HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan – November 2008

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If you visit any of the lists of the KIA’s or Injured in the Iraq Theater one thing you’ll notice, the Only Occupation Forces numbers rising, being Killed and Maimed, are American Forces these last number of months!! I find myself wondering how many are on a first tour, or second, or third, or forth…………………………….., in Both Theaters!!

Iraq

There have been 4,521 coalition deaths — 4,207 Americans, 2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 176 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech, 7 Danes, 2 Dutch, 2 Estonians, 1 Fijian, 5 Georgians, 1 Hungarian, 33 Italians, 1 Kazakh, 1 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 December 1, 2008, 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 their country’s governments. The list also includes seven employees of the U.S. Defense Department. At least 30,840 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Anthony Davis 43  Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division  Deerfield, Florida Died after being shot by an Iraq Security Force soldier while he was conducting a dismounted humanitarian food drop in Baaj, Iraq, on November 25, 2008

Capt. Warren A. Frank 26 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liasion Company, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force   Cincinnati, Ohio Died while supporting combat operations in Ninewa province, Iraq, on November 25, 2008

1st Lt. William K. Jernigan  35  Headquarters Company, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division  Doraville, Georgia Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Baquba, Iraq, on November 24, 2008

Sgt 1st Class Miguel A. Wilson 36 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment   Bonham, Texas Died of injuries sustained during a rescue attempt of another soldier while their unit was conducting a dismounted reconnaissance mission in Abu Sayf, Iraq, on November 21, 2008

Pvt. Charles Yi Barnett 19 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Bel Air, Maryland  Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Tallil, Iraq, on November 20, 2008

Gunnery Sgt. Marcelo R. Velasco 40  1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group Miami, Florida  Died from injuries sustained in a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq, on November 19, 2008

Chief Warrant Officer Donald V. Clark 37 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force 49 Memphis, Tennessee One of two soldiers killed when their OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed while on a mission over Mosul, Iraq, on November 15, 2008

Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Humphreys 28 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force 49 Fallon, Nevada  One of two soldiers killed when their OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed while on a mission over Mosul, Iraq, on November 15, 2008

Cpl. Aaron M. Allen 24  1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division  Buellton, California  Died while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq, on November 14, 2008

Spc. James M. Clay 25  2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Brigade Combat Team, Arkansas Army National Guard  Mountain Home, Arkansas  Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Anbar province, Iraq, on November 13, 2008

Spc. Armando A. De La Paz 21 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Riverside, California Died of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 13, 2008

Sgt. Jose Regalado 23 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment  Los Angeles, California  One of two soldiers killed when an Iraqi Army soldier wearing a uniform approached them and opened fire in Mosul, Iraq, on November 12, 2008

Spc. Corey M. Shea  21  3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment  Mansfield, Massachusetts  One of two soldiers killed when an Iraqi Army soldier wearing a uniform approached them and opened fire in Mosul, Iraq, on November 12, 2008

Staff Sgt. Timothy H. Walker 38 64th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division  Franklin, Tennessee Killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 8, 2008

Pfc. Theron V. Hobbs 22  572nd Engineer Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade Albany, Georgia Died in a motor vehicle accident in Kirkuk, Iraq, on November 6, 2008

Spc. Adam M. Wenger 27 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Waterford, Michigan Died of injuries sustained during a non-combat incident in Tunnis, Iraq, on November 5, 2008

Afghanistan – The Still Forgotten War – and The Third Front Pakistan

There have been 1007 coalition deaths — 623 Americans, 6 Australians, 127 Britons, 97 Canadians, 3 Czech, 16 Danes, 17 Dutch, 3 Estonians, 1 Finn, 23 French, 25 Germans, 2 Hungarian, 12 Italians, 1 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 1 NATO/ISAF, 3 Norwegians, 8 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 8 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 25 Spaniards, 2 Swedes — in the war on terror as of December 1, 2008, 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 2,600 U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Marine Tony Evans 20  J Company, 42 Commando  Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England   One of two Royal Marines killed when their foot patrol was attacked by insurgents with rocket-propelled grenades northwest of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2008

Lt. Michael Fussell  25  4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment  Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia  Killed when a roadside bomb exploded during a dismounted patrol in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2008

Marine Georgie Sparks 19  J Company, 42 Commando   Epping, Essex, England  One of two Royal Marines killed when their foot patrol was attacked by insurgents with rocket-propelled grenades northwest of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2008

Marine Alexander Lucas 24  Victor Company, 45 Commando  Peebles, Scotland  Killed when a roadside bomb exploded near Kajaki in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2008

Adjudant Nicolas Rey 32 3e Régiment du Génie (3rd Combat Engineer Regiment)   Castres, France Killed when he stepped on a landmine during a reconnaissance patrol on the southern outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 22, 2008

Colour Sgt. Krishnabahadur Dura 36  2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles Lamjung district, Nepal Killed when his Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in the Musa Qaleh district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 15, 2008

Spc. Jonnie L. Stiles 38 927th Engineer Company, 769th Engineer Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard Highlands Ranch, Colorado Died of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on November 13, 2008

Marine Neil David Dunstan 32  Brigade Reconnaissance Force, UK Landing Force Command Support Group, 3 Commando Brigade  Bournemouth, England  One of two British Royal Marines killed in an explosion in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 12, 2008

Marine Robert Joseph McKibben 32  Brigade Reconnaissance Force, UK Landing Force Command Support Group, 3 Commando Brigade  County Mayo, Ireland One of two British Royal Marines killed in an explosion in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 12, 2008

