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  • It takes decades to stand-up an army

    12/19/2005 2:23:26 PM PST · by Moonraker · 25 replies · 917+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | December 19, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Gen. Bolger also told me that a new soldier in the Iraqi Army makes around $300 a month, while the terrorists are offering about $300 per night for anyone willing to plant an IED. Yet Iraqi Army boot camps are turning out around 1,650 brand new soldiers every five weeks. That number is growing weekly, and is slated to double in 2006. Like the throngs of voters who queued up to the ballot box last week, volunteers who stand in the Iraqi army recruiting lines are not stupid. Nor are they so desperate for work they'll risk death for a...
  • Where we were when Pearl Harbor was attacked

    12/02/2005 5:57:53 AM PST · by Moonraker · 78 replies · 4,346+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | December 2, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    On December 7, future U.S. President George H.W. Bush was a 17-year-old student and captain of the baseball team at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. "I remember it well," he says. "We had just left church and started to walk across campus when someone shouted out, 'Pearl Harbor's been bombed.'" On his 18th birthday, the following June, Bush signed up to become a Naval aviator. He completed flight school and earned his commission a few days before his 19th birthday making him the youngest aviator in the Navy at that time.
  • 36th Infantry Division deploys to Balkans

    11/28/2005 3:40:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies · 794+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 28, 2005 | Sgt, Matthew Chlosta
    WACO, Texas (Army News Service, Nov. 28, 2005) — A day after Thanksgiving, more than 1,500 Soldiers bound for a 14-month deployment to Kosovo and Bosnia were honored in a ceremony Nov. 25 at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center. A circular sea of green seats was filled by excited and emotional family members and friends at Baylor’s indoor arena in Waco, Texas. They were there to say goodbye to their Soldiers one last time before they departed for the Balkans. It was the first time 36th Infantry Division Soldiers were deploying to Europe since World War II. During the ceremony, guest...
  • The Badlands of Al Anbar

    11/21/2005 2:58:40 PM PST · by Moonraker · 8 replies · 989+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Insurgencies are not put down in a fortnight. But considering the successes in the recent counter-insurgency sweep in Iraq's Al Anbar Province, one fact becomes obvious to anyone with so much as a sliver of an understanding of ground combat operations: Eliminating the insurgency in Iraq is best left to those who best know how to do it.
  • 101st Airborne Division Unit Takes Control of Baghdad Sector

    11/07/2005 3:29:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 444+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2005 – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division formally took control of the southwestern Baghdad area of operations from the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade Combat Team on Oct. 31. Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, 48th BCT commander, and brigade Command Sgt. Maj. James Nelson cased the unit's colors, representing the end of their mission and responsibility for this area. Shortly after the 48th's guidon was cased, Army Col. Todd Ebel, commander of 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division, and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall, the brigade's senior enlisted soldier, uncased the colors...
  • Time to strengthen the bond between veteran and state

    11/07/2005 7:45:43 AM PST · by Sailor6468 · 2 replies · 449+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | November 7, 2005 | Brig. Gen. David L. Grange
    The older I get, the more I realize what an emotional and powerful experience it is to have served my country. And how incredibly strong the bond becomes between other men and women who have served.
  • 10th Mountain Division's Medic Training Pays Off in Iraq

    11/03/2005 3:19:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 357+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Spc. Carlos Caro
    U.S. Army medics from 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry treat and evacuate Iraqi soldiers and civilians Oct. 11, 2005, in the Khadra area in western Baghdad after terrorists detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in the area. U.S. Army photo 10th Mountain Division's Medic Training Pays Off in Iraq Training in a civilian hospital emergency room prior to deployment helped prepare Army medics for treating injured soldiers and civilians in Iraq. By U.S. Army Spc. Carlos Caro 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2005 — Thanks to the time they spent training in a Syracuse, N.Y., emergency room,...
  • 82nd Airborne Division Becomes 'Waterborne' in New Orleans

