GI SPECIAL 3B18:
“15,257 Attacks Against Coalition Forces”
“The U.S. Considers All Of Iraq A Combat
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Giuliana Sgrena Killing: The uncensored U.S.
B. (U) Local
1. (U) Iraq. From July 2004 to late March
2005, there were 15,257 attacks against
Coalition Forces throughout Iraq. The U.S.
considers all of Iraq a combat zone. (Annex
S//NF) From 1 November 2004 to 12 March 2005
there were a total of 3306 attacks in the
Baghdad area. Of these, 2400 were directed
against Coalition Forces. (Annex 8E)
Route Irish is an East-West road along south
Baghdad. It is approximately 12 kilometers
long and runs from the International Zone in
downtown Baghdad to BIAP. The
highway is a four-lane road with a 50 meter
wide median. (Annexes 8E, 144K).
November 2004 and 12 March 2005, there were
135 attacks or hostile incidents that
occurred along Route Irish.
These included 9 complex attacks (i.e., a
combination of more than one type of attack,
e.g., an IED followed by small arms fire or
mortars), 19 explosive devices found, 3 hand
grenades, 7 indirect fire attacks, 19
roadside explosions, 14 rocket propelled
grenades (RPGs), 15 vehicle borne explosive
devices, and 4 other types of attacks.
(Annexes 1E, 8E).
(S//NF) The attack density for the
period 1 November 2004 to 12 March 2005
is 11.25 attacks per mile, or a minimum
of one attack per day along Route Irish
since November. (Annex 8E).
Effectiveness of Attacks
of IED detonations from 15 June 2003 through
4 March 2005 (the date of the incident), has
steadily increased. Although the
effectiveness of those detonations has
decreased over that timeframe, the overall
average number of casualties during that
period is nearly one per IED detonation.
week of the incident saw 166 IED incidents,
with 131 detonations and 35 IEDs rendered
safe. There were 82 casualties from those
incidents. (Annex 4E).
(U) The number of VBIED detonations from 15
June 2003 through 4 March 2005 has also seen
a relatively steady increase.
Similar to the decrease in the
effectiveness of IEDs, the effectiveness of
VBIEDs has also decreased over that period,
but there have been spikes for particular
VBIED events that have produced large
numbers of casualties. (Annex 4E).
were 17 VBIEDs detonated during the week of
the incident with five rendered safe. The
average casualty per VBIED detonation that
week was 23 due to the large number of
casualties that resulted from a VBIED
detonation in Al Hillah. The Al Hillah
attack was widely publicized and caused all
Coalition Forces concern as they patrolled
Baghdad and its environs. Any intelligence
gained on potential VBIEDs was passed in the
form of a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) message
to units on patrol via FM radio. (Annex 4E).
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Redding Man Killed
Associated Press, SACRAMENTO, Calif.
A soldier who grew up in the Bay Area has
become the latest casualty of the war in
Army Sergeant Timothy Craig Kiser was killed
Thursday near the city of Kirkuk.
his brother, Kiser died after a bomb buried
beneath the roadway exploded under his
Kiser grew up
in Fremont, and made his home in Redding.
Rhonda, says he was deployed to Iraq in
January, where he served as an explosives
engineer. He was just promoted to sergeant
wife, Kiser leaves two teenage sons from a
Two U.S. F-18s Reportedly Collide Over Iraq:
Search Under Way For Crews
May 2, 2005
Navy officials said Monday that two U.S.
Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets
apparently were involved in an "air-to-air
collision" over southern Iraq. There was no
immediate word on the fate of the crew
jets, based on the aircraft carrier USS Carl
Vinson, were reported missing at 10:10 p.m.
A statement by
the military in Iraq said search efforts
were under way and that the status of the
crew members was unknown.
British Soldier Killed In Al Amarah:
"You Should Not Have Sent The Troops Over"
Anthony Wakefield's wife has said she blames
Tony Blair for his death
2nd May 2005
MOD & BBC
Guardsman Anthony John Wakefield, a married
father of three from Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
died as a result of wounds sustained 2 May
2005 during a routine patrol in Al
He was 24.
Guardsman Wakefield's wife, Ann Toward, said
she blamed Prime Minister Tony Blair for her
She told ITV
her husband had been "a very brave man" who
was "outgoing" and "funny" and a great
Ms Toward - who last spoke to her
husband at Easter - said she would like
to tell Mr Blair: "You should not have
sent the troops over, you should not
have done that."
If it was not for Mr Blair's actions,
she said, her children "would still have
their father today, and I really do
blame him for that".
Another soldier from the same unit was
injured in the attack on the patrol, made up
of two armoured Land Rovers.
spokesman said the second soldier's injuries
were not serious.
His Company of
the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards is
currently serving alongside 1 Staffords
(Staffordshire Regt.) in Maysan Province,
was part of 12 Mechanised Brigade deployed
in Iraq since March when it began a
six-month tour of duty, replacing the 4
"He was acting
as the top cover sentry in the second of a
two vehicle patrol when what appears to have
been an Improvised Explosive Device
detonated – disabling the vehicle and
injuring another soldier.
receiving first aid at the scene and in the
helicopter that evacuated him, he sadly died
of wounds shortly after being attended by
the doctor at the Battlegroup’s base just
outside the town.
