GI SPECIAL 2#B91
HOW MANY MORE FOR
Bring them all home
U.S. Army soldiers line up to pay
their final respects to Army PFC Aaron James Rusin, 19, of the 44th
Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division during a memorial service
at Camp Ramadi Oct. 13. Rusin, of western Pennsylvania, was killed
during an ambush in Ramadi on Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Jim MacMillan)
No Help Is On The
Dead And Maimed
No Troops Left To
Protect LSA Anaconda, Too Many Sent To Samarra;
Touch And Dump, Like Vietnam At The End
October 11, 2004 By Tom Bowman,
Baltimore Sun Foreign Staff
Air Force will not base its big cargo planes here because it is
considered unsafe, said an officer at Anaconda, who requested
anonymity. Instead, pilots keep their engines running as they drop
off cargo, then quickly take off.
officers say the mortar attacks predate the arrival of U.S.
troops. Saddam Hussein seized the land from
local sheiks and built the base, further annoying residents with
the constant roar of low-flying aircraft. Now and then a
mortar shell would arc into Hussein's base as a message of local
They’re not “foreign fighters” or “Saddam Hussein remnants?]
LSA ANACONDA, Iraq - This sprawling
supply base on a dusty stretch about 50 miles northwest of Baghdad
is officially known as a "logistical support area."
But some of the thousands of
soldiers and contractors who suffer daily mortar and rocket attacks
have another name for it: "Mortaritaville."
At least a
half-dozen soldiers and contractors have been killed and nearly 100
wounded here since April. There have been about
two attacks a day since July. Three weeks ago, a young airman lost
both legs and his right hand when a mortar shell slammed into the
Officers say Anaconda, the largest
support base in the country, with 22,500 U.S. troops and 2,500
contractors spread over 15 square miles, is also the most frequently
attacked. But there is no
indication the soldiers will get the help they want to deal with
their nagging and deadly problem.
Since May, Brig.
Gen. Oscar B. Hilman, commander of the 81st Brigade Combat Team, a
National Guard unit from Washington state that operates the base,
has requested 500 to 700 more soldiers. But he said the request has
"Because the enemy
is persistent, we need additional forces. We asked twice," said
Hilman, who arrived here in April for a yearlong stint.
But Hilman said
he was told that "there are no additional forces," and that U.S.
soldiers are needed elsewhere, particularly to battle insurgents
and cover a large area to the north that includes the rebellious
cities of Tikrit and Samarra.
The 81st Brigade's top enlisted man,
Sgt. Maj. Robert Barr, said the soldiers here are frustrated, and
that he often hears the same question: "Why aren't we stopping it or
killing their guys who are doing it?"
contrast sharply with statements by President Bush and top Pentagon
officials, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who say
U.S. troop strength is sufficient but that more soldiers will be
sent if senior commanders ask.
While the 81st
provides security inside the fence that surrounds the base, the
task of protection outside the concertina wire falls to the 2nd
Brigade, part of the 1st Infantry Division, based in Tikrit.
past week, the division has participated in the effort to take
back Samarra from insurgents. Those units, too, are stretched
"They have other operational concerns," said Lt. Col. Harry
Gonzalez, a spokesman for the 81st. "There's a lot of real estate."
Hilman said he
requested additional forces in the spring and again in the summer
from 13th Corps Support Command, which is responsible for LSA
Anaconda and all other multinational supply and transportation
facilities in Iraq.
Maj. Richard W.
Spiegel, a spokesman for the 13th Corps, confirmed that Hilman put
in the request and that it was endorsed by the command's top
officer, Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers.
The request was
forwarded to Multi-National Corps Iraq headquarters, which assesses
troop requirements and makes the final decision, Spiegel said. The
request was denied, he said, declining to provide details.
Air Force will not base its big cargo planes here because it is
considered unsafe, said an officer at Anaconda, who requested
anonymity. Instead, pilots keep their engines running as they drop
off cargo, then quickly take off.
Hilman calls Anaconda "the life
support" of the theater of operations.
Over the past
month, tall concrete slabs have been installed at Anaconda to
protect sleeping areas from the Soviet-era 82 mm mortar shells and
57 mm rockets that hit daily. Shells and rockets have landed near
the operations center, the mess hall, a mosque and a chaplain's car.
A sort of gallows
humor has infected some of the soldiers. The base store sells
T-shirts picturing a soldier looking skyward and the words: "Mom,
I'll call when the mortars stop."
On Thursday morning, two mortar shells
landed near the south gate. No injuries were reported. Just before
dinner, there was another explosion outside the fence. A siren
warned those inside to take shelter in the bunkers. Contractors in
the mess hall stopped serving food and hunkered down.
"You can never tell
where they're coming from," said Sgt. Charles
Rhoade of Havre de Grace, part of a five-member team from the
Maryland Army National Guard that helps bring supplies into
Sgt. Richard Trucks, a guardsman from
California, was finishing his dinner nearby and simply shrugged.
"You accept it," he said. Still, he added, "We would appreciate a
little more direct action" from U.S. forces.
The next morning, Sgt. Mark Long of
Hilman's security detail said U.S. forces must better control the
expanse of rolling hills, heavy vegetation and small villages
outside the base. The attackers change tactics often and cleverly
conceal their firing positions. A mortar tube was so carefully
hidden that only 4 inches rose above the ground.
Long, who served with the 1st Infantry
Division in the Persian Gulf War, said senior officers are not being
aggressive enough in trying to stop the attacks. An abandoned house
near the south gate has been the source of two recent mortar attacks
and is still standing, Long said.
