Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT US AND CANADIAN MEDICS SAVING LIVES IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

THIS IS WHAT A REMOTE OPERATIONAL BASE LOOKS LIKE IN AFGHANISTAN. IT'S A LIVING HELL FOR OUR TROOPS (Click on picture to play video)

AFGHANISTAN BOMB ATTACK KILLS 21 US SOLDIERS IN 48 HOURS


The situation in Afghanistan grows more grim as each day passes.
There have been 21 US soldiers killed by bomb attacks in the past 48 hours.

Read the full story here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/7972863/Afghanistan-bomb-attacks-kill-twenty-one-US-soldiers-in-48-hours.html

Click on link to read complete story.

4 MORE US TROOPS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN


The death toll of US troops killed in Afghanistan just keeps mounting.

Four US troops were killed on Tuesday in Afghanistan. There have been 18 US troops killed in Afghanistan since Saturday.

Read full story here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38928370/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/

Click on link for complete story

RAW VIDEO OF U.S. MARINES IN FIREFIGHT WITH TALIBAN IN HELMAND PROVINCE (Click on picture to play video)

VIDEO OF ECHO COMPANY IN AFGHANISTAN. CAROLE KING SINGS "SO FAR AWAY" (Click on picture to play video)

Monday, August 30, 2010

SPELL-BINDING PBS VIDEO OF TALIBAN ATTACK ON U.S. SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN


This is an excellent PBS video showing an attack by the Taliban on U.S. forces in the dangerous Korengal River Valley of Afghanistan.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6s7p55Ob_Y

CLICK ON LINK TO PLAY VIDEO

NBC'S RICHARD ENGLE PROVIDES EXCELLENT COVERAGE OF VIPER COMPANY AS THEY COME UNDER TALIBAN ATTACK (Click on picture to play video)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA MENTION THE BILLIONS WASTED ON IRAQ TUESDAY NIGHT?


President Obama is going to address the nation on Tuesday night regarding the state of Iraq now that all combat troops have been removed.

The question remains, however, will Obama talk about the over 5 BILLION dollars that has been wasted in trying to rebuild Iraq when our own country and our own infrastructure is in dire need of rebuilding?

Read the full AP story here:

http://tiny.cc/4cgiu

Click on link to read AP story.

HOW ROUGH IS THE TERRAIN IN AFGHANISTAN? THIS TOUGH AS THE VIDEO SHOWS!! (Click on picture to play video)

7 US TROOPS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN


The Washington Post is reporting Sunday morning that seven U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan.

Read full account here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/29/AR2010082900421.html?hpid=topnews

Click on link to read complete story.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

REMARKABLE VIDEO OF MARINES ON THE FRONT LINES BATTLING THE TALIBAN (Click on picture to play video)

SUPER VIDEO OF AH-1 SUPER COBRA'S ON MISSIONS AGAINST THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

GREAT VIDEO: GENE SIMMONS AND "KISS" IN A SALUTE TO ALL OUR ARMED FORCES


My dear friend Alicia Simmons sent me the link to this terrific salute to our Armed Forces by Gene Simmons and "Kiss."

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=5MtdIO23MKM

CLICK ON LINK TO PLAY VIDEO

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO: MEDICS WORK ON WOUNDED AFGHAN CIVILIANS--MANY OF THEM CHILDREN (Click on picture to play video)

2010 AFGHANISTAN WAR: ARMY AND MARINES IN FIERCE COMBAT (VIDEO)


Video just released from Afghanistan war shows Army and Marines in fierce combat with the Taliban.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIOqxHTameE

CLICK ON LINK TO PLAY VIDEO

NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO OF MARINES IN COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN

This video was just released by the United States Marine Corps and shows Marines in heavy combat with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vJ5qyzXuHA

CLICK ON LINK TO PLAY VIDEO

TWO U.S. BASES IN AFGHANISTAN ATTACKED BY TALIBAN


The Taliban are getting stronger not weaker and on Saturday they launched two attacks on U.S. and NATO bases in Afghanistan.

