Keep Your Helmet On!

Be A Part of a Tribute to Fallen Heroes - Help Build the Fallen Soldiers' Bike
Help support the families of our deployed Heroes - Visit Soldiers' Angels' Operation Outreach
Help Our Heroes Help Others - Click Here to visit SOS: KIDS
Nominate your Hero for IWT's "Hero of the Month" - click here for details!
Search Iraq War Today only

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

To all our Mothers,
Wherever you are,
Right here at home,
Or in lands afar,

We owe you thanks,
For every way,
You touch our lives--

Happy Mother's Day


Airmen Reunite With Family

Family, friends and media wait for 44 Airmen to disembark a KC-135 Stratotanker April 30, 2007, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The Airmen returned after their deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jocelyn Ford

Capt. Brendan Voitik embraces his wife, Amy, after disembarking a KC-135 Stratotanker April 30, 2007, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Captain Voitik returned with 44 other Airmen after their deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jocelyn Ford

Jasmine Hernandez receives a big hug from her father, Tech. Sgt. Juan Hernandez, just minutes after his return April 30, 2007, to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Sergeant Hernandez returned with 44 other Airmen from Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jocelyn Ford

Kole and Kade Turner stick close to their dad, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Turner, after going months without seeing him April 30, 2007, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Sergeant Turner returned with 44 other Airmen after their deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jocelyn Ford

Staff Sgt. Michael Overman tickles his 2-year-old daughter, Miquela, after disembarking a KC-135 Stratotanker April 30, 2007, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Sergeant Overman returned with 44 other Airmen after their deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan.U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jocelyn Ford

More photo essays at DefendAmerica

Labels: , ,

Al Qaeda Group Says It Has Captured U.S. Soldiers After Deadly Attack

I hope that this isn't true...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

BAGHDAD — An Al Qaeda front group said Sunday that it had captured several U.S. soldiers in the attack a day earlier south of Baghdad that killed five and left three missing.
The U.S. said 4,000 troops were searching the farming area south of the capital for any sign of the three missing American soldiers.

In a statement posted on an Islamic Web site, the Islamic State of Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack in Mahmoudiyah and said it held an unspecified number of U.S. soldiers. The group offered no proof to back up its claim but promised more details later.

Read the Rest

Labels: , ,

Sgt. Eric Roeder, a flightline mechanic with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, recently won the II Marine Expeditionary Unit meritorious staff sergeant board while deployed to Al Asad. Roeder, a Belleville, Ill., native, has been in the Marine Corps for five years and plans on making it a career. Photo submitted 05/13/2007, Taken by Cpl. Zachary Dyer

Read the story associated with this photo

Labels: , , , ,

In Today's News - Sunday, May 13, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world."

-- Raymond Chandler

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
War Over Walls - Iraqi parliament, officials at odds on Baghdad plan
Forces Hunt for 3 Missing GIs; Attack Leaves 5 Others Dead
Iraqi Leaders: U.S. Pullout Would Be Disastrous

Operation Enduring Freedom
Dozens of Taliban killed in Afghan south: official
Taliban's Dadullah said killed in Afghan clash

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Terror-Teaching Mouse Returns (What's next? Minnie in a burkha?)

Troops on Trial
U.S. officers rejected Haditha probe request: Marine

Other Military News
Blue Angels stage 1st show since crash

Homegrown Moonbats
Geldof criticizes Gore's Live Earth

Politics / Government
Brownback Booed in Wisconsin After Football Remark
Cheney meets Saudi king, Iraq and Iran on agenda
Edwards offers students anti-war advice (Lovely.)
3,000 gather for Obama rally in Missouri (Another anti-war love-in)
Clinton says Bush governs 'for the few' (As opposed to her, where it'd be government of the Clintons, by the Clintons, and for the Clintons)

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Bush pushes bipartisan immigration talks
Anti-illegal-immigrant law OK'd in Texas

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Break in Natalee Holloway Case?
House of 2 Former Suspects Searched in Natalee Holloway Disappearance
Cousin of Ski Champion Bode Miller Killed After Shooting Cop
Critics bash 'warrior culture' of LAPD

U.N. News
Russia may veto U.N. Kosovo resolution: Churkin

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
CBS Cans Shock Jocks Over Asian Slurs

Mother Nature
Searchers Head to Mount Hood After 5 Climbers Reported Missing
Florida Citizens May Be Allowed to Kill Gators
Fire Burns 300 Square Miles in Southeast
Crews battling California island blaze

Cat Survives Trip From China to North Carolina in Cargo Crate
Men's Shop in London Unknowingly Sold T-Shirts Calling for Ethnic Cleansing in Russia (DOH!)

