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  • Alleged Terrorist Indicted in New York for the Murder of Five American Soldiers

    12/10/2011 4:15:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies
    FBI.gov - New York - Press Release ^ | December 9, 2011 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: http://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2011/alleged-terrorist-indicted-in-new-york-for-the-murder-of-five-american-soldiers Alleged Terrorist Indicted in New York for the Murder of Five American Soldiers U.S. Attorney’s Office December 09, 2011 Eastern District of New York NEW YORK—Today, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., returned an indictment charging Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, 38, aka “Faruk Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa,” “Sayfildin Tahir Sharif” and “Tahir Sharif Sayfildin,” with aiding in the murder of five American soldiers in a suicide-bomb attack in Iraq in April 2009. Specifically, he is charged with the murders of Staff Sergeant Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; Sergeant First...
  • Airmen improve base for Soldiers in northern Iraq

    04/26/2006 11:22:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 338+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Airman 1st Class Jason Ridder
    /26/2006 - FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq (AFPN) -- In the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Airmen from the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing are using their construction expertise to help the U.S. and Iraqi governments and the U.S. Army. The 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron is deployed in support of the Army's 555th Combat Support Brigade (Maneuver Enhancement) here. Red Horse stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineer. "Red Horse is a heavy construction outfit that directly supports combat air power worldwide," said Senior Master Sgt. Brian Richardson, Red Horse airfields manager. "They provide air component commanders...
  • FORTUNATE ONE Wounded Stafford soldier overwhelmed by support

    02/18/2006 11:26:29 PM PST · by leadpenny · 20 replies · 609+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | 19 Feb 06 | CATHY DYSON
    By CATHY DYSON NORFOLK--Richard Hursh lost two friends--and a piece of himself--when a bomb ripped through a mess tent in Iraq more than a year ago. The blast caused both of his lungs to collapse. Blood trickled from his mouth, and a photo of him being carried out on a stretcher was shown across the world. The damage to his lungs was the most serious, but it turned out to be the least permanent for the Stafford County man. Hursh has a mangled scar where his right thumb used to be. There's chronic pain in his right arm from a...
  • Virginians welcome 'hometown heroes'

    02/24/2005 11:20:45 AM PST · by The Other Harry · 3 replies · 228+ views
    Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch ^ | February 24, 2005 | JEREMY REDMON AND STACY HAWKINS ADAMS
    Virginians welcome 'hometown heroes' BY JEREMY REDMON AND STACY HAWKINS ADAMS TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITERS Feb 24, 2005 Pamela Arnold wore a conspicuous red jacket to her son's homecoming. She wanted Jon to be able to spot her easily in the cheering crowds. "This morning I was looking for something different to wear so I would pop out and he would see me. I usually wear black," she said yesterday as she waited for his arrival at an armory in Powhatan County. Her daughter Becky sized her up and confirmed: "You are brighter today." Spc. Jon Arnold, 21, is a member...
  • INSURGENTS CAPTURED IN MOSUL

    01/25/2005 4:37:53 AM PST · by Clive · 9 replies · 460+ views
    Central Command ^ | January 22, 2005
    January 22, 2005 Release Number: 05-01-96 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INSURGENTS CAPTURED IN MOSULBAGHDAD, Iraq -- Soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 1st Division, 1st Battalion, received mortar fire in Mosul on Jan. 21. The Soldiers observed insurgents firing a mortar from about 500 meters away and engaged the enemy with direct fire. They found one abandoned 82 mm mortar tube and captured an insurgent. While searching a house in the vicinity, Iraqi Soldiers engaged the enemy again and captured one insurgent who was using a cell phone to provide positions for attacks. A search of a nearby school yielded one sniper...
  • Inquiring Minds in Saudi Arabia Know All About Evil America

    01/23/2005 3:22:38 PM PST · by quidnunc · 20 replies · 1,054+ views
    The San Antonio [TX] Express-News ^ | January 23, 2005 | Jonathan Gurwitz
    The suicide bomber who blew himself up in a U.S. mess hall in Mosul, Iraq, on Dec. 21 was Saudi Arabian, according to the Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. Ahmed Said Ahmed al-Ghamdi killed 22 people. His profile upsets the conventional — and faulty — perception of terrorists as uneducated, poor and desperate individuals. Al-Ghamdi was well-educated — a medical student. And he came from a wealthy and well-connected Saudi Arabian family. His father is a Saudi ambassador. Al-Ghamdi's profile is similar to those of the 15 Saudis who participated in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States....
  • Mission Mosul

