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February 18, 2008

Your BAG/World Press Tuesday: Last Combat Injury?


World Press ‘08 – Spot News: 3rd prize stories

Michael Kamber, USA, The New York Times.

Searching for missing soldiers, Latafiya, Iraq, 18 May

The rest of the series.


different dimension: Have We Just Seen The Last Combat Injury In Iraq? (Michael Kamber + The BAG: Huffington Post)

  • chimproller

    Someone should rub those pictures in Dubyas face – maybe it would wipe the smirk off his face, if only for a minute.

  • black dog barking

    See The World was once an enlistment marketing slogan. By “World” they meant exotic trees and garden walls built like small castle walls, things we weren’t going to see living our lives in our small mid-western towns.
    This young man has seen the world.
    Interesting, now, that they’ve decided to take measures to keep the world from seeing *this*. No more pictures without the permission of the subjects. Funny how the right to privacy is so important in Iraq, yet something we Americans should be willing to give up because, well, they say so.
    I recently reread Michael Herr’s Dispatches. The amount of freedom Herr had in-country carrying lowly press credentials from Esquire magazine stands out. The military command didn’t like the reporters, didn’t want to talk openly with them, but the military command respected the job the reporters were doing.

  • jtfromBC

    chimproller here is the pic of the kneeling soldier that Bush would choose and the citation he would like to mumble, Staff Sgt. Robert W. Simonovich shown receiving the Bronze Star,” although wounded, maneuvered his squad across one kilometer of open terrain to establish a landing zone for a medical evacuation helicopter which is attributed to the survival of his wounded platoon leader ”
    In additional to the horrendous human costs I got to thinking about IED’s and High Tech vs Home Made and found economic expenditures favour the enemy 1000/1
    “The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO was predicted last year to have spent $13 billion, across all theaters, on detectors and robots to defuse bombs, improvements to vehicle armor, training and other means to counter homemade weapons. Dealing with IEDs is by far the largest US army equipment expense, accounting for around half of the total equipment outlay. If we view IEDs as a rebel investment, to which the US must pay dividends in defensive equipment costs, then every insurgent dollar spent has a return on investment of somewhere around thousand fold.”

  • jtfromBC

    sorry about the link for Staff Sgt. Robert W. Simonovich I’m presently MIA on Google

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  • Jane Third

    Looking for Stg Paul Adams somewhere in Iraq

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