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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Samarra's Most Wanted Captured

Iraqi soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army prepare to go on a raid of a suspected improvised explosive device trafficker, Jan. 18, 2006. The Iraqis from this unit do not have Humvees. They travel in small pick-ups with homemade gun turrets welded to the bed of the truck. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Jones

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Upperman, Military Integrated Transitional Training (MITT) team, and an Iraqi soldier from 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army interrogate a suspected insurgent during a predawn raid in Samarra, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Jones

Iraqi army soldiers man a security point outside the home of a suspected insurgent in Samarra, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Jones

Iraqi army soldiers stand guard outside the home of a known insurgent in Samarra, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Jones

from DefendAmerica

Down on the Border with Salena Zito

Sunday, January 29, 2006

If you ever happen to tag along with the Border Patrol after dark along the El Paso County, Texas, line and Mexico, be proficient in acronyms. And bring your night-vision paraphernalia.

Because once you are at the border, you are briefed about OTMs, MS-13s and SIAs. And you're warned that no lights are allowed since it sort of draws unwanted attention from the federales, armed men with anger issues...

Great stuff as usual...go read the rest

by Staff Sgt. Nic Raven
January 27, 2006A Soldier from Company B, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Division, Guam Army National Guard, provides security for Marines at a landing zone in Quaddi, Djibouti in Africa, where troops from both services dedicated a school. This photo appeared on

In Today's News - Sunday, January 29, 2006

Quote of the Day
“If my body dies, let my body die,
but do not let my country die."
-- Genghis Khan

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
New video shows hostages in Iraq
Britain Hopes to Lower Iraq Troop Numbers
Iraqis Leaving Religiously Mixed Areas

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghans See Mixed Results Post-Taliban

Hamas Rising
Hamas: We Won't Renounce Violence
Thousands of Fatah protest
Video: Violent March
Hamas Considers Using Militants in Army

Troops on Trial
U.S. Soldier Sentenced for Detainee Abuse

Moonbat Watch
Sheehan Considering Senate (Oh, good grief)

Supreme Court
Bush uses Democrats' praise to push Alito vote

Clinton sees hope to 'work through' Mideast crisis

Fox News
American Tragedy - NASA holds memorial ceremony
World Economic Forum Ends
Kidnappers Threaten to Kill Four Activists in Iraq
Bush Budget Will Cut Army Reserves, Jet Funding
Wash. Approves Gay Rights
Guidant Attorney Subpoenaed
Video: Husband of Slain Wife, Baby 'Person of Interest'
Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Ousted as Hawaii's Fish
Mistaken Identity LeadsCop to Shoot Fellow Cop
Pharmacists Sue Drug Store
Pentagon Probes 82nd Airborn Over Gay Porn Claims
Killer Collapse - 32 dead in Polish trade hall
Video: Deadly Collapse

Reuters: Top News
Crackdown on North Korea strains US-South ties
After four years, Enron's Lay and Skilling to face jury - Video
Calif. judge seeks clemency for man he sentenced
Climate expert says NASA bids to muzzle him: report
Pharmacists sue Walgreen over contraceptives
UN may use 'flu-casters' if pandemic hits
Cerberus, Citigroup among bidders for GMAC: sources
US, S.Korea to launch trade talks next week: source
Hollis-Eden up 19 pct on nuclear preparedness talk
Stocks close higher on earnings, rate outlook - Video
Take-Two shares fall 16 pct on analyst downgrade
Halliburton plans KBR IPO, says probes resolved
DeVry shares jump after strong 2nd-qtr earnings
Cheap housing
More growth expected for regional banks

AP World News
Visions of the Left Emerge in Venezuela
Horse Race Highlights Changing S. Africa
Georgia's Crisis Shows Region's Volatility
Pinochet Daughter Drops U.S. Asylum Bid
Iran, Russia to Expand Enrichment Plan
Much-Criticized Saddam Trial Set to Resume

