Saturday, November 29, 2008


Conditions in Iraq are anything but peaceful as the Bush Administration and their puppet propaganda organization FOX NEWS would lead Americans to believe.

Two UN contractors killed in Baghdad rocket attack

Sat Nov 29, 3:54 am ET

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Two foreign UN contractors were killed and another 15 wounded when a rocket slammed into Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone on Saturday, according to the United Nations.

"Today at 6:15 am (0315 GMT) one rocket hit nearby a UN compound in the International Zone," the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said, after initial reports that the projectile was a mortar round.

The statement said another 15 people were wounded, adding that all of the victims worked for a catering company contracted by the UN mission.

"No UN national or international staff were killed or injured as a result of the attack," it said.

A UN spokesperson declined to comment on the nationality of the contractors who were killed and wounded, saying only that they were not Iraqis.

The Green Zone in the centre of Baghdad, also known as the International Zone, houses parliament and a number of government buildings and embassies.

The United Nations dramatically scaled down its presence in Iraq after a suicide truck bombing against its headquarters in 2003 killed 22 people, including its top Iraq envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello.


Military bases brace for surge in stress-related disorders among returning war veterans

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer

8:24 AM EST, November 29, 2008,0,2601257.story

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) _ Some 15,000 soldiers are heading home to this sprawling base after spending more than a year at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and military health officials are bracing for a surge in brain injuries and psychological problems among those troops.

Facing prospects that one in five of the 101st Airborne Division soldiers will suffer from stress-related disorders, the base has nearly doubled its psychological health staff. Army leaders are hoping to use the base's experiences to assess the long-term impact of repeated deployments.

The three 101st Airborne combat brigades, which have begun arriving home, have gone through at least three tours in Iraq. The 3rd Brigade also served seven months in Afghanistan, early in the war.

Next spring, the 4th Brigade will return from a 15-month tour in Afghanistan. So far, roughly 10,000 soldiers have come back; the remainder are expected by the end of January.Army leaders say they will closely watch Fort Campbell to determine the proper medical staffing levels needed to aid soldiers who have endured repeated rotations in the two war zones.