Resourceful, desperate militants turning to household materials to make explosives

By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition

BAGHDAD — U.S. soldiers are reporting finding more and more roadside bombs packed with homemade explosives instead of artillery rounds, indicating that Iraqi insurgents may be running out of military-grade ammunition.

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2d Cavalry Association Holds Bi-Annual Reunion


LTG Doug Lute – 70th Colonel of the Regiment, MG (Ret) Robert Wagner – 65th Colonel of the Regiment, COL (Ret) Tom Molino – 67th Colonel of the Regiment.
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Veterans Day Weekend

by Chris Golden, Second Cavalry Association 

On 8-11 November, the 2d Cavalry Association held its bi-annual reunion at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Vienna, VA.

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Airborne Brigade Celebrates Thanksgiving Day in Baghdad

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Lonestar, Texas native, Col. Don Farris, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, presents a commander’s coin to New York native Staff Sgt. Mekelle Hicks, a senior food sergeant with 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, during a Thanksgiving Day visit to Coalition Outpost Old-Mod in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District Nov. 22. Looking on in the background is 1st Squadron Commander, Lt. Col. Dan Barnett. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Randolph, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Baghdad Turkey Trot 2007

Soldiers supporting 1st Cavalry Division and Multi-National Division – Baghdad take off from the starting line to begin the Division Turkey Trot here, Nov. 22. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored event, held Thanksgiving Morning, gave Soldiers a chance to challenge themselves and get some exercise before eating Thanksgiving dinner at the Dining Facilities. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. April Campbell, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)(click on photos to enlarge)

Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers take off running around Z-Lake at the beginning of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored Division Turkey Trot here, Nov. 22. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. April Campbell, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Comment included by Major Pendell: “Notice the Soldier and the 2CR Crest on his shirt [nearest camera]. We had a good representation at the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.
Behind the M Troop Soldier is MAJ Sam Calkins REGT Engineer (STS XO), to his left is MAJ Tim Sharpe, SPO (RSS), behind MAJ Sharpe on the right edge is me, MAJ Pendell (RHHT, STS) looking at my watch.”

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Decay and death

David Smith reflects on the filthy state of a once-wealthy Baghdad neighbourhood and attends the memorial service for a fallen US soldier

The once well-to-do Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Hadar. Photograph: David Smith

The once well-to-do Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Hadar. Photograph: David Smith

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Security in Baghdad

U.S. Army 1st. Lt. Elcort from, 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, talks to a crippled Iraqi boy on Nov. 20, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq.

Photographer: Cpl. Jeffrey Sandstrum, Joint Combat Camera Center

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