Secretary Geoff Hoon told BBC Radio 4's
World at One programme that the soldier's
death "demonstrates the continuing threat to
our forces in Iraq".
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Stop Loss Soldier Wounded:
“It's Bad Out There"
May 2, 2005 By
ANDY HILL, Globe Associate Editor, BESSEMER
Johnston High School graduate has been
wounded in combat in Iraq.
said Sgt. Stewart Moran, of the U.S. Army's
10th Mountain Division, was wounded by a
Ft. Drum, N.Y., said soldiers from the 10th
are working in concert with the Third
wounds to the leg," said his stepfather,
George Wydetic. "I received notice Tuesday
device went off and Moran was injured by
shrapnel and knocked unconscious, said his
sister, Caroline Sayles, of Bruce Crossing.
he believed his stepson is still in Iraq.
Moran is a
1994 graduate of A.D. Johnston and a 1999
graduate of Mount Senario College,
Ladysmith. He was an outstanding football
mother, Carole, resides in Florida.
He enlisted in 2001, and this is his second
tour of duty in Iraq.
"He was over there for a year, before, and
now he's been there since January," said
communicates with family members here by
e-mail and telephone.
"I had spoke to him a couple of Mondays ago,
and he said quite a few guys in his company
had been killed, and it's bad out there,"
said Sayles. "Insurgents are hiding bombs
in anything. You don't know what could be
hiding something that could kill you."
Family members said Moran was retained in
the army through the Stop Loss Program. He
earlier served a tour of duty in Bosnia.
“When We Got There, There Were Only Two
“They Were Hand-Me-Down Tanks"
"Right when we got there, there were
only two tanks working. They were
hand-me-down tanks," Farris said. "It
was terrible. The platoon sergeant's
tank was sitting for three months before
we even got there. They told us it was
May 2, 2005 By
Mike DuPre', Gazette Staff
Derrick Farris' first mission was his worst.
graduate of Janesville Parker High School,
drives an M1A1 Abrams tank for the Marine
His platoon of
four tanks and 22 men was stationed in
Husaybah, one of four cities grouped on the
Euphrates River right next to the Syrian
From Sept. 20 to April 3, "we were the only
tank platoon in the area we were at. It was
huge," Farris said.
He and his
comrades, the only tankers in the area,
escorted convoys for the first three months
of their tour in Iraq.
"On my first
mission, I was attacked. We got there one
day; the next day we had a mission," Farris
another tank were leading a convoy of 27
vehicles during the day.
"It was a
brand new route. It was open desert
skirted two cities and was approaching its
destination, a camp in Husaybah.
"They call it
the Intersection of Death," he said.
The lead tank crew stopped to reconnoiter
and got slammed by an anti-tank rocket.
"It hit the tank commander's hatch and
detonated in the hatch. The explosion in the
hatch created shrapnel," Farris said
The shrapnel shredded the tank's loader
whose hatch is forward and a little left of
the tank commander's. Besides killing the
loader, the blast shattered the tank
commander's arm and badly burned his face
and one hand.
"The skin on his hand was gone so they sewed
his hand to his stomach in Germany to
skin-graft it. … I had to clean out the
tank," Farris said. "It was horrible. It
seemed like there were gallons of blood. It
harrowing experience, Farris said: "You
don't even feel it, don't even hear it when
you hit a mine. I saw it, a flash. You see
dirt fly 20 feet in the air.
"It knocked a
track off. We got towed back."
Mechanical problems kept more tanks out of
action than Iraqi insurgents.
"Right when we got there, there were only
two tanks working. They were hand-me-down
tanks," Farris said. "It was terrible. The
platoon sergeant's tank was sitting for
three months before we even got there. They
told us it was unfixable."
That was until Farris' platoon got there.
"We had some really good mechanics," he
"We're Going To Bring Him Home"
Campbell Soldier Wounded;
His Humvee Was Hit By Car Bomb:
Campbell High School graduate was injured in
Iraq early Sunday morning when a car bomber
attacked his patrol.
Workman Jr., of the 10th Mountain Division
stationed out of Fort Drum, N.Y., suffered a
broken bone from shrapnel wounds to his
shoulder when his humvee was hit.
his parents, Anna and Carl Workman Sr., of
Campbell, at 10 a.m. Sunday from Baghdad to
tell them he was wounded.
scary," Anna said, "I was still in bed and
my husband came in and Carl was on the
phone. I was crying, we were all upset.
This is something that is hard to deal
still in Baghdad, Anna said, and is awaiting
transport to Germany.
He has been in
Iraq about a year, Workman's mother said.
He joined the Army in 2002, after graduating
from Campbell High School, and was assigned
to the 10th Mountain Division after
completing his basic training in Oklahoma.
family is waiting for more news about his
injuries and are making arrangements to
travel either to Germany or to Washington,
"If Carl stays
in Germany for a week or longer, the Army
will send his father and I there," Anna
said, "Otherwise we'll go to D.C. when they
transfer him to Walter Reed."
