly one of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's most trusted operations agents in Iraq, was arrested by troops of the Army's 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team,) and Iraqi army soldiers. Bara replaced Abu Talha, former terror cell leader for the Mosul area, following his capture in early June.

    Officials said a number of al Qaeda terrorist leaders have been captured in recent months in northern Iraq, leading to a more secure environment in the region. These captures have led to the systematic dismantling of the al Qaeda network in Mosul, military officials said.
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    Iraqi Police Find SAMs, Large Cache of Anti-aircraft Rounds

    American Forces Press Service

    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jul2...0729_2273.html

    WASHINGTON, July 29, 2005 – Iraqi police located a large cache of munitions eight kilometers southeast of Tikrit near Owja July 28, military officials in Iraq reported today.
    The cache consisted of nine surface-to-air missiles, 11 57 mm anti-aircraft artillery rounds, 300 14.5 mm anti-aircraft artillery rounds, and 300 23 mm anti-aircraft artillery rounds.

    In other news from Iraq, two armed men driving a Nissan in Baghdad's Al Askan District attacked Iraqi police officers July 28, officials said. One police officer was wounded in the initial exchange of gunfire. Additional Iraqi police responded with small-arms fire, disabling the vehicle. One of the attackers was killed, and the other was wounded. Police confiscated a 9 mm pistol, two black masks, and eight fake Iraqi army identification cards.

    The injured attacker later admitted the pair's mission was to kill police and Iraqi soldiers, officials said.

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    Task Force Baghdad units responded to a July 27 small-arms attack on an Iraqi Army checkpoint south of Baghdad. After about 15 terrorists began firing on the checkpoint, U.S. forces responded with air, infantry and armor units to successfully ward off the attack. Soldiers checked and cleared houses in the area, found numerous weapons, and detained four suspects for questioning, officials said.

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, found a large weapons cache during a routine combat patrol July 27. The cache contained more than 30 120 mm mortar rounds, seven fuses wrapped in plastic, two boxes of heavy machine gun ammunition, several grenades and a 55-gallon drum containing blasting caps, detonation cord and additional mortar rounds.

    "This type of find is a motivator to every soldier here," said Maj. Jay McNair, an operations officer in the 48th BCT. "Just think - all those munitions were hidden away to do possible harm to someone. Now, thanks to those soldiers, the explosives will be destroyed,"
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    Soldiers Provide Food to Kindi Residents
    The delivery received a warm welcome from the
    local populace and many thanks from town leaders.


    By U.S. Army Capt. John J. Agnello
    4th Brigade Combat Team

    http://www.defendamerica.mil/article...072805la1.html
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 28, 2005 — Elements of 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division provided food, cooking utensils and cleaning supplies July 22 to residents of Kindi, a neighborhood north of the International Zone.
    The supplies were delivered in the form of a Rhode pack, a sustenance package of more than one ton of food and supplies that included rice, beans, canned fish and meat, vegetables, cooking oil, dessert treats, pots and pans, serving utensils, and propane stoves.



    “We have delivered other various items to this neighborhood before, but never to this scale,” said U.S. Army Capt. Wiley Hammer, troop commander and native of Knoxville, Tenn. “These people are in need, so we try to help them out with whatever way we can.”
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    Multi-National Coalition Progress Fact Sheet:

    http://www.defendamerica.mil/downloa...ion_Forces.pdf

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    24 June 2005

    United States Committed to Helping Women in Iraq
    State Department recaps U.S. efforts to assist Iraqi women


    Following is a fact sheet released June 22 by the Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues of the State Department detailing ways the United States is carrying out its commitment to helping the women of Iraq:

    http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/di...na-latest.html
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    Multinational Corp -- Iraq

    Eye On Irag -- Progress for week of July 11th, 2005:

    http://www.defendamerica.mil/downloa...0_20050712.pdf

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    Officials Explain Terrorist Financing System to Lawmakers

    By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA

    American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, July 29, 2005 – Disrupting financial support for the insurgency is a key element in the overall strategy to defeat terrorists in Iraq, and the U.S. government is pursuing several initiatives to track and limit the flow of funds, Defense Department officials told two congressional subcommittees here July 28.
    Daniel Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes; James Roberts, acting deputy assistant secretary for special operations and combating terrorism; and Caleb Temple, operations director for the Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism, outlined the sources of insurgency funding sources and efforts being made to stop that funding.

    The main external sources of funding for the insurgency are former regime elements, including senior officials of the former regime, and Sunni jihadists, Glaser said. Temple told lawmakers that corrupt members of some transnational charities and nongovernmental organizations siphon and embezzle money for insurgents.

    Internally, insurgents raise money through low-level crime and extortion, kidnapping, smuggling and drug trafficking, Temple said. Roberts explained that once funds are generated, insurgents have a wide, quickly evolving series of tactics to transfer money throughout their network, including high-tech means such as sophisticated bank transfers and low-tech means such as couriers, he said.

    The DIA believes terrorist expenses in Iraq are only moderate, Temple said, so if the funding continues at high levels from diverse sources, some insurgent groups could continue their activities indefinitely.

    To prevent this from happening, Glaser said, the Treasury Department is pursuing efforts in three areas: targeted action against the specific elements of insurgent financing, systemic efforts to improve financial transparency in Iraq and throughout the region, and engagement with Iraq's neighbors to cut off financial flow to the insurgency.

    Story continues........

    http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jul2...0729_2271.html

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