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Monday, February 26, 2007

Senior Airman Ricardo Reveles and Airman 1st Class Sven Bickham install an antenna and align a satellite dish for the best signal Feb. 17, at Balad Air Base, Iraq. The airmen are 332nd Communications Squadron satellite journeyman and support 50 installations in the region. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Doza

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Iraqi Police, Coalition Forces Discover Large EFP Cache

NOTE: Emphasis added to portions of this release by me. --Pam

An Iraqi Police officer from Jadidah, Iraq, and a Soldier from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, unearth a large improvised explosive device cache discovered near Baqubah, Iraq, Saturday.

PR# 022507-01
Feb. 25, 2007

BAQUBAH, Iraq – An informant’s tip led Iraqi Police officers from Judidah, Iraq, and Coalition Forces from the 1-12 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, to a large improvised explosive device cache in the Baqubah area Saturday.

The cache consisted of:

· 2 explosively formed projectiles in various stages of assembly

· One completed improvised mine and more than a dozen others in various stages of construction

· More than two dozen mortar rounds and 15 rockets

· Over 130 disks capable of producing as many individual EFPs

· Six rocket launchers

· Five anti-aircraft rounds

· Over two dozen RPG warheads

· More than 400 plastic and steel containers in various stages of fabrication for IED construction

· Large quantities of IED-making material such as detonation cord, C4, blasting caps, fuses, EFP launching tubes, bags of ball bearings and voltage regulators

"The vigilance of the Iraqi Police and the willingness of the people of Diyala to end the cycle of violence led to this discovery,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, 3-1 Cav. commander and senior U.S. Army officer in Diyala province.

A Coalition Forces explosive ordnance disposal unit safely disposed of some of the munitions with the majority of the cache being transferred to Forward Operating Base Warhorse.

"The terrorists and sectarian fighters who use these explosives have no other desire than to stop the progress of the country,” Sutherland said. “Their hatred manifests itself in the weapons that these supplies would have been used for. The people realize this and understand that progress is impossible without stopping the violence.

"The people are choosing, and they are choosing progress and development by
providing information,"
he added.

Cache, Cache 2
Iraqi Police officers from Jadidah, Iraq, in partnership with Coalition Forces from 1-12 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, discover a large improvised explosive device cache containing supplies for explosively formed projectiles near Baqubah, Iraq, Saturday.

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WEAPONS SEARCH – A U.S. soldier from 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, searches the shadows of a palm grove on a recent patrol in the area of Mahmudiyah, Iraq. Coalition and Iraqi army soldiers patrol this area together to deny the enemy safe haven and staging grounds to launch attacks. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jon Cano

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In Today's News - Monday, February 26, 2007

Quote of the Day
"I'm confident the American people understand
that when it comes to our security,
if we need to act, we will act,
and we really don't need
the United Nations' approval to do so.
When it comes to our security,
we really don't need anybody's permission."

-- President George W. Bush, March 6, 2003

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Major Weapons Cache Seized in Iraq
Baghdad blast kills 6, slightly wounds v-president - Video
Homicide Attack Kills at Least 41 at Baghdad College
Al-Sadr: U.S. to Fail in Iraq
Talabani Falls Ill
U.S. forces in Iraq say found more Iran-made weapons
Senate Democrat aims for U.S. troop limits in Iraq
Iraqi president in stable condition

Operation Enduring Freedom
Soldiers Assume Responsibility for Five Provinces in Afghanistan

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
VP Dick Cheney in Pakistan for Talks on Terror
Cheney wants Musharraf to hunt Taliban, al Qaeda
Bush to warn Pakistan on combating militants: report
Rice: Pakistan must control border area
Event held to aid West Bank settlers

Troops on Trial
Marines' lawyers had little time in Iraq
Family Of Accused Marine Launches Web Site In His Defense (A Connecticut Marine)

Fallen Heroes
Ceremony Honors Troops Killed in Gulf War
East Hartford Soldier Dies In Iraq (A Connecticut Soldier)

Other Military News
Military's Mental Health System Questioned
Pressures on Guard Concern Governors
Transcript: Gates, Giambastiani at Walter Reed
Wounded Should Not Have to Battle Bureaucracy

Religion of Peace??
Kite Flying Turns Deadly in Pakistan (This is just unreal)

Worldwide Wackos
Iran: Nuke Program Like Train 'Without Brakes'
Iran Says Rocket Space Launch a Success
West mulls Iran sanctions; U.S., Tehran swap warnings
Iran needs "stop button" on nuclear program: Rice - Video (Funny...I think there may be an entirely different "button" needed here...)
Food aid, reunions on table when two Koreas meet

Politics / Government
National Presidential Primary Day?
February 5: National Presidential Primary Day?
Report: Al Sharpton's Ancestors Were Slaves Owned by Strom Thurmond's Relatives (Yikes...)