    01/23/2005 11:49:51 AM PST · by LadyDoc · 1 replies · 402+ views
    The Richmond TimesDispatch ^ | 1-23-05 | Jeremy Redmon
    Where danger is all around They started arriving in this dark and deadly part of the world a year ago. Young and old. Men and women. Plumbers, police officers and prison guards. The Virginia National Guardsmen from the 276th Engineer Battalion left their families. They left their jobs. They left their homes to help rebuild and protect Iraq, a country struggling with a robust insurgency. They found and destroyed roadside bombs. They protected other U.S. troops from suicide car bombers. They gave children school supplies and soccer balls. Meanwhile, insurgents persistently attacked the Virginia engineers with rockets, mortars and improvised...
  • The Mosul Massacre, Courtesy of the Saudis--The deception continues

    01/06/2005 5:37:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 36 replies · 1,018+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 1-5-05 | Stephen Schwartz
    On Dec. 21, a terrorist blew himself up in the U.S. military mess hall in Mosul, in northern Iraq. Twenty-two people were killed, including U.S. soldiers and contractors. And now comes big news: The perpetrator was the oldest son of a diplomat from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, our alleged ally in the War on Terror. On Monday, the Saudi-owned daily Asharq Al-Awsat identified the butcher responsible: 20-year old Ahmad Sayyid Ahmad al-Ghamdi, a Saudi medical student. The bomber acted as a member of Ansar al-Sunnah (Volunteers of Sunni Islam), one of the most violent terror groups in Iraq, and...
  • MILITARY shuts down IRAQ BLOGGER

    01/05/2005 7:34:47 AM PST · by KMC1 · 33 replies · 1,566+ views
    Crosswalk News ^ | 1.5.2005
    MIL-BLOG SHUT DOWN: A military doctor  Maj. Michael Cohen (a doctor with the 67th Combat Support Hospital unit) who is presently serving in Iraq says he was forced to shut down his blog 67cshdocs. According to his website the reason he was ordered to do so was that the information found on the site violated Army regulations. Cohen had provided a detailed chronicle of the bloody aftermath of the Dec. 21 mess-hall homicide bombing in Mosul that killed 22. Military blogs have sprouted up throughout the War on Terror and have generally provided a much better account of the war than...
  • FROM A TROOPER WHO WAS THERE

    01/04/2005 7:26:33 PM PST · by GAWnCA · 13 replies · 817+ views
    E-Mail | 1SG Timmy Rikard
    Rumsfeld VisitTo All, This is a shotgun blast response to the media reports on Secretary Rumsfeld's visit to our Camp. I was fortunate enough to be there and even shake the man's hand. When the media reports were released concerning the event, I could not believe what I saw and heard. There are over 12,000 troops on our base. Only 2,000 or so had the opportunity to attend the gathering and I can tell you, those were hotly contested seats. Not as the media would have you believe, so we could voice our displeasure, but rather to have the opportunity...
  • Mosul suicide bomber was Saudi medical student: report (Another Ghamdi)

    01/03/2005 8:28:46 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 30 replies · 1,049+ views
    CAIRO - The suicide bomber who killed 22 people when he blew himself up in a US mess hall in Mosul, Iraq, was a Saudi medical student, an Arab newspaper reported Monday. Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat identified him as 20-year-old Ahmed Said Ahmed al-Ghamdi, citing unnamed friends of the man’s father. The friends said members of an Iraqi resistance group contacted al-Ghamdi’s father to tell him his son was the suicide bomber who carried out the Dec. 21 attack, the deadliest on an American installation in Iraq. The Associated Press was unable to reach Saudi security officials for comment despite several...
  • Saudi Student Was Mess Tent Suicide Bomber

    01/03/2005 6:27:27 AM PST · by pickemuphere · 43 replies · 3,212+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | 03 Jan 2005 | "PA"
    12:19pm (UK) Saudi Student Was Mess Tent Suicide Bomber The suicide bomber who killed 22 people when he blew himself up in a US army mess tent the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, was a Saudi medical student, an Arab newspaper reported today. Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat identified him as 20-year-old Ahmed Said Ahmed al-Ghamdi, citing friends of the man’s father. The friends said members of an Iraqi resistance group contacted al-Ghamdi’s father to tell him his son was the suicide bomber who carried out the December 21 attack, the deadliest on an American installation in Iraq. US officials have said...
  • FOB Marez, guarding the wire

    01/03/2005 3:49:22 AM PST · by metalcor · 20 replies · 882+ views
    Army PVT
    well i did some awesome stuff last night, and its very cool/ scary to think about. im sure no one really wants to think about it, i know i sure dont, but i caught a guy trying to set up an ied at our stryker gate. i was on my 7-9 guard shift last night, and i noticed a flashlight going on and off in the field far off to my right. it took a couple times to really realize what it was and for the guy i was on guard with to see it, but once he did we...
  • Operation Phantom Fury--Day 53-Mop Up Continues; Operation Plymouth Rock

