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Monday, December 13, 2004

A Hero Speaks to MSNBC

Joey had an interview this Monday morning with MSNBC, Chris Matthews of Hardball and it will air on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Joey did great in the interview. His positive attitude and effectious smile melts everyones heart. I am so proud of him.He goes to casting tomorrow. This means the cast will be removed and the stump and skin graft check. Pray it is well and doesn't need to be re-opened in surgery. Also the hand doctor will be taking the cast off his left hand and removing 3 pins. This will help him with his therapy. He eventually will have surgery to remove the plate in the wrist. Keep praying about that bacteria; he is still on the antibiotic. Thanks for your love and support.
Gail and Joey

A U.S. soldier flashes victory signs

A U.S. soldier flashes victory signs from his fortified position near the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad Monday Dec. 13, 2004. A suicide bomber killed 13 people in an attack Monday near to the heavily fortified area in central Baghdad housing the interim government and U.S. embassy (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Iraq Today
Pace of Iraq reconstruction defended: "BAGHDAD (AP) - A top U.S. aid official acknowledged Monday that Iraqis have reasons to be impatient with the pace of reconstruction since the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein, but said $4.3 billion had been earmarked for projects and promised improvement despite the insurgency."

In Fresno Bee: Iraq

Suicide bombing kills 13 in Baghdad: "A suicide car bomber linked to al-Qaida killed 13 people in Baghdad on Monday, the first anniversary of Saddam Hussein's capture, and clashes resumed in Fallujah, a one-time insurgent stronghold that American forces believed they had conquered. Seven U.S. Marines died in combat in western Iraq."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

7 Marines killed in Iraq's Anbar Province: "BAGHDAD, Iraq — Seven U.S. Marines were killed in two separate incidents in Iraq's restive Anbar province, the military said Monday, a day after American warplanes pounded Fallujah with missiles as insurgents battled coalition forces in the city."

In Iraq News

7 Confirmed Killed in Suicide Car Bombing: "

From Reuters via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

A suicide car bomber has killed at least seven Iraqis at an entrance to Baghdad’s Green Zone, a year to the day since United States forces captured Saddam Hussein.

Nineteen were wounded, four seriously, civilian hospital staff said.

The US military said no US soldiers were hurt in the bombing, which came after seven US Marines were killed in two separate incidents west of Baghdad.

“We had stopped in the car when all we felt was a car explode next to us,” said one injured Iraqi civilian at the city’s busy Yarmuk hospital, his face caked with blood.

A US officer said: “A suicide bomber hit checkpoint 12. It’s pretty ugly.”

From the AFP via The Australian :

Up to thirteen people have been killed in a suicide attack at the entrance to the highly fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, reports say.

The blast occurred when a vehicle that had been waiting in line to enter the zone at its western Harthiyah gate exploded as it drove up to the checkpoint at 9am (1700 AEDT), Iraqi police said.

Fifteen other cars were destroyed in the blast.

Reports on casualties were varied with the Associated Press reporting thirteen people had been killed and 15 injured while Agence France-Presse said six were killed and 19 were injured.


In Command Post: Irak

Air Strikes in Fallujah: "

From the AFP via The Australian :

US aircraft have attacked Iraqi city of Fallujah, a day after seven US marines were killed in al-Anbar province where the flashpoint city is located.

Air strikes were launched in eastern Fallujah and several large columns of black smoke could be seen rising from the area, a correspondent embedded with the marines in Fallujah reported.


In Command Post: Irak

Disbanding Iraq army was 'error': "Iraq's interim president has accused Britain and America of making "a big mistake" by disbanding his country's security apparatus in the wake of the defeat of Saddam Hussein."

In Ananova: War In Iraq

Long Lines For Gas Plague Baghdad: "7:42 pm EST December 11, 2004 BAGHDAD, Iraq -- There's a worsening fuel shortage in Iraq, despite the oil-rich nation's large petroleum reserves.Some drivers are waiting up to 18 hours in lines at Ba...

