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IRAQI FREEDOM

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Hello World Leaders! Come join us, The United States, as we wage war on Iraq, November 14th in Bagdad! It should be a good time: CNN is coming, and we have some really cool new missiles and stuff. Saddam is totally evil, so you're not going to want to miss this!!!!

If you don't know how to get to Iraq, you can see a map or you can call Dick at his secure, undisclosed location for directions (202-774-0471). Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to order.

Hope to see you there!!

George

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On March 20, 2003 at approximately 02:30 UTC or about 90 minutes after the lapse of the 48-hour deadline, at 05:30 local time, explosions were heard in Baghdad; coinciding with Australian Special Air Service Regiment personnel crossing the border into southern Iraq. At 03:15 UTC, or 10:15 pm EST, U.S. President George W. Bush announced that he had ordered the coalition to launch an "attack of opportunity" against targets in Iraq.

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President Saddam Hussein appeared on television early Thursday morning, characterizing the U.S.-led military campaign as "criminal acts" and saying his nation would be victorious.

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 Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionist and rebel men and women who dare to disssent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, May 31, 1953

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"As I report to you, air attacks are under way against military targets in Iraq...I've told the American people before that this will not be another Vietnam. And I repeat this here tonight. Our troops will have the best possible support in the entire world, and they will not be asked to fight with one hand tied behind their back."
President George Bush
Address to the nation
January 16, 1991

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The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun. The dawn of victory nears as this great showdown begins."

Saddam Hussein

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"Our strategy to go after the Army is very, very simple. First we are going to cut it off, and then we're going to kill it."
General Colin L. Powell, USA
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

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At 9:34 PM EST on March 19, 2003 (5:34 AM local time in Baghdad on March 20), United States and United Kingdom forces consisting of 40 cruise missiles and strikes led by 2 F-117s from the 8th Fighter Squadron (supported by Navy EA-6B Prowlers) and other aircraft began conducting military operations against the state of Iraq designed to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction and to remove the Iraqi Regime from power. Less than two hours after a deadline expired for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq, the sound of air raid sirens were heard in Baghdad. A short time later, President Bush addressed the American public stating that coalition forces were in the "early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger."

"I can tell you this: If I'm ever in a position to call the shots, I'm not going to rush to send somebody else's kids into a war."
George Bush
Man of Integrity 1988

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"As Americans, we want peace -- we work and sacrifice for peace. But there can be no peace if our security depends on the will and whims of a ruthless and aggressive dictator. I'm not willing to stake one American life on trusting Saddam Hussein."

George W. Bush

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The military objectives of Operation Iraqi Freedom consist of first, ending the regime of Saddam Hussein. Second, to identify, isolate and eliminate, Iraq's weapons of mass destruciton. Third, to search for, to capture and to drive out terrorists from the country. Fourth, to collect intelligence related to terrorist networks. Fifth, to collect such intelligence as is related to the global network of illicit weapons of mass destruction. Sixth, to end sanctions and to immediately deliver humanitarian support to the displaced and to many needed citizens. Seventh, to secure Iraq's oil fields and resources, which belong to the Iraqi people. Finally, to help the Iraqi people create conditions for a transition to a representative self-government.

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"They will face a bitter defeat, God willing,."You will be able to achieve glory and your despicable infidel enemies will be defeated."

Saddam Hussein

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 The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

Colin Powell

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"Allah is on our side. That is why we will beat the aggressor."
Saddam Hussein

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"America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."

George W. Bush

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Operation Iraqi Freedom consisted of the largest special operations force since the Vietnam War. While the vast majority of special operations forces were American, the United Kingdom and the Australian militaries also provided forces. In northern Iraq there was a significant special operations presence. Coalition personnel worked with Kurdish fighters against the regime. SOF helped bring in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and marked and called in coalition air power on regime targets. Special operations forces were also responsible for attacking a number of specific targets such as airfields, weapons of mass destruction sites, and command and control headquarters. In the south, special operations personnel gave aid to conventional forces and did some of the work in the cities to help the Shi'ia elements.

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"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country." 

 George W. Bush

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"Draw your sword and be not afraid, "God is great."