Other News of Note
27 Killed in Pakistan Political Violence
Pesticides next frontier in China food safety

Fox News
Son's Bittersweet End to Search for Mother
Emotional Graduation at Virginia Tech - PICS
Pope: God Will Punish Drug Dealers
Nazi Archives Help Find Long-Lost Mother, But She Won't Meet Son
Don Ho's Daughter Found Dead Less Than a Week After His Funeral
Montana Skydive Plane Crashes, Killing 5
Red-Eyed Whitney Houston Celebrates Stevie Wonder's Birthday

Reuters: Top News
Top China negotiator to become new Taiwan premier: source
Thousands rally in Rome against unmarried couples law
S.Korea says ship sinks with 16 missing
Severed head greets new troops in Mexico drug war
Bulgarians pray for condemned HIV nurses
Serbia's "Prayer" wins Eurovision Song Contest
Shift may change shape of oil market
Microsoft eyes huge launch sales of "Halo 3"
Cerberus in detailed talks for Chrysler: report
BoA rules out higher LaSalle bid: media
Saudi, Dow sign deal to build giant petchem plant
UBS holds 5.3 pct of voting rights in ABN: filing
Trial set for Google ad trademark case

AP World News
Attorney: O.J. won't sue Kentucky eatery
Double-OT win sends Senators home up 2-0
Spurs hold off Suns for 2-1 series lead
Nets top Cavs on Kidd's triple-double
Boat to retrace voyage from Jamestown
O'Hair leads at Players Championship
Hardy's slam leads Brewers past Mets
Oprah urges Howard grads to serve others
Studios prepare for possible strikes
Nadal snaps McEnroe streak at Rome event
"Thank a Military Spouse" Contest
Advisors: Hey, You . . . Smile!
New Must-Have Benefits Guide
What To Do This Weekend?
Podcast: An Immigrant's "Act of Honor"
Def Tech: The Aging C-130 Career Fair Coming to Jacksonville on May 16th

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM and Microsoft announce cooperative research and development agreement - podcast
More about CRADAS
U.S. Joint Forces Command modeling and simulation division wins award - podcast
Liveblogging: Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Conference 2007

Bush Honors Military Spouses at White House - Story
Bush Proclaims May 11 Military Spouse Day
Transcript: Bush Commemorates Military Spouse Day
Chairman Recognizes Military Spouses
Marine Wife, Officials Reflect on Military Spouse Day
Cheney to Sailors: U.S. Committed to Middle East - Story
Transcript of Cheney's Comments
Video: Cheney aboard the aircraft carrier USS Stennis
Petraeus Urges Troops to Use Ethical Standards - Story
Petraeus Letter to the Troops (pdf)
Army Must Be Prepared for ‘Persistent Conflict’ - Story
Iraqi Lawmakers Must Make Political Decisions - Story
Blocking Flow of ‘Accelerants’ Critical in Iraq - Story
Official: Progress Slow but Vital to Iraq Stability - Story
Casey Addresses Bonuses, Stability Operations - Story

More Headline News
Bush Asks for Time, Resources for Iraq Plan
America Will Stay on Offensive Against Terror
Chairman Honors Service Members and Spouses

Military News
Military Displays Equipment, Technology to Public
Deployed F-22s Leave Pacific, Return to Langley
Center Helps Find Sailor's Family After Tornado

War on Terror
Five Soldiers Killed in Iraq - Story
Bomb-Builders Killed in Raid
Air Strike Kills Terrorists
Three Servicemembers Killed

America Supports You
Gala Raises Funds for Troops - Story
Kids Salute the Troops
Mother Pours Out Support
Auto Group Supports Troops

Pentagon Channel Documentary Focuses on Military Technology - Story
Unmanned Aircraft Wing Debuts
New Concept Ensures Latest Technologies Reach Warfighters
Technology Leaves No Place to Hide

Face of Defense
Sons Follow Mother’s Footsteps - Story
Softball Champ Fixes Aircraft
Deployed Soldier Will Rely on ‘Ohana’
Specialist Sews for Others
Airman Dedicates Work to Fallen

Devil Dogs Take a Bite Out of Anbar Insurgency - Story
Transportation Mechanics Keep Group Rolling - Story
Deployed Moms Stay in Touch with Families - Story
Liaison Officer Builds Cohesive Relationship - Story
Iraqi, Coalition Forces Focus on Rashid District - Story
‘Fire Base Delta’ is Home Sweet Home for Troops - Story

Teamwork Pays Off for Iraqi Farmers, Residents
Iraqi Special Ops Forces Show off Capabilities
Soldiers Continue To Build Schools Amid Attacks
Iraqi Soldiers Say They Serve for Country, Family
Wolfhounds Secure Economic Success in Iraq
Bombed-out Baghdad Building Has New Mission