[in ABC 7]

In The US News: Iraq News

Iraq ; IRAQ: Iraqi Shi'ites Launch Powerful Election Bloc: "Iraq News, BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Iraq's most powerful-looking electoral bloc unveiled a of 22 parties and groups, calling itself the United Iraqi Alliance, includes

[in Keralanext]

In The US News: Iraq News

Iraqis in custody refusing food, says US army: "The US military has said a number of former senior Iraqi officials who are now in custody have been refusing food. A military spokesman

[in RTE Interactive]

In The US News: Iraq News

Disabled Iraqi women fence for life: "Wheelchair-bound Nadia Ali Abdel-Karim brandishes a sword during a fencing duel at her club in war-torn Baghdad. "I am fighting for life itself.

[in IAfrica South African News]

In The US News: Iraq News

More Iraqi police, troops killed: "Meanwhile, insurgents shot dead an Iraqi police officer in the latest of a spate of deadly weekend attacks on security forces across Iraq, as the number of US

[in Taipei Times]

In The US News: Iraq News

A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq: "web sites ) declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,151 U.S. military members have died, according to AP's count. That includes at least 898 deaths resulting from hostile action, ac...

[in Yahoo]

In The US News: Iraq News - tammyduckworth

Receiving the Purple Heart for wounds received in action 12 NOV 04, from Brigadier General Mundt ADCS 1st ID. The dark spot close to her right eye is a piece of shrapnel which we mistakenly thought was dried blood. It has since been removed, and healed over.


Sunday, December 12, 2004 8:04 PM CST

Tammy is adapting well to life without intraveneous pain meds. She is still getting some oral pain medication, and has some occasional small pains which cause her some stress and tire her out. The physical therapy and ocupational therapy teams have upped their game a bit, and she is getting a real work out every day, even though she is still in her bed. On the upside, without the epidural and arm pain blocker Tammy has more sensation in her residual limbs, and her right arm. She is getting a lot of rest, which helps her heal, and looks even stronger and more vivacious each day.

She is showing no further signs of infection, and all of her numbers, (white blood cells, body temps, etc), are very boring. The infectious disease docs believe they will stop tracking her altogether in a few days, as she appears to be all closed up and doing fine. The skin graft closure operation on her arm this coming Wednesday will signal an end to this phase of Tammy's recovery. After that, hopefully, she will have a lot of healing to do, and many months of physical therapy, but no more surgeries.

An introduction to Army mail for any who may be unfamiliar: Regular US postal service mail seems to be taking about 11 days on average to reach us here. If you would like to pay extra, (like $14), for "Express mail", your package will receive an extra two week, all inclusive spa treatment from the mail delivery types once it arrives here at Walter Reed. Both of the express mail packages we have received have taken over 21 days to be delivered to the room, (though they arrived here at Walter Reed the day after they were sent). Aparently this holds true for FedEx packages as well. I believe you will get the fastest delivery with standard USPS postage, but check the address listed below on this website for the current room and ward, as the hospital staff may need to move her again as her condition improves.

My wife is very apreciative of all the gifts we have received. While she may have some needs in the future, all of our current needs and wants have been met by the Army, and our many friends old and new. She is concerned, however, about some of our wounded comrades who do have outstanding needs, and the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who will be hurt in ongoing operations. Of the many people who have helped us; three charitable organizations have expended large amounts of money and frequent flyer miles on Tammy's behalf. The website links are listed below for: Soldier's Angels, The Fisher House Foundation, and For the Fallen. These organizations have:

- provided kevlar blankets with which soldiers have lined their vehicles in order to protect against grenades and IEDs, and hopefully prevent as many injuries as possible

- provided airline tickets to wounded Soldiers' loved ones

- provided voice activated computers and other equipment to disabled warriors

- provided grants for accesible housing

- brainstormed, co-ordinated and planned extensively to meet the special needs of specific patients which would be impossible for our government to anticipate and meet, and which would otherwise "slip through the cracks".

In lieu of any Christmas gifts, Tammy would apreciate donations to these organizations to replenish their funds, and further their good work. Thank you, one and all. - tammyduckworth