Saddam Hussein

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The Saddam-built army had no weapons that could stand up to occupation forces, and managed only to stage a few ambushes that gained a great deal of media attention but in reality did nothing to slow the occupation advance. The Iraqi T-72 tanks, the heaviest armored vehicles in the Iraqi Army, were both outdated and ill-maintained, and when they did stand up to occupation forces they were destroyed quickly, thanks in part due to the occupation's control of the air. The U.S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force operated with impunity throughout the country, pinpointing heavily defended enemy targets and destroying them before ground troops arrived.

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"After a war, a hero is just a man with one leg."

Anonymous

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What does it matter to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?--Mahatma Gandhi

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The Iraqi Army suffered from poor morale, even amongst the supposedly elite Republican Guard, and entire units simply melted away into the crowds upon the approach of occupation troops. Other Iraqi Army officers were bribed by the CIA or coerced into surrendering to occupation forces. Worse, the Iraqi Army had incompetent leadership - reports state that Qusay Hussein, charged with the defense of Baghdad, dramatically shifted the positions of the two main divisions protecting Baghdad several times in the days before the arrival of U.S. forces, and as a result the units within were both confused and further demoralized when the U.S. Army attacked. By no means did the occupation invasion force see the entire Iraqi military thrown against it, and it is assumed that most units disintegrated to either join the growing Iraqi anti-occupation fighters or return to their homes

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We pledge that we will confront the invaders," Iraqi resistance will cause the coalition to "lose any hope in accomplishing what they were driven to by the criminal Zionists and others with their agendas."

Saddam Hussein

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 Some of Saddam's Army Surrendering

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Three weeks into the invasion, U.S. forces moved into Baghdad. Initial plans were for armor units to surround the city and a street-to-street battle to commence using Airborne units. However, within days a "Thunder Run" of US tanks was launched to test Iraqi defenses, with about 30 tanks rushing from a staging base to the Baghdad airport. They met heavy resistance, but launched another run two days later into the Palaces of Saddam Hussein, where they established a base. Iraqi government officials had either disappeared or had conceded defeat. On April 9, 2003, Baghdad was formally secured by US forces and the power of Saddam Hussein was declared ended. Saddam had vanished, and his whereabouts were unknown.

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General Tommy Franks assumed control of Iraq as the supreme commander of occupation forces. Shortly after the sudden collapse of the defense of Baghdad, news were circulating in Iraq and elsewhere that there had been a deal struck (a "safqua") wherein the US had bribed key members of the Iraqi military elite and/or the Ba'ath party itself to stand down. In May 2003, General Franks retired, and confirmed in an interview with Defense Week that the U.S. had paid Iraqi military leaders to defect. The occupation troops promptly began searching for the key members of Saddam Hussein's government. These individuals were identified by a variety of means, most famously through sets of most-wanted Iraqi playing cards.

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In the north, Kurdish forces opposed to Saddam Hussein had already occupied for years an autonomous area in northern Iraq. With the assistance of U.S. Special Forces and airstrikes, they were able to rout the Iraqi units near them and, on 10 April, to occupy oil-rich Kirkuk, a city of significant emotional importance to Kurds, causing further complications in U.S.-Turkish relations. Occupation special forces had also been involved in the extreme west of Iraq, attempting to occupy key roads to Syria and airbases. In one case two armored platoons were used to convince Iraqi leadership that an entire armored battalion was entrenched in the west of Iraq. On 15 April, Multinational forces mostly took control of Tikrit, the last major outpost in central Iraq, with an attack led by the U.S. Marines' Task Force Tarawa and followed by elements of the Army's 4th Infantry Division

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"It doesn't help you win the hearts and minds of the public if you put a bullet in their hearts and another in the minds"

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On 1 May 2003 George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, where he gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq war. Bush's landing was criticized as an overly theatrical and expensive stunt. Clearly visible in the background was a banner stating "Mission Accomplished." It was criticized by some as premature - especially later as the guerrilla war dragged on

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"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."
Voltaire

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On 22 July 2003, during a raid by the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and men from Task Force 20, Saddam Hussein's sons (Uday and Qusay) and one of his grandsons were killed. Saddam Hussein was captured on December 13, 2003 by the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division and members of Task Force 121 during Operation Red Dawn.

