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  • Water Supply In Syria Cut Off After John McCain Meets With Turkish President

    03/07/2017 4:12:37 AM PST · by gaggs · 19 replies
    The timing is suspect. Just a matter of days after John McCain made an “unusual” trip to Syria and Turkey, the Turkish government has cut off water supplies from the Euphrates River into northern Syria, violating international conventions on water rights.
  • Turkey cutting off Euphrates water, Tishrin Dam ceases

    02/25/2017 3:40:11 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    ANHA News ^ | 2-25-17 | D.H
    MANBIJ- AKP authorities in Turkey cut off Euphrates River water from Tishrin Dam, consequently, ceasing the dam from generating electricity, and that resulted in depriving people from power.People in North of Syria particularly in Kobanî canton and Manbij are suffering from cutting off the electricity as the Turkish government cut off Euphrates water which reduced water level in Tishrin Dam Lake, and therefore, the power cut off on many North Syria areas.Since Friday night, the power totally has been cut off after ceasing Tishrin Dam from generating electricity. Soon, the management of Tishrin Dam released a statement and made the...
  • Kurdish forces reach Euphrates River east of Raqqa amid massive ISIS collapse

    02/21/2017 6:35:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    Al-Masdar News ^ | 21/02/2017 | Chris Tomson
    Following the capture of 8 villages earlier in the day, the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) swept through another five ISIS-held villages in a huge offensive that now has Kurdish forward units stationed at the northern bank of the Euphrates River in a region some 40 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces have officially reached the northern bank of the Euphrates River EAST of Raqqa… New batch of villages liberated— Chris Tomson (@TheDaneChris) February 21, 2017 Effectively, the SDF were able to impose full control over the villages of Al Kajla, Judayat Khabur, Hamad...
  • New step in the Operation Wrath of Euphrates to liberate Raqqa

    02/17/2017 7:21:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | RAQQA - ANF
    Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room announced the initiation of the second step in the operation's third phase, the main goal of which is the liberation of villages in eastern Raqqa. Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room Spokesperson Cihan Şêx Ehmed made the announcement, in which Deir ez-Zor Military Council also participated, in the Mekmen village. Ehmed stated that: "As the Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room, we announce the initiation of the second step in the third phase of the Operation Wrath of Euphrates after the accomplishment of the first step. In this second step, we will liberate eastern Raqqa and cut its...
  • Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

    08/25/2016 9:07:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/25/2016
    Turkey has threatened further intervention in northern Syria unless Kurdish-led forces fully withdraw east of the River Euphrates within a week. On Wednesday, Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus from so-called Islamic State. Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday the operation had two goals - to secure the border area and ensure the Kurds "are not there". Ankara fears Kurdish gains in Syria will fuel an insurgency at home. As Mr Isik spoke, a column of some 10 Turkish tanks and a similar number of armoured vehicles reportedly crossed the border near Jarablus....
  • US-backed alliance closes in on Islamic State-held dam in Syria

    12/26/2015 9:41:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    DPA international ^ | December 26, 2015 | Weedah Hamzah
    Beirut (dpa) - A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces were Saturday closing in on a strategic dam held by Islamic State in northern Syria, a monitoring group said. The Tishreen Dam is located about 22 kilometres from al-Raqqa, Islamic State's de-facto capital in Syria. It is one of three major dams on the Euphrates River that flows from Turkey through Syria and into Iraq, and supplies much of northern Syria with electricity. The Democratic Forces of Syria (DFS), a coalition comprising mainly local Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians, seized the eastern bank of the Euphrates close to Tishreen...
  • Scientific Team Finds On Of World's Oldest Cities

    02/22/2007 10:52:14 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 855+ views
    Expatica ^ | 2-22-2007
    Scientific team finds one of world's oldest cities 22 February 2007 MADRID - A Spanish scientific team found one of the world's oldest cities, thought to be about 5,500 years old, in Syria. The discovery, based on pottery fragments and other ceramics found at the site, was announced in Madrid by two of the scientists in charge of the investigation, Ignacio Marquez of Spain's CSIC scientific research council and Juan Luis Moreno of the Universidad de La Coruña. According to reports, the find is of "the highest level" of scientific importance because of its ramifications for the understanding of history...
  • Iraq: ISIS fighters close Ramadi dam gates, cut off water to loyalist towns