If the Workmans do not travel to Germany,
the Army will arrange for their
transportation to Washington, D.C., only if
their son is still on the serious injury
The Workmans plan to go to Washington, D.C.,
whether or not the arrangements are handled
by the Army.
"We're going to bring him home," Anna said,
"We're just waiting to hear what's going on.
Right now, we don't even know how serious
his injuries are."
are making plans now for Brandy, their
11-year-old daughter, to stay with family or
friends while they are gone.
been very supportive, Anna said.
said people have already been asking about
him at the school," Anna said, "Everyone
loves Carl. He is just a fun, loving,
last saw their son at Thanksgiving when he
was home for a two-week leave. They have
kept in touch over the computer while he has
been in Iraq.
Iraq War Trashing Equipment Faster Than It
Can Be Replaced:
“It Is A Problem Right Now” General Says
May 02, 2005
By Rick Maze, Army Times staff writer
deployed units is adequate today, but there
are troubling signs for the future, senior
combatant commanders told a Senate
The problem, senior combatant commanders
told the Senate Armed Services readiness
subcommittee, is simply that the pace of
operations is causing equipment to wear out
faster than it can be fixed or replaced.
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Sattler,
commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force,
said “It is a problem right now. We do not
have the necessary equipment if you were to
send us to war tomorrow.”
Thomas Metz, commander of III Corps at Fort
Hood, Texas said one year of deployment
appears to put the equivalent of four to
five years of normal use on wheeled and
The 1st Cavalry Division’s assessment of the
wear and tear on its gear shows an even
starker ratio — the equivalent of 10 to 15
years of use for every year of deployment.
Such heavy use makes it almost impossible
for units to have their equipment repaired
so they are ready to redeploy in 180 days,
the Army’s goal, Metz said.
In the short term, the services are
finding equipment for deployed units and
their next-in-line replacements, but at
some point, equipment, vehicles and gear
will have to be replaced because they
can only be repaired so many times,
EXTREMELY BAD PLACE TO BE:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW.
soldier Cpt. Denis Stitt, 116 engineers,
from Coeur D'alene Idaho, inspects oil
pipelines near Beiji, Iraq, May 1. 2005.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Lone Survivor Of Humvee Attack In Iraq
Burned All Over His Body
May 2, 2005
The 28-year-old is the only survivor of an
attack last year.
"I felt guilty that I was the only one that
survived and the rest of the guys didn't,"
his two friends were killed instantly when a
bomb struck their Humvee.
driving the vehicle died several months
left Watson with burns all over his body,
extensive internal injuries and crushed legs
He returned in
a wheelchair to Cleveland from a medical
center in Texas.
family and friends gathered anxiously Sunday
at Hopkins International Airport to welcome
The soldier is
optimistic that he will have a full
He said he's
just taking it day by day, and he prays for
the safe return of the other men and women
still serving in Iraq.
Traumatic Brain Injuries In Soldiers Often
Too often, she says, soldiers who
complain of irritability or changes in
concentration are treated for
psychiatric problems, rather than
neurological issues. Ideally, she says,
she'd like to see the U.S. military
screen all combat soldiers for signs of
brain trauma before they return to
02 May 2005 By
Jason Margolis, Palo Alto, California
warfare, the silver lining, if there can be
one, is that new body armor and better
emergency medical techniques are keeping
more soldiers alive. But one area that can't
entirely be protected is the face and parts
of the skull.
Erik Castillo was wounded. "They say I got
injured by four mortar rounds landed nearby,
close to me, and exploded and the shrapnel
hit my head," he explains. The 21-year-old
Army Specialist was injured in July in
The right side
of his forehead was shattered, and now sinks
sharply inward. His right eye droops and
can't align with the left. Speaking from his
hospital bed, he repeatedly strokes the hair
above his injury.
physical injuries, too. "My left side of
the body doesn't work so well," he says. "So
I can't move my arm or my leg like normal.
So that means I can't do regular stuff.
Like I used to walk, grab things with my
left arm." Doctors say his symptoms
resemble those of a very severe stroke. He
works daily with occupational and physical
take 18 to 24 months to recover from a
traumatic brain injury. The severity of the
injury determines how much function can be
regained. It's a slow process because brain
cells are unique.
In other parts
of the body, healing is done by replacement
cells. For example, if you cut yourself, a
few days later there's new skin being formed
underneath the scab. But Harriet Zeiner, a
clinical neuro-psychologist at the Palo Alto
hospital, says the brain heals differently.
"It's designed to," she explains, "because
it's a repository for all the information
you're ever going to have. And so if it got
replacement cells, one of the main problems
is, they'd be dumb, they wouldn't have
access to all the information you've
acquired over a lifetime."