Read full account here:


Taliban attacks Nato Afghan bases - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English

HOOAH!!!! DEATH BY HELICOPTER. BEST CHOPPER VIDEO ON YOU TUBE (Click on picture to play video)

GO GET 'EM!!!! BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER TAKES OUT TALIBAN DURING NIGHT GUN RUN (Click on picture to play video)

UNREAL!!!! VIDEO OF LASER GUIDED MISSILES RIPPING INTO TALIBAN (Click on picture to play video)

Friday, August 27, 2010

14 YEAR OLD BOY COMMITS SUICIDE FOR TALIBAN (ONLY 18 AND OVER) Click on picture to play video

AFGHANISTAN WAR VETERAN GIVES STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

AMAZING COMBAT VIDEO OF U.S. TROOPS IN FIREFIGHT WITH TALIBAN


Video shows U.S. troops in a heated firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa6mabu144w

CLICK ON LINK AND PICTURE TO PLAY VIDEO

GRIM REALITIES OF WAR. MARJAH OFFENSIVE INTENSIFIES. SONG: "ALWAYS SOMEWHERE" BY SCORPIONS (Click on picture to play video)

U.S. AIR POWER USED ON TALIBAN. SONG: "RUN MR. TALIBAN" (Click on picture to play video)

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U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN REACH 1,145


The Boston Globe is reporting U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have reached 1,145.

Read full story here:

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,145 - Boston.com

BRUTAL FIREFIGHT BETWEEN MARINES AND TALIBAN (Click on picture to play video)

HEATED BATTLE BETWEEN U.S. TROOPS AND TALIBAN (Click on picture of play video)

AFGHANISTAN FIGHT IS SERIOUS CHALLENGE FOR U.S. MILITARY (Click on picture to play video)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

LIFE AS A FRONT LINE MEDICA WITH ROYAL BRITISH ARMY IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

WATCH BRITISH 40 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES IN FIREFIGHT WITH TALIBAN (Click on picture to play video)

INCREDIBLE VIDEO OF U.S. FORCES IN FIREFIGHT WITH TALIBAN IN SHEMBOWAT VALLEY AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

KICK-ASS VIDEO OF MARINES IN COMBAT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

PRINCE HARRY SHOOTING TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

VIOLENT FIREFIGHT INVOLVING AUSTRAILIAN TROOPS AND TALIBAN (Click on picture to play video)

ACTION VIDEO OF FRENCH SOLDIERS FIGHTING TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

FEROCITY OF AFGHANISTAN WAR HITS NEW HIGH (Click on picture to play video)

IRAQ ON THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR


The mainstream media continues to hype the success of "the surge" as mending Iraq, but the truth is "the surge" was not so much a U.S. military success as it was a success for the Iraqi people, or the Sunni Awakening, of Al Anbar Province who ran Al Qaeda out of their province.

Last week the United States pulled all remaining combat troops out of Iraq with a lot of fanfare, but since their departure the insurgents have come out of hiding and launched full-scale attacks on Iraqi provinces and cities.

The following is a report from http://warnewstoday.blogspot.com on violence all across Iraq in the past 24 hours:

Baghdad:#1: The deadliest attack occurred in north Baghdad where a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in a parking lot behind a police station, killing 15 people, including six policemen and nine civilians. Another 58 were wounded in the attack in Baghdad's Qahira neighborhood, police and hospital officials said.#2: a car bomb that killed two civilians in Adan Square, in the north of the city and wounded eight people.A parked car bomb exploded in a busy street in the Allawi commercial area in central Baghdad killing two civilians and wounding seven others.#3: Gunmen in a western Baghdad neighborhood ambushed a police patrol, killing one,#4: while a roadside bomb hit an army patrol nearby leaving a soldier dead.#5: A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi police patrol in western Baghdad and wounded three Iraqi soldiers.#6: Unknown gunmen shot and killed a member of the municipality council of the Sadr City in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, according to a security source. “The gunmen opened fire on Ahmad Hassan, a member of the municipality council of Sadr City, inside his house in Jamiela neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.Diyala Prv:#1: Just north of the capital, in Muqdadiyah, the local council building was also hit with a car bomb, killing three civilians and injuring 18, according to the spokesman of Diyala police, Maj. Ghalib al-Karkhi.#2: Afterwards, a booby-trapped car parking outside a hospital some 100 meters away from the government office detonated, wounding six people, the source said. The second blast was apparently designed to hit the wounded victims of the suicide attack as well as the security forces which were to arrive at the scene after the first blast, the source added.#3: Bombs left outside five homes in Buhriz, south of Baquba, in Diyala province left at least four people wounded, police said. The bombs were left outside the homes of four policemen and an electoral commission official.#4: A suicide bomber blew up a car bomb in central Baaquba on Tuesday, leaving unspecified number of casualties, according to a security source. “The bomber blew up the car bomb on the main road in Baaquba al-Jadieda region, central Baaquba, killing and injuring a number of persons,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Ambulances rushed to the area to carry the victims,” he added. He did not give more details.#5: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded four policemen in Balad Ruz, 90 km (55 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.#6: Two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their vehicle in Saadiya town, 100 km (70 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.#7: Gunmen shot dead a government employee in a market in the town of Khalis, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.Mussayab:#1: “An improvised explosive device went off on Tuesday (Aug. 24) near a car in al-Khedr region, in al-Musayab district, northern Hilla, killing the driver and destroying his vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.#2: “Another bomb exploded near an Iraqi army vehicle patrol, killing a soldier,” he added.Kut:#1: At least 23 people were killed and some 60 wounded on Wednesday in a powerful car bomb explosion outside the police headquarters in the city of Kut, the capital of Wasit province, 170 km southeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source said. "We have 23 people killed and 60 inured by the powerful blast in Kut," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The blast took place at about 10:00 a.m. (0700 GMT) when an explosive-packed vehicle parking in front of the city police headquarters detonated, destroying the headquarters' building and a nearby government building, the source said. The powerful blast totally destroyed the police building and many people were buried under debris, the source said, adding that severe damages hit the nearby buildings.Southeast of Baghdad, in Kut, eight policemen were killed and 20 people were injured when a suicide bomber detonated his car bomb next to the town's local council, police and hospital officials said.#2: One civilian was killed on Tuesday by gunmen in southern Kut, a police source said. “Unidentified gunmen attacked a civilian, working as a coach for a sports club, in southern Kut using knives, killing him and fleeing to unknown place,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.Iskandariyah:#1: The south witnessed scattered attacks as well, including a car bomb that killed a local man on the road near Iskandariyah, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Baghdad.Karbala:#1: In the Shiite holy city of Karbala a car bomb exploded near the police station, wounding 28 people but leaving no fatalities.Basra:#1: Two people in the southern port city of Basra were also injured by a car packed with explosives.#2: Three civilians were wounded on Tuesday in an explosion in west of Basra, according to a security source. “The bomb went off targeting a U.S. convoy on Mohammad al-Qassem road, west of Basra, injuring three civilians, and damaging a U.S. Hummer vehicle and a civilian car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. For his part, the media advisor of the U.S. army in Iraq, Nader Suleiman, denied any attack on U.S. troops in Basra or in its surrounding areas.Tikrit:#1: Police also came under attack in Tikrit in the northwest, where a police station was blown up in a car bombing. Several officers were injured in the attack.#2: Outside of the city, a police patrol came under attack by insurgents using guns and explosives. One insurgent was killed and several policemen injured in the attack.Dujail:#1: A car bomb exploded outside Dujail police station about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Baghdad and wounded three police officers.Samarra:#1: The chief of Facility Protection Services in Samarra was seriously hurt when two bombs went off in quick succession as his convoy passed by in central Samarra -- about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Baghdad. The service is in charge of providing security protection to government institutions.Kirkuk:#1: Police were also targeted in the northern oil hub of Kirkuk, where a car bomb killed one policeman and wounded eight more.Mosul:#1: A suicide bomber driving a car tried to attack an Iraqi army security checkpoint in eastern Mosul but security forces shot and detonated the car.Tal Afar:#1: One 4-year child was killed and three persons were wounded when eight Katyusha rockets hit on Wednesday different areas of the Talafar suburb, northwest of Mosul city. “One of the rockets hit a house in the Saad neighborhood, western Talafar (60 km northwest of Mosul city) leaving heavy damage,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.Al Anbar Prv:#1: Another soldier was killed west of the capital in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a convoy. Another 10 people were injured, police said.#2: In Fallujah, west of the capital, at least three people were killed in several bomb attacks. A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed two children and injured several people outside the city and a second such attack later in the morning killed a soldier and injured 10 people.#3: Police in the area said an armed militant was killed while planting a bomb.#4: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a local government official wounded him and two others in central Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.#5: A roadside bomb near a police checkpoint killed two children and wounded their mother and brother in central Falluja, police said.