    06/04/2015 12:24:14 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 4, 2015 | y Hamdi Alkhshali and Laura Smith-Spark
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)ISIS has closed off a dam to the north of the Iraqi city of Ramadi -- seized by its forces last month -- cutting water supplies to pro-government towns downstream and making it easier for its fighters to attack forces loyal to Baghdad, local officials and residents said. ISIS militants are opening only two or three of the dam's 26 gates on the Euphrates River for brief periods daily, the officials and residents said. The head of the security council in the town of Khalidiyah, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalaf al-Fahdawi, and two residents of the nearby town of Habbaniya...
  • ISIS's Latest Weapon: Damming the Euphrates (Ramadi)

    06/02/2015 11:42:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6-2-2015 | Staff
    Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi which they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials said Tuesday. ISIS fighters have repeatedly attempted to control dams in Iraq, in some cases reducing the flow of water to areas under government control or flooding swathes of land to impede military operations, reports AFP. Anbar provincial council chief Sabah Karhout said ISIS "closed all the gates" at a dam in Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province. The move lowered the level of the Euphrates River and cut water...
  • Archaeologists Unearth Three Ancient Greek Mosaics in the Ongoing Excavation in Zeugma, Turkey

    11/20/2014 11:15:08 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 18 replies
    Laughing Squid ^ | November 18, 2014 | Rebecca Escamilla
    The Zeugma excavation project conducted by Oxford Archaeology and supported by Packhard Humanities Institute and the Ministry of Culture of Turkey has recently unearthed three ancient Greek mosaics in the Turkish city of Zeugma. Zeugma had received some press and support in 2000 after flooding caused by construction began to bury and damage artifacts in the region. The mosaics, created in the 2nd century BC, are constructed of boldly colored glass and are being covered for protection until excavation is complete. The head of the project, Professor Kutalmis Görkay, recently gave the Hurriyet Daily News more details about the plan...
  • Anthrax dumped near Saddam palace

    03/29/2005 1:00:58 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 1,234+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | By Charles J. Hanley
    ASSOCIATED PRESS An Iraqi scientist has told U.S. interrogators that her team destroyed Iraq's stock of anthrax in 1991 by dumping it practically at the gates of one of Saddam's main palaces, but never told U.N. inspectors for fear of angering the dictator. Rihab Rashid Taha's decision in 2003 to remain silent stoked suspicions of those who contended Iraq still harbored biological weapons, contributing to the U.S. decision to invade Iraq two years ago this month. "Whether those involved understood the significance and disastrous consequences of their actions is unclear," the CIA-led Iraq Survey Group says of Mrs. Taha and...
  • A Rogue State Along Two Rivers: How ISIS Came to Control Large Portions of Syria and Iraq

    08/23/2014 11:07:21 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    The militant group called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to surprise many American and Iraqi officials with the recent gains it made in its violent campaign to create a new religious state. But the victories achieved in the past few weeks were built on months of maneuvering along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which define a region known as the cradle of civilization.
  • Turkey dries up the Euphrates river

    06/14/2014 1:28:24 PM PDT · by SpeakerToAnimals · 108 replies ^ | June 11 2014 | CallumWood
    The crisis revolves around the Euphrates River, which quickly became the Euphrates Creek when Turkey completely cut off the water flow upstream of Syria, reported Al Akhbar on May 30. The Euphrates originates in Turkey and passes through the Atatürk Dam before flowing into Syria and Iraq. By cutting off the flow and directing it into the reservoir, Turkey has lowered water levels downstream
  • Water Wars: Ankara suspends pumping Euphrates’ water, cutting off the water supply to Syria and Iraq

    05/30/2014 6:14:12 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 15 replies
    StratRisks ^ | May 30, 2014 | ?
    "The Turkish government recently cut off the flow of the Euphrates River, threatening primarily Syria but also Iraq with a major water crisis."
  • Al Nusrah front spearheads capture of Syrian dam, claims suicide assault

    02/11/2013 8:56:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | February 11, 2013 | BILL ROGGIO
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, led an assault today that resulted in the takeover of a major dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Additionally, the terror group claimed credit for a suicide assault on an intelligence headquarters in the city of Palmyra. The Al Nusrah Front spearheaded today's assault on the "strategic" dam in Thawra in Raqqa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Nusrah Front led "other factions" of the insurgency to take control of Thawra, which "is considered one of the...
  • Archeological Findings back to 10th Millennium B.C. [ Syria ]

