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Monday, April 18, 2005

CAR BOMB — An explosion from a second car bomb aimed at U.S. and Iraqi forces showing up to inspect the first car bomb that detonated an hour earlier, in South Baghdad, Iraq, April 14, 2005. The attack was aimed at the Iraqi police force. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ronald Shaw Jr.

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All is well. Gotta run, but here's a couple of pics from yesterday out at -------------------. The guy with the very tanned face is my Plt Sgt, SFC D----. The other guy is SFC W----- my asst convoy cmdr, the older guy who volunteered to return to active duty and has been here for a year and a half and just requested to extend again.

Semper Fidelis,
Matthew R M------
1stLt, USMC
----------,Convoy Security

Platoon Sgt and Asst. Convoy Commander

Platoon Sgt. SFC D----(on right), with me

Asst. Convoy Commander SFC W----- (in Iraq for a yr. and a half and just extended)

Assistant Convoy Commander with me

News Headlines - Monday, April 18, 2005 Associated Press
Iraqi security forces search farming town
Sharon considers delaying Gaza withdrawal
China blames Japan for diplomatic row
India, Pakistan vows better economic ties
G-7 officials press ahead on debt relief
Iraq car bomb kills American activist

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Sharon considering delaying Gaza pullout
Car Bomb Kills U.S. Humanitarian Worker In Iraq

US News: Iraq News
Iraqi Kidnapping Tale Combines a Perilous Mix of Fact and Rumor
Dozens of bodies found in Iraqi mass graves
Iraqi alliance may call for purge
Iraqi Alliance Seeks to Oust Top Officials Of Hussein Era
Change in Command: The Iraqis Learn the Ropes
150 Shias hostage in Iraq, battle on
U.S. aid worker killed in Baghdad
Residents say reports of hostage-taking in Iraqi town were hoax

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Iraqi forces say no sign of hostages in besieged town
Iraq Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier, Wounds Another

Ananova: War In Iraq
Boost for Keys bid to unseat Blair

Fox News
Possible Iraqi Hostage Hoax
Activist Murdered in Iraq
Israel May Delay Gaza Pullout
Report: North Korea Shuts Down Nuclear Reactor

Department of Defense
Coaltion Helps Afghans Confront Narcotics — Story
Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Prison Escapee Caught — Story
Taliban Likely to Step Up Violent Attacks — Story
Myers Challenges Editors to Tell Full Story — Story

'Buffalo' Finds Explosive Devices, Saves Lives — Story
Corps of Engineers Integral Part of Rebuilding — Story
Iraqi Judges Receive New Work Vehicles — Story
'America’s Battalion' Fulfills Promise to Teen — Story
Team Readies Airfield for Italian Troops — Story

Advanced Combat Helmet Saves Soldier’s Life
Team Maintains Law, Order at Tallil Air Base
Fallujah’s Only Hospital to be Rebuilt

Rumsfeld: Troops Earn Place in History Photos
Afghan Toddler Treated at Bagram for Burns

U.S. Troops Conduct Medical Civic Action Program
Battalion Helps Treat Herds in Dhamar Region

Rumsfeld Visits Troops in Kyrgyzstan

Truman's Carrier Air Wing 3 Returns from Deployment
Photos: Fox Company Marines Return from Iraq

Soldier to Compete in Marathon — Story
'First Response' Serves Troops
Troops' Mother Shows Resolve

Medal of Honor
Two Years in Iraq
'Gitmo' Detainee Camp

Two Soldiers Killed in Attacks
Suicide Bombers Are Mostly Foreign
Marine Killed in Action in Ramadi
Highway Patrol Ready for Duty
Reservist Earns Silver Star
Iraq Joins Maritime Exercise
Iraq Daily Update
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Tragedy Demonstrates Cooperation
Herat Airport Manager Shares View
Afghan Army Nabs Terror Suspect
Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Intel Nominees Approved
Official Briefs Senate on NSPS
Myers: Cooperation Grows Photos
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Deployments Mean Vaccinations
Wolfowitz Salutes Troops
Disabled Vets Praise New Program
Guard, Reserve Vital but Stressed
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine Casualty