GI SPECIAL 3B25:
STANDS UP FOR BENDERMAN & PARADES
KILLED IN AL QAIM MAY 8
May 9, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND NEWS Release Number: 05-05-10C
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq --
A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine
Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was
killed May 8 during combat operations in Al Qaim, Iraq.
KILLED NEAR AL QAIM MAY 9
May 9, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND NEWS Release Number: 05-05-11C
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq –
A Marine assigned to
Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine
Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed May 9 by enemy
small-arms fire near Al Qaim, Iraq.
KILLED IN UBAYDI
May 9, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND NEWS Release Number: 05-05-09C
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq --
A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine
Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was
killed May 8 during combat operations in Ubaydi, Iraq.
More Than A
Dozen Marines Wounded Near Ubaydi
5/9/2005 Al Jazeera Publishing
was killed and more than a dozen were wounded Sunday in
western Iraq as troops engaged in fierce clashes with Iraqi
rebels in the villages of Karabilah, Sadah and Ubaydi.
Army Spc. Ricky William Rockholt Jr. is shown in an undated
photo provided by his mother.
May 2, 2005 The News-Review
A Winston man married only
four months was among four U.S. soldiers killed last week
when a homemade bomb detonated near their vehicle in a town
of northern Iraq.
Army Spc. Ricky William
Rockholt Jr., 28, died Thursday in Tal Afar after the bomb
exploded near their Stryker military vehicle.
“Rick was well-known among a
lot of people in Roseburg and well-liked,” his dad, Rick
Rockholt said this morning. “I’m sure going to miss him
Rick Rockholt learned of his
son’s death Friday afternoon, when an Army sergeant and a
chaplain drove to Diamond Lake to tell him. Rockholt serves
as the marketing director for Diamond Lake Resort. His
mother, Sherry, lives in Portland.
Rockholt got married in Canyonville on Dec. 20 to Sheridan
L. Begley of Roseburg. The couple could only spend a short
time together before Rockholt had to leave for Iraq.
Rockholt spoke to his son two weeks ago on the telephone.
Ricky Rockholt had just landed at the Baghdad airport after
arriving from Kuwait. He tried to calm his father by
telling him that all of their equipment was new and that
they would be well-protected.
Ricky Rockholt was born in
Coos Bay. When he was 7 or 8, he moved with his family to
Diamond Lake. He later moved to Roseburg, where he earned a
GED from Umpqua Community College.
“He was a nice boy,
hard-working and he didn’t cause any trouble,” said Marie
Gambill, a GED instructor at the Woolley Center in
school, he worked in several local mills. He joined the
Army two years ago to obtain education benefits so he could
go back to school.
His dad said he wanted to open
a business in Roseburg. Rockholt had spent a year in Korea
and came back to Fort Carson for additional training before
being sent to Iraq.
Ricky Rockholt loved to
snowmobile at Diamond Lake and just about anything that kept
him surrounded by nature, his dad said. “He loved the
outdoors. He was an avid fisherman. He loved fishing for
salmon and trout,” his father said.
Funeral arrangements are still
being made. They will be announced at a later time.
Three Killed In Iraq Had Yet To Meet Baby Daughter
May 06, 2005 The
Press-Enterprise, TEMECULA, Calif.
Stephen Patrick Saxton, a husband and father of three who
couldn't wait for his mid-tour leave from Iraq to see his
newborn daughter, was killed when a bomb hit his humvee,
The roadside bomb killed
Saxton, an air defense artillery sergeant with the Army's
3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, during a combat mission in
Baghdad Tuesday, the Department of Defense said.
time I ever spoke to him, he was so excited about his baby
girl," said his mother Deborah Saxton, from her Temecula
home. "Everyone is going to miss him so much."
Saxton's mother Deborah said
her son knew the dangers of the military and talked about
them with his wife Maegan before enlisting in October 2002.
"He understood it," she said.
"And him and his wife discussed it a lot and he figured it
was best for the family."
a well-rounded student-athlete in high school who was
equally drawn to the math team and the football team, his
mother said. He opted for the military, in part to earn
money for college.
"He always wanted to go to
college, and with the Army he had an opportunity to serve
the country and to get a good education," she said.
Saxton is survived by his wife
Maegan, his daughters Katelynn, 4, and Sierra Rose, 3 weeks,
and his son Joseph, 2.
Killed In Baghdad
5/3/2005 By JERRY ZREMSKI,
News Washington Bureau, WASHINGTON
father's words, Army Pvt. Charles S. Cooper Jr. of Jamestown
"was just so excited" when Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld awarded him a Purple Heart in Iraq last month.
and three days later, with his shrapnel wounds healed,
Cooper was back on duty when another bomb went off.
though, the bomb did more than leave him bleeding. This time
the bomb killed him.
Cooper, 19, died Friday in
Baghdad, the Pentagon announced Monday. He and Pvt. Darren
A. Deblanc, 20, of Evansville, Ind., were killed when a bomb
exploded near where they were walking on patrol.
Only a few weeks earlier, "he
got hit with a little shrapnel, and he got right back up and
went back at his job," said Cooper's father, Charles S.
