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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Combat Outpost Blackhawk

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Pal S. Sebestyen, a combat engineer assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) sets up wire on the outside of Combat Outpost Blackhawk in Amariyah-Ferris Region, Iraq, April 16, 2007. The Marines build these outposts to establish an American and Iraqi presence in this area of operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

Two U.S. Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) set up wire on the outside of Combat Outpost Blackhawk in Amariyah-Ferris Region, Iraq, April 16, 2007. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

A group of Marines assigned to Bridge Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) set up wire on the outside of Combat Outpost Blackhawk in Amariyah-Ferris Region, Iraq, April 16, 2007. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

A U.S. Marine assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) sets up barriers in Combat Outpost Blackhawk in Amariyah-Ferris Region, Iraq, April 16, 2007. The Marines build these outposts to establish an American and Iraqi presence in this area of operations. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

A U.S. Marine assigned to Engineer Support Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) guides in a piece of heavy equipment at Combat Outpost Blackhawk in Amariyah-Ferris Region, Iraq, April 16, 2007. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

A U.S. Marine assigned to Engineer Support Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) gets ready to operate a bulldozer at Combat Outpost Blackhawk in Amariyah-Ferris Region, Iraq, April 16, 2007. The Marines build these outposts to establish an American and Iraqi presence in this area of operations. Photo by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

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CORDON AND SEARCH - An Iraqi army soldier leads the way to search the roof of a house during a cordon and search with U.S. Army soldiers in Ameriyah, Iraq, April 27, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Tierney Nowland.

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In Today's News - Sunday, April 29, 2007

Quote of the Day
"We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage
by people who do not like what we stand for,
and that is, freedom, democracy
and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism."

-- Madeleine Albright

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Death Toll in Karbala Bombing Rises
Iran to Attend Regional Conference on Iraq
Armored vehicles for Iraq may be delayed (thanks to the cowards in Congress)
US, Iraqi Raid in Mahmudiyah Nets Iranian-Marked Rockets, Mortars
Wolverines and Mountain Lions Provide Iraqis Basic Medical Care
Commandos, Baghdad Eagles Detain Suspected Extremists, Find Caches and IEDs
17 Suspected Terrorists Detained in Iraq
Four Suspected Terrorists Detained
Marines Destroy Truck Bomnb Near Karmah
Weapons Cache Found
Baqubah: Local's Tips Lead to Success
Iraqi Army-Led Mission Nets Large Cache

Operation Enduring Freedom
Protest in Afghan east after civilian deaths
Five Suspected Taliban Killed, Five Detained in Coalition Raid
Two Suspects Detained by Afghan, Coalition Forces
Taliban Killed, Buildings Destroyed in Early Morning Firefight
Coalition, Afghan Forces Detain Three Suspected Militants

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Pakistan Probes Bombing That Killed 27
Raid on Suspected Afghan Terror Cell Kills 6
Hamas: Attacks on Israel Are 'Self Defense'
Suspicions fall on militants for Pakistan attack
Olmert under fire over leaked Lebanon war report
Sri Lanka rebels launch air raid on oil targets
Government appoints strongmen after Mogadishu fighting
Archivists work to save Sept. 11 history

Other Miitary News
Gen. Casey: Army Expansion Plan Too Slow
Philippines grounds 41 Huey helicopters after crash

Religion of Peace??
Women bear brunt of Tehran's crackdown
Thousands of Turks protest government (secular Turks vs. pro-Islamic government)

Politics / Government
Fight over Iraq war funds heads toward new phase - Video
Hillary Feeling the 'Bern' - Carl Bernstein preparing scathing Clinton bio
Democrats Decry Bush, Iraq During California Campaigning
White House Press Secretary Snow to Return To Work After Battle With Recurrent Cancer
Student Scares Off Ex-Senator's Mugger
Attorney General Heckled at Harvard Reunion
Calif. Democrats warm for Clinton, wild for Obama
Bush predicts change is near for Cuba
Some South Carolina Democrats to take time on 2008
Trump gives donation to Schwarzenegger
Democrats woo voters with Bush attacks
Russian leader newly combative, defiant

