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Sergio Vieira de Mello Killed August 19, 2003

From Counterpunch

Victim of Terror or US Foreign Policy?
By MARJORIE COHN

But for George W. Bush's illegal and misguided war on Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, would be alive today. Mr. de Mello devoted most of his life to the U.N.'s mission to protect human rights and achieve international peace and security. He served in some of the toughest trouble spots in the world, including Lebanon, East Timor, Yugoslavia, Peru, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Sudan, Cambodia and Mozambique.

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Spc. Paul T. Nakamura KIA June 19, 2003

From the Associated Press

SoCal soldier killed in Iraq by rocket-propelled grenade

3:32 a.m., June 22, 2003

SANTA FE SPRINGS - Spc. Paul T. Nakamura, who was killed Thursday in Iraq, was remembered by his family as a rascal, full of laughter and passionate about swimming.

The 21-year-old Nakamura joined the Army Reserves out of patriotism despite his father's protests, friends and family said Saturday, at a memorial service held at the home of his parents.

"One day he said, 'Mom, Dad, I'm so proud I was born in the United States," his mother, Yoko, 55, told those gathered.

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Wed Jan 14, 2004 at 10:59 PM PST

Keeping it Real: Corey L. Small

by keepingitreal

Pfc. Corey L. Small Suicide, July 2, 2003



Report leaves mother upset
York Daily Record
USA Today reported that an area man killed himself in Iraq.

By MICHELE CANTY and CARYL CLARKE  
Daily Record staff
Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The whispering about her son's death in Iraq has followed Jodie Orner since July.

Orner knows people in East Berlin, the small borough in Adams County where she lives, believe her son, Pfc. Corey Small, committed suicide.

However, she doesn't want rumors to define what happened to her son on July 2 when he died from a non-combat related gunshot wound. She's waiting for a report from  a military investigation into his death, which is not complete.

"I don't believe it right now," she said Monday. "They're going to have to prove it to me."

On Monday, an investigator from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command said their probe into Small's death was not complete, and no conclusion on Small's death had been made.

But that's not what Orner and her family read in Monday's edition of USA Today. A family friend called to tell them they needed to pick up a copy of the national paper immediately.

It had a story about Small, and reported that military sources had confirmed Small's death as a suicide.

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Ali Ismaeel Abbas Wounded, April 2003



Doctors at a Kuwaiti hospital said April 15, 2003 they were preparing to treat twelve-year old Iraqi Ali Ismaeel Abbas, who touched hearts around the world after he lost his arms and most of his family in a bombing raid on Baghdad. Ali Ismaeel Abbas, wounded during an airstrike according to hospital sources, lies in a hospital bed in Baghdad, April 6. (Faleh Kheiber/Reuters)

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Army Sgt. Evan Asa Ashcraft KIA July 24, 2003


His mother's statement, read before Congress:

I often think of the contributions my intelligent, sensitive wonderful son could have made.  He could have been President of the United States. He could have been a doctor caring for children in a Third World Country.  He had so much potential.

He told us that when he came back from Iraq he wanted to help people.  He said he had seen so much hatred and death that the only way to live his life was through aid to others. Look at what we've lost.  The loss is not just mine, it's the world's loss.

Evan will always be alive in my heart. He and all the other victims of this heinous action in Iraq must be more than mere numbers emerging from the Pentagon's daily tally. His death is a crime against humanity and the fault lies with the war criminals who inhabit our White House.

 - Jane Bright, Evan's Mother

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abd al-Kerim Family Killed, August 10, 2003


Family shot dead by panicking US troops
Firing blindly during a power cut, soldiers kill a father and three children in their car

By Justin Huggler in Baghdad
Sunday August 10, 2003
The Independent.co.uk

The abd al-Kerim family didn't have a chance. American soldiers opened fire on their car with no warning and at close quarters. They killed the father and three of the children, one of them only eight years old. Now only the mother, Anwar, and a 13-year-old daughter are alive to tell how the bullets tore through the windscreen and how they screamed for the Americans to stop.

"We never did anything to the Americans and they just killed us," the heavily pregnant Ms abd al-Kerim said. "We were calling out to them 'Stop, stop, we are a family', but they kept on shooting."

The story of how Adel abd al-Kerim and three of his children were killed emerged yesterday, exactly 100 days after President George Bush declared the war in Iraq was over. In Washington yesterday, Mr Bush declared in a radio address: "Life is returning to normal for the Iraqi people ... All Americans can be proud of what our military and provisional authorities have achieved in Iraq."

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Spc. Jamaal Addison KIA  March 27, 2003



Metro area loses one of its own
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 27, 2003

A 1998 graduate of DeKalb's Lakeside High School was identified Wednesday as the first metro Atlanta serviceman killed on the battlefield in Iraq.

Spc. Jamaal Addison, 22, of Roswell was listed by the Army as one of two soldiers from the 507th Maintenance Company killed Sunday.

Now there are three.

He was the second battlefield casualty with Georgia ties. On Monday, Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, 19, of Hobart, Ind., was killed by sniper fire as his tank unit moved toward Baghdad. He was a member of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) from Fort Stewart in Hinesville.

Addison's company, from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, was ambushed near Nasiriyah, 230 miles south of Baghdad.

Also killed was Pfc. Howard Johnson, 21, of Mobile. Eight other members of the 507th are missing and five are Iraqi prisoners, the Pentagon said.

Some prisoners of war shown Sunday in an Iraqi television video identified themselves as serving with the 507th. The video also showed four bodies that Iraqi television said were Americans from the attack on the 507th.

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Sgt. David Pettigrew WIA July 8, 2003

Article Published: Sunday, November 23, 2003                                          

Troops' horrific injuries are conflict's hidden cost

By Erin Emery and John Aloysius Farrell
Denver Post Staff Writers    

COLORADO SPRINGS - Sgt. David Pettigrew remembers the night.  

He remembers the bang as the rocket-propelled grenade exploded, remembers the blood and the acrid stench, remembers himself "screaming nonsensical bloody murder" over the platoon com system.

He remembers his buddies in the 4th Infantry Division, their shouts and cries as they struggled to get a tourniquet on his leg, and he remembers the stare of his sergeant, who looked at him, "and you could see in his eyes that he thinks that something is massively and horribly wrong."

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Tue Jan 13, 2004 at 08:46 PM PST

Keeping it Real: Aaron Weaver

by keepingitreal

CWO Aaron Weaver: KIA Jan 9, 2004



Mogadishu survivor felled in Black Hawk crash
Aaron Weaver fought to serve in Iraq, battled cancer, then died when Army helicopter went down in Iraq

By Don Teague
Correspondent
NBC News
Updated: 7:16 p.m. ET Jan. 09, 2004

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.

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