Cooper, 48, of Jamestown. "I'm so proud of him."
the 18th Western New York soldier to die in Iraq or
Afghanistan since the fall of 2001.
tour of duty in Iraq was scheduled to end in a few weeks.
But Friday, "he was at the
wrong place at the wrong time," David Cooper said.
The Cooper family found that
out Friday evening, when Cooper's father found two police
officers and a man wearing a green beret on his front porch.
right," Cooper's father said. "He always said that if a guy
with a green beret came by, it would be bad."
In addition to his father and
brothers, Cooper is survived by his mother, Sherry Weaver of
Jamestown; another brother, Steven; and two sisters,
Jennifer and Danielle.
Charles was the youngest of
the six siblings, and his father remembers happy moments
hunting and fishing with his son.
"Whatever I did, they did,"
Cooper's father said.
Cooper graduated from Jamestown High School last year, he
decided to join the Army.
wanted to make a better life for himself," Patrick Cooper
Cooper wanted to join the
infantry, and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's
Second Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, Second Combat
"He went straight through and
didn't give up no matter what," David Cooper said. "He
became a man real quick."
Parker, 26, Of Fairfield Dies
May 05, 2005 TOM GORDON, News
Kenya Parker said he was going to be fine when he started
his second tour of Iraq in January. And the Fairfield High
graduate was fine until Saturday, when he died unexpectedly
in Baghdad of what military officials have called
Sgt. Parker was 26 and had
spent about five years in the Army. His plans for the
future were not clear, but more than a few friends and
relatives had told him he ought to do comedy.
"You would never be bored
around him," said his sister, LaTonya Stephens.
"He just used to have
everybody laughing all the time," said his mother, Diane
Parker. "Everybody used to tell him he needed to be a
comedian, he needed to be onstage. He just said, `One day,
I will be up there.'"
Called Kenny by his family and
friends, Sgt. Parker had joined the Army with an eye to
making it a career. His mother and sister said he was
thinking about getting out after finishing his second tour
in Iraq, where he was working as a light wheel mechanic with
the 62nd Signal Battalion.
tour was last year, from January to August. When he came
home, "He didn't really talk about it," his sister said.
"He just said it wasn't as easy as it seemed ... . He just
said for us to continue to pray for everybody over there."
If Sgt. Parker had any close
calls, he didn't mention them, though he did break an arm in
a pickup baseball game.
said she talked to her son last week. She said she told him
a package of things he wanted - Gummy Bears, Thin Mints Girl
Scout cookies, new rap CDs and other items - was on the
way. She doesn't know whether he lived long enough to get
Besides his mother and sister,
Sgt. Parker's survivors include his father, Ronald Parker.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist
Church, Fairfield, with burial in G.W. Carver Memorial
Ga. Resident Killed
May 05, 2005 Associated Press,
John McGee, an Alabama guardsman and Mississippi native,
died in Iraq when his tanker truck was hit by a bomb blast,
the Army said Thursday.
McGee, 36, was living in
Columbus, Ga., and working for a home health agency when he
was deployed, Rebecca McGee, his mother, told The Associated
She said funeral arrangements
Rebecca McGee said an Army
chaplain brought her the word Tuesday about her son's death.
She said her son enlisted in
the Army when he was 17 and expected to leave the National
Guard in August. McGee served 8 years in the Army before
joining the National Guard in 1996.
"He was such an inspiring
person," Rebecca McGee said. "He walked around smiling. He
was wonderful. I love him."
McGee had two sons, ages 11
and 2, and a 6-year-old daughter. He was born and raised in
Cary, a tiny town in the Mississippi Delta.
"We were classmates at Rolling
Fork High School and good friends. We were like family,"
Rolling Fork Police Chief Undray Williams said Wednesday
after learning of McGee's death. "This hit me like a
May 9, 2005 WTOL, TOLEDO
Toledo-area soldier who was wounded once before in action in
Iraq has been killed in action. Family
members and the 983rd Engineering Battalion both confirm
that Army Sergeant Andy Eckert was killed in combat a few
days ago. He was 24.
The Department of Defense has
not yet confirmed the death, or reported the circumstances
around the death.
In his first tour of duty,
Eckert was assigned to another engineering unit from
Colorado that went to Iraq. While traveling in a convoy
near Tikrit, a roadside bomb exploded near the convoy,
wounding Eckert in the face and neck. He recovered, and
was able to go when the 983rd shipped out last fall.
leaves behind a wife and two children. The younger is only
a few weeks old, and Eckert was given leave from the
military to be in Toledo for the birth.
Services Friday For Guardsman Killed In Iraq Bombing:
Want Him To Keep Serving”
5/4/2005 ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP)
An Aliceville National
Guardsman, who died from injuries he suffered in Iraq during
a roadside bombing, will be buried after a funeral service
Friday with military honors.
Mississippi Army National
Guard Staff Sgt. Tommy S. Little, 45, died Monday from
injuries suffered in an April 19 attack that wounded four
others. Little's leg, ankle and arm were broken, and he
received puncture wounds to his shoulder and chest,
according to the Army incident report.
Little was flown from Iraq to
Germany and then to a hospital near San Antonio, Texas.
Initial reports from Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam
Houston held out hope that he might recover.