    11/12/2010 8:08:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    DayPress | 11/11/2010 | SANA
    According to the head of the national archeological mission working at the site Thayer Yerta, carved panels and archeological findings dating back to the beginning of the agricultural revolution in the 10th Millennium B.C. were unearthed at Tel al-Abar 3 site, left bank of the Euphrates River, the panels are made from chlorites (green precious stone) with different engravings and figures. He added that "one of these panels portrayed an eagle with wings spread wide and snake-form sculptures on the two sides. Another panel has an abstract sculpture of three eagle sculptures spreading their wings behind which the sun appears."...
  • Pedestrian bridge spans Euphrates River

    08/23/2009 1:46:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 587+ views
    AL KHIDR — After 25 years of neglect, this community with a population of 50,000 has received a boost to its quality of life with the opening of a new covered pedestrian bridge. The bridge, spanning the Euphrates River and linking both sides of this city in Muthanna province, was dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Aug. 18. The construction of the $360,000, 132-meter long bridge was managed by the South District of the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers here. “This bridge will provide a critical service to Al Khidr residents who suffered for a long time from...
  • Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles

    08/01/2009 5:52:54 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 5 replies · 603+ views ^ | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
    Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON JUBAISH, Iraq — Throughout the marshes, the reed gatherers, standing on land they once floated over, cry out to visitors in a passing boat. “Maaku mai!” they shout, holding up their rusty sickles. “There is no water!” The Euphrates is drying up. Strangled by the water policies of Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey and Syria; a two-year drought; and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the river is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago. Some officials worry that it could soon be half of what it...
  • Soldiers Prepare for Euphrates Patrols

    05/10/2008 9:23:57 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 51+ views
    A team of Soldiers from Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division patrol the Euphrates River during a demonstration at Patrol Base Kemple, May 5, 2008. Photo by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs. CAMP STRIKER — Most Soldiers who join the Army can honestly say they would have never imagined patrolling the Euphrates River in a boat. Some Soldiers will soon be able to say they’ve done just that.Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is training to...
  • Israeli Media Confirms IAF Struck Near Euphrates (last week)

    09/11/2007 1:47:44 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 57 replies · 1,724+ views
    ( Israeli TV Channel 1 said Tuesday that the IDF "definitely carried out an attack" against Syria last Thursday. The attack was meaningful, the channel's military affairs reporter said, and was probably carried out against a large and important target that justified taking this kind of extreme action at such a sensitive time in Israeli-Syrian relations. The target hit was in the Deir Ez-Zour region in eastern Syria, near the Euphrates river. The attack was carried out by Israel Air Force (IAF) F-15i jets (The 'i' stands for 'Israel') referred to in Hebrew as Ra'am, or 'thunder.' Anti-aircraft fire from...
  • Charlie Company blocks Euphrates River to insurgents in Al Rafta

    06/04/2007 5:47:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 403+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz
    AL RAFTA, Iraq (June 4, 2007) -- The quiet current of the Euphrates River was interrupted by a low hum. Two men in a small fishing boat moved along the river. Unseen to the fishermen, Marines stood alongside a crumbling aqueduct waving the men to the shore. Any insurgents moving along the Euphrates River that day were trapped. The Marines of third platoon, Charlie Company, Task Force 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, blocked the Euphrates River access while Weapons Company 1/4, searched houses north of the river for insurgents. “We were intercepting anyone trying to flee from...
  • Iraqis interdict insurgents on Euphrates River

    11/11/2006 7:14:46 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 456+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Schwind
    BAGHDAD ? From a distance it looks like a classic summer scene: boaters enjoying an afternoon on the river, taking an occasional dip to cool from the sun. But that?s far from the real situation occurring on the Euphrates River near Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq. The seemingly placid scene is actually is a new initiative to prevent improvised explosive devices from entering the area. The boaters and swimmers are actually Soldiers in the Iraqi Army receiving small boat operator, or coxswain, training they requested from their American Military Transition Team counterparts. Preventing insurgents from transporting IEDs on the Euphrates River is...
  • From the Anglican Desk (regarding ordination of former RC priestess as bishop)

