17 August 2006

B36 News - 17 August 2006

One of the stranger things that I've seen here is the birdcage in the MWR area. I don't know the history of it, but it's a pretty huge cage with about 20 or 30 birds in it. I'm not much of a bird buff so I don't know what kind they are, but they're all pretty colorful. Must be one of those things that someone thought, "Hey, it'd be cool if we had birds," and poof someone got birds. Man, that makes it sound like a disease.

*cough* *cough*

"Hey man, you ok?"

"Nah, I got birds."

Securing Baghdad
I've posted a lot of news lately about the current push to secure Baghdad and if you've checked the links you probably noticed that they come from government sources. Well, here's how it looks from a civilian reporter's point of view:
The nightlife is zero and most shops are shut, but U.S. and Iraqi forces said Wednesday that a three-day security sweep has cleaned up — at least for now — a mostly Sunni neighborhood in west Baghdad, notorious for kidnappings, murders and bombings.

"I think the security situation has improved. We haven't seen corpses on the streets, which were a daily scene," said Saad Jawad al-Azawi, a 45-year-old taxi driver. "I hope our area will have a permanent patrols of joint U.S-Iraqi forces."
IA 4th Brigade Assumes Baghdad Neighborhood
Here is yet another example of the progress we're making on a daily basis. More and more of the country is being handed back to the Iraqis and as we clear out Baghdad it's being turned over. This is the exit strategy that a lot of people have been crying for, but I guess it's better for those people to try and keep the focus on supposed failures. Hmmm... what could it possibly benefit someone to portray failure on the part of the military?
... that's almost a rhetorical question.

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Anonymous Solo said...

I had Birds once. It's a lot like the flew, but the Doc gave me some antiflyotics and it cleared up in about a week. Glad to hear about improving situations there. Can't comment on the last part of the post as my reply is classified. ; )

Blogger andrea/pj's said...

bandit,u amaze me everytime
i look in here...i may
not always comment,lucky
for u,eh?hehehehehehehe

u are a really good writer!!

its the hook that draws
people in:):):)
when u get back.don't give
this up!!!

Blogger Mike H. said...

Howdy Andy, B36.

Solo, stay the heck away from me. I don't need the flew to perch on me.

Blogger MarksMomma said...

Hey Sweetie,
hehe, looks like you need a lesson in bird-ology! Those are parokeets, I had some (5 I think) when I was little. =o) Can't wait for you to come home to Mark and me. Love you! Your Wahfy

Anonymous Anna said...

I hate that flew...it's for the birds!

Loved that and the good news, too!

Stay safe, B36!

Blogger Louise said...


Yeah. What Andrea said.

Hey, Mark's Momma. You're little guy is so sweet. Does he smile a lot?

Blogger Louise said...

Oops. "Your" little guy...


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