"But when I heard they had
blown a hole in his lung, I kind of knew that would be it,"
his mother, Luedella Little, said Tuesday. "I just had a
She told The Tuscaloosa News
that her son had joined the National Guard out of high
school, and he planned to stay in it as long as he was
the Guard, and he loved serving in the Army," she said. "But
sometimes, I didn't want him to keep serving, and I would
have put him over my knee to make him stop if I could have.
But he was a grown man doing what he wanted to do."
soldier also worked at the Aliceville Cotton Mill for 20
years before it closed.
A veteran of Desert Storm
assignments in Kuwait and Iraq in 1991, he was a member of
the second battalion of the 114th Field Artillery that is
based in Columbus, Miss.
After funeral services Friday
at the Aliceville National Guard Armory, Little will be
buried at Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in the Old
Memphis community near the Mississippi line.
May 9, 2005 KSAT, SAN ANTONIO
Antonio Marine reservist was killed Saturday night in Iraq.
Lance Graham, 26, died in a suicide bomb attack in western
Iraq, a friend of the family said.
Graham was a graduate of
Madison High School.
Joe Graham, served in Vietnam.
YORK STANDS UP FOR PARADES & BENDERMAN
JOIN US TOMORROW as we stand
in solidarity with GI resisters & conscientious objectors
across the nation as part of the Courage to Resist National
Day of Action!!
MAY 10th, 5PM
On December 6, 2004, Navy
Petty Officer Pablo Paredes refused to board his ship as it
left the San Diego Naval Station in support of the Iraq War
and occupation. At the time of his refusal, Pablo said he
hoped his protest might inspire other GI's to refuse to
take part in the war.
On January 5, 2005, Kevin
Benderman refused to deploy for a second tour of duty in
Iraq with the Army's Third Infantry Division. At the same
time seventeen other soldiers from his unit went AWOL, two
tried to kill themselves and one had a relative shoot him in
the leg to avoid deploying.
Both men applied for discharge
from the US military as conscientious objectors. The
military has wrongly rejected both claims. The right to
conscientious objection is being systematically violated by
Tomorrow, we will speak out
against this injustice and for thousands of others who are
refusing to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan! We will hear
about the moral foundation of Conscientious Objection and
why our military members must retain the right to claim
Conscientious Objector status! We will speak out in support
of the GI's right to refuse to fight in this illegal war and
This is the
day before the US Military is planning to bring sailor Pablo
Paredes and soldier Kevin Benderman before military court
martial tribunals for their opposition to the Iraq war &
and show your support for them!
Co-sponsored by: WNY School of
the Americas, Buffalo/WNY International Action Center, WNY
Peace Center, Buffalo War Resisters League, Erie County
Greens & WNY Pax Christi
TRUTH? CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAVELING SOLDIER
the truth - about the occupation or the criminals
running the government in Washington - is the first
reason for Traveling Soldier. But we want to do more
than tell the truth; we want to report on the resistance
- whether it's in the streets of Baghdad, New York, or
inside the armed forces. Our goal is for Traveling
Soldier to become the thread that ties working-class
people inside the armed services together. We want this
newsletter to be a weapon to help you organize
resistance within the armed forces. If you like what
you've read, we hope that you'll join with us in
building a network of active duty organizers.
with Iraq War vets in the call to end the occupation and
bring our troops home now! (www.ivaw.net)
STANDS UP FOR BENDERMAN & PARADES
Day of Action to Support Pablo Paredes & Kevin Benderman
VERMONT STANDS UP FOR PARADES & BENDERMAN:
IRAQ WAR ON TRIAL
10th @ 5:00
On Tuesday, May 10th at 5:00
Vermont Military Families Speak Out and other anti-war
organizations will be holding a picket in Burlington in
front of the Federal Building (corner of Elmwood and Pearl
We are picketing to support
Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman, two GIs standing trial
beginning May 11th for refusing deployments to Iraq. Their
applications for conscientious objector status have not been
us at this picket. Bring signs, banners, friends,
co-workers! We ask everyone who is against this war to join
us in supporting these men who are refusing to take part in
this unjustified and brutal war.
If you haven't signed the
petition for Pablo Paredes, you can do it now at
the last 5 days the number of signers has increased from
less than 200 to over 4,000! --background information
Vermont Military Families
Endorsed by: American Friends
Service Committee, Burlington Anti-War Coalition,
International Socialist Organization, Vermont Peace and
Justice Center, Students Against War (UVM), U.S. Labor
Against the War, Vermont Nonviolent Student Activism
Coalition, Vermont Green Party, Enosburg Area Candlelight
Peace Vigil, Johnson Anti-War Coalition
Solidarity from Vermont Military Families Speak Out to Pablo
Paredes and Kevin Benderman
May 5, 2005
As members of the Vermont
chapter of Military Families Speak Out we stand in
solidarity with Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman. Each man
will stand trial on May 11th for refusing deployment to Iraq
to fight the unjustified war that tears that country apart
today. Their applications for conscientious objector status
have not been accepted.
Petty Officer Third Class
Pablo Paredes refused deployment on December 6, 2004. He
stated at the time, “I don't want to be a part of a ship
that's taking 3,000 Marines over there, knowing a hundred or
more of them won't come back. I can't sleep at night knowing
that's what I do for a living." Since then he has actively
opposed the war appearing at many rallies.
