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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.

Let’s Seize the Momentum in Iraq.

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I recently spent a week touring Iraq, meeting with American servicemen and women and interacting with Iraqis. What I saw convinced me that the war has changed in both tone and substance since the president surged 30,000 troops into the country earlier this year.
A year ago, sectarian brutality and violence were out of control. Every month approximately 1,000 American servicemen and women were either killed or wounded as they fought to staunch a bloody civil war that to date has killed 60,000 Iraqi civilians.

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Commanders Update #9

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Commander’s Update #9 JAN 08

By LTC. James Crider

Friends and Family of 1-4 CAV:

It has been some time since my last update so this one is well over due! I briefed our families at Fort Riley in November while home on leave and then returned to experience the holidays here in Baghdad. This has also been a holiday period for the citizens of our area in Doura so there has been an especially festive mood to go along with the continued good security.

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General Lee Comes Home, Part 2

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Stryker Dubbed ‘General Lee’ Rejuvenated

By Ann Roosevelt, for Defense Daily

General Lee, the Stryker Anti-Tank vehicle ATGM 0086, is rejuvenated stem to stern by personnel from Anniston Army Depot (ANAD), Ala., and producer General Dynamics [GD], returning it to ready-to-fight condition.

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A Thank You Letter

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[Web Administrator’s Note: The following letter and photograph was sent to Michael Yon from LTC Jim Crider, the commander of the 1-4 CAV soldiers based at FOB Falcon whose progress reports have recently been published on this site.]

Thank You, America.

Some time ago, I ran into an old high school friend who asked me if I was still in the Army.  After I said yes, he slowly shook his head and asked me how much longer I had to go before I could get out.

Read more: A Thank You Letter

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