February 03, 2011

Mubarek Thugs Arrest Egyptian Blogger Sandmonkey, Update: Beaten and released

Update: Sandmoneky on his way home, beaten and released, car trashed. Good move, now let the rest go. On a side note, one notable twitter moment was two days ago when someone tweeted they found a two year old kid with green eyes who said his name was Mohammed, and the father tweeted he lost his kid and after lots of retweets, the exchange location for the meet-up in Tahrir Square, Egypt was communicated on twitter through hundreds of intermediaries around the world. (@JaneNovak_Yemen if interested.)

Original: Doesn't Mubarek have enough problems? Does he really want to piss off the US blogosphere? Sandmonkey is a well known, self-described, "Micro-celebrity, Blogger, activist, New Media douchebag, Pain in the ass!" He was arrested en route to Tahrir square with medical supplies, friends and family report: "I just called @SandMonkey 's phone and a man answered and he asked me who I am, I said where is monkey, he said your c*nt friend is arrested."

The Sandmonkey blog is getting wonky, maybe they got his password, so I'm reposting his post from a few hours ago titled Egypt Right Now. As they say, worth a read:

Egypt, right now!

I don't know how to start writing this. I have been battling fatigue for not sleeping properly for the past 10 days, moving from one's friend house to another friend's house, almost never spending a night in my home, facing a very well funded and well organized ruthless regime that views me as nothing but an annoying bug that its time to squash will come. The situation here is bleak to say the least.

It didn't start out that way. On Tuesday Jan 25 it all started peacefully, and against all odds, we succeeded to gather hundreds of thousands and get them into Tahrir Square, despite being attacked by Anti-Riot Police who are using sticks, tear gas and rubber bullets against us. We managed to break all of their barricades and situated ourselves in Tahrir. The government responded by shutting down all cell communication in Tahrir square, a move which purpose was understood later when after midnight they went in with all of their might and attacked the protesters and evacuated the Square. The next day we were back at it again, and the day after. Then came Friday and we braved their communication blackout, their thugs, their tear gas and their bullets and we retook the square. We have been fighting to keep it ever since.

That night the government announced a military curfew, which kept getting shorter by the day, until it became from 8 am to 3 pm. People couldn't go to work, gas was running out quickly and so were essential goods and money, since the banks were not allowed to operate and people were not able to collect their salary. The internet continued to be blocked, which affected all businesses in Egypt and will cause an economic meltdown the moment they allow the banks to operate again. We were being collectively punished for daring to say that we deserve democracy and rights, and to keep it up, they withdrew the police, and then sent them out dressed as civilians to terrorize our neighborhoods. I was shot at twice that day, one of which with a semi-automatic by a dude in a car that we the people took joy in pummeling. The government announced that all prisons were breached, and that the prisoners somehow managed to get weapons and do nothing but randomly attack people. One day we had organized thugs in uniforms firing at us and the next day they disappeared and were replaced by organized thugs without uniforms firing at us. Somehow the people never made the connection.

Despite it all, we braved it. We believed we are doing what's right and were encouraged by all those around us who couldn't believe what was happening to their country. What he did galvanized the people, and on Tuesday, despite shutting down all major roads leading into Cairo, we managed to get over 2 million protesters in Cairo alone and 3 million all over Egypt to come out and demand Mubarak's departure. Those are people who stood up to the regime's ruthlessness and anger and declared that they were free, and were refusing to live in the Mubarak dictatorship for one more day. That night, he showed up on TV, and gave a very emotional speech about how he intends to step down at the end of his term and how he wants to die in Egypt, the country he loved and served. To me, and to everyone else at the protests this wasn't nearly enough, for we wanted him gone now. Others started asking that we give him a chance, and that change takes time and other such poppycock. Hell, some people and family members cried when they saw his speech. People felt sorry for him for failing to be our dictator for the rest of his life and inheriting us to his Son. It was an amalgam of Stockholm syndrome coupled with slave mentality in a malevolent combination that we never saw before. And the Regime capitalized on it today.