Sgt. Kevin Benderman refused
redeployment after having served a year in Iraq. A! after
seeing first hand the carnage that the war wrought on the
Iraqi people he stated, “I was there for six months and I
did not see the first weapon of mass destruction. I did
receive orders from the company commander to shoot children
if they threw small rocks at us and that was when I figured
out that the entire thing was way over the line.”
men have become powerful voices in the opposition to the
illegal and immoral war in Iraq. Their refusal to take part
in the war machine has given credence to the demand for
immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. Because of
this the military is trying to make an example of these men
by imprisoning them.
that the war itself should be put on trial not the soldiers
who refuse to fight it.
Join us in
demanding the freedom of Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman.
Military Families Speak Out
To: GI Special
Sent: May 09, 2005 1:53 PM
I felt the need to write after
reading the section of your website about Sagun Akintade.
him "Africa" and as a member of his platoon I spent many
long nights on guard duty with him. As a combat life saver
I rendered what aid I could for Africa when he was hit on
two other soldiers and myself provided medical aid to Africa
under fire in the open for twenty minutes because he was one
of us and we loved him.
Not a day
goes by (and its been six months) that I dont see his face
while we were working on him.
The article was right on about
a lot of things. Akintade was a great guy, usually outgoing
and cheery, but a force to be reckoned with when you pissed
him off (thank god I managed to stay on his good side)
The problem that I do have is
that the article made him out to be against the war.
Africa did have problems with
the way some of the Iraqis were treated by soldiers. The
city kids could really get under the average G.I.'s skin,
and we could grow impatient with them, but never Africa.
I saw him dress down several
of his buddies for chasing the kids away in a manner less
One time on a raid an old man
grabbed me to try to pull me off his son whom I was trying
to detain. Being caught up in the moment I grabbed the old
fellow by the arms and was about to hand cuff him, then I
caught Akintade out of the corner of my eye.
He was making a tsking sound
and waiving his pointer finger back and forth. I calmed
down took a little more time communicating with the old guy
to avoid arresting him.
The single conversation I
remember having with Africa the most was one night on gate
guard. Akintade told me he was considering a second tour.
He said he felt we were doing
something good for the Iraqis. Does this sound like someone
that is against the war, or a reluctant soldier?
Also, I don’t want to cause
any suffering in Akintades family, but the loudest person
saying that Akintade was against the war and forced to go
back to Iraq, was also suspected by Akintade of being
responsible for his identity theft.
If you do choose to post this
email it, I would like my name with held. It’s for you. I
just wanted you to know how I felt about my friend.
There are always a few sides
to a story, and the truth is in between them. I am not
against the war in Iraq, and neither was my friend.
Who Suspended Student For Talking To Mom In Iraq Forced To
End The Suspension!!
May 09, 2005 Associated Press,
hundreds of angry phone calls and e-mails, school officials
in this Army city have reduced a suspension imposed on a
student who wouldn’t give up his cell phone while talking to
his mom — a sergeant on duty in Iraq.
calls about the boy’s suspension got so bad at one point
that secretaries had to take their phones off the hook,
assistant principal Alfred Parham said.
Francois, a 17-year-old junior at Spencer High School, was
suspended for 10 days for disorderly conduct Wednesday after
a teacher told him to give up his cell phone outside the
school during his lunch break and he refused, the teen said.
The boy said he had not
expected the call from his mother, Sgt. 1st Class Monique
Bates, who left in January for a one-year tour.
the school district reduced the suspension to three days,
which will allow Francois to return to school Monday,
after officials met with him, the guardian who
cares for him while his mother is out of the country, and a
representative of her unit.
fussing at us, calling us names,” said assistant principal
Parham said, however, that
Francois’ behavior at school has been “a chronic problem.”
Francois added: “I’m not a golden child and I’ve been wrong,
but I was right this time.” [Amen to that.]
Commandos Used Up:
Sometimes Cannot Practice In The Air For Lack Of Planes”
May 9, 2005 By ROBERT BURNS,
AP Military Writer
shadow of their better-known Army and Navy counterparts, Air
Force commandos have been sent into Iraq and Afghanistan so
frequently that strains are showing in many corners of their
tear on their specialized helicopters and airplanes is
mounting, as is the human toll in lives lost and families
are in such demand for special operations aircraft now
seeing action that those remaining at Hurlburt are not fully
ready for training.
wearing 'em down," says Lt. Col. Don Timpson
of the 19th Special Operations Squadron, which trains
air crews. He was referring to pilots who fly the AC-130
gunships, MC-130 Combat Talon airlifters and other
specialized airplanes and helicopters that require extensive
other officers are using flight simulators much more to
train new pilots and keep veterans proficient because they
sometimes cannot practice in the air for lack of planes.
nearly tapped out" of wartime resources at that point, Col.