Over the past three years, 440 U.S. troops
who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been
treated for traumatic brain injuries;
However, Dr. Zeiner believes many veterans
with less severe brain damage are not
getting the medical attention they need.
hole in Erik Castillo's skull left no doubt
about the severity of his injury. But for
others, the diagnosis is not so obvious.
Dr. Zeiner says just being near a blast can
rattle someone's brain. And since there are
no outward signs of injury, the soldiers are
often unaware that their brain has suffered
individual looks perfectly okay," she says.
"They sound the same, they look the same,
there's no injury. They simply think more
slowly, they have memory lapses, they don't
read the emotional signs from their partners
very well. They appear to have changes in
Too often, she says, soldiers who complain
of irritability or changes in concentration
are treated for psychiatric problems, rather
than neurological issues. Ideally, she says,
she'd like to see the U.S. military screen
all combat soldiers for signs of brain
trauma before they return to civilian life.
Up To $100,000 Proposed For Traumatic
“A Soldier Shouldn’t Have To Worry If You’re
Going To (Be Able To) Keep The Car Another
May 02, 2005
By Rick Maze, Army Times staff writer
pleas for financial help from troops
recovering from severe combat wounds,
Congress and the Bush administration are
rushing to approve a new insurance benefit
for active-duty members who suffer
proposal, which the Senate attached to the
2005 wartime supplemental spending bill,
personnel enrolled in the Servicemembers
Group Life Insurance program also would be
covered by a new “traumatic injury policy”
that would pay $25,000 to $100,000 in a lump
sum for those with severe injuries such as
burns or the loss of limbs or eyesight.
Army Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun, who lost both
legs in Iraq and is now part of the effort
to get the insurance plan approved, said his
situation is a good example of why such a
benefit is needed.
His wife had to leave her job in Tennessee
to be with him at Walter Reed during his
recovery, adding stress at a time when he
needed to be thinking about other things.
“A soldier shouldn’t have to worry if you’re
going to (be able to) keep the car another
day,” he said.
April 28, 2005
By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News
SAN ANTONIO –
The first thing Maj. Dawn Garcia noticed
when she came back from Iraq was the quiet.
Gone was the
throbbing drone of the medevac helicopters
in Baghdad that signaled the round-the-clock
arrival of more dying and wounded.
"At first, it
was weird not to hear the choppers. I'd wake
up and it would be silent," says the Army
nurse of 15 years.
Then she knew
she was home.
approximately 2,000 Army nurses who have
deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Maj.
Garcia has found that the transition from a
war zone to stateside normalcy is a
says it was not uncommon for her to pause
and wash the blood of others from her arms.
She remembers a young soldier brought in one
night, his body shredded in the explosion of
a roadside bomb. The nurses had to turn him
every 15 minutes so he could breathe. His
wounds looked like a shark had ravaged him.
Medical teams worked on him feverishly.
They replaced his blood volume twice. They
performed surgery right on the
"Then, his heart stopped. And we couldn't
get him back," Maj. Garcia says.
"Everyone cried. And then we went back to
Families Also Stretched
Give Troops Same Child Care Tax Benefit
WHAT’S UP: The
National Military Family Association is
urging Congress to provide more support for
family programs such as child care.
more than access to care — they also need
help paying for it, said Joyce Raezer, an
She recently urged Congress to set up
flexible spending plans so military families
could pay for child-care expenses with
pretax dollars, similar to what many
private-sector employers offer their
such support is needed because the pace of
operational missions is taking a toll not
only on troops but also families.
“Longer and more frequent deployments are
indications that the force is stretched
thin; military families are also stretched
thin,” she told the House Armed Services
consider her child care idea and other
proposals as it prepares the 2006 defense
budget this year.
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Deadly Diseases Threaten Mideast Troops
April 28, 2005
A Freedom Communications Newspaper & Reuters
prehistoric times, wars have killed
combatants and civilians — by weapons but
also by infections. In addition to creating
crowded, unsanitary conditions, wars expose
people to bacteria and viruses to which they
have no immunity.
On April 10 in
Century City, at the 15th annual meeting of
the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of
America, Maj. Kimberly Moran, M.D., spoke
about infections in military personnel
returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Moran works at
the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in
One of these diseases is leishmaniasis,
nicknamed "Baghdad boil."
the Deployment Health Medical Research
Library, maintained by the Department of
Defense, leishmaniasis, which is found in 88
countries worldwide, is in fact three types
of disease caused by protozoan parasites of
the genus Leishmania:
leishmaniasis, which affects the skin;
mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, which affects
the skin and mucous membranes; and
leishmaniasis, which affects organs in the
The bite of a
number of species of sandflies transmits the
protozoa to humans.
leishmaniasis, the more common form of the
disease, is not fatal.
But the visceral form can kill if it
affects the liver, spleen or bone
marrow, especially in immunocompromised
patients (e.g., those with late-stage
John Halpern, director of the department of
emergency medicine at the Coral Springs
Medical Center in Florida, skin lesions can
heal spontaneously within two to 10 months,
mortality rate for untreated cases of
visceral leishmaniasis ranges from 75
percent to 95 percent.
attacks the lymph nodes and the bone marrow
and the infection leads to the enlargement
of the liver and spleen and to jaundice.
