Friday, December 21, 2007

SGT Martinez Awarded Navy Cross

The first Hispanic-American to receive the Navy Cross since the Vietnam War, Martinez repeatedly credits the Marine Corps for turning his life around. Having been a member of a gang for several years as a teenager, Martinez became drawn to the Marines after an encounter with a recruiter as a high-school senior. Today, Martinez emphatically states that “All I ever am, or will become, I owe to my beloved Corps.”

Michael Yon

If you dont read him you should

Jeff Dunham Achmed's

We Are At War

Well no duh.
In 2002 Osama bin Laden in his "letter to the American people"
1. The first thing that we are calling you to is islam.

Well according the to quran he has to do that to follow the words of MO. Here are the three choices we get. Fight in the name of allah and in the way of allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in allah. Make a holy war....When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to accept islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them....If they refuse to accept islam, demand from the the Jizya(the poll-tax on non muslims). If they agree to pay, accept if from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek allah's help and fight them.

Sura 9:5 Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshipers when you encounter them, punish them, and resist every move they make. If they repent and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), you shall let them go. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

OK so you think I am cherry picking well no I am no.
Imam Jala al-Din Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Mahalli (1389-1459) and Jalal al-Din (1445-1505) asserts that the ninth sura "was send down when security was removed by the sword" Say that the 9th Sura abrogates no fewer than 124 more peaceful and tolerant verses of the quran. Another commentator Isma'il bin Amr Kathir al Dimashqi (1301-1372) declared that sura 9:5 abrogated every agreement of peace between the prophet and any idolater, every treaty, and every term...No idolater had any more treaty of promise of safety since surah bara'ah (the ninth) sura was revealed.

Here is how the muslems are expected to fight.
sura 47:4 If you encounter (in war) those who disbelieve, you may strike the necks. If you take them as captives you may set them free or ransom them, until the war ends. Had GOD willed, He could have granted you victory, without war. But He thus tests you by one another. As for those who get killed in the cause of GOD, He will never put their sacrifice to waste

From the Long War Journal

Thanks to Bill Roggio
is Iran scaling back I thought not

Pakistan and remember they have Nukes

Houston we have a problem. From Fox News
Suicide Bomber at Mosque during the holy day of Eid.

Stars and Stripes

who is deploying:
Interesting stats in Stars and Stripes from a few days ago, sorry I could not find the link.According to US Army Human Resources Command there are 515,000 Active Duty Soldiers.200,000 have one combat tour.70,000 have two combat tours.15,000 have three or more tours.59.5% of enlisted personnel have deployed.62% of officers have deployed.40.6% of the Active Duty Army has not deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. They break down this way.1.6% are non-deployable due to medical conditions, legal status, or family problems.8.7% are in Initial Entry Training.10.8% are units scheduled to deploy.10% are in units deployed in other operational circumstances, i.e. Korea.0.6% are Drill Sergeants and Recruiters.27% are in health care. Taking care of our wounded warriors.7.2% have been identified for assignment to deploying units.To me the most interesting number is the number with three or more deployments. Reading screeds on the internet one might think most Soldiers were heading for their third or fourth deployment. Not true.Good information if you are talking about the state of the Army with people.

Blackfive TV- Christmas thanks for the troops II

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I wonder if the Mad Mullah asked the people of Khost

Mullah Omar Sacrifices Khost Citizens During EidIn his most recent statement, Mullah Mohammed Omar said “to totally defeat them (foreign forces) and force them out of our country, we all need to give sacrifice, Eid al-Adha means (festival of the) sacrifice, and this is the time to sacrifice for our country." The effects of the “Commander of the Faithful’

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More from the Mad Mullah
Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar vowed Tuesday to keep fighting throughout the winter and attack Afghan and international troops who drove his forces from a southern town last week."(as reported by Hong Kong service of the independent French press agency Agence France-Presse)

News Of the Day

Iraq: Al Qaeda moving north?
Torture Site and Large Weapons Cache found.

18 Dec 2007PR# 2007-735
Insurgents killed during attack in Paktika
KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF units conducted an air strike in the Urgun District, Paktika Province, in southeastern Afghanistan yesterday killing several insurgents.
Taliban extremists fired several rockets in the vicinity of the city of Urgun, with the closet landing within one kilometer (.62 miles) of downtown Urgun. Most of the rockets landed in the vicinity of a nearby village causing fear and panic, but no deaths.
ISAF forces searched the area and observed five militants preparing to fire additional rockets. After positively identifying the militants and ensuring that there was no danger to the surrounding villages, an ISAF ground commander approved the use of precision munitions.
“ISAF ground and air forces communicated closely to ensure there were no Afghan civilians in danger during the strike,” said Major Christine Nelson-Chung, a spokeswoman for ISAF

from the DOD

USO NCO of the year Marine Sgt Justin Clough

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Current release from Centcom and MNF-I

JDAM strike in Helmand Province. Looks like the Taliban stronghold where 2500 taliban are ready to launch frontal assaults is folding.

From MNF-1
Basra Given over to the Iraqis
Mortar Threat taken out
Special Groups Leader Captured
Violence Decline slowing Wa Post

Has War Changed or Have We

It is not the fastest rabbit in the race but the one who finishes. This is how we are paying for our sound bite lives:

From Victor David Hansen:
Has an excellent article on the lessons of U.S. Wars

Monday, December 17, 2007

Osprey on the way

Ospreys on the USS Wasp

Amil Imani someone you should read

The Bomb, Iran's Mullahs and Doomsday

Sunday, 16 December 2007
It is the holiday season and we all have received this most welcome present: the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate about Iran’s nuclear problem. Since 2003 the mullahs running Iran have, on their own and through their own goodwill, have ceased all activities aimed at acquiring the bomb, so says the report.

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Iran Making inroads into Central and South America

We all know about Iran and Venezuela now we have Iran and Nicaragua. At some point we are going to have to come up with a solution for the Iranian problem. My theory is a mixture of political pressure the carrot and the stick. First I think they need a good measure of the stick. However how can we make political deal with a country that refers to us as the great satan. That is why they need the stick first.

Its time for the car swarm

It sounds like the Israelis killed a bunch of bad guys today prompting the usual threats. I noramally do not post much of the Arab vs Israel fight but some think it is the root cause of all our mid-east problems. I do not agree with this theory I think ultimately it is about land and money with a side of religion to boot.

Firefight in Fallujah

If you have not read 'House to House' yet why not. This is the roof top firefight

U.S. Marines In Firefight With Insurgents In Fallujah

Old stuff but excellent