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These approximately SFG designed, SO-Tech sewn Riggers Belt was purchased in 1994. After four continents with approximately 4,000 fastening and openings of the velcro, the Velcro finally failed in Novemeber '05. But the belt remained serviceable - after a quick sewing of new Velcro it's back to those hills and valleys of adventure, where many of us play... Merry Christmas "youse" guys ---

"Ben" a Contract warrior

...Pray watch the motions of the Enemy, and if they incline to retreat or advance, harass their Rear and Flanks But at all Events endeavour to collect a Body of men to be ready to join me, or act otherwise as occasion may be.

General George Washington, In a 28th December letter to General Mc Dougall... seeking support after Crossing the Delaware with The Contiental Army and there victorious beating at the Battle of Trenton, 25 December, 1776

In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

"Now I have a machine gun. Ho, Ho, Ho."

Written by John McClane in blood on a dead terrorist in 'Die Hard'

"Every Marine who spends Christmas in service away from home is actually keeping Christmas in his home. He is making sure that the forces which have gravely threatened it are thoroughly defeated. He is making certain that, when he returns, he and his loved ones will be able to enjoy Christmases for the remainder of their lives in an era of peace which he himself will have nobly won."

Alexander A. Vandegrift Lt. Gen, USMC Commandant of the Marine Corps 1944

"Of all the many things for which we should thank God in this holiday season, the men and women who serve in uniform on the frontiers of freedom ought to be at the top of our lists. It was, after all, a military man -- George Washington ' who first officially proclaimed in 1789 that we ought to be grateful for those who serve, as he put it, to protect the 'peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness.' As we celebrate our freedom and enjoy the fellowship of family and friends throughout the holiday...we need to remember the young men and women in uniform at home and those serving overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, Korea, Japan and many other parts of the world defending this country."

--Oliver North

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Ho-Ho-Ho Noble Patriots, One and All

So... As your contemplating Yule Tide Cheer, eggnog and shopping frenzies perhaps you'll take time out to remember those who have allowed us to enjoy such luxuries and no longer with us to rein in the wassel cheer... those like in Washingtons Special Force of 4707 Fit for duty Sailors and troops of the Continental Army Crossing the Delaware 25 December, 1776.

Like many, I like to remember my fallen brothers a as if we were living the close calls , funny stuff and the great and magic of youthful calculatingly reckless that got us through some d darn difficult times.

Some gave some, Some gave all and no matter who you are and what your faith, Merry Christmas says it all... And now back to the more serious side of this message remember: Some are giving will continue to which is what the following directive and poems have been authorized for all personnel who like those we'll remember are a truly Special Force upon us.

Some one once wrote: Hearts come home for Christmas

To all of you; your family and friends; and any of them or you in harms way...

Merry Christmas,
  Dave

Army Christmas Operations Order: 12-24-05
Subject: Christmas

1. An official visit by MG Santa (NMI) Claus is expected at this headquarters 25 December 205. The following instructions will be in effect and govern the activities of all personnel during the visit.

  1. Not a creature will stir without official permission. This will include indigenous mice. Special stirring permits for necessary administrative actions will be obtained through normal channels. Mice stirring permits will be obtained through the Office of the Surgeon General, Veterinary Services.
  2. Personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap prior to 2200 hours, 24 December 2005. Uniform for the nap will be: Pajamas, cotton,light, drowsing, with kerchief, general purpose, camouflage; and Cap, camouflage w/ear flaps. Equipment will be drawn from CIF prior to 1900 hours, 24 December 2005
  3. Personnel will utilize standard field ration sugar plums for visions to dance through their heads. Artificially sweetened plums are authorized for those in their unit weight control program. Specifications for this item will be provided by the servicing dining facility.
  4. Stockings, wool, cushion sole, will be hung by the chimney with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fire hazards caused by carelessly hung stockings. Unit safety Officers will submit stocking hanging plans to this headquarters prior to 0800 hours, 24 December 2005, ATTN: DCSLOG, for approval.
  5. At the first sign of clatter from the lawn, all troops will spring from their beds to evaluate noise and cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw open the window sashes. DCSOPS Plan (Saint Nick), Reference LO No. 3, paragraph 6c, this headquarters, 2 February 2005, will be in effect to facilitate shutter tearing and sash throwing. Division chiefs will familiarize all personnel with procedures and are responsible for ensuring that no shutters are torn open nor window sashes thrown open prior to start of official clatter.
  6. Prior to 2400, 24 December 2005, all personnel will be assigned "Wondering Eye" stations. After shutters are thrown open and sashes are torn, these stations will be manned.
  7. The ODCSLOG will assign one each Sleigh, miniature, M-66, and eight (8) deer, rein, tiny, for use of MG Claus' driver who, IAW current directives and other applicable regulations, must have a valid SF 56 properly annotated by Driver Testing; be authorized rooftop parking and be able to shout "On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen, up Comet, up Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen".