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Bush Pushes Immigration at Florida College

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
New Search in Holloway Case - VIDEO
Woman Sues University for Being Denied Degree After 'Drunken Pirate' Photo Surfaces
Va. Tech wounded may heal slowly

Science / Medicine / Technology
South Korean team cleared in cloned wolf probe
'Rabbit ears' find new life in HDTV age

Mother Nature
Setback in Georgia Wildfire Battle
Ga. spotfires force home evacuations
More marine animals sickened by acid
Experts meet on U.N. report: warming can be slowed

News from My Neck of the Woods
Last Manhattan riding stable shuts after 115 years

Visitors Flock 2-by-2 to Noah's Ark
Sony Apologizes for Gross-Out Stunt With Dead Goat at Video Game Launch Party

Fox News
JaMarcus Russell First Pick in NFL Draft

Croatia's former PM Racan dies of cancer
Estonia to relocate Red Army statue, calm returns - Video
British rich just keep getting richer in new list
For stocks, earnings may offset jobs - Video
Dollar sinks to record low vs euro
Dow ends at record on profits, but GDP weighs - Video
Crude rises as Saudi foils oil field attack
Microsoft shares rise after earnings report
Dollar slumps and this time it's different
Healthier mortgage lenders hit bottom?
Fed's Yellen says U.S. economic downturn possible
U.S. Treasury's Kimmitt declines dollar comment
Airbus details job cuts, 4,100 in France: report
ABN faces turmoil as Dutch court to rule on LaSalle
Pirelli sells T.Italia control to Telefonica, banks

Associated Press
Russians bid farewell to Rostropovich
Spurs top Nuggets, take back homecourt
States expand children's health coverage
Bjork brings cool to sizzling California
Wolfowitz opposition growing firmer
Bonds moves within 13 homers of Aaron
Igawa leads Yanks past BoSox to end skid
Pistons edge Magic to complete 4-0 sweep
Eleven U.S. Soldiers Arrested
Iraq Raid Nets Weapons From Iran
Podcast: Black Hawk Down Author on Iraq
WF: Satellite Vulnerability Issues
Op-ed: Our Saudi Friends?
SpouseBUZZ: Live! Going to SD
Slideshow: Pacific Aces
Def Tech: The War Isn't Lost Career Fair Coming to San Diego on May 2

CENTCOM: News Releases

Noble Resolve 07 enhancing homeland defense - podcast
Liveblogging: Noble Resolve 2007
Learn more about Noble Resolve
Joint integration vital for Atlantic Strike participants
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense meets with USJFCOM- podcast

Bush to Veto War-Funding Bills with Iraq Provisos - Story
Defense Department Takes al Qaeda Leader - Story
Commander Lauds Support His Soldiers Provide - Story
Photos: Joint Civilian Orientation Course at Camp Buehring
Soldiers Earn Respect of Business Leaders - Story
Civilian Leaders Visit Marines in Bahrain - Story
Business Leaders Learn Roles of U.S. Navy in Gulf
Students Donate $20,000 to Pentagon Memorial - Story

More Headline News
Missions Rely on Languages, Cultural Awareness
Petraeus: Terrorists Reveal Iranian Influence
England: Defeat Extremism With Understanding
Official: Iraqi Police Becoming 'Very Capable'

Military News
Army Moves to Fix Wounded Warrior Care
Airmen Test Readiness With 'Mystery Package'
Officials ID Airmen Missing from Vietnam War

War on Terror
Coalition Forces Detain Suspects - Story
Coalition Forces Detain Seven
Earlier Casualties Identified
Coalition Forces Kill 7 Terrorists
Recent Casualties Identified

America Supports You
NBA Clothes a Slam Dunk - Story
Families Have Fun at Pentagon
Tour Brings Entertainment
Starbucks Employees Donate Coffee

