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Old 03-11-2004, 05:42 PM   #151
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Soldier dies, two wounded in Baqouba bomb attack

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TIKRIT, Iraq A soldier was killed, and two others injured, when a homemade bomb went off in Baqouba, the military said Thursday.
The attack Wednesday injured the three soldiers, two of whom were taken to the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Balad, where one of them died. The second soldier was in stable condition and will be sent to a military hospital in the United States. The third soldier was treated at the scene and returned to duty.

None of the soldiers were identified, but all were part of the 652nd Engineering Battalion and based in Baqouba.

Soldiers arrested two Iraqis in the blast, but they were later released, the military said.

The latest death brings to 554 the number of U.S. service members who have died since the United States launched the Iraq war in March. Most have died since President Bush declared an end to active combat May 1.
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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq


Mar 11, 10:52 PM (ET)


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two American soldiers were killed when the Humvee they were riding in struck a homemade bomb, the military said early Friday.

The soldiers were part of an escort for a military convoy northeast of Habbiniyah in the Sunni Triangle when the incident happened Thursday.

A third soldier was injured in the blast and taken to a military hospital and was listed in stable condition.

None of the soldiers were identified, but all were part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of Task Force All American.
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Oklahoma attorney killed in attack in Iraq was advocate for women's rights

KELLY KURT, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Lawyer Fern Holland went to Iraq to help that nation's women: She investigated human-rights violations, set up conferences and assisted in writing the women's rights section of the new constitution.

"I love the work and if I die, know that I'm doing precisely what I want to be doing," she wrote in an e-mail to a friend Jan. 21.

Holland was one of three civilians killed Tuesday after several gunmen posing as Iraqi police officers stopped her vehicle at a makeshift checkpoint near the town of Hillah, about 35 miles south of Baghdad.

Holland and a second victim, Robert J. Zangas, were the first U.S. civilians working for the U.S. occupation authority to be killed in Iraq. Their translator, who was not identified, was also killed.

Zangas, 44, of suburban Pittsburgh, joined the coalition after serving nine months in Iraq as reserve lieutenant colonel with the Marine Corps 4th Civil Affairs Group.

He is listed on the coalition's Web site as a regional press officer.

Holland's family believes she was targeted by assassins because of her work, which included opening women's centers around Iraq.

"She was a lover of democracy," said her sister, Vi Holland. "She was a humanitarian. She believed our greatest chance for democracy (in Iraq) was through people who were most oppressed."

Zangas' wife, Brenda, said Thursday that the "act of terrorism killed a very special person."

She described her husband as "very giving."

Robert Zangas wrote in a journal entry on his Web site dated last week that he had hope for Iraq.

"This is a society that is in desperate need of everything," the entry reads.

"... I don't mean to sound depressed because I am not. I am enjoying this work immensely. It is very gratifying."

L. Paul Bremer, the top administrator in Iraq, has requested that the FBI investigate the slayings. It was not yet known whether the gunmen were specifically targeting coalition officials.

Holland, a 1996 graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law, worked at two law firms in Tulsa before joining the Peace Corps and traveling to Namibia.

She returned to the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but did not stay long.

Tulsa attorney Stephen Rodolf, who kept in touch with Holland through e-mail, said she seemed to be aware of growing threats to her safety.

"We stand out, and those who dislike us know precisely when we come to town," she wrote to him.

Her job required her to travel almost every day on highways where snipers and roadside bombs lurked. And yet, she asked to travel with an unarmed escort because she felt the high security around her was a barrier to her work with Iraqi women, he said.

"She would not take foolish risks," Rodolf said. "But a big part of her commitment was that there are risks in the world, and if you are to accomplish good, you accept them."
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Blast in Tikrit Kills 2 U.S. Soldiers

Mar 12, 10:34 PM (ET)

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - An explosion early Saturday in Saddam Hussein's hometown killed two American soldiers and wounded four, the U.S. military said.

The soldiers were on patrol in downtown Tikrit, north of Baghdad, when a roadside bomb exploded, said Capt. Tim Crowe of the U.S. Army.

Small arms fire erupted after the explosion.

Initial reports said six soldiers were wounded. But the military later said two of the wounded had died. The four other soldiers were evacuated to a military hospital north of Tikrit. It was not immediately unclear how serious the wounded soldiers' injuries were.

The soldiers were from the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, which is taking over security in the Tikrit area on Saturday.
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By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four American soldiers died in two bomb explosions in Baghdad, the coalition said Sunday, raising to six the number of U.S. forces killed in roadside bombs this week.
Hundreds of Iraqis, meanwhile, mourned the death of a Shiite politician's relative in a bomb blast in his shop the previous day.