    08/19/2006 5:14:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 541+ views
    WITL ^ | August 18, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    In case you haven't been keeping up -- and, as it's August, who could blame you? -- the Anglican Communion is still doing its utmost to make the Catholic conversation look civil and decent by comparison. As plans develop for the early November inaugural of Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori, the latest developments have a representative of archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams slated to meet in New York with six bishops of the Episcopal church (four dissidents, the PB and PB-elect), a Virginia cleric ordained under the aegis of the church of Nigeria (with the blessing of the conservative...
  • Influx of Iraqi police in small Euphrates River town means more security, less insurgent activity

    08/17/2006 4:18:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 336+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Roe F. Seigle
    BAGHDADI, Iraq (Aug. 17, 2006) -- After 30 recent graduates from the Iraqi police academy came to Baghdadi, Iraq, residents in this Saddam-era military housing complex are expressing interest in joining the police force because they are noticing a decrease in insurgent activity. Marines with the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, or “America’s Battalion”, are combating the insurgency with local police officers – who recently received “much needed” new gear to get the job done – pistols, protective vests, rifles and batons to use while patrolling the city’s streets. Soon they will receive radios and police cars, said Maj....
  • Marines keep Iraq’s waterways safe

    07/07/2006 4:28:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 341+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Roe F. Seigle
    HADITHA, Iraq (July 7, 2006) -- In Iraq, a country where temperatures often soar above 110 degrees and terrain is mostly fine grains of sand, Cpl. Derek Metallo never thought he’d find himself patrolling Al Anbar province in a boat when he arrived three months ago. Metallo, a 27-year-old Marine reservist from Jacksonville, Fla., is part of a team of Marines who patrol the Euphrates River by boat, providing security to the Haditha Dam – one of the country’s largest sources of electrical power and home to the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s headquarters. The dam provides electricity to...
  • Bridge reopens over Euphrates as Babil gateway

    03/13/2006 4:20:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 257+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Cpl. Michael Molinaro
    FOB KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, March 13, 2005) – Iraqis celebrated the reopening last week of the Musayib Bridge, located about 45 kilometers south of Baghdad, and officials said it will make traveling easier for residents of Babil province. The span, which runs over the Euphrates River in Iskandariyah, is the main thoroughfare for merchants, worshippers and families who travel north to Baghdad or south to Karbala. The bridge was destroyed one year ago by a terrorist car bomb. The reopening ceremony March 6 was attended by Salem Salh Mahdy, Babil province governor; Gen. Qais Kamza, Babil provincial police...
  • River War

    01/29/2006 2:51:43 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 30 replies · 2,575+ views
    Navy League of the United States ^ | February 2006 | AMY KLAMPER
    Navy Riverines are in demand in Iraq to deny insurgents’ use of rivers as transport routes, avenues of escape The Navy Riverine units to be created this year will face a tough and dangerous task in Iraq, where insurgents increasingly rely on inland waterways to transport people and weapons. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which cut through the Iraqi heartland, also are vital avenues of escape for insurgents who strike in urban areas and slither away to avoid counterattacking American units. The only maritime capability now addressing the river-borne insurgents comprises little more than 100 Marine Corps reservists and fewer...
  • 'Army Water' Makes Debut in Balad, Baghdad

    12/29/2005 3:36:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 421+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 29, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BALAD, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2005 – You can call it "Army water" or "No-name water," but whatever you call it, servicemembers here will stay hydrated while keeping soldiers and civilian truckers safer. Bottled water is a mainstay of life in this theater, and the 3rd Corps Support Command has opened a water purification and bottling plant at the massive logistical area here. The corps has long wanted to open bottling plants in Iraq, officials said. Currently, bottled water - the preferred drink in Iraq - comes in via truck from Kuwait, Jordan or Turkey. Water is bulky and takes a...
  • On the Euphrates Riverine Warfare on the Euphrates River

    12/06/2005 1:51:04 PM PST · by robowombat · 3 replies · 497+ views
    Threats Watch ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Bill Roggio
    On the Euphrates Riverine Warfare on the Euphrates River By Bill Roggio HADITHA DAM, IRAQ: The company of Marines known as the Dam Security Unit are a unique bunch. The DSU is a one of a kind unit in the Marine Corps. They are primarily made of of reservists, almost 90% of them. And they come from units across the county; Texas, Florida, Virginia, Indiana and Mississippi. Naturally there were some snags in the beginning while integrating the disparate units, but you wouldn’t know it by watching them operate. Their primary mission is to provide for security on the Haditha...
  • Soldiers find weapons caches on Euphrates island

