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" May No Soldier Go Unloved "

   
 
Saturday, February 21, 2004
 
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Iraq War News
Dying of neglect: the state of Iraq's children's hospitals in IraqWar.ru (English)



Muslim scholars condemn US sharia threat in IraqWar.ru (English)



US military's support for Iraq security is failing in IraqWar.ru (English)



Gaza settlers say they won't leave again: "As defense minister in 1982, Ariel Sharon directed the dismantling of Israeli settlements in the Sinai Peninsula, watching from a helicopter as soldiers dragged hundreds of protesters off rooftops and bulldozers tore down houses."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. convoy attacked close to Baghdad: "Insurgents opened fire on a U.S. military convoy south of Baghdad on Saturday, apparently causing some U.S. casualties, witnesses said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iran's conservatives claim high turnout: "Iran's hard-line Islamic rulers claimed Saturday that voters handed a decisive blow to reformers by turning out in large numbers and spurning appeals to boycott parliament elections, but some liberals questioned their figures."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Iraq elections may be over 15 months away: "U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer said it could take more than 15 months to make the necessary preparations for elections in Iraq, Dubai-based Al Arabiya television station reported Saturday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Bremer Sees Iraq Polls at Least One Year Away: "The U.S. administrator in Iraq has saidit will not be possible to hold elections for a year to 15months, putting him at odds with the country's most powerfulreligious leader who has insisted any delay must be brief. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Japan on High Alert as Troops Leave for Iraq: "Japan kept security tight across thecountry on Saturday as its largest contingent of troops to dateleft on a controversial mission to Iraq and UNSecretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Tokyo. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Local soldier Cpl. Joshua Handrahan participates in munitions discovery in IraqWar.ru (English)



Bremer says elections not possible for a year or more in IraqWar.ru (English)



Anthrax shots made Australian troops sick in IraqWar.ru (English)



Greenspan says Congress should cut Social Security to keep tax cuts in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraqi, US officials grapple with country's political future: "Iraqi politicians and the US-led coalition grappled over the war-torn country's political future after the United Nations vetoed direct elections before Washington cedes power by June 30. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Defence agency 'pressured over Iraq' in IraqWar.ru (English)



Pentagon distorted Iraqi casualty issue, says new report in IraqWar.ru (English)



It's getting weirder and weirder in IraqWar.ru (English)



Fed officials see US job growth ahead in IraqWar.ru (English)



Will the Iraq War Be Finally Over on Midnight June 30, 2004?: "Having been provided with three options on Iraq in November, President Bush has now chosen one writes PNS editor Franz Schurmann. (Pacific News Service, Commentary, Franz Schurmann, Feb 20, 2004)"

In New California Media: Focus on Iraq



Al Qaeda Rebuffs Iraqi Terror Group, U.S. Officials Say: "Ansar al-Islam, the most active terrorist network inside Iraq appears to be operating mostly apart from Al Qaeda."

In New York Times: World Special



U.S. Expected to Ask United Nations to Keep Trying for an Agreement: "The Bush administration is likely to ask for more help from a special U.N. envoy to solidify a consensus on how Iraq will be run after June 30."

In New York Times: World Special



Iraqi Kurdish Leaders Resist as the U.S. Presses Them to Moderate Their Demands: "Kurdish leaders say American officials are trying to block their long stifled hopes for autonomy in the new Iraqi state."

In New York Times: World Special



C.I.A. Admits It Didn't Give Weapon Data to the U.N.: "The C.I.A. did not provide the U.N. with information about 21 of the 105 sites in Iraq suspected of housing illicit weapons."

In New York Times: World Special



For Perilous Duty, Guard Unit Puts Trust in Drills and Veterans: "Helicopter duty, especially for medical units like the Wyoming Guard's 1022nd Medical Company, is one of the most dangerous jobs in Iraq."

In New York Times: World Special



Marshes a Vengeful Hussein Drained Stir Again: "What seemed a simple matter of reflooding the marshes Saddam Hussein ordered drained in the early 1990's has turned into a tangled endeavor."

