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Wednesday, December 05, 2007



Release Date: 12/4/2007

Release Number: 07-01-03P

Description: BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – An Afghan doctor and a Coalition forces medic combined efforts to save an 18-month-old Afghan infant from a drug overdose near Cahar Cineh, Oruzgan Province, Nov. 30.

The father brought the baby to the doctor who in turn brought the family to a nearby Coalition base. The female infant was seizing, unresponsive, had shallow breathing, and an erratic heart rate.

“She was sick and wouldn’t go to sleep so the mother gave the baby a hashish pill to help her go to sleep yesterday,” said the father.

After stabilizing the infant, the medic called and consulted with the U.S. poison control for her treatment. The medics worked through the night to keep the infant alive. The fragile baby’s vitals fluctuated and temperature rose to as high as 103.8 degree Fahrenheit. Her breathing remained erratic and she suffered multiple seizures.

The medics gave her the necessary medicine to break the fever. However, after a short period of time her condition began to deteriorate.

“Her vital signs went awry and she felt extremely hot, with a temperature around 104 degrees,” the medic said. “We used wet paper towels to try to actively cool her in conjunction with antipyretics, Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Her temperature lowered to around 102 degrees and she stabilized and fell back asleep.”

The infant’s condition slowly improved with the constant care of the Afghan doctor and Coalition forces medics.

“After caring for her for two days, she was well enough to return home,” the medic said. “Caring for Afghan citizens is part of our mission.”

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Soldiers, U.S. Doctors Help Iraqi Girl Burned by Boiling Water

From Multi-National Force Iraq:

Capt. Keri Mullens (left), brigade surgeon, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., begins treatment on 5-year-old Dhuha Khalid Abed's legs. Dhuha was brought to Patrol Base Murray by her father Khalid Abed (pictured on right) Dec. 4 to receive treatment for second and third degree burns she suffered while playing with her brother around a pot of boiling water. Photo by 2BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

PATROL BASE MURRAY — The day after treating 307 local residents at a coordinated medical engagement in Al Buaytha, U.S. Army medics were back on the job again at Patrol Base Murray, treating a 5-year-old girl for burns on her legs, Dec. 4.

Dhuha Khalid Abed was playing with her brother near a pot of water being heated on an electric heater when the accident occurred, Dec. 1, said Khalid Abed, Dhuha’s father. The pot spilled onto Dhuha's legs, causing second- and third-degree burns to her thighs.

Abed said he received aid from local Soldiers on the ground, including creams and dressings for the wounds. Seeing his daughter still in pain days later, he decided to take her to Patrol Base (PB) Murray for additional help.

Medics from the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., assessed the injury and cleaned the wounds.

"Right now we are more worried about secondary infections," said Sgt. Eric Ironsmith, from Shreveport, La., 1-30th Inf. Regt. aid station medic.

Because the burns removed the top layer of skin from her thighs, Ironsmith said Dhuha is more susceptible to infections. That crucial skin layer blocks potential disease.

To help reduce the chance of infections, medics scrubbed the skin, removed dead tissue around the wound, and applied an antibiotic cream to the injuries.

Despite the severity of the burns, Lt. Col. Hee-Choon S. Lee, 1-30th Inf. Regt., battalion surgeon, said there was hope for the girl. Because the burn did not completely wrap around her legs or occur near a joint, Lee, a native of Larton, Va., said a recovery was possible.

"I've seen many children out there with burns," he said. "There is quite a bit of hope for her."

Although she may receive scarring on the legs and potentially need skin grafts as she grows, Lee said with proper care the injury can be kept at bay. Lee said it was satisfying knowing he was able to do something for the girl.

Dhuha will still need additional visits and follow-up treatments, Ironsmith said. Lee provided Abed with a note allowing him to bring his daughter back to PB Murray over the next few days and instructions on how to care for the burns at home.

"It is good to know there is someone to take care of me and my family," Abed said upon being released with his daughter, adding he hopes local doctors and the clinic being planned in his home in Arab Jabour are just as helpful and nice as the American doctors.

To help the community, which currently lacks a clinic, American Soldiers are working with U.S. State Department embedded provincial reconstruction teams to construct a building for use as a clinic and get the necessary personnel to staff the facility, Lee said.

In the meantime, Lee said he and his fellow medics will continue to help local residents in need of assistance.

"I hope that the community realizes the American presence here is a good thing. We are here to help," Lee said.

(Story courtesy of Task Force Marne Public Affairs)

In Other Recent Developments Here:
BAGHDAD — Baghdad’s top Iraqi Police officials and members of the 18th Military Police Brigades’ Provincial Police Transition Team gathered at the Iraqi Directorate of Police Headquarters here to witness 707 new Iraqi Police Officers graduate and perform a training demonstration, Dec. 4.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Acting on a tip from Concerned Local Citizens, Coalition forces discovered a weapons cache in the neighborhood of Madyriah, Nov. 30.