Thomas Hull, vice director of operations for Air Force
Special Operations Command, said. "That was pretty near the
whole shootin' match. Then what we ended up having to do is
kind of regroup and draw back and say, ‘What is it we can
Attacks On Oil Industry Cutting Production;
Contractors Death Rates Up Sharply
5.9.05 By Chip Cummins, Hassan
Hafidh and Yochi J. Dreazen, Wall St. Journal
months, oil production, which had stabilized somewhat late
last year, is starting to fall off, preliminary estimates
and insecurity in the fields have prevented long-planned
repairs and restricted access by engineers to facilities
damaged by fresh rebel attacks, Iraqi officials said.
contractors, hired with Oil Ministry funds and American
reconstruction aid, routinely aren’t able to finish their
industry is ‘deteriorating day after day,” said one ministry
official in Baghdad.
In the first quarter of this
year, output averaged slightly more than 1.8 million barrels
a day, according to estimates compiled by the Organization
of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
That is down from the last two
quarters of 2004, when Iraq was managing an average of about
two million barrels a day.
The late-2004 level was
in turn short of the output of 2.5 million
barrels a day Iraq posted before the invasion, but it still
was about 2.5% of global demand and was enough to retain
Iraq’s standing as one of the world’s biggest exporters.
to the Special Inspector General’s audit: “The threat to
life and property continues to be a major barrier to the
reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq.”
276 civilians working on U.S. government-funded projects
have died in Iraq as of March 31, with at least 2,582
end of 2004, the number of contractor deaths has climbed
19%, to 44 in the first quarter of 2005; in the same period,
there were 97 American military deaths.
The security situation is
forcing the U.S. to devote more money to bodyguards, armored
vehicles and other protective measures for foreign
contractors, thus reducing the funds available for
costs accounted for 4.2% of the $440 million spent by the
United States Agency for International Development on
projects completed in Iraq from March 2003 to February
2004. For the final nine months of 2004, by contrast,
security costs constituted 22% of the agency’s contracts.
Mercenary Captured In Convoy Attack:
group said Saito was seized after Ansar al-Sunnah
fighters ambushed a convoy of five foreign contractors,
protected by 12 members of the Iraqi security forces.
It claimed all of them were killed in the fight except
for the Japanese. It said some of the foreigners were
May 09, 2005 By MARIAM FAM,
(AP) & Thomas Crosbie
Iraqi militants claimed in a
Web posting Monday that they took a Japanese security
contractor hostage after ambushing a convoy of foreigners
and Iraqi troops in western Iraq.
The Ansar al-Sunnah Army
identified the Japanese hostage as Akihito Saito, 44, and
posted a photocopy of his passport, including his picture,
on the group's Web site. It said Saito was “severely
injured'' in the fight.
posted other photo ID cards allegedly belonging to Saito,
with one identifying him as a security manager of Hart
GMSSCO, a British-based firm that provides security in
Iraq. Another document seemed to be a weapons permit.
Kyodo News agency said Saito was employed by a security firm
from Cyprus and may have been working as a security officer
at a US facility.
Simon Falkner, chief operating
officer of Hart, speaking to The Associated Press from
London, confirmed there was an ambush Sunday night involving
“There were casualties. It was
in a remote area. ... We are at the moment trying to
determine what the situation is,'' he said, refusing to give
said Saito was seized after Ansar al-Sunnah fighters
ambushed a convoy of five foreign contractors, protected by
12 members of the Iraqi security forces. It claimed all of
them were killed in the fight except for the Japanese. It
said some of the foreigners were intelligence agents.
The group claimed it ambushed
the convoy near Hit, west of Baghdad, and said a fierce
battle erupted between the fighters and those in the convoy.
In the gunbattle that erupted
after the ambush, both sides called in reinforcements, the
Ansar al-Sunnah statement said. When U.S. helicopters
arrived at the scene, the fighters captured and immediately
killed all those in the convoy, except for one, the Japanese
man, it said.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
5/9/2005 Al Jazeera Publishing
Limited & Bassem Mroue, Canadian Press & NBC News and news
services & Sapa-AFP
A car bomb
exploded Monday morning in southern Baghdad, killing two
Iraqi police officers and two civilians, witnesses said.
The police officers burned to death in their vehicle.
Six policemen were wounded.
Also nine people were injured
when the attacker drove his car into a checkpoint of two
police cars at a busy intersection in al-Darwish district.
three other car bombs exploded in Baghdad later Monday,
including one that wounded five Iraqi soldiers and three
civilians near an army checkpoint in eastern Baghdad,
Six bodies also were found
Monday in a deserted area in Markab al-Tair village, near
the Syrian frontier, police Col. Wathiq Mohammed said.
He identified them as a
senior Iraqi border policeman and five of his relatives.
Colonel Omar Dalaf al-Qaissy, head of the defence force at
Baiji oil refinery, 200km north of Baghdad, was killed by
assailants as he left for work, police
Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Salah said.
Dr Khalid al-Juburi said "the
victim's body was found riddled with 22 bullets".
driver Sami Nazar Ali was killed by insurgents who attacked
a United States-escorted convoy in Ishaki,
100km north of Baghdad, police said.