    11/30/2005 3:40:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 25 replies · 888+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 30, 2005 | Pfc. Kelly K. McDowell
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Nov. 30, 2005) -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found multiple weapons caches on an island in the Euphrates River Nov. 28. Military officials had been monitoring suspicious activity near the Euphrates River southwest of Baghdad for a couple of weeks. When conditions were right, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division sprung into action. “The timing was right to attack the target,” said 2nd BCT Commander Col. Todd Ebel. “The pieces of the puzzle fit close enough.” Bombs, rockets, grenades found Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment secured the objective and discovered three...
  • 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.
  • U.S. Marines launch major operation in west Iraq (Operation Saif)

    06/28/2005 1:50:38 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 45 replies · 1,054+ views
    BAGHDAD, June 28 (Reuters) - U.S. Marines launched a major operation in western Iraq on Tuesday, dispatching 1,000 troops against suspected insurgents in the western Euphrates river valley. "Operation Saif (Sword) began early this morning to root out terrorists and foreign fighters living along the Euphrates River between the cities of Haditha and Hit," the Marines said in a statement. Marine and army units were backed by a company of 100 Iraqi soldiers, it said. The operation, in an area 200 km (125 miles) northwest of Baghdad, is at least the fourth battalion-sized operation the Marines have launched in...
  • NYP: ROLLIN' ON THE RIVERS - Iraq strategy the media miss

    06/15/2005 5:55:19 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 1,129+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 15, 2005 | MACKUBIN T. OWENS
    May was a costly month in Iraq: 700 Iraqis and some 80 Americans died, making it one of the bloodiest months of the war. While bombings in Baghdad decreased over the last two weeks as the result of a major sweep by some 40,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen, backed up by 10,000 troops (Operation Lightning/Operation Thunder), insurgent attacks against Iraqi civilians and police have resumed. The continuing attacks have generated the usual sort of stories in the U.S. press: America is mired in a Vietnam-style quagmire. Thus a recent Boston Globe report began by claiming: "Military operations in Iraq have...
  • Iran's dam threatens Iraqi marshes

    02/24/2005 11:06:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 515+ views
    New Scientist Print Edition ^ | 26 February 2005 | staff
    ust when things were looking up for Iraq's iconic marshlands, another threat has materialised. Iran has begun building a dyke that will threaten the water supply to the healthiest of the wetlands, the Al-Hawizeh marsh. "It will cut off a vast amount of water and remove some of the recovering marshes," says Curtis Richardson of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who is monitoring the recovery. Richardson told New Scientist that maintaining the Al-Hawizeh marsh, which straddles the border between Iran and Iraq, is crucial because it is a refuge for species that may recolonise other marshes. The wetlands, which...
  • Shadow of Vietnam Falls Over Iraq River Raids

    11/28/2004 10:17:11 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 41 replies · 1,012+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 29, 2004 | JOHN F. BURNS
    CHARD DUWAISH, Iraq, Nov. 28 - As marines aboard fast patrol boats roared up the Euphrates on a dawn raid on Sunday, images pressed in of another American war where troops moved up wide rivers on camouflaged boats, with machine-gunners nervously scanning riverbanks for the hidden enemy. That war is rarely mentioned among the American troops in Iraq, many of whom were not yet born when the last American combat units withdrew from Vietnam more than 30 years ago. A war that America did not win is considered a bad talisman among those men and women, who privately admit to...
  • Al-Zarqawi's Group in Iraq Changes Name

    Al-Zarqawi's Group in Iraq Changes Name Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt - Tawhid and Jihad, the Iraqi militant group of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, apparently has changed its name two days after announcing its merger with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization. An Internet statement released Tuesday under the purported new name, al-Qaida of Jihad in the Land of Two Rivers, claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.S. military convoy west of the Iraqi city of Fallujah the same day. The two rivers in the new name refers to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Iraq.
  • Patrolling the Euphrates ~ A Defend America Photo Essay