Edwards Readies for Testing - Story
Test Mission Helping Shape Future
New JKO Portal to Offer Training
Exercise To Test Crisis Response

Face of Defense
Cousins Reunite at Speicher PX - Story
Marine Applies Childhood Experiences to Military
Father Re-Enlists Son
Officer Improves Iraq Water


Military Celebrates Primary School Dedication - Story
Platoon Keeps Streets Safe in Salman Pak - Story
Operation Commando Dive Nets Suspects, Guns - Story
Army Engineers Add New Aid Station to Airfield - Story
Support Center Combines Personnel Services - Story

Army Mechanics Turn Ideas Into Reality in Iraq
Army Mobility Depends on Security Platoons
Seabees Build Command Outpost in Al Anbar
Marines Command, Control Skies Over Iraq
Troops Deliver Supplies to Pediatric Hospital
Iraqis Benefit from Army Engineers' Mission
Civil Affairs Soldiers Near End of Deployment

Managing the Puzzle Pieces in the Horn of Africa
Army National Guard Unit Saves Lives in Africa

Afghan Government Helps Save Boy’s Life
Military, UN Group Meet to Discuss Afghan Issues
Conn. Guard Soldiers Reflect on Deployment
Coalition Forces Train Afghan National Police
Turkey Partners with U.S. in War on Terrorism

DefendAmerica Week in Review
Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

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
1091 - Battle at Monte Levunium Emperor Alexius I beats Petshegenes
1429 - Joan of Arc leads Orleans France, to victory over English
1522 - Emperor Charles V names Frans van Holly inquisitor-General of Netherlands
1540 - Emperor Charles V declares all privileges of Gent ended
1550 - Emperor Charles V gives inquisiters additional authority
1553 - Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
1623 - 11 Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru
1628 - Sweden & Denmark sign defense treaty against Duke of Wallenstein
1636 - Prince Frederik Henry occupies Schenkenschans
1644 - Farm leader Li Zicheng becomes emperor of China & flees Peking
1661 - Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan
1670 - Pope Clemens X elected
1706 - Emperor Jozef I becomes monarch of Cologne/Bavaria
1707 - English/Scottish parliament accept Act of Union, form Great Britain
1715 - John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time
1781 - French fleet occupies Tobago; stops Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope
1813 - Rubber is patented
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition sees top of Andes from Patagonia
1845 - Macon B. Allen & Robert Morris, Jr., become the 1st Blacks to open a law practice
1852 - 1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published
1853 - Comet C/1853 G1 (Schweizer) approaches within 0.0839 astronomical units (AUs) of Earth
1856 - End of Crimean War
1857 - US Army, Pacific Division HQ is permanently established at Presidio (San Francisco)
1861 - Maryland's House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union
1862 - 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, MS; New Orleans falls to Union forces during Civil War
1863 - Battle of Chancellorville, VA (Fredericksburg, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 - Skirmish at Jenkins' Ferry, AR begins
1894 - Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey's Army) arrives in Washington DC 500 strong to protest unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol
1901 - Anti semitic riot in Budapest
1903 - Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kills 9 (Frank Alberta)
1905 - 2" rain falls in 10 minutes in Taylor, TX
1910 - Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt visits Amsterdam
1913 - Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents all-purpose zipper
1913 - Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents all-purpose zipper
1916 - Irish nationalists set post office on fire in Dublin
1925 - Netherlands returns to gold standard
1926 - France & US reach accord on repayment of WWI
1927 - Construction of the Spirit of St Louis is completed
1930 - North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden (biggest in world) officially opens; Telephone connection England-Australia goes into service
1939 - Whitestone Bridge connecting Bronx & Queens opens
1940 - Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to England
1942 - Japanese troops march into Lashio, cut off Burma Road; Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands & Vichy-France
1943 - Dietrich Bonhöffer arrested by Nazis; US 34th Division occupies Hill 609, North Tunisia
1944 - Surprise attack by Van de Peat on General Landsdrukkerij in the Hague
1945 - 1st food drop by RAF above nazi-occupied Holland (operation Manna); Adolf Hitler marries Eva Braun; Japanese army evacuates Rangoon; Terms of surrender of German armies in Italy signed; US liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in Dachau Germany; Venice & Mestre are captured by the Allies
1946 - 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
1955 - Giovanni Gronchi elected President of Italy
1957 - 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir, VA
1965 - Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die; Australian government announces it will send troops to Vietnam; Malta is 18th member of Council of Europe
1970 - 50,000 US & South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia
1971 - Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
1974 - President Richard Nixon said he will release edited tapes made in White House
1975 - US Forces pull out of Vietnam; Ethiopia nationalizes all ground/earth
1977 - British Aerospace forms
1981 - Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women)
1982 - Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador
1983 - Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st black mayor
1985 - 17th space shuttle mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 launched
1986 - 800,000 books destroyed by fire in Los Angeles Central Library
1987 - Japan's premier Nakasone visits the US
1989 - 2nd government of Lubbers falls
1990 - STS-31 (Discovery 10) lands; Wrecking cranes began tearing down Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate
1991 - Croatia declares independence; Earthquake in Georgia kills 100
1992 - Jury acquits Los Angeles police officers of beating Rodney King, riots begin
1994 - Ferry boat smashes into Mombasa Harbor Kenya, kills over 300; Israel & PLO sign economic accord
1995 - Longest sausage ever, at 2877 miles, made in Kitchener Ontario Canada

