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This site gets much traffic from all around the world, from people searching for news from Iraq, making it an ideal place to host stories from deployed forces in harm’s way.  In my travels I’ve met many budding writers who are now wearing boots and carrying rifles, and I found their stories so compelling that I want the world to see.

Life returns to Iraq’s ‘ghost town’ suburb

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:43 AM

 

By Jim Maceda, NBC News Correspondent

 

Dora, in Saddam’s time, had it all – a power station and oil refinery provided jobs and its large bungalows hidden in date palm groves drew rich, powerful Sunnis and their families to this southern suburb of Baghdad.

But Dora fell on hard times at the start of the war in 2003.

When I visited Dora about 18 months ago, it was with the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division, before the surge of U.S. and Iraqi forces into Baghdad began. The once bustling "gateway to the South" was a ghost town. It smelled of cordite, an explosive powder.

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French Chop Down Historic 'Name Trees' Carved by U.S. Soldiers During Normandy Invasion

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Friday, June 13, 2008

The names "Thomas and Dorothy" were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said "Bob and Carma." Other trees were marked with soldiers' home states — Iowa, Maine or Alabama — and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend.

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Canine care packages: Dog lovers send goodies to military working dogs

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Multi-National Division – North PAO
By Master Sgt. Tim Volkert, 3d ACR Public Affairs Office

MOSUL, Iraq – Mail call around Forward Operating Base Marez in Iraq has been going to the dogs recently.
    A group of dog lovers from the Gem City Dog Club in Dayton, Ohio have been conducting fund raisers and purchasing dog toys, cooling vests and variety of other amenities for military working dogs serving in Iraq.
    Starline Nunley of Springfield, Ohio, told her son she wanted send care packages for him and the Soldiers he works with to help them deal with the heat of summer and life away from home. Her son, Maj. Parker Frawley, the planning officer for the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, could not think of anything he or the Soldiers he works with really needed. After talking with his mom, the conversation turned to dogs and the idea was born to help the working dogs serving in Iraq.
    Frawley said his mom’s dog club loved the idea to support the working dogs and immediately began raising money to buy all the working dogs at FOB Marez cooling vests and other items to help them cope with the severe heat they will face.

Click here to read the entire article and view the pictures of some of the Dogs.

New York Post - Expert Witness

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"LTC Kurilla began running in the direction of the shooting. He passed by me, and I chased, Kurilla leading the way. There was a quick and heavy volume of fire. And then LTC Kurilla was shot. Kurilla was running when he was hit - in three places, including his femur, which was shattered.

"The commander didn't seem to miss a stride. He did a crazy judo roll and came up shooting from a sitting position," Yon reports.

Click Here to read the entire article by J.R. Michael in the New York Post.

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