WAVE OF INSURGENT ATTACKS HIT 13 CITIES AND TOWNS IN IRAQ


No sooner had the U.S. pulled out all combat troops from Iraq than the insurgents launched a series of 13 attacks on Iraqi cities and towns killing scores of people.

Iraq still is without a formalized government and the fighting between major factions in Iraq is heating up and could result in another civil war in the country.

The question then would become would President Obama have to send U.S. combat troops back into Iraq.

Read more here from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/middleeast/26iraq.html?_r=1&hp

Click on link to read complete story.

MARINE CORPS COMMANDANT DISAGREES WITH OBAMA


James Conway, Marine Corps Commandant, is quoted as saying President Obama giving the Taliban a withdrawal date for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan is "probably giving the enemy sustenance."

Conway said he expects the United States to have forces in Afghanistan for many more years.

Read the full story here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/james-conway-afghanistan-enemy-sustenance_n_693405.html

Click on link to read complete story.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

THE KELLY FAMILY PERFORMS "AMAZING GRACE" FOR ALL OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on arrow to play video)

BAGPIPES CRYIN'---TRIBUTE TO OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

HEART-WARMING AND HEART-BREAKING VIDEO OF OUR ARMY AND THE FAMILIES THEY LEFT BEHIND (Click on picture to play video)

"FIGHT FOR FREEDOM"--BY CHASE ROCK: ARMY AND MARINES IN COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on arrow to play video)

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VIDEO OBTAINED FROM 2/7 GOLF COMPANY MARINES IN VIOLENT BATTLE WITH TALIBAN (Click on arrow to play video)

U.S. SPECIAL FORCES MEDEVAC TEAM RESCUE SOLDIER SHOT IN THE FACE (RAW VIDEO)


Video follows a U.S. Special Forces Medevac Team as they rescue a U.S. soldier shot in the face by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyJ0nEcKmOE

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORT REVEALS HOW MILITARY RECRUITERS LIE TO POTENTIAL RECRUITS AT MALLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS (Click on picture to play video)

CANADIAN ARMY IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture of play video)

FANTASTIC VIDEO: WATCH AS U.S. SNIPER TAKES OUT TALIBAN FROM A MILE AWAY (Click on picture to play video)

MARINE SCOUT SNIPER NAILS TALIBAN FIGHTERS IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

EXPLOSIVE VIDEO OF U.S. SOLDIERS AMBUSHED BY TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

TRUE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO ARMY RANGER AND FORMER NFL STAR PAT TILLMAN IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION FIGHTING TALIBAN. SONG: "OVER THERE" (Click on picture to play video)

BEST HELICOPTER COMBAT VIDEO IN THE WORLD (Click on picture to activate video)

GIVE 'EM HELL! 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION IN ACTION IN IRAQ

TALIBAN WOMEN ABUSE: WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO (click on picture to play video)

VIDEO OF NEW ASSAULT BREACHER VEHICLE IN COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

U.S. MARINES ON THE FRONTLINES IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

HEAVY DUTRY CLOSE COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

FOX NEWS UNDERMINES GEN. PETRAEUS


FOX NEWS is so determined to destroy President Obama with their non-stop attack on the "Ground Zero Mosque" (which is actually a cultural center) they are destroying all the good General David Petraeus is trying to do with the Muslim people in Afghanistan.

In short, FOX NEWS has added to the strong possibility more American troops will be killed or injured just because they carry a grudge (a racial grudge) against President Obama.