Without treatment, the patient dies within a
few months, but with treatment, cure is
certain in virtually 100 percent of affected
In cases of mucocutaneous leishmaniasis,
death typically results from secondary
invasion of Iraq, the U.S. forces have seen
827 cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis and
five cases of visceral leishmaniasis.
"It peaked in
the summer and fall of 2003," Moran said,
"but has decreased since then because of
education regarding protective measures,
such as netting."
cutaneous leishmaniasis is self-curing, the
Army Medical Corps treats cases when there
are more than five lesions; when lesions are
in such cosmetically important areas as the
face, ears and backs of the hands; and when
there is a risk that scarring would impair
action of the joints or toes.
Reed, Moran said, patients are treated with
Pentostam, a medicine licensed for use in
the United Kingdom but not yet approved by
our own Food and Drug Association.
that leishmaniasis is not transmitted by
simple contact: "It requires a sandfly
"But because of the potential for
transmission through blood, anyone who
served in Iraq, Kuwait or Afghanistan is
deferred from donating blood for one year
after their return to the States.
"Anyone who has suffered either cutaneous or
visceral leishmaniasis is deferred for
Another sickness vexing the Army Medical
Corps is acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP),
defined in a study
published by Dr. Andrew F. Shorr in the Dec.
22/29, 2004, issue of the Journal of the
American Medical Association as a rare
disease of unknown etiology (cause)
"characterized by respiratory failure and
eosinophilic infiltration of the lung."
which constitute between 1 percent and 3
percent of the total white blood-cell count,
play a major role in allergic reactions and
can cause constriction of the air passages.
is rare, Moran said the Army saw a marked
increase in cases after the invasion of Iraq
on March 19, 2003, with the majority of
cases occurring in the summer of 2003.
2003 through March 2004, Shorr and his
fellow researchers identified 18 cases of
AEP among the 183,000 military personnel
then deployed in or near Iraq.
cases, 16 were male, two were female. Their
median age was 22.
recovered after treatment with
corticosteroids, but two of the patients
Moran, the cause of the disease remains a
None of the 18
had been exposed to any agent known to cause
AEP, and Shorr's study discovered "no
evidence of a common source exposure,
temporal or geographic clustering, or
found that all but one person reported
"significant exposure to fine airborne sand
or dust." In addition, all 18 patients used
tobacco, and 14 had just recently taken up
that more than 60 percent of active-duty
personnel smoke tobacco.
Then why have
so relatively few contracted AEP (only 18
out of an estimated 109,800 smokers)? In a
telephone interview, Moran said, "There may
be cofactors: smoking plus something. For
In fact, there
must be at least a third factor, since many
thousands of all those smokers must also
have been exposed to airborne sand or dust.
The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
warns, "AEP may be mistaken for other
diseases, particularly community-acquired
pneumonia, resulting in delayed or missed
The third infection discussed by Moran,
Acinetobacter baumannii, sounds like the
opportunistic pathogen, A. baumannii is very
difficult to treat, as it is resistant to
after the war began in Iraq, we started
seeing cases at the Landstuhl Regional
Medical Center in Germany," Moran said.
maybe one or two cases a year, we were
seeing more than 20 a year.
"When we first
noticed an increase, there was concern that
A. baumannii, which is found in soil and
water, was being traumatically implanted
into soldiers when they were injured."
So far, A.
baumannii has caused no fatalities in
soldiers at Walter Reed, but there have been
four deaths among immunocompromised
civilians (not all patients at Walter Reed
are active-duty soldiers).
A. baumannii is spread by contact, not by
the respiratory route.
mentioned the conflict between sequestering
patients, in order to contain a bacterium,
and their rehabilitative need for
Reed, therefore, hand washing is strictly
enforced, patients with A. baumannii are
kept in one wing of the orthopedic ward, and
they must "gown-and-glove" when visiting
friends in their unit.
keeping affected patients together — is a
mainstay of the effort to control the
spread," Moran said.
"We also try to prevent health-care
providers from working with other patients
after having worked with patients with A.
"But that is hard to do logistically. Not
only is there a nursing shortage, but nurses
must go on breaks."
“The Whole System Is Broken”
“Doesn’t DFAS Have A Responsibility To The
Letters To The
May 02, 2005
As a commander of a Reserve unit, I find it
unbelievable how discouraging it is to deal
with travel pay.
My higher headquarters constantly sends out
reminders to use our Bank of America
government travel card, yet when the bills
come in, it is the soldiers’ responsibility
to pay them in full whether they have been
reimbursed or not.
How can I expect an E-4 traveling for annual
training or to a two-week school to pay his
bill when he is unsure when he will be
I can’t even
give him an estimate because it varies from
60 to 120 days.
The whole system is broken.
number of reservists and National Guard
soldiers mobilized, why doesn’t the Defense
Finance and Accounting Service
mobilize more finance soldiers?