    09/21/2005 5:57:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 367+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 21, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 21, 2005 – The Army's 82nd Airborne Division took to the water soon after it deployed to New Orleans to provide disaster relief assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the unit's two-star general said here Sept. 20. Elements of the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in New Orleans Sept. 3. They handed off their duties in the city to National Guardsmen earlier this week and are preparing to redeploy home to Fort Bragg, N.C. About 80 percent of the Crescent City was flooded after levees broke Aug. 30. That became a challenge for the paratroopers when they...
  • FROM THE EDITOR

    09/05/2005 12:00:53 PM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 6 replies · 701+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | September 5, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    A few months ago, these same guys were fighting in Iraq. Now they were roaring down the highway in a long green line in central South Carolina, in the lane next to me. As I mentioned, they looked tough. But most also looked as if they were barely old enough to shave. Some of them probably had tubes of Clearasil (or whatever teenagers use today to fight acne) stowed away in their field packs.
  • Divided We Stand?

    08/29/2005 8:28:59 AM PDT · by rockyroadlove · 11 replies · 374+ views
    Personal Observation ^ | August 29th, 2005 | Raquel Moreno
    I have a question - If there are more than 500 Christian denominations in America alone, and thousands of religions and truths throughout the world...how can humanity ever survive? Even Jesus once said that a kingdom divided cannot stand. What is the goal of religion? How can one people believe they alone are God's children? And why do we exploit the poor for ideaology? I have discovered a major key to why we are all divided. Besides the interpretation of texts which I do not encourage, but also the grand scheme behind confusion...the author of sin. Let us all decide...
  • Unit Trains for Routine, Ready for Unexpected

    08/03/2005 4:25:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Defend America ^ | Aug 3, 2005 | Army Spc. Matthew Wester
    The clinic serves as a battalion aid station and also provides lab, dental, x-ray and trauma services. TAJI, Iraq, Aug. 3, 2005 — "You never know what is going to roll up to the door," said U.S. Army Capt. Jacqueline L. Graul, brigade nurse for 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Graul is part of the staff at "Cobra" Clinic, run by C Company, 125th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, which provides for the medical needs of soldiers at Camp Taji. "You don't get a second chance with a real casualty. All your training is on the line."...
  • Liberalism Breeds Terrorism - (super sarcastic, and right on the money!)

    07/26/2005 9:38:15 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 19 replies · 742+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JULY 27, 2005 | EVAN SAYET
    Being a rational thinker, it is often impossible to understand how Democrats can be so stupid. What exactly do the Democrats think is going to happen when they Balkanize America and invent categories for people so that no one is an American any longer but rather an "African-American" or an "Hispanic-American" or a woman or a homosexual whose allegiance shouldn't be to America but rather to the "cultural heritage" or the unique behavior that "defines" them? What do the Democrats think is going to happen when English is not the language of everyone but everyone is to speak their own...
  • DIVARTY cases its colors for Army transformation

    07/08/2005 6:06:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 34 replies · 883+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | July 8,2005 | Sgt. Stephanie L. Carl
    OAHU, Ha., (Army News Service, July 8, 2005) – When the 25th Infantry Division (Light) Division Artillery cased its colors June 15, it became the first division artillery brigade to deactivate in the Army’s transformation. Presently, there are 16 division artillery brigades, but after the transformation, only five or six will remain, said Col. Gary H. Cheek, DIVARTY commander. The headquarters elements of his DIVARTY will be consolidated and restructured within other combat brigades. Units like Battery F, 7th Field Artillery, or FA, Regiment, are inactivating, while direct support battalions like 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment and 2nd Battalion,...
  • New York Reservists Go From Ground Zero to Iraq (Prepare for Blurry Screen)

    07/05/2005 3:51:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 938+ views
    Defend America ^ | July 5, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Julie Nicolov
    Army Reservists assigned to the 101st Cavalry, 42nd Infantry Division were tasked with clean-up and security details at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001; they now serve in Iraq. FORWARD OPERATING BASE BERNSTEIN, Iraq, July 5, 2005 — He bounced out of the gunner’s hatch of his armored humvee, removed his helmet to assess the desert landscape of Forward Operating Base Bernstein, Iraq, and made his observation. “Man, I would love to plant some tomatoes out here,” said U.S. Army Spc. James Letohic, scout, 42nd Infantry Division command group personal security detail. “They’d get as big as basketballs!”...
  • Taiwan's opposition leader to meet China's Hu(divide and conquer?)