A roadside bomb killed three soldiers from the 1st Armored Division and wounded another during a patrol Saturday night in southeastern Baghdad, a spokeswoman for the U.S.-led coalition spokeswoman said.

That followed a similar attack in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit that killed two American soldiers and wounded three others.

U.S. forces responded by making several arrests and dispatching troops into the streets in a show of force on the same day that the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, took control of the restive Sunni Triangle town in a troop rotation.

Soldiers who have been on the front line facing the anti-U.S. insurgency believed led by Saddam loyalists and Islamic militants have been carrying out joint patrols with the newcomers. Saturday was only the second day that troops from the German-based 18th Regiment patrolled alone.

A sixth soldier died at a combat hospital from injuries suffered in a blast in the Iraqi capital Sunday morning, the spokeswoman said.
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Bombs Kill Six U.S. Soldiers in Iraq


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By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA


Roadside bombs killed four American soldiers in Baghdad, raising to six the number of U.S. troops who have died in attacks in Iraq this weekend, the coalition said Sunday.

Hundreds of Iraqis, meanwhile, mourned a Shiite politician's relative who died in a bomb blast in his shop Saturday.

A roadside bomb killed three soldiers from the 1st Armored Division and wounded another during a patrol Saturday night in southeastern Baghdad, a spokeswoman for the U.S.-led coalition said.

That followed a similar attack in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit that killed two American soldiers and wounded three others.

U.S. forces responded by making several arrests and dispatching troops into the streets in a show of force Saturday, the same day that the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, took control of the restive Sunni Triangle town in a troop rotation.

Soldiers who have been on the front line facing the anti-U.S. insurgency - believed to be led by Saddam loyalists and Islamic militants - have been carrying out joint patrols with the newcomers. Saturday was only the second day that troops from the Germany-based 18th Regiment patrolled alone.

A sixth soldier died at a combat hospital from injuries suffered in a blast in the Iraqi capital Sunday morning, the spokeswoman said.

"We were woken up this morning by the blast. We saw an American military truck on fire," resident Saad Mohsen told Associated Press Television News. A second explosion set a nearby civilian truck on fire, he said.

In Washington on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the decision to go to war with Iraq, saying intelligence before the U.S.-led invasion was not "cooked" even though inspectors have not found banned weapons.

"We may not find the stockpiles. They may not exist any longer, but let's not suggest that we knew this," Powell said on ABC's "This Week."

"We went to the United Nations, we went to the world, with the best information we had. Nothing that was cooked," he said.

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 20 invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein, Powell and other Bush administration officials appeared on Sunday talk shows to defend the war and call attention to advances in rebuilding the country.

Powell had appeared before the United Nations one month before the war, laying out evidence that Saddam's government had stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and an advanced nuclear weapons program.

But no weapons stockpiles have been found; and the former chief weapons inspector, David Kay, said he doubts they existed before the war. Intelligence on the nuclear weapons program has also been discredited.

In Baghdad, about 1,000 mourners attended the funeral on Sunday of Haidar al-Qazwini, the brother-in-law of Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Shiite member of the Iraqi Governing Council.

"The aim of this criminal act is to ignite sectarian strife in the country," al-Jaafari's representative, Adnan al-Asadi, said at the funeral.

U.S. and Iraqi security officials suspect militants are trying to trigger conflict between Sunnis, who dominated Saddam's government, and the resurgent Shiite majority.

Iraqi police said al-Qazwini died after an unidentified man entered a shop and left a bag containing explosives, which later detonated.

Roadside bombs have become the main threat to U.S. soldiers on patrol in the Sunni Triangle, a region north and west of Baghdad that has seen some of the fiercest guerrilla attacks.

The latest deaths brought to 564 the number of U.S. service members who have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq. Of those, 385 died as a result of hostile action and 179 died of other causes.
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You may notice some changes in this thread...

1.) I split deep's article into its own thread ("Recent Protests"). I have been told that this thread has been reserved only for reporting casualties, not for political discussion. That's fine with me.

2.) I deleted two subsequent posts because they no longer made sense (one from deep, one from DreadSox).

Deep: Feel free to continue your discussion of the protests in a separate thread. You are not being silenced in any way. I feel, however, that the desire to keep one thread free of politics and partisanship is an admirable one. Please respect my decision and the feelings of other persons who have posted here.

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Pax,


I think you responded to quickly to a complaint.



This thread is full of "Politics"


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In Washington on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the decision to go to war with Iraq, saying intelligence before the U.S.-led invasion was not "cooked" even though inspectors have not found banned weapons.

"We may not find the stockpiles. They may not exist any longer, but let's not suggest that we knew this," Powell said on ABC's "This Week."

"We went to the United Nations, we went to the world, with the best information we had. Nothing that was cooked," he said.

