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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

San Diego (Aug. 28, 2006) - Quartermaster 1st Class Rhonda Aubert, assigned to Inshore Boat Unit Five One (IBU-51), stands forward gunner watch on a control boat in the San Diego Harbor in support of Exercise Seahawk 2006. The exercise is a combination of anti-terrorism and force protection training involving units from U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC). In January, the Navy created the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, bringing EOD, Naval Coastal Warfare, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support functions and the Seabees under one umbrella. NECC integrates all war fighting requirements for expeditionary combat and combat support elements. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer A. Villalovos

Ahmadinejad: low expectations on UN accountability (from Jihad Watch)

And given the UN's track record on halting Iran's nuclear program so far, why should he think otherwise, even as the August 31 deadline arrives tomorrow?

From AFP:

TEHERAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said it was ‘unlikely’ the UN Security Council would act against Iran over its nuclear programme.

‘We have said everything in our response. I think the time to use the
instrument of the Security Council has expired,’ he told reporters, referring to
an Iranian answer to a Western package of incentives over its nuclear

‘I see it as unlikely that they want to use it (the Security Council).
Using nuclear energy is Iran’s right and we want to use it according to
international law.’

Read the Rest at Jihad Watch

BOMB SQUAD — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Randolph Corvin, with the 741st Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Fort Bliss, Texas, diffuses an improvised explosive device at an Afghan border police compound just north of Bari Kowt, Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border, Aug. 26, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Army Spc. Bem Minor

For some, results come quickly in Adhamiyah

Iraqi Police search a mosque suspected of being a safe haven for insurgents in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad, Aug. 27. Department of Defense photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin.

Tuesday, 29 August 2006
By Pfc. Paul David Ondik
4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division

FOB LOYALTY — Two Iraqi kidnap victims were freed Wednesday by U.S. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division in the Adhamiyah district of eastern Baghdad. U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces are in the area as part of the expansion of Operation Forward Together.

Describing the scene, Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, said they observed an Iraqi man running from a house nearby their position. When they caught up to him, he said he and a friend were being held there against their will.

The victim said he escaped when his kidnappers, hearing the sound of Coalition Humvees nearby, fled to the roof of the building in which he was being held.

“The guy was running away, and we actually had to catch up to him,” said Spc. Kenneth Correa. “He said that his friend was still in the house.”

The kidnappers managed to flee the scene before the troops were able to cordon off the area.

The victims, a Shiite and a Sunni Muslim, told the Soldiers they had been riding motorcycles and had just crossed the A’ Iamma bridge going into Adhamiyah when they were surrounded by four armed men, also on motorcycles. The assailants forced them to an area south of the Abu Hanifa Mosque, at which point the victims were transfered into the back of a vehicle and taken to the home where U.S. forces eventually found them.

The escape and rescue mark just the most recent case of liberation involving troops from the unit. Ten kidnap victims have been freed in just the past two weeks.

“Over the last couple of months, (kidnapping) has been one of the focuses,” said Lt. Col. Brian Winski, commander, 1st Sqdn., 61st Cav. Regt.

Although many kidnappings in the area are motivated by sectarian tensions, it is unlikely this particular incident falls into that category, Winski said.

An investigation is underway, with U.S. Soldiers questioning nearby residents.

The victims were released to Iraqi Police near their home in Baghdad’s Khadamiyah neighborhood.

A U.S. Army Soldier with 1st Battalion, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division takes a tactical position during a firefight with insurgents in Adhamiyah, Aug. 20. The Soldiers were assisting Iraqi Army Soldiers attached to 6th Iraqi Army Division and Iraqi Police officers in securing the streets for Iraqi citizens. Department of Defense photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith W. DeVinney.Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers surrounded the home. Inside they found the second victim, whose hands and feet were bound.

by Spc. Bem Minor
August 29, 2006
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division patrol Paktika Province, Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border.

In Today's News - Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Eternal Vigilance is the price of freedom."
-- Author Unknown

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Violence Erupts Across Baghdad
52 die in various bombings
Iraq Pipeline Blast Kills 36
Progress made in curbing Iraq disorder
Blast Kills 24 at Iraqi Market District

Homeland Security / War on Terror
UK charges three more suspects in airline bomb probe - Video
Kurdish rebels warn of "hell" after Turkey blasts - Video
Teams vie for U.S. border security contract
New Task Force to Spearhead War on Terror

Other Military News
Rumsfeld warns against appeasement

Mid-East Ceasefire
13 Days in Captivity - Hostage journalists tell of Gaza ordeal
Videos: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
U.N. Chief Annan Calls on Israel to End Blockade
Bomb Victims to Get $33,000
Israel kills 6 Palestinians, including 3 militants- Video

Worldwide Wackos
Venezuela's Chavez arrives in Syria - Video
Ex-Iran President Khatami gets U.S. visa

Homegrown Moonbats
Iranian President Challenges Bush to Televised Debate

Politics / Government
Kerry Blames Ohio GOP Gov. Candidate for '04 Loss
Rumsfeld: Bush Critics Trying To Appease 'New Fascism'
South Dakota Governor Calls Halt to Execution
Frist May Not Have Met Med License Qualifications

In the Courts
Ken Starr Appeals Alaska 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Case

U.N. News
U.S., Britain seek vote on UN troops for Darfur - Video

Mother Nature
Ernesto Hits Florida Without Power Once Feared- Hurricane John Slams Mexico
New Orleans Marks Katrina One-Year Anniversary
Bush sees second chance for New Orleans - Video
Rebuild New Orleans wetlands: architect
Retailers back affordable homes for Katrina victims
New Orleans remembers Katrina with style
Slidell Remembers

