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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

MANILA, Philippines (June 18, 2007) - Pacific Partnership Mission Commander, Capt. Bruce Stewart and the Honorable Kristie A. Kenney, United States Ambassador to the Philippines, present Project Handclasp donations to the Honorable Esperanza Cabral, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Project Handclasp, a CNO-directed goodwill program, is a part of Pacific Partnership deployment of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). The four-month humanitarian assistance mission to Southeast Asia and Oceania includes specialized medical care and various construction and engineering projects. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Jackson

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Michael Yon: Be Not Afraid

Michael Yon is seeing firsthand what Operation Arrowhead Ripper is all about:

"By the time you read this, we will be inside Baquba, and we will be killing them. No secrets are spilling here. ... The idea this time is not to chase al Qaeda out, but to trap and kill them head-on, or in ambushes, or while they sleep. ... It will be horrible for al Qaeda. Horror and terrorism is what they sow, and tonight they will reap their harvest. They will get no rest."

Click the picture below, taken by Michael in Baquba on January 11, 2005, to go to his latest dispatch - Be Not Afraid

Michael Yon's photos are posted with permission, and should not be reposted or republished without same.

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POWER MEETING — U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, right, talks with Col. Daniel Ball, commander of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Camp Stryker, Iraq on June 18, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Curt Cashour

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In Today's News - Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Quote of the Day
"May those who paid the supreme sacrifice never be forgotten
and I also hope that you are constantly reminded
of the unswerving dedication of our enemy
to do anything necessary to eventually destroy
everything we hold so dear. "

-- former POW Paul A. Kari

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. says 30 militants killed in big Iraq offensive - Video

Operation Enduring Freedom
Taliban on the Move in Afghanistan
Militants in Afghanistan Killed
Afghan Police Get SWAT Mentors

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Israelis Bust Plan to Kidnap Americans
Mediators hopeful on deal to end Lebanon fighting
Simulation finds 9/11 fireproofing key

Fallen Heroes
Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Supporting Our Heroes
Gift Surprises Paratroopers

Other Military News
Army again considers longer combat tours Alert: 2008 Proposed Pay Raise
Soldiers' Wives Accused in Meth Case DT: Army's Greatest Inventions

Religion of Peace??
Malaysians, Taliban, protest at Rushdie honor - Video

Homegrown Moonbats
Rosie O'Donnell wants 'Price' job
Elisabeth on Rosie: We aren't friendly
Democratic candidates squabble over Iraq war
Travolta echoes Cruise on psychiatry

Politics / Government
Stem Cell Bill Faces Veto - Executive order to push alternative research
Giuliani Staffer Indicted on Cocaine Charges
Hillary Can Use Bill Clinton's Millions
NY Mayor Bloomberg becoming an independent
Democrats grill Bush CIA nominee about detainees
Fred Thompson leads 2008 Republicans in poll
U.S., Europe offer four more months for Kosovo talks - Video
Mint releases more 'godless' dollars

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Cops Investigate Substitute Teacher Allegedly Having Sex With Daughter's Boyfriend
Ex-Narcotics Cop Sells DVDs on How to Stash Pot and Beat the Law
'Ponytail Bandit' Bank Robber Wanted by FBI
Ohio Cops Test Abandoned Baby's DNA in Hunt for Missing Mom - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Couple Who Found Abandoned Newborn Girl Doubts Link to Missing Ohio Mom Jessie Davis
Convicted Carjacker Slated for Execution
Nicole Richie wins delay in drunken driving trial

Adventures in Political Correctness
British censor bans first video game in 10 years

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Bikini Model Turns Newswoman for Fox Reality Show 'Anchorwoman'
News Corp May Swap MySpace for Yahoo!
Where were you online? Advertisers know

Science / Medicine / Technology
Shuttle Heads Back to Earth - PHOTOS
Breast cancer risk models flawed, study shows
New flu drugs possible, but years away:experts
Yahoo in global expansion of mobile phone services
New flu drugs possible, but years away:experts

Mother Nature
Man Survives Bobcat Attack by Choking Animal to Death
90 homes evacuated near Colo. wildfire

I'm Sorry for Living So Long - World's oldest man still has sense of humor
Woman Killed by Her Own Pet Dog
8-Foot Alligator Found in New York Basement
Man Doused With Gasoline Catches Fire, Dies at Hospital After Police Fire Taser Gun at Him
Manuscript Shows Isaac Newton Calculated Date of Apocalypse

Other News of Note
Dragster Disaster Driver Had DWI
Cruise Resumes Voyage as Crews Search for Missing Passenger
Body of Missing Autistic Boy Found in Creek
Hmong in Minn. rally for revered leader

Fox News
Pop Tarts: Still Daddy’s Girl: Will Angelina Jolie Give Jon Voight a Second Chance?
GRRR! Royal Hangover

Reuters: Top News
Microsoft to change Vista after Google complaint
The Supremes - pioneers of class, style, says Wilson
Chef Ramsay sued by restaurant manager over show
Markets:Oil steadies ahead of stocks, Nigeria strike
Yen near record low vs euro, dogged by low yield
Stocks inch higher on lower yields; GE shines - Video
La-Z-Boy posts 4th-qtr profit
Surge in GE shares pushes market cap past $400 bln
Reuters Summit: Retail
E-commerce ripe for consolidation
Hedge fund firms eye voluntary standards
Bear Stearns hedge funds near shutting down: report
Microsoft to change Vista after Google complaint
Kerzner, MGM Mirage in talks for Vegas casino: report
Home Depot to buy back stock, sell supply unit
WTO's Lamy warns of globalization's dark side
Best Buy profit disappoints on TV sales