If it is misinformation or lies that support the Bush Administration, then it is tolerable?


Statements from people that have lost loved ones are deleted.

People that said they support the troops?



I did not start a new thread with that article.

It is not a separate issue and if the sacrifices made by those people do not belong here, then please delete it.
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First I'm a tool of the liberal arm of FYM and now I'm a tool of the conservative one! Amazing how quickly things change.

I'm not saying it's a separate issue. In light of the intention of the thread, I split--rather than deleted--your article. I will not discuss this in public any further. PM me or Elvis if you want to talk about it more.

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This is the only thread I even want to keep posting in in FYM, just my very small part in honoring those who have died. In the interest of keeping this thread what I feel it should be, I won't say anything else.

Thank you paxetaurora

Back to the topic, unfortunately..

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying U.S. civilians in the northern city of Mosul on Monday, killing three and wounding two in the latest deadly attack targeting foreigners in Iraq .

Witnesses said the victims had been driving through the city, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, in a civilian vehicle without a military escort when attackers raked their car with AK-47 assault rifles. Helicopters ferried the wounded to a U.S. army hospital, and police sealed off the area.

A military spokesman in Baghdad confirmed the attack but had no information on what organization the civilians worked for.
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A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq


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As of Monday, March 15, 564 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 385 died as a result of hostile action and 179 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Ukraine, three; Thailand, two; Denmark, Estonia and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 426 U.S. soldiers have died - 270 as a result of hostile action and 156 of non-hostile causes, according to the military.

Since the start of military operations, 2,814 U.S. service members have been injured as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department's figures. Non-hostile injured numbered 427.

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The latest deaths reported by the U.S. military.

- No new deaths reported.

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The latest identifications reported by public officials and family members:

- Army Staff Sgt. Clint Ferrin, 31, Ogden, Utah; killed Saturday when a bomb exploded under his Humvee in southeastern Iraq; assigned to 82nd Airborne Armored Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

- National Guard Spc. Jocelyn Carrasquillo, 28, Wilmington, N.C.; killed Saturday when his convoy hit a land mine; assigned to 120th Division, Wilmington, N.C.
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The civilians who were killed Monday..

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A fourth American missionary died overnight from wounds from a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

A fifth Baptist missionary was wounded in the attack. The missionaries were working on a water-purification project, church officials and friends said.

Larry T. Elliott, 60, and Jean Dover Elliott, 58, of Cary, North Carolina, and Karen Denise Watson, 38, of Bakersfield, California, were killed in the attack Monday, according to the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board. (Full story)

David E. McDonnall, 29, of Rowlett, Texas, died Tuesday morning as he was being flown to a military support hospital in Baghdad, according to the U.S. military and the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board.

His wife, Carrie Taylor McDonnall, 26, remains in critical condition, according to the group.

Gunmen fired AK-47 assault weapons on the civilian vehicle, witnesses said.

Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said Southern Baptists shared in the sorrow and grief.

"In times like this, there are no words that will take away the pain of a loved one's violent death," Rankin said in a statement. "Everyone in the IMB family and everyone who loves Southern Baptists' overseas workers are grieving with the family members and co-workers of these precious souls."

An Iraqi police officer found the bullet-riddled car shortly after the shooting, which occurred at 5 p.m. Monday (9 a.m. ET).

"We do not know what the five U.S. citizens were doing at the time of the attack, but we do know they were in the Mosul area to deliver relief supplies," the military said in its statement.

Monday's attack is among a rash of attacks on civilians this week and last week.

Larry Elliott (clockwise from top left), Jean Elliott, David E. McDonnall and Karen Watson were working on a water purification project



Carrie Taylor McDonnall, 26, remains in critical condition

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2 U.S. Soldiers Die in Iraq Mortar Attack




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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Mortars fired at a U.S. base near Baghdad killed two American soldiers and wounded six others, the military said Thursday.

The attack on the Logistics Base Seitz, home to the 13th Corps Support Command, in the town of Balad occurred Wednesday, according to a statement. One of the slain Americans died instantly at the base while the second died later in a combat support hospital, the statement said.

Two of the wounded were also in the hospital, while the four others were treated at a local military base and returned to duty.

U.S. soldiers from the 1st Armor Division responded to the attack and apprehended occupants of a vehicle fleeing the area, the statement said without elaborating.
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A third soldier died from Motar attacks listed above.

Two U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Insurgents killed two U.S. Marines who were on patrol in Iraq, a military statement said Friday.

The attack on the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force occurred Wednesday in al-Anbar province, which stretches from west of Baghdad to the Jordanian border, the statement said. It provided no other details.

The deaths brought to 569 the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the start of hostilities last year, according to Defense Department figures.
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