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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Operation Lightning Hammer

Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon, a soldier assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division commander's personal security detachment, pulls security while conducting a patrol in support of Operation Lightning Hammer in Mukeisha, Iraq, Aug. 14, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Serena Hayden

Sgt. Nic Root, a soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, watches a family walk by while pulling security during a foot patrol in support of Operation Lightning Hammer in Mukeisha, Iraq, Aug. 14, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Serena Hayden

A family from Mukeisha, Iraq, a village in the Diyala River Valley, poses for a picture as soldiers from the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conduct a patrol after clearing the village, Aug. 14, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Serena Hayden

Capt. Stephen Dobbins, commander of Troop B, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, talks to a citizen from Mukeisha, a village in the Diyala River Valley, while conducting a patrol in support of Operation Lightning Hammer, Aug. 14, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Serena Hayden

While conducting a foot patrol in support of Operation Lightning Hammer in Mukeisha, Iraq, Sgt. Nic Root, a soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, assists a local woman returning from the canal, Aug. 14, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Serena Hayden

Col. David W. Sutherland, commander of coalition forces in Diyala province, Iraq, speaks with Sheik Sammi, a tribal leader in Sheik Sa'ad Village, to ensure that the local citizens feel secure and are being treated with respect during operations in support of Operation Lightning Hammer, Aug. 14, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Serena Hayden

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U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 out of Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., watch as concrete is lifted out of the way at the site of the I-35 bridge collapse on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, so the divers can resume recovery efforts, Aug. 16, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Greg Pierot

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In Today's News - Saturday, August 18, 2007

Quote of the Day
"We in America do not have government by the majority.
We have government by the majority who participate."

-- Thomas Jefferson

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraq leaders to hold crisis talks on Saturday
'Surge' Units Set to Exit Iraq
Extremists destroy one school, rig a second
US, Coalition Forces Target Cell Leader
Phantom Strike Squeezes Insurgents in Iraq
Iraq Leads Recovery Efforts After Car-Bombs

Operation Enduring Freedom
Homicide Car Bomber Kills 15 in Afghanistan
Taliban say Korean hostage talks fail
Omar urges Afghans to unite against Western troops
German woman kidnapped in Kabul eatery
Afghan, Coalition Forces Repel Two Ambush Attacks

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Turkish Airliner Hijacked on Way from Cyprus to Istanbul
Turkish Highjack Drama Over - Report: Hijacking ends with no injuries
FAST FACTS: Chronology of Turkish Hijackings

Worldwide Wackos
Koreas put off rare summit due to floods in North

Politics / Government
White House wants more time on subpoenas

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Immigration activist leaves sanctuary

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Florida Cops Get Missile Launcher in 'Kicks for Guns' Exchange
Uncle Kracker Arrested on Second-Degree Sex Offense Charge
Wife of Michigan Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Prostitution
Ex-NBA Referee Tim Donaghy to Name Others in Betting Probe
School Principal Pleads Guilty to Meth Charge
Vick accused of gambling, executing dogs
Home Depot settles waste dumping suit

Adventures in Political Correctness
Va. tourism pitch mimics gang's sign

Science / Medicine / Technology
NASA: Endeavour MayReturn Home Early - WATCH LIVE
PHOTO ESSAY: Space Shuttle Endeavour in Orbit
Iowa Home for Delinquents Evacuated Over Illness
Australian scientists call for ocean network probe
Breast cancer vaccine looks safe, study shows
N.M. planning medical marijuana program

Mother Nature
Dean Bears Down on Jamaica, Mexico - TRACKER - PHOTOS
Hurricane Dean seen becoming deadly Category 5 - Video
Report: Rare California Condor Dies of Lead Poisoning
Series of Moderate Quakes Rattle Tokyo Area

Running of the Elvises

Other News of Note
Time Running Out for Trapped Miners - PHOTOS
Handling of mine disaster questioned

Fox News

Reuters: Top News
Kazakhstan votes in poll seen as democratic test
Funeral for film legend Bergman on Saturday: report
Graceland names first Elvis "tribute" champ - Video
After Fed's rescue, volatile days ahead
Oil jumps on Fed discount rate cut - Video
Dollar falls after Fed action ends week of active trading
Wall St soars after Fed's discount rate cut - Video
E*Trade to continue changing mix in loan portfolio
Business BlogsReuters MediaFile
DealZone: No brotherly love for KBW
M&A Today: Read the latest headlines
Shop Talk: Beauty's next mogul
DealTalk: Mark McSherry
Buyout slowdown may hurt markets
US STOCKS-Wall St soars after Fed's discount rate cut
Fed move helps FTSE notch up biggest gain in 4 yrs
Proud Countrywide may have to bow to Wall St banks
Sentinel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Business Books: Author applies economics to life and dating
Fed cuts discount rate, signals growth concern
GM CEO says consumers holding up despite turbulence
Hide now, buy later, wealth managers say

AP World News
President urges order amid Peru looting
Stars fondly remember Griffin at funeral
Daily Shock: Jumbo Low Pass
Feds Face Tough Questions in Spy Case
Op-ed: A Father Passes
Review: Nicole Kidman's Latest Flop
Discounts: Last Chance for Summer Fun
Movie Review: Superbad