Today, they brought back the internet, and started having people calling on TV and writing on facebook on how they support Mubarak and his call for stability and peacefull change in 8 months. They hung on to the words of the newly appointed government would never harm the protesters, whom they believe to be good patriotic youth who have a few bad apples amongst them. We started getting calls asking people to stop protesting because "we got what we wanted" and "we need the country to start working again". People were complaining that they miss their lives. That they miss going out at night, and ordering Home Delivery. That they need us to stop so they can resume whatever existence they had before all of this. All was forgiven, the past week never happened and it's time for Unity under Mubarak's rule right now.

To all of those people I say: NEVER! I am sorry that your lives and businesses are disrupted, but this wasn't caused by the Protesters. The Protesters aren't the ones who shut down the internet that has paralyzed your businesses and banks: The government did. The Protesters weren't the ones who initiated the military curfew that limited your movement and allowed goods to disappear off market shelves and gas to disappear: The government did. The Protesters weren't the ones who ordered the police to withdraw and claimed the prisons were breached and unleashed thugs that terrorized your neighborhoods: The government did. The same government that you wish to give a second chance to, as if 30 years of dictatorship and utter failure in every sector of government wasn't enough for you. The Slaves were ready to forgive their master, and blame his cruelty on those who dared to defy him in order to ensure a better Egypt for all of its citizens and their children. After all, he gave us his word, and it's not like he ever broke his promises for reform before or anything.

Then Mubarak made his move and showed them what useful idiots they all were.

You watched on TV as "Pro-Mubarak Protesters" – thugs who were paid money by NDP members by admission of High NDP officials- started attacking the peaceful unarmed protesters in Tahrir square. They attacked them with sticks, threw stones at them, brought in men riding horses and camels- in what must be the most surreal scene ever shown on TV- and carrying whips to beat up the protesters. And then the Bullets started getting fired and Molotov cocktails started getting thrown at the Anti-Mubarak Protesters as the Army standing idly by, allowing it all to happen and not doing anything about it. Dozens were killed, hundreds injured, and there was no help sent by ambulances. The Police never showed up to stop those attacking because the ones who were captured by the Anti-mubarak people had police ID's on them. They were the police and they were there to shoot and kill people and even tried to set the Egyptian Museum on Fire. The Aim was clear: Use the clashes as pretext to ban such demonstrations under pretexts of concern for public safety and order, and to prevent disunity amongst the people of Egypt. But their plans ultimately failed, by those resilient brave souls who wouldn't give up the ground they freed of Egypt, no matter how many live bullets or firebombs were hurled at them. They know, like we all do, that this regime no longer cares to put on a moderate mask. That they have shown their true nature. That Mubarak will never step down, and that he would rather burn Egypt to the ground than even contemplate that possibility.

In the meantime, State-owned and affiliated TV channels were showing coverage of Peaceful Mubarak Protests all over Egypt and showing recorded footage of Tahrir Square protest from the night before and claiming it's the situation there at the moment. Hundreds of calls by public figures and actors started calling the channels saying that they are with Mubarak, and that he is our Father and we should support him on the road to democracy. A veiled girl with a blurred face went on Mehwer TV claiming to have received funding by Americans to go to the US and took courses on how to bring down the Egyptian government through protests which were taught by Jews. She claimed that AlJazeera is lying, and that the only people in Tahrir square now were Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. State TV started issuing statements on how the people arrested Israelis all over Cairo engaged in creating mayhem and causing chaos. For those of you who are counting this is an American-Israeli-Qatari-Muslim Brotherhood-Iranian-Hamas conspiracy. Imagine that. And MANY PEOPLE BOUGHT IT. I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.

Now, just in case this isn't clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it's one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won't say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how he will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8 months from now will pay people to stage fake protests urging him not to leave power, and he will stay "because he has to acquiesce to the voice of the people". This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can't. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can't allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful. If you are in Egypt, I am calling on all of you to head down to Tahrir today and Friday. It is imperative to show them that the battle for the soul of Egypt isn't over and done with. I am calling you to bring your friends, to bring medical supplies, to go and see what Mubarak's gurantees look like in real life. Egypt needs you. Be Heroes.


By Jane at 08:58 AM | Comments |

September 29, 2010

Wounded Warrior Indoor Obstacle Course Test

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

You'll want to turn the speakers up for this.

Wounded Warrior Project

"The Army Goes Rolling Along"

Intro: March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory
We’re the Army and proud of our name
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim

Verse: First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.

