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April 5, 2009 Dover 'Old Guard'

Dover 'Old Guard' team shoulders heavy burden

Iraq, Rapidly becoming the Forgotten War!!
There have been 4,691 coalition deaths -- 4,374 Americans, 2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 179 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech, 7 Danes, 2 Dutch, 2 Estonians, 1 Fijian, 5 Georgians, 1 Hungarian, 33 Italians, 1 Kazakh, 1 South Korean, 3 Latvian, 22 Poles, 3 Romanians, 5 Salvadoran, 4 Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, 2 Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of January 5 2010, 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 the DoD of the United States. At least 31,613 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan

Pfc. Jaiciae L. Pauley 29 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Austell, Georgia Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kirkuk, Iraq, on December 11, 2009

Pvt. Jhanner A. Tello 29 Company D, 3rd Aviation Support Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Los Angeles, California Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kirkuk, Iraq, on December 10, 2009

12-10-2009 US NAME NOT RELEASED YET Non-hostile Baghdad Camp Victory (at Baghdad Airport) U.S. Army Multi-National Corps-Iraq

Sgt. Ralph Anthony Webb Frietas 23 Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force Detroit, Michigan Died as a result of unknown causes in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 8, 2009

December was the first month since the start of the invasion and occupation that No Soldier was killed by combat action or hostile fire, that didn't last long as on January 1st one was.

British Iraq War Inquiry, ongoing, began the last week of November 2009.

The inquiry will consider the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July 2009, embracing the run-up to the conflict in Iraq, the military action and the aftermath. The inquiry committee members are Sir John Chilcot (chairman), Sir Lawrence Freedman, Sir Martin Gilbert, Sir Roderic Lyne and Baroness Usha Prashar

POW/MIA

Two U.S. soldiers are currently listed as captured or Duty Status -- Whereabouts Unknown as of July 20, 2009. The information below reflects the name, an unknown, officially listed as Prisoners of War or Duty Status -- Whereabouts Unknown by the Pentagon.

Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie 41 Army reservist assigned Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad Ann Arbor, Michigan On October 23, 2006, Altaie was categorized as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown when he allegedly was kidnapped while on his way to visit family in Baghdad, Iraq. The Pentagon changed his status to missing-captured on December 11.

Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl 23 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Ketchum, Idaho Captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. The Pentagon declared him Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on July 1 and his status was changed to Missing-Captured on July 3.

October 29 2009

Honoring the Fallen of the worse day of the worse month of casulties from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan - and The Third Front Pakistan!!
There have been 1,547 coalition deaths -- 939 Americans, 11 Australians, 245 Britons, 1 Belgian, 138 Canadians, 3 Czech, 28 Danes, 21 Dutch, 7 Estonians, 1 Finn, 36 French, 31 Germans, 2 Hungarian, 22 Italians, 3 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian,  4 Norwegians, 16 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 11 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 26 Spaniards, 2 Swedes, 2 Turks -- in the war on terror as of January 5 2010, according to a CNN count. Below are the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The troops died in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or were part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. At least 4,737 U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Sapper David Watson 23 49 Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 33 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne, England Died of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb detonated near Patrol Base Blenheim in the Sangin region of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 31, 2009

12-31-2009 US NAME NOT RELEASED YET Non Hostile Eastern Afghanistan U.S. Army

Pvt. Garrett William Chidley 21 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, assigned to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team Langley, British Columbia, Canada One of four Canadian soldiers killed along with journalist Michelle Lang when a roadside bomb detonated near their armored vehicle during a patrol 2.4 miles (4 km) south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 30, 2009

Cpl. Zachery McCormack 21 Loyal Edmonton Regiment, 4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, assigned to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team Edmonton, Canada One of four Canadian soldiers killed along with journalist Michelle Lang when a roadside bomb detonated near their armored vehicle during a patrol 2.4 miles (4 km) south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 30, 2009

Sgt. George Miok 28 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, assigned to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team Edmonton, Canada One of four Canadian soldiers killed along with journalist Michelle Lang when a roadside bomb detonated near their armored vehicle during a patrol 2.4 miles (4 km) south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 30, 2009