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OVER THE PACIFIC - An aircrew waits to launch from Catapult 3 during night flight operations on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 2, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac

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In Today's News - Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Freedom is not the right to do what we want,
but what we ought.
Let us have faith that right makes might
and in that faith let us; to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it."

-- Abraham Lincoln

News of Note
Omaha Mall Massacre
Gunman Wrote in Suicide Note: 'I'm Going Out in Style' - VIDEO - PHOTO ESSAY

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Car bombs kill 23 in Iraq during Gates visit
Dems seek solution for Iraq war funding
Marine general shelves troop shift plan
Gates says secure Iraq within reach
Bomb kills 16 in quiet Baghdad district
Commander Outlines Iraq Challenges
Moderate Detainees Identify Extremists

Operation Enduring Freedom
Marines Won’t Move into Afghanistan for Now

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
High court probes Guantanamo prisoners' rights - Video
House trims terror insure bill, plans vote

Troops (and Contractors) on Trial
Pentagon deal reins in Iraq contractors

Other Military News
Russian navy to start sorties in Mediterranean

Worldwide Wackos
U.S.: Iran should help family of missing American

Politics / Government
Democratic Rivals Hammer Clinton Over Iran Vote in Radio Debate
Huckabee Denies Urging Parole of Convicted Rapist
Romney to take on issue of his Mormon faith - Video
Food vouchers for women and children overhauled
Obama: Expand national service programs
Bush Plan to Freeze Certain Subprime Interest Rates
Democratic candidates weigh in on mortgage crisis - Video
Preacher rebuffs Senate spending inquiry
Jenna Bush calls parents on 'Ellen' show
Third term for Putin would not faze most Russians
Kosovo backers seek tough NATO security pledge

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
17-Year-Old Charged With Gunning Down NFL Star Sean Taylor
Accused Taylor shooter wants plea deal
'Back From the Dead' U.K. Man Arrested - VIDEO - PHOTOS
Teen Sparks Global Search, Weds Lover in Egypt
Divers Search Canal for Signs of Missing Stacy Peterson
Attorney Downplays 'Sex Teacher' Bust - PHOTOS - VIDEO
Girl, 7, Shot 6 Times While Protecting Mother
Cop Fired After Suing Family of Infant Drowning Victim
Mafia Boss Swallows Secrets Before Dying
German police find five dead children in house
Child abuse queries in Spears' case
Austrian wins $11,000 over anesthesia

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Google founder set to wed on Branson isle: source

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Indonesian Woman Gives Birth to 15.2-Pound Baby
FOXBusiness: GE Recalls 92,000 Microwave Ovens
Study: Teens Get Good Grades With or Without Pot (Especially when you teach to the lowest common liberal denominator in the public schools now...)
Cell transplants may help heart attack victims
Older brains become less coordinated: U.S. study
China finds panda fossils on tropical island
Two Europeans riding with lab to space station
Google unveils application for iPhone
Noisy toys may damage children's hearing: study
Sharp increases in child obesity foreseen: studies
Airports offer busy travelers flu shots
First rise in U.S. teen births since '91
Dwarf hippo fossils found on Cyprus

Mother Nature
Mavericks Pioneer Drowns in Huge Waves at Famed California Surf Break
Berlin Zoo polar bear marks 1st birthday

News from My Neck of the Woods
Explosion releases river of burning fuel

Rare Peek at France's Porn Library - PHOTOS
Microsoft Kills Santa Bot for Talking Dirty to Kids (Ho, Ho, Ho indeed!)
Chunk of Wing Found, but Where's the Plane?
Thief uses flower pot to steal Porsche
Protest over shop-till-you-drop tour - Video
Dog blamed in fish frying grease blaze

Other News of Note
Study: High Risk of Runway Collisions in U.S.

Fox News
Friends with Benefits a Bum Deal?
Pop Tarts: Jennifer Garner Missed Out on Sex Education

Episcopal Church faces possible major defection
Sarkozy seals deals as past hinders Algeria visit
Consumers to pay off holiday debt quickly: poll
Sports superstars top young earners list
Dow up nearly 200 points as data calms fears
Comcast sees customer loss in 2008
Oil falls as economic woes outweigh OPEC rollover
E*Trade shares tumble on analyst note
First Marblehead sinks on downgrade
Reuters Summits: India & Aerospace
Southwest sees higher fares, mergers
Essar in talks for Mideast, Latam crude
Bristol to cut jobs and close plants
Shallow first-half recession seen for U.S. economy
Automakers see changes if fuel rule approved
"Opportunistic" BlackRock thrives in credit turmoil
OPEC agrees no change in oil output - Video
CBO warns U.S. faces higher recession risk