"Draw your sword, I am not afraid, No one will be victorious if he is not a man and a brave man."

Saddam Hussein

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U.S. soldiers found the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein hiding in an underground hole near a two-room hut on a sheep farm on December 13, 2003. Saddam was captured about nine miles from his hometown of Tikrit and across the Tigris River from one of his lavish palaces

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ARLINGTON WEST
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There have been 2,470 coalition deaths, 2,267 Americans, one Australian, 101 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, two Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 26 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, two Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of February 13, 2006, according to a CNN count. (Graphical breakdown of casualties). The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. At least 16,653 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

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"War does not determine who is right - only who is left."

Bertrand Russell

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 In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.

Jose Narosky

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 We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
Jeane J. Kirkpatric

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JUST PART OF THE COST

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The war was unpopular from the outset in many Coalition countries, as reflected in opinion polls and widespread protests, including the largest worldwide protest in human history, on February 15th, 2003: a day of Global protests against war on Iraq. The Iraq War was widely viewed by many critics as counterproductive. Many viewed the war as improper (being a moral and ethical violation); and, at the extreme, illegal under international law

 

THE OTHER PRICE

Service personnel killed in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Cpl. Roberto Abad, 22, Los Angeles * Pfc. Christopher S. Adlesperger, 20, Albuquerque, N.M. * Lance Cpl. Jeramy A. Ailes, 22, Gilroy * Lance Cpl. Nickalous N. Aldrich, 21, Austin, Texas * Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, 22, San Bernardino * Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, 21, Modesto * Lance Cpl. Nicholas H. Anderson, 19, Las Vegas * Lance Cpl. Levi T. Angell, 20, Saint Louis, Minn. * Master Sgt. Brett E. Angus, 40, St. Paul, Minn. * Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, 20, Randolph, Mass. * Cpl. Carlos Arrelanopandura, 22, Los Angeles * Staff Sgt. Jimmy J. Arroyave, 30, Woodland * Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, 21, Sunray, Texas * Pfc. Eric A. Ayon, 26, Arleta * Cpl. Salem Bachar, 20, Chula Vista * Cpl. Jeremiah A. Baro, 21, Fresno * Sgt. Douglas E. Bascom, 25, Colorado Springs, Colo. * Cpl. David A. Bass, 20, of Nashville, Tenn. * Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina Bautista, 37, Rialto * Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, St. Anne, Ill. * Staff Sgt. Melvin L. Blazer, 38, Moore, Okla. * 2nd Lt. James P. Blecksmith, 24, San Marino * Maj. Gerald M. Bloomfield II, 38, of Ypsilanti, Mich. * Gunnery Sgt. Jeff Bohr, 39, Ossian, Iowa * Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Bohlman, 21, Sioux Falls, S.D. * Lance Cpl. Todd J. Bolding, 23, Manvel, Texas * Cpl. Theodore A. Bowling, 25, Casselberry, Fla. * Pvt. Noah L. Boye, 21, Grand Island, Neb. * Cpl. Travis J. Bradach-Nall, 21, Multnomah County, Ore. * Lance Cpl. Benjamin S. Bryan, 23, Lumberton, N.C. * Lance Cpl. Dominic C. Brown, 19, Austin, Texas * Lance Cpl. Daniel Scott R. Bubb, 19, of Grottoes, Va. * Cpl. Dale A. Burger Jr., 21, Bel Air, Md. * Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Burns, 20, Laramie, Wyo. * Pvt. Lewis T. D. Calapini, 21, Waipahu, Hawaii * Pfc. Cody