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Seven Wounded in Florida Strip Club Shooting
Warrant Issued in Fla. Teen's Kidnapping

U.N. News
U.N. Food Aid Ship Hijacked off Somalia
U.S. warship heads for vessel hijacked off Somalia (Yep, it's the U.S.....bailing out the U.N. again...don't worry, they'll still stab us in the back whenever they can)
U.N. top court says Srebrenica massacre genocide

Science / Medicine / Technology
Europe's space probe swings by Mars
States beat Washington to renewable energy

Mother Nature
Officials Investigate Jaguar's Fatal Attack on Zookeeper in Denver
Arkansas Cleans Up After Tornadoes
Snow Heads East After Pummeling Plains
Global warming worries to boost renewables

News from My Neck of the Woods
Icy Weather Slows Travel in East - PHOTO ESSAY

Out There: Thrift Store Book Makes Toddler Rich
Man aged 107 forsakes sex for longevity: paper

Other News of Note
Denver Broncos Running Back Damien Nash May Have Had Heart Ailment
NYC KFC-Taco Bell Passed Inspection Day Before Rats Caught on Tape
Welfare state growing despite overhauls

Fox News
And the Oscar Goes to...
Martin Scorsese shakes Academy Award curse
Stars Make Fashion Statements at Oscars - PHOTO ESSAY
Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' Wins at Oscars (Oh, brother)
Ellen DeGeneres Comfortable as Oscar Host
List of Oscar Winners
Farrakhan Talks Unity in 'Last' Big Speech
Katie Holmes Is Alive and Well, Thanks

Reuters: Top News
Indonesia closes border with East Timor
Japanese whaling ship clears Antarctic danger zone
Indonesia police to probe sinking of scorched ferry
DoCoMo to offer electronic payment at McDonald's
Google in video talks with Dow Jones - Times
Philippines challenges India for outsourced dollar
China AIDS activists laud documentary Oscar - Video
Indian woman killed by in-laws over AIDS suspicion
Silver and artistry sparkle on Oscar's red carpet - Video
Oil resumes climb away from $61 - Video
Gold approaches $700 as Iran watched
Iran tension spills over onto financial markets
Nikkei at 7-year closing high
Stocks to take consumers' pulse
First the bad, then the good
ING eyes new China A-share fund
TXU agrees to KKR, Texas Pacific buyout: report
Station Casinos accepts $5.5 bln offer: report
Daimler mulls GM stake to pay for Chrysler unit: FT
Buffett to assess blowout year, look to future
Australia's Woolworths H1 profit seen up 25 pct
Conditions set for Televisa cable buy

AP World News
TXU agrees to $32B sale to private firms
Anna Nicole Smith fight goes to Bahamas
BitTorrent to launch movie, TV downloads
Post Office may issue 'forever' stamp
No. 2 Ohio State tops No. 1 Wisconsin
Slower economic growth is predicted
Memorable Oscars night for black actors
Suns wins 13th in a row against the East
Nissan joins Renault to build car plant
JetBlue cancels 68 JFK flights
Family challenges lesbian adoption
Poll: Limit Bush's Warfighting Power?
Road Warriors: Pimp Your Ride Now
DT: Learnin' From the Muj?
Podcast: A Walter Reed Volunteer Speaks
Op-ed: Russia Up to No Good
Blog: USMC at War, USA at the Mall

CENTCOM: Press Releases

Secretary of Defense visits Joint Forces Command
USJFCOM partners with ACT to sponsor NATO urban workshop - podcast
JPADS continues to improve the way it delivers aerial drops to the warfighter - podcast

Pace Carries Message of Thanks Across America - Story
‘Gyrenes’ Honor Chairman at University Gala - Story
Japanese Ambassador Honors Wounded Veterans - Story

More Headline News
Cheney Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Asia, Pacific
Citizens Must Take 'Ownership' to Preserve Freedoms
Missile Defenses Would Shield Against Iran
DoD Salutes African-American Servicemembers

Military News
Pace Visits 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Chairman Presents Awards for Heroism in Iraq
Officials Overhaul Disability Evaluation System
Online Tool Helps Troops Pick Right Water Purifiers

War on Terror
Forces Conduct Humanitarian Ops
Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists in Iraq
Four U.S. Soldiers Killed, 3 Wounded
Security Operations Continue

America Supports You
Anchorage Honors Military - Story
'Treasure Hunt' Raises Funds
Love Leads to Support Group
Vets Get Chance to Make Dough

New Agency Director to Guide DoD Business Transformation - Story
Iraqi Riverine Assault Company Brings New Strategy to River
Training Becomes More Realistic
Propane Plant Fuels Alternatives
New Program Encourages Savings

Face of Defense
Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan
Soldier Returns to Defend Title
Volunteer Leads With Passion
Soldier Survives Sniper's Bullet

Army Engineers Oversee Road Construction - Story
Afghan Doctors Learn New Medical Techniques - Story
Eighteen Graduate from Iraqi Nursing Course - Story
Soldier Spearheads Shoe Drive for Iraqi Children - Story

U.S. Marines, Sailors Help Clean Up Local School

Marine Security Detail Escorts Battlefield Leader
U.S. Army Instructor Proud of Iraqi Trainees
Troops Employ Concrete Solution in Baghdad
'Black Falcons' Put Boots on the Ground