Frank Rich, columnist for the New York Times, spell it all out here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/opinion/22rich.html?ref=opinion

POLL FIND 6 IN 10 ARE OPPOSED TO AFGHANISTAN WAR


As the war in Afghanistan drags on into the tenth year, a new AP poll indiates 6 in 10 American are opposed to the war.

Read more here:


Corpus Christi, TX KRISTV.com Nearly 6 in 10 oppose war in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 21, 2010

CBS' KATIE COURIC PUTS GEN. PETRAEUS ON THE SPOT (CBS VIDEO)


CBS News Katie Couric interviews Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan and asks him some tough questions.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6788441n

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REDNECK GIS FISHING IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

U.S. AND COALITION FORCES BATTLE TALIBAN IN BADGHIS PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

SOLDIERS FROM BAKER COMPANY LET LOOSE WITH A BARRAGE ON THE TALIBAN (Click on picture to play video)

ASS-KICKING VIDEO SHOWS TALIBAN ATTACKING OUR GUYS AT COMBAT OUTPOST ZEROK, AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

THESE ARE MY GUYS: COMBAT ENGINEERS KICK THE HELL OUT OF THE TALIBAN (Click on picture to play video)

VIOLENT FIREFIGHT BETWEEN MARINES AND TALIBAN IN NOW ZAD, AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

6,000 VETERANS COMMITTED SUICIDE LAST YEAR (click on piicture to play video)

IT IS A NATIONAL TRAGEDY HOW OUR RETURNING VETERANS ARE BEING TREATED. (click on picture to play video)

FEMALES IN THE MILITARY (click on picture to play video)

LT. ELIZABETH PHAM FIRST EVER F-18 PILOT (click on picture to view video)

FEMALE HELICOPTER FLYS COMBAT MISSION FOR GROUND TROOPS (Click on arrow to play video)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ONE DAY AFTER U.S. COMBAT TROOPS LEAVE IRAQ THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

You won't find any of this reported in your mainstream media, but this is what took place in several provinces in IRAQ only one day after all U.S. combat troops left the country.

Source: http://www.warnewstoday.blogspot.com

Baghdad:#1: “Two bombs went off late Wednesday (Aug. 18) targeting a police vehicle patrol in al-Kesra region in al-Aadhamiya, northern Baghdad, injuring ten people, including two policemen, and damaging the car and nearby stores,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “Two civilians were wounded when a mortar shell hit a house in Abi Nawas street near the Green Zone, central Baghdad,” the source added, noting that they were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

#3: Two civilians were wounded in an improvised explosive device explosion in eastern Baghdad on Thursday, according to a security source. “The bomb exploded in al-Baladiyat region, eastern Baghdad, injuring two civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Anti-explosives experts managed to defuse another bomb at the same place,” he added.

#4: Two civilians were wounded on Thursday by an improvised explosive device in northern Baghdad, a police source said. “The bomb went off today (Aug. 19) targeting a police vehicle patrol near Kourniesh al-Aadhamiya, northern Baghdad, injuring two passing civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:#1: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a government-backed Sahwa militia leader killed him and wounded his brother when it exploded in eastern Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Madean:#1: In Madaen, southeast of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a security checkpoint manned by Local Awakenings Council members, killing one and wounding two others.Mosul:#1: Gunmen using silenced guns opened fire at an Iraqi military checkpoint, killing a soldier in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol killed one civilian and wounded two soldiers when it went off in eastern Mosul, police said.

#3: Police found the body of a man with gunshot wounds to the head in the town of Bartila, west of Mosul, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:#1: Two people were killed and three others were wounded when a car bomb exploded at an Iraqi police checkpoint in Ramadi on Wednesday night, police officials said.

#2: A roadside bomb exploded near a civilian car in Falluja, killing one person

.#3: A policeman was killed on Thursday by a sticky bomb in eastern Falluja, a police source said. “A bomb, stuck to the cop’s vehicle, went off on the Baghdad-Falluja road near the Cement Factory in eastern Falluja, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the blast caused material damage to the car.