Refrain: Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Verse: Valley Forge, Custer’s ranks,
San Juan Hill and Patton’s tanks,
And the Army went rolling along
Minute men, from the start,
Always fighting from the heart,
And the Army keeps rolling along.
(refrain)

Verse: Men in rags, men who froze,
Still that Army met its foes,
And the Army went rolling along.
Faith in God, then we’re right,
And we’ll fight with all our might,
As the Army keeps rolling along.
(refrain)

By DMartyr at 01:30 PM | Comments |

February 09, 2010

Pepsi's Best Idea Since Mountain Dew

I saw the Pepsi commercial just this morning about giving cash for good ideas. I blew it off, but Pupista has some good ideas how you can get Pepsi to donate cash to the troops. Go to the link and then vote!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:40 AM | Comments |

January 29, 2009

Iraq: Democratic Process

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Operation Iraqi Freedom MNF-I

An Iraqi policeman gives the peace sign showing his ink stained finger after leaving a polling station, Jan. 28, in the New Baghdad District of eastern Baghdad.

The Government of Iraq is holding a special election period as a precursor to the monumental election in order to allow Iraqi Security Forces to cast their vote in the provincial election. The nationwide election for Iraqi citizens is scheduled to be held on Jan. 31. Photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Licea.

Not much coverage on this. Maybe because hopey/changey didn't bring this about, his predecessor GW did.

Good luck Iraqi's on your elections and big thank you to our finest and bravest including those in the coalition plus the "Sons of Iraq" for making this possible!

By Stable Hand at 08:16 AM | Comments |

April 02, 2008

Austrian Politician Indicted for Insulting Mohammed

Via The Brussels Journal:

The Austrian authorities have indicted politician Susanne Winter on charges of incitement and degradation of religious symbols and religious agitation. This offence carries a maximum sentence of two years. Last January, Ms Winter said that the prophet Muhammad was “a child molester” because he had married a six-year-old girl. She also said he was “a warlord” who had written the Koran during “epileptic fits.”...

Following her remarks, Muslim extremists threatened to kill Susanne Winter and she was placed under police protection. Today, the Justice Department in Vienna announced that Ms Winter will be charged with “incitement and degradation of religious symbols” (Verhetzung und Herabwürdigung religiöser Symbole). If convicted she may have to serve up to two years in jail for her opinions.

h/t : Jawa commenter heroyalwhyness.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 12:54 PM | Comments |

July 16, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #689


This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers training Iraqi military, a press conference with Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner detailing success stories in Iraq, and reconstruction missions and military operations in Iraq. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 09:02 AM | Comments |

July 14, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #688


This edition features stories on a combat outpost, night operations, remembering Ramadi and mass casualty training. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 07:05 AM | Comments |

July 12, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #687


This edition features stories on the U.S. Army awarding Army Commendation Medals to two Iraqi army soldiers, U.S. Soldiers advising Iraqi soldiers as they go on searches and U.S. paratroopers taking a humanitarian approach to helping locals in Adhamiyah. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 09:18 AM | Comments |

July 11, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #686


This edition features stories on a Helo helicopter crew rescuing Soldiers after their helicopter was shot down by insurgents, the CSI lab who job is to run ballistic and forensic tests to solve crimes and Soldiers participate in the Bolder Boulder fun run. Produced by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #686
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By Howie at 08:54 AM | Comments |

July 05, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #683


This edition features stories on building facilities to accommodate additional troops, the Mine Resistant Armored Vehicle and the affects of an IED attack on one Soldier. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 09:27 AM | Comments |

July 04, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #682


This edition features stories on U.S. paratroopers conducting a combat patrol, U.S. military policemen training Iraqi police forces and U.S. Soldiers adding a remote weapons system to the Mine-Resistant Ambush Vehicle (MRAP) to decrease its vulnerability to enemy fire. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 01:37 PM | Comments |

July 03, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #681


This edition features stories on the second phase of Operation Marne Torch around Arab Jabour, a joint U.S-Iraqi security station in Ramadi and Soldiers nearing the end of their deployments looking back on the time they've spent in Iraq. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #681
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By Howie at 08:52 AM | Comments |

July 01, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #680


This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers making friends with local Iraqis in the neighborhoods they patrol, economic growth of Iraq, the reopening of an Iraqi school and the opening of a maternity hospital. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #680
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By Howie at 12:09 PM | Comments |