    10/09/2004 7:42:00 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 13 replies · 814+ views
    Defend America ^ | October 9, 2004
    Patrolling the Euphrates A Marine attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit watches the shores as his watercraft patrols the Euphrates River outside Forward Operating Base Iskandariyah, Iraq, Oct. 1, 2004. The Marine is with Small Craft Company, attached to Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. The 24th MEU is currently conducting security and stability operations in Northern Babil province. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary R. Frank opfopfopfopfopfopfopfopfopfo Preparing to leave dock, Marines attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit make last-minute checks of their crafts before patrolling the Euphrates River outside Forward Operating Base...
  • Marine awarded Bronze Star

    03/05/2004 9:03:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies · 640+ views
    Marine Net Online ^ | Lance Cpl. Brian Kester
    Marine awarded Bronze StarSubmitted by: MCRD Parris IslandStory Identification Number: 2004359350Story by Lance Cpl. Brian Kester MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.(March 5, 2004) -- The recruits of Platoon 1033 have a hero in their midst, a man who has achieved what some can only dream of achieving -- a Bronze Star for actions on the battlefield. The heroic efforts displayed by this Marine in battle are a direct result of a humble man who was only "out there doing the job." Sergeant Edward R. Ferguson, drill instructor with Platoon 1033, Alpha Company, 1st RTBn., was presented with the Bronze Star for...
  • 3 US soldiers dead in Iraq

    10/14/2003 5:36:09 AM PDT · by PatrioticCowboy · 17 replies · 133+ views ^ | 10-14-03
    3 US soldiers dead in Iraq October 14, 2003 TWO US soldiers died in a military vehicle accident in Baghdad and another was found dead, floating in the Euphrates river in the northwestern Iraqi town of Haditha, coalition forces said. "Two 1st Armored Division soldiers were killed and one was injured in a military vehicle accident with a civilian vehicle" in Baghdad Monday, the US-led coalition said in a statement. It also said a 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldier was found dead in the Euphrates river, in Haditha, 250 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. "The soldier was found floating in the...
  • A Gift From God' Renews a Village (Marsh that Hussein drained is revitalized)

    10/13/2003 4:16:19 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 16 replies · 164+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/11/2003 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    'A Gift From God' Renews a Village Iraqi Engineers Revitalize Marshes That Hussein Had Drained By Rajiv Chandrasekaran Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, October 11, 2003; Page A01 ZAYAD, Iraq -- The surging water from the Euphrates River first quenched the desiccated soil around this village. Then, with a steady crescendo, it smothered farming tracts, inundated several homes and enveloped the landscape to the horizon. "Hamdulillah," intoned Salim Sherif Kerkush, the stout village sheik. Thank God. Thin reeds now sprout on the glassy surface. Aquatic birds build nests on tiny islands. And lanky young boys in flowing tunics spend the...
  • Iraqis Reclaim Their Ancient Wetlands

    10/01/2003 7:03:49 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 12 replies · 266+ views
    NewScientist ^ | October 01, 2003 | James Randerson
    The Marsh Arabs of Iraq have given up waiting for outsiders to restore their wetlands. Local people are taking matters into their own hands by breaching dykes and shutting down pumping stations in a bid to restore the marshes drained by Saddam Hussein's regime. But some experts worry that their actions could hamper the region's recovery. Five months ago, New Scientist reported that an international team of wetland experts, backed by the US State Department, planned to gradually re-flood the wetlands (print edition, 26 April 2003). But reports from inside Iraq reveal this plan is increasingly irrelevant. Even as Saddam's...
  • Bravo Company snatches its prey in the heat of day

    06/21/2003 5:09:46 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 19 replies · 404+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 06/22/03 | Jason Burke
    Jason Burke joins a squad of US reservists as they hunt for an Iraqi guerrilla leader in the dusty streets of Ramadi The word is passed down the line of men crouching against the wall. They whisper, fearful of waking those in the house that looms above them. 'Fire in the hole,' they mutter one after another. 'Fire in the hole.' There is a pause. It is 6am and Ramadi, a dirty, dusty town 70 miles west of Baghdad, is very quiet. The morning is still relatively cool, though the fierce heat that will scorch the streets within hours can...
  • Water-purification unit returns [Iraq - 559th Quartermaster Battalion]

