Thursday, February 10, 2005

War News for Thursday, February 10, 2005 Bring ‘em on: One US soldier killed, one wounded in convoy ambush near Balad. Bring ‘em on: Journalist at US-funded Iraqi TV network assassinated in Basra. Bring ‘em on: Housing ministry official assassinated in Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Four Iraqis killed by car bomb in central Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Twenty Iraqi truck drivers, two policemen, two soldiers killed in convoy ambush near Salman Pak. Bring ‘em on: One Iraqi killed in firefight between insurgents and police in Baquba. Bring ‘em on: Four Iraqi police killed by roadside bomb near Samarra. Bring ‘em on: Oil pipeline sabotaged in Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Bodies of five missing ING soldiers discovered near Ramadi. Bring ‘em on: Two Iraqi police killed in raid near Duluiyah. Bring ‘em on: Five Iraqi police wounded by car bomb near Hafriyah. Bring ‘em on: Three KDP members assassinated in Baghdad. Collateral damage. “During the hours paramedic Charles Wayne La Porte held Saraland police at bay Tuesday, he didn't think he would leave his house alive, his wife, Wendy La Porte, said Wednesday. It was the breaking point for the National Guard sergeant who had served a year in Iraq before returning home last summer to an ailing wife and their 8-year-old daughter, she said. The 31-year-old who, according to his wife, loved his country and helping others held police off at gunpoint for more than three hours before surrendering without a shot. He has been charged with disturbing the peace, which is a misdemeanor.” Reconstruction. “Work to rebuild Iraq's shattered infrastructure is being cut back because so much cash has been swallowed up on protecting workers from attacks by insurgents, according to a top U.S. official. Up to a quarter of all the U.S. money spent on rebuilding Iraq's shattered infrastructure has being swallowed up by security costs, Bill Taylor, director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO), told Reuters.” Fallujah. “American officers say only about a tenth of the 250,000 residents have returned since fleeing the weeklong battle in November that drove out insurgents who had controlled of the predominantly Sunni Muslim city.” More freedom. “Iraq says it will seal its borders next week to prevent Shi'ite pilgrims flooding into the country, in the latest emergency measure intended to thwart insurgent violence. The borders will be closed between February 17 and February 22, in a move a government spokesman said on Thursday was designed to coincide with the climax of Ashura, a major Shi'ite religious ceremony.” Coalition of the Wobbly. “Portugal’s 127-strong contingent of national guards will return home from southern Iraq on Feb 10, two days ahead of schedule, after completing a 15-month tour of duty in the war-ravaged country, officials said Feb. 9. Lisbon will, however, keep four guards in Iraq to help provide training to Iraqi security forces, a spokesman for the force told national news agency Lusa. Portugal’s center-right government, which vocally supported the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, faces a snap election Feb. 20.” Casualty Reports Local story: Ohio soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Texas soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Wisconsin soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Massachusetts Marine wounded in Iraq. Local story: Connecticut Marine wounded in Iraq. Local story: Georgia Marine wounded in Iraq. Awards and Decorations Local story: Oregon Guardsman decorated for valor in Iraq.


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