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Friday, February 11, 2005

At Work In...

The Army

by Pfc. Elizabeth Erste
February 10, 2005
Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, patrol Bayji, Iraq.

The Navy

Yokosuka, Japan (Feb. 10, 2005) - Fire Controlman 3rd Class Alan Lenox of San Diego, Calif., releases the mooring lines from the pier of Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, as the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) prepares to get underway. Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Crystal M. Brooks.

The Air Force

KARSHI-KHANABAD, Uzbekistan -- A C-130 Hercules comes to a stop at the signal of a maintenance Airman during airfield operations here Jan. 28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol)

The Marines

Sergeant Maj. Wayne R. Bell, sergeant major, 1st Marine Division, thanks the Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for their support in Operation Iraqi Freedom during a formation at Camp Ripper, Iraq on Feb. 7, 2005. The Okinawa-based MEU commanded units in the western Al Anbar province, a 33,000 square-mile area of operations, from mid-October 2004 until Feb. 7, 2005. “This generation of Marines is as good, if not better, than previous generation of Marines,” said Bell. “I am proud to have served with (the MEU).” Photo by: Lance Cpl. Will Lathrop.

The US Coast Guard

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2005)--A member from MSST 91103 lowers himself onto the deck of the CGC George Cobb as part of a vertical insertion drill Feb. 2, 2005. The maneuver is used by the Coast Guard to board non-compliant vessels at sea. USCG photo by PA3 Dave Hardesty.

In Today's News - Friday, February 11, 2005

Quote of the Day:
You can have peace, or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long Associated Press
Rumsfeld makes surprise visit to Iraq
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq on Friday morning for a daylong visit to review Iraq security forces and meet with Iraqi and American leaders. The visit was not announced publicly in advance for security reasons.

N. Korea boasts about nukes, nixes talks
North Korea boasted publicly for the first time Thursday that it has nuclear weapons and said it will stay away from disarmament talks, dramatically raising the stakes in the 2-year-old dispute. The Bush administration called on Pyongyang to give up its atomic aspirations so life can be better for its impoverished people.

Officials: Abbas fires Gaza commanders
Reacting forcefully to Hamas rocket and mortar fire in the Gaza Strip in defiance of a cease-fire with Israel, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas dismissed his top security commanders Thursday and sent a message to the militants that he will not tolerate further truce violations.

Rights lawyer vows to appeal conviction
A veteran civil rights lawyer known for representing radicals and revolutionaries in her 30 years on the New York legal scene has vowed to fight her conviction for smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients to his terrorist disciples.

The US News: Iraq News
US helicopters end rebel occupation of Iraq police station
Photo: AFP BAGHDAD (AFP) - US helicopters attacked an Iraqi police station overrun by rebels as the Islamic new year started with dozens more deaths at insurgent hands. At least six police were kil... [in AFP via Yahoo] The US News: Iraq News

Iraq seals borders during festival to prevent suicide bombings
11 February 2005 Iraq's interim government announced yesterday that it was sealing its borders to stop Shia pilgrims coming in during the religious festival of Ashura. Around 170 people were killed la... [in Independent] The US News: Iraq News

From Iraq to Honduras: His volunteerism is spanning the globe
HANOVER TWP. -- Army Spc. Brian Martin knows a thing or two about service. The 20-year-old spent the last year in Baghdad, where he worked as a military policeman with the 109th Field Artillery Bravo... [in General Sources] The US News: Iraq News

El Salvador to Send More Troops to Iraq
- El Salvador has agreed to a U.S. request to send a fourth army contingent to Iraq, President Tony Saca said Wednesday. The troops were scheduled to leave Thursday en route to the southern Iraqi tow... [in General Sources] The US News: Iraq News

U.S. Army's 18th Airborne Corps Takes Over Command of Ground Forces in Iraq
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. Army's 18th Airborne Corps formally took control of coalition ground forces in Iraq on Thursday, bringing in a new commander and staff to replace 3rd Corps, which is... [in Tampa Bay Online] The US News: Iraq News

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Rumsfeld Flies to Northern Iraq, Meets Troops
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew into northern Iraq before dawn on Friday to make apersonal appraisal of the training of Iraqi security forces and talk with his commanders. Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Tempo of Violence Quickens; Ballot Counting Nears End
A black-robed suicide attacker exploded an enormous bomb concealed in his sport utility vehicle in one of Baghdad's main squares. New York Times: World Special

NATO and U.S. Plan Aid to Strengthen Iraqi Force
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his NATO counterparts pledged to bolster a small, specialized alliance training mission in Iraq. New York Times: World Special