1st Sgt. Juan Andres Suarez Garcia 41  Brigada de Infantería Ligera Aerotransportable (Airborne Light Infantry Brigade)  Mieres, Asturias, Spain  One of two Spanish soldiers killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden van into an Afghan Army supply convoy escorted by Spanish soldiers near Shindand in Herat province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2008

Cpl. Ruben Alonso Rios 30  Brigada de Infantería Ligera Aerotransportable (Airborne Light Infantry Brigade)   Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain One of two Spanish soldiers killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden van into an Afghan Army supply convoy escorted by Spanish soldiers near Shindand in Herat province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2008

Rifleman Yubraj Rai 28  Company B, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles  Khotang district, Nepal Died from a gunshot wound from enemy fire in Musa Qaleh in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 4, 2008

Civilian Casulties – Iraq

Just Foreign Policy Issues

Over a million {*1,288,426} 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.

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!

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

Filetype: PDF (116k)

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

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

You can view other Honor Rolls of the Fallen I have posted on my site {links above}, or from the CNN link at top and the other sources that you might use or know about.



As Of December 2,  2008, There Are 90 Pages w/5 ‘Silent Honor Rolls’ Each, Number Of Casulties Varies With Each ‘Silent Honor Roll’; Many now have numbers in the teens and twenties, click on graphic.

A Nations Security Does Not Mean A Nation Sets An Example Of Creating More Hatreds And Enemies By

    ‘Wars Of Choice’

, Nor By Installing And Supporting Dictators, It Leads By The Example Of Peace And Prevention, Especially As A Democracy, Gaining Friends And Supporters, And Defends With Force Only When All Other Options Are Exhausted



97 percent of U.S. deaths in Iraq have occurred after George W. Bush declared an end to “major combat.”

“Mission Accomplished!”

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

I’m Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq

Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The large majority of suicide bombings in Iraq are still carried out by these foreigners. They are also involved in most of the attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me — unless you don’t count American soldiers as Americans.

MSNBC Countdown Video Commentary

Americans, including officers like myself, must fight to protect our values not only from al-Qaeda but also from those within our own country who would erode them. Other interrogators are also speaking out, including some former members of the military, the FBI and the CIA who met last summer to condemn torture and have spoken before Congress — at considerable personal risk.

We’re told that our only options are to persist in carrying out torture or to face another terrorist attack. But there truly is a better way to carry out interrogations — and a way to get out of this false choice between torture and terror.

Those who take some sort of relief in the “We are fighting them over there so we won’t be fighting them here!”, Better Rethink their Future, or rather their Childrens Future!!

“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

“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

” What does it matter to the dead, the orphan, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?”

– Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, ‘the greatest,’ but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.”

Sydney J. Harris

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

1 comment

    • jimstaro on December 3, 2008 at 12:40 pm
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    The OpEd:

    The Ghosts of Desert Storm

    The Plan:

    Veterans all especially Gulf War Veterans Please post this on websites and forward to others that you know.  We need a massive effort.  The Agent Orange Vets and Atomic vets went thru this and unfortunately we are 17 almost 18 years in to this battle against our own government.  I believe each veterans, their family members and spouses can have a huge impact if we all respond now.  I am asking for three simple actions that each of you have the ability to do.  If you think you cannt then think of General Mich, Major Donnelly and his family they were severly ill and in motorized chairs with respiratory support but they did not give up.

    We may have gotten a bum deal so far but this is not about one of us individually but all of us and for the survivors that have already lost a loved one.  This is about making a change now that will not be forgotten!  You can do these three things from where you live for very little cost!  But if we all do it in each state it must result in an impact!

    For some reason each of us has some mission in our larger lives and maybe this is it.

    For the current and future!

    1.   Tommorrow or tonight I am requesting each of the gulf war veterans and their families to write a letter to the editor of your local paper…you can find them all on line and can submit them on line.   The American people need to hear from you the injuried what it has been like!!!!  Tell them what your veterans day or Thanksgiving was really like dont hold back let the emotions and truth flow!

    2.  Then I also am requesting that if you live in your capitol of your state to hand deliver a copy of the downloaded RAC report to your governor.

    Write a short letter and ask them to address the issue in an editorial, ask them to direct their legislatures to have one hearing with their Senate and House VA committee at State level…..ask for a resolution from your state house and signed by governor that 17 years is long enough that the gulf war veterans should get compensated and rapidly.  Ask them to support the call for medical research funding thru the DOD CDMRP program as is explained in the report.

    3.  Then ask them the Governor to have a meeting with the gulf war veterans and the chancellor of your medical school in your state….Share the RAC report with them….Ask for a meeting with the heads of their departments….neurology, hematology, cardiology, immunology, bio chemistry, pharmacology…..Present the findings to them and describe to them the symptoms and problems you have had. WE need to actively find the best of the best to submit research grants in the next cycle….we just had one….but that is okay  you want them discussing between departments and getting informed and forming a interdisciplinary team to work together on their submissions.  Remember biomarkers, diagnosis, treatment trials(small at first to prove the point and effectiveness)….

    YOU CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AS ILL GULF WAR VETERANS THAT Dont just want compensation but CARE and treatment and a way to get better and have a quality of life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   This is how you can really have a mission!

    This battle is not done and each of you can play a significant important role to help not only yourselves but other gulf war veterans.

    Enjoy the article below and please get energized because to carry this thru and get the job done is going to take all of us working and doing a little each day….

    YOU CAN AND MUST DO THIS…a

    handful and a committeee RAC/Adv comm on GWV can not accomplish this without you

    Sincerely,

    Denise

    DSNurse1.

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