Attacks also come from boats in the
Tigris River, which skirts the base, and from its far side.
Officers say about two dozen local men
have been arrested in the attacks; some have been released for lack
of evidence. "Lots of politics," Long said, pausing near one of the
concrete barriers that protect the soldiers' housing trailers.
One officer who requested anonymity
said some Air Force pilots and mechanics have volunteered to patrol
outside the fence to stop the attacks.
"They're fed up," he said. But it
would take about three weeks to teach them basic infantry tactics
and weaponry, and they can't spare the time. "They've got other
officers say the mortar attacks predate the arrival of U.S.
troops. Saddam Hussein seized the land from local sheiks and
built the base, further annoying residents with the constant roar
of low-flying aircraft. Now and then a mortar shell would arc into
Hussein's base as a message of local anger.
U.S. officers say the
attacks worsened in April as the insurgency intensified. Local
residents taken into custody said insurgents from Baghdad and
Fallujah paid them to attack Americans.
A senior U.S. officer, requesting
anonymity, said that besides more troops, what is needed here is a
"psychological operations" campaign. Soldiers should meet with
villagers and convince them that they risk losing their homes if
they fail to turn in insurgents. Bulldozers could clear a large
swath that could be more easily patrolled and offer less cover for
attackers, the officer said.
[Proving once again, as if further proof were needed, that “senior”
U.S. officers tend to be brain dead. The silly fellow doesn’t
understand that the patriotic desire to kick foreign invaders and
occupiers out of your country is not amenable to a “psy-ops”
solution, and if “clearing a swath” could defeat a war for national
liberation, he might be serving in a soft command job in Saigon
today instead of babbling bullshit in the middle of a losing war of
occupation at Camp Anaconda. The soldier in Iraq has no
institutional protection against the exercise of exceptional command
There were 61 mortar or rocket attacks
on the base in April, 61 in May and 40 in June. July and August saw
58 attacks each. There were 27
attacks on the base in the first 16 days of September, the most
recent period for which figures were available.
In the past month, Hilman, the 81st's
commander, has set up an operations center manned round the clock to
combat the attacks. Soldiers
watch huge television monitors that show live video from flying
drones and from cameras perched on the guard towers. They
can pinpoint attackers' locations and quickly dispatch helicopters
and troops. Still, mortar rounds
and rockets continue to strike at all hours. [But the defense
contractors selling all this useless video-game shit are laughing
all the way to the bank.]
Last week, the
explosion closing the mess hall came as the top officer of the
National Guard, Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, a former Baltimore teacher,
was visiting from the Pentagon.
"It was very clear
to me that force protection is priority one here and they will deal
with this," Blum said. "The commanders see this is a problem that
must be solved." […he said shortly before he got the fuck out and
went off to someplace safe to write his report.]
But that will not
come in time to help Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, a 22-year-old
military policeman from Dearborn Heights, Mich. A mortar round
exploded several feet behind him on Sept. 11 as he was walking
near the airfield in search of a soda. He recalled being swept
into the air on a brownish cloud and slammed to the hot gravel.
He lost both legs and his right hand. Shrapnel also pierced his
left hand, leaving a deep, jagged wound.
[And this is who
pays the price for this completely fucked Imperial dream, not the
politicians who decided to launch the greatest and most completely
pointless U.S. military disaster in 40 years. The politicians
lie, the soldiers die.]
Kolfage had served
in Iraq during the drive to Baghdad last year. This summer, he was
back in the region, this time in Kuwait, where he volunteered to
return to Iraq. He was at Anaconda barely two weeks before being
wounded, and recalled that he and fellow airmen would dash for
shelter "at least once a day" when there was an explosion and the
piercing wail of the base alarm.
"People talked about what they should
do to stop it," Kolfage said in a halting voice during a bedside
interview at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda. "Increased
patrols, I think more patrols.
[Didn’t work in Vietnam. Won’t work here. Game over.
Time to go home.
Now. There’s plenty of work to do here backing up
Kolfage and making very sure he and all
the others who got hurt can live out their lives well, without
wanting for anything, and taking care of the families whose troops
didn’t come back alive.]
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Four U.S. Soldiers
Dead In Baghdad
Oct 13, 2004 By Alistair Lyon
(Reuters) & Aljazeera
statement released by the military said an "improvised explosive
device" detonated at approximately 04:50 killing one Task Force
Baghdad soldier in western Baghdad.
Three U.S. soldiers
were killed by a roadside bomb attack on their convoy in eastern
Baghdad on Tuesday night at 10 pm, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Two Dead, Five
A U.S. Humvee vehicle burns in Mosul,
October 13. A bomber blew up his vehicle next to a U.S. military
convoy. (Namir Noor-Eldeen/Reuters)
10.13.04 Aljazeera & By Robert H.
Reid, Associated Press
Two US soldiers
were killed and five wounded in a car bomb attack
against their convoy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on
Wednesday, the military said.
The car bomb was
followed by small arms fire, killing two soldiers and wounding five
others, two of whom immediately returned to duty, it said in a
The attack took
place at about 2:20 pm (1120 GMT) on the northeastern side of Mosul.
It was the second deadly suicide
attack against American convoys in Mosul in the past three days.
The Death Of Two
October 13, 2004 U.S. Department of
Defense News Release
The Department of Defense announced
today the death of two Marines.
