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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

IA, CF discover al-Qaeda safe house north of Baqouba

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory

RELEASE No. 20070711-02
July 11, 2007

Multi-National Division – North PAO

BAQOUBA, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces discovered an al-Qaida safe house, north of the capital of Diyala province, early this week.

Iraqi Army soldiers and CF Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, found the building while conducting operations north of Baqouba. Inside, the patrol found medical supplies, medical equipment and al-Qaida related propaganda.

Also inside the building was a room with indicators that it had been used as a place of torture, such as blood on the walls and blacked out windows.

One person was detained near the building after locals identified him as being an insurgent.

The Iraqi Soldiers destroyed the medical supplies after finding they were expired.
Since the beginning of Operation Arrowhead Ripper, at least 60 al-Qaeda operatives have been killed, 222 have been detained, 55 weapons caches have been discovered, 125 improvised explosive devices have been destroyed and 24 booby-trapped structures have been destroyed.


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Drill Team Performs at NASCAR Race

7/10/2007 - Members of the Air Force Drill Team perform their 16-man sequence in front of more than 150,000 spectators during the pre-race events at NASCAR's Pepsi 400 July 7 in Daytona, Fla. The drill team joined Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne to represent the Air Force as a part of the "America Supports You" program honoring all servicemembers for the race weekend. The NASCAR event kicked-off the team's current tour, which continues as they visit MacDill Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, both in Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexandre Montes)

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Soldiers work to build trust in Rashid

From MNF-Iraq:

Wednesday, 11 July 2007
By Spc. Shea Butler
7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BAGHDAD — The East Rashid Security District has long been known as stomping ground for members of al-Qaida, but with the help of coalition forces, hopefully not for much longer. Coalition forces routinely clear neighborhoods of weapons caches, search for insurgents and maintain a presence in these neighborhoods.

After conducting a patrol in one neighborhood of East Rashid, the Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, chose to “pop smoke” -- literally, using smoke canisters to help cover their exit.

When they returned the next day, the troops discovered the smoke canisters they used had caused some damage to a local resident’s home, starting a small fire, which had been quickly extinguished.

Capt. Andre Yee, Co. C’s commander, took a few Soldiers back to some of the homes they visited the day before. A friendly local family welcomed the Soldiers with open arms and showed them the damage to the house.

Yee immediately offered to pay the family so they could fix their home.

“The gentleman was hesitant to take the money at first, but I explained to him it was the right thing to do,” Yee said. “If we damage something we are going to fix it.”

After the men finished their business, the wife and daughter of the household began to prepare food for the Soldiers.

The troops joined the Iraqi family for brunch in their living room. The husband and wife with their four children each voiced their concerns for their neighborhood and their gratitude toward the Soldiers.

“Do you think there is any hope for the neighborhood?” Yee asked the husband.

“If there are more people like you and your Soldiers, then there is hope,” the man replied through an interpreter.

Because of the recent violence and coalition and Iraqi security forces’ efforts to bring it under control, East Rashid is under a strict curfew. No military-age males are allowed to wander the neighborhood. However, no one really goes outside because of fear of insurgents, the local family explained.

“Can I just go outside and play?” the youngest of the children asked Yee.

“No, not yet,” Yee said.

“Give us time to secure the area. Bullets don’t have names on them,” Yee explained in terms the young boy could understand. “If the insurgents are targeting us (coalition forces) you might get caught in the middle and get hurt.”

After their meal was over and the conversation wound down, it was time for Yee and his troops to get back on the road. The family and Soldiers exchanged hugs and handshakes. Yee’s interpreter gave the family a phone number and told them to call if they had any problems, and said they would return to check up on the family in the following days.

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QUICK CARE — U.S. Army Spc. Luciano Mada, a combat medic with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, applies burn cream and bandages to a baby that suffered second- and third-degree burns during a cooking accident in a Baghdad resident's home, July 7, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Quillen

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In Today's News - Tuesday, July 11, 2007

Quote of the Day
"In my many years I have come to a conclusion
that one useless man is a shame,
two is a law firm,
and three or more is a congress."