Balloon Fire Kills Clown
Austrian 'Dungeon Girl' Home Searched for Hidden Rooms
S.Korean divorces: quicker and cheaper than a movie
Misidentified wreck victim back in class
Hemingway home is the cat's meow
Brazilian woman has 14-pound baby

Other News of Note
Polygamist Nabbed
FBI nets most-wanted fugitive
Video: Police Presser
Jeffs Captured

Fox News
Controller Turned Back as Ky. Flight Took Wrong Runway
Report: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il May Be in China
Illinois Girl Gets 53 Years in Jail for Killing Schoolmate
Driver Kills One, Injures 14 With SUV in California
Stocks to Watch: Novell
Getting Bigger
U.S. losing battle of the bulge
DA Defends JonBenet Arrest - Video: 'Responsibility Is Mine'
Shuttle Rolled Back to Pad
SAT Scores See Huge Drop
Man Charged in Deaths of 7 Detroit Prostitutes
Rain Puts Damper on Open
Full U.S. Open Coverage

Reuters: Top News
AT&T says hackers accessed customers' cards - Video
Consumers gloomy, Fed minutes show less gloom - Video
Data show one in eight Americans in poverty
Shuttle back on track for September launch
World Bank logs largest ever greenhouse gas deal
Microsoft Windows Vista goes on sale at Amazon
Officials to re-examine studies of emergency treatments
Fewer allergic kids exposed to peanuts by mistake
Dark American tales light up Venice film festival
Dylan's new album "Modern Times" wins rave reviews
Stocks advance on Fed minutes - Video
Novell forecast falls short of expectations
Australia's Foster's says no takeover approaches
Nikkei flat in thin trade
First Horizon falls as mortgages hurt profit
A decline, not a bust
Lenders' share decline broadens
Google CEO joins Apple's board
Schering-Plough to pay $435 million to settle probe
Penney's chief sets sights on growth plan
True Religion CEO says Street undervalues company
Consumers gloomy, Fed minutes show less gloom

AP World News
NTSB: Tower didn't notice deadly mistake
Jessica Simpson is ordered on vocal rest
Whoa, Nellie! Warriors rehire Don Nelson
Dow closes up 18, Nasdaq finishes up 12
Report: Doctors' $275M study questioned
Foxy Brown tries to withdraw guilty plea
High Cost may Slow F-22 Raptor
Alabama Guard Defends Travel Policy

CENTCOM: News Releases



UR 2015 multinational participation combines operational experience with cultural heritage - podcast
Joint Systems Baseline Assessment 2006 prepares for operational stage - podcast

Department of Defense
American Grit Will Mean Victory - Story
Al-Maliki: No Civil War in Iraq
Abizaid Has Confidence in Baghdad Plan
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Concert Gives Soldiers a Break from War - Story
45th Sustainment Brigade Assumes Command - Story
‘Gators’ Prowl Highways Surrounding Fallujah - Story

Medics Provide Health Services to Villagers
Iraqi Army Soldiers Get Behind the Wheel
Joint Effort Decreases Terrorist Activity
Pendleton Marines Prepare for Deployment Photos
Four-Legged Protectors Get Care Packages
Community Takes Action Toward Peace
Helping Iraqi Youth a Rewarding Experience

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

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

Officials Identify Casualties - Story

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
1850 - Honolulu, HI becomes a city.
1862 - CSA General Robert E. Lee defeats Union General John Pope at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run (Manassas).
1862 - In Tennessee, Confederates defeat Union forces at the Battle of Altamont.
1885 - 13,000 meteors are seen in one hour near Andromeda.
1905 - Ty Cobb's has his first major league at bat.
1916 - In Germany Paul Von Hindenburg becomes Chief-of-General-Staff.
1941 - Nazi forces begin their Siege of Leningrad.
1944 - Soviet troops enter Bucharest, Romania.
1945 - Hong Kong is liberated from Japan.
1963 - The Hot Line communications link between Washigton, DC & Moscow begins.
1967 - The U.S. Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American Justice.
1976 - Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of the Today Show.
1979 - While on a canoe trip in Plains, GA, President Carter is attacked by a rabbit.
1983 - The 8th Space Shuttle Mission (Challenger-3) is launched.
1984 - The 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D, Discovery-1) is launched.
1986 - Soviet authorities arrest Nicholas Daniloff (U.S. News & World Report)

- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author ("Frankenstein")
1837 - Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur, wife of President Chester A. Arthur.
1852 - Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff Neth, physical chemist, Nobel Prize winner (1901)
1871 - Ernest Lord Rutherford, physicist; discovered atomic nucleus
1884 - Theodor Svedberg, chemist (worked with colloids), Nobel Prize winner (1926)
1893 - Huey P. Long, (Gov/Sen- LA)
1901 - Roy Wilkins, civil rights director (NAACP)
1931 - John L. Swigert, Jr., astronaut (Apollo 13)

30 BC
- Cleopatra, seventh and most famous Queen of Egypt, suicide
1483 - King Louis XI of France (1461-83)
1879 - CSA General John B. Hood (lost Atlanta)
1930 - William H. Taft, 27th US President
1981 - Mohammad Ali Rajai, president of Iran, and Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, both assassinated by a bomb

Reported Missing in Action
Hoff, Sammie D., USAF (TX); F4C shot down (B/N, w/Robinson), remains returned December, 1988

Robinson, Kenneth D., USAF (IN); F4C shot down (pilot, w/Hoff), remains returned December, 1988

Allard, Michael John, USN (WI); A4E shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Peralta, Benjamin R., US Army; AWOL