Pfc. Oscar A. Martinez, 19, of North
Cpl. Ian T. Zook, 24, of Port St.
Both Marines died Oct. 12 as result of
enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
Martinez was assigned to I Marine
Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary
Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Zook was assigned to 1st
Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine
Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground
Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Roadside Bomb Kills
Oct 13, 2004 BY JOHN CHAPPELL: Staff
Writer, The Pilot LLC (N.C.)
The flags at Sandhills Community
College fly at half-staff this week.
Staff Sgt. Michael S. Voss, 35, an
honor student from Carthage, lost his life last Friday fighting in
Iraq. He leaves behind a wife
and two small children. He was in the National Guard.
Emily Voss had taken their daughters,
5-year-old Lauren and 4-year-old Madelyn, on a weekend trip when two
Army chaplains arrived at the Voss home to bring sad news.
“We had gone camping at Morrow
Mountain, and we had our tent set up and everything,” she said. “My
cousin, who is a deputy sheriff, saw the chaplains parked in our
driveway. The people who live out here know we are here alone. They
take care of us.”
County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Gore escorted the chaplains to the
campground. Emily Voss saw them coming toward her tent.
“I thought they
were two Army guys out there camping, too,” Voss said. “Then I
thought, ‘No, they wouldn’t be camping in class A uniforms!’ That’s
when I realized.”
It was the devastating news everyone
who has a loved one at war fears.
Voss died when a roadside bomb blew up
near his Humvee. Voss was in the lead vehicle of a convoy heading
north to a base near Kirkut.
He had deployed to Iraq early this
year with his unit, the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 120th
Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Wilmington. The unit is
scheduled to come home in February
Voss was a regular Army soldier before
entering the National Guard. He served with the 82nd Airborne
Division. He joined the Army in 1988 and was wounded during the
Panama operation the next year. He saw action in defense of Saudi
Arabia in Operation Desert Shield, and in the operation to free
Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm.
After leaving the regular Army for
civilian life and the National Guard, Voss worked in Sanford for
“We met through a friend nine years
ago,” his wife said. “We dated two years. We have been married six
Voss went back to school, studying
business at Sandhills in hopes of advancing his career with
Caterpillar. He was within one semester of completing his work on
an associate’s degree. Voss was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an
honor society that is the junior college equivalent of Phi Beta
One teacher, Mary Dixon, inspired him,
his wife said. She said Dixon, who was his adviser, “was a special
person in his life. She impacted all our lives the way she taught.”
Voss would have returned to Sandhills
and to his family. Last Friday, his Humvee encountered a hidden
bomb called an IED, for “improvised explosive device.”
Voss is the fifth soldier from the
brigade killed in Iraq, and the first from Sandhills. Flags will
remain at half-staff until the end of the week, according to SCC
President John Dempsey.
Powell Funeral Home in Southern Pines
is handling funeral arrangements. The Voss family will receive
visitors Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held
Saturday at Manly Presbyterian in Southern Pines. The time will be
“They will have
military honors outside the church,” Emily Voss said. “We were
married in that church.”
Local Man Killed In
October 13, 2004 By Chris Barron, Sun
A 1988 Bremerton High School graduate
with a stellar Army career who was due to arrive home from in Iraq
in two weeks died in combat Monday in Mosul, Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Michael Lee Burbank was
killed when insurgents steered a bomb-filled pick-up truck,
disguised as a produce truck, toward the Stryker convoy he was
Standing in the open hatch of his
Stryker vehicle, Burbank was exposed to the blast and killed. He was
Burbank lived in
Bremerton for about 12 years until he enlisted in the Army in 1997.
He is survived by his wife Shawna, 29, a 1994 South Kitsap High
"He was a nice
kid," retired Bremerton High history teacher Al Smith said. "He was
a friendly kind of one-on-one kid, but in class getting him to talk
was like pulling teeth.
"He was the kind of
kid who you'd expect to get a job in the Navy yard, do a little
fishing, have a wife and a kid and just be a rock of the community."
Two More Dead South
13 Oct 2004 Boyd Webb, iafrica.com
Two more South Africans were killed in
Iraq on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on
Wednesday in Pretoria.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie
Mamoepa said that the two men had been employed by
Omega Risk Solutions, Iraq.
Omega Risk Solutions' West African and
Middle East manager, Cobus de Kock, said Johan Botha (37), and Louis
Campher (43) were killed in an attack at 6.30am South African time
on Tuesday while travelling from one construction sight to another,
11km south of Baghdad.
"Botha and Campher were the only two
men killed when their convoy came under fire," he said.
He said the men
were security managers for the company.
De Kock explained that Omega protected
Refusing to say
exactly how many South Africans were working for Omega in Iraq, De
Kock said it was a "significant number".
He said construction workers were
regularly attacked by militants and it was their job to protect
them. Their specialised vehicles
were all unmarked as it was advisable to keep as low a profile in
Iraq as possible.
[Not low enough, apparently.]
Botha, a former soldier of 121
Battalion in Piet Retief joined Omega on September 15 this year
after working for in the security industry in Angola. Campher, a
former policeman, joined the company on August 1.
De Kock said arrangements had been
made for their bodies to be flown back to South Africa.
Airlifted To Kuwait
Two More Wounded By
October 13, 2004 Fiji Times Limited
A SECURITY guard
serving with Global Risk Strategies in Iraq has been airlifted to
Kuwait to undergo surgery yesterday while two colleagues are
recovering from injuries.
