Saturday, January 10, 2004

War News for January 10, 2004 Bring 'em on: Five Iraqis killed, 39 wounded by bomb in Baquba. Bring 'em on: Bomb defused at second mosque in Baquba. Bring 'em on: Canadian teacher killed in ambush. Bring 'em on: One US soldier wounded by RPG during firefight in Annah. Bring 'em on: One contract driver killed, two wounded in convoy ambush near Balad. Bring 'em on: Rocket attack on hotel in Baghdad. Bring 'em on: US C-5 transport carrying 63 passengers and crew hit by SAM fire at Baghdad airport. Bring 'em on: US troops under fire near Fallujah. Bring 'em on: US troops attacked near Samarra. Two Iraqi insurgents killed, one wounded. (Last paragraph.) Bring 'em on: Two RPG attacks reported against Iraqi police in Karbala. Two Iraqi policemen killed by US troops near Tikrit. Polish soldier dies of unknown causes in Hindiya. Baghdad fashion maven and incompetent administrator L. Paul Bremer's prisoner release turns into another CPA fiasco. " U.S. administrator Paul Bremer had announced the amnesty Wednesday, promising to free about 500 of an estimated 12,800 Iraqis the coalition has detained. The first 100 were to be released Thursday from Abu Ghraib. But authorities said the amnesty had been delayed as they waited for community and tribal leaders to guarantee the good conduct of those who were about to be freed, a condition of their release. The announcement was greeted with shouts of anger and dismay. 'Liars! Liars! They won't let them out!' one woman screamed before she fainted. The release of the thousands of Iraqis held by the coalition has been a top demand of community and tribal leaders, as well as human rights advocates. Arguing for the continued detentions, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmett said, 'They are suspected terrorists.'" If they're suspected terrorists, why did you say you were going to release them? Bush crony lands big media contract in Iraq. Disabled American Veterans sounds off about Rummy's restrictions on visiting wounded soldiers. "The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is urging Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld to relax severe restrictions that are preventing wounded service members from the war in Iraq and the war on terror from receiving adequate information about their earned benefits and health care… While wounded soldiers receive some information about veterans' rights and benefits from the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs representatives, Gorman said that information often is 'inadequate and fails to meet the needs of those who have been injured. DAV National Services Officers offer the best knowledge, skill, experience, and representations available to disabled veterans today.' DAV services are offered at no cost to the servicemembers as part of our mission to help build better lives for disabled veterans and their families." Convoy duty in Iraq. Analysis: "Volunteer army is 'closer to being broken today than ever before in its 30-year history.'" On to Damascus! "Civilians in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office are pushing for military action against Syria and have drawn up plans for punitive airstrikes and cross-border incursions by U.S. forces, three officials said." Commentary Opinion: Bushies ignored the experts on Iraq. "On my desk is a pile of more than a dozen studies and pieces of congressional testimony on the likely conditions of post-war Iraq, prepared before the invasion by think-tanks of the left, centre and right, by task forces of veteran diplomats and area experts, and by freelancing academics. The degree of consensus was remarkable: Iraq's reconstruction would be long and costly, violence was likely and goodwill towards the US probably wouldn't last for long." Casualty reports Local story: California soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Florida soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Virginia soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Pennsylvania soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: California soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Louisiana soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Georgia soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Tennessee soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Alabama soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Twelve Iowa Guardsmen wounded in Iraq. Local story: Illinois soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Connecticut soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Wisconsin soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Tennessee soldier injured in Iraq. Home Front Lieutenant AWOL rakes in another $1 million at Florida fundraisers. "Even before Thursday's $2,000-per-person reception, nearly 4,300 Floridians had written the maximum $2,000 checks to the Bush re-election campaign, a St. Petersburg Times analysis found."


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