S. Calavan, 19, Lake Stevens, Wash. * Sgt. Juan Calderon Jr., 26, Weslaco, Texas * Sgt. Adam L. Cann, 23, Davie, Fla. * Cpl. Kelly M. Cannan, 21, Lowville, N.Y. * Pfc. Sean T. Cardelli, 20, Downers Grove, Ill. * Pfc. Michael M. Carey, 20, Prince George, Va. * Pfc. Benjamin R. Carman, 20, Jefferson, Iowa * Lance Cpl. James A. Casper, 20, Coolidge, Texas * Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez, 20, Seattle, Wash. * Pfc. Javier Chavez Jr., 19, Cutler, Calif. * Lance Cpl. Marcus M. Cherry, 18, Imperial * 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss. * Cpl. Jason S. Clairday, 21, Camp, Ark. * Gunnery Sgt. Michael J. Clark, 29, Leesburg Lake, Fla. * Gunnery Sgt. Theodore Clark Jr., 31, Emporia, Va. * Lance Cpl. Richard C. Clifton, 19, Milford, Del. * Christopher R. Cobb, 19, Bradenton, Fla. * Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner, 19, Wood River, Neb. * Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado, 31, of Columbia, S.C. * Lance Cpl. Jonathan W. Collins, 19, Crystal Lake, Ill. * Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr., 23, Orlando, Fla. * Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, Sherwood, Ore. * Lance Cpl. Pedro Contreras, 27, Harris, Texas * Sgt. Jason Cook, 25, Okanogan, Wash. * Staff Sgt. Ramon E. Gonzales Cordova, 30, Davie, Fla. * Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker, 39, Torrance * Lance Cpl. Kyle D. Crowley, 18, San Ramon * Pfc. Brian K. Cutter, 19, Riverside * Lance Cpl. Andrew S. Dang, 20, Foster City * Sgt. Edward G. Davis III, 31, Antioch, Ill. * Lance Cpl. Roger W. Deeds, 24, Biloxi, Miss. * Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps, 19, Jamestown, Mo. * Lance Cpl. Joshua W. Dickinson, 25, New Port Richey, Fla. * Cpl. Nicholas J. Dieruf, 21, Versailles, Ky. * Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap, 34, Vista (reserve stationed at Los Alamitos) * Cpl. Christopher S. Ebert, 21, Mooresboro, N.C. * Capt. James C. Edge, 31, Virginia Beach, Va. * Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth, 20, Mount Pleasant, Mich. * 2nd Lt. Paul M. Felsberg, 27, West Palm Beach, Fla. * Cpl. Tyler R. Fey, 22, Eden Prairie, Minn. * Lance Cpl. Luis A. Figueroa, 21, Los Angeles * Lance Cpl. Jonathan R. Flores, 18, San Antonio, Texas * Sgt. Timothy Folmar, 21, Sonora, Texas * Capt. Travis A. Ford, 30, Oceanside * Lance Cpl. Phillip E. Frank, 20, Elk Grove, Ill. * Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gadsden, 21, Charleston, S.C. * Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Gallagher, 27, Jacksonville, Fla. * Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza, Jr., 20, Temperance, Mich. * Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel, 29, New York, N.Y. * Lance Cpl. Shane L. Goldman, 20, Orange, Texas * Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Gonzalez, 23, Los Angeles * Lance Cpl. Victor A. Gonzalez, 19, Watsonville * Cpl. Jeffrey G. Green, 20, Dallas * Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 28, Los Angeles * Pfc. Deryk L. Hallal 24, Indianapolis * Pfc. Andrew Halverson, 19, Grant, Wis. * Lance Cpl. Michael W. Hanks, 22, Gregory, Mich. * Pfc. Fernando B. Hannon, 19, Wildomar * Cpl. Brandon M. Hardy, 25, of Cochranville, Pa. * Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin, 26, Paducah, Ky. * Lance Cpl. Erik R. Heldt, 26, Hermann, Mo. * Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson, 25, Lincoln, Neb. * Lance Cpl. Evenor C. Herrera, 22, Gypsum, Colo. * Lance Cpl. Chad R. Hildebrandt, 22, Springer, N.M. * Lance Cpl. Eric Hillenburg, 21, Marion, Ind. * Lance Cpl. Erick J. Hodges, 21, Bay Point * Staff Sgt. Theodore S. Holder II, 27, Littleton, Colo. * Cpl. Terry Holmes, 22, Hollywood, Fla. * Cpl. Paul C. Holter III, 21, Corpus Christi, Texas * Lance Cpl. Gregory C. Howman, 28, Charlotte, N.C. * Lance Cpl. Jared P. Hubbard, 22, Clovis * Lance Cpl. James B. Huston Jr., 22, Umatilla, Ore. * Lance Cpl. Seth Huston, 19, Perryton, Texas * Cpl. Jesse Jaime, 22, of Henderson, Nev. * Pfc. Ryan