Why can’t DFAS identify the soldiers who did
not receive travel settlements within 30
days? If Bank of America can send out a
notice on the 45th day of late payment
notification, why can’t DFAS just get the
report from it?
What about reimbursing late fee charges?
Again, if Bank
of America is tracking this, why can’t DFAS
just ask for assistance?
Readiness Command sends me a monthly report
of anyone who is 30, 60 and 90 days late,
information from Bank of America.
constantly reminding our soldiers about
responsibility, integrity and values, but
have a responsibility to the soldiers?
soldier deserve to be reimbursed in a timely
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
Number Of Dead Collaborators Up Sharply
The interior ministry put the April death
toll for police and other ministry officials
at 98, including 21 officers, compared with
79 in March, AFP said.
The defense ministry said its own death toll
was 41 in April, up from 39 in March, AFP
Assorted Resistance Action
SINAN SALAHEDDIN, AP & BBC & Reuters &
ANTONIO CASTANEDA, AP & AlJazeera & 5.1.05
Balaji Reddy, India Daily
In Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, a
roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol
wounded two soldiers, the
U.S. military said.
Sunday a car bomb exploded in Tal Afar, 90
miles east of the Syrian border, killing 25
and wounding more than 50 people gathered
for the funeral Wahab, a Kurdish Democratic
Party official, U.S. and
Iraqi officials said.
Wahab, who belonged to Masud al-Barzani's
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), was killed
by anti-government fighters three days ago,
according to Abd al-Ghani
Yihya, a Kurdish official in Mosul.
provincial governor and Kurdish Democratic
Party spokesman Khisru Goran said a car
plowed into the funeral tent and exploded,
but the U.S. military said it was not a
U.S. troops, Iraqi police and ambulances
raced to the carnage, but unidentified
gunmen blocked the road and fighting broke
out, Goran said.
U.S. and Iraqi
forces imposed a curfew in Tal Afar on
Monday and were preventing vehicles from
entering or leaving the city, Goran said.
In eastern Baghdad, a car bomb exploded near
a passport office, killing three Iraqis,
including two policemen,
and wounding six, said police Lt. Col.
Hassan Chalob said.
Monday's first bomb in Baghdad was detonated
near a convoy including the car of Maj Gen
Rashid Feleih, who heads an interior
ministry police force.
Rasheed and three of his bodyguards were
wounded, and were taken to hospital.
In the western Jihad neighborhood, militants
in three parked cars fired on a police
patrol with handguns, wounding four
policemen. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Clifford Kent
said that a suicide bomber attacked a water
pump station in southeastern Baghdad.
armed men opened fire on an Iraqi police
patrol in the Ghazaliya district, also in
Baghdad's west, Abd al-Karim added.
One of the police officers was wounded and
the assailants escaped after the attack,
Late on Sunday in the Yarmuk district in the
west of Baghdad, a roadside bomb attack
wounded two Iraqi policemen,
who were evacuated to a nearby hospital,
Major Musa Abd al-Karim said.
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official said a bomb killed three antidrug
CLASS WAR REPORTS
U.S. Killer Cops Using Torture Weapon To
Murder Disarmed Suspects & Prisoners
[While you’ve been off “liberating” Iraq,
this is what’s going on right here in the
USA. We need you all back here to put a
stop to these sadistic murderers though the
employment of the only method of
communication they understand: armed force.
Please come home and defend us. They are
killing us. T]
Jenny Brown, The Gainesville (Florida)
In March, Orange County police used a taser
electrical shock gun on an 18 year old
Orlando man who was tied to a hospital bed.
The reason given was that the man refused to
give a urine sample.
What does a
taser feel like? Police officers who
underwent 1.5 second jolts as part of their
training said, "Anyone who has experienced
it will remember it forever... You don't
want to do this." (The Olympian, October 14,
seconds is a fraction of the normal taser,
which lasts for 5 seconds, unless the
trigger is held down, in which case it lasts
as long as the battery holds out. With the
jolt, the victim's central nervous system is
incapacitated, the victim's muscles contract
painfully and if they are standing, they
fall to the ground. Often the jolt causes
the victim to lose bladder and bowel
"They call it the longest five seconds of
their life... it's extreme pain, there's no
question about it. No one would want to get
hit by it a second time." (County Sheriff,
quoted in The Kalamazoo Gazette, Michigan, 7
"It is the most profound pain I have ever
felt. You get total
compliance because they don't want that pain
again," a firearms consultant told the
Associated Press. (12 August 2003.)
an exhaustively documented November 30, 2004
report by Amnesty International on taser use
in the U.S. and Canada,
electro-shock weapons are now used by police
departments to enforce compliance with
police orders, to retaliate against
handcuffed suspects who are talking back or
refusing to follow police instructions, and
as punishment in prisons.
Amnesty has also identified over 70 deaths
associated with tasers,
and called for a complete suspension of
their use until objective studies of their
effects have been done.
police departments in the U.S., and 60 in
Canada, use tasers. Their use is rapidly
County police recently considered buying
tasers for all the police who work in the
Jacksonville schools. Residents
and parents protested.