Iraqi soldier was killed by a roadside bomb as a US-Iraqi
convoy passed Shabab village near Dujail,
40km outside the capital, said army Captain Muayad
The Tide Turns:
It, Some Don’t)
From: Gene Glazer
To: Veterans For Peace
Sent: May 05, 2005
Subject: Good Guys
We are all
aware that the tide has begun to turn against Geo. Bush and
his war agenda. I've had a gratifying experience which
supports that position.
years I've had a friendly relationship with the postal
clerks at the Bloomfield Post Office. Yesterday, the clerk
who served me looked at my button and said, "So - 'He
lied-they died' You've been saying that for a long time -
and you're right. I've noticed all the buttons you wear and
that veterans cap of yours - and you were right. I should
have known to always trust a vet." This is a blue collar
guy who probably never thought of being critical of his
But now he has no problem in
admitting he had it wrong.
I thanked him and welcomed him
to the cause of waging peace.
Wherever I go - the diner,
bank, super market, etc, I wear my buttons.
Last week I
found a piece of paper on my wind shield - two hearts and
the words, "Love your bumper stickers."
So - wear those buttons and
your cap. Make your silent statement. People do take
in the game - but the good guys are going to win this one.
Like Michael says : "peace - one step at a time."
[Unfortunately, we’re not “all aware.” Some defeatists are
still whining about the “collapse of the anti-war movement”
and “a shift to the right.” Of course, they spend most of
their time in splendid isolation talking to others of the
same opinion inhabiting the artificial world of
self-proclaimed “leaders” of various movements, having
minimal contact with the real world, which is indeed the
working class world, including troops. Thanks to Brother
Glazer for having the common sense to interact with
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Washington, 5/8/05, Newsflash
Pentagon has announced the capture of Saddam's dog Fuckbush
and of Zarqawi's wooden leg. Both were seized today in a
daring raid by the new Iraqi forces who suffered only light
casualties, mainly scattered bites and splinters.
The dog is
currently being interrogated by US agents amid high hopes
that it will reveal the whereabouts of Zarqawi himself,
Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and the rest of the global
at the Pentagon have emphasized that Zarqawi's captive
wooden leg--inscribed with the word "Mom"--is
irreplaceable. Losing the leg on Mother's Day lends
particular irony to the incident and is certain to leave the
terrorist mastermind utterly demoralized and as good as
In light of
the above events, Pentagon officials have confidently
asserted that the Iraqi insurgency, whose back was already
broken months ago, has now lost its bite and no longer has a
leg to stand on.
officials are highly optimistic that the US troops in Iraq
will be able to leave the country within the next few weeks
or months or years, except for a handful who will remain
behind to man 14 large military bases, to protect the
liberty-loving government of Iraq, and to guard the vast
Iraqi petroleum reserves in the interests of freedom and
democracy for the rest of eternity.
May 09, 2005
Saw a CNN report from that
area near Syria. No report on military casualties. Just a
report that we made progress on killing 54 insurgents, and
that insurgents are turning one another in.
reporters never ask "How do you know people aren't just
turning in guys they owe money to or the husbands of people
they want to sleep with?"
POLITICIANS AT WORK
Two Idiots In Action:
Of Catching Al-Qaeda Office Boy;
Myers Babbles Bullshit
recent incident in which Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bragged they "almost got
him," al-Zarqawi leapt from a speeding pickup truck and
fled on foot. A one-legged man of sub-par intelligence
outrunning a crack, highly trained special forces team.
I'd pay to see that feat, wouldn't you?
05/09/05 By Sheila Samples, ICH.
Sheila Samples is an
Oklahoma freelance writer and a former civilian US Army
Public Information Officer.
Even as Tim Russert solemnly
announced on Meet the Press Sunday that the "Number three
man" in the entire Al-Qaeda network was now under lock and
key, the world edition of The Sunday Times quoted European
intelligence as saying that Abu Faraj al-Libbi was not only
NOT number three, he is not even a blip on the terrorist
to The Times, "No European or American intelligence expert
contacted last week had heard of al-Libbi until a Pakistani
intelligence report last year claimed he had taken over as
head of operations after Khalid Shaikh Mohammad's arrest.
close associate of Osama Bin Laden now living in London
laughed -- "What I remember of him is he used to make the
coffee and do the photocopying."
But Bush and his minions,
joined by their Pakistani counterparts, would not be denied
their public victory dance, complete with back-slapping and
victory in the war on terror," Bush crowed, and added that
the capture of this "major facilitator and chief planner"
for Osama bin Laden "removes a dangerous enemy who is a
direct threat to America and for those who love freedom."
Although European terrorism
experts pointed out that al-Libbi was nowhere to be found on
the FBI's most wanted list nor on the State Department's
"rewards for justice" list, Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice gave an impressive "Benjamin Braddock" response, saying
robotically that al-Libbi is "a very important figure."
Braddock, if you remember, is the idiot/savant "Rain Man"
character played by Dustin Hoffman who drove the car back
and forth in the driveway, going nowhere, while repeating
inanely, "I am a very good driver..."
As she congratulated Musharraf
for his coup, Rice also revealed that al-Libbi "is somebody
we watched a lot every single day -- he is a very important
figure for the Al Qaeda network."
press secretary Scott McClellan joined the fray, telling
reporters at the White House, "Al-Libbi's capture is a great
success in the global war on terrorism. He is one of
al-Qaida's most senior operational planners and one of the
terrorist organization's top leaders," McClellan said.
How does he
know that? The only thing actually known about this Libyan
national, other than he makes a mean cup of coffee and has
mastered the art of running a copy machine is that he was
involved in two 2003 attempts to assassinate Pakistani
president Pervez Musharraf.