-- John Adams

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Iraqis bemoan lack of services
Qaeda to "lash out"
White House to back Iraq policy on Hill
Report Points to Limited Progress
Head of Marines Sees Vietnam Parallels (and as many differences)At Least 3 Killed in Green Zone Barrage
Humanitarian aid decreases violence in Baghdad neighborhood
Soldiers work to build trust in Rashid

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Sand, Sun ... and Terror
Chertoff: Summer brings Al Qaeda threat
Iran: We Are Ready to Take on Al Qaeda
U.K. Sentences 4 to Life for 2005 London Bombings
Timeline of major terrorism trials in Britain
Bin Laden's Son Marries British Divorcee
Lebanon assualt
Fighting ends at Pakistan mosque
Palestinians flee as Lebanon army set to storm camp
Suicide bomb kills eight in Algeria: residents
India remembers train bombing dead
Data on Americans mined for terror risk

Troops on Trial
Investigator: Drop Charges in Haditha Killings (Amen!)
Judge clears way for Abu Ghraib trial

Worldwide Wackos
IAEA team likely to arrive in North Korea July 14
Libya court upholds death sentence on medics - Video

Politics / Government
More Madam Problems for Senator
Ex-brothel owner: Vitter a 'decent man'
Ex-Bush Aide to Remain Silent Over Prosecutor Firings
Bush brushes aside Republican dissent
More news: Bush to project lower deficit
Gonzales faces new firestorm in Congress
Former Bush adviser to say no to Senate
Carmona says Bush officials muzzled him

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Evidence ... or Porn?
Reporter in Bikini Video at Missing Mom Home 'Devastated'
Body Is Missing University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Senior Kelly Nolan, Coroner Confirms

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Law and Order
Google lets users overlay data on personalized maps

Science / Medicine / Technology
'Lunch Break' Breast Implants Headed to Europe
Woman Almost Dies After Bikini Wax
Fat switch may offer new obesity approach: study
Is HIV a time bomb under the mining industry?
Astronomers spot most distant galaxies ever seen
China to focus on small food producers
Space shuttle moves to launch pad

Mother Nature
Squid as Long as Bus Washes Up on Australian Beach
Lightning, winds hamper firefighting

News from My Neck of the Woods
Adhesive blamed in Boston Big Dig tunnel collapse

Levitating Beer Cooler Not Included
Man Gored in Day Five of Running of the Bulls
New Dictionary Includes Words 'Ginormous' and 'Crunk'
Police seize magic trick from preacher
Suburb puts a bounty on flies
Utah town asks, 'Where's the Beef?'

Fox News
Character Actor Charles Lane Dies at 102

Reuters: Top News
Powwow's drumbeat draws American Indians to doctor
Nokia says adds Skype to N800 Internet tablet
Rome looks for revival on global fashion stage
Indian hotel voted world's best for first time: survey
"Potter" film gets massive release - Video
Site chosen to host Simpsons premiere - Video
Dollar sinks in U.S. subprime, credit quicksand
Oil eases towards $76 ahead of U.S. data
Daimler down on talk of Chrysler financing problems
Ventana rejects Roche's $3 bln takeover offer
NYSE Euronext up after Lehman upgrade
Subprime Crisis
Bond bears turn tail in subprime scare
Fed consumer powers questioned
Dow Jones meets investors on alternate bid: source
Liz Claiborne to cut jobs, eyes option for 16 brands
Alcan confirms has signed standstill pacts
Microsoft holds firm on Xbox 360 pricing
Citigroup to list shares in Tokyo, boost branches
Banks seen pulling back lending to loan buyers

AP World News
Stock futures point mixed after sell-off
Plea deal possible in Richie DUI case
5 mourned after Florida plane crash
South Dakota wins federal lab project
Ichiro hits inside-the-park HR; AL leads
Selig won't commit to Bonds chase
Poll: Time to Leave Iraq?
WF: Living in the Enemy's Backyard
Daily Shock: London Blitz Newsreel
DT: Boeing Fires Back on CSAR-X
Prince Harry Got Ripped Off
Podcast: Military Insurance Made Easy
A Bloody Business

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM, others to test Coalition Combat Identification capability during Bold Quest 07
More 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
Spear Academy brings Coalition Forces closer to ultimate goal
Soldiers spread word on rewards program
Suspected Secret Cell Terrorist Detained by Coalition Forces
Two terrorists killed, 20 suspects detained
Rockets, mortars seized in Rashid
IED factory discovered, specialized in ‘curb-shaped’ bombs
IA, CF discover al-Qaeda safe house north of Baqouba
Tipsters lead to capture south Baghdad’s most wanted terrorist, cache

