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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

MAIL'S IN — U.S. sailors help unload mail and stores from the cargo area of an MH-53E Sea Dragon assigned to the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Counter Measure Squadron 15 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman on March 10, 2005.The Truman is underway in the Persian Gulf in support of the war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Ricardo J. Reyes

In Today's News - Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Quote of the Day
The American Flag
When freedom, from her mountain height
Unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night
And set the stars of glory there.
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies,
Then from his mansion in the sun
She called her eagle-bearer down
And gave into his mighty hand
The symbol of her chosen land.
-- Joseph Rodman Drake Associated Press
Lebanese in Beirut for anti-Syrian protest
Kurds, Shiites push ahead on Iraq gov't
Israel to hand over Jericho this week
Anthrax detected at two Pentagon mailrooms
Official: 22 die in Filipino jail assault

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Iran says Tehran has offered Europe a deal

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
US intelligence agencies make headway on reform
Kurds, Shiites discuss forming coalition government

The US News: Iraq News
2 Relatives of Hussein and Ex-Aide Are Arrested
Tortuous Trail: From a Bombing in Iraq to Fury at a Family in Jordan
Gunmen kill Iraqi cameraman in Mosul
Shiites in Najaf want Iraqi citizenship for Sistani
Iraqi Politicians Negotiate Composition of New Government
Platoon Leader Pleads Guilty in Iraq Case
Ukraine begins to withdraw its troops from Iraq Tuesday
Suicide car bomb explodes in Baghdad
Sensors detect anthrax at Pentagon mail facilities
Beirut sees biggest protest so far
Police storm Manila jail, 21 die
Israel agrees to hand over cities
U.N. West Bank plan
U.S. crackdown on Central American gang nets 103

Fox News
Blasts Rock Baghdad
Anthrax Scare in D.C. Mail
Bombing Near Kosovo Presidential Convoy
China: U.S. Has Misunderstood New Law
Russia Paid for Rebel Info
Iran Wants European Backing
Italy Likely to Stay in Iraq
Israel to Hand Over Jericho
Cops Kill 22 in Prison Raid

Department of Defense
Initial Anthrax Detection LeadsTo Pentagon Facility Evacuation— Story
Iraqi Forces Aim for Independent Ops – Story
Iraqis Increasingly Taking Fight to Enemy
Training Prepared Division for Deployment — Story
General Reflects on Afghan Achievements
Task Force Lays Foundation for Stability — Story

Iraqis Train Iraqis at Tikrit Academy — Story
Family Readiness Group Part of Unit’s Success — Story
Seabee Divers Survey Iraqi Piers in Umm Qasr — Story
Cavalry Troops Patrol Sha’ab Neighborhood — Story
Operation Crayon Provides Supplies, Hope — Story

Military Working Dogs Sniff Out Trouble
Inspections, Canines Keep Veterinarians Busy

Personnel Specialists Keep Mission Moving

Airman Appreciates Opportunities in Military — Story

Singer Has Veteran’s Perspective — Story
'Patriotic Pillows' Convey Support

Iraqis Thwart Kidnapping
2 U.S. Contractors, Soldier Killed
Rice: Iraq Still Faces Obstacles
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghans Praise U.S. Airmen
Concerns Addressed at 'Shuras'
Afghan Army Receives New Vehicles
Marines Attacked in Afghanistan
Afghanistan Daily Update

Myers Thanks Egyptians for Help
Cavalry Supports Border Mission
Detainee Transfer Announced

National Guard, Reserve Update

Today in History
44 BC - Julius Caesar is assassinated by Roman Senators.
933 - Henry the Fowler routs the Magyars in Germany.
1493 - Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.
1820 - Maine becomes the 23rd state.
1862 - General John Hunt Morgan begins four days of raids near Gallatin, Tenn.
1864 - The Red River Campaign begins with Union forces reaching Alexandria, La.
1892 - New York State unveils its new automatic ballot voting machine.
1903 - British forces complete the conquest of Nigeria.
1904 - Three hundred Russians are killed in the Japanese shelling of Port Arthur, Korea.
1909- Italy proposes a European conference on the Balkans.
1916 - General John Pershing and 15,000 troops chase Pancho Villa into Mexico.
1935 - Joseph Goebbels bans four Berlin newspapers.
1939 - Germany occupies Bohemia and Moravia, Czechoslovakia.
1944 - Cassino, Italy is destroyed by Allied bombing.
1949 - Clothes rationing in Great Britain ends.
1951 - French General de Lattre demands that Paris send more troops to Indochina.
1955 - The U.S. Air Force unveils the first self-guided missile.
1960 - Ten nations meet in Geneva to discuss disarmament.
1965 - Gamal Abdel Nasser is re-elected Egyptian President.
1967 - President Lyndon Johnson names Ellsworth Bunker new ambassador to Saigon.

1767 - Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.
1933 - Ruth Bader Ginsberg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.