2. MG Claus will enter quarters through standard chimneys. All units without chimneys will draw Chimney Simulator, M-6, for use during ceremonies. Chimney simulator units will be requested on Engineer Job Order Request Form submitted to the Furniture Warehouse prior to 19 December 2005, and issued on DA Form 3161, Request for Issue or Turn-in.

3. Personnel will be rehearsed on shouting "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night." This shout will be given on termination of General Claus' visit. Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of division chiefs.

/x// CHRISTOPHER K. RINGLE
Colonel, USA
OIC, Special Services

Airborne!

'Twas the Jump Before Christmas
and all through the plane,
The Jumpmaster's crazy
and the Safety's insane.

The static lines were hung
On the cables with care,
In hopes that a green light
Soon would be there.

At the one minute warning
Not a word would be said,
While malfunctions and entanglements
Danced through their heads.

With the door bundles rigged
I hooked up my pack,
Let's pull this jump off
Without a racetrack!

When out on the wing
There rose such a clatter,
I opened the door
To see what was the matter.

And what to my night visioned eyes
Should appear,
But a towed parachutist
And eight tiny reindeer.

I leaned out the door
And grabbed hold of his sleigh
He gave a four thousand count
When I cut him away.

He fell through the night
'Til I saw him no more,
Then came back inside
And yelled "Stand in the door."

Some jumpers were happy
And some full of fright,
But when the green light came on
They all jumped into the night.

On bundle, on jumpers,
The jumpmaster exits the door,
One thousand, two thousand,
Three thousand, four!

With my body in the blast
And my knees in the breeze,
St. Michael protect me,
From all of these trees!

Dark skies full of chutes
And strong winds did blow,
Then heard a faint distant laughter,
From the DZSO.

One riser slip
Hand over hand to my right,
But my hands were so cold
I could not hold on tight.

Now lower your ruck
And slip hard as you can,
Put your feet and knees together
And get ready to land.

Ball of the feet, calf, thigh,
And push up muscle,
Roll up your chute
And move out with a hustle.

To the chute turn-in point,
The red light and a vest,
Be sure your name is scratched
From the jump manifest.

I saw the assembly point,
A strobe light so bright,
I knew even new troopers,
Would find it that night.

No matter where or when
Be it Desert or Snow,
The Airborne Troopers
Are ready to go.

For it was that jolly
towed parachutist
Holding that light,
Saying happy jumping to all
And to all a good night.

Author Unknown

Submitted by:
Edward J. Dougherty
President
SFA Chapter 75

Afghanistan Christmas Carol

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the Land,
They're running like rabbits in Afghanistan,
Osama's been praying, he's down on his Knees,
He's hoping that Allah will hear all his Pleas.
He thought if he killed us that we'd fall and Shatter,
But all that he's done is just make us Madder.
We ain't yet forgotten our Marines in Beirut,
And we'll kick your butt, with one heavy Boot.
And yes we remember the USS Cole,
And the lives of our sailors that you bastards Stole.
You think you can rule us and cause us to Fear,
You'll soon get the answer if you live to Hear.
And we ain't forgotten your buddy Saddam,
And he ain't forgotten the sound of our Bombs.
You think that those mountains are somewhere to Hide.
They'll go down in history as the place where you Died.
Remember Khadhafi and his Line of Death?
He came very close, to his final Breath.
So come out and prove it, that you are a Man,
Cause our boys are coming and they have a Plan.
They are our fathers and they are our Sons,
And they sure do carry some mighty big Guns.
They would have stayed home with children and Wives,
Till you bastards came here and took all these Lives.
Osama I wrote this especially for You,
For air mail delivery by B-52.
You soon will be hearing a thud and a whistle,
Old Glory is coming, attached to a Missile
I will not be sorry to see your ass Go.
It's Red, White, and Blue that is running this Show