CENTCOM: News Releases

Monti relieves Bryan as Joint Systems Integration Command commander - podcast
Bold Quest 07 to examine friendly force tracking capabilities - podcast
More about Bold Quest 07
Unified Endeavor 2007 prepares soldiers for Iraq deployment
More about the Mission Rehearsal Exercise program

Multi-National Force-Iraq
U.S. Military works to improve Iraqi Security Forces
Minister of Health visits new Healthcare Centers
Concerned Citizens step toward self-reliance
Harbor Substation essential to Port, industry operation
Local tip leads 3-1 Cavalry to weapons cache
Iraqi Army Forces provide humanitarian aid, medical supplies to Sinjar bombing victims
Task Force Dragon uncovers caches
Two terrorists killed, 16 detained in operations against al-Qaeda in Iraq
U.S. Army engineers aid injured Iraqi Soldiers

Soto Cano Task Force Responds to Earthquake
Officials to Make ‘Needs Assessment’ in Peru

Petraeus: Iraqis Need to Demonstrate Progress
More MRAP Vehicles Shipped to Middle East
Odierno Details 'Quick Strike' Operations in Iraq - Video

Minneapolis Bridge Operations Continue
Minneapolis Native Returns Home to Help

Coalition Forces Exert Pressure on al Qaeda

Coalition Forces Nab 11 Suspected Insurgents

Travels with Pace Special
South Korea Honors Pace - Story

Troops Care for Citizens
Engineers Improve Power Grid
Multinational Corps Iraq Tops Retention Goal Six Weeks Early
Coalition Forces Train Iraqi Marines in North Persian Gulf

No Mountain Too High for Provincial Reconstruction Team
Photo Essay: Panjshir PRT
Team Aids Remote Village
Engineers Build Roads, Bridges
Afghans Focus on Environment

‘Biggest Losers’ Strut Their Stuff
Twin Sisters Support Brother
Vietnam Vet Gets Purple Heart
Sailor Reunites with Family

Group Gives Soldier Jeep Keys
Support Group Offers Prayer
Dallas Cowboys Visit Wounded

U.S. Marine Shares His Story - Story - Special
Afghans, Iraqis Appreciate Troops - Story - Special

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch
Operations Have Terrorists on Run - Story

Substation Expansion Provides More Power - Story
U.S., Iraqi Troops Provide Medical Assistance - Story
Fighter Wing Returns from Duty in Iraq - Story
No Mountain Too High for Reconstruction Team - Story - Photos

Marines Keep Dangers 'Outside the Wire'
Multinational Corps Iraq Tops Retention Goal
Iraqis Assume Responsibility for Courthouses
Residents of Hababiyah Hail Cavalry Troops
Citizens Help Turn Tide Against Insurgents
Al Basrah Oil Terminal Project Nears Completion

Army Engineers Work to Connect Afghanistan
Team Crosses Mountain, Brings Aid to Village
Airmen Teach Afghans Hand-to-Hand Combat
Army Chief of Staff Visits Deployed Troops

Airmen Ensure Troops in the Field Get Supplies


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
1587 - Virginia Dare becomes the first English child born in the New World.
1686 - Cassini reports seeing a satellite orbiting Venus.
1817 - Gloucester, MA, newspapers report the offshore sighting of a wild sea serpent.
1834 - Mt. Vesuvius erupts.
1846 - General Stephen W. Kearney's U.S. forces captures Santa Fe, NM.
1864 - Day 1 of 3 of the Battle of Weldon Railroad (Petersburg campaign).
1894 - Congress establishes the Bureau of Immigration.
1914 - President Woodrow Wilson issues the Proclamation of Neutrality.
1920 - Tennessee ratifies the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
1930 - Eastern Airlines begins passenger service.
1938 - F.D.R. dedicates the Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting the U.S. and Canada.
1943 - The final convoy of Jews from Salonika, Greece arrive at Auschwitz.
1954 - Assistant Secretary of Labor James Wilkins becomes the first African American to attend a Cabinet meeting.
1961 - Construction on Berlin Wall is completed.
1976 - The U.S.S.R.'s Luna 24 soft-lands on the Moon.

472 - Flavius Ricimer, general of the Western Roman Empire, kingmaker
1587 - Virginia Dare, first American born of English parents
1778 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, first to circumnavigate Antarctica
1792 John, first Earl Russell, British Whig PM (1846-52, 1865-66)
1904 Sterling W. Cole (Rep-NY)
1917 Casper Weinberger, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1981-87)
1919 Walter J. Hickel (Gov-Alaska) / U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1969-71)
1924 - Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, president of Pakistan (1978-88)
1927 - Rosalynn Carter, First Lady to President Jimmy Carter

1227 - Genghis Khan, Mongol conqueror
1961 - Learned Hand, Chief judge of US court of Appeals
1990 - B.F. Skinner, psychologist

Reported Missing in Action
Uom, Chem Barung (Thailand); released - deceased

Rykoskey, Edward J., USMC (PA); disappeared when his patrol was ambushed, KIA, body not recovered

Davis, Daniel R., USAF (GA); O1A shot down over Laos, remains ID'd August, 1995

Kuykendall, Willie C., US Army (MS); drowned during attempt to recover track vehicle in river, body not recovered

Weaks, Melvin L., US Army (NC); drowned trying to reach Kuykendall, body not recovered

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