June 29, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #679


This edition features stories on a Silver Star and Soldiers Medal ceremony honoring Soldiers, fire training, Camp Stryker Maintenance Company Mechanics and new incinerators for eliminating trash burning. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 08:42 AM | Comments |

June 28, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #678


This edition features stories on U.S. Marines protecting a new Iraqi police station, how the Convoy Support Center is keeping track of shipments from Iraq to Kuwait, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building a new facility for the Iraqi army and U.S. Soldiers helping rebuild the infrastructure in Ramadi. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 08:21 AM | Comments |

June 26, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #677


This edition features stories on paratroopers transitioning to work as a maneuver unit, Soldiers helping calm Iraqi civilians after an attack, maintaining control of Diyala Province after defeating insurgents and combat Soldiers receiving mail. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #677
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By Howie at 08:48 AM | Comments |

June 23, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #676


This edition features stories on the effort it takes for U.S. Soldiers to earn the trust of some local Iraqis, U.S. Soldiers rebuilding bases for Coalition Forces and Soldiers going through Humvee rollover training. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #676
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By Howie at 08:00 AM | Comments |

June 21, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #675


This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers hunting Al Qaeda supporters near Baqubah based on tips from Iraqi citizens, a U.S. transition response team training Iraqi police and Soldiers reaching out and communicating with local Iraqis to meet their needs. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
Freedom Journal Iraq #675
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Freedom Journal Iraq #674 below the fold.


• Ag Headaches
• Returning Fire
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By Howie at 03:16 PM | Comments |

June 20, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #673


This edition features stories on a U.S. Soldier training Iraqi soldiers while on guard duty, U.S. Soldiers repairing water services in Samarra after a car bombing, and Soldiers repairing and upgrading a temporary bridge in Iraq after the original bridge was destroyed by terrorists. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 09:12 AM | Comments |

June 19, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #672

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This edition features stories on joint missions between Marines and Soldiers, paratroopers combat roadside explosives, Sailors use their ships to provide a way to transport equipment, U.S. and Iraqi forces participate in a soccer game. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 09:33 AM | Comments |

June 18, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #671

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This edition features stories on service members in Baghdad celebrating Asian and Pacific heritage, infantry Soldiers living at a combat outpost in rural Iraq and Soldiers preparing care packages for Iraqi medical patients at Camp Victory. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Alana Ingram.
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By Howie at 09:13 AM | Comments |

June 16, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #670


This edition features stories on care packages, medical care, a cordon and search resulting in an ammo cache and an Iraqi Kung-Fu instructor. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
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By Howie at 07:14 AM | Comments |

June 15, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #669


This edition features stories on a wounded soldier still working in the war, the Infantry Iron Men Contest, helping local Iraqi citizens and developing future leaders for Iraq through the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Iraq. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
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By Howie at 07:37 AM | Comments |

June 13, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #668

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This edition features stories on the building of a women's center in Ramadi, a senior Soldier and Iraqi NCO's. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
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By Howie at 01:43 PM | Comments |

June 11, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #666


This edition features stories on Coalition service members taking part in a march for a Danish charity, unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles being used to support troops on the ground in Iraq and U.S. Soldiers training an Iraqi S.W.A.T. team. Hosted by Sgt. Frank Pellegrini.
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Hmm 666? The number of the beast? It seems 6 is showing up everywhere. Like the 6 insurgents that Iraq is fixing to hang and the six more who will be prisoners for life.

Via Centcom: CCI CONVICTS 51: SENTENCES 6 TO DEATH, 6 TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) convicted 51 individuals from May 13 - 19 for violations of the Iraqi Terrorist Law, Penal Code and Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Orders enforced by the Iraqi judiciary.

Three Iraqis were convicted and sentenced to death by the CCCI May 15 for violating Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code.

Convicted were:
Barag Hussain Ali, 18, Ahmad Muhammad Mahmud, 19, Adib Dali Muttar, 19.
They were directly involved in the murder of another detainee at Camp Cropper near Baghdad, Iraq.