AP World News
Florida QB among 4 Heisman finalists
Stocks rally on strong economic data
Vikings Edwards suspended
Frank Sinatra to get his own stamp
Oil futures fall on mixed inventories

CENTCOM: News Releases

Newsmaker Profile: SOCJFCOM Commander Army Col. Wesley Rehorn - podcast
More about SOCJFCOM
Capability development leadership to change
More about Capability Development
USJFCOM readies for Joint Task Force Senior Medical Leadership Seminar - podcast
USJFCOM garners cutting edge technology award - podcast
New USJFCOM super computer will enhance command efforts - podcast

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Soldiers Discover Weapons Cache Hidden in Haystack
Squad Competition Tests Iraqi Army Soldiers’ Skills
Carrying on Traditions, Red Cross Deploys to Iraq
Iraq Purchases Small Arms Through Foreign Military Sales (Taji)
MND-North Soldier attacked
Coalition forces capture weapons and foreign terrorist facilitators, 10 detained
Concerned Local Citizens’ tip leads to cache find (Madyriah)
Coalition Forces Soldiers attacked (Tikrit)
MND-C Soldiers discover cache in haystack (Al Ja’ara)

Gates Seeks to Build on Positive Momentum in Iraq
Iraq Commanders Urge Vigilance, Say U.S. Strategy Working
U.S., China Build Military Ties
Bush: Iran Still Poses Threat
Gates: Keep Pressure on Iran

Forces Make Gains Against al Qaeda
Baghdad Zoo Opens New Stables, Pool
Coalition Captures Terrorist Suspects

Kosovo Task Force Prepared for Internal Conflict
Army Civilians Could See Furloughs by Christmas

Several Militants Killed in Afghan Operation
Soldiers Mentor Afghan Border Police
Troops Detain Suspected Taliban Extremists

Troops Taste Gratitude
Toys Salute Soldiers

Reservist Delivers Cheer

Chef Happiest at Sea

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
1349 - 500 Jews are massacred at Nüremberg in the Black Death riots.
1456 - An earthquake strikes Naples, killing approximately 35,000.
1492 - Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti).
1496 - Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I.
1590 - Niccolò Sfondrati is chosen as Pope (Gregory XIV).
1757 - The Prussian army beats the Austrians at the Battle of Leuthen.
1766 - London auctioneers at Christie's hold their first sale.
1792 - George Washington is re-elected as U.S. President.
1798 - Government troops occupy Hasselt.
1804 - Thomas Jefferson is re-elected as U.S. President.
1813 - Lübeck surrenders to allied armies.
1831 - Former President John Quincy Adams takes his seat as a member of the House of Representatives.
1832 - Andrew Jackson is re-elected as U.S. President.
1837 - Canada faces an uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie.
1846 - C.F. Schoenbein obtains a patent for the cellulose nitrate explosive.
1848 - President Polk triggers the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming the discovery of gold in California.
1854 - Aaron Allen of Boston patents the folding theater chair.
1861 - The Gatling gun is patented.
1862 - Battle of Coffeeville, MS.
1876 - Daniel Stillson of Massachusetts patents the first practical pipe wrench; a fire at the Brooklyn Theater kills 295, either trampled or burned to death.
1879 - The first automatic telephone switching system is patented.
1881 - The 47th U.S. Congress (1881-83) convenes.
1892 - Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt is elected to Germany's Reichstag.
1893 - The first electric car, built in Toronto, debuts - it can go 15 miles between charges.
1905 - Henry Campbell-Bannerman becomes PM of England.
1908 - For the first time, numerals appear on football uniforms (University of Pittsburgh).
1918 - An oil refinery on Curaçao opens.
1925 - The German government of Luther falls.
1933 - At 5:32 p.m. EST, the 21st Amendment is ratified; it is the only amendment adopted to repeal an earlier amendment (18th Amendment - Prohibition).
1935 - The first commercial hydroponics operation is established in Montebello, CA.
1936 - The Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kirghiz become constituent republics of the Soviet Union.
1941 - Sister Elizabeth Kenny's new treatment for infantile paralysis is approved; a Russian counter-offensive in Moscow drives out the Nazi army; the U.S. aircraft carrier Lexington and five heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor.
1942 - Seyss-Inquart orders students in Nazi-Germany to go work; the West Indies chocolate/coffee drop occurs above the Netherlands.
1944 - German troops rob all the silver coin in Utrecht.
1945 - The "Lost Squadron" crashes east of Florida, in the Bermuda Triangle.
1946 - President Truman creates the Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order #9808.
1950 - Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India.
1952 - The worst smog ever in London kills more than 4,000.
1955 - The AFL and CIO merge, with George Meany as president; a historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery, AL.
1957 - NYC becomes the first city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law).
1960 - Ghana cuts diplomatic relations with Belgium.
1967 - Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg are arrested protesting the Vietnam War.
1972 - The Australia Labour party wins the parliamentary election/
1974 - In Tehran, Iran, an airport terminal roof collapses, killing 17; the final episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" airs on the BBC.
1975 - NASA launches the space vehicle S-196; it fails.
1977 - Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen.
1978 - Pioneer Venus-1 begins orbiting Venus; the European Union establishes the EMS (European Monetary System).
1979 - Irish premier Jack Lynch resigns.
1982 - Seattle University Baptist Church declares sanctuary for Central American refugees
1983 - A car bomb shatters a nine-story building in Beirut, killing 12.
1984 - French colonists kill 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia.
1988 - The Shuttle Atlantis launches the world's first nuclear-war-fighting satellite; A North Carolina federal grand jury indicts PTL founder Jim Bakker on fraud and conspiracy charges.
1989 - The French TGV train reaches a world record speed of 482.4 kph.
1990 - Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty; Salman Rushdie, author ("The Satanic Verses" - he was ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy), appears in public for the first time in two years.
1991 - Charles Keating, Jr. (Lincoln Savings and Loan fraud), is found guilty; the "New York Daily News" files for protection under Chapter 11.
1993 - Astronauts begin the repair of the Hubble telescope in space; Rafael Caldera is elected President of Venezuela.
1997 - STS-87 (Columbia 24) lands.