Author Unkown

Santa Claus Is Not In Iraq

No white Christmas, but it will be the coldest time of the year
at about 30 degrees.
No last minute run to Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve,
but a long line for the phones on Christmas morning
to get a hold of loved ones.
Grandma won't make Christmas Dinner
but it will be better food than what we will eat the
rest of the week.
We will not be celebrating with relatives we love,
but will be celebrating with our friends and comrades
from the past 7 months.
We will joke among ourselves
"I wonder if Santa's Insurance will let him land here?"
This is what Christmas day will be like for us in Iraq.
On Christmas day we will call home, eat, do laundry,
and spend some extra time in bed.
In fact, without TV, radio, and retail stores,
the Christmas rush won't hit us.
We are continuing with our jobs,
driving around Central Iraq building
whatever the military needs,
we are not going through stores,
we are everywhere you turn,
you are reminded of your roll as Santa Claus.
We are listening to the radio,
but it is the voice of the driver behind us
and not another Christmas song playing
for the hundredth time.
In fact the only reminder of Christmas
is the cards and packages from home,
that were sent weeks in advance to get here on time.
In Iraq, you learn Christmas is not about gifts,
as the retail world would like all you soon to be
Santa Claus to believe. It is not about holiday movies
that make you feel good.
Christmas to us, has become much more.
Everyday, we run down the fine line of life and death.
Here we are reminded daily that in the world
there is not always a 'happy ending'
like on Christmas TV specials.
But Christmas is about pausing to remember
that we do have a family at home,
and we do have a reason for what we do.
But Christmas is about something bigger than all of us,
it is even bigger than this war we fight.
Christmas is about the birth of the Prince of Peace.
We are only about the distance of Kansas City to New York
from a small stable where Christmas began.
We daily put our lives in the hands of the one
born that night and Christmas is the day
we will stop and remember that glorious event.
Santa Claus may not be here with his "elf"
Wal-Mart, but the Prince of Peace is,
and that is what you remember when you celebrate
Christmas in Iraq.
So as you celebrate Christmas in the United States
this year listen to the carols you sing for the
true meaning of Christmas.
It's there, we have heard it. But we don't have the
noise of the Santa Claus that never stops singing,
spend, spend, spend. But we do have a
hymnal with "Joy to the World".

Merry Christmas from Spc. Brad Isaac and Sgt. Lucas Green, remember to pray for us and all the soldiers over here.

For prayer is what will bring us home for next Christmas.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Leatherneck Magazine
December 1944

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through SoPac,
Not a creature was stirring- too damn much ackack:
The dungarees hung by the M-1's with care,
In case that the Shambos quite soon would be there.
Each private was nestled all snug in his sack,
Expecting not Santa but Japs on SoPac.
The sergeant in skivvies, machete in his lap,
Had settled himself for a tropical nap.
The rats and the lizards were out on patrol.
For Christmas Eve visits to every foxhole.
No candy canes hung from the waving palm fronds.
Instead were signs saying: "Have you bought war bonds?"
This private named Jones who had corked off at last,
Was dreaming sweet dreams of a blonde from the past.
When out on the beach there arose such a clatter;
He sprang from his sack to see what was the matter.
Away to a pillbox he flew like a flash,
Fast loading his rifle while making the dash.
The moon on the breast of the white coral sand
Gave lustre of midday to objects at hand;
When what to his his wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
"My God!" he exclaimed, and his face turned quite pale,
"Poor Santa got stuck with the SoPac detail!"
More rapid than Zeros his coursers they came
And he whistled and called them (in cadence) by name:
"Yo Dasher! Yo Dancer!"and so on to each
"It's HHour now, and we're hitting the beach!"
And then in a flash before Jones knew the score,
Old Santa was standing right there on the shore.
His clothing was G. I., of plain Forest Green.
He looked like a very fat U. S. Marine.
Instead of a big sack of toys, for a gag,
He'd slung on his shoulder a large lister bag.
He spoke not a word, but went straight on his way,
And filled all the foxholes with stuff from his sleigh:
Machine guns and mortars and plenty of rifles,
Bolo knives, flamethrowers, other such trifles.
But Jones' deep emotions were not greatly stirred
He felt it was time that St. Nick got the word.
Jones stepped into view and said. "Sir, lookit here;
A Marine would prefer a cold bottle of beer.
Some french fried potatoes, some pie a la mode
And really that stuff wouldn't make such a load.
It'd still leave you room to bring pin-ups with zing.
And a portable vic with the latest by Bing.
A pinochle deck, a harmonica, too.
The scoop on the folks back in Kalamazoo."
"Now hold it my boy," said St. Nick with a frown,
"A lot of these items I'd gladly mark down.
But what with priorities, red points and blue.
Paper curtailments and shortages too.
Marines must give up, as a pal to a pal.
These things that maintain our civilian morale.
This isn't too much to be asked of the Corps,
Or, don't you guys know that we're fighting a war?"
Then he sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle.
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle;
But Jones heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas, Marines, and to all a goodnight."

