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Old 12-22-2003, 07:45 PM   #106
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Two U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi translator were killed Monday when their convoy struck an improvised explosive device along a road in Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said.

Two other soldiers in the 1st Armored Division patrol were wounded and evacuated to a hospital, Central Command said.

There have been 537 confirmed coalition deaths, 463 Americans, 53 Britons, one Dane, 17 Italians, one Pole, one Spaniard and one Ukrainian, in the war as of December 22, 2003

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317 US Military personal have been killed by hostile fire at this point. All of the Italians, Polish, Spanish and Ukrainians lossed were do to hostile fire.
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No holiday for the death and violence

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Suspected insurgents struck coalition and Iraqi targets throughout the country Wednesday, killing three U.S. soldiers north of Baghdad, a bus driver in the capital and causing casualties in the northern city of Erbil.

The soldiers were killed Wednesday morning when a roadside bomb struck their convoy on a highway near Samarra, north of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said. The soldiers were members of Task Force Ironhorse. No further details were available.

A civilian bus exploded Wednesday in Baghdad after riding over a bomb, killing the driver and wounding two passengers, an Iraqi police official said. The blast occurred in a tunnel of a highway that leads to the city's western part.

In Erbil, a large explosion happened around 11:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. ET) Wednesday outside the interior ministry of the autonomous Kurdish government established in the city after the Persian Gulf War, according to the U.S. military. Casualties were reported, but the military was unable to say how many people were killed or wounded.
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Five GIs killed in Iraq insurgency attacks
Japan sends team for biggest deployment since World War II
Friday, December 26, 2003 Posted: 12:42 PM EST (1742 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Striking several times in a 24-hour period in Iraq's restive "Sunni Triangle" region, insurgents killed five U.S. soldiers, including three Friday north of Baghdad and two Thursday in a mortar attack.

One soldier was killed and one was wounded Friday in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Duluiya, 47 miles (76 kilometers) north of Baghdad, said Master Sgt. Robert Cargie of the 4th Infantry Division.

Another soldier was killed Friday by an improvised explosive device near Ba'qubah, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of the capital. A second soldier was killed in Ba'qubah while attempting to dismantle an explosive.

On Thursday night, the Ba'qubah region was the site of two other U.S. military deaths, according to a 4th Infantry spokesman. Two soldiers were killed and four wounded in a mortar attack on their forward operating base in Ba'qubah, the spokesman said Friday.

The Sunni Triangle is the area north and west of Baghdad, a region in which opposition to the U.S.-led coalition has been the greatest.

In the Iraq war, 474 U.S. troops have died -- 326 under hostile circumstances. Eleven troops have been killed since the beginning of the week.

Four other coalition soldiers were wounded in incidents across Iraq, and troops pressed on with raids to root out the guerrilla infrastructure, bracing for an escalation of attacks during the holidays.

Two U.S. soldiers received minor wounds Friday morning when their patrol came under fire near the northern city of Mosul, a military spokesman said. The spokesman with the Army's 101st Airborne Division said that the patrol exchanged small-arms fire with attackers. The injuries are not considered life threatening, he said.

Gunmen also shot and killed a tribal chief and his son Friday in Mosul, a 101st Airborne Division representative said. Identified as Sheikh Talal al-Khalidi, the chief was a member of the U.S.-appointed local council.

Two coalition soldiers were wounded overnight in an attack near Mahawil, an area controlled by the Polish military.

On Christmas Day, insurgents assaulted targets at or near the "Green Zone," the heavily fortified area in Baghdad where the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority offices are located, and at the Turkish and Iranian embassies.

Soldiers with the Army's 1st Armored Division captured five men suspected of firing rockets at the Coalition Provisional Authority headquarters Thursday night. Two rockets hit near the headquarters, but there were no injuries or damage, said Capt. Jason Beck of the 1st Armored Division.

Holiday not quiet in Baghdad
Sirens blared in the Iraqi capital on Christmas Day after some early morning explosions. Beck said the dawn attacks numbered at least eight and called them "weak and ineffective."

At least two rocket-propelled grenades hit the Sheraton Ishtar Hotel, showering broken glass and debris throughout the lobby and causing some damage to the building's atrium. Hotel staff quickly worked to sweep up the mess.

Another rocket-propelled grenade whistled past the hotel and other rockets exploded near the U.N. compound, Iraqi Interior Ministry and an abandoned police station.

There were also reports of damage on a nearby apartment block and injuries to a woman and man.

Rockets were fired toward the Turkey Embassy in northeastern Baghdad, and one of them struck the embassy's adjacent residence, a source said.

There were no casualties and only minor damage at the residence, the source said.

The attacks on the coalition stronghold came during a week in which the U.S. military launched Operation Iron Grip, targeting insurgents in Baghdad.

The 1st Armored Division has captured 66 suspects, of which 21 are "considered significant," according to a statement Thursday. The division also has seized weaponry, including 60 122 mm rockets, the statement said.

