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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

IN CONTROL - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Peter Pace is offered to sit in the cockpit of the Chinese Su-27 Flanker fighter while he visits Anshan Airfield, China, March 24, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

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Two key terrorist suspects detained

PR# 032307-01
March 23, 2007

KHALIS, Iraq – Coalition Forces from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, detained two key terrorist suspects this week in Diyala province.

“Corruption is a significant impediment in the progress of democracy and freedom within the province of Diyala and it adversely affects the confidence of the people,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, 3-1 Cav. commander and senior U.S. Army officer in Diyala.

Sadun Ibrahim Rashid Karim, a member of the Khalis judging council, was detained Monday for suspected ties to rogue militias and terrorist organizations. He is believed to be involved with the importation of weapons and explosives into Diyala, as well as association with cells responsible for attacks against the Iraqi people.

Juwad Bashir, the Khalis Iraqi Police Chief, was detained Wednesday for suspected ties to rogue militias, and the support and direction of death squads responsible for murders and kidnappings. Multiple reports indicate Juwad tortured Sunni prisoners and killed Sunni citizens.

“The Government of Iraq and Diyala are committed to the destruction of corruption in the government and security forces,” Sutherland added. “Coalition Forces within Diyala will assist them in their fight against fraud, just as we support the Iraqi Security Forces in the fight against terrorists.”

Both detainees were transferred to the Forward Operating Base Warhorse detention facility for further questioning.

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BARA BORDER — A U.S. Army soldier from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 162nd Field Artillery Regiment, pulls security while other soldiers talk with the Afghan National Police commander at the Bara Border checkpoint in the Gorbuz District of Khowst Province, Afghanistan, March 22, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

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In Today's News - Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Quote of the Day
"No one can say that the Marines have ever
failed to do their work in handsome fashion."

-- Major General Johnson Hagood, U.S. Army

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Mortar Attack Kills 4 in Baghdad
U.S. says caught Iraq car bombers blamed for 900 dead
Anti-Qaeda tribes targeted in Iraq attacks - Video
Surge Makes Great Training for Iraqis
Republican sees Iraq pullout passing then vetoed
Senate's Iraq vote may come down to wire

Operation Enduring Freedom
Suicide bomber kills 4 police in Afghan south

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Sewage 'Tsunami' Hits Gaza - At least 4 dead; 25 homes submerged
Rice: Israel, Palestinian Government Agree to Meetings
U.S. offers $59 million for Abbas's forces
Australian pleads guilty at Guantanamo - Video
Australian Terror Suspect David Hicks Likely to Serve Sentence at Home After Guilty Plea

Fallen Heroes
Tillman's Family Wants Congressional Probe

Other Military News
U.S. Begins Persian Gulf Maneuvers

Religion of Peace??
Arabs head to Saudi summit to endorse Mideast peace
Fate of refugees bedevils quest for peace
Near neighbors worlds apart
Saudi hopes to rally Arab "moderates"

Worldwide Wackos
Iran: Detained Brit Troops Treated Well
Blair warns Iran of "different phase" over sailors
EU renews offer to Iran on nuke talks
U.S. official meets North Koreans over funds
S. Korea Sends North 300K Tons of Fertilizer
Koreas hold first reunions via video

Politics / Government
Attorney general aide won't testify on firings
Bush sticks to agenda amid conflicts
Lawmakers may ban texting while driving
Clinton: Firings a Bush admin power grab
Romney offers student fundraisers money
Senate to look at improper FBI spying

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Report: 600,000 Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Despite Orders to Leave

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Father, 4 Kids Found Dead in Home
Amber Alert in Washington for 2 Children

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Major Mistakes in New York Times Story About Rape in Military (The NY Slimes gets it wrong again...what a surprise.)

Science / Medicine / Technology
Mouse study suggests that with HRT, timing counts
Sample sharing needed to study H5N1 mutation: expert
Cingular launches mobile banking with U.S. banks
ZenZui lets cellphone users zoom into the Web
Pizza as health food? Food chemists say yes
Engineers to help find Homer's Ithaca
Yahoo seeks content for mobile service

Mother Nature
Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Ousted in Hawaii
Australians Capture 'Monster' Toad the Size of Small Dog

China Looks to Use Panda Poop for Paper

Other News of Note
3 Americans Break World Swimming Records

Fox News
The GRRR! Guide to Spring Break

Reuters: Top News
Sri Lanka rebel suicide blast kills 7 after air raid - Video
Egypt says voters back constitutional changes
Snoop and Diddy cancel UK tour dates - Video
LaBelle, Hudson shine at U.S. gay media awards
Oil eases after hitting 2007 high
Futures slip after Lennar; data eyed
European shares brace for U.S. confidence data
Acciona says no plans to buy Endesa shares now
Rising confidence boosts euro, stocks stall
Reuters Summit: Middle East Investment
Video: Kingdom's "oasis effect"
Japan service prices to creep up
Lennar scraps outlook as profit falls
Sanofi chairman favors Bristol-Myers deal: paper
Delta Air sees 2007 pretax profit
Lear says waiting period for other bids has ended
Portugal's EDP to buy U.S. Horizon Wind Energy
DaimlerChrysler to build test fleet of electric vans

AP World News
Rasheed Wallace banks in 60-footer
Colorado Episcopal church in crisis
U2's The Edge donates guitar to auction
Mo. man who documented meth use dies
Poll: Deal With Anti-al Qaida Insurgents?
Podcast: Sniper Who Trained Mark Wahlberg
Def Tech: Afghan Sitrep
Best of the MilBlogs Daily
Hot: Read the Entire Tillman Report
Polmar's Spy Corner is Here!