M. Jerabek, 18, Oneida, Wis. * Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Kelly, 21, Klamath, Ore. * Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, Houston * Lance Cpl. Shane E. Kielion, 23, La Vista, Neb. * Cpl. In C. Kim, 23, Warren, Mich. * Sgt. Jeffrey L. Kirk, 24, Baton Rouge, La. * Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm, 23, Hicksville, N.Y. * Lance Cpl. Jakub Henryk Kowalik, 21, Schaumburg, Ill. * Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, 23, Troutville, Va. * Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert, 28, Newsite, Miss. * Capt. Andrew David Lamont, 31, Eureka Gunnery * Sgt. Shawn A. Lane, 33, Corning, N.Y. * Pfc. Moises A. Langhorst, 19, Moose Lake, Minn. * Lance Cpl. Sean M. Langley, 20, Lexington, Ky. * Lance Cpl. Nicholas D. Larson, 19, Wheaton, Ill. * Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield, 19, Fremont * Cpl. Bum R. Lee, 21, Sunnyvale * Cpl. John M. Longoria, 21, Nixon, Texas * Lance Cpl. Hilario F. Lopez, 22, Ingleside, Texas * Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez, 22, Whitfield, Ga. * Lance Cpl. John A. Lucente, 19, Grass Valley * 1st Lt. Matthew D. Lynch, 25, Jericho, N.Y. * Pfc. Christopher D. Mabry, 19, Chunky, Miss. * Lance Cpl. Blake A. Magaoay, 20, Pearl City, Hawaii * Cpl. Jarrod L. Maher, 21, Imogene, Iowa * Capt. John W. Maloney, 36, Chicopee, Mass. * Cpl. Douglas Jose Marencoreyes, 28, Chino * Pfc. Oscar A. Martinez, 19, North Lauderdale, Fla. * Lance Cpl. Philip J. Martini, 24, * Lansing, Ill. * Capt. Michael D. Martino, 32, Fairfax, Va. * Cpl. Matthew E. Matula, 20, Spicewood, Texas * Lance Cpl. Chad B. Maynard, 19, Montrose, Colo. * Lance Cpl. Christopher M. McCrackin, 20 * Cpl. Jaygee Meluat, 24, Tamuning, Guam * Pfc. Chad E. Bales Metcalf, 20, Coahoma, Texas * Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis, 23, St. George, Del. * 2nd Lt. Donald R. McGlothlin, 26, Lebanon, Va. * Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese, 19, Covington, La. * Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, 21, Fort Worth, Texas * Maj. Ramon J. Mendoza Jr., 37, Columbus, Ohio * Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, 33, Tracy * Pfc. Matthew G. Milczark, 18, Kettle River, Minn. * Sgt. Lea R. Mills, 21, Brooksville, Fla. * Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina Bautista, 37, Rialto * Lance Cpl. Jason William Moore, 21, San Marcos * Capt. Brent L. Morel, 27, Martin, Tenn. * Pfc. Geoffery S. Morris, 19, Gurnee, Ill. * Lance Cpl. Marty G. Mortenson, 22, Flagstaff, Ariz. * Lance Cpl. Robert L. Moscillo, 21, Salem, N.H. * Sgt. Jeremy E. Murray, 27, Atwater, Ohio * Sgt. Krisna Nachampassak, 27, Burke, Va. * Maj. Kevin G. Nave, 36, White Lake Township, Mich. * Cpl. Dominique J. Nicolas, 25, Maricopa, Ariz. * Sgt. Byron W. Norwood, 25, Pflugerville, Texas * Cpl. Brian Oliveira, 22, Raynham, Mass. * Lance Cpl. Deshon E. Otey, 24, Hardin, Ky. * Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr., 20, Winchester, Va. * 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer, 25, Banning * Lance Cpl. Eric A. Palmisano, 27, Florence, Wis. * Sgt. Elisha R. Parker, 21, Taberg, N.Y. * Cpl. Tommy L. Parker Jr., 21, Cleburne, Ark. * Sgt. Harvey E. Parkerson III, 27, Yuba City * Lance Cpl. George J. Payton, 20, Culver City * Cpl. Andres H. Perez, 21, Santa Cruz * Pfc. Geoffrey Perez, 24, Los Angeles * Lance Cpl. Stephen J. Perez, 22, San Antonio, Texas * Pfc. Chance R. Phelps, 19, Clifton, Colo. * Lance Cpl. James R. Phillips, 21, Hillsboro, Fla. * Pfc. Jason T. Poindexter, 20, San Angelo, Texas * Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Poston, 20, Glendale, Ariz. * Lance Cpl. Caleb J. Powers, 21, Manfield, Wash. * Cpl. Dean P. Pratt, 22, Stevensville, Mont. * Lance Cpl. Mathew D. Puckett, 19, Mason, Texas * Staff Sgt. Gene Ramirez, 28, San Antonio, Texas * Pfc. Christopher Ramos, 26, Albuquerque, N.M. * Capt. Patrick Marc M. Rapicault, 34, St. Augustine, Fla. * Lance Cpl. Benito A. Ramirez, 21, Edinburg, Texas * Pfc. Christopher