#4: A policeman was killed and two more were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Ramadi on Thursday, a police source said. “The bomb exploded in 5 Kilometer region, northern Ramadi, targeting a police vehicle patrol,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

FANTASTIC VIDEO OF U.S. AIR FORCE TAKING OUT INSURGENTS (Click on picture to play video)

VIDEO OF U.S. AIR FORCE PARA-RESCUE TEAM SAVING LIVES IN AFGHANISTAN (Click on picture to play video)

WATCH AS U.S. APACHE GUNSHIP WIPES OUT TALIBAN IN A PICKUP TRUCK (Click on picture to play video)

U.S. DRONE ATTACKS KILL INNOCENT PAKISTAN CITIZENS (Click on picture to play video)

DRONE ATTACKS ON PAKISTAN DAMAGE OBAMA'S IMAGE (Click on picture to play video)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MSNBC EXCLUSIVELY COVERS LAST U.S. TROOPS LEAVING IRAQ (Click on picture to play new video)

U.S. ENDS COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ--AL JAZEERA NEWS


The final U.S. combat troops---Stryker Brigade 42---have left Iraq and crossed into Kuwait.


Read the full Al Jazeera report here:


US ends combat operations in Iraq - Middle East - Al Jazeera English


Click on link to read full Al Jazeera story of U.S. troop pullout from Iraq

MSNBC'S RICHARD ENGEL "LIVE" FROM IRAQ AS STRYKER BRIGADE LEAVES IRAQ


The following link is to a series of videos coming "live" from Iraq as the last of U.S. Combat troops leave Iraq.

MSNBC's Richard Engel reports on Stryker Brigade 42 leaving Iraq.

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WATCH VIDEO HERE:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/38761789#38761789

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FIRST REPORT: FINAL U.S. COMBAT BRIGADES PULL OUT OF IRAQ---WASHINGTON POST


Final U.S. combat brigade pulls out of Iraq

By Ernesto LondoƱo Washington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, August 18, 2010; 7:08 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com

Lt. Col. Mark Bieger huddled his infantrymen in a darkened parking lot minutes before they were to depart Baghdad for the last time.

"This is a historic mission!" he bellowed, struggling to be heard over the zoom of fighter jets and unmanned drones deployed to watch over the brigade's convoy to Kuwait. "A truly historic end to seven years of war."
The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which left
Iraq this week, was the final U.S. combat brigade to be pulled out of the country, fulfilling the Obama administration's pledge to end the U.S. combat mission by the end of August. About 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq, mainly as a training force.

"Operation Iraqi Freedom ends on your watch!" exclaimed Col. John Norris, the head of the brigade.

"Hooah!" the soldiers roared, using an Army battle cry.

Shortly before midnight Saturday, a group of infantrymen boarded Stryker fighting vehicles, left an increasingly sparse base behind and began scanning the sides of a desolate highway for bombs. For many veterans, including some who made the same trip in the opposite direction years ago under fire, it was a fitting way to exit.

"They're leaving as heroes," Norris said of his soldiers. "I want them to walk home with pride in their hearts."

Besides pride, the soldiers will carry with them the hidden costs of war: hardened glares; tales of comrades' deaths relayed in monotone sentences devoid of emotion; young faces rendered incongruously old.

There might never be an acknowledged end to the Iraq war -- a moment where it ceases being America's conflict. U.S. commanders acknowledge that the months-long political impasse over the disputed March 7 election and a flurry of other unresolved disputes in Iraq have the potential to erode hard-won security gains.

But U.S. commanders also seem to be stressing that this is no longer America's war to lose.

"I will let history judge whether we reached irreversible momentum," Norris said. "That's not my call."

By the end of this month, the United States will have six brigades in Iraq, by far its smallest footprint since the 2003 invasion. Those that remain are conventional combat brigades reconfigured slightly and rebranded "advise and assist brigades." The primary mission of those units and the roughly 4,500 U.S. special operations forces that will stay behind will be to train Iraqi troops. Under a bilateral agreement, all U.S. troops must be out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.