Tasers are classed as "non-lethal" weapons.
But so were the rack, thumbscrews and the
iron maiden "non-lethal." They, too, were
used to extract compliance and repentance.
The difference is that the taser is a
ready-to-hand street torture method.
taser, the police used pain compliance
holds, batons, dogs, electric cattle prods,
and more recently pepper and other chemical
sprays. The difference, as Amnesty points
out, is that the taser is much more painful
and leaves nearly no evidence. "Portable and
easy to use, with the capacity to inflict
severe pain at the push of a button without
leaving substantial marks, electro-shock
weapons are particularly open to abuse."
report details case after case in which
taser electrical shocks are used against
suspects and prisoners who are doing nothing
more than refusing to go with police,
failing to follow police orders, arguing, or
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a
Washington woman shows how quickly
tasers have become the weapons of choice
for any situation. An officer with the
Washougal, Washington police department
went to the house of Russian immigrant
Olga Rybak with a dog citation because
her dog had allegedly bitten another
officer the day before. Amnesty reports
on the lawsuit:
Rybak, who spoke little English, at
first refused to sign (the citation),
asking for a translator. While
attempting to arrest her, the officer
shocked her at least 12 times in 91
seconds in front of her two young sons -
first using the weapon as a stun gun,
then stepping back to insert a cartridge
and twice firing darts at Rybak who was
writhing around on the front porch.
When the boys (aged 11 and 12) tried to
help their mother, the officer
reportedly threatened to taser them as
well. Rybak's attorney has informed
Amnesty International that the boys have
been receiving psychiatric treatment for
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a
result of the incident.
The officer was the Taser Training
officer for the department.
And the Amnesty report cites this incident,
in which a suspect in custody and in
handcuffs was tasered repeatedly: "I asked
Borden to lift up his foot to remove the
shorts, but he was being combative and
refused. I dry stunned Borden in the lower
abdominal area We got Borden into the
booking area. Borden was still combative
and uncooperative. I dried (sic) stunned
Borden in the buttocks area"
After the final shock, the officer
"noticed that Borden was no longer
responsive and his face was discolored."
(Extract from officer's statement on
James Borden, a mentally disturbed man
being booked into an Indiana jail.)
Borden was dead.
Are these uses the exception to the rule?
In fact, police departments across the
country have guidelines which recommend
taser use in these instances.
The vast majority of taser uses are against
people who are unarmed or already restrained
According to a report by the manufacturer,
in 80% of cases, the taser victim was
analysis of the 'suspect force level' in
which a taser was deployed gave the most
common category (37% of cases) as 'verbal
non-compliance.' This was
followed by 'active aggression' in 32.6% of
cases; 'defensive resistance' in 27.7% of
cases and 'deadly assault' in only 2.7% of
cases." So in 65% of cases, not only was
the victim unarmed, they were not
threatening, even with their bare hands.
And that's from a report by the
manufacturer, based on police claims.
notes the use and threatened use of tasers
in jails and prisons.
In a lawsuit
filed against Greene County Jail in
Missouri, the following incidents are
* An African American woman was asked to
remove her jewelry on being booked into the
jail in June 2003. She removed everything
except an eyebrow ring, which was difficult
to remove. When she asked for a mirror she
was allegedly sprayed in the face with
pepper spray and, when she put her hands up
to protect her face, was shot with a taser,
causing her to fall to the ground and lose
control of her bladder. While on the
ground, a male officer forcibly removed her
eyebrow ring with pliers. She was left in
her urine for several hours without being
given anything to clean herself with.
A man being
taken to the "drunk tank" was slammed to the
ground face-first. As he lay on the ground
bleeding, a guard allegedly fired a taser
gun at him, causing acute pain, although he
was not moving or struggling. He was taken
to hospital where he had stitches to his
mouth. On return to the jail, when told he
had failed to shampoo his hair
satisfactorily, an officer threatened him
with a taser gun, saying "you don't want
this again". On his release, the jail tried
to get him to sign "reprimand papers"
stating that he was shocked with a taser
because he had attempted to run to the jail
entrance; according to the lawsuit, he
refused to sign the papers because the facts
in them were not true.
* A man who
said he might be allergic to soap in the
shower was threatened with a taser gun and
told to use the soap provided.
A man booked
into the jail on an outstanding traffic
warrant was allegedly assaulted and
subjected to an "overly invasive bodily
search" and repeatedly called a "faggot."
He was allegedly tasered while he was
prostrate and in handcuffs.
booked into the jail in March 2003 was
placed in a cell by herself in a distraught
condition . A jail employee said he would
taser her if she did not be quiet and calm
herself. It is alleged that, while she was
attempting to calm down, two guards entered
her cell and one attached two taser clips to
her shirt in the chest region; the other
guard then activated the taser gun.