Task Force All-American soldiers in the central city of Ramadi arrested 10 insurgent suspects and confiscated several weapons, including mortar and artillery rounds, grenade launchers, sticks of dynamite and bomb-making materials, according to the military.

Japanese advance team goes to Iraq

The first Japanese noncombat troops have left for the Iraq region, beginning the Asian country's biggest overseas military deployment since World War II. (Full story)

The 23 personnel from the Air Self Defense Force flew from Tokyo on Friday and will work as an advance team in cities in Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, Kyodo news agency reported.

They are part of a 40-member group that will prepare for the arrival next month of the force's main detachment, numbering about 150 personnel.

Japan will send about 1,000 noncombat troops to Iraq. The bulk of them are expected to go in February and March.

The Air Self Defense Force team, based in Kuwait, will operate four C-130 transport planes and will ferry food and medical supplies to cities such as Baghdad, Basra, Balad and Mosul, Kyodo reported.

South Korea also approved plans this month to send a new 3,000-strong troop contingent to Iraq.
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AP - A roadside bomb killed an American soldier and two Iraqi children in Baghdad on Sunday, as mourners buried victims of a coordinated guerrilla assault in the southern city of Karbala that left 19 dead and almost 200 wounded. The Baghdad blast also wounded five American soldiers, their Iraqi interpreter and eight members of the Iraqi civil defense corps, said Sgt. Patrick Compton of the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A U.S. Army helicopter crashed Friday near the Iraqi town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, killing an American soldier and wounding another, a U.S. military spokesman said.

The OH-58 observation helicopter crashed about 12:50 p.m. local time (4:50 a.m. ET), the spokesman said. It was carrying a crew of two.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A mortar attack on a forward coalition operating base near Balad, Iraq, killed a U.S. soldier and wounded two others, a 4th Infantry Division spokeswoman said Saturday.

The wounded soldiers are in stable condition and their injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

After the attack -- which happened at 4:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. ET) Friday about 50 miles north of Baghdad -- a quick reaction force secured the site and detained six Iraqis, the spokeswoman said.

Since the Iraq war began in March, 484 U.S. troops have died in Iraq, 329 from hostile fire. Of those, 345 have died since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1 -- 215 from hostile fire.
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According to retired Army Colonel David Hackworth, "Lt. Col. Scott D. Ross of the U.S. military's Transportation Command told me that as of Dec. 23, his outfit had evacuated 3,255 battle-injured casualties and 18,717 non-battle injuries. Of the battle casualties, 473 died and 3,255 were wounded by hostile fire." That is a total of 21,972 casualties. Some may have been counted twice if they were transported more than once or injured more than once. This new count is far higher than the report from Mark Benjamin at United Press International. Veterans want to know: what is the true casualty count?

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Old 01-04-2004, 02:29 PM   #115
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Those figures are grossly inaccurate and come from a website and person(Hackworth) that heavily biased against the active US military. In addition, the U.S. Military Transportation Command is not the place to go for a casualty report. The only way the "Non-battle" figure would be accurate is if their included paper cuts and sneezing/coughing as casualties.

On average total deaths are about 20% of the total casualty figure in modern wars, but in Iraq it has been about 16%. Total number of wounded from hostile and non-hostile action is around 2,600.

Strictly from hostile fire, the numbers are 333 killed and around 1,700 wounded.
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Tricia Ferri, 22, of Brigantine, N.J., left, poses with her boyfriend, Army Spc. Marc Seiden, in 2003. Seiden was killed Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, while on duty in Iraq. Seiden was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. Spc. Solomon Bangayan of Vermont was also killed in the attack




This is an undated family photo of Army Spc. Solomon Bangayan, 24. He was killed Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, in Iraq when the convoy he was in was ambushed south of Baghdad. Bangayan moved to Vermont after living for 21 years in the Philippines. He lived in the town of Jay, Vt. briefly with his mother, Helen, stepfather, Victor Therrien, and younger sister, Hilda. He obtained a permanent residency visa, and shortly after joined the Army

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By Don Teague
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Above all things, Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Weaver was a survivor. As a 22-year-old sergeant, Weaver was part of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia — where 18 U.S. Army soldiers lost their lives.

The fight was chronicled in the movie “Black Hawk Down.”

In Mogadishu, Weaver's vehicle took a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, but he wasn't injured.

He later spoke in a TV documentary about his experience and on seeing one of the Black Hawks crash.

“And you could see a helicopter just lose that thrust when it hit the tail rotor and started spinning around ... and I lost it behind that building,” Weaver said.

Later, Weaver earned his wings as an army aviator in Iraq, piloting a Kiowa Warrior helicopter — battling Iraqi guerrillas while also fighting testicular cancer.

"He was an Army Ranger. Tough mentally and tough physically," said Mike Weaver, Aaron Weaver's father.

Weaver’s parents say Weaver so wanted to serve in Iraq, he convinced doctors to sign a waiver allowing him to go despite his cancer.

“He was proud to be a Ranger. And proud to be a pilot,” said Kelly Weaver, his mother.

