Saturday, January 24, 2004

War News for January 24, 2004 Bring 'em on: Three US soldiers killed, six wounded by car bomb attack in Khaldiyah. Bring 'em on: Two US soldiers killed in roadside bomb ambush near Fallujah. Bring 'em on: US soldier wounded by sniper ambush in Baghdad. Bring 'em on: Two Iraqis killed, 33 wounded, including seven US soldiers, by car bomb in Samarra. Bring 'em on: Two Iraqis killed in Baghdad bombing. Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash near Mosul. One British soldier killed, one injured in road accident near Amarah. Al-Hakim says Bush's transition plan is "unacceptable." Al-Sistani calls for an end to election protests. "On Friday, addressing a prayer group in the holy city of Karbala, Ayatollah al-Sistani said no protests should be held until the United Nations' position has become clear, and 'after that we will say our word.'" Internal survey indicates Bush's War causing major retention problems in Reserve components. Kirkuk fractures along ethnic lines. Language barriers in Iraq. Building new Iraqi Army will take "years." " With unlimited funds, it would take at least three to five years to train and equip enough soldiers to constitute a viable Iraqi army. But that access to money to hire and equip troops isn’t a reality, especially with various agencies competing for money to rebuild all facets of the country, Eaton said from Baghdad during a Wednesday press briefing with Pentagon reporters." Insurgents target Iraqis working with US and coalition forces. Attacks on Iraqi oil facilities continue. Cheney earns his salary from Halliburton. "'The company is a great company. They do great work for the federal government, as well as for their customers around the world,' he told Fox News Radio in an interview Wednesday. 'They've had now, I believe, some 15 people killed -- either Halliburton employees or subcontractors working for them. They are operating in a combat zone. They're rendering great service, and they make about three cents on the dollar for it. This is not the most profitable part of their business portfolio, by any means. They do it because they're good at it, because they won the contract to do it. And, frankly, the company takes a certain amount of pride in rendering this kind of service to U.S. military forces.'" Dick Cheney crawled out of his undisclosed spider hole to do a Fox Radio interview defending his old company which is currently under a criminal investigation for gouging the US taxpayers on oil supply contracts for troops in Iraq, and which also admitted taking 6.3 million in kickbacks from Kuwaiti suppliers. Kinda makes you wonder who Cheney really works for? Commentary Cartoon: One reason why Governor Dean is so angry. Casualty Reports Local story: Massachusetts soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Texas soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Indiana soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Two Utah soldiers wounded in Iraq.


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