February 2008 Entries
To anyone who thinks the Iraqis don't want our forces in their country: In Balad recently a platoon of U.S. military police spent some time at a mosque providing security. They were there at the request of the Imam of the Balad shrine.
You'll see a lot in the news this week about the casualty figures released over the weekend showing a large increase in troop deaths for the first two months of 2009. This is compared to the 8 troop deaths for the same period of 2008 - now risen to 29. Keep in mind that we had 10,000 fewer troops in Afghanistan last year, and as recently announced, another 17,000 are on their way. Please stop and say a prayer for those who have lost loved ones in this war, for those who are soon headed there, an
I wanted to call this post "Back to Normal," but Iraq hasn't seen normal in so many decades that nobody there remembers what "normal" is. Nevertheless, today's news out of Anbar shows that things continue to improve.
If you haven't completely tuned out the news from Iraq, or lost it in the political-babble, you may have heard yesterday about the mayhem that's going on in northern Iraq. Or the unfortunate pony that was blown to smithereens in a Baghdad market, killing four. But you probably did not hear about the story below, the likes of which are happening with great regularity these days as Iraqi citizens, tired of Al Qaeda's brutality, are turning in explosives faster than we can blow them up.
I spent five hours yesterday in the Houston airport. For awhile, I sat watching CNN on an overhead screen, and noticed something in the way they report on the war. It's subtle, but doubtlessly affects the way you see the war.
As our military continues to improve its tactics in the Global War on Terror, the cowardly "terrorists" must resort to attacking civilians instead of our troops. What these chicken-livered losers fail to realize is that with every mortar, IED or suicide bomb, they make the contrast between them and us that much stronger.
CBNNews.com - One year ago today the first U.S. surge troops arrived in Iraq. In the twelve months since, the progress has been absolutely astounding, and I'd go so far as to assert that the war is won - though we still have some mopping up to do.
"The U.S. military is seriously deficient in meeting "the threat of Islamist insurgencies," That's the opening line of the top story on CNN's website on Monday night.
The Mine Resistant Ambush Protective Vehicle saw its first combat death last week when a huge deep-buried IED went off beneath one of the new vehicles.
For one Iraqi boy, a three-day nightmare is finally over. He was kidnapped by an Al-Qaeda kidnapping cell on January 26. The cell contacted his parents and demanded $100,000, or, they said, they'd behead the eleven-year-old boy they'd taken.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Luke 17:1-2 NIV
Soldiers of the 24th Infantry Division uncovered a large weapons cache yesterday in Baghdad. And it was quite a haul. Check out this shopping list, keeping in mind how many attacks the bad guys WON'T be making now that this ordnance is off the streets.
Believe it or not, it gets cold in Iraq. Real cold. The winters have been especially tough lately, because fuel has been so hard to come by. Blame the extremists.who have proven to be very adept at destroying infrastructure but have yet to actually build anything. That's how the cowardly terrorists work - they are destroyers, not builders.
Here's a brief note to make a point to support the recent interview CBN aired with Pete Hegseth, the founder of VetsForFreedom.org, a national organization out to educate the American public about the need to win the war on terror.
Ninety days ago, the village of Khidr was nearly a ghost town. It's only inhabitants were monsters.
The Associated Press is now reporting that the two female suicide bombers who killed almost 100 people in Baghdad on Friday had downs' syndrome. Their suicide bomb vests were detonated remotely, and the hapless handicapped women likely had no idea what was about to happen.