Father, Son Paratroopers Serve in Afghanistan
Desert Hawk Takes Command of Aviation Ops


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
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

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

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
1266 - Battle of Benevento
1531 - Earthquake in Lisbon, Portugal, kills 20,000
1590 - Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda
1616 - Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1797 - Bank of England issues 1st £1-note
1804 - Vice-Admiral William Bligh ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad
1815 - Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1832 - Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Czar Nicholas I
1848 - Marx & Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto"; 2nd French Republic forms
1852 - British frigate Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die
1862 - Battle of Woodburn, KY
1863 - Lincoln signs National Currency Act
1869 - 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
1870 - 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
1881 - Natal British troops under General-Major Colley occupy Majuba Hill
1884 - British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
1885 - Congress of Berlin, gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to England
1895 - Michael Owens of Toledo, OH, patents a glass-blowing machine
1916 - Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930; Russian troops conquer Kermansjah, Persia
1919 - Acadia National Park established (as Lafayette National Park), Maine; Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1923 - Italian nationalist & fascists merge (blue-shirts & black-shirts)
1924 - Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
1925 - Jihad-Saint war against Turkish government
1933 - Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
1935 - Germany began Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H. Goering; New York Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves; RADAR-Radio Detection & Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)
1936 - Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"; Military coup in Japan
1938 - 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
1940 - US Air Defense Command established at Mitchell Field, Long Island NY
1941 - Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews; Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1942 - WWII Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"; German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb; Werner Heisenberger informs Nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen"
1943 - German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
1944 - 1st female US navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
1945 - Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force
1949 - USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
1951 - Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
1952 - PM Winston Churchill announces that Britain has its own atomic bomb; Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference
1953 - Allen W. Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
1954 - 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy, MA; Michigan Representative Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
1955 - 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed - G.F. Smith
1960 - Soviet premier Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia
1962 - US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
1965 - Dutch Government of Marijnen falls; W. Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
1972 - Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek WV, kills 125
1977 - 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
1979 - Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
1980 - Egypt & Israel exchange ambassadors for the 1st time; Military coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
1981 - 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since August 1980 are released
1984 - Last US marines in multinational peace-keeping force in Lebanon leave Beirut; Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse
1986 - Former Philippines President Ferdinand E Marcos flees in defeat
1987 - NASA launches GEOS-H; Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
1990 - USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991
1991 - Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
1993 - World Trade Center bombed, 7 die
1998 - Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)

1361 - Wenceslas of Bohemia, Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)
1802 - Victor Hugo France, author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
1837 - Charles Woeste, Belgian count/minister of Justice
1841 - Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer, English Consul-General (Egypt)
1842 - Camille Flammarion, Mars researcher & popularizer of astronomy
1845 - Alexander III, Russian tsar (1881-94)
1846 - William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
1852 - John Harvey Kellogg, surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
1861 - Ferdinand I, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18)
1866 - Herbert Henry Dow. pioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical)
1869 - Nadezjda K. Krupskaj,a Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin
1876 - Agustin P. Justo y Rolon, President of Argentina (1931-38)
1882 - Walter Lucht German artillery general (WWI/WWII)
1896 - Andrei A. Zjdanov, Russian politician (against kosmopolitism)
1911 - Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia MP chairman
1916 - Jackie Gleason, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)
1917 - Robert Taft, Jr. (Senator-OH)
1918 - Otis R. Bowen, US Secretary of Health & Human Services (1985-89)
1924 - Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89)
1926 - Konstantin P. Feoktistov Voronezh, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1)
1928 - Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16); Antoine "Fats" Domino, rhythm & blues pianist/singer (Blueberry Hill)
1931 - Robert D. Novak, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
1932 - Johnny Cash, country singer (I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues)
1958 - Susan J. Helms, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78)

- Godfried III with the Hump, duke of Netherlands-Lutherian, murdered
1154 - Rogier II Guiscard, King of Sicily (1101-54), dies at 60
1577 - Erik XIV Wasa, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies at 43
1686 - Godefroi L Earl d'estrades, French diplomat/marshal, dies at about 78
1726 - Maximilian II M. Emanuel, elect of Bavaria/governor of Netherlands, dies
1871 - Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
1901 - Chi-hsui, during Boxer Rebellion in China, beheaded
1903 - Richard J. Gatling, US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
1931 - Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
1961 - Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
1965 - Jimmie Lee Jackson civil rights activist, dies of injuries
1969 - Levi Eshkol [Sjkolnik], Israeli premier, dies; Golda Meir takes over 3/17
1981 - Munabi, assistant to Ugandan President Obote, murdered
1990 - Maurine Stuart Zen, teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association)
1997 - Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone, car Designer, dies at 82

Reported Missing in Action
Newton, Donald S., US Army (CA); disappeared while on patrol (wi/Wills)

Wills, Francis D., US Army (MD); disappeared while on patrol (w/Newton)

Harrison, Larry G., US Army (NC); OH6A shot down (w/Swanson)

Swanson, Jon E., US Army (CO); OH6A shot down (w/Harrison)

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