"Jointness matters" -- USJFCOM commander speaks before Senate Armed Services Committee - podcast
Marine Corps commandant visits U.S. Joint Forces Command - podcast
USJFCOM signs cooperative research and development agreement with Alion - podcast
More about cooperative research and development agreements

Hicks Pleads Guilty to Terror Charge at Hearing - Story
Hearings Begin for the 'Australian Taliban'
Keating Takes Command of U.S. Pacific Command - Story
Officials Say Tillman's Death Was Accidental - Story
Marines to Alert 1,800 Reservists for Reactivation - Story
Top Official: Iraq ‘Headed in the Right Direction’ - Story
Navy Names New Destroyer After Marine Hero - Story

More Headline News
Bush Requests Spending Bill Without Deadlines
Pace Visit Paves Way for Better Relations
Early U.S. Troop Withdrawal Would Be Mistake

Military News
Pace Surprises Deploying Marines in Hawaii
Military Burn Patients Tour Center for Intrepid
Marine Receives Distinguished Flying Cross

War on Terror
Suspect Transferred to Gitmo - Story
Five Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Forces Begin Ramadi Operation
Forces Capture, Kill Terrorists

America Supports You
Sewing Group Draws Accolades - Story
‘First Response’ Helps Wounded
Group Helps Military Families
Circus Honors Servicemembers

Army Tests Parachute System - Story
Soldiers Bring Chow to Outpost
Soldiers Armor Up Vehicles
Command Welcomes C-130J

Face of Defense
Pilot Flies Rescue Missions - Story
Mechanic Takes Pride in Her Job
Marine Balances Career, Life
Injured Soldier Inspires Troops

Hicks Pleads Guilty to Terror Charge - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Iraqi Women 'Move History Forward' - Story
Battalion Doesn’t Lack Experienced Soldiers - Story
Refuelers Keep Aircraft in Fight 24-7 - Story
Combat Engineers Turn Dwellings into Homes - Story

Eagles and Commandos Find Weapons
Soldiers Rely on Efficient Transport of Supplies
Army Brigade Begins Work With Baghdad Zoo

Med Evac Flies First Non-stop to Germany
Afghan, U.S. Troops Discuss Future with Elders

Forecasts, Updates Assist in Naval Planning
Well-drilling Team Helps Save Girl’s Arm, Life

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

Today in History
- Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León sights Florida
1599 - Robert Devereux becomes Lieutenant-General of Ireland
1625 - Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends to throne
1668 - English King Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company
1708 - English pretender to the throne James III flees to Dunkerk
1709 - Dike at Hardinxveld breaks (Alblasserwaard flooded)
1713 - Spain losses Menorca & Gibraltar
1721 - France & Spain sign Treaty of Madrid
1758 - Battle at Emmerich: British army floats around France the Rhine
1790 - The shoelace invented
1794 - Congress authorizes the President "to provide a naval armament" (US Navy)
1802 - Treaty of Amiens-French Revolutionary War ends
1814 - Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson beats Creek-Indians
1841 - 1st US steam fire engine tested, New York, NY
1848 - John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster
1849 - Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill
1855 - Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
1860 – M. L. Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew)
1865 - Siege of Spanish Fort AL: captured by Federals
1866 - Andrew Rankin patents the urinal; President Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th Amendment
1884 - 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-New York
1912 - 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington DC
1914 - 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)
1920 - Hermann Müller becomes German chancellor (SPD)
1924 - Canada recognizes USSR; New French government of Poincaré begins
1930 - 1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea
1931 - Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor
1933 - Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized; Japan leaves League of Nations; Polythene discovered by Reginald Gibson & Eric William Fawcett
1940 - Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice
1941 - Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years; Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia); Yugoslavian coup gets rid of pro-German Prince Paul
1942 - Allies raid German submarine base in St. Nazaire; Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward
1943 - Assassination attempt on Van de Peat at Amsterdams census bureau; US begins assault on Fondouk-pass, Tunisia
1944 - 1,000 Jews leave Drancy France for Auschwitz Concentration Camp; 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania; 40 Jewish policemen in Riga Latvia ghetto are shot by the Gestapo; Children's Aktion-Nazis collect all the Jewish children of Lovno
1945 - British premier Churchill sails to eastern banks of Rhine; General Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western Front broken; Iwo Jima occupied, after 22,000 Japanese & 6,000 US killed; US 20th Army corps captures Wiesbaden
1950 - Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China
1952 - Failed assassination attempt of German Chancellor Adenauer; Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records
1953 - 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut OH
1956 - French commandos land in Algeria; US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
1958 - Havana Hilton opens; Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier & 1st Secretary of Communist Party
1961 - Belgian government of Eyskens resigns; Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen
1964 - Earthquake strikes Anchorage AK, 9.2 on Richter scale, 131 die from earthquake and resulting tsunami - most violent eathquake in US history; Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars; UN troops arrive on Cyprus
1966 - Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
1968 - Suharto succeeds Sukarno as President of Indonesia
1969 - Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190 miles above southern Mars
1972 - Venera 8 launched to Venus
1976 – Washington, DC underground Metro opens
1977 - 583 die in aviation's worst disaster KLM-Pan Am 747 crash, Tenerife
1979 - Supreme Court rules, 8-1, cops can't randomly stop cars
1980 - Elevator in Vaal Reef South Africa gold mine crash 1900 meter down (23 die); Mount St. Helens becomes active after 123 years
1987 - President Habré's troops reconquer Faya Largeau Chad
1990 - Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die
1994 - Church in Piedmont AL collapses in tornado, 19 killed
1997 - 39 cult memebers in California commit mass suicide (Hale-Bopp); Martin Luther King's son meets with James Earl Ray
2134 - 32nd recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