In New York Times: World Special



US soldier on frontline in battle for refugee status (21 Feb 04) in Radio Free USA



Iraq Shiite cleric wants U.N. vote pledge: "Iraq's top Shiite cleric, who has insisted elections are necessary for a transfer of power on June 30, suggested he would accept a delay in voting but demanded U.N. guarantees that there will be no more postponements."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. Expects Long-Term Troop Stay in Iraq: "American officials say U.S. forces will be needed in Iraq long after a sovereign government is restored this summer, but they have yet to work out the terms of a continued presence. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



'Don't be Surprised if the Soldiers Show No Compassion At All' - Anatomy of a Night Raid on Balad, Iraq (20 Feb 04) in Radio Free USA



Soldier for the Truth - Exposing Bush's talking-points war (20 Feb 04) in Radio Free USA


Thursday, February 19, 2004
 
Soldiers' Angels, Dan Forant and Keystone Soldiers unite in the Freedom Ride across the United States to symbolize bringing America together coast-to-coast to Support Our Troops On March 1, 2004.

Dan Forant, father of Spc. Daniel Forant, III will begin a 3,000 mile trip by bicycle to benefit our troops serving in Iraq. His journey will begin in Albany, New York and finish in California taking approximately 45 days, weather permitting.

Mr. Forant will have a laptop with video and still picture capability whereby that information is sent to New York City via uplink. America will be able to watch his daily progress by visiting this site. We ask all Americans to raise their communities & please pledge 1-penny for every 3 miles of the journey - approx. $20.00 for the entire trip. Or contribute whatever you'd like.
Proceeds for our Troops!

Soldiers' Angels was formed in July of 2003 by Patti Patton-Bader, Mother of Spc Brandon Varn
stationed in Iraq. Soldier's Angels mission is to provide aid and comfort to any armed forces fighting for freedom and their families. Soldier's Angels have to date sent over 2,000 packages to Soldiers deployed, helped the wounded at 3 major military hospitals and aided many families.

WWW.keystonesoldiers.com - Keystone Soldiers was founded in June of 2002 by Kyle Lord, or lordzmom as she is better known to the soldiers, when her own son, SPC Brent J Lord, was deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom. Even though her son is now serving in the states she felt there was still an urgent and compassionate need for Americans to show their support for others who are serving their country. Keystone Soldiers sent out over 600 Christmas care packages and 20,000 holiday cards to those who could not be with their families this year. Supporting those on the frontline of freedom!

Freedom Bicycle Ride - NYC - New York City - Featured Event
 
Iraq War News
U.S. Troops Kill One After Attack on Baghdad Prison: "Guerrillas launched dozens of mortarsand rockets at the main U.S. prison in Baghdad and troopskilled one Iraqi as they returned fire Wednesday evening, theU.S. military said Thursday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



UN Against Quick Iraq Polls But Delays Alternative: "U.N. Secretary-General KofiAnnan has decided to oppose elections in Iraq before the U.S.occupation relinquishes power on June 30 but will delayproposals on the country's immediate political future,according to U.N. diplomats. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Prison west of Baghdad comes under attack: "Insurgents fired mortars and rockets at a prison used by U.S. forces on the western edge of Baghdad, slightly wounding one soldier, the military said. American troops killed one Iraqi and detained 55 for questioning, the military added."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Survivors sought in Iran train explosion: "Rescuers battling choking toxic fumes used cranes and floodlights to search through the night for survivors in five Iranian villages devastated when derailed train cars carrying fuel and chemicals exploded nearby, killing more than 200 people."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Cyprus reunification talks begin: "Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders met with a U.N. mediator Thursday, launching talks to reunify the divided island hours after a small bomb exploded in front of the home of the Turkish Cypriot prime minister."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Prison West of Baghdad Comes Under Attack: "Insurgents fired mortars and rockets at a prison used by U.S. forces on the western edge of Baghdad, slightly wounding one soldier, the military said. American troops killed one Iraqi and detained 55 for questioning, the military added. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



NATO Possibly in Iraq in Right Conditions, France Says: "France could envisage a NATO force inIraq if it was approved by a sovereign Iraqi government and bythe United Nations, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin saidin an interview published Thursday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Pentagon offices face probe on Iraq claims in IraqWar.ru (English)



U.S. disappointed with Japan-Iran oil deal in IraqWar.ru (English)



Samawah landlords warn GSDF over lease dispute in IraqWar.ru (English)



?Sending troops to Iraq a historic mistake? in IraqWar.ru (English)



OPEC has for all practical purposes already turned to pricing oil in euros in IraqWar.ru (English)



Iraqi Central Bank sells large sums of dollars for first time in IraqWar.ru (English)



