Friday, July 11, 2008


The following is a list of the latest U.S. casualty reports from Iraq and Afghanistan. For further information on each GI just click on their name.


Casualty Reports:

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Barthel, 25, was severely wounded Tuesday morning when the Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle in which he was riding was struck by an improvised explosive device while he was on combat patrol near the joint security site in Nasser Wa Salem, Iraq. Thursday morning the younger Barthel was undergoing his second surgery in a military hospital in Germany where doctors were amputating his right foot.

Sergeant Scott Paterson (30), 16th Air Assault, was on patrol when the Jackal 4x4 vehicle set off the mine on Monday. He suffered two broken legs, a broken foot, a gash on his arm and a head wound. As the Press went to print Scott was being flown from an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan to receive treatment in the Royal College for Defence and Medicine based at University Hospital, Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Patrick Madison, 20, was serving with the Delta Company 164 out of Fort Stewart on May 23 when the tank he was driving burst into flames. Madison suffered injuries to his head, chest, and eyes as well as severe smoke inhalation.

Major David Underwood was serving in Iraq when he lost his arm after a homemade explosive went off. Underwood has been recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center. "The explosion went through my wrist, into my vest and was basically stopped by the steel plate, otherwise, I wouldn't be here right now," explained Major Underwood. He added, "The blast went down, and it took the whole front of my left leg off down to my ankle."

Mark Beyers served as a Marine who lost an arm and a leg while serving in Iraq in 2005.Ryan Job--An insurgent sniper shot Ryan Job through the eye. Job’s Navy SEAL team was performing rooftop patrol in Ramadi in August 2006 when a sniper’s bullet wounded the 27-year-old in the right eye. He is totally blind and often walks with the help of a guide dog.

Chad Juke --The blast from an anti-tank mine shattered Chad Jukes’ leg. Jukes, a 24-year-old Army Reservist from Utah, was part of a security convoy in December 2006 when an anti-tank mine detonated under his vehicle. The explosion shattered his heel and broke his femur. His right leg later was amputated.

Joey Martinez--And a roadside bomb robbed Joey Martinez of his vision. Martinez, 25, and his sniper team were on patrol in al-Anbar province when the blast from an IED blinded him. He since has undergone several optical surgeries and has minimal sight in his left eye.


Remains of two missing U.S. soldiers found in Iraq, according to one family

Alex Jimenez, Byron W. Fouty were kidnapped in May 2007 ambush

Details on the discovery of the bodies, cause of death are not yet known

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- The bodies of two U.S. soldiers kidnapped more than a year ago during an ambush in Iraq were found by the U.S. military Wednesday, according to the family of one of the soldiers.

The military has not yet issued a public confirmation, but uniformed officers visited the father of Sgt. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, at his Lawrence, Massachusetts home Thursday to tell him about the discovery, according to Jimenez family friends.

The officers told Ramon "Andy" Jimenez that information from an informant led investigators to the remains of Jimenez and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Michigan on Wednesday, Jimenez family friend Sandy Almonte said.

The military did not give the family any other details, such as where the bodies were found, Almonte said.

Major Dan Elliott with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division confirmed to CNN that human remains were found in the division's area of operation in Iraq. He said the remains have been sent to the United States for positive identification.

The body of a third soldier who was kidnapped in the May 12 ambush -- Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, California -- was pulled from the Euphrates River in Babil province 11 days after the attack near Mahmoudiya, which is south of Baghdad.

More details here:


U.S. warplanes have intensifed their flights in recent weeks in preparation for war with Iran.

Israeli jets using Iraq's airspace

Thursday, 10 July 2008 12:15

The US has allowed Israeli jets to use US airbases and fly over Iraqi air space for a likely attack against Iran, Iraqi media say. It is more than a month that some Israeli planes belonging to Israeli air force use the US military bases in Iraq to land and take off, Iraqi Nahrainnet news network said Wednesday, quoting informed sources close to Iraq's Defense Ministry.

The activities and traffic of warplanes- especially at nights- has lately increased in the US airbases in Nasiriya southeast of Baghdad and Haditha a city in the western Iraq province of Al Anbar, the Iraqi residents and sources said.

They said the US fighters, cargo planes, helicopters and unmanned planes have intensified their flights in the last three weeks.

The US military officials have imposed severe security measures around the bases, they said.

They said some aircraft suspected to be Israeli warplanes coming from Jordan, have landed in the US controlled al-Assad airbase near Haditha. It is believed that these activities are parts of a joint Israeli-US training, preparation and coordination to launch an air raid against Iran's nuclear plants. Israel has conducted a military drill under the supervision of top US military

commanders over the Mediterranean Sea from May 28 to June 12, using more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters, along with helicopters and refueling tanks which many consider as a possible rehearsal for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.