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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Thanksgiving in Iraq

A US marine fires an AT-4 into a building after taking fire from insurgents in Fallujah. Iraq (news - web sites) said it had found a chemical bomb factory in the restive city of Fallujah as US-led forces rounded up scores of suspected insurgents in a major sweep through the country's 'triangle of death.'(AFP/USMC-HO)

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Thanksgiving for a hero

A US soldier remains vigilant by his M3A2 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle outside the city of Samarra. Two people were killed and 14 wounded in bomb attacks, one of them a suicide bombing, in the restive Iraqi city of Samarra, police and hospital officials said.(AFP/MNF-I/HO) Yahoo! News - Mideast Photos - AFP

For Thanksgiving Support A Soldier

AAFES Gift Certificates

The Army and Air Force Exchange Services is where most servicemen and women do their shopping. You can purchase gift certificates for those in Iraq and those hospitalized.

Adopt a Platoon

Adopt a Platoon has several ongoing projects to ensure that every soldier overseas does not walk away from mail call empty-handed.


Any Soldier is a non-profit organization that helps people send care packages to members of the armed services in Iraq.

Appreciate Our Troops

Purchase a Support Our Troops mug and a free personalized mug will be given to a current or former service member.

Blue Star Mothers

The Blue Star Mothers was founded by service members' moms during World War II. Any mother with a son or daughter in the military can join.

Books For Soldiers

Help the troops escape boredom by donating some books. You can also donate DVDs and CDs requested by soldiers.

Camp Doha

Camp Doha provides valuable information for those about to deploy, their friends and families and anyone who wants to support the troops.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Donated cell phones are recycled and turned into cash. The cash is used to purchase calling cards for soldiers in Iraq.

Defend America

Thank any service member stationed throughout the U.S. and the world with an e-mail.

Fisher House

The Fisher House Foundation donates comfort homes, built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Freedom Calls

The Freedom Calls Foundation is helping families videoconference with their loved ones in Iraq. You can donate money to help keep this project going.

Groceries for Families

The men and women who lay down their lives for us are terribly underpaid. Help a family by purchasing gift certificates to the commissary.

Homes for Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops assists injured veterans and their immediate families by building new or adapting existing homes with handicapped accessibility.

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides grants to the families of servicemen and women who died in Iraq. You can donate online, through mail or by calling a toll-free number.

Military Moms

This site provides support to all of the moms out there who has a son or daughter in the military.

Operation Air Conditioner

Operation Air Conditioner provides not only air conditioners but space heaters (the desert is cold in the winter) for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Operation Call Home

Operation Call Home's mission is to provide each platoon with their own satellite phone.

Operation Dear Abby

The U.S. Navy and Dear Abby have teamed up. Their site allows you to send e-mail messages of support to service members.

Operation Give

Operation Give provides toys, clothing and school supplies primarily to the children of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Operation Hero Miles

You can donate your unused frequent flier miles to help soldiers travel on emergency leave. They are also used to help families fly to hospitalized soldiers.

Operation Iraqi Children

Many soldiers are rebuilding schools in Iraq and scrounging around for school supplies. Help by donating a school supplies kit.

Operation Military Pride

Operation Military Pride is a volunteer organization that sends cards letters and care packages to troops.

Operation Uplink

Donate money to Operation Uplink. The money is used to purchase phone cards so servicemen and women can call home.

Soldiers' Angels

Become some soldier's angel by adopting a service member.

Treats for Troops

Treats for Troops helps get you provide packages to your loved ones overseas. If you don't know anyone, the Foster-A-Soldier Program matches you with a registered soldier by branch of service, home state, gender, or birthday - or you can choose to sponsor a group of soldiers.

USO Cares

You can sponsor care packages provided by the USO with a $25 donation.

Voice from Home

Voices From Home allows military members and their families and friends to send and receive immediate voice e-mail messages in remote locations around the world.

Foreign fighters captured in Iraq: "Iraqi police have captured five foreign fighters who escaped from Fallujah and were on their way to attack British troops."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Troops find vast stores of weapons in Fallujah: "FALLUJAH, Iraq — U.S. Marine officers said Wednesday that U.S. and Iraqi troops sweeping Fallujah have uncovered enough weapons to fuel a nationwide rebellion and that clearing the former insurgent bastion of arms is holding up the return of civilians."

In Iraq News

British Troops Join Anti-Rebel Raids Near Baghdad: "British troops raided the countryvillas of some of Saddam Hussein's old guard on Thursday asthey joined a U.S. and Iraqi offensive against Sunni Musliminsurgents south of Baghdad. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Arrests and explosions in Iraq in Iraq & Terror

Iraqis Arrest Five Foreign Fighters: "
Police said Thursday that they have arrested five Arab foreign fighters who escaped from Fallujah with plans to attack coalition troops and Iraqi police in southern Basra.

Basra Police Chief Brig. Mohammed Khazim said the five men were detained on Wednesday night at a checkpoint in Qurnah, about 37 miles north of Basra. Their four-wheel-drive vehicle contained “personal weapons,” he said.

The men were identified as Mohammed Faleh and Bassem Faleh, from Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Hassan and Walid Mohammed, from Tunisia, and Mohammed al-Hadi, from Libya, he said.

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In Command Post: Irak

Zimbabwe lifts ban on journalists: "Zimbabwe has reversed its decision not to allow 13 British journalists into the country in a bid to save England's stalled cricket tour."

In Ananova: War In Iraq