Ahmad Hassan Ali, 25, Jasim Muhammad Hilal, 32 Ali Asama'Ail Abrahim, 21 were convicted and sentenced to death May 16 for violating of Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law. On Sept. 13, 2006 a joint patrol consisting of Macedonian and Iraqi Special Forces raided a farmhouse believed to be part of an insurgent training camp in Baghdad. Inside the house, joint forces found the three defendants dressed in military attire, carrying weapons and guarding two hostages who were blindfolded, handcuffed and had been beaten. During the raid, joint forces found two AK-47's, four magazines for the AK-47's, one Glock pistol, three pistol magazines, two pairs of handcuffs and one ski mask. The joint forces brought the two victims to MNF forces who treated their wounds and took statements from the victims, which included the names of all three defendants as individuals who had kidnapped and tortured them.
Aquil Sabah Dawas Hasan, 20, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for a violation of Article 4/1 of the Terrorist Law May 13.

Aquil, a known Al-Qeda member, was captured during a targeted raid at his home in Ramadi by U.S. Special Forces. Aquil was responsible for housing, feeding, transporting and training foreign fighters coming to Iraq to fight or become suicide bombers.

Uday Muhammad Mahmud, 25, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment May 13 by the CCCI for violating CPA Order 3/2003, possessing illegal weapons. Captured Feb. 22 by the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Baghdad, Uday was a high value target who had been identified by multiple reliable sources as being the leader of an Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) terrorist cell operating in the Yusufiyah area.

A local national source agreed to take MNF to Uday's house and while enroute, the local national source saw Uday driving a black KIA Daewoo Prince. MNF then stopped the vehicle and searched the defendant and the vehicle. When searching the car, MNF found one loaded 9mm pistol under Uday's seat, one anti-MNF cassette tape and a hand-written note containing a price for weapons. MNF also found a fake ID card in the possession of Uday.

Ra'ad Ibraham Thater, 42, Sa'ad Ibraham Salem, 32, Omar Ibraham Salim, 23, all of Iraq were convicted and sentenced to life in prison May 13 for violating CPA Order 3/2003, possessing illegal weapons. On October 21, 2006 Multi-National Forces spotted 14 Iraqi males in a car dealership parking lot where two males were taking out weapons and black ski masks out of the trunk of a car and passing them out to the other members of the group. Following a firefight, six members were detained and MNF searched the car lot and found three RPGs, one rocket, 12 AK-47s, five sniper rifles, two RPKs with tripods, one PKM rifle, two G3 long rifles, eight black ski masks, two sets of body armor, six chest rigs, 25 AK-47 magazines, armor-piercing ammo, two sniper magazines, two grenades, two Mauser rifles, and an insurgent video showing multiple attacks on MNF forces with RPGs and sniper rifles.
Ja Far Abdalla, 25, a Saudi Arabian National who admitted to crossing the border to Iraq illegally on at least two occasions in order to fight jihad, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for violation of Article 4/1 of the Terrorist law May 14.
Ja Far also admitted to joining Al-Qaeda and becoming a religious leader for a terrorist cell as well as participating in an attack against MNF in Al Dulu'iya, during which he was shot in the neck and lost consciousness. At the time of capture by U.S. Special Forces near Tikrit, Ja Far had a fake ID in his possession with the name Jafar Abdulla Jasim and did not have a passport on him at the time of his capture. He possessed several papers at the time of capture, including one outlining the terror cell structure, a martyr note, and a notebook with terrorist messages.

Nineteen individuals were convicted of violating CPA Order 3/2003 possessing illegal weapons May 13-17. Four were sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, four were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, three were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, two were sentenced to seven years imprisonment and six were sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Nine individuals were convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment May 16 for violation of Article 444/11 of the Iraqi Penal Code for stealing government property.
Four individuals were charged with a violation of Article 10/1 of the passport law for illegally entering Iraq. Two individuals were sentenced to 15 years May 14-15, and the other two were sentenced to six years imprisonment May 14 -17.

One individual was convicted and sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for violation of Article 295 for using or taking advantage of legal documents May 15.

One individual was convicted May 14 and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for violation of Article 298 and 292 of the Iraqi Penal Code for possession of fake identification.

One individual was convicted May 13 and sentenced to three years imprisonment for violation of Article 4/1 of the terrorist law.

One individual was convicted May 13 and sentenced to three years imprisonment for violation Article 292 for using or taking advantage of someone else's legal documents.

