This video shows a platoon of U.S. Marines pounding the Taliban in Now Zad, Afghanistan. Lots of action.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 4:57 PM
Almost two years ago, we launched CORKSPHERE, a blog devoted to bringing our readers the latest news and videos from the wars in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN.
We started our blog because we could see with our own eyes that the mainstream media was not covering the wars and we had over 200,000 young Americans combined deployed to both war theaters.
Nothing has changed in the two years we have been posting on our blog and as of today we have had over 330,000 "hits" or page views to the blog. Many people write this former reporter and veteran of the Korean War and say CORKSPHERE is the only place they can find out what is happening in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN.
Over 90% of the citizens of the United States don't have a family member or even know anyone who is serving in any branch of the United States military.
The news media likes to defend their war news blackout stance by saying Americans are suffering from IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN "Fatigue."
That is a copout. Our troops in both war theaters are the ones who are suffering from "WAR FATIGUE," but there is one big difference. They can't walk away from it like the media and the bulk of the citizens in the United States.
Below is just a small sample of what has taken place in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN over the past 24 hours. Both countries are still a hotbed of violence.
Reported security incidents Baghdad:#1: A bomb wounded nine people when it exploded inside a popular restaurant in the southern district of Doura in Baghdad on Thursday, police said.
Mosul:#1: Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a civilian man on al-Ma’ash souk (outdoor market) in western Mousl city, killing him instantly and escaping to an unknown place.#2: Meanwhile, the same source added that “a civilian man carrying an Egyptian passport was stabbed to death by an unidentified man on al-Arba’a souk in central
Mosul.#3: Two policemen were wounded on Friday in a bomb blast in western Mosul, according to a security source. “An improvised explosive device went off on Friday (Nov. 20) targeting a police vehicle patrol in Nables intersection in western Mosul, injuring two policemen,”
Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"#1: A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle killed 16 people, including two children and a policeman, and wounded at least 23 others Friday in a busy city square in western Afghanistan, officials said. Provincial Gov. Rohul Amin said the blast occurred about 55 yards (50 meters) from his compound in a crowded square in Farah. Amin said the 16 killed included two children. Dr. Shir Agh Asas at the hospital in Farah city said several children also were among the wounded. A police officer also died.
#2: Also Friday, three civilians were wounded by a roadside bomb in Khost province, according to Wazir Pacha, deputy police chief of Khost.Three civilians were killed and three others were injured as their car hit a roadside bomb in Khost city capital of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, police said. "Three civilians were killed and three more wounded as the vehicle they riding in hit a roadside bomb along the road in Gulzad Aka area of Khost city in the wee hours of Friday," said Guldad, the chief of criminal investigation department of Afghan National Police in the province.
#3: Separately, NATO said Afghan and international forces killed a man in Takhar province in northern Afghanistan on Friday believed to be an operative with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan who was responsible for financing militant activities and transporting foreign fighters into the region. The man was killed during a search of a compound in rural Bangi district, it said.
#4: A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a compound being used by suspected Taliban militants in a village near Mir Ali in North Waziristan, according to two intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information. The compound was destroyed and eight bodies were pulled from the rubble, the officials said, adding that two other suspected militants were wounded.
#5: officials said five Pakistani troops and six militants were killed in a gunbattle at a security outpost in the Bajur tribal region — the site of a military campaign against Taliban militants that ended with a declaration of victory in March. The fighting broke out after militants ambushed the outpost near the village of Chinar with rockets and gunfire, according to local administrator Ghulam Sadullah Khan.
#6: Two police officers were killed and four others wounded when a remote-controlled bomb destroyed their vehicle in Peshawar early Friday, said city police Chief Liaquat Ali Khan.A roadside bomb killed three police officers and wounded six early Friday in Pakistan's troubled north-western city of Peshawar, police said.The casualties occurred when a police vehicle on patrol was hit by a remote-controlled bomb in the Yakka Toot neighbourhood. 'Two policemen died at the scene while one more died in the hospital,' police officer Abdul Qadir said.
#7: Afghan parliament member Abdul Rasoul Sayaf Friday escaped a roadside bomb attack in capital city Kabul, but his four bodyguards were killed and six injured.
Submitted by BILL CORCORAN, founder and editor of CORKSPHERE: http://corksphere.blogspot.com
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 5:25 AM
US Marines mortar team engage terrorist mortar team in an incredible battle.
3 US marines lost their lives unfortunately.
Some of the footage is very gruesome.
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Posted by Bill Corcoran at 2:00 AM
U.S. Fears Iraq Development Projects May Go to Waste
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
THE NEW YORK TIMES
BAGHDAD — In its largest reconstruction effort since the Marshall Plan, the United States government has spent $53 billion for relief and reconstruction in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, building tens of thousands of hospitals, water treatment plants, electricity substations, schools and bridges.
But there are growing concerns among American officials that Iraq will not be able to adequately maintain the facilities once the Americans have left, potentially wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and jeopardizing Iraq’s ability to provide basic services to its people.
The projects run the gamut — from a cutting-edge, $270 million water treatment plant in Nasiriya that works at a fraction of its intended capacity because it is too sophisticated for Iraqi workers to operate, to a farmers’ market that farmers cannot decide how to share, to a large American hospital closed immediately after it was handed over to Iraq because the government was unable to supply it with equipment, a medical staff or electricity.
Continue reading here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/world/middleeast/21reconstruct.html?_r=1&hp
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 1:03 AM