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Video: U.S. Soldier Survives Sniper Attack; During a routine patrol in Baghdad June 2, Army Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was filmed by the insurgents. Warning: it's graphic, but no gore; and from my perspective it shows how well the body armor works.

>> To view, cut and past the following link in your browser: http://www.ogrish.com/archives/2005/july/ogrish-dot-com-sniper_attack_survivor.wmv

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Photo and story: Marine gives insurgents the one finger salute

 

Photo: Pictures say a 1,000 words

 

PowerPoint: Fighting the Long War -- Military Strategy for the War on Terrorism

 

News & Opinion Articles:

* A letter to the editor written by a colleague of mine in response to "Our Enemies Aren't Drinking Lattes" by Max Boot; Boot I believe is a Vietnam veteran and has written dozens of books including a good read called "Savage Wars of Peace" which chronicles low intensity conflicts America, and primarily the Marines, have fought from the Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean to the Banana Wars in the Caribbean. My colleague, Pat Creed, may have his own book out soon about an amazing firefighter's story at the Pentagon after 9/11. Pat is one of the guys from my original group that reported initially to Ft. Jackson in November 2005 after recieving orders recalling us to active duty.

** I am not endorsing the conclusions or reccomendations in this report; in fact, based on my first hand experience here in Kirkuk, I think much of this is misguided. The background however, describes perfectly the issues at hand and the people with which I work. Many of the sources in this report are my day-to-day contacts. It will give readers a detailed look at the environment over here.

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