NATO agrees to expand Afghan mission, peacekeepers to head west Iraq & Terror

Weather information from The Weather Channel

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

From Fox News
Baghdad Attack Kills 11
Gunmen open up on crowd at bakery

Doomed From the Start?
Former U.N. weapons inspector says Oil-for-Food workers were a laughingstock in Baghdad

Rumsfeld Meets NATO Allies
AP: Video Shows Iraqi Executions
Alleged Terror Leader Dies in Kuwait
Iraq Election Results to Be Delayed
Paper: Italian Journalist Alive
Rumsfeld Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
Over 50 Dead in Violence Across Iraq

From the Department of Defense
Rumsfeld Discusses NATO Participation
NICE, France, Feb. 10, 2005 — The breadth of contributions NATO's 26 members make to the alliance's various military operations benefits the member nations and means "everyone does not have to do everything," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. The secretary noted that various NATO nations are participating in operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. Story

NATO Allies to Join Iraq Training Mission

U.S. Military Advisers 'Embed' in Iraqi Units
ARABIAN GULF REGION, Feb. 10, 2005 — U.S. forces will use an "advisory, assistance and embedding" strategy to help prepare Iraqi forces to provide security and ensure stability within their own borders, according to a senior military officer in the region. Story

Successful Elections Deal Blow to Terrorists
ARABIAN GULF REGION, Feb. 10, 2005 — Terrorists operating in Iraq have received a blow to their credibility, based on successful Iraqi elections and coupled with an inability to interject their agenda into U.S. elections, according to a senior military officer in the region today. Story

New Trauma Registry Captures Wartime Data
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 10, 2005 — A new registry being established here is helping track casualty information from Iraq and Afghanistan to give senior leaders the concrete information they need as they make decisions about everything from what protective gear troops will use to how to better deliver combat casualty care. Story

Team Helps Afghan Police Train for Future
JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2005 — In Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a three-man team from the 58th Military Police Company out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, has the daunting task of training 3,382 police officers from 31 districts spread throughout three provinces. Story

Task Force Troops Help Rebuild Balad Schools
FORWARD OPERATING BASE PALIWODA, Iraq, Feb. 10, 2005 — In the past year, the Iraqi people in Balad have been able to refurnish and even rebuild their schools here with the help of Task Force Danger soldiers. Story

Soldiers Secure Iraqi Police Station
CAMP LIBERTY, Baghdad, Feb. 10, 2005 — Combat support soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Commandos), 10th Mountain Division, earned their combat patches the "hooah" way as they provided security for 10 days at an Iraqi police station in support of the democratic elections. Story

Predators Protect Troops in Iraq
LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq, Feb. 9, 2005 — The loud roars of Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons here are familiar reminders of close-air support, but unmanned Predators silently swarm the skies protecting troops by different means. Story

Battalion's Heroism Honored
CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Feb. 9, 2005 — The 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, together with a company of Oregon National Guard Soldiers, rounded out their service in Iraq with the presentation of heroic medals Feb. 8 here. Story

Infantry Division Troops Reach Out and Touch
CAMP LIBERTY, Baghdad, Feb. 9, 2005 — During their first rotation in Iraq, the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division had difficulty staying in touch with loved ones back home. But, now numerous methods of communication are in place. Story

Operation Trailblazer Makes Iraqi Roads Safer
Marine Motor Transport Keeps Battalion Mobile
Marines Win Hearts, Minds Across Southwestern Iraq
Troops Assist with Joint Coordination Center
Military Historian: 'Every Soldier Has a Story'

Jalalabad Team Assesses Needs, Delivers Aid
Afghan Academy Welcomes First Cadets
'America’s Battalion' Takes Fight to Enemy

Contracting Officer Experiences Frontline Action in Iraq
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Feb. 10, 2005 — U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Ed Ruckwardt was in his office in Iraq when the quietness of the day was interrupted by a loud explosion that made the ground rumble under his feet and the trailer he worked in shake. Story

Network Brings World Families
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2005 — Moving to unfamiliar places can make anyone feel a bit like a fish out of water, but Caroline Peabody is attempting to help by "making the world a home for military families." Story

Kennedy Sailors Meet NFL Players

Troops Help Injured Iraqi Police
Iraqi Pilots Get C-130 Training
Highway Patrolmen Graduate
Al Kasik Base Rebuilding Continues
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghanistan Daily Update

Rumsfeld Discusses North Korea
Meeting to Cover 'National Caveats'
NATO Topics: Iraq, Afghanistan
'Amazing' Things Happening in Iraq
Bush Thanks Poland for Iraq Effort
Rice Discusses Iran Nuclear Issue
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Navy Security Units Deploy to Cuba
Army Seeks Special Recruiters
Center Offers Respite for Wounded
National Guard, Reserve Update