- Robert Haley, earl of Oxford / English premier (1710-14)
1782 - Martin Van Buren, 8th U.S. President (1837-41)
1824 - Titian James Coffey, Attorney General
1826 - John Benjamin Sanborn, Union Brevet Major General
1839 - George Armstrong Custer, U.S. Major General (of Little Big Horn fame)
1861 - Armando V. Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24)
1863 - Paul P. Painlevé, French PM (1917, 1925) / mathematician
1896 - Willem F.M. Lampe, Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles
1901 - Walter Elias Disney, animator (Mickey Mouse); Werner Heisenberg, German physicist (Nobel 1932)
1902 - (Steve James) Strom Thurmond (Senator-SC)
1903 - Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, discovered pion (Nobel 1950)
1925 - Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (1967-79)
1927 - Rama IX (Bhumibol Adulyadej), King of Thailand (1946- )
1932 - Little Richard (Wayne Penniman), rocker (Tutti Frutti, Lucille)
1947 - Jugderdemidiin Gurragcha, first Mongolian space traveler (Soyuz-39)
1949 - Bruce E. Melnick, Commander USCG / astronaut (STS 41, STS 49)

1212 - Derek II of Are, Bishop of Utrecht (1197-1212)
1244 - Johanna of Constantinople, countess of Flanders (1205-44)
1355 - Jan III, duke of Brabant/Limburg
1560 - King François II of France (1559-60), at age 16
1594 - Gerardus Mercator, Flemish philosopher/cartographer
1791 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
1870 - Alexandre Dumas writer (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo)
1891 - Pedro II of Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89)
1951 - "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, of baseball's black sox scandal
1963 - Herbert H. Lehman (Governor-NY)
1992 - Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut
1994 - Ronald Ridout, school textbook author

Reported Missing in Action
Dibble, Morris F., US Army (NY); KIA in ground combat (same incident w/Eisenberger and Upner), body not recovered

Eisenberger, George J., US Army (OK); KIA in ground combat (same incident w/Dibble and Upner), body not recovered

Hyde, Jimmy Don, USN (OK); KIA, body not recovered

Upner, Edward C., US Army (AL); KIA in ground combat (same incident w/Dibble and Eisenberger), body not recovered

Begley, Burris Nelson, USAF (KY); F105D shot down, remains ID'd December, 1993 (disputed)

Warren, Arthur Leonard, USAF (OH); RF101 shot down, remains returned September, 1986

Russell, Donald Myrick, USAF (ME); F105D shot down, remains returned 1994 - ID'd June, 1996

Berry, John A., US Army (CO); OH6A shot down (w/Evans), KIA, body not recovered

Evans, Billy K., Jr., US Army (VA); OH6A shot down (w/Berry), KIA, body not recovered

Clark, John C. II, USAF (TX); F4E shot down (w/Harrold), remains returned November, 1997

Danielson, Benjamin F., USAF (MN); F4C shot down

Harrold, Patrick K., USAF (KS); F4E shot down (w/Clark), remains returned 1997

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