Strategy spokesman Sakiusa Raivoce said the security guard from
Cakaudrove was involved in a car bombing accident with two other
local security officers on Sunday.
"The officers, who were serving in
Mosul, were travelling on the road when their vehicle exploded after
hitting a homemade bomb that was left on the road by Iraqi
insurgents," he said.
The officers who were injured were
Amoni Cadravula, 23, of Muaivuso Village, Mua Parauni, 44, of
Nabouciwa in Nakelo, and Apenisa Tikomailodoni, 39, of Natewa in
Mr Raivoce said Mr Cadravula and Mr
Parauni suffered minor injuries and were treated at a nearby
hospital before being sent back to their camp. He said Mr
Tikomailodoni was airlifted to Kuwait Hospital for an operation.
How Much Bombing Is
Really Going On?
10.11.02 Bonnie Azab Powell. UC
Berkeley News (California)
speaks in California
“I've been doing an alternate history
of the war, from inside, because people, right after 9/11, because
people inside -- and there are a lot of good people inside -- are
scared, as scared as anybody watching this tonight I think should
be, because [Bush], if he's re-elected, has only one thing to do,
he's going to bomb the hell out of that place.
“He's been bombing
the hell of that place -- and here's what really irritates me again,
about the press -- since he set up this Potemkin Village government
with Allawi on June 28 -- the bombing, the daily bombing rates
inside Iraq, have gone up exponentially.“
“There's no public
accounting of how many missions are flown, how much ordinance is
dropped, we have no accounting and no demand to know. The only
sense you get is we're basically in a full-scale air war against
invisible people that we can't find, that we have no intelligence
about, so we bomb what we can see.”
"No amount of body bags is going to
dissuade [Bush]," said Hersh,
despite the fact that Hersh's sources say the war in Iraq is "not
winnable. It's over."
As for Kerry's war plans, Hersh said
he wished he could tell him to stop talking as if the senator's plan
for Iraq could somehow still eke out a victory there.
"This is a disaster that's been
going on. It's a civil war, the insurgency. There is no 'win'
anymore in this war," he argued. "As somebody said, 'We're playing
chess, they're playing Go.'"
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The U.S. Command In
Proud Successors To
Great Imperial Traditions:
(Hitler, Stalin, &
How To Slaughter
Civilians And Lie About It For Fun And Profit
BAGHDAD, October 12,
Continuing rain of US bombs, insurgent
activity drive inhabitants of isolated Fallujah from home.
Fallujah may be admired as a bastion
of insurgent resistance by those opposed to the US presence in Iraq
but the battle-scarred city is slowly emptying of its inhabitants
because of insurgent activity and a continuing rain of US bombs.
"I was born in
Fallujah, I was married in Fallujah and I lost my first teeth in
Fallujah. I never left, and now (US President George W.) Bush has
chased me out," says Tarfa Frayyeh Ali, her face etched with tribal
She says she has
five daughters and six sons, before catching herself and blinking
tears from her eyes. "I lost a son in an American raid. He left a
widow and six children who now have no income and no home."
This aged Iraqi woman, who is unsure
of her own age, now lives with 50 other relatives in a house in the
capital, Baghdad, far from her friends and her fields.
"We left because of the bombs. The
explosions terrified the children," she continues, surrounded by a
cluster of young curious onlookers.
Living conditions have deteriorated
along with security in Fallujah which is often sealed off from the
"They lack everything. If you have
lunch, then you don't have dinner," she says.
The men of the household follow the
news to find out how talks are progressing between the city's
leaders and the government.
"If they reach an agreement, we'll go
back immediately," says 26-year-old Ibrahim Rachid.
"But the last time they did a deal, we
ended up with bombs falling on us again," he says, referring to an
agreement in April aimed at ending fighting in the Sunni city
between US marines and rebels.
Agreement or not, 48-year-old Faraj
al-Obeidi, has no desire to go home to Fallujah, where more than
200,000 people once lived.
"I spent 15 years
in Saddam's prisons. I never imagined the situation could get worse
after his fall," he says.
Obeidi has rented a house in Baghdad,
where three families are staying, including that of Khadija Hadi,
who arrived three days earlier with her husband and two children.
"We didn't want to leave our home but
it was hit in a raid a few days ago. We fled with nothing more than
the clothes on our backs," she recounts, adding that her Al-Askari
neighbourhood is now deserted.
"We resisted the urge to leave in
April but my husband has no job and I haven't been paid in four
months. (The Muslim holy month of) Ramadan is coming, we're lost,"
she whispers in a voice tinged with embarrassment.
She is skeptical of the negotiations
with the US-backed Iraqi government.
The Americans "talk
peace during the day and at nightfall start dropping bombs" says the
37-year-old teacher, her four-month-old baby in her arms.
The US military says it is targeting
the hideouts of Iraq's most wanted man, Abu Mussab al-Zaraqawi, a
militant said to have links to Al-Qaeda who is blamed for a string
of attacks and abductions in the strife-torn country.
There's no Zaraqawi in Fallujah. The people fighting the
Americans are those who have lost a father or a brother in a US
attack. They are the sons of Fallujah," says Obeidi.
"They say they're
after Zaraqawi. Then in the morning we find children in the
bombed-out ruins of houses," he rages.