AP World News
Kings choose Theus as next coach
NFL to blow whistle on concussions
Home Depot to sell wholesale supply unit
Kobe keeps urging Lakers to trade him
Stocks rise as bond yields dip
Report faults Small's leadership
Truck hits pedestrians, killing one
SEAL Talks Sleep
Help With Deployment Preps
Think You Might Have PTSD?
Add Turbo to Your Transition
Summer Sequels

CENTCOM: News Releases

Wood addresses joint warfare transformation at Transformation Warfare conference - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Rear Adm. Stewart O’Bryan
USJFCOM Standing Joint Force Headquarters deploys for 2007 hurricane season exercise
Global force management efforts helps improve command's joint provision process - podcast
USJFCOM Transformation Advisory Group helps command shape future
More about the Transformation Advisory Group - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Operation ‘Arrowhead Ripper’ continues in Baqouba
Iraqi and Coalition Forces battle rogue elements
U.S., Iraqis team up in Rusafa, find 70 pounds of explosives
3-1 Cavalry destroys barge to interdict smuggling
Operation Marne Torch continues to net results in insurgent safe haven
Patrol struck by IED south of Baghdad

Bush Calls Iraq Success Vital to Region, World
‘Arrowhead Ripper’ Strike Highlights Iraq Ops
Iraqi Government Cited After Mosque Attack
Navy, Operation Smile Team up for Children

More Headline News
Missing Wisconsin Boy Found Dead in Pond
‘Rescue Dawn’ Premiere Inspires Today’s Troops
Iraq Successes at the ‘Macro Level,’ Leader Says

Military News
Texas Guard Ready to Assist Flood Relief Efforts
Video: Texas National Guard Troops Aid Flood Victims

War on Terror
Troops in Iraq Kill 21, Detain 31

America Supports You
Students Can Still Apply for Trip
Group Shows Support to Troops
Guide Offers PTSD Resources

Ordnance Disposal Unit Debuts
Seabees Get Intel Specialists
Medical Models Cut Time, Risk

Face of Defense
Marine Enjoys Korean Tour
Challenges, Triumphs for Marine
Air Corps Mentor Ends Tour
Soldier Serves Many Roles

Sheiks Meet in Baghdad, Discuss Progress - Story
Well Drillers Increase African Water Supply - Story
Marines, Iraqi Police form Security Dynamic Duo - Story

Mission Success Relies on Maintenance Troops
Medics Receive Invaluable Training in Baghdad
Abu Nuwas Street Revitalization Center Opens
Air Cavalry Soldier Discusses Father's Day
Food Service Troops Prepare for Army’s Birthday
Iraqi Security Forces Thwart Car Bomb Attack

Task Force Invites Coalition Partners to Forum
Marines Train Servicemembers in Martial Arts

Army Battle Company Makes Presence Known
Panjshir Opens Teachers’ Training College
Medical Outreach Brings Care to Afghans
Airmen Bring Hospital to Wounded In Afghanistan


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
War on Terror Reconstruction Report
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
1567 - Jews are expelled from Brazil.
1756 - 146 British soldiers are imprisoned in the 'Black Hole of Calcutta'; most will die there.
1779 - Battle of Stone Ferry
1782 - Congress approves the Great Seal of the U.S., and the eagle as its symbol.
1791 - King Louis XVI is caught trying to escape the French Revolution.
1793 - Eli Whitney applies for a patent for his cotton gin.
1837 - Queen Victoria ascends British throne at 18.
1863 - The National Bank of Davenport, IA, becomes the first bank chartered in the U.S.
1863 - West Virginia becomes the 35th U.S. state.
1867 - President Andrew Johnson announces the purchase of Alaska.
1893 - Lizzie Borden is acquitted of murder in New Bedford, MA.
1900 - In China, the Boxer Rebellion begins.
1911 - In New York, the NAACP is incorporated.
1943 - British troops launch Operation Bellicose, the first 'shuttle bombing' raid of WWII
1944 - Congress charters the Central Intelligence Agency.
1947 - President Truman vetoes the Taft-Hartley Act.
1963 - The U.S. and U.S.S.R. agree to set up a 'Hot Line.'
1964 - General William Westmoreland succeeds General Paul Harkins as head of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV).

1899 - Jean Moulin hero of the French Resistance during WW II
1945 - James F Buchli New Rockford ND, USMC/astr (STS 51C, 61A, 29, 48)
1953 - Brian Duffy Boston Mass, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 45)

- King William IV of England
1947 - Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel, gangster, shot
1966 - Georges Lemaître, originator of "Big Bang" Theory

Reported Missing in Action
Kari, Paul A., USAF (OH); According to him, this is the first F4C shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - alive as of 1998

McDonough, John R., USNR (NJ); bridle connecting cable from launch catapault to EA1F broke; insufficient launch speed, plane sank - Killed, body not recovered

Tunnell, John W., USN (CA); A1H lost over water - KIA, body not recovered

McCain, Marvin Raymond, Jr., US Army (AL); KIA, remains recovered August, 1973

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