Thursday, March 22, 2007

DAILY WAR NEWS FOR Thursday, March, 22, 2007

In Country: #1: Five months after the fact, the DoD has announced the death of Lieutenant Colonel Peter E. Winston, 56, of Plant City, FL. He is reported to have died on November 13, 2006, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, from a non-hostile unspecified cause that occurred while he was stationed in Iraq.

#2: A civilian contractor seriously injured while working in Iraq was released Wednesday from Strong Memorial Hospital. Joe Seoud was injured on Valentine's Day when the truck he was driving was hit by a roadside bomb. His job was escorting high officials and the military from one location to another. After treatment in Germany, Seoud was transferred to Strong. His injuries included a collapsed lung and a fractured shoulder. He also lost a kidney, and has a lot of rehabilitation ahead

It was Valentines Day and Joe was in the second phase of a two-day mission hauling military vehicles to Baghdad. He was the driver in the lead truck, a convoy of 14 vehicles. “The bomb went off under my vehicle,” said Seoud. “Just heard the bang, the truck lost control started going to the left. I couldn’t see. I was just trying to hold on.” The truck flipped over and was engulfed in flames. Joe took cover, in shock and unaware of his injuries. He knew two drivers were dead. An American convoy found what was left of Joe and his team

#3: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived here on one-day unannounced visit to Iraq for talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi television reported.


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