    04/20/2005 6:22:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 326+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 04/20/05 | Kathrin Hille
    http://news.ft.com/cms/s/160b7bbc-b183-11d9-8c61-00000e2511c8.htmlTaiwan's opposition leader to meet China's HuBy Kathrin Hille in Taipei Published: April 20 2005 11:43 | Last updated: April 20 2005 11:43Lien Chan, chairman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang, will meet China's President Hu Jintao next week, a move set to force the island's government to make a quick decision on its cross-Strait policy.After China passed an "anti-secession law" enshrining the threat of force against Taiwan, Taipei suspended cross-Strait trade and investment liberalisation. The government wanted political concessions from Beijing in exchange for reviving dialogue. China has disrupted this strategy by taking advantage of Taiwan's internal divisions. By showering...
  • Christian coalitions of the willing

    03/24/2005 11:30:27 AM PST · by GospelUnion · 122+ views
    Gospel Union ^ | March 23, 2005 | Kevin Harper
    I think President Bush's use of "coalitions of the willing" as a replacement for rigid treaties and lines of demarcation between allies and enemies makes an interesting application to our Christian cooperation with each other. This is particularly true in the sense that modern believers in Christ have factionalized themselves with their own rigid and outdated creedal "treaties," whether written or unwritten.
  • Tolerating error

    03/17/2005 1:14:06 PM PST · by GospelUnion · 150+ views
    Gospel Union ^ | March 15, 2005 | Kevin Harper
    Tolerating error In recognizing the brotherhood of all who have put on Christ, one sincere concern of some good friends has been that I may be tolerating error--that I may come to accept the errors of denominationalism or the deeply divided "religious world." Rest assured, I'm not. I still remain just a Christian, not a hyphenated or a sectarian one. But there is a world of difference between tolerating an error and tolerating a person who is in error. ...
  • Bickering, bloodsport of siblings

    03/17/2005 11:46:50 AM PST · by GospelUnion · 7 replies · 276+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2005 | Robin Greene Hagey
    You should worry if your kids aren't squabbling, say the experts. Home is the lab where children can try out behaviors.There's a reason the Felicity Huffman character on ABC's hit show "Desperate Housewives" has resonated with viewers, no doubt a good many of them parents. She's the one who went from high-powered career woman to stay-at-home mom with four kids, three of them out-of-control boys who do nothing but argue, fight and generally wreak havoc wherever they go.The incessant sound of their children's bickering can drive many real-life parents to play a game of "Can you top this?" with other...
  • Social Security and Political Realignments - (encouraging, profound analysis by Noel Sheppard)

    03/01/2005 7:18:39 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 451+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MARCH 2, 2005 | NOEL SHEPPARD
    One Sunday this past November, President Bush’s chief strategist Karl Rove went on the talk show circuit to discuss the possibility that 2004 would be depicted by historians as being a realigning election. A little over three months later, with the nation fixated on Social Security reform, his opinions seem remarkably prescient. According to Wikipedia: “[A realigning election is one] in which geographic bases of power for each of the two parties [are] significantly altered, resulting in a new political power structure and status quo. It is generally believed that a realigning election happens only after a shift in partisan...
  • When Perception Becomes Reality - (yet another winner from JB Williams!)