He says that only
families living in the city centre remain. Outlying districts are
live in fear. They tremble when they hear explosions. The
schools are closed. There's often no electricity and the roads
are closed. That's Fallujah," the engineer says, sadness etching
War Reports On
Report for events of Tuesday, 12 October 2004
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad
Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice
Tuesday, 12 October
The correspondent of
reported that under heavy blows from the Iraqi Resistance, US forces
on Tuesday completed their withdrawal of 80 percent of their Marine
forces from the al-Latifiyah – al-Yusufiyah area, leaving only 500
The pull-back began on Monday evening,
and involved withdrawing the troops to three positions. One group
withdrew to the US base at Saddam International Airport. Another
part of the US force pulled back to the Polish-American base in
al-Hillah. The remainder retreated to the US base in the
agricultural area northeast of al-Fallujah.
US forces reportedly sustained heavy
casualties in the course of their offensive south of Baghdad over
the last few days, in particular in incidents like that where a
6-meter Ra`d missile blasted into an American camp on Sunday night.
The aim of the US
offensive on al-Latifiyah and al-Yusufiyah was to destroy the
Resistance forces that could encircle American troops when they
launch their planned offensive against the defiant city of
al-Fallujah. During the
American siege of al-Fallujah in spring 2004, the Resistance
struck at the rear of the attacking Americans' lines from four
directions – al-Latifiyah, al-Yusufiyah, Samarra', and Abu
Using massive high-tech firepower and
at the cost of heavy civilian casualties, US forces last week
managed to take almost half of Samarrà out of Resistance hands.
The Resistance, however, continues
to pound the US occupation forces and their stooges from positions
ringing Samarra', denying the invaders a victory there too.
road shutting off fuel supplies to US forces in al-Latifiyah area
forces in al-Latifiyah have cut the road to the petroleum production
station used by fuel tankers that supply the US forces in the area.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that five fuel tank
trucks, three belonging to the US military and two owned by the
puppet so-called "ministry of petroleum" were destroyed in a
Meanwhile the correspondent has
learned of an effort by the US military to use Iraqi fuel trucks to
transport fuel to the US military. That way, when the Resistance
attacks the trucks, the American side can claim falsely that the
Resistance is trying to cut off fuel from the Iraqi people. The
correspondent wrote that it is likely that satellite news networks
might pick up that manufactured American story and try to gain
propaganda points with it.
Iraq's Oil Resources. Blows up northern Iraqi oil pipeline.
forces blew up four bombs on a major oil pipeline in the northern
Iraqi an-Niba`i area, setting the pipeline ablaze and cutting off
Resistance forces blew up the oil pipeline in the Bayji area.
The Resistance campaign against the
oil pipelines is part of an effort to prevent the US invaders from
reaping profits from the plunder of Iraqi oil.
BAD PLACE TO BE:
TIME TO COME HOME
2004-10-13 Middle East Online
Snipers Kill Occupation Cops In Ramadi
learned that two Iraqi policemen were also killed in the al-Malab
neighbourhood in eastern Ramadi after US snipers fired on them as
they attended a wounded fighter.
Dead Soquel Soldier
Leaves Legacy Of Friendship
October 13, 2004 By GENEVIEVE
BOOKWALTER, SENTINEL STAFF writer
SANTA CRUZ — Ask about Morgen Jacobs,
and you’ll probably hear about all his friends.
Morgen was the one who brought people
together, his buddies said. Whether it was skimboarding with
friends in Santa Cruz or organizing barbecues for his battalion in
Iraq, the handsome 20-year-old with blond hair and a bright smile
always knew who to invite.
His circle of
friends was an eclectic mix; it included a mad scientist, a punk, an
engineer, students and soldiers, said his dad, Todd Jacobs, from a
chair on the patio of Santa Cruz Memorial Park Funeral Home on
Those buddies stopping by make it just
a little easier to cope with his son’s death, he said.
Spc. Jacobs was assigned to the 1st
Infantry Division, 1/18th Infantry Battalion, Company B, 7th Army.
He died Oct. 6 after a roadside bomb exploded next to the Humvee on
which he was riding near Bayji, Iraq, about 90 miles north of
Baghdad. The blast wounded him severely, his father said.
He died shortly after arriving at the
The explosion injured others on the
vehicle, but only Morgen was killed.
Command Can Eat
Shit And Die;
But Can't Stop
Soldiers From Speaking Out
October 11, 2004 David H. Hackworth
military commanders were lying about how wars were progressing long
before the sword and the shield first clashed. And
the long distances and delayed communications made censoring what
was reported to citizens no big stretch.
After all, from the Greek Wars to
Gettysburg, it took months for letters and casualty lists to travel
by runner, boat, pony and finally, rail. By the time the bad news
arrived from the front, the dead were buried and the battle long
But as war morphed from cannonballs to
aircraft to missiles, communications also zoomed along -- from
printing press, telegraph, radio, TV and satellites to the Net.
the Thought Police headquartered in
space-age offices in Washington, D.C., are still trying to bend any
and all information about military campaigns. Our leaders know that
in democratic America, they must have popular support for their
wars, and they won’t keep it if folks start to think we're losing
and being lied to.
One thing no one
can control is the Net. Today there’s a laptop in almost every
bunker, manned by grunts who are a whole lot smarter and faster
than their watchdogs. Which means that despite a hogtied press
corps, we’re getting the unspun word from Iraq -- and the news
The brass are going
nuts trying to stop this electronic tsunami of truth that’s washing
over the land courtesy of a generation of sharp kids who’ve been
armed with computers since age 4. Kids who glory in staying three
irrepressible steps ahead of their minders via blogs, dummy ISP
addresses and cute tricks like sending e-mails to cutouts for
forwarding to guys like me.