Djiboutian Institute of Arts Embraces Americans
Army Reserve Chief Visits Troops in Africa
Marines Donate Fitness Equipment to Villagers

Former Infantryman Finds Calling in Civil Affairs
Base Dedicated to Fallen ‘Spartan’ Leader
Vanguard Engineers Pave Way for Victory
Mental Health Care Moves to Military Front Lines

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

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

Today in History
1110 - Crusaders march into Beirut, causing a bloodbath.
1568 - At the Battle of Langside, the English defeat Mary Queen of Scots.
1607 - English colonists land near James River in Virginia.
1643 - English parliamentary armies beat Royalists at the Battle of Grantham.
1787 - Arthur Phillip and 11 ships of criminals set sail for Botany Bay.
1828 - The U.S. the Tariff of Abominations.
1830 - The Republic of Ecuador is founded.
1846 - After 2 months of fighting, the U.S. finally declares war on Mexico.
1861 - Queen Victoria announces England's neutrality.
1864 - Battle of Resaca, GA.
1865 - In the final Civil War engagement, at South Brownsville, TX (Palmito Ranch), PVT John J. Williams, 34th Indiana, is the last man to be killed.
1888 - Brazil abolishes slavery
1913 - The first four-engine aircraft makes its first flight.
1918 - The first U.S. airmail stamps are issued; they cost 24 cents.
1926 - The German Government of Luther falls.
1927 - "Black Friday" on the Berlin Stock Exchange.
1930 - Hail kills a farmer in Lubbock, TX; the only known hail fatality.
1939 - The SS St Louis leaves Hamburg with 937 fleeing Jews.
1940 - The British bomb a factory at Breda; Winston Churchill says, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."; Queen Wilhelmina of Holland flees to England; Germans break through at Grebbelinie
1941 - Resistance fighter comte d'Estienne d'Orves' trial begins.
1942 - A helicopter makes its first cross-country flight.
1943 - In Africa, German and Italian forces surrender.
1945 - U.S. troops conquer Dakeshi, Okinawa.
1946 - The U.S. sentences 58 Mauthausen camp guards to death.
1949 - The first British-produced jet bomber has its first test flight.
1958 - In Algeria, French settlers riot against the French army; Jordan and Iraq form the Arab Federation; In Venezuela, Vice President Nixon is attacked by rioters.
1965 - A number of Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel.
1966 - Federal funding is denied to 12 southern school districts due to violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black."
1968 - 1,000,000 French demonstrate against De Gaulle and Pompidou.
1979 - In Teheran, Iran, the Shah and his family are sentenced to death.
1981 - In St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded.
1982 - The Soyuz T-5 is launched
1985 - Philadelphia police bomb a house held by the group "Move", killing 11 people.
1989 - Approximately 2,000 Chinese students begin a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square.
1991 - South African activist Winnie Mandela is convicted of abducting four blacks.
1992 - For the last time, three astronauts simultaneous walk in space
1996 - O.J. Simpson appears on British TV to discuss his "not guilty" verdict.

1769 - Joâo VI, King of Portugal
1795 - Joshua Ratoon Sands, Union Navy Commander
1830 - Confederate Governor Zebulon Baird Vance
1857 - Sir Ronald Ross, English pathologist, Nobel Prize winner
1913 - William R. Tolbert, President of Liberia
1930 - Mike Gravel (Senator-AK)
1931 - Jim Jones, reverend, orchestrated Jonestown Massacre in Guyana
1933 - Sid Morrison (Representative-WA)
1939 - William W. Cobey, Jr. (Representative-NC)
1942 - Vladimir A. Dzhanibekov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 27, 39, T-6, T-12, T-13)
1952 - John R. Kasich (Representative-OH)
1957 - Claudie André-Deshays, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-24)

1390 - Robert II, the Steward King of Scotland (1371-90)
1864 - Junius Daniel, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies at 35

Reported Missing in Action
Smith, Donald G., US Army (PA); Released in January, 1969

Aiken, Larry, US Army (NY); Recovered from VC Hospital in July, 1969 - deceased

Bessor, Bruce C., US Army (VA); O1G shot down (w/Scott)

Brooks, John H., US Army (ME); UH1H shot down

Masuda, Robert S., US Army (CA); Possibly thrown into well (w/Munoz)

Munoz, David L., US Army (CA); Possibly thrown into well (w/Masuda)

Scott, Mike J., US Army (NJ); O1G shot down (w/Bessor)

Huberth, Eric J., USAF (CA); F4D shot down (w/Trent), presumed KIA

Trent, Alan R., USAF (OH); F4D shot down (w/Huberth), presumed KIA

Labels: ,