Bush to Wait for Petraeus Report on Iraq
President Names New Commander for AFRICOM
U.S. Africa Command Information
More Time Needed to Assess Surge Effectiveness
Too Early for Iraq Conclusions, Officials Say
Military Recruiting Numbers Show Promise
Guard to Adjust Number of Troops on Border

More Headline News
Amphibious Marines Host 'Life of a Marine'
Service Dog Aids Fairchild Family Member
Secretary Postpones Trip to Focus on Iraq

Military News
Army Reaches Out to Adult 'Influencers'
Army Medics' Quick Actions Save Airman
USNS Comfort Continues Mission in Panama

War on Terror
Troops Detain 19 in Iraq
Polish Soldiers Help Afghan Children Experience Kite-Flying
Forces Detain Insurgents
Troops Detain 15 Insurgents

Installation Realignments
Defense Officials Offer Million-Dollar Prize for Power Innovations
‘Sentinels of the Sea’ Debuts
Guard Unit Flies First Predator

Face of Defense
Military Pays Tribute to Warrior
Mother, Daughter in Tandem
Evil Eyes Stand Out
Veteran Overcomes Obstacles

America Supports You
‘Hero Hugs’ Founder Honored
Foundation Lends Helping Hand
San Diego Padres Salute Military
Canines Offer Healing Therapy

Troops Detain 19 in Iraq - Story

Joint Medical Engagement Treats Afghans - Story
Once Violent Iraqi Neighborhood, Now Peaceful - Story
Civil Affairs Donates Supplies to African Hospital - Story

Cooperative Efforts Returning Falahat to Normal
Ironhorse Brigade, City of Austin Team up in Iraq
'Wolverines' Ready for Anything on Mission
Sustainment Brigade Hands off Q-West Mission

Marines Train Djiboutian Navy in Security Tactics
Medical Task Force Educates to Save Lives

Bank Agreement Strengthens Afghan Economy
Afghan Leaders Provide Aid to Flood Victims

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
- Pope Clement VII excommunicates King Henry VIII of England.
1740 - Czarina Anne expels Jews from Little Russia.
1781 - Thomas Hutchins is designated Geographer of the U.S.
1798 - An Act of Congress establishes the U.S. Marine Corps (celebrated as the USMC birthday until November 1921, when General Lejeune summarized the mission, history, and tradition of the Corps, ordering that it be read every November 10th following to celebrate the Corps' birthday).
1804 - Vice President Aaron Burr kills Alex Hamilton in a pistol duel in New Jersey.
1812 - The U.S. invades Canada.
1952 - General Eisenhower is nominated as the Republican presidential candidate.
1955 - Congress authorizes all U.S. currency to say "In God We Trust"; Colorado's Lowry AFB dedicates its new USAF Academy, with 300 cadets.
1962 - Cosmonaut Micolaev sets a record for what was then the longest space flight, at 4 days.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee releases evidence on the Watergate inquiry.
1977 - Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., is posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom.
1979 - The U.S. satellite Skylab enters the atmosphere over Australia, disintegrating.
1980 - Iran frees American hostage Richard I. Queen.

1274 - Robert the Bruce, Scottish King
1767 - John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. President
1861 - George William Norris (Rep-NE)
1899 - E.B. White, writer ("Charlotte's Web")
1916 - Gough Whitlam, Australian PM
1920 - Yul Brynner, actor ("The King and I", "The Ten Commandments")

1804 - Alex Hamilton, killed in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr
1937 - George Gershwin, composer ("American in Paris")
1989 - Sir Laurence Olivier, acting great

Reported Missing in Action
Shattuck, Lewis W., USAF (WA); F105D shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Wilkins, George H., USN (NC); A4C shot down, remains returned October, 1996

Crody, Kenneth L., USMC (IN); CH53D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Hendrix, Jerry W., USMC (KS); CH53D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Lesesne, Henry D., USN (SC); A4 shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain as of 1996 - alive and well as of 1998

Masterson, Frederick J., USN (CA); F4J shot down, released by DRV March 1973 - retired as a Lt. Commander as of 1996 - alive and well as of 1998

Randall, Robert I., USN (NJ); F4J shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998

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