So the brass have
reverted to the weapon they’ve used to silence warriors since long
before Caesar was running Rome: intimidation. The
troops are being warned: Shut up; and if you don’t button it, you’ll
be drummed out of the service.
An officer in
Iraq who has asked to remain anonymous says: “The establishment
here wants to present the picture that everything is A-OK when
it’s too often not the case. Soldiers shouldn’t be punished or
made to feel like they’re disloyal, not part of the team,
troublemakers, whiners, dissenters, malcontents, etc., etc., just
because they give somebody a true sitrep on certain things going
on over here. But sadly this is the case.”
Then there’s the personal attack on
anyone with a point of view that’s different from the party line:
You’re un-American; or you’re supporting the enemy or not supporting
the troops. The latest tactic is
to say you’re sending out mixed messages that hurt troop morale.
But according to
our soldiers in Iraq, this is just not true. They say their morale
is in the toilet because of how badly the war’s been handled, not
because of what’s being reported or debated by politicians.
“I resent the
fascist-style approach that tries to paint any objection of current
policy as traitorous,” says Ken Druhut. “I am a proud vet and
gratefully enjoy the freedoms that our military has provided. But
this Gestapo stuff has to stop.”
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P.S. I have
family serving in the US army, so please keep my full name and
email anonymous. They are suffering enough as it is.
To: GI Special
Sent: October 13
Subject: "Crude dudes"
I think the true motivations for the
war needs more coverage.
It makes me furious
how Bush and his socalled opponent Kerry talks of "bad intel" - they
knew very well what they were doing and why:
Sacrificing thousands of lives, Iraqi
as well as American, for their own greed. In my corner of the world
(Denmark), the struggle is the same: One man and his corporation
(MAERSK) controls the oil - they make billions of $ from the rising
fuel prices, while ordinary families will pay when the cold months
They control the government - laws and
speeches pass through their corporate headquarters for approval and
editing. The laws and speeches that refuse any notion of peace, any
notion of withdrawal from Iraq, and lets us pay for their conquest.
We face an election within a year -
and the "choice" is as nonexistant as in the US:
Vote for the occupation, or for the
occupation. Vote for the rich or for the rich.
We are also
presented with the "lesser of two evils" slogan, but I refuse to buy
it. I refuse to justify a system that kills for profit, a system
that considers its citizens a disease and a burden instead of its
strength and its lifeblood.
If democracy is a meaningless vote
every four years, then democracy can go screw itself - if democracy
is the power of the people, then we need to do some serious power
grabbing before we can call ourselves a democracy.
I am a strong
opponent of senseless violence, so lets put some sense in the
violence and get the warmongers and profiteers before they have us
all killed. I intend the world to be a nice place when I have
kids, and I know it won't happen by itself.
This was a lot
more than intended, but I am truly infuriated at the thought of
this war. Every time a person is killed in Iraq, the rich gets
even richer. And they are laughing at us.
P.S. I have family
serving in the US army, so please keep my full name and email
anonymous. They are suffering enough as it is.
Occupation Cop Officer Killed;
An Iraqi police officer was shot dead
in a city north of Baghdad when unknown assailants opened fire on
his car as he drove to work.
A Diyala province
police official confirmed that Captain Hasan al-Bayati was ambushed
about six kilometres east of Baquba on the main highway.
A series of mortars
were also fired at an oil refinery in Iraq's second city early on
Wednesday, missing the facility but wounding three Iraqi National
Guard members, officials said.
Insurgents' 'Weapon of Choice'
Oct. 13, 2004 DENIS D. GRAY,
Countrywide, and especially in
Baghdad, the U.S. military says the VBIED - for "vehicle-borne
improvised explosive device" - has become the insurgents' weapon of
choice, mostly wielded against Iraqi security personnel and American
troops but often soaking the blast area with the blood of
Car bombs offer the
insurgents a range of advantages.
remote-controlled or booby-trapped bomb along a roadside can take up
to two weeks, whereas a car, minibus or truck jammed with explosives
can be quickly sent out in response to changing intelligence on
Car bombs are
relatively easy to rig - troops have seized CDs in Baghdad showing
how it's done - and can slip through checkpoints
with explosives attached to the undersides of vehicles or hidden in
piles of vegetables or construction materials.
And they reduce
casualties for insurgent bands compared to other forms of attacks,
such as ambushes with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, which
generally trigger an overwhelming U.S. response.
Highlighted in the
media, mass casualties inflicted by bombs raise the international
profile of the insurgency and undermine popular support for a
government many Iraqis feel cannot provide security.
Unleashed in the
Islamic world over the past few decades after earlier use in
Vietnam, Spain, Northern Ireland and elsewhere, vehicle bombs were
inevitable in Iraq.
The attacks have
escalated this year, with 1,077 killed through Oct. 9.
The Washington-based research organization says that of
136 bombings so far this year, 87 were carried out by suicide
attackers, who are not included in its casualty count.
Around Baqouba, 35 miles north of
Baghdad, the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion conducts at least two
bomb-seeking patrols a day, seven days a week, in what is one of the
most perilous jobs in Iraq. Theurer, a sergeant in the North Dakota
National Guard unit, says two of the six men in his squad have been
wounded by explosives.
"It's a lot easier to find IEDs than car bombs. Most of the car
bombs find us," the Bismarck, N.D., native
says as the patrol scouts a 6-mile stretch of highway that soldiers
have dubbed "IED Alley."