According to the lawsuit, she suffered
"severe burns and permanent scars to her
chest and stomach" as a result of being
The U.S. military is also a customer of
Taser International. Among the units
that are outfitted with tasers is the
800th Military Police Brigade, which was
found responsible for torture at Abu
Ghraib prison in Iraq.
reports this instance:
William Lomax, aged 26, died in Las Vegas,
Nevada in February 2004,
after allegedly fighting with police and
security guards at a housing complex. At an
inquest in the case, the security guards
testified that they had approached Lomax
because he appeared to be overdosing on
drugs, "dazed and confused", walking in
circles, lifting his shirt and sweating.
A struggle followed, during which a Las
Vegas police officer jolted Lomax seven
times with an X26 taser in stun gun mode.
Some of the jolts were applied as he was
pinned face-down on the ground by four
security guards who were trying to handcuff
him and again when he was face-down on a
inquest testimony, at least three of the
jolts were applied to the side of his neck,
a procedure authorized during police
training. When asked if the Las Vegas
Police Department placed a limit to the
number of shocks which could be applied, a
taser training officer said: "What we tell
and train our officers is, you can use this
as many times as it's going to take to get
departments authorize tasers at the level of
'active physical resistance,' according to a
number of policies Amnesty International has
seen, this can be in the form of 'bracing or
tensing' or 'attempts to push or pull
that in many cases, tasers are used instead
of pepper or chemical sprays, which the
organization says are also often misused.
"Rather than substituting electro-shock
weapons for pepper spray or other force
options, better training and restraint in
the use of force would be a more appropriate
strategy in many situations."
They use the
example of the San Jose, California Police
Department, which, after undergoing
specialized training in dealing with
disturbed individuals, was able to decrease
the number of police shootings to zero in
1999. After tasers were introduced in 2004,
however, the number of shootings rose again.
On March 11, 2005 a Lake City man was
tasered repeatedly when police showed up at
his house with a court order for a
psychiatric examination. Milton Woolfolk
was tasered after the police said they made
repeated attempts to calm him down. "I'm
not sure the number of times (he was
tasered)" Sheriff Bill Goatee was reported
as saying in the Gainesville Sun (March 12).
"I think it was several." Woolfolk died
"From all indications that were given to me,
it appears (deputies) were doing exactly as
they were trained to do," Goatee said of the
whole Amnesty report, which runs 80 pages,
is traumatizing in itself. The number of
unprovoked or unnecessary taser uses, and
the brutality employed, defy imagination,
let alone summation.
Among the cases in which the victim died
after being tasered:
"Glenn Richard Leyba, aged 37, died in
Glendale, Colorado in September 2003.
According to a report on the case by the
District Attorney's office, paramedics
arrived at Leyba's apartment after his
landlady called for an ambulance, and found
him "laying face-down, rolling from side to
side making moaning and whimpering sounds".
A police officer twice used her taser on him
as a stun-gun when he failed to respond to
attempts to roll him over and became
"physically resistant". The police report
is cited as stating that the second stun
mode discharge "increased his level of
The same officer then fired a taser dart
into Leyba's back, resulting in Leyba
"moaning, screaming and 'flailing' his legs
and in an increase in his level of physical
agitation. It did not, however, gain Mr
Altogether, Leyba was electro-shocked in
stun or dart mode at least five times,
after which he "stopped all physical
resistance" and was handcuffed behind
his back. The report states that "while
being wheeled to the ambulance, the
paramedics noticed that Mr Leyba's skin
color was grayish, that he had stopped
breathing, and that he had no pulse".
Efforts to resuscitate him were
unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead
in hospital. ...
"Roman Gallius Pierson, aged 40, died in
October 2003 in Yorba Linda, California.
Police had responded to reports that a
disturbed man had been running in and out of
traffic. According to press reports,
Pierson had run into a gas station forecourt
and was rubbing ice onto his face,
complaining of being hot and thirsty, when
the police arrived; he was shot with a taser
when he ignored an order to lie down on the
pavement; while on the ground, he was
tasered again when he began "grappling with
police," according to a police spokesman.
"Gordon Randall Jones, aged 37, died in
Orange County Florida, in July 2002, after
reportedly being jolted at least 12 times
with a taser. According to media reports,
the taser was used after Jones became
disruptive outside a hotel and "refused to
leave and pulled away from deputies." He
walked with deputies to an ambulance but
died on the way to hospital. ..."
Pain has long been the power structure's
compliance method of choice, whether it was
the heretic's fork or the rack of Europe, or
the dogs and electric cattle prods of the
Jim Crow south.
It's time to draw the line and ban tasers.
Demonstrators, like those who went to
Miami to protest the Free Trade Area of
the Americas, can have no doubt that
these more perfect pain weapons--like
the pepper spray and plastic-coated
bullets they faced for expressing their
views--are meant for dissenters of all
kinds, individuals and groups, whether
their outrage is personal or political.
The development, sale and use of these
weapons is not inevitable. Seventy
countries have banned the use of tear gas
and pepper spray. Only a few use tasers
today. In England, taser use by police is
strictly regulated and only where guns might
be otherwise be used.
In the U.S.,
tasers should be banned immediately.
They are not only another symptom of a
police and prison culture based on bullying,
they are a tool that enables worse bullying
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