He was riding in the back of a medical evacuation helicopter Wednesday, on his way to a routine medical checkup, when the chopper crashed.

Weaver and eight other soldiers died.

“He died doing what he was proud doing,” his mother said. “He would want me to say that if he was here.”

Aaron Weaver was supposed to finally come home next month. He leaves behind a wife and 1-year-old daughter.

His brother, a Black Hawk pilot also serving in Iraq, is on his way home now, hoping to say goodbye to a proud soldier who survived so much — and sacrificed everything.
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I saw this story last night on NBC News. I hope anyone who is reading this will watch it on the video link here..it's only about 2 min 45 seconds

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3939926/



By Bob Faw
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EASLEY, S.C. - Kimberly Hampton truly was a star — seeking out the Army's hardest assignments, piloting her Kiowa helicopter in Korea and in Afghanistan.

She then volunteered for Iraq, where enemy ground fire crippled her chopper, which crashed into a wall, breaking her neck. She was 27 years old when she died in the early days of a new year.

Everyone who served with her remembers not just her skill — but her attitude. "Capt. Hampton told me, if it can be done, my guys will do it," said her commanding officer, Robin Brown. Said another colleague, "She was like a breath of fresh air, mixing old traditions with the dawn of a new age."

Hampton died Jan. 2 near the Iraqi city of Fallujah, a hotbed of anti-American insurgency. As of this week, nearly 500 U.S. troops have died since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1, 2003.

Dedicated attitude

The pattern started to emerge early, at tiny (enrollment 1,200) Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., where Hampton graduated with honors. A champion on the tennis courts — 27-0 in three years of singles — she was admired by teammates and adored by her coach, Donna Arnold.

"Kimbo was a coach's dream," Arnold said. “You put her on the court, you didn't have to worry; she knew what to do and was going to do it, giving it everything she had."

In the classroom she was also a super-achiever, but with a quiet grace. "She was competitive, but it wasn't about beating people; it was about being the best she could be," said her ROTC commander, Lt. Larry Mulhall, who persuaded Hampton to help him recruit others after graduation, which led to a surge in ROTC enrollment.

"She was exceptional, but what you need to know is that she wasn't a hot dog, she didn't like to draw attention to herself," said Dr. Dean Thompson, her favorite English teacher. Or, as Presbyterian College President John Griffith put it, "She kept a sign over her desk, from Aristotle — that excellence is not an act but a habit. That sums up Kimberly."

Parents' loss, solace in how she lived life

An only child, her loss is crushing for her parents. Now, every day, around her neck, her mother, Ann Hampton, wears a gold charm of a Kiowa helicopter that Kimberly gave her after graduating from flight school at Fort Rucker in Alabama.

Ann is unflinching now, in her grief, as is her husband, Dean, a successful business executive who never once missed one of his daughter's tennis matches. "She hated to see us cry; she did her job; now we're trying to do ours," her mother recalled.

There is no rancor in this family, no bitterness over the administration policy in Iraq. "Kimberly was doing what she wanted to do.... She believed in the cause; we still do," her father said.

The Hamptons are consoled because Kimberly never relinquished her dream — of flying and serving — from the third grade.

As Thompson summed up, "When you consider how many people go through life on autopilot, never really reaching for the stars, and then you look at what Kimberly did, you cannot regret the cause she was fighting for."
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By The Associated Press

As of Wednesday, Jan. 14, 496 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 343 died as a result of hostile action and 153 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 55 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Thailand, two; Denmark, Ukraine and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 358 U.S. soldiers have died - 228 as a result of hostile action and 130 of non-hostile causes, according to the Defense Department's figures.
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TAJI, Iraq (CNN) -- The number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war passed 500 on Saturday when three American soldiers died in a roadside bombing north of Baghdad.

A patrol was sweeping a rural area for improvised explosive devices when a bomb detonated on a road west of Taji, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of the Iraqi capital, according to a statement from the 4th Infantry Division.

The explosion split open the gun turret of the patrol's Bradley Fighting Vehicle, knocked the 26-ton vehicle on its side and started a fire, military sources said.

In addition to the Americans, two members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps were killed. A gunner and commander escaped with injuries, the sources said. The wounded soldiers were taken to a Baghdad hospital, according to the military.

On Friday, a U.S. soldier died from a "nonhostile" gunshot about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Baghdad, according to the U.S.-led coalition.

With the latest casualties, 501 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq, including 346 in hostile action. Most of those deaths have come since President Bush declared the end of major combat operations May 1.

After Saturday's blast, a quick reaction force secured the area and detained three Iraqis fleeing in a white truck carrying bomb-making materials, the 4th Infantry Division said.

"The enemy can try to do this to us every single day, but it's not going to change our resolve or desire to see things through to the very end," Lt. Col. Richard French said.

French said troops are investigating the makeup of the bomb, which was powerful enough to knock a vehicle as formidable as a Bradley off its tracks.

"Obviously, it was a large amount of explosives," he said.
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