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Christmas , 1776...

...Indeed, everyone in the American camp felt the situation to be desperate. Col. Joseph Reed wrote General George Washington "that something must be attempted to revive our expiring credit, give our cause some degree of reputation, and prevent a total depreciation of the Continental money, which is coming in very fast- that even a failure cannot be more total than to remain in our present situation." Washington admitted in a letter that "the game was about up."

On December 22nd 1776, Washington had 4707 rank and file troops fit for duty.

Washington had a staff meeting and decided to attack. At first he wanted to attack von Donop at Bordentown, but the militia in the area, under Col Griffin were too weak. The Hessians in Trenton were in an exposed position, and it was known that they would heartily celebrate Christmas on the night of Dec. 25th. Washington decided on a predawn attack on the 26th, while the troops and officers were tired, and hopefully some suffering hangovers. It is a misconception that the Hessians were expected to be drunk. Some of the officers might have been expected to party late into the night, not the troops.

Washington ordered the troops ferried across just after dark, but a storm arose, first snow, then freezing rain, snow and hail. Washingtons aide, Col. John Fitzgerald wrote at 6 PM as the troops started across: " It is fearfully cold and raw and a snowstorm is setting in. The wind northeast and beats into the faces of the men. It will be a terrible night for those who have no shoes. Some of them have tied only rags about their feet: others are barefoot, but I have not heard a man complain." Col. Glover's reg't from Marblehead, Mass, who were primarily sailors, manned the boats at McKonkeys Ferry. They managed to get 2400 men, their horses and 18 cannon across the icy river.

Two other units, one to cross to the south of Trenton at the Trenton Ferry, and one farther south at Bristol, were unable to cross, or unable to land on the other side, due to the storm and ice. These southern crossings were to prevent the escape of the Hessians and to prevent von Donop from supporting Trenton. Fortunately, von Donop at Burlington, had moved south in response to the group of Jersey Militia troops under Col Griffin raiding towards him a few days earlier, and was out of position to support Rall in Trenton.

For every Continental Army member it was a cold dark and miserable night.

Delayed by the storm, Washington's troops did not get across until 4 am, well behind schedule for a predawn attack. They marched south to Trenton in two columns, one along the river, the other along the Pennington road, with Generals Sullivan and Greene commanding, Washington commanding overall, and riding with Greene.

In a severe winter storm, the troops advanced south. By 6 am they must have been complaining, in fact it is reported that two men froze to death, but Washington is determined. Gen. Sullivan sends word that the men's muskets will not fire due to being exposed to the storm all night. Washington sends word back to rely on the bayonet-"[for]I am resolved to take Trenton."

In Trenton, Hessian Major Dechow decided because of the severe storm not to send out the normal predawn patrol, including 2 cannon, to sweep the area for signs of the enemy. Though the storm cause extreme misery for the troops, it allowed them to approach undetected.

At 8 AM Washington's party inquires of a man chopping wood where the Hessian sentries are, just outside of Trenton. He points to a nearby house, and the Hessians pore out and begin to open fire. The battle of Trenton is on.

Moving quickly and driving in the pickets, both columns move in on the small town of Trenton. The Hessians are caught completely unprepared. Col. Rall, who was up late at night, is slow to awaken and dress.

The Hessian officers tried to rally and form their troops, but the Americans moved too quickly for them. The Hessians are constantly disrupted by fast moving American units, charging in and moving to cover all routes in or out of the town. American cannon are placed on a rise that controls the two main streets of the town, and the Hessian formations are unable to form properly. They try to get some of their own cannon into action but these are captured before they can do any damage. The Americans moved rapidly and aggressively, closing in on the Hessians, breaking up their formations, blocking all exits from town, seeming to be everywhere to the Hessians. The Hessians move around in town trying to make a front, but some orders are misunderstood, and the von Knyphausen regiment is separated from the Rall and von Lossberg regiments.

