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Sunday, October 09, 2005


Today, at 5:01:59 pm, IWT's 500,000th visitor stopped by.

Visitor 500,000 was a Comcast cable user, from the U.S.

Thanks to everyone who has visited this site - especially to those of you who are regular visitors. Since I started blogging on IWT (and on our old site at Iraq War News), I've always seen this as one of the ways that I can help support our troops, and I'm glad there are so many folks out there who've seen it as being worth the read. I hope you'll continue to stop by.


The CH-46 D/E Sea Knight helicopter provides the military with cargo and troop transportation. Non-destructive inspection Marines ensure that the the aircraft and its parts have no potentially dangerous cracks or breaks.

Photo by: Lance Cpl. Alec Kleinsmith

Read the Story Associated with this photo - at Marine Corps News

In Today's News - Sunday, October 9, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Those who suggest that pulling out of Iraq will remove the incentive for radicals to join the jihad are mistaken."
-- Oliver North

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Iraq to impose stiff security for vote on constitution
Iraq Urges Citizens to Vote in Referendum

Operation Enduring Freedom
Land Mine Kills Soldier in Afghanistan

Welcome Home!
Marines, Sailors Return to Pendleton from Iraq
Miramar Marine Unit Returns from Deployment

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Bali Police Drop Bomber Suspect Pics
Memo: NYC Attack Was Planned for Sunday
Al Qaeda puts out hiring call

Hurricane Season
Amtrak Returns to New Orleans
New Orleans Mayor Proposes Gambling

Other News of Note
Second son called likely heir to Kim

Fox News
Two Dead in Iraq Car Bombing
Driverless Vehicles Race Across Desert
3rd Arrest in NYC Threat
Asian Earthquake Claims 30,000
Fast Facts: Earthquake Facts
Fast Facts: Major Quakes in 2005
Photo Essay: South Asian Earthquake

Reuters: Top News
Israel kills Palestinian gunman in West Bank clash
Iraq-corpse Web site operator held for obscenity
Guatemala may declare mudslide Mayan mass grave
Bush takes on conservatives over Miers
Letter shows Cheney aide was prodded in leak probe
China says survey shows Everest shorter
Croats donate blood to see key soccer game

AP World News
4 British Officials Hurt in Afghan Blast
Cuban Migration to U.S. Hits 10-Year High
Gaza Border Security Agreement Nears
Venezuelans March in Support of Land Plan
Group Condemns African Migrants' Expulsion
Official: Haiti Likely to Delay Elections
Soccer Star, Ex-Warlords Seek Liberia Vote
Troops Ask Iraqis to Help Find Insurgents
Arab League Warns of Civil War in Iraq
Nations Hail Project to Destroy Nuke Fuel
Poland Prepares for Presidential Election

The Seattle Times
Delphi files for bankruptcy
Homeowners' tax breaks scrutinized
Security tightens ahead of Iraq vote
BBC interviewer joins Al Jazeera
Clinton aides challenge claim by ex-FBI chief
Opportunity brewing for Starbucks in China
Clinton inducted into Women's Hall of Fame
4 British officials hurt in Afghan blast

Chicago Sun-Times
U.S. intercepts terrorist letter detailing plot
N.Y. mayor defends warning public of plot
Battered Marine unit home
Family to send hundreds of sweet treats to troops

Boston Globe: World
West Bank conflict brews after Gaza
Detainees tune in to family
Oil from sand a booming commodity
China opens meeting on poverty gap
Anxiety high amid rubble of Islamabad apartment complex
Koreas cooperate to rebuild a Buddhist temple
Justice comes by boat to Brazilian Amazon
Air Force Academy's No. 3 Gets new Job
Pentagon Seeks Leeway to Approach Citizens
Coalition Forces Kill 4 Afghan Officers
Troops may Stay on in New Orleans
The Expiration of BAQ/VHA Polices

Department of Defense
Soldiers Die During Operation River Gate — Story
U.S. Soldier Killed by Blast in Afghanistan — Story
Intel from Raids Leads to Security Hike — Story
Coalition Forces Ready for Referendum — Story Video
Major Offensive Operations Continue in Iraq
Roadside Bomb Blasts Kill Six Marines in Iraq

U.S., Iraqi Forces Deliver School Supplies
Taji Depot Ramps Up Training, Supply Efforts

'Lab in a Suitcase' Improves Afghan Hospital
Red Horse Engineers Tackle Bagram Upgrade

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghanistan Daily Update

Terror Plots, Casings, Infiltrations
Bush Maps Strategy for Victory
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

System Supplies Troops Faster
National Guard, Reserve Update

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Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


National Hurricane Center

Today in History
0680 - Husain ibn 'Ali, Shi'ite religious leader, is brutally killed (along with his family), in Karbala (the Muslim holy day of Ashurah is based on this).
1000 - Ericson discovers "Vinland" (possibly New England).
1635 - Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1701 - The Collegiate School of CT (Yale U) is chartered in New Haven.
1837 - The steamboat Home sinks off NC, killing 100.
1876 - The first two-way telephone conversation occurs (also the first over outdoor wires).
1877 - In Cleveland, the American Humane Association is organized.
1888 - The public is first admitted to the Washington Monument.
1903 - New York City sees 11" of rainfall in 24 hrs.
1915 - Woodrow Wilson becomes the first U.S. President to attend a World Series game (World Series #12).
1930 - Laura Ingalls (not that one) completes the first transcontinental flight by a woman. completed, Laura Ingalls
1936 - The Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
1947 - The first telephone conversation between a moving car and a plane takes place.
1960 - Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Eddie LeBaron throws the shortest ever touchdown pass (2").
1961 - Tanganyika becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
1962 - NASA civilian test pilot John B. McKay takes the X-15 to 39,200 m.
1963 - Uganda becomes a republic within the British Commonwealth.
1970 - The Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence.
1975 - Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
1977 - Soyuz-25 is launched to Saluyt-6, but returns after it fails to dock.
1983 - Four South Korean cabinet ministers are assassinated in Rangoon, Burma.
1984 - Kathy Sullivan becomes the first American woman to walk in space.
1986 - The U.S. Senate convicts U.S. District Judge Harry E. Claiborne, making him the fifth federal official to be removed from office through impeachment.
1990 - Saddam Hussein threatens to hit Israel with a new missile

1547 - Miguel de Cervantes, novelist (Don Quixote)
1757 - Charles X, reactionary king of France (1824-30); deposed
1782 - Lewis Cass (Gov-MI)
1899 - Bruce Catton, civil war historian
1908 - James E. Folsom (Gov-AL 1947-51, 1955-59)
1918 - E. Howard Hunt, involved in the Watergate break-in
1924 - Robert Rushworth, pilot (X-15)
1940 - Gordon Humphrey (Sen-NH); John Lennon, musician (The Beatles)

1934 - King Alexander of Yugoslavia, assassinated by Georgief, a Croatian terrorist
1958 - Pope Pius XII
1967 - Che Guevara, executed in Bolivia
1988 - Felix Wankel, developer of the Wankel rotary engine

Reported Missing in Action
Tanner, Charles N., USN (TN); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Terry), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Terry, Ross R., USN (FL); F4B shot down (RIO, w/Tanner), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Clements, James A., USAF (TX); F105 shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - R.I.P. March, 1997.

The following lost when the rotor blades of a UH1D struck trees during an extraction, and it crashed in Long Khanh Province, Vietnam.

Driver, Dallas A., US Army (VA)

Garbett, Jimmy R., US Army (FL)

Moore, Raymond G., US Army (OH)

Suydam, James L, US Army (NJ)

Turner, James H., US Army (OH); crew