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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Operation Maiwan

An Afghanistan National Police sergeant lines his men up and divides them into two search teams. The Afghanistan National Police are searching houses in the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Maiwan, a combat operation focused on separating the Taliban from the local population of the Ghazni District of Afghanistan, June 8, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

A soldier assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, approaches the entrance to an underground cave system outside the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl, Afghanistan, June 8, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

During Operation Maiwan, soldiers assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battallion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and a member of the Afghanistan National Police search and clear a large cave system outside the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl, Afghanistan, June 8, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

During Operation Maiwan, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hill assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, searches and clears a large cave system outside the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl, Afghanistan, June 8, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

An Afghanistan National policeman prepares to enter a house in the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl. The Afghanistan National Police are searching the houses as part of Operation Maiwan, a combat operation focused on separating the Taliban from the local population of the Ghazni District of Afghanistan, June 8, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

A member of the Afghanistan National Police searches a hole in the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl for possible weapons caches or anti-coalition forces related contraband as part of Operation Maiwan, June 8, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hill, a soldier assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battallion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment enters a small entrance to a large tunnel system near the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl, Afghanistan, June 8, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

During Operation Maiwan, U.S. Army Spc. William Fowler cleared a small cave just outside the village of Kuz Khadow Kheyl, Afghanistan, June 8, 2007. Operation Maiwan is a combat operation focused on separating the Taliban from the local population of the Ghazni District of Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Holley

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A U.S. Marine from Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan is presented a Purple Heart by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force-82, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 24, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Zuk

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In Today's News - Saturday, June 30, 2007

Quote of the Day
"For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?"
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Reporter's Notebook: Rebuilding Ramadi
U.S. kills 26 militants in Baghdad - Video
Status of Soldiers Changed to 'Missing'
Another Senior Al-Qaeda Leader Identified, Killed
Extremists Using False Media Reporting to Incite Sectarian Violence

Operation Enduring Freedom
Over 30 Afghan civilians killed in air strike

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Report: London Nightclubs Got Advance Warning - VIDEO - PHOTOS - BRAINROOM
British Police Hunt for Bomb Plot Suspects
British police patrols stepped up after bombs found - Video
Spain's Ibiza airport evacuated on bomb alert: report
Court to hear Guantanamo prisoners appeals
Democrats Aim to Cut Guantanamo Funding by Half (So I guess it's only half as important that we lock terrorists up...thanks, Dems!)
Four indicted in plot to blow up New York airport
Hamas threatens any international force in Gaza

Troops on Trial
Two GIs Charged With Murdering Three Iraqis

Other Military News
Japanese Official: Atomic Bombing 'Couldn't Be Helped'

Worldwide Wackos
N.Korea reactor closure date needs 6-way talks: IAEA
IAEA team to visit Iran in July: ISNA

Politics / Government
Bush to Lose 'Fast Track' Trade Authority
Voter Forces Philly Mayor to Leave iPhone Line
Romney Defends Dog on Station Wagon on 1983 Trip
South Korea, U.S. Finalize Free Trade Agreement

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Mexico Wants Land Back After Fence Foul-Up

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Search Intensifies for Missing Wis. Student
Candlelight Vigil Held for Missing Wis. Student
Suspect: I Didn't Know Woman Was Going to Get Branded
2 Accused of Extortion in Case of Madeline McCann
Brazilian Police Bust 10 in Human Trafficking Ring
Jury Awards $54M For Patient's Internal Bleeding Death
Hundreds of new laws take effect July 1

Science / Medicine / Technology
Thousands of tech faithful snap up first iPhones - Video
Some people can buy iPhone without 2-year contract
U.S. hospital, doctor visits balloon, survey finds
Adequate sun exposure no guard against low vitamin D

Mother Nature
No Letup Expected From Texas Rain - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Officials: Tahoe Fire Sparked by Illegal Campfire - PHOTOS
UNESCO removes Oman oryx sanctuary from heritage list

News from My Neck of the Woods
Woman Killed on Ride at New York Amusement Park

Land of Enchantment or Munchies?
Police: N.Y. man loses leg and wallet
Man creates monumental cheese carving

Fox News
Getting to Know Online Background Checks
United, Continental Increase Ticket Prices
Stocks Slightly Down on Subprime Mortgage Problems
Refiners to Boost U.S. Fuel Production
Regulators Set New Subprime Mortgage Standards

Reuters: Top News
East Timor elections appear to go smoothly
Voting starts in Papua New Guinea
Pope says China "suffocates" faith, urges dialogue
Young ad stars show old pros new tricks
Oil rises to $71 on drop in U.S. fuel stocks
Wall Street drops on credit concerns
Apple, AT&T shares climb ahead of iPhone release
Lazard shares sag as deal closings lag
Office Depot shares off on sales warning
Debt investors demand more protection
Full Coverage: Subprime mortgage fallout
Commodities just behind stocks
Commerce Bancorp replaces CEO, fixes governance
Wesfarmers bids for Coles Australia
Boeing gets $2 bln U.S. Air Force contract
Jobs, subprime mess to rule July 4th week
AT&T says to buy Dobson for $2.8 billion