Sgt. Kirk Taylor 28 84 Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, assigned to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada One of four Canadian soldiers killed along with journalist Michelle Lang when a roadside bomb detonated near their armored vehicle during a patrol 2.4 miles (4 km) south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on December 30, 2009

Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Spino 45 274th Forward Surgical Team, 44th Medical Command Waterbury, Connecticut Died of wounds suffered when he was shot while unloading supplies at a base in Bala Murghab district, Badghis province, Afghanistan, on December 29, 2009

Rifleman Aidan Howell 19 Company C, 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Sidcup, Kent, England Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge in the Kajaki area of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 28, 2009

Spc. Jason M. Johnston 24 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Albion, New York Died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in Arghandab, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on December 26, 2009

Staff Sgt. David H. Gutierrez 35 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division San Francisco, California Died at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his dismounted patrol with a roadside bomb in Howz-e Madad, Afghanistan, on December 25, 2009

Lt. Andrew Richard Nuttall 30 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Victoria, Canada Killed when a roadside bomb detonated during a joint Afghan-Canadian foot patrol near the village of Nakhonay in Panjwaii district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on December 23, 2009

Lance Cpl. Tommy Brown Not available 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment United Kingdom Died when a roadside bomb detonated while on a foot patrol about .62 miles (1 kilometer) south of Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 22, 2009

Lance Cpl. Omar G. Roebuck 23 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Moreno Valley, California Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 22, 2009

Lance Cpl. Christopher Roney 23 Company A, 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Sunderland, England Died of his wounds following a firefight in Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 21, 2009

Pfc. Serge Kropov 21 Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force Hawley, Pennsylvania Died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 20, 2009

Lance Cpl. Michael David Pritchard 22 160 Provost Company, 4th Regiment, Royal Military Police Maidstone, England Killed as a result of small arms fire -- possibly friendly fire, according to the British Ministry of Defense -- in the Sangin area of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 20, 2009

Cpl. Simon Hornby 29 Arnhem Company, 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Liverpool, England Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his foot patrol in Nad-e-Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 19, 2009

Pfc. Michał Kołek 22 Polsko-Ukraiński Batalion Sił Pokojowych (Polish-Ukrainian Peace Force Battalion) Poland Killed in a firefight after a Polish patrol was attacked with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades about 12 miles (20 km) from a Polish forward operating base in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on December 19, 2009

Sgt. Albert D. Ware 27 782nd Combat Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Chicago, Illinois Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb in the Arghandab River Valley, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on December 18, 2009

Rifleman James Stephen Brown 18 Company B, 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Kent, England One of two British soldiers killed when a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb at a vehicle checkpoint on a route into Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 15, 2009

Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr. 35 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, 932nd Mission Support Group, 932nd Airlift Wing Florence, Kentucky Died of wounds suffered from the detonation of a roadside bomb in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 15, 2009

Junior Sgt. Kristjan Jalakas 19 Estcoy-9 Infantry Company Estonia Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his foot patrol near Patrol Base Wahid in Nad-e-Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 15, 2009

Lance Cpl. David Leslie Kirkness 24 Company B, 3rd Battalion, The Rifles West Yorkshire, England One of two British soldiers killed when a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb at a vehicle checkpoint on a route into Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 15, 2009

Cpl. Xhacob Latorre 21 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Waterbury, Connecticut Died of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on December 8, 2009

Lance Cpl. Adam Drane 23 Company C, 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment Bury St Edmunds, England Killed while carrying out security duties at Check Point Paraang in the southern Nad e-Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 7, 2009

Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen 31 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Panama City, Florida Died on December 7, 2009, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in Logar province, Afghanistan, on December 3

Sgt. Elijah J. Rao 26 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Lake Oswego, Oregon Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in the Alingar district of Nuristan province, Afghanistan, on December 5, 2009

Sgt. Kenneth R. Nichols Jr. 28 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Chrisman, Illinois Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on December 1, 2009

Lance Cpl. Jonathan A. Taylor 22 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Jacksonville, Florida Died while supporting combat operations in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on December 1, 2009

CIA Killed in Suicide Bombing Khost Afghanistan We may never know the names of most of these CIA agents killed, depending on what type of intelligence operative they were and how long out in the field. so to protect any others anywhere they might have been and had worked with. Two were reported as being private contractors, mercenaries, that were working with the CIA Service agents, they may be the two that are named.