J. Reed, 20, Craigmont, Idaho * Gunnery Sgt. Edward T. Reeder, 32, Camp Verde, Ariz. * Lance Cpl. Justin D. Reppuhn, 20, Hemlock, Mich. * Sgt. Yadir G. Reynoso, 27, Wapato, Wash. * Staff Sgt. William D. Richardson, 30, Houston, Texas * Cpl. Garrywesley T. Rimes, 30, Santa Maria * Cpl. Steven A. Rintamaki, 21, Lynnwood, Wash. * Sgt. Duane R. Rios, 25, Hammond, Ind. * Cpl. Jeffry A. Rogers, 21, Oklahoma City, Okla. * Lance Cpl. Anthony P. Roberts, 18, Bear, Del. * Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts, 30, Newport, Ore. * Sgt. Moses D. Rocha, 33, Roswell, N.M. * Pfc. Jose Francis Gonzalez Rodriguez, 19, Norwalk * Lance Cpl. Gregory P. Rund, 21, Littleton, Colo. * Cpl. Marc T. Ryan, 25, Gloucester, N.J. * 1st Lt. Timothy Louis Ryan, 30, Aurora, Ill. * Cpl. Brian R. St. Germain, 22, Warwick, R.I. * Cpl. Rudy Salas, 20, Baldwin Park * Cpl. William I. Salazar, 26, Las Vegas * Capt. Benjamin Sammis, 29, Rehoboth, Mass. * Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr., 21, Houston * Lance Cpl. Felipe D. Sandoval-Flores, 20, Los Angeles * Lance Cpl. Jeremiah E. Savage, 21, Livingston, Tenn. * Cpl. Dustin H. Schrage, 20, Brevard, Fla. * Lance Cpl. Juan E. Segura, 26, Homestead, Fla. * Lance Cpl. Matthew K. Serio, 21, North Providence, R.I. * Lance Cpl. Nazario Serrano, 20, Irving, Texas * Lt. Col. Kevin M. Shea, 38, Washington, D.C. * Lance Cpl. Brad S. Shuder, 21, El Dorado * Lance Cpl. Dustin L. Sides, 22, Yakima, Wash. * Cpl. Erik H. Silva, 22, Chula Vista * Lance Cpl. John T. Sims Jr., 21, Alexander City, Ala. * Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson, 19, Chino * Pfc. Nicholas M. Skinner, 20, Davenport, Iowa * Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd, 20, Hillsborough, Fla. * Lance Cpl. Adam J. Strain, 20, Smartsville, Calif. * Lance Cpl. Antoine D. Smith, 22, Orlando, Fla. * Lance Cpl. Jason E. Smith, 21, Phoenix * Cpl. Raleigh C. Smith, 21, Lincoln, Mont. * Cpl. Ross A. Smith, 21, Wyoming, Mich. * Cpl. Adrian V. Soltau, 21, Milwaukee * Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink, 36, Farmington, Mo. * Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, 22, Snohomish, Wash. * Cpl. Ian W. Stewart, 21, Lake Hughes * Sgt. Morgan W. Strader, 23, Crossville, Ind. * Sgt. Kirk Allen Straseskie, 23, Beaver Dam, Wis. * Pfc. Brandon C. Sturdy, 19, Urbandale, Iowa * Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez del Solar, 20, Escondido * Lance Cpl. James E. Swain, 20, Kokomo, Ind. * Lance Cpl. Jeremy P. Tamburello, 19, Denver * Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas, 20, El Paso, Texas * Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, 26, New York City * Cpl. Jesse L. Thiry, 23, Casco, Wis. * Cpl. Lance M. Thompson, 21, Upland, Ind. * Master Sgt. Timothy Toney, 37, New York City * Pfc. George D. Torres, 23, Long Beach * Cpl. Tyler S. Trovillion, 23, Richardson, Texas * Sgt. Daniel A. Tsue, 27, Honolulu* Lance Cpl. Michael B. Wafford, 20, Spring, Texas * Staff Sgt. Allan K. Walker, 28, Lancaster * Cpl. Richard P. Waller, 22, Fort Worth, Texas * Cpl. Joshua J. Ware, 20, Apache, Okla. * Pfc. Nachez Washalanta, 21, Bryan, Okla. * Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Waters-Bey, 29, Baltimore * Cpl. Justin J. Watts, 20, Crownsville, Md. * Lance Cpl. Joseph T. Welke, 20, Rapid City, S.D. * Lance Cpl. Larry L. Wells, 22, Mount Hermon, La. * Lance Cpl. Phillip G. West, 19, American Canyon * Staff Sgt. Aaron Dean White, 27, Shawnee, Okla. * Lance Cpl. William W. White, 24, Brooklyn, N.Y. * Lance Cpl. Dion M. Whitley, 21, Los Angeles * Cpl. Bryan S. Wilson, 22, Otterbein, Ind. * Lance Cpl. Jordan D. Winkler, 19, Tulsa, Okla. * Cpl. William J. Wiscowiche, 20, Victorville * Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Wood, 19, Kirkland, Wash. * 2nd Lt. John T. Wroblewski, 25, Oak Ridge, N.J. * Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Zapp, 20, Houston * Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide Jr., 20, Tucson, Ariz.
Compiled from U.S. Department of Defense records

