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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Over Iraq

An Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle goes out on patrol from Balad Air Base, Iraq. Predators fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Eight MQ-1s flew missions in the area of responsibility Aug. 10. U.S. Air Force photo

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Operation William Wallace Clears Abu Tina

Multi-National Corps - Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

RELEASE No. 20070810-06
August 10, 2007

Multi-National Division - North PAO

DIYALA RIVER VALLEY, Iraq - Building upon recent success in the Diyala River Valley, Iraqi and Coalition Soldiers conducted Operation William Wallace, Aug. 8, to destroy al-Qaeda elements in the Abu Tina area.

Conducting an early-morning air assault, the 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, partnered with Soldiers from Troop B, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, attached to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, cleared the village; resulting in four terrorists killed, two suspected terrorists detained and a weapons cache discovered.

"This mission is important because while it provides a secure environment for the citizens of Abu Tina, it also reduces elements within the area that are known to target nearby villages," said Col. David W. Sutherland, commander of Coalition Forces in Diyala province.

"Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups have no place in Diyala. We will find them and they will be brought to justice."

While conducting a thorough clearance of Abu Tina, Coalition Forces killed two al-Qaeda members after being engaged in separate incidents. Attack helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade killed an additional two armed men as they tactically maneuvered in a canal system around the objective area.

The detainees, one of whom was discovered with the weapons cache, were transferred to a facility for further questioning.

"We will continue to take advantage of the increased forces in Baqouba, allowing Iraqi and Coalition Forces to aggressively target other key areas that the terrorists perceive as their safe havens," said Sutherland.


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NEW FRIENDS — U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Luedtke talks with locals living in the Anaba district of Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, Aug. 6. Luedtke, commander of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team, brought members of his PRT to Anaba to provide training to Afghan National Police serving in the area. Luedtke is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi

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In Today's News - Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Quote of the Day
"In the future,
what would prevent a booby-trapped car
causing a nuclear explosion in Washington
or a germ or a chemical one?"

-- Saddam Hussein

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
'Lightning Hammer' Strikes - New offensive targets Al Qaeda in Iraq, militias
Report: Iraqi PM to Hold Summit on Saving Government
U.S. troops care for rescued Iraqi baby
Four U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq
Bomber strikes bridge in Iraq; 10 dead
Search for Missing Soldiers Continues
Concerned citizens bring cache to patrol base
Residents of Hababiyah welcome Cavalry troops

Operation Enduring Freedom
Two freed Koreans to leave Afghanistan soon - Video

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Jurors Asked to Weigh Intent in Padilla Terror Trial
Russia: Homemade Bomb Caused Train Derailment
Rights group: 31 killed in Mogadishu

Worldwide Wackos
Roh to drive, not take train, for North Korea summit
North Korea seeks help after floods ravage country - Video

Politics / Government
'Impossible to Avoid China' in 2008 Debate
Karl Rove's Departure Met With Reverence, Vilification
Giuliani: Long Iraq presence needed
McCain takes once high-flying bid to S.Carolina
Ala. city considers end to alcohol sales

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Report: Michael Vick Offered Plea Deal
Michael Vick's Co-Defendants Set Plea Hearings
Most Eligible U.K. Bachelor Stabbed to Death in Atlantic City

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
'Pedophile' Blogger Busted - Self-proclaimed pervert arrested near day care

Science / Medicine / Technology
Mattel Prepares New Recall
Chinese Toy Company Boss Commits Suicide Amid Recall
Made-in-China Toothpaste for Hotels Recalled
NASA Examines Shuttle Damage - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Yahoo edges Google in U.S. user satisfaction survey

Mother Nature
Hawaiians Prep for Hurricane as Quake Hits - TRACKER
'Hundreds' Dead or Missing in North Korean Floods
Australia holds the world's last great savanna
Temps hit century mark in South

Japanese Biker Unknowingly Loses Leg, Keeps Riding

Other News of Note
Camera Shows No Life in Mine - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Utah mine search goes deeper
World's Oldest Person Dies at 114 in Japan
WWE: Wrestler Brian 'Crush' Adams Found Dead

Fox News
Bridge Collapse Kills 22 in China - PHOTO ESSAY
Sara Gilbert Gives Birth to Baby Girl

Reuters: Top News
India's Gandhi backs nuclear deal, left to revisit
Pakistan celebrates independence amid security fears - Video
Taiwan presidential candidate cleared of graft
U.S. college students to spend 9 pct more in '07: survey
Book Talk: Essays take fresh perspective on black America
Wal-Mart slides on miss and outlook
Futures flat as data looms - Video
Home Depot shares inch up on results
U.S. crude higher as subprime woes still in focus
Renewed risk aversion hurts global stocks - Video
Business Blogs
Reuters DealZone
M&A Today Read the latest headlines
MediaFile Mmm. . .Wall Street Journal
Shop Talk: In your Facebook, Wal-Mart
Analysis: The Federal Reserve
So far, so good ...
US STOCKS-Futures flat as PPI looms; Wal-Mart down
FTSE up by midday, helped by mild inflation, miners
Home Depot profit slumps on housing weakness
Wal-Mart posts higher profit
Midwest Air investor concerned about TPG offer
UBS CFO says market needs more subprime info
Countrywide says mortgage loans rose in July
Merrill Lynch may relocate its NY headquarters: report