One individual was convicted May 14 and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for violation of Article 247, failing to report to the proper authority information contrary to the health and safety of any Iraqi citizen.

One individual was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment for violation of Article 1246 of the commanding revolution council order for 1983, for not renewing his resident ID and he was tried according to this order May 15.

One individual was convicted May 16 and sentenced to one year imprisonment for violation of Article 421/31 of the Iraqi Penal Code for concealing evidence from the authorities.

Since its establishment under an amendment to CPA Order 13, in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 2,181 trials for suspected criminals apprehended by Coalition Forces. The Iraqi Court proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,909 individuals with sentences ranging from imprisonment to death

I dedicate this to them and Saddam, Hang em high!

Know the power of the Dark Side!

By Howie at 10:34 AM | Comments |

June 10, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #665


This edition features stories on security forces, changes in Army structuring for goods and supplies and combat medics. Hosted by Sgt. Pellegrini.
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By Howie at 11:16 AM | Comments |

June 09, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #664

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This edition features stories on pay day for Soldiers, cutting risks of transporting Army cargo and a Lt. and Brig. Commander change places for a day. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
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By Howie at 04:49 PM | Comments |

June 08, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #663


This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers building their own fire truck to protect their base, Romanian soldiers providing security to a bridge across the Euphrates and a counsel meeting between Coalition Forces and Iraqi politicians to discuss rebuilding efforts in Ramadi. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
Freedom Journal Iraq #663
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By Howie at 02:58 PM | Comments |

June 07, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #662


This edition features stories on U.S. and Iraqi soldiers performing security at Camp Ramadi, Soldiers helping with supply support, training troops with the Third Army and Soldiers working with ammunitions. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
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By Howie at 08:31 AM | Comments |

June 06, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #661


This edition features stories on Coalition and Iraqi forces securing Baqubah with permanent security, U.S. Soldiers searching for explosives on Baghdad roads and Soldiers enjoying local cuisine while on patrol in Baghdad. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
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By Howie at 08:16 AM | Comments |

June 05, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #660


This edition features stories on a softball tournament on a forward operating base in Iraq, how provincial reconstruction teams are helping to rebuild Iraq and a sheik in Baqubah inviting U.S. Army leaders for a meeting to better get to know each other. Hosted by Pvt. Rheanna Douglas.
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By Howie at 08:30 AM | Comments |

June 03, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #659


This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers reopening a medical clinic in Baqubah, Marines seeking the help of local Iraqis to find insurgents and a new forward operating base to accompany now troops. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
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By Howie at 06:51 AM | Comments |

May 30, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #658


This edition features stories on troops strenthing relationships with local Iraqi leaders, a Soldiers and the president of a toy company fly a kite and infantry Soldiers conduct a night mission. Hosted by Sgt. Frank Pellegrini.
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By Howie at 10:24 AM | Comments |

May 28, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #657


This edition features stories on U.S. Soldiers teaching Iraqi soldiers how to react in a Humvee rollover using the Humvee Egress Assistant Trainer (H.E.A.T), Iraqi forces receiving computer training and the Silver Star being awarded to extraordinary Soldiers. Hosted by Spc. Brad Latham.
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May 27, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #656


This edition features stories on Soldiers providing supplies for villages, operation T-Bone where paratroopers receive a steak grill out and Maj. Gen. Caldwell gives an update on operations in Fardh Al-Qanoon. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
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May 25, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #655


This edition features stories on self defense courses, a boxing tournament in Baghdad and MITT Teams working with the Iraqi army. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
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May 24, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #653 & 654


This edition features stories on the search for missing Soldiers, supply units and the success of the Iraqi Police Training Academy in Kirkuk. Hosted by Pfc. Chris Urbano.
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#653 below the fold


• Convoy Safety
• Combat Stress
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May 23, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #652


This edition features stories on Iraqi soldiers receiving Humvee rollover training, basic computer training for Iraqi police and a soldier receiving a silver star for his role in a December 11, 2006 firefight. Hosted by Spc. Brad Latham.
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May 22, 2007

Freedom Journal Iraq #651


This edition features stories on Stryker brigades testing a new mobile gun system, Soldiers providing convoy security in country, Soldiers protecting the city of Dora and its marketplace and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helping provide electricity for a village in North Babil. Hosted by Spc. Brad Latham
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