1746 - Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney/father of emperor Napoleon
1780 - August L. Crelle, German inventor/mathematician (1st Prussian Railway)
1785 - Louis XVII, pretender to the throne during the French Revolution (1793-95)
1797 - Alfred V Comte de Vigny, French musketeer/writer (Moïse, Chatterton)
1823 - Samuel Kosciusko Zook, Brevet Major General (Union volunteers)
1844 - Adolphus Washington Greely, Arctic explorer, US Army General / Medal of Honor recipient, Greely was a Medal of Honor recipient / Chief Signal Officer (1887-1906)
1845 - Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901)
1847 - Otto Wallach, German (Nobel 1910)
1863 - Sir Henry Royce, automobile founder (Rolls-Royce)
1871 - Petrus J M Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor (1918-25)
1893 - Dragoljub "Draza" Mihailovic, Yugoslavian General/Nazi collaborator
1897 - Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/anti-fascist
1901 - Erich Ollenhauer, German politician (SPD); Sato Eisaku, Japanese Prime Minister (1964-72) (Nobel 1974)
1912 - James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (1976-79)
1917 - Cyrus R. Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80); Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
1921 - Tom Bevill (Representative- AL)
1927 - Anthony Lewis, newspaper columnist (New York Times)/author (Gideon's Trumpet); Lord Fanshawe of Richmond, MP
1928 - Douglas Applegate (Representative- OH)
1931 - R. P. Bauman, CEO (British Aerospace)
1938 - Jock Slater, Admiral
1939 - Jay C. Kim (Representative- CA)
1941 - Charles Pashayan, Jr. (Representative- CA)
1942 - Raymond J. McGrath (Representative-NY)
1943 - M. Robert Carr (Representative-MI)
1958 - Susan Molinari (Representative- NY)

0922 - Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur, Persian mystic, beheaded at 64
0965 - Arnulf I the Elder/the Great, count of Flanders (918-65)
1211 - Sancho I King of Portugal (1185-1211), dies at 56
1378 - Gregory XI [Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78)
1482 - Maria duchess of Burgundy/countess of Holland, dies at 25
1625 - James I Stuart, King of Scotland (1567)/England (1603-25), dies at 58
1701 - Anne Hilarion de Cotentin, count of Tourville/French Admiral, dies at 58
1850 - Wilhelm Bear German, banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
1898 - Sajjid Ahmad Chan, co founder (Pakistan), dies at 80
1900 - Pieter J. Joubert [Smart Piet], South African General, dies at 69
1956 - Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
1992 - James E. Webb, head of NASA (1961-68), dies at 84
1993 - Wilhelmus M. J. Russell, Dutch MP (KVP, CDA), dies at 74
1994 - Dennis Hartas, flier, dies at 69

Reported Missing in Action
Palenscar, Alexander J. III, USN (NY); A4C shot down

Badley, James Lindsday, USAF (OR); F4D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Calhoun, Johnny C., US Army SF (GA); missing after ground action

Whitteker, Richard Lee, USAF (PA); F4D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Czerwiec, Raymond G., US Army (IL); disappeared on reconnaissance mission (w/Kerns)

Kerns, Gail M., US Army; disappeared on reconnaissance mission (w/Czerwiec), released by PRG March, 1973 (injured) – alive as of 1998

The following USAF personnel reported MIA when their HH53C crashed:
Crow, Raymond J., Jr. (UT)

Dreher, Richard E. (OH); pilot

Manor, James (FL); pararescue

Pannabecker, David E. (PA); pararescue

Wagner, Raymond A. (IN); pararescue

Also reported missing this day in 1972:
Wong, Edward Puck Kow, US Army (CA); UH1H shot down (door gunner)

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