Tuesday, September 30, 2003

War news for September 30, 2003 Bring ‘em on: One US soldier killed, one wounded in bomb ambush at Habbaniyah, near Fallujah. Bring ‘em on: Shi’ite cleric working on Iraqi constitution ambushed by gunmen in Baghdad; bodyguard killed. Bring ‘em on: Demonstrators in Kirkuk stone US soldiers. Troops reportedly opened fire killing man and child. Bring ‘em on: US position in Hawija, near Kirkirk, under mortar fire. Bring ‘em on: Reports continue of multiple, coordinated ambushes near Khalidyah yesterday. US confirms two American soldiers wounded. Witnesses report as many as six American casualties. Bring ‘em on: Firefight near Balad. American troops recover M16 rifles belonging to two US soldiers captured and later killed near Baghdad in June. Bring ‘em on: US soldier wounded by grenade in Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Six US soldiers confirmed wounded in yesterday’s convoy ambush near Fallujah. Bring ‘em on: Heavy fighting reported near Tikrit. Bring ‘em on: US soldier killed, two wounded in Afghanistan fighting. Pipeline sabotage: Good analysis, map and timeline of pipeline sabotage. The proposed solutions are indicative of the scale of the security problem. Religious conflict looms in Iraq. Troops lack body armor, armored Humvees. Thousands of tons of weapons, explosives and ammunition remain unsecured in Iraq. “General Abizaid's sobering assessment directly contradicted reassurances from a senior Pentagon official earlier in September that ‘all known Iraqi munitions sites are being secured by coalition forces.’” Cashing in: Joe Allbaugh, Dubya’s 2000 campaign manager, sets up consulting firm to advise clients seeking lucrative contracts in Iraq. More from the NY Times. Commentary on Bush’s crony contracts from Paul Krugman. CPA may reinstate Baathists in civil service jobs. Commentary: Cheney’s mask is slipping. Local story: Oregon Guardsman contends with illness. “Greg's eight months is an example of personal sacrifice for this country.” Contrast this soldier’s service with Joe Allbaugh and the rest of the neo-cons who are scheming to get rich on Iraqi contracts. Makes me want to puke. Local story: New Hampshire Guardsman killed in Iraq. Local story: Kansas soldier killed in Iraq.


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