The Rall and von Lossberg Hessian regiments are forced out of town and form in an apple orchard. Rall orders them to attack back into town,trying to force a hole to the road to Princeton. Now the Hessians have wet guns from the storm, and have a hard time firing. When they get again into the streets of the town, the American troops, joined by some civilians from the town fire at them from buildings and from behind trees and fences, causing confusion, while the American cannon break up any formations. Rall is badly wounded, and resistance falters. They retreat back to the orchard, but are surrounded by the fast moving Americans. The Hessians surrender.

The third regiment of Hessians, on the south end of town, trying to get across the Creek to head towards Bordentown are delayed by trying to bring their cannon through a boggy area and suddenly find themselves surrounded and surrender as well. Many Hessians escape in small groups, but 868 are captured. 106 are killed or wounded. The American army lost perhaps 4 men wounded and 2 or 3 frozen to death, captured 1000 arms, several cannon and ammunition and stores.The fighting lasted only 90 minutes. About 600 Hessians, most of which had been stationed on the south side of the Creek, escaped.

After the battle, Washington had the captured men and stores shipped across the river, then followed with the army across to Pennsylvania. The next day a thousand men reported ill.

Von Donop, commanding at Burlington, learned of the battle from fleeing Hessians who had escaped. Their estimates of the size of the force with Washington were exaggerated. Rumors of attacks pending on them flew thick, based on partial spy reports of various plans of Washington, and the British forces all across the state were worried. von Donop moved first to Allentown, NJ, then to Princeton, to resist attacks that were just rumors.

Washington had turned the tide, from desperate waiting for the axe to fall, to aggressive victor, chasing the British forces from the Delaware river and putting them on the defensive- for a few days.

Washington wrote a letter describing the action...

... "Gen McDougall

Head Quarters, Newtown 28th December 1776.

I have yours of the 27th and am sorry that Affairs bore so bad an Aspect in your Quarter at that time. But I hope that the late Success at Trenton on the 26th and the Consequence of it, will change the face of Matters not only there but every where else. I crossed over to Jersey the Evening of the 25th about 9 miles above Trenton with upwards of 2000 Men and attacked three Regiments of Hessians consisting of fifteen hundred Men about 8 o'Clock next Morning. Our Men pushed on with such Rapidity that they soon carried four pieces of Cannon out of Six, Surrounded the Enemy and obliged 30 Officers and 886 privates to lay down their Arms without firing a Shot. Our Loss was only two Officers and two or three privates wounded. The Enemy had between 20 and 30 killed. We should have made the whole of them prisoners, could Genl. Ewing have passed the Delaware at Trenton and got in their Rear, but the ice prevented him. I am informed that Count Donnop with the remainder of the Army below Trenton, decamped immediately upon this News, and is on his march towards South Amboy. Generals Mifflin, Ewing and Cadwallader have already passed over to Jersey with a Capital Force and I shall follow with the Continental Regiments as soon as they have recovered from the late Fatigue which was indeed very great.

I hope you, Sir, Gen I. Maxwell to whom I have wrote, Colo. Vose, Colo. Ford and every Gentleman who is well affected will exert themselves in encouraging the Militia and assuring them that nothing is wanting, but for them to lend a hand, and driving the Enemy from the whole province of Jersey Pray watch the motions of the Enemy, and if they incline to retreat or advance, harass their Rear and Flanks But at all Events endeavour to collect a Body of men to be ready to join me, or act otherwise as occasion may be.

Your son was mentioned among the first of our prisoners that I demanded in Exchange, but Genl. Howe (or Mr. Loring in his Absence) Sent out others than those I demanded. I have remonstrated to him upon this head and have assured him that I will send in no more prisoners till he sends out the paroles of the Officers taken in Canada.

I am dear Sir
Your most obt Servt
G. Washington

For many Americans Emanuel Leutze's historical painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, with its depiction of determination in the face of adversity, symbolizes the War of Independence. Many viewers of the painting believe that it accurately represents the events of Christmas night 1776.

"It is a glorious victory. It will rejoice the hearts everywhere and give new life to our hitherto waning fortunes...If he (General George Washington) does nothing more, he will live in history as a great military commander" With these words recorded on Dec. 26, 1776, Washington's aide, Colonel John Fitzgerald, stated the importance of the American success at the Battle of Trenton. This battle, along with the nighttime crossing of the Delaware River and the Battle of Princeton, demonstrated the bold and inspirational leadership of Commander-in-Chief George Washington.