Anybody see a pattern emerging
here? Looks like somebody should be asking where the actual
al-Qaeda center of operations is -- why the majority of
terrorists Bush wants "dead or alive" apparently reside in
anybody wonder how, when the Bush administration gets stuck
in the driveway furiously driving nowhere, Musharraf pulls
another "Number Three" al-Qaeda leader out of his, um...hat?
officials were given the opportunity to make a graceful exit
when it was revealed al-Libbi was possibly being confused
with fellow Libyan Abu al-Liby, a senior al-Qaeda commander
who was indicted for his role in the August 1998 bombings of
two US embassies in east Africa, and who is on the FBI's
most wanted list.
The Sunday Times reports when
it contacted a senior FBI official for information about
al-Libbi's importance, the official inexplicably sent
material on al-Liby.
However, a US counterterrorism
official, who understandably refused to be named, proclaimed
the arrest of al-Libbi as the most important blow to
al-Qaeda since the arrest of Mohammad more than two years
ago, especially since al-Libbi had assumed Mohammad's
leadership position and was busily planning attacks against
the United States homeland.
It gets better. US officials explain craftily that the
reason al-Libbi's name is not on the FBI list is because "we
did not want him to know he was wanted."
me get this straight -- Here is a guy who is Number
Three in the al-Qaeda network; a guy so important that
he became head of operations when Khalid Shaikh Mohammad
was captured; a guy known to be planning a myriad of
9-11 attacks on our homeland -- and we don't want him to
know he's wanted?
that matters, according to the official, whether it's
Libbi or Liby, the important thing is that his capture
is smoking the evildoers out. "Whether big fry or small
fry," the official added lamely, "they’re on the run, I
can tell you that.”
No, the important thing here
is that Bush and his unnamed intelligence officials with the
help of a complicit media are speaking only to the American
people; they are buying time with the American people.
When the proletariat begins
to get restless -- begins to ask why Osama bin Laden or Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi are still on the loose -- or begins to
writhe under the weight of lies, to feel the constraints of
the loss of freedoms, they are thrown the red meat of
another Abu-al-somebody and the danger of being exposed
subsides for a time.
al-Libbi ploy falling flat on its face, few should be
surprised that CNN and FOX are back out there, breathlessly
announcing that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's "top aide"
has been captured in Baghdad.
So, just where are bin Laden
I guess if
we're ever going to snag these two, we're going to be forced
to remove their names from the FBI "to do" list so they
won't suspect they're wanted. We've come
close to capturing bin Laden many times -- even visited him
two months before 9-11 in a US hospital in Dubai where he
received treatment for his ailing kidneys -- but like the
persistent ghost of a man who's been dead for years, Osama
always manages to slip noiselessly away.
Al-Zarqawi, a bogeyman of our
own making, gets blamed for everything -- car bombings,
kidnappings, assassinations, beheadings -- and, apparently,
he is just as wily as bin Laden.
In a recent
incident in which Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, bragged they "almost got him,"
al-Zarqawi leapt from a speeding pickup truck and fled on
foot. A one-legged man of sub-par intelligence outrunning a
crack, highly trained special forces team. I'd pay to see
that feat, wouldn't you?
and al-Zarqawi are ideological poles apart and, in real
life, would have no reason to team up or to have anything at
all to do with each other. But now, thanks to Bush, they
are like two evil, mischievous undead spirits, they appear
only to create havoc and, as Bush is wont to say, strike
with sudden horror, and then -- Poof! -- they disappear into
the atmosphere, leaving behind only laptop computers, tapes,
detailed plans and charts outlining their next bit of bloody
Whether they like it or not,
we're going to keep nabbing their "Number Three" men until
we get it right and they are brought to justice.
So, if you
see a 7-foot-tall bearded man in a dress dragging around a
dialysis machine, accompanied by a squat, fleet-footed guy
with only one leg, tell 'em they can run and they can hide,
but it won't do them any good -- because we're hot on their
indeedy. And we are very good drivers...
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marines have been killed in a battle in eastern Afghanistan.
The marines engaged the band
of militants in Laghman province, east of Kabul, on Sunday,
the Associated Press reported the military as saying.
been an upsurge in attacks on US-led forces following a
The US military said its
warplanes were called in during the fighting in Laghman, an
opium-producing region that has seen a number of clashes
between US-led coalition forces and militants.
military said the Marines initially came under attack with
small arms and rocket-propelled grenades from about 25
insurgents who split into two groups, one of which fled to a
village and the other to a cave on a nearby ridge.
Marines died while clearing the cave after Air Force A-10
ground attack planes had pounded the rebels holed up inside,
the statement said, without elaborating.
The Pakistan-based Afghan
Islamic Press quoted a witness in Laghman as saying he had
seen 17 people dead as a result of American bombing.
opposed to the U.S.-backed government of President Hamid
Karzai have made good on threats to step up their
three-year-old insurgency, carrying out assaults and
bombings that have killed dozens of Afghan and U.S. troops
and government officials in recent weeks.