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UP DATE

The War has been raging on for nearly four years now and there's no end in sight...The Shock and Awe is gone and replaced with Cover Ups...Lies and Deicite by our President, Vice President and his Staff...Prison abuses...Rapes...Murders...Tens of Thousands of innocent civilians...women and children torn apart by roadside bombs set by their own people with no regard for life what so ever and the True Face of War....

2,981 of Americas Sons and Daughters...Brothers and Sisters and Mothers and Fathers gave their all because they LOVED and BELIEVED and TRUSTED in this country and their leaders and people and to me that is the real Tradgey...

Saddam and his crew have been either killed or captured and are now on trial...Ayman Al-Zawahri,the #2 man Has been killed yet the killing intensefies to the point of Civil War with us right in the middle of it all....Osoma(the man responsable for this war on Terror) is still on the loose with virtualy no real effort to capture him in the last few years...(Afgan...is there a war there two???)

Today...July15th 2006 War has broken out in Iseral and Lebonon pulling in more mideast countries like Iran and Syria...which in turn brings in China and Russia and Lord only knows how many others and once again...Our troops are right in the middle of it all...We have 25,000 Americans in Beiruit with little chance of getting out before the Face of War over takes them...

"Democracy" is a wonderfull thing no doubt but it is our thing and other countries that want it also...since the begining of recorded time the MiddleEast and all the regilious faction have been waging war after war after war...if people are so willing to die and kill for their God yet can not love or at least put up with their neigbors...How I ask can "Democracy"...Of the people...By the People and For the People ever take hold in such a region...These are the Facts of This War with more to come...

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS

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