These events of the winter of 1776-1777, known as the Christmas Campaign, are widely believed to have changed the course of the American Revolution... And in some way the resolve of all future U. S. Military Forces.

Portions of above article reprinted from http://www.doublegv.com/ggv/battles/Trenton.html
and http://americanrevolution.org/delxing.html

These are true American defenders - our nation's sons and fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends, daughters and wives who have always answered the call.

Our design is in honor of all those who defend you and I, from options too horrible to comprehend... Perhaps they are now with the 101st, walking through Ramadi or Fallujah... Maybe he's your Granddad of yesterday who after jumping into Normandy and landing at St. Mare Eglise he "humped" it all the way to Berlin... He may be a Pararescueman from the Air Force who has been doing jump insertions on countless operations from he Cold War, into Vietnam, and Somalia, up and to present day Iraq and Afghanistan... so that others may live.

Whatever US Service, the fact is, he is a soldier from the sky, he jumps knowing he may just die. He has earned the honor the being a cut above others around him and we are proud for all "My Hero" has done.

Death to our nations enemies, from above!

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British and US Special forces lead search for kidnapped Briton

Combined British-US special forces' squads are leading the hunt for a British peace activist kidnapped in Iraq.

Military sources said the team was put on immediate alert yesterday as soon as diplomatic sources confirmed that Professor Norman Kember and his companions, two Canadians and one American, had been seized in Baghdad.

News of the military mission came on the same day that two Britons were killed and three others injured in an attack on a bus carrying Muslim pilgrims to Baghdad airport....

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Fatah Insurgents Trained as Palestinian Special Forces

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 RAMALLAH The Palestinian Authority has provided Fatah insurgents with special forces training.

The PA has been training 260 members of the Fatah-aligned Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in special operations tactics. Palestinian sources said the Al Aqsa operatives have been trained in a range of light weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles and Glock pistols and submachine guns.

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Israel Ex-commandos Training Kurds in North Iraq

Dozens of former Israeli commandos have been training Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq, supplying them with equipment worth millions of dollars, Yedioth Aharonot newspaper reported Thursday, December 1.

Over the past 18 months, these ex-commandos, who were sent to Iraq by several Israeli corporations, have been training special security units as part of a program organized by the Kurdish authorities, said Israel's top-selling daily.

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After nearly four decades, MIA's remains head home

For nearly four decades, Pamela Shannon and her younger sisters and brother lived with the anguish of losing a father in the Vietnam War, unsure of his true fate, haunted by speculation that he might be a POW, unable to reach the finality of burying him in his native Oklahoma.

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3 Canadian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan

Three members of Canada's elite commando unit have been injured in Afghanistan.

One Joint Task Force 2 soldier is being treated in hospital, while two others have been treated and released, the Defence Department said on Wednesday.

None of the injured has been identified.

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Yarborough's Life Made A Difference

Saturday afternoon, a Special Forces soldier reverently carried a brass 105 mm howitzer shell casing containing the ashes of Lt. Gen. William P. Yarborough into Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines.

In the distance, the plaintive wail of a bagpipe carried through the clear cold air, sounding at once martial and mournful.

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MP alleges Iran link to Iraq detention of UK undercover troops

Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Mike Gapes, has accused Iran of involvement in the Iraqi detention of two undercover British troops in Basra on September 19.

"It was clear that the incident was linked directly to Iran or to Hezbollah-trained people linked to Iran," said Gapes, who is also Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Labor Friends of Israel group.

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British Special Forces Caught Carrying Out Staged Terror In Iraq?

In another example of how the Iraqi quagmire is deliberately designed to degenerate into a chaotic abyss, British SAS were caught attempting to stage a terror attack and the media have dutifully shut up about the real questions surrounding the incident.

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Christmas and The World War II Gyrene

Christmas has always been one of the most special holidays. But, during World War II, the Marine Corps was deployed to the furthest corners of the world fighting for freedom. Many Marines who had never been far from home before found themselves thousands of miles from their loved ones and the joys of the season.

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Air Marshals Shoot to Kill

The Federal Air Marshal Service makes up an invisible but, experts say, indispensable layer of the nation's air security system.

"It's very difficult in any shooting situation," said Joe King, a former sky marshal and U.S. Department of Homeland Security official. "It all comes down to you, and it happens in about two seconds."