    01/13/2005 9:17:13 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 608+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JANUARY 13, 2005 | JB WILLIAMS
    When opinion is accepted as fact, perception soon becomes reality, at least for those who share these opinions and cling to the resulting perceptions. Herein lies the reason for the division in America today and unless we make a concerted effort to separate perception from reality, opinion from fact, fiction from truth, that division will continue. How is it that an individual can read the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and see the word “of” as relates freedom of press, speech, or redress, yet the word “from” as relates only to religion? How does one reason that we can...
  • Jesse Jackson Column Draws Heat from Ohio Sec. of State's Office

    12/03/2004 2:20:00 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 64 replies · 5,337+ views
    Copyright 2004 Editor & Publisher ^ | December 01, 2004 6:00 PM ET | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK A syndicated newspaper column by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, which slammed Ohio's handling of the recent presidential election, is being accused of "blatant inaccuracies" by the Ohio Secretary of State's office. Carlo Lo Paro, press secretary for Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, claims that Jackson's column, distributed earlier this week through Tribune Media Services, contains numerous inaccuracies that hint at improper behavior by Blackwell's office. "We expect someone writing an op-ed and a syndicate distributing that op-ed would fact-check information and have a responsibility to the facts," Lo Paro told E&P Wednesday. "We believe someone can have...
  • Liberals have a distorted view of tolerance

    11/25/2004 11:46:10 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 36 replies · 1,708+ views
    Town Hall ^ | November 25, 2005 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Once, about four years ago, I found myself being tailed late at night by a car I didn’t recognize. I was by myself, it was around 11 p.m. in my hometown, a city with enough violent crime to make a person more than a bit wary. I saw the guy’s headlights in my rearview mirror, noticed he was fairly close to me and had been for a few miles. I was on my way to shoot some pool with friends, and decided to turn off the main road, mostly to convince myself he wasn’t really following me. He followed. I...
  • ONE LOST A LEG, ANOTHER AN EYE WHILE IN IRAQ 3 Army buddies celebrate 'Alive Day'

    11/25/2004 6:02:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 618+ views
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Staff Sgt. Joshua Olson called it his "Alive Day," the one-year anniversary of the day he lost his leg in Iraq. He marked the date by traveling from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington back to the Fort Campbell woods where he once instructed men as a squad leader. Instead of camouflage, he wore jeans and a T-shirt, and used crutches to get around on one leg. He wanted to get back to the comrades ---snip---
  • ACLU Sues School Over Gay Pride Shirt Ban

    11/24/2004 6:05:40 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 727+ views
    FOX ^ | November 24, 2004
    The American Civil Liberties Union (search) on Tuesday sued a southwest Missouri school district for prohibiting a high school student from wearing gay pride-themed (search) T-shirts. The district has said the T-shirts were disruptive and therefore a violation of school dress code. The lawsuit filed in federal court also names Webb City High School Principal Stephen P. Gollhofer. "Because I'm gay, my school is trying to take away my constitutional right as an American to express myself," the student, Brad Mathewson, said in a statement. "The school lets other students wear anti-gay T-shirts, and I understand that they have a...
  • Country Divided

    11/03/2004 11:36:26 AM PST · by PhillyJ · 13 replies · 880+ views
    I was warned by a Democrat the morning after the election that the Country is still divided. I guess I was supposed to ask him what we have to do to get the left to co-operate with our majority! Hello,the Country has been divided since the early Sixties when the left flipped out and started to flip us off whenever we expressed support for traditional American values. It took me until several years ago to realize the insanity wasn't tempority. It was when I, and people of like view, confronted them about their screwy views that they began to notice...
  • MY UN-AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    10/21/2004 6:57:10 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 830+ views
    WORLDNETDAILY.COM ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2004 | BOB JUST
    My un-American Democratic Party Originally published on May 24, 2004. Republished Oct. 21, 2004 Imagine you've got a Muslim neighbor who is actually a radical, but hasn't yet revealed to you his inner radical thoughts. He may seem like a nice family-oriented, hard-working, reliable guy, but then at a barbecue he tells his private view that the "worldwide Jewish movement" is the embodiment of evil, and that Israel must be destroyed. One moment you think he's a reasonably normal guy, and a moment later you realize he lives in a very dark world. Still, there he is, smiling at you...
  • Kerry the Micromanaging Expert on All Things