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

National Guard, Reserve Update

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


Today in History
1574 - Sea battle of Reimerswaal - Admiral Boisot beats Spanish fleet
1587 - Deventer & Zutphen surrender to Spain
1613 - Galileo observes Neptune but fails to recognize what he sees
1676 - Fjodor Aleksejevitsj becomes czar of Russia
1802 - John Beckley of Virginia appointed 1st Librarian of Congress
1834 - President Jackson orders 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute
1845 - Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" 1st published (New York City NY)
1848 - Sicily accepts new Constitution (choose parliament/freedom of press)
1850 - Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate
1856 Victoria Cross established to acknowledge bravery
1860 - American College established in Rome by Pope Pius IX
1861 - Kansas becomes 34th state
1863 - Battle at Bear River WA - US Army vs Indians
1864 - Battle of Moorefield, WV (Rosser's Raid)
1879 - Custer Battlefield National Monument, Montana established
1886 - 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe
1895 - King Koko's Kopermannen assault on Akassa Niger, 100's killed
1896 - Emile Grubbe is 1st doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
1900 - Boers under Joubert beat English at Spionkop Natal, 2,000 killed
1912 - Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence MA
1916 - 1st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
1917 - English submarine K13 leaves Gaire Loch
1919 - Secretary of state proclaims the 18th amendment (prohibition)
1920 - Walt Disney starts 1st job as an artist; $40 week with Kansas City Slide Co
1922 - Union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador dissolved
1923 - 1st flight of the autogiro (Juan de la Cierva, Madrid Spain)
1927 - 4th German government of Marx forms
1929 - Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms
1942 - German & Italian troops occupy Benghazi
1943 - New Zealand's Kiwi cruiser collides with Japanese sub I-1 at Guadalcanal
1944 - 285 German bombers attack London
1949 - Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
1953 - 1st movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres
1958 - Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
1964 - Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
1966 - Snow storm in north east US kills 165
1968 - Nauru adopts constitution
1969 - Jimi Hendrix & Peter Townshend wage a battle of guitars
1976 - Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire
1979 - President Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years; Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington DC
1980 - 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of the Canadians
1984 - President Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term; Space Shuttle 41-B (STS-11) Challenger launched
1986 - Yoweri Museveni sworn in as President of Uganda
1987 - William J. Casey ends term as 13th director of CIA
1988 - Talks break down between Sandinistas and Contras; United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36 hours 54 minutes 15 seconds
1989 - Episcopal church appoints 1st female bishop
1989 - USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit
1990 - Exxon Valdez captain Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill
1991 - Battle for Khafji in Saudi Arabia begins; Nelson Mandela & Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet in Durban after 28 years
1998 - Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR; Woman's Clinic in Birmingham AL bombed, 1 killed

1584 - Frederik Hendrik, count of Nassau/Prince of Orange
1717 - Jeffrey Amherst, English Governor-General of America/field marshal
1737 - Thomas Paine, political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason)
1756 - Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (Governor-VA)/General/cavalryman
1761 - Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, US minister of Finance (1801-14)
1803 - James Outram Bulterley Hall, General
1821 - Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, Union Brigadier General
1823 - Franklin Gardner, Confederate Major-General (Civil War-fought at Shiloh & Port Hudson)
1836 - Benjamin Franklin Potts, Union Brevet Major General; James Meech Warner, Union Brigadier General
1843 - William McKinley, 25th US President (1897-1901)
1850 - Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)
1880 - W.C. Fields [William Claude Dukenfield], actor (My Little Chickadee, Bank Dick)
1908 - Adam Clayton Powell (Representative-NY, 1945-70)
1911 - George Burns, British Major-General
1915 - Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
1939 - O.P. Kolomitsev, cosmonaut
1942 - Arnaldo Mendez, 1st Cuban in space (Soyuz 38); Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez Cuba, cosmonaut (Soyuz 38); Richard Needham, British MP
1945 - James Nicholson, British MP
1951 - Earl Howe England, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

0969 - Peter, tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies
1559 - Sir Thomas Pope English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
1663 - Robert Sanderson Bishop of Lincoln (1660-63), dies
1696 - Ivan V co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), dies
1820 - George III, king of Great-Britain (1760-1820), dies at 81
1906 - Christaan IX, King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies
1928 - Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig/field marshal (WWI), dies at 66
1934 - Fritz Haber, German chemist (Nobel 1918), dies at 65
1941 - Ioannis Metaxas, Greek General/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
1946 - Harry L. Hopkins, US minister of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
1955 - Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947-55), dies at 51
1980 - Jimmy Durante, singer/comedian (Ink-a-dink-a-doo, Palooka, The Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
1988 - James R. Killian, Jr., MIT president (1948-59), dies at 83

Reported Missing in Action
Badolati, Frank N., US Army SF (NH); likely KIA

Hodgson, Cecil J., US Army SF (TX); patrol leader, likely KIA

Terry, Ronald T., US Army SF (NY); likely KIA

Silva, Claude Arnold, USAF (CO); F105F shot down

Mills, James Dale, USMC (TX); A4E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Mulleavey, Quinten Emile, US Army (NH)

White, Charles E., US Army SF (AL); fell from helicopter during extraction

Campbell, William E., USAF (TX); F4D shot down (w/Holton)

Holton, Robert E., USAF (MT); F4D shot down (w/Campbell)

Lineberger, Harold B., USAF (TX); OV10A shot down

Mixter, David I., US Army SF (CT); KIA, body not recovered