Leaving Iraq one last time is particularly emotional for veterans who have served multiple tours, several soldiers said in the two-day journey through the southern desert to Kuwait in cramped, windowless vehicles.
Silver remembrance bracelets to honor fallen comrades and tattoos that speak of loss and sacrifice are among the visible signs of the toll this conflict has taken on a generation of volunteer warriors.

More than 4,400 U.S. service members have died in the Iraq war since the invasion.

Several of these soldiers have served in Iraq more than one tour; some as many as four.

They witnessed the toppling of a dictator and its aftermath, including the rise of a powerful and lethal insurgency. That extended the conflict long after the words "Mission Accomplished" appeared on a banner as President George W. Bush prematurely declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq aboard an aircraft carrier May 1, 2003.
They were thrust into the frontlines of a brutal sectarian war that ultimately ebbed. And they helped secure elections that bore a government system more akin to an oligarchy than a parliamentary democracy.

Spec. Clinton J. Clemens, 26, was barely 18 when he traveled the same route northward in September 2003, clutching a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on a vehicle.

"I was scared to death," the Edgefield, S.C., native recalled. "I remember crossing the border and about 15 minutes later is when we took our first contact. It was the first time I'd ever been shot at."

Shortly after arriving in the western city of Ramadi in fall 2004, Clemens said, he realized that the war was far from over. Sunnis who had been fired from government jobs formed armed groups and began attacking U.S. forces daily.

Sgt. Luke Hitchcock, 26, of Olean, N.Y., said he got his first real taste of combat during his third deployment while stationed in Arab Jabour, a rural area southeast of Baghdad that was a Sunni insurgent stronghold in 2007.

"That was a horrible area. My platoon took six casualties," he said, speaking evenly. "I received a Purple Heart during that deployment. I was blown up." He suffered shrapnel wounds from a roadside bomb and was hospitalized for a month before returning to duty.

His fourth and final deployment was cathartic, Hitchcock said, because he believes he is leaving behind a safer country with a large and proficient army. "I think the fact that we stuck it out a few extra years to help their forces take control of their country" is important, he said. "That helps you hold your head up high as you leave and know that you made a difference."

But it is also clear that the departing soldiers are not leaving behind a peaceful country. The brigade ended up driving out in waves -- rather than having most soldiers flown out -- because that allowed the military to keep its last combat force a few weeks longer as commanders assessed the risks of political instability.

Commanders spent weeks studying the perils of the 360-mile night-time drive through the sweltering, dusty desert of southern Iraq. Powerful roadside bombs lined the two-lane road . And Shiite militias have stepped up attacks against U.S. bases in southern Iraq in recent weeks.
As a precaution, the military demanded that journalists accompanying the soldiers on the trip refrain from disclosing details of their departure until early Thursday, when the last group was scheduled to cross the Kuwaiti border.

For some troops, the protracted political crisis in Baghdad was a source of angst. Many Iraqis fear that militants are exploiting the period of uncertainty to make a comeback.

"Of all the time and effort that we put in this country, the blood, the sweat, the tears, I wish you could see an answer within a couple of weeks or a couple of months," said the brigade's second in command, Lt. Col. Darren Wright, 42, of Dallas. "But we won't know that for another three to five years: Will all your efforts pay off?"

Some soldiers said that's unlikely.

"I hope good things come from it," said Clemens, the specialist. "But I think as soon as we leave, things are going to fall apart."

The first departing soldiers made it to the Kuwaiti border Sunday as dawn was breaking. They emerged from the vehicles smelly and sweat-stained. Their uniforms were dirty; their boots worn out.

There were a few high-fives but no air of jubilation as they covered the .50-caliber machine guns atop the vehicles and began dumping bullets from ammunition packs into cartons. Most will return to Fort Lewis, Wash., where the 2nd Infantry is based. Others will leave the military, while some will move to other units. And none will be deployed for at least another year because Army regulations now stipulate that soldiers must have at least as much at-home rest as their last combat deployment.

"I hope this becomes a place where I can come back in 25 years," said Hitchcock, the sergeant. "But other than that, I'm glad it's over. I'm glad it's ending. I'm glad we can stop sending people here."

Editorial comment: We will be reporting all night on the last of U.S. Combat troops leaving IRAQ.

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