    10/04/2004 8:33:41 AM PDT · by animoveritas · 477+ views
    4 Oct 04 | animoveritas
    In last week’s debate, many disturbing aspects of Senator Kerry were brought to light. Of special interest to our military professionals conducting the war on terror, and those who support them, were his notions that he knew how to solve military problems--based on four months as a lieutenant. He has decided the Army needs two more Divisions and more special forces. Generals and Admirals in the Armed Forces of the United States are the world-class experts in warfighting. They grew as junior officers and enlisted, competed against other highly qualified officers, and progressed through the ranks to become the architects...
  • Congressional Budeget Office (CBO) Report Reveals Truth about Kerry's fix for US Military in Iraq

    10/02/2004 2:32:55 PM PDT · by X180A · 1 replies · 324+ views
    Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ^ | September 3, 2003 | Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
    Kerry has said that our military is overtaxed in Iraq and that he would create two more divisions to fix it. His two new divisions was one of several options discussed in Congress in 2002 and 2003. Creating two new divisions was rejected as a viable solution. The report makes it clear why Kerry's solution is the wrong choice. The following extract is a discussion of the option titled "Increase the Army's End Strength." Extract: "In this option, the active Army would grow by 80,000 personnel--enough, CBO estimates, to provide the service with another heavy division, one more light division,...
  • Ceremony salutes mobilized Texas National Guard brigade

    08/25/2004 6:55:36 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 457+ views
    National Guard ^ | August 18, 2004 | Staff Sgt. Ken Walker
    Ceremony salutes mobilized Texas National Guard brigade Hundreds of Soldiers from the 56th Brigade Combat Team stand in formation outside the hangar. This is the largest single mobilization of a Texas National Guard unit called to a combat zone since the start of the war on terrorism. (Texas National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Walker) By Staff Sgt. Ken Walker 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT WORTH, Tx. (8/18/2004) — Little Lauren Carrington stood on the chair next to her grandmother waving two small American flags as high as her small arms could reach. On a platform overlooking...
  • Desire to beat Bush masks deep divisions within Democratic Party

    07/22/2004 7:04:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 1,302+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 7/22/04 | Steven Thomma
    BOSTON - If you watch next week's Democratic National Convention, you'll see the face of the party as Sen. John Kerry and party leaders want you to see it. But there will be only about 5,700 delegates and other party members at Boston's Fleet Center, while there are about 48 million registered voters across the country who call themselves Democrats - and they don't always think the same as the people on the convention stage. For now, Democrats are unified to an almost unprecedented degree by their intense desire to defeat President Bush. That could help Kerry win the White...
  • No-Fault Division? Time for mainline churches to consider an amicable divorce?

    07/03/2004 5:42:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies · 418+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | Christianity Today
    William Hinson, president of a major renewal organization, dropped a bombshell during May's United Methodist General Conference: "I believe the time has come when we must begin to explore an amicable and just separation that will free us both from our cycle of pain and conflict". We find in large sections of mainline churches a sub-Christian religion with alternate doctrines of biblical authority, the church, and even salvation. Most Methodists, left and right, responded with shock, rallied around the flag of unity, and declared their dismay. This is an understandable reaction and shows a good instinct for one's church. But...
  • Speed and Power: Complements, Not Substitutes

    06/20/2004 9:17:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies · 2,086+ views
    AUSA Army Magazine ^ | William R. Hawkins
    Speed and Power: Complements, Not Substitutes June 2004 By William R. Hawkins Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wants to radically restructure the U.S. military, particularly the Army, to put even more emphasis on the speed of strategic deployment. Under the so-called "10-30-30 plan," major forces must be capable of deploying to a distant theater in 10 days, defeating an enemy within 30 days and then be ready for redeployment to a new battle somewhere else within another 30 days. This is a much more ambitious goal than the previous standard of being able to deploy a corps-sized force of up...
  • Fred Barnes: A White House Divided