American commanders have said
they expect to have forces in the country, which borders
Iran, nuclear-armed Pakistan and oil-rich Central Asia, for
many years to come. [The
troops will have something to say about that. At the rate
they’re getting fed up with the Imperial bullshit in Iraq
and Afghanistan, the “American commanders” may find
themselves with troops to command.]
The new Afghan army, trained
mainly by the United States, Britain and France, was
expected to reach its full strength of 70,000 in September
next year, although Afghan defense officials insist even
that is far too small to defend the country.
deaths brought to 143 the number of American troops killed
in and around Afghanistan since the start of the occupation
in 2001, according to Defense Department statistics.
10 Action Needed:
Profiling & Police Brutality! Drop All Charges Against The
Please take a minute to read
the flyer below regarding a very important struggle against
police brutality and racial profiling in Somerville, MA.
We are appealing to you to
immediately call or send a fax to Dr. Albert Argenziano,
Superintendent of Somerville Schools, demanding that all
five students immediately be reinstated at Somerville High
School, in good standing, with no repercussions. The
decision to reinstate or expel is currently in the hands of
Dr. Argenziano and the deadline is this Thursday, May 12.
The students have been
unjustly suspended for more than 10 days.
has found them guilty but Somerville High School officials
have decided they are "guilty until proven innocent". This
is a travesty of justice!! More than 300 of their peers at
Somerville High School signed a petition requesting their
reinstatement. Please help save their futures! Make your
Dr. Albert Argenziano
Superintendent, Somerville School Department Phone:
617-625-6600 x6005 or 617-625-6600 x6000 Fax: 617-625-4731 email@example.com
Come & Pack
the Court! Tuesday, May 10, 9:00 AM Somerville District
Court (Orange Line to Sullivan Station, Bus #92 or #90)
Mayor of Medford, Michael McGlynn to demand that all charges
be dropped Now! - 781-393-2408
Happened To The Kids
Every day, across the country,
Black youth and other young people of color are the victims
of racial profiling and police brutality.
Skin color and national origin
are seen by police as a cause for suspicion and a reason to
violate people's rights.
"Driving while Black" or
"walking while Black" is the all too common harsh reality
for our young people. Racial profiling can result in
beatings, maiming, imprisonment and even death.
On April 20, 2005, 5 Black
youths from Somerville (Calvin Belfon 17, Cassius Belfon 15,
Earl Guerra 16, Isiah Anderson 17, and Marquis Anderson 16)
were the victims of racial profiling and a brutal,
unprovoked attack by Medford Police.
Somerville youths were walking to catch a bus home and
stopped at a Store 24 nearby. Outside they were confronted
by a heavily armed Medford police officer. He grabbed
Calvin Belfon by the throat and punched him twice in the
serious bodily harm or worse, Belfon defended himself. His
brothers and friends came to his aid. When Calvin appealed
for the cop to stop, he responded by calling him a racist
name. A police riot ensued with at least 10 cops armed with
guns, clubs, mace and flashlights, beating the 5 youths.
All 5 young people sustained
injuries to the face and head and all were maced. Calvin
and Isiah were clubbed on their heads with a flashlight.
All later went to the hospital for treatment.
Police also gang-profiled
the youths as evidenced by asking them what their "street
of this vicious assault by the Medford Police quickly
followed. In pre-fabricated stories, police told the press
and media such things as they were "fighting for their
lives" "teens turned on them" , "were overwhelmed", etc.
like these are commonly used by police to cover up abuse and
pin it on the victims in order to get away with it. Needing
a probable cause for the unprovoked attack, the police
claimed the youth were making trouble in the Store 24 and
that the youth had tried to grab cop's weapons.
All five of
these young people are students at Somerville High School
who get good grades and have never been in trouble at school
or with the law.
They are all excellent
athletes and members of the football, track and basketball
teams; respected by their peers. All five attend church on
a regular basis. All dream of going to college. They
currently have been unjustly suspended from school. They
have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault
and battery, and disorderly conduct. The future of these
promising students and athletes is now in jeopardy.
have a right to walk down the street, attend an event, or
drive their cars free from police harassment both
psychological and physical. They have a right to walk
safely and not be terrorized by racist police. We need to
come together as a community and demand this - parents,
guardians, educators, peers, and residents.
Join us in
demanding: Drop all charges now. Reinstate the students at
SHS immediately. Conduct an independent investigation into
police actions on April 20, 2005. Stop racial profiling and
Issued by: Committee to Defend
the Somerville High School 5 Against Police Brutality c/o
Women's Fightback Network & International Action Center -
COUNTRY HEARD FROM;
MOVEMENT IS EVERYWHERE!
ANTI-IRAQ WAR FILMS
TO MARK THE
SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF
US-UK INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF IRAQ
1. FAHRENHEIT 9/11
(Edited) Dir. Michael
Moore Dur. 70 mins
2. IN WHOSE
INTEREST Dir. David
Kaplowitz Dur. 27 mins (
On 50 years of US interventions around the globe)
DISSENT Prod. by Undercurrents,
UK Dur. Approx. 50 mins. ( A series
of anti-war microdocumentaries)
The screening of these films
will be followed by a discussion. All are invited.
March 20, 2005
Brahme Bungalow, ‘Infinity Building’, Opposite Syndicate
College Road, Pune,
For more information, please
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Joshi Tel.: 2528 9187
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