US soldier told "al Qaeda" what to target in IraqWar.ru (English)



NATO Possible in Iraq in Right Conditions, France Says: "France could envisage a NATO force inIraq if it was approved by a sovereign Iraqi government and bythe United Nations, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin saidin an interview published Thursday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



UN Expected to Delay Plan for New Iraq Government: "The United Nations is expectedto delay for at least a week recommendations on the shape of anIraqi interim government that would take power on June 30 fromthe U.S.-led occupation, diplomats said on Wednesday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



U.S. counting on U.N. for help in Iraq: "As it weighs a major change in how to transfer political power to Iraqis, the Bush administration is relying ever more heavily on the United Nations to help clear the remaining high hurdles ahead."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



Israel settlers seek alternate peace plans: "After decades of resisting peace initiatives, right-wing Israeli politicians floated a flurry of alternative plans this week to try to block Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from pulling out of much of the Gaza Strip."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



UN damps hopes of June Iraq elections, as coalition mops up after suicide attacks: "The head of the United Nations poured cold water on some Iraqis' hopes of holding a general election soon as coalition forces mopped up after two suicide bombs at a Polish military base killed at least seven Iraqis and wounded dozens of others. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



UN Against Quick Iraq Polls But Delays Alternative: "U.N. Secretary-General KofiAnnan has decided to oppose elections in Iraq before the U.S.occupation relinquishes power on June 30 but will delayproposals on the country's immediate political future,according to U.N. diplomats. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



British soldiers kicked and punched hooded Iraqi prisoners: "British soldiers in Iraq kicked and punched hooded prisoners as they screamed for mercy, a witness to an incident in which one Iraqi detainee was allegedly beaten to death was quoted as saying. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Annan To Back U.S. on Iraq Plan: "UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 18 -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will endorse the U.S. position that direct elections cannot be held in Iraq before the United States hands over political power to Iraqis on June 30, senior U.N. officials said Wednesday. (washingtonpost.com)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Annan Is Said to Have Doubt on Iraq Voting: "The U.N. Secretary General will endorse the view that the interim Iraqi government cannot be chosen by direct elections."

In New York Times: World Special



Truck Bombs Kill 11 Iraqis at Army Base Run by Poles: "The suicide attack was the third such bombing in eight days, after more than 100 people were killed in back-to-back bombings."

In New York Times: World Special



U.S. Presidential Politics and Self-Rule for Iraqis: "The Bush administration's urgency to install a government in Iraq reflects more concern for American politics than Iraqi democracy."

In New York Times: World Special



For a Soldier's Fretting Family, a Digital Map of Baghdad: "A company that makes nautical charts tools is betting that a CD offering maps of the Iraqi capital's streets will find an audience in the United States."

In New York Times: World Special



Killings of Vendors in Iraqi City Drive Alcohol Sales Off Streets: "Nowhere in Iraq are attacks on vendors of alcoholic beverages as common as in Basra, where conservative Shiite movements are struggling for dominance."

In New York Times: World Special



Attack at Coalition Base Kills 10 Iraqis: "Suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Polish-run base Wednesday, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding more than 100 people, more than half of them coalition soldiers. The United States arrested seven guerrillas believed linked to al-Qaida in an early morning raid to the north. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq



Report: Hezbollah joining Sunni insurgents in IraqWar.ru (English)



Khaddam: Syria wants to hold peace talks: "Syria has sent messages to bitter foe Israel via Turkey offering to restart stalled peace talks between the two countries, Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam said Wednesday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. weighs shift in Iraq self-rule plan: "The Bush administration is considering a major shift in its plan for transition to Iraqi self-rule, possibly extending and expanding the U.S.-appointed Governing Council so it can take temporary control of the country on July 1, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq



U.S. envoys meet with Israeli officials: "Three senior American diplomats met with Israeli officials Wednesday to learn more about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's proposal to withdraw unilaterally from most of the Gaza Strip and perhaps parts of the West Bank."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


Wednesday, February 18, 2004
 
Iraq War News
Euro rises to record highs in IraqWar.ru (English)



Gasoline prices keep rising in IraqWar.ru (English)



Blast shows deep Iraqi mistrust of Americans in IraqWar.ru (English)



Training for "non-combat" in Iraq in IraqWar.ru (English)



U.S. navy jet fighter F18 is for sale on eBay in IraqWar.ru (English)



Talks on Japanese base in Iraq in jeopardy: "Iraqis negotiating over rent with Japanese troops building a base on their land said Wednesday the talks have broken down and threatened to sue, though Japan denied an impasse."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq


Sunday, February 15, 2004
 
FORT CARSON - Tears flowed freely Saturday in an old gym on this 6-decade-old military post.