    05/15/2004 11:44:17 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 37 replies · 103+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 27, 2004 | Fred Barnes
    The Bush administration's civil war.THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has lived hard, and it shows. Democrats demand the firing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and few Republicans in Congress rush to his defense. Pro-Rumsfeld noises come mostly from the White House. Without informing the White House, Attorney General John Ashcroft releases memos that damage the credibility of a member of the 9/11 Commission, Jamie Gorelick. This occurs days before President Bush is interviewed by the commissioners, including Gorelick, creating what aides believe is an awkward situation for the president. Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff trashes the Bush foreign policy...
  • 82nd Airborne soldiers re-enlisting in high numbers - Division has already met '04 goals

    04/12/2004 7:41:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies · 498+ views
    82nd Airborne soldiers re-enlisting in high numbers Division has already met goals for retention for fiscal year '04 Monday, April 12, 2004 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT BRAGG Though thousands of 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the past two years, some of them taking hostile fire, the storied unit is exceeding its retention goals and re-enlisting soldiers in droves. Despite reports that the Army's increased operations in the war on terrorism is hurting retention, deployments have helped the division retain experienced soldiers, a spokesman said. "They came in to do something and they are actually doing...
  • Army Will Face Dip in Readiness

    12/05/2003 10:54:48 PM PST · by xzins · 15 replies · 186+ views
    Washington Post.com ^ | 6 Dec 2003 | Vernon Loeb
    Four Army divisions -- 40 percent of the active-duty force -- will not be fully combat-ready for up to six months next year, leaving the nation with relatively few ready troops in the event of a major conflict in North Korea or elsewhere, a senior Army official said yesterday. The four divisions -- the 82nd Airborne, the 101st Airborne, the 1st Armored and the 4th Infantry -- are to return from Iraq next spring, to be replaced by three others, with a fourth rotating into Afghanistan. That would leave only two active-duty divisions available to fight in other parts of...
  • Ansar al-Islam behind UN bombing

    09/03/2003 7:25:28 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 1 replies · 262+ views
    Nettavisen ^ | 03.09.03 15:02 | Geir Selvik , Øyvind Ludt og Lars Barth-Heyerdahl
    ANSAR SPOKESMAN: - Ansar al-Islam behind UN bombing Sources in Ansar al-Islam tell TV 2 Nettavisen that former members of the organisation allegedly are responsible for the UN bombing in Baghdad. Ansar al-Islam is divided. A number of the former members of the organisation, who were active while Mullah Krekar was the leader, have given up and gone home. However, a small group has seized control and is still active, Mullah Krekar’s brother Khalid Faraj Ahmad tells TV 2 Nettavisen. He emphasizes that he has no knowledge of the persons responsible for the recent car bombings in Iraq. - Ansar...
  • S. Korea: US Asks S. Korea for Thousands of Soldiers (for Iraq)

    09/15/2003 8:07:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 217+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 09/15/03 | Seo Soo-min
    US Asks S. Korea for Thousands of Soldiers By Seo Soo-min Staff Reporter The United States has asked South Korea for a light infantry division consisting of at least some 2,000-3,000 soldiers to keep the peace in Iraq, citing the Polish Division in Iraq as an example, a senior government official said yesterday. ``The United States has asked for a division of light infantry soldiers capable of operating on a self-sustainable basis,’’ the official said. He added there was no mention of the exact size, although the Polish Division was mentioned as a likely model. The request was made by...
  • Proposing a Truce

    06/27/2003 11:31:19 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 262 replies · 283+ views
    Vanity | 6/27/03 | Antoninus
    Friends, In light of recent national and international events, it should be clear to most of you that the Christian underpinnings of western civilization are being knocked out from under our feet. Recent acts of judicial fiat in both Canada and in our own country have made it abundantly clear that the "post-Christian" world envisioned by anti-Christian radicals for centuries now may be close at hand. Rather than continuing to scratch and claw our own eyes out over our differences (which will not, by the way, be resolved on this forum) I suggest that we call a temporary truce. Nearly...
  • A Quarter Ounce a Day