    06/21/2003 3:07:14 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 153+ views
    Army Times - AP ^ | June 19, 2003 | Russ Bynum
    <p>SAVANNAH, Ga. — Sgt. Ignacio Martinez’s troops never fought on the front lines in Iraq. Instead, they pumped and purified more than 2 million gallons of water that went from the Euphrates River, farmers’ wells and irrigation ponds into soldiers’ canteens.</p>
  • A dream of restoring Iraq's great marshes: Wetlands destroyed by Hussein could thrive again

    04/18/2003 2:44:47 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 21 replies · 444+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/18/2003 | Glen Martin
    <p>There could be an unexpected beneficiary of the war in Iraq: the environment.</p> <p>More specifically, the late, great Mesopotamian marshes -- a decade ago, the largest wetland by far in the Middle East, and a site considered by many religious scholars as the inspiration for the Garden of Eden in the Bible and Koran.</p>
  • Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river

    04/05/2003 7:42:31 PM PST · by Prince Charles · 31 replies · 1,064+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | 4-5-03 | David Harrison
    Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river By David Harrison in Nasiriyah (Filed: 06/04/2003) Mustard gas and cyanide have been found in river water in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, coalition forces said yesterday. The poisonous substances are believed to have been dumped in the Euphrates either by Iraqi soldiers fleeing from American troops or local factories that produced weapons of mass destruction. A spokesman for the United States marines, based just outside the city, described the quantities of chemical agents found as "significant" and claimed that it was further evidence that Saddam Hussein has produced weapons of mass destruction....
  • The battle for a Euphrates bridge is awesome and terrible - and strangely beautiful

    04/03/2003 1:05:45 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 176+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers | April 3, 2003 | Drew Brown
    OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHDAD, Iraq - The sights were awesome and terrible - and strangely beautiful - when Apache Company's Bradley Fighting Vehicles crossed the Euphrates River Wednesday for the first time since they entered Iraq 13 days ago. On the causeway, a modern four-lane arch of concrete and steel, two vehicles that had been hit by tank or Bradley fire were burning. A gray-haired Iraqi soldier in bloody camouflage fatigues lay dead. Down a set of steps on a nearby embankment, three American soldiers treated a wounded Iraqi soldier who had been hit in the head by shrapnel. On...
  • 500 Iraqis killed trying to recapture bridge over Euphrates (My title)

    04/02/2003 11:37:03 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 19 replies · 225+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/3/03
    0758: US military official says about 500 Iraqi troops were killed trying to recapture a key bridge over the Euphrates River, 30 km (19 miles) south of Baghdad.
  • Biggest push for Baghdad

    04/02/2003 1:28:07 AM PST · by Prince Charles · 4 replies · 233+ views
    London Evening Standard ^ | 4-2-03 | Bob Graham in Baghdad, David Taylor and Justin Davenport
    Biggest push for Baghdad By Bob Graham in Baghdad, David Taylor and Justin Davenport, Evening Standard 2 April 2003 American ground assault forces achieved stunning successes on two fronts in a decisive push for Baghdad today. In the first move, troops completely encircled the city of Karbala, south-west of the capital. And in a separate action to the south-east, US marines fighting the Republican Guard near the city of Kut took a vital bridge over the Tigris, hailed by one senior officer as "the last big bridge we needed" before Baghdad. The successes paved the way for US troops and...
  • U.S.-Led Forces Close In on Baghdad

    04/01/2003 12:40:29 AM PST · by AFPhys · 7 replies · 163+ views ^ | Monday, March 31, 2003 | AP
    <p>Capt. Chris Carter winced at the risks his men would have to take. Engaged in a lightning-fast raid for this Euphrates River town, they were battling for a bridge when -- through the smoke -- they saw the elderly woman. She had tried to race across the bridge when the Americans arrived, but was caught in the crossfire.</p>
  • Debka Update

    03/31/2003 7:21:50 AM PST · by Rams82 · 15 replies · 413+ views
    Dramatic shift in battle lines around Baghdad: DEBKAfile reports: US 101st Airborne units break through Iraqi defense lines and are fighting in streets of Hindiyah south of capital. Rumbles of artillery fire heard in South Baghdad come from these advancing US units. Iraq opens Euphrates-Tigris floodgates in path of US troops advancing on Baghdad