Within a span of 10 hours, 185 war-weary troopers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment returned home from Iraq to an emotional crowd, 475 citizen soldiers tearfully said goodbye to their families as they prepared to take the Carson soldiers' places in Iraq, and the love of three military couples about to endure separation was sealed in marriage.

The arrival of the 185 troopers Friday night was the first wave of thousands of soldiers returning home after completing duty in Iraq. The departure of their replacements Saturday morning was a poignant reminder of the heartache faced by families left behind.


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"This is about the most humbling crowd I've seen," Brig. Gen. Joseph Orr said as he walked into the gymnasium at 10:15 a.m. Saturday and saw a standing-room-only crowd of more than 700 people, largely from North Dakota. They had boarded buses or carpooled to Fort Carson to officially send off the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion of North Dakota.

"It's no joke when you go through it," said Juanita Gonzales, who at 12:45 a.m. Saturday finally got to embrace her husband as he returned home from war.

After the first of two Air Force jets carrying the 185 returning troopers arrived at Peterson Air Force Base at 7:45 p.m. Friday, the Fort Carson soldiers would have to wait another five hours before finally seeing their loved ones.

"I've got butterflies," said Juanita's husband, Tomas, shortly after landing on U.S. soil. The 35-year- old trooper's eyes filled with tears when he spoke of the very thing a year ago he took for granted and then sorely missed while in Iraq.

"My family," he said.

The Gonzaleses and their children, Janice, 15; Jeffery, 14; Tommy, 13; and Mark, 11, were finally reunited when they formed minute-long group hug with each of them crying.

The weekend's arrival of Fort Carson troopers set off a flurry of such homecomings.

Starting in March, about a planeload of soldiers per day are expected to arrive in Colorado Springs as the first year of occupation ends for more than 130,000 GIs. Another 100,000 U.S. soldiers, such as those with the North Dakota National Guard, head out to take their place. Roughly 40 percent of the next rotation of soldiers heading into Iraq are Reserve components. Fort Carson sent more than 12,000 soldiers to war last year.

Lt. Col. Robert Fode stopped in mid-sentence during the send-off Saturday as he tried to control his emotions after looking into the crowd of family members and asking them to take care of one another while the guardsmen are in Iraq for presumably the next year. Fode's battalion is scheduled to leave Fort Carson for the Persian Gulf on Monday morning.

The journey for the soldiers will be long, just as it was for the returning soldiers, who packed up almost a year ago as the United States invaded Iraq.

"It's great to be home," said Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Webb of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. "It was a good experience, but I wouldn't want to do it too many times."

Over the months, soldiers in the regiment have had more than their share of heartaches and disappointments, with roughly half of the 41 deaths of Fort Carson soldiers inflicted on the 3rd.

Along with the personal sorrow that war brings, the separation from families was much longer than many anticipated when they shipped out last spring. At the time, soldiers thought they would be home in time to see their children off to school in late summer.

Instead, they learned late that summer that they weren't likely to return home until after year's end.

The homecoming and reintegration to a pseudo-civilian life is one that the military has been planning for months.

There have been and continue to be reunion briefings with stateside spouses and family members as well as briefings in the Persian Gulf for exiting soldiers.

"By taking care of the family, you've got a soldier that is going to stay in the military," Lt. Col. Pat Devine said.

Social workers, chaplains and mental-health experts have been preparing for the stresses that deployment can bring - not only to the soldier but to the family - and say they want to do everything they can to help.

Several additional chaplains have been called to Fort Carson, and others who had planned to leave have been asked to stay to help with services.

Evans Army Community Hospital has also temporarily increased its staff by more than 120 workers to help with the medical and mental-health evaluations and testing.

In addition to reunions, there were marriage vows to be said by the three couples who were married in the old gym on Saturday following the send off ceremony of the National Guard troops.

"I just love him so much," cried 22-year-old Kimberly Knudson of Bismarck, N.D., just moments after marrying 23-year-old Sgt. Sam Hemphill.

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