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Armed Santa and the St. Gabriel Possenti Society: A Patron Saint of Handgunners?

A Christmas Card and insight into a contradiction that is very American for us all...Santa Claus points a handgun at a masked terrorist on a Christmas card that gun law expert John Michael Snyder sends this year to a number of recipients.

Snyder believes the original drawing conveys a definitive holiday season message.

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Close OSS-CIA Ties Commemorated at 63rd Anniversary Reunion

The highlight of the reunion was the keynote address at the Saturday gala dinner by the Honorable Porter Goss, CIA director, who told the audience: We cannot be the champion of liberty in the world without good intelligence. We cannot even defend ourselves without good intelligence, the way the enemy works. They are cunning. They use our technology against us.

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CIA Spies Get a New Home Base

Intelligence officials yesterday announced establishment of a National Clandestine Service at the CIA, saying the step is necessary because of the dramatic expansion in U.S. human intelligence collection abroad since Sept. 11, 2001.

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CIA Tries Using Blogs to Foil Potential Plots

In a bow to the rise of Internet-era secrets hidden in plain view, the agency has started hosting Web logs with the latest information on topics including North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's public visit to a military installation and the Burmese media's silence on a ministry reshuffling.

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Christmas City cancellations offered since 1932

NOEL - An annual Christmas tradition has been going strong for 73 years.

Since 1932, people have been coming to Noel from all over the United States and sending packages of Christmas cards from all over the world in order to receive a special cancellation.

Last year, the Noel Post Office saw 60,000 pieces of mail requesting the special Christmas stamps, said Noel Postmaster Jim Hight.

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R.I.P. Francis Byron Mills

Francis Byron Mills, 90, a former Army colonel died Sept. 27, 2005 at his home in Virginia Beach, Va. Col. Mills, a native of Mangum, Okla., entered the Army Reserve in the late 1930s after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. He was activated into the regular Army in 1941 and first served with a horse-drawn unit of the 80th Artillery Division. In 1943 he was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services.

Based in London, he worked with British and French forces in support of resistance operations in Europe leading up to the Allied D-Day invasion in 1944. Col. Mills landed on Omaha Beach, leading an OSS Special Forces detachment with the 1st Army as the Allied forces moved through France.

Later in 1944, he was reassigned to China, where he commanded OSS special operations against Japanese forces north of the Yangtze River until the war ended. Resistance forces under his leadership destroyed rail lines, bridges and enemy troop trains. In 2002, Col. Mills wrote a history of this period entitled, The OSS Secret Wars in China.

He was assigned to the U.S. War Office in London for two years after the war, commanding an intelligence detachment. After serving in the 11th and 82nd airborne divisions, he was named in 1955 to a unit that organized the Armys new Special Forces group at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He attended the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., and in 1960 became commandant of the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa, providing military advisers to several Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam. After additional postings in the United States, he retired in 1967.

A Soldier's Christmas written by a Marine

Twas the night before Christmas,
He lived all alone ,
In a one-bedroom house made of
Plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney
With presents to give,
And to see just who
In this home did live.

I looked all about,
A strange sight did I see,
No tinsel, no presents,
Not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle,
Just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures
Of far distant lands.

With medals and badges,
Awards of all kinds,
A sober thought
Came through my mind.

For this house was different,
It was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier,
Once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping,
Silent, alone ,
Curled up on the floor
In this one-bedroom home.

The face was so gentle,
The room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured
A United States Soldier.

Was this the hero
Of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho,
The floor for a bed?

I realized the families
That I saw this night,
Owed their lives to these soldiers
Who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world,
The children would play,
And grownups would celebrate
A bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom,
Each month of the year,
Because of the soldiers,
Like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder,
How many lay alone ,
On a cold Christmas eve,
In a land far from home.

The very thought,
Brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees,
And started to cry.

The soldier awakened,
And I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry,
This life is my choice;

I fight for freedom,
I don't ask for more,
My life is my God,
My Country, my Corps."

The soldier rolled over,
And drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it,
I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours,
So silent and still,
And we both shivered,
From the cold night's chill.

I didn't want to leave,
On that cold, dark night,
This guardian of honor,
So willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over,
With a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, "carry on Santa ,
It's Christmas day, all is secure ."

One look at my watch,
And I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend,
And to all a good night."

This poem was written by a Marine (Name Unkown) stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

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