Monthly Archive

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 16 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.


Thursday in Mosul

12 May 2005 It was noisier than usual last night on Marez; our soldiers were firing 120mm mortars. When large cannons or mortars are fired around you daily, like they were in Baquba, it’s easy to sta read more..


The Battle For Mosul

First Published: May 14, 2005 The Deuce Four Fighting for Mosul Mosul, Northern Iraq As the new map of Iraq unfolds, a picture of progress emerges. The Iraqis who want freedom and democracy are gai... read more..


Little Girl

First Published May 14, 2005 (Media please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak0faf638b89be0510021... read more..


The Battle for Mosul: Dispatch II

First Published: May 21, 2005 The Players There is the perception that fanatical insurgents bubble like oil from the Iraqi sands. Yet, having traveled in Iraq for nearly half a year, I have seen l... read more..


Battle for Mosul, Part III

MosulIn war as in politics, gerrymandering makes all the difference. In Iraq, which side of the line people find themselves on determines more than just what precinct they vote in. People residing nor... read more..


Walking the Line I

First Published: 19 June 2005  The Big Picture BaghdadSam was, by all accounts, a practical hands-on man whose grip had the grit of hard work. He started it all with little more than a barren... read more..


Walking the Line II

USS Normandy, North Arabian GulfJeffrey Mellinger is the Command Sergeant Major responsible for the Multi-National Force in Iraq, including all Coalition officers, enlisted persons and civilians. Ever... read more..


Walking the Line III

North Arabian GulfA strange white helicopter landed on the ship to fly us to Kuwait. It was a Puma, with “04″ painted on the nose. A few sailors and soldiers boarded the Puma along with CSM Mellinger ... read more..


Walking the Line IV

Baghdad, IraqIt’s a dusty walk through blowing heat to the crowded mess hall at Camp Victory. I don’t really know anyone here. To pass the time while eating, I sometimes imagine I’m sitting alone in a... read more..


Walking the Line V

MesopotamiaSix months of patience paid off, when I finally had the opportunity to ride along with Command Sergeant Major Mellinger as he traveled across Iraq on his continuous mission to assess condit... read more..


Jungle Law

Mosul, IraqThe first person to use a shield might have been a hairy man who, days earlier, barely survived a barrage from the stone-throwing man in the cave next door. As the use of weaponized sticks ... read more..


The Battle for Mosul: Reality Check

Mosul, IraqFor more than a week, I’ve been trying to finish the Battle for Mosul Part IV. Meanwhile, the battle for Mosul is still on. Writing about this war takes a back seat to living it. Yesterday,... read more..


Gates of Fire

Published: August 31, 2005 Mosul, Iraq Combat comes unexpectedly, even in war. On Monday, while conducting operations in west Mosul, a voice came over the radio saying troops from our brother uni... read more..


Battle for Mosul: Progress Report

“Bad timing,” explained LTC Erik Kurilla, lying in his hospital bed at the Madigan Army Hospital in Fort Lewis, Washington, recovering from gunshot wounds suffered in combat in Mosul on 19 Aug, 2005. ... read more..


Battle For Mosul III: Prelude

Prelude“Deuce Four,” is on its way home.I attended their departure ceremony, presided over by the much respected Brigade Commander, Colonel Robert Brown. Purple Hearts were awarded to soldiers wounded... read more..


The Battle For Mosul IV

They fled. It was all over the news. When the bullets flew, they fled. Leaving stations, abandoning posts, forgetting duties, hundreds of police fled. When the police response to gunfire was to simply... read more..

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