A half dozen car bombs and some 35
roadside bombs have been detonated along that strip the last six
months. A sign at both ends warns that any car left standing by the
road for more than one hour may be destroyed by the U.S. military.
Some checkpoints have X-ray machines
to scan vehicles and a video-equipped robot can be called up to peer
into a suspicious car. But out on the road, the best defense
against VBIEDs is largely experience, eyesight and instinct, he
The patrols are on
the lookout for certain aging car models, vehicles with low riding
back ends, cars that try to get close to vehicles as they pass a
military convoy or just a driver's darting, shifty look.
"Often it's one soldier's decision - a
19-year-old sitting behind a .50-caliber machine gun in a Humvee in
110-degree weather making a decision in five seconds," said
Talarico, the engineer captain.
In one incident, he recalled, a
remotely detonated car bomb went off at a traffic circle near
Baqouba two months ago. As U.S. troops moved in to cordon the area,
a young soldier spotted a nervous-looking driver trying to get a
stalled, decrepit car moving. Within moments the soldier fired,
turning the car and suicide bomber into a cauldron of flames and
"The insurgents are
always looking for new avenues of attack," Talarico says, then adds
an ominous note: "What we have to find out is what comes after the
The Bankrupt Empire
02 September, 2004 From article By
Satya Sagar, Znet
Record US fiscal
deficits and reckless increases in foreign loans are undermining the
US dollar so seriously that the entire current global financial
architecture-skewed to US benefit- may actually collapse soon. The
ability of US financial “voodoo doctors” to print lots of color
paper and get the world to accept them is diminishing by the hour
and with that the days of the “Great American Free Lunch” too are
coming to an end.
Iraq today is to
the US, in sheer military terms, what Afghanistan became for the
USSR in the eighties. The expense, the loss of lives, the sheer
resistance from the occupied, the loss of global allies are all
taking their toll steadily and it is just a matter of time before
the Joker-in-Chief brings the house of cards tumbling down.
I honestly donıt think that the US is
not about to disintegrate like the USSR or anything as dramatic as
that. But it is right now on course to go from being the worldıs
only Superpower to something like say Britain or France- pining away
for past glory-a simpering- whimpering- former-Superpower.
Just as in the case of the Soviet Union, whose
misadventures in Afghanistan turned its own population against the
ruling regime, large sections of the American people too are today
deeply upset with the US Occupation of Iraq. And not just Iraq but
also about the growing unemployment, homelessness, inequality, the
loss of democracy, the influence of fundamentalism on gender and
education policies- the list of grievances runs long and deep.
What the rest of
the world wants to see are walls and statues tumbling, people
planting flowers on tanks, the hated “leader” chased by grannies
with placards, crowds flashing V signs - in other words the Full
Monty of a Peopleıs Power Revolution.
Anything less would
be cheating Bush Jr. and “All the Presidentıs Men” of their just
rewards for everything they have done for their country and the
Bush Promotes Iraq
Kurds, Shia to Raid Sunni Mosques
10.12.02 EDWARD WONG, NY Times
In nearby Ramadi, the seat of restive
Anbar Province, American troops and Iraqi soldiers arrested a Sunni
cleric, Sheik Abdul Aleem Saidy, and his son Osama, both members of
one of the country's most famous religious families, according to
spokesmen for the Muslim Scholars Association, a prominent group of
mostly Sunni clerics.
Among the Iraqi
soldiers involved in the mosque raids were former Kurdish and Shiite
militiamen, one of the spokesmen, Abdul Satter Abdul Jabbar, said.
"There is a sense of sectarianism in this," he said.
"It's a very bad situation in Ramadi,"
Muhammad Bashar al-Fadhi, a spokesman for the Muslim Scholars
Association, said in an interview. "The Americans are just arresting
whoever is in front of them at the mosques. They're behaving in a
BRING ALL THE
TROOPS HOME NOW!
Can You Buy Sadr
City For 300 Chickens?
10.12.02 EDWARD WONG, NY Times
military said today that soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division
handed out 300 frozen chickens to residents of Sadr City one day
last week. The military said in a statement that
the soldiers drove up to a "major thoroughfare" with boxes of frozen
chicken and began opening them, attracting swarms of impoverished
children. After a half-hour, "all that was left were empty boxes,
most shredded by the groping hands of the Iraqi children," the
Funds Anti-Women's Rights Group To Train Iraqi Women
October 5, 2004 Feminist Daily News
Secretary of State Colin Powell
announced that the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), was one of the
recipients awarded part of a $10 million grant to train Iraqi women
in the skills of democratic public life.
“Talk about an inside deal, the IWF
represents a small group of right-wing wheeler-dealers inside the
Beltway,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority.
IWF has a history
of opposition to women’s rights, including the Violence Against
Women Act (VAWA), stating that VAWA was not helpful to the victims
and gives too much authority to the government, reports the
Washington Post. In addition, IWF led a campaign against Title IX
that calls for gender equity in education and the Women’s
Educational Equity Act that gives schools the materials to combat
IWF was founded by well-known and
well-connected right-wing Republican conservatives.
Former board members include Lynne
Cheney, PhD (literature), former chairman (sic) of the National
Endowment for the Humanities (1986-1993), senior fellow at the
American Enterprise Institute, and wife of Vice President Dick
Cheney; Wendy Lee Gramm, wife of former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX)
and former board member of Enron.
