No one is safe

12 OCTOBER 2006 BAGHDAD

If you ever track the news coming out of Iraq, you would probably get a clear Idea of what’s going around, and to narrow things up you would certainly reach to a conclusion that nobody living inside the borders of this country is safe.

I have seen things that if I post here even though I post anonymously could get me in trouble.

I have seen convoys of death squads setting up Mortar pipe in the middle of the road not 200 meters from Iraqi Army Tanks and checkpoints! Firing round on other neighborhoods for Hours!! Without any intervention by, neither the Iraqi Army, the corrupt police, nor the U.S. forces....there are units in these organizations that are corrupt to the bone and need dissecting quickly.

Just to clarify things up, I respect the Police, the Iraqi Army and the MoI Commando’s but there are units in these organizations that are corrupt to the bone and need dissecting quickly or this Nation would never rise to its feet again.

P.S. the Security Operation “Forward Together” going around Baghdad is a Joke.

Stopping facsism at home

02 JANUARY 2006 AUSTIN

I'm an Illinois mom of a 20 year old Marine who is going to Iraq in March. Last summer, I went to Crawford to stand with Cindy Sheehan and I went to DC in September to protest the war. I came home and started a group that protests the war every Saturday morning by the mall. We number about 30 now and are dedicated to staying there until the war ends.

It is so great to learn that there is a group like yours in Texas. Bush gives your state a bad name, and I must confess I had this stereotype of Texans as good ole boys and right wing idiots. I am so awed by your website and all the things you are doing. It gives me hope that there are more of us than there are of them - if only we can get the media to cover the things we do that unite us. I will be looking at your website regularly now for ideas and inspiration.

Please pray for my son. I truly believe in the power of prayer. After all, the Christian right doesn't have the corner on prayer - any more than they own the flag or support our troops. (We wave flags every Sat. along with our protest signs, and we sent packages to over 120 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for the holidays.)

Thanks again for your inspiration and let's keep working to get Bush and his gang of thugs out of power and get our troops out of this quagmire called the Iraq War.

Xmas in Iraq

1300 26 DECEMBER 2004 IRAQ

Christmas here was gray and rainy outside but we had our share of good cheer.

My Christmas present was unexpected. I logged on to Yahoo messenger and found my children were up early (before 6AM). My wife turned on the webcam and I was able to watch my children open all their presents and they could see me through my webcam. It was nice to be able to see them and chat over the computer with my wife giving the running commentary. One of the guys from my unit had a Santa Outfit and mugged for the camera and the kids.

Later in the day we had a party down at the clinic. It was good to get together with everyone and celebrate the holiday.

Thanks for all the good wishes from everyone back home. It means a lot to us here.

Merry Christmas from Iraq!

From Mosul

0920 15 NOVEMBER 2004 IRAQ

Mom & Dad,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Yesterday marked one month since we left home. Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. Yesterday we laid to rest a brother in arms. He was just a kid, only 20, from Maryland. He was in B company, I didn't know him well, but I'd seen him around. He was the first KIA in 'Duece Four' in this war and, make no mistake, war it is. I couldn't tell you about him until after his family had been notified. At 1400 yesterday the memorial service took place. The most difficult part was when his First Sergeant called the final roll. The First Sergeant called the names of each member of his squad and each answered in turn. Then his name was called once, no response. Twice, no response. A third time, no response. Then 'Taps' began to play accompanied by the '21 gun salute'. We then filed by his helmet atop his rifle, dog tags hanging from it, all of this behind his boots and a picture of him, and each of us, individualy, turned to his equipment and rendered a final salute.

 

I know this is probably harder for you to read than it was for me to write, hard to believe though it is. There are some things I have been putting off saying, something I can no longer do. I am a SOLDIER. I am sworn to protect and defend and I will do that until my last breath, be it in the military or after, that is my calling. I have no desire to lose my life, but it is a price I am willing to pay for 'putting foot to a**' for my country in the name of freedom. I love you all more than life itself, that's why I'm here.

Mosul is a cesspool of insurgents, they will give us no peace. [D]aily we bring the fight to their door. Before yesterday, even though we were here, it still wasn't real. We were still shooting at 'pop up targets' that can't hit back. Now they hit back. They screwd up. Our innocence is gone. We will fight with honor and obey the laws of war. We will go out of our way to help the innocent, but there will be no mercy for those who rise up against us or against their countrymen, for them hell will be unleashed.

I'm sorry that these things needed to be said, but you needed to know in case they ever call my final roll. I love and miss you all very much and I WILL be home before you know it. All my love, Dustin.

(Written by SSG Dustin C. Holcomb who is with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, WA, serving in Mosul.)

Trael

0920 15 NOVEMBER 2004 IRAQ

Mom & Dad,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Yesterday marked one month since we left home. Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. Yesterday we laid to rest a brother in arms. He was just a kid, only 20, from Maryland. He was in B company, I didn't know him well, but I'd seen him around. He was the first KIA in 'Duece Four' in this war and, make no mistake, war it is. I couldn't tell you about him until after his family had been notified. At 1400 yesterday the memorial service took place. The most difficult part was when his First Sergeant called the final roll. The First Sergeant called the names of each member of his squad and each answered in turn. Then his name was called once, no response. Twice, no response. A third time, no response. Then 'Taps' began to play accompanied by the '21 gun salute'. We then filed by his helmet atop his rifle, dog tags hanging from it, all of this behind his boots and a picture of him, and each of us, individualy, turned to his equipment and rendered a final salute.

 

I know this is probably harder for you to read than it was for me to write, hard to believe though it is. There are some things I have been putting off saying, something I can no longer do. I am a SOLDIER. I am sworn to protect and defend and I will do that until my last breath, be it in the military or after, that is my calling. I have no desire to lose my life, but it is a price I am willing to pay for 'putting foot to a**' for my country in the name of freedom. I love you all more than life itself, that's why I'm here.

Mosul is a cesspool of insurgents, they will give us no peace. [D]aily we bring the fight to their door. Before yesterday, even though we were here, it still wasn't real. We were still shooting at 'pop up targets' that can't hit back. Now they hit back. They screwd up. Our innocence is gone. We will fight with honor and obey the laws of war. We will go out of our way to help the innocent, but there will be no mercy for those who rise up against us or against their countrymen, for them hell will be unleashed.

I'm sorry that these things needed to be said, but you needed to know in case they ever call my final roll. I love and miss you all very much and I WILL be home before you know it. All my love, Dustin.

(Written by SSG Dustin C. Holcomb who is with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, WA, serving in Mosul.)

---------------Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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