1745 - Oliver Ellsworth, 3rd Chief Justice Supreme Court (1796-1800)
1808 - Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician/reformer [or 1883]
1815 - Abram Duryee, Union Brevet Major General
1818 - Alexander II [N. Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1855-81)
1854 - Henri Poincaré, French mathematician/astronomer/philosopher
1879 - Sir Thomas Beecham, composer, founded London Philharmonic
1882 - Hendrik N. Werkman, painter/printer/resistance fighter (Hot printing)
1893 - Harold C. Urey, physicist (discovered Deuterium, Nobel 1934)
1901 - Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1926-89)
1909 - Daniel Raphael Mayer journalist/resistance leader
1921 - Cornelis de Jager, Dutch astronomer (Sun)
1922 - Parren J. Mitchell (Representative-D-MD)
1926 - Carie Meek (Representative-D-FL)
1929 - [John] Jeremy Thorpe British MP (Liberal)
1931 - Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 28)
1932 - Alexei A. Gubarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 28)
1932 - Yevgeni Alekseyevich Zaikin, Russian cosmonaut (Voshkod 2 backup)
1944 - Benedikte, Danish princess/daughter of Frederik IX
1951 - [Ralph] Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR driver/"The Intimidator" (6-time NASCAR national champion); Nikolai Nikolayevich Budarin, Russian cosmonaut (STS 71, TM-27)
1954 - Bill Paxon (Representative-R-NY)
1955 - Jerry Seinfeld, comedian/actor (Seinfeld)

0852 - Amalarius/Fortunatus/Symphosius of Metz/Lyon, bishop, at 76
1499 - John IV, Dutch army leader/earl of Egmond
1676 - Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch Rear-Admiral, (Newport), killed at 69
1918 - Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian murderer of arch duke Ferdinand, at 22
1972 - Ntare V deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
1975 - last soldiers killed in Vietnam: Charles McMahon, Jr. (USMC lance corporal,
Darwin Judge (USMC-corporal), Michael John Shea (USMC-Lieutenant/pilot), William Craig Nystul (USMC Captain)
1984 - Marvin Gaye, rocker (Sexual Healing), shot dead by his father at 45
1986 - Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
1996 - Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, at 72; Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
1997 - Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93)

Reported Missing in Action
Sadly, the list of MIA's for April 29th is extensive. You can view it here.

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