To Power Plant Makes It A Target
Oct. 13, 2004 BY RICK JERVIS, Chicago
- (KRT) - The Musayyab Power Plant sits on the
eastern bank of the Euphrates River in this city like a steel giant
laboring to breathe. Two of its four towering smokestacks spew a
steady stream of white smoke, a sign that the turbine engines
attached to them are working. One smokestack puffs out weak wisps.
The fourth is dormant.
But the Musayyab
plant has an added liability: It sits within the razor-wire confines
of a U.S. military base. The living arrangements, created to
protect the plant, raise concerns from plant officials, who fear
mortars aimed at Marines will one day bludgeon the plant,
and from military officers, who must monitor the nearly
1,000 mostly Iraqi employees and temporary staffers who come to work
in it each day.
Securing it has
been a challenge. Shrapnel from mortars aimed at the Marines has
punched holes in fuel tanks that run the plant. Oil pipelines that
once fueled the facility have been ruptured by insurgents. Workers
have been threatened and killed. In August, the plant's manager
disappeared on his way to work, reportedly snatched by kidnappers.
Marine officials here said keeping the
plant safe and running is the central mission of the base, and a
task delegated to Capt. Henry Parrish, camp commandant.
On Aug. 18, the
plant's top manager was driving to work on a road in the nearby town
of Musayyab when gunmen shot out a tire and took him from his car,
according to a witness, Marine spokesman Capt. David Nevers said.
Military investigators pursued the case but the trail went cold,
Nevers said. The manager has not been seen since.
"Everyone in this company is in
danger," said Ali Hassan, 25, a chief engineer in the plant's main
control room. Piles of employees' shoes line the entrance to the
control room. A blinking computer panel, circa 1984, monitors the
turbines and boiler rooms, next to a portrait of the green-hooded
Imam Ali, the Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law.
Another threat for
employees and the plant are the rockets and mortars fired almost
daily at the Marines on base. Two weeks ago, 15 mortars pounded the
base in less than an hour, officials said.
And recently, a
mortar shell exploded near a 3,000-gallon tank holding diesel fuel
for the plant, Parrish said. Shrapnel from the mortar sprayed
across the tank, punching quarter-size holes in its base that leaked
One plant official,
who asked not to be named, said the plant would be safer outside a
U.S. base. But that is not an option U.S. military officials are
willing to consider.
One of the first tasks assigned to
Parrish when he arrived in June was to improve plant defenses
against mortars, he said. He fortified outgoing mortar positions
surrounding the plant that were set up by the Army, which previously
occupied the base, and set up
artillery guns to fire 155 mm rounds in an effort to discourage
enemy fire, he said.
Another concern for Parrish was the
nearly 1,000 plant workers who entered the base each day - people
who could relay the base's layout to insurgents or bring in bombs.
Each morning, every person who enters
the plant is patted down for bombs and other weapons, Parrish said.
Mobile phones, which could be used as detonation devices or to help
pinpoint targets for mortar teams, are not allowed, he said. And
every vehicle that enters the base is searched by bomb-sniffing
"You have to be diligent," Parrish
said. "But you have to be courteous. These people work here. It's
Boom Times For
Contractors Don't Translate To Funding War
September 30, 2004 by Tim Weiner NYT
Amid one of the
greatest military spending increases in history, the Pentagon is
starved for cash.
The United States will spend more than
$500 billion on national security in the fiscal year beginning O
ct.1. That represents a historic high-water mark, and it is
creating boom times in the military-contracting industry.
Yet the military
says it has run $1 billion a month short over the past year paying
for the basics of fighting the war in Iraq: troops, equipment, spare
parts, and training.
The disparity between spending on the
arsenals of the future and the armies of today is great, and
The rise in
Pentagon spending is the greatest in 20 years,
nearly matching the buildup that President Ronald Reagan initiated
in the early 1980s. But when it
comes to fighting wars, the money has not flown as freely.
The Pentagon will spend at least $420
billion for the coming year, not counting the costs of combat in
Iraq and Afghanistan, which will run at least $72 billion and
probably more, according to numbers-crunchers in Congress.
Why is there plenty of money available
for the weapons of the future, but not enough for the troops at war
Because, military experts say, one
thing did not change after Sept. 11: the way the Pentagon and
Congress pay for wars. ''We pay for war with supplementals,''
emergency requests to Congress, said Lieutenant Colonel RoseAnne
Lynch, a Pentagon public affairs officer. ''We do not budget for
war. That's the way we do it and that's the way we've been doing it
historic increases in weapons spending, the military still faced
shortfalls of more than $12 billion over the past year for the
myriad nuts and bolts of war: supporting troops, buying spare parts,
and maintaining equipment, according to the
General Accountability Office, the budget watchdog of Congress.
When the war-fighting money runs dry, the Pentagon taps into
operations accounts and seeks tens of billions in ''emergency''
funds, spending them as fast as they are approved by Congress,
''The military has
been under-reporting the actual costs of war in Iraq,''
said Adams, now director of security policy studies at George
Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
Najaf Destroyed In Order To Save It;
October 13, 2004
One thing rarely mentioned -
Iraq is one of the oldest, most
historic countries, in the world. Saddam, for all his
nasty ways, was restoring historic sites. Along come the liberating
allies and museums, libraries, and ancient mosques, are destroyed or
badly damaged. Some of this can never be replaced. If God talks to
Bush, He only says what Bush wants to hear (as is the case with all
Only barbarians destroy history. US,
and world, historians weep at what is happening. So should all true
Jews, Christians and Muslims because Iraq is the birthplace of all
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