AP World News
Brad Garrett seen striking man's camera
Bonds cheered in Pittsburgh; teams split
Pakistan marks Independence Day
Sexson's homer leads Mariners past Twins
Jeter lifts Yanks to 9th win in 10 games
Obituaries in the news
Minn. picks designs for new bridge
Broadcom seeks ban on Qualcomm chips
Will Drones Work on Carriers?
DT: Sniping Security Cameras
MI5 Whistleblower Claims He is God
Daily Shock: Iraqi Cliff Diving
Op-ed: Stop the Madrassa
Ghost Recon 2 vs. Land Warrior
Sgt. Shaft: Tricare's Antiquated Policy
Kit Up!: Titanium Spork

CENTCOM: News Releases

Unified Endeavor 2007 prepares soldiers for Iraq deployment
More about the Mission Rehearsal Exercise program
Noble Resolve 07-2 aims at making communication easier - podcast
Newsmaker Profile: Col. L. Ross Roberts - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Coalition Soldiers rescue 2-year-old Iraqi boy from well
Paratroopers capture rogue Jaysh Al-Mahdi cell leader
Operation Lightning Hammer pursues al-Qaeda
Task Force Lightning Soldiers killed
Rashid residents provide tip, three suspects detained
Tomahawks discover car bomb in southern Baghdad
Desert Rogues uncover two cache sites
Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain high-value rogue JAM Special Groups leader

TOP NEWS: Bush Calls for 'Seamless' Health Care System to Care for Wounded Warriors
IRAQ: Council Votes to Expand U.N. Mission
AFGHANISTAN: Police Detain Insurgents

War on Terror
Afghan Officials, Citizens Gather For Opening of District Center
Afghans Provide Aid to Villagers
U.S., Iraqi Partnership Yields Results

Face of Defense
After Surviving Sniper's Bullet, Soldier Looks to Future
Marines, Sailor Earn Medals
Marine Follows Dream of Flying
Working Dog Finds Explosives

America Supports You
New Partnership Results in Home for Wounded Soldier
Support Groups Receive Grants
Group Takes Action for Troops

Army Chief of Staff Visits Deployed Troops - Story
Training Base Helps Build Future of Iraq - Story

Predators Soar to Record Number of Sorties
Military Working Dogs Get New Kennel Facility
Army Logistics Begins New Chapter in Iraq
U.S. Soldiers Help Iraqis Open New Date Plant
Security Forces Airmen Step Outside the Wire
U.S. Marines Clean Up Historic Cemetery
Iraqis Sign Up to be Police Officers
Iraqi Soldiers Host Luncheon for Troops

District Center Opens, Despite Tragedy
Afghan Villagers Benefit from Humanitarian Visit
Local Afghan 'Cop' Show a Big Success
Program Connects Volunteers with Mission

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
410 - Alaric sacks Rome.
1756 - French troops capture Fort Oswego, NY.
1765 - Mass colonists challenge British rule by planting an Elm (Liberty Tree)
1813 - The British warship Pelican attacks and captures the U.S. war brigantine Argus
1842 - The Seminole War ends; Indians are removed from Florida to Oklahoma.
1846 - Henry David Thoreau is jailed for tax resistance.
1848 - The Oregon Territory is created.
1862 - President Abraham Lincoln receives the first group of blacks to confer with a U.S. president
1893 - France issues its first driving licenses, included a required test.
1900 - International forces (including U.S. Marines) enter Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion (it was aimed at ridding China of foreigners).
1912 - 2,500 U.S. marines invade Nicaragua, remaining until 1925.
1917 - China declares war on Germany and Austria.
1935 - The Social Security Act becomes law.
1945 - V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally, ending WWII.
1947 - India gains independence within the British Commonwealth; Pakistan gains independence from Britain.
1962 - NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A. Walker takes the X-15 to 60,000 m; A U.S. postal truck in Plymouth, MA, is robbed of more than $1.5 million.
1966 - The first U.S. lunar orbiter begins circling the Moon.
1969 - British troops intervene in Northern Ireland.
1971 - Bahrain proclaims its independence after more than 100 years of British rule; in Northern Ireland, the British begin internment without trial.
1973 - The U.S. bombs Cambodia.
1974 - Congress authorizes U.S. citizens to own gold.

1774 - Meriwether Lewis, Captain, Lewis and Clark Expedition
1941 - David Crosby, musician (Crosby, Stills & Nash-Southern Cross)
1943 - Jon A. McBride, Captain USN/astronaut (STS 41G)
1952 - Mark C. Lee, Major USAF/astronaut (STS-30, sk:47)
1965 - Lynette Falls, Miss NJ / America (1991)

1936 - Rainey Bethea, hanged at the last public execution in the U.S.
1951 - William Randolph Hearst, newspaper publisher
1988 - Enzo Ferrari, Italian sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari
1991 - Douglas Kiker, newscaster (NBC-TV)

Reported Missing in Action
Brodak, John W., USAF (MO); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Eaton, Curtis Abbot, USAF (RI); F105 shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Franklin, Charles E., USAF (OH); F105 shot down, KIA, remains returned July, 1988, ID'd October, 1988

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