    06/20/2003 5:48:13 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 26 replies · 194+ views
    Austin Chronicle ^ | June 20, 2003 | Andrew Slaton
    A Quarter Ounce a Day George McMahon of Tyler is one of seven people in the United States currently granted federal permission to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, under the "Compassionate Investigational New Drug" (IND) program of the Federal Drug Administration. At age 52, McMahon has outlived the typical life span of most people diagnosed with the disease from which he suffers -- Nail Patella Syndrome. NPS is a hereditary neurological disorder that attacks internal organs and the immune system and is usually characterized by some deformity of fingernails -- hence the common name. Eight percent of those with NPS...
  • America's 'Digital Division' (4th ID) Heads For Saddam's Stronghold

    04/06/2003 5:58:12 PM PDT · by blam · 45 replies · 527+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-7-2003 | Donald Macintyre
    America's 'digital division' heads for Saddam's stronghold By Donald Macintyre in Qatar 07 April 2003 Units from the hi-tech US 4th Infantry Division, which was blocked by a decision of the Ankara parliament from entering Iraq from Turkey, have begun a 350-mile dash north from Kuwait towards Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's home stronghold some 100 miles north of Baghdad. Deployed in combat for the first time since the Vietnam War, the 4th Infantry is seen as a counterweight to Iraqi forces to the north of the capital and could be used if pro-Saddam forces tried to stage a last stand in...
  • Nida RG Commanding General Runs Checkpoint, Killed (w/ Saddam's papers)

    04/04/2003 1:28:13 PM PST · by ewing · 31 replies · 230+ views
    CBS Radio ^ | April 4, 2003 | Michelle Catalano
    Mercedes speeding towards a United States Checkpoint refused to stop, and forces opened fire upon the car with .50 caliber machine guns. Killed the Commanding General of the Nida Division of the Republican Guard.Found in the car-personal papers, orders, a phone book listing many important numbers including Baath Party Officials, Iraqi Defence, Saddam's Palaces, and a supposed private number for Saddam Hussein.Intelligence now has the documents.
  • Why not split countries with ethnic conflict (Iraq, others)?

    09/14/2002 2:33:49 PM PDT · by daviddennis · 34 replies · 557+ views
    Self | 09/14/2002 | David H Dennis
    Many countries are now suffering from ethnic strife and divisions. We could name Iraq, Bosnia, Yugoslavia and many, many others. Why is there so much opposition in the diplomatic world to the obvious solution: Splitting the countries up so that there is a separately governed Iraq and Kurd Iraq? This becomes timely, of course, in view of our coming Iraqi invasion. Should we not push to separate Iraq into two countries instead of trying to find some kind of unified solution to keep it together?,P. The answer seems obvious to me, and I'm wondering what other Freepers think. D
  • To soldier's shout of `Get Saddam!' Bush promises force if necessary

    07/19/2002 2:03:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 330+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-19-02 | RON FOURNIER, AP White House Correspondent
    <p>FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) --  After watching Army helicopters drop troops and howitzers from a steel-blue sky, President Bush answered a soldier's shout of "Let's get Saddam!" with a promise Friday to defeat the "mounting danger" of terrorist regimes.</p> <p>"We will use diplomacy when possible and force when necessary," Bush told thousands of flag-waving members of the storied 10th Mountain Division, many of whom served in Afghanistan.</p>
  • African-American-Reparation.com "40 Acres and A Mule"

    03/31/2002 3:53:26 PM PST · by JustTheTruth · 48 replies · 1,485+ views
    African-American-Reparation.Com ^ | Current Web Page | Gail D. Rivers
    Feature #1: ARGUMENT FOR SLAVE REPARATIONS by Gail D. Rivers Critics of slave reparations as well as those sections of the population ignorant on the subject wonder why so many African-Americans are still talking about reparations? The slaves were freed 140 years ago—why don’t we just get over it? First of all, without diluting our gratitude to the people of all races who fought for the freedom of the slaves and the rights of their descendants, we must state that the simple fact of eventually being freed from nearly two-and-a-half centuries of bondage just wasn’t enough. Consider it on a...