AP World News
Bonds moves within 5 of Aaron's mark
Ohio's laptops often stolen or missing
Bonds hits his 750th HR, but Giants lose
Obituaries in the news
Poll: Rights of Gitmo Detainees?
Travel: Military Lodging Saves Bucks
Podcast: Expert Transition Advice
Daily Shock: VBIED vs. M-16
Teaching Kids to Say Goodbye
Review: Bruce Willis' New Flick
Tribute Video: Remember Me

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM, others to test Coalition Combat Identification capability during Bold Quest 07More about CCID - podcast
USJFCOM Advanced Concept Development Demonstration named finalist for award - podcast
Exercise puts critical technology on trialCommand helps test new gun shot location system - podcast
Wood addresses joint warfare transformation at Transformation Warfare conference - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Coalition forces aid locals, fight insurgents
Renovated railway station provides critical link
‘Neighborhood Watch’ turns over cache
Housing for 380 Iraqi soldiers nears completion
Iraqi Army raid terrorist enclaves in Diyala
Government reinstates food distribution program in Baqouba
Iraqi Forces detain suspected terrorists in Northwestern Iraq

Gates: Speed Mine Resistent Vehicles to Troops
Video: Gates, Pace Media Roundtable
Rebuilding Shifts Away from Western Contracts
Afghan Police Training Mirrors Army Success
Web Page on Bloggers' Roundtable
VA Patient Advocates to Help Wounded Warriors

More Headline News
President Bush Cites Hopeful Signs in Iraq
Bush Nominates Mullen, Cartwright to Top Posts
Bush Offers Praise, Thanks to Pace, Giambastiani

Military News
Servicemembers Get Sneak Preview of ‘Transformers’
Injured Veteran Inspires Others With Brain Injuries
Comfort Opens Doors, Nearly 400 Treated

War on Terror
Troops Nab Caches, Insurgents
Iraqi Citizens Find Weapons
Coalition Forces Detain Suspects

Marines Test Purification System
VTC for Servicemembers
A-10s Get Digital Makeover
Smooth Move into Peru
Face of Defense
Military Roots Run Deep For Top Enlisted Servicemember's Wife
Wounded Air Force Sergeant’s Will to Fly Remains Undaunted
Marine Represents Family
Sailor's Drive Leads to Success

America Supports You
Former Soldier Spreads Message
Home-front Supporters Honored
Famous Chef to Salute Military
Missouri Shows Generosity

Counter-Insurgency Expert Sees Progress in Iraq - Story

Marines Train Djiboutian Navy in Security Tactics - Story
Navy Mechanics Keep Missions Rolling Along - Story

Medical Mission Brings Care to Needy Villagers
Marine Exhibits Leadership with Experience
Technology Brings Troops Closer to Home
Iraqi Railway Station Provides Critical Link
Taji's 'Neighborhood Watch' Turns Over Cache
Night Air Assault Mission Nets Insurgents
Marines Make Their Presence Known in Rutbah
Multi-National Soldiers Secure Vulnerable Site
Compassionate Soldiers Give Iraqi Child Hope
‘Arrowhead Ripper’ Continues Offensive

Medical Task Force Educates to Save Lives
Task Force Donates Books to Local University
Music Strengthens Ties Between Djibouti, U.S.
Well Drillers Increase African Water Supply

Workers Up-armor Humvees to Protect Troops
Reconstruction Team Launches Dam Project
Army Battle Company Makes Presence Known
Panjshir Opens Teachers’ Training College