Attack on the CIA in Afghanistan raises jitters in Pakistan

Last week’s suicide bomb attack on a base in Afghanistan which killed seven CIA officers and a Jordanian spy is raising fears in Pakistan that it could encourage an intensified drone bombing campaign to target those who planned the assault.

Although it is too early to say for certain who ordered the attack, possibilities include the Pakistani Taliban who claimed responsibility; the Afghan Taliban who had earlier said the bomber was an Afghan army officer; the Haqqani network; al Qaeda; or a combination of different groups working together...>>>>>

12-30-2009 US NAME NOT RELEASED YET Not yet reported 0 Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber Khost FOB Chapman Afghanistan CIA

12-30-2009 US NAME NOT RELEASED YET Not yet reported 0 Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber Khost FOB Chapman Afghanistan CIA

12-30-2009 US NAME NOT RELEASED YET Not yet reported 0 Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber Khost FOB Chapman Afghanistan CIA

12-30-2009 US NAME NOT RELEASED YET Not yet reported 0 Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber Khost FOB Chapman Afghanistan CIA

12-30-2009 US NAME NOT RELEASED YET Not yet reported 0 Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber Khost FOB Chapman Afghanistan CIA

12-30-2009 US Roberson, Scott Michael 39 Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber Khost FOB Chapman Afghanistan CIA Ohio Manchester

12-30-2009 US Brown Jr., Harold 37 Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber Khost FOB Chapman Afghanistan CIA Massachusetts Bolton

Blood cannot wash away blood. Hate cannot wash away hate. War cannot wash away war. { an Afghan Proverb }

PTSD - TBI and more

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF U.S. WARFIGHTER IS FOCUS OF MILITARY HEALTH RESEARCH FORUM

Promising Research on Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Gulf War Illness, Substance Abuse and More is Presented at Key Scientific Meeting

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Research to address these needs is underway, and the work of hundreds of investigators engaged in the effort is being showcased September 1-3 at the Military Health Research Forum in Kansas City....................

Please visit US Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for updates on the Military Health Research Forum.

PTSD: New War on An Old Foe. Big changes underway at the VA could mean better treatment for thousands of vets. A bureaucracy in transition.

PTSD as a mitigating factor, This is one of the many issues, as to Combat PTSD, we've been trying to get across these last four plus decades, insufficient care, lack of understanding, denial of what War and Lifes extreme traume experiances does to many!

Supreme Court throws out Korean war veteran's death sentence, PTSD must be considered by a jury

"Our nation has a long tradition of according leniency to veterans in recognition of their service, especially for those who fought on the front lines as [George] Porter did," the justices said in a unanimous, unsigned opinion. "Moreover, the relevance of Porter's extensive combat experience is not only that he served honorably . . . but also that the jury might find mitigating the intense stress and mental and emotional toll that combat took on Porter." George Porter Jr. was convicted in the 1986 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her then-boyfriend in Florida during a drunken rage. But the jury that sentenced him was never told -- and his appointed lawyer did not know -- of his military service more than three decades earlier...>>>>>

The Hidden Casualties Of War: Suicide

An American soldier from the 4th Infantry Division speaks to an Army psychiatrist in Tikrit, Iraq, as part of the support that is provided for soldiers before they return home to their families
Daniel Mihailescu / AFP / Getty

A Mounting Suicide Rate Prompts an Army Response

Neither the U.S. military nor the American public would tolerate a conflict in which U.S. losses mounted for five straight years. Yet, that's what's happening in the Army's battle with suicides. The recently released figure for November show that 12 soldiers are suspected of taking their own lives, bringing to 147 the total suicides for 2009, the highest since the Army began keeping track in 1980. Last year the Army had 140 suicides...>>>>>

Military Suicides: A Billion to Sell a War

If you fit into any of the marketing data published weekly by pollsters, it is more likely you will have watched American Idol than wondered why so many of our military personnel are committing suicide.