    12/29/2004 8:11:24 PM PST · by TexKat · 40 replies · 1,099+ views
    Various Media Outlets | 12/30/04
    Avalon Jacobsen, 2, wanders from her mother during a memorial service for her father, Capt. William W. Jacobsen Jr., and five other Fort Lewis soldiers, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at Fort Lewis, Wash. The soldiers were killed in last week's mess tent bombing in Mosul, Iraq. The soldiers honored are Staff Sgt. Julian S. Melo, 47, a supply specialist from Brooklyn, N.Y, Jacobsen., 31, an infantry officer and company commander from Charlotte, N.C., Sgt. Darren D. VanKomen, 33, a supply specialist from Bluefield, W. Va., who spent his childhood in the Lewiston, Idaho, area, Staff Sgt. Robert S. Johnson, 23,...
  • Base Infiltration Won't Prompt Big Changes

    12/28/2004 6:24:43 PM PST · by jeremiah · 13 replies · 322+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 28, 2004 | Nick Wadhams
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq-American commanders are fully aware that Iraq's insurgents exploit their policy of employing locals on the U.S. military bases, but insist the practice will not stop, though some security measures may be tightened.The vulnerability of the American stance was exposed on Dec. 21, when an Iraqi suicide bomber dresed in a military uniform, detonated his explosives at a mess hall at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, killing 22 people, including 14 U.S. servicmembers.
  • Islamic Web site shows footage of attack on U.S. base in Mosul

    12/26/2004 8:13:48 AM PST · by Brian Mosely · 19 replies · 1,151+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Sun Dec 26 2004 11:05:55 ET
    BAGHDAD, Iraq_The radical Islamic group that claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack on a U.S. base in Iraq, released on Sunday dramatic footage of what appeared to be the explosion that killed 22 people. The video sequence _ which carried Monday's date on the footage _ shows three Ansar al-Sunna Army guerrillas clad in black, wearing face masks and carrying AK-47 automatic rifles, describing the plan to blow up the mess hall at Marez base on the outskirts of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. One of the men read a statement saying a member of the group _...
  • Iraq Militant Group Posts Video of Mosul Attack

    12/26/2004 9:41:36 AM PST · by soldierette · 18 replies · 2,109+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/26/04 | Reuters
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraqi militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna Sunday issued a video tape about the bombing of a U.S. army camp which killed 22 people, identifying the suicide bomber as Abu Omar al-Museli. The videotape posted on the group's Web site showed what appeared to be the explosion at the dining hall of the camp in Mosul. A later shot, apparently taken from a car driving along the base's perimeter, showed the ripped tent housing the hall. The video showed the planning of Tuesday's attack on a map of the base with the dining hall clearly marked, as...
  • A Must Read Email From an American Soldier (first hand account of Rumsfeld's visit)

    12/25/2004 1:01:11 AM PST · by Cableguy · 40 replies · 2,317+ views
    TheBantyRooster ^ | 12/24/04 | Captain Dan Mattson
    It made my day, and I'm pretty certain it made theirs too. It's Christmas Eve, though it didn't feel like it. There are some good decorations in the hospital, but we had no Christmas music in the OR today, and no snow on the ground. No nativity scenes or festive cheer in this part of the world. Then, after a routine for here but hardly routine day in the OR, my day was made. I'm referring to the interaction I witnessed and helped facilitate between a young injured soldier and a high ranking official. Here is how it happened: I...
  • RUMMY TO MOSUL FOR CHRISTMAS

    12/23/2004 6:45:45 PM PST · by KMC1 · 28 replies · 1,503+ views
    WMCA - New York ^ | 12.23.2004
    LEADING THE ARMY YOU HAVE: The networks are just reporting that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is visiting the troops in Mosul, Iraq for Christmas. It comes only three days after the second deadliest day in Iraq - in Mosul. FOX NEWS' Bret Baier is reporting that Rumsfeld just landed and is meeting with the troops who were most affected by the bombing. This particular base is the most "forward" base in Iraq. Baier is reporting that this trip was long scheduled but even after the bombing the resolution to cheer the troops became even more important.More details here...
  • War doctor's Web diary brings a grisly struggle home to Bucks

    12/24/2004 5:47:52 PM PST · by Critical Bill · 4 replies · 1,583+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Fri Dec 24, 3:01 AM ET | Matthew P. Blanchard
    With maimed soldiers pouring into the emergency room, Army Maj. Michael Cohen was at the center of a nightmare from which he could not run. Cohen is a Bucks County native, a military doctor, and was the chief ER surgeon at the U.S. base in Mosul during Tuesday's mess-hall bombing. "No one had any idea what was about to take place," Cohen wrote of the moments after the attack. "We asked one of the newly arrived soldiers how many people were injured, and he said, 'A lot. There are bodies everywhere.'... As I stepped outside, I couldn't believe what was...