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
0296 - St. Marcellinus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1294 - Jews are expelled from Berne, Switzerland
1794 - Battle of Fort Recovery, Ohio
1834 - Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
1859 - Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope
1862 - Day 6 of the 7 Days-Battle of White Oak Swamp
1870 - Ada Kepley becomes 1st female law college graduate
1871 - Guatemala revolts for agarian reforms
1881 - Henry Highland Garnet, named minister to Liberia
1893 - Excelsior diamond (blue-white 995 carats) discovered
1894 - Korea declares independence from China, asks for Japanese aid
1900 - 4 German liners burn at Hobokon Docks NJ, 326 die
1902 - S I Bailey discovers asteroid #504 Cora
1906 - Pure Food & Drug Act & Meat Inspection Act adopted
1908 - Giant fireball impacts in Central Siberia (Tunguska Event)
1911 - US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closes
1913 - 2nd Balkan War begins
1914 - Mahatma Gandhi's 1st arrest, campaigning for Indian rights in S Africa
1923 - New Zealand claims Ross Dependency in Antarctica
1927 - Augusto Cesar Sandino issues his Manifesto Politico; US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota closes
1928 - Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
1930 - 1st round-the-world radio broadcast Schenectady NY
1934 - "Night of the Long Knives," Hitler stages bloody purge of Nazi party; French Equitorial Africa constituted a single administrative unit
1935 - C Jackson discovers asteroid #1784 Benguella
1936 - 40 hour work week law approved (federal)
1940 - US Fish & Wildlife Service established
1942 - US Mint in New Orleans ceases operation
1948 - Transistor as a substitute for Radio tubes announced (Bell Labs)
1950 - Pres Truman orders US troops into Korea
1951 - NAACP begins attack on school segregation & discrimination
1956 - United DC-7 & TWA aircraft collide over Grand Canyon, killing 128
1959 - During a game in Wrigley Field, 2 balls were in play at same time
1960 - Zaire (then Belgian Congo) gains independence from Belgium
1961 - Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit
1962 - Rwanda & Burundi become independent
1963 - Cardinal Montini elected Pope Paul VI, 262nd head of RC Church
1964 - Centaur 3 launch vehicle fails to make Earth orbit
1967 - Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr., named 1st Black astronaut
1969 - Spain cedes Ifni to Morocco
1970 - T Smirnova discovers asteroid #2139 Makharadze
1971 - Ohio becomes the 38th state to approve of lower the voting age to 18, thus ratifying the 26th admendment
1972 - 1st leap second day; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
1973 - Observers aboard Concorde jet observe 72-min solar eclipse
1974 - Petty thief Peter Leonard sets fire to cover burglary that torches "Gulliver's" nightclub. 24 die (Port Chester NY)
1977 - Jimmy Carter cans B-1A bomber later "B-1's the B-52"; US Railway Post Office final train run (NY to Wash DC)
1981 - China's Communist Party condemns the late Mao Tse-tung's policy
1982 - Federal Equal Rights Amendment fails 3 states short of ratification
1982 - Orbiter Challenger (OV-099) rolled out at Palmdale
1985 - 39 remaining hostages from Flight 847 are freed in Beirut
1986 - Georgia sodomy law upheld by Supreme Court (5-4)
1989 - Attorney General Thornburgh orders Joseph Doherty deported to the UK; Congressman Lukins found guilty of having sex with a 16 year old girl; NASA closes down tracking stations in Santiago, Chile & Guam; NY State Legislature passes Staten Island seccession bill

1470 - Charles VIII king of France (1483-98), invaded Italy
1768 - Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, U.S. First Lady
1819 - William A. Wheeler (R) 19th VP (1877-81)
1837 - Stephen D. Ramseur, youngest West Pointer to become a Major General
1909 - Juan Bosch, poet/pres of the Dominican Republic (1962-63)
1934 - Harry Blackstone, Jr., magician (Blackstone Book of Magic & Illusion)
1950 - Donna Jean Willmott, FALN member (FBI most wanted)
1951 - Stephen S. Oswald, astronaut (STS 42)

1961 - Dr. Lee De Forest, radio pioneer, at 87
1971 - 3 cosmonauts die as Soyuz XI depressurizes during reentry
1973 - Elmer Layden, one of Notre Dame's legendary 4-horsemen
1974 - Mrs. Albert King, mother of Martin Luther King, murdered in church

Reported Missing in Action
The following USMC / USN personnel reported Missing when their CH-46A was shot down - all KIA/BNR:

Allen, Merlin R., (WI); passenger

House, John A., (NY); pilot

Judd, Michael B., USN (OH); Corpsman

Killen, John D., (IA); passenger

Runnels, Glyn L., Jr., (AL); passenger

Also reported Missing this day in 1967:
Cole, Legrande O., Jr., USN (CT); A4C shot down - remains returned May, 1989

Howard, Luther H., US Army (NC); disappeared while swimming, presumed Killed/BNR

McGrath, John Michael, USN (CO); A4C shot down - released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

The following USAF personnel reported missing in the shoot-down of an OV10A and subsequent rescue attempt - all reported KIA - fragmented remains of those inthe HH53A found March, 1995:

Sanders, William S. (ME)

Rescue craft - HH53A:
Bell, Marvin E., (AR)

Dean, Michael F. (CA)

Goeglein, John W. (MO)

Jenkins, Paul L. (AR)

Schaneberg, Leroy C. (IL)

The following personnel reported Missing when their was shot down:


Sadler, Mitchell Olen, USAF (CA); F4E shot down (W/Hill) - presumed KIA

Also reported Missing in 1970:
Burgess, John L., US Army (MI); UH1H shot down, KIA/BNR

Bridges, Philip W., US Army (CA); Killed when his 3/4 truck, carrying explosives, blew up

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