If that offends any readers, the option is to stop here...>>>>>

A series many should visit and follow.

Women at Arms
The Psychological Scars

Articles in this series explore how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have profoundly redefined the role of women in the military.
Previous Articles in the Series

July 8, 2009

Civilian Casulties - Iraq

Just Foreign Policy Issues
Over a million {*1,339,771plus} Iraqis are estimated to have been killed as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation. Learn More and Take Action»
*Estimate, click for explaination

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John Hopkins School of Public Health { October 11, 2006 report } puts the count at 650,000, with a range from 400,000 to 900,000.

Civilian Casulties - Afghanistan

Civilian casualties of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

The War in Afghanistan (2001–present) has caused the deaths of thousands of Afghan civilians directly from insurgent and foreign military action, as well as the deaths of possibly tens of thousands of Afghan civilians indirectly as a consequence of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment, crime and lawlessness resulting from the war. The war, launched by the United States as "Operation Enduring Freedom" in 2001, began with an initial air campaign that almost immediately prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed[1] as well as international protests. With civilian deaths from airstrikes rising again in recent years[2], the number of Afghan civilians being killed by foreign military operations has led to mounting tension between the foreign countries and the government of Afghanistan. In May 2007, President Hamid Karzai summoned military commanders to warn them of the consequences of further deaths.[3]........>>>>>

Exact Count of Civilian Casulties may never be known, as is the case in every conflict, especially an Invasion by another Country. For it is the Innocent Civilians and those Defending their Countries {of which All would be counted if this land were ever invaded} who suffer the most, during and long after!

UNHCR - Refugees and more, Afghanistan and Iraq

Iraq Refugees UNHCR - Iraq: UNHCR Global Appeal 2008-2009 - Iraq Situation

Afghanistan Refugees UNHCR - Afghanistan UNHCR Global Appeal 2008-2009 - Afghanistan Situation

All the Deaths, Maimings and Destruction are the Blood on All Our Hands, No One can Escape that Guilt!

November 2009***October 2009***September 2009***August 2009***July 2009***June 2009***May 2009***April 2009***March 2009***February 2009***January 2009***December 2008***November 2008***October 2008***September 2008***August 2008***July 2008***June 2008***May 2008***April 2008***March 2008***Febuary 2008***January 2008***December 2007***November 2007***October 2007***September 2007***August 2007***July 2007***June 2007***May 2007***April 2007***March 2007***Feb. 2007***Jan. 2007***2006***2005***2004***2003

The War in Iraq Costs, the rolling tabulation, over $715,148,725,531++++ and continually counting!

As Of January 5 2010, There Are Over 80 Separate Site Pages w/5 'Silent Honor Rolls' On Each, Number Of KIA's Varies With Each 'Silent Honor Roll'.
Many have numbers in the teens and twenties In Honor - In Memory - Click on Graphic to Visit the Honor Rolls

Counting the War Dead, Daily

Michael White says he didn't anticipate casualities continuing at this pace, or the toll his Web site would take on him.

As a hobby, he counts the war dead

Every day, White, 51, updates a Web site he launched in 2003, icasualties.org, to keep count of the dead: American troops, coalition troops, contractors and Iraqi civilians. He eventually began documenting deaths in Afghanistan as well....>>>>>


97 percent {now more} of U.S. deaths in Iraq have occurred after George W. Bush declared an end to "major combat."
"Mission Accomplished!"

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is,"  - George W. Bush, Texas Gov., 1999

The Rand Corporation Terrorism Report the press release here, you can get the  full document here or a summary of the research brief here

"How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."
Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

"Torture is the tool of the lazy, the stupid, and the pseudo-tough. It’s also perhaps the greatest recruiting tool that the terrorists have."
Major General Paul Eaton

Done "In Our Names"!

The Failed Policies will Haunt Us and the World for Decades, This Time!!

Originally posted to jimstaro on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 02:52 PM PST.

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