Regarding the Release of Footage of Captured US Soldier

Posted May 18th, 2010 by Sgt Stryker

Sgt. Stryker here. You have probably seen this all over by now, but I want to share a quote from ISAF about this horrible act.

“The continuing use of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl as a means of propaganda is a deplorable act and only fuels our efforts to find him and bring him home. The insurgents who hold Bowe are obviously using him as a means to ultimately cause pain to his family and friends. It continues to reflect the cruel tactics designed to deceive the Afghan people and the international community of their true intentions. We will continue our search for Bowe as well as our efforts to ensure the security of the Afghan people and our coalition partners,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, director of communication, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan.

This is a good statement, I think, but I’m going to take it a little further. I wouldn’t want to be those bad guys when the good guys do come to rescue their own. There’s no telling what will happen. I’m sure the troops will follow all the rules, but this is getting personal when a prisoner is paraded around and used to further the cause of the terrorists. I don’t know about you, but this has really got me upset. If you agree with me, you should write the media and tell them to start running more about the military. You should also write your congressman and let them know that they should be supporting the troops no matter where they stand on the way or any other issue.

Health care may be on the mind of most Americans – as well as the recession – but we cannot forget our troops, our soldiers, especially the ones who are being held hostage by the bad guys and need our help. The time to stand up and support the troops is now. If you’ve held this feeling in your heart a while and haven’t done anything, it’s time to shake out of that and do something to support the troops. If you need ideas on how to support the troops, let me know and I’ll give you some.

But for now … Sgt. Stryker out.

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Knowst Province Activity

U.S. Army Spc. Kevin Grimes, Delta Company 3-187 Infantry Regiment, sets up a mortar at Outpost Sabari. Grimes ensures the mortars are operational in the event of an attack Khowst Province, Afghanistan, April 4. Photo by Staff Sgt. Billie J. Nelson Jr

An Afghan-international security force searched a series of buildings in the Terayzai District. During the search the security force captured a Haqqani IED cell leader, who confirmed his identity, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Jan. 1. (Army photo/Staff Sgt. David Bertles)

A member of an Afghan-international security force secures the entrance of a compound during a mission in the Sabari District, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Feb. 19. (Army photo/Staff Sgt. David Bertles)

U.S. Army Spc. Kevin Grimes, Delta Company 3-187 Infantry Regiment, explains the fundamentals of setting up a mortars to members of the Afghan national army, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, April 4. Photo by Staff Sgt. Billie J. Nelson Jr

Terrorist Crackdown in Iraq Continues

Posted May 10th, 2010 by Sgt Stryker

You may not hear it on the nightly news or read it in the daily papers that much anymore, but rest assured that the terrorist crackdown in Iraq is continuing. Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisers, continued their assault on al-Qaida in Iraq this month, arresting one terrorism suspect near Baghdad and two others in Mosul according to military press releases.

On April 7, 2010, In the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraqi forces arrested two suspected associates of an al-Qaida in Iraq leader for eastern Mosul during a combined operation with U.S. forces. The combined force searched multiple buildings with a court warrant for the suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader, who is believed to have played a key role in acquiring vehicles and weapons used to carry out assassinations in Mosul. After a preliminary investigation at the scene, Iraqi forces identified and arrested two suspected criminal associates of the wanted man.

On April 9, 2010, Iraqi security forces arrested a man suspected in vehicle-borne bombings in the Baghdad area after a combined patrol searched a building just west of the capital city for another man believed to be his associate in the bombings.

And these are just two “small” events that have occurred as the US troops continue their mop=up operation, keeping Iraq safe so that it can heal and grow. It has been a long, hard road, but the end is coming. We’re not going to scurry away until the job is done – you can count on that. Which is why “little” events like this that put the terrorists in their place are so important for the “big picture” war and winning it.

Until next time – Sgt. Stryker out…

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Peshmerga soldiers “Pass in Review”

Peshmerga soldiers “Pass in Review” during graduation ceremonies April 8, in Dohuk province, Iraq. The ceremony was held in honor of the Peshmerga soldiers completing their military training. Photo by Spc. Darwin Seehusen

Soldiers from 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division render honors to wounded soldiers arriving at Forward Operating Base Diamondback during a visit on April 7. The Soldiers participating in the Wounded Warrior’s “Proper Exit” program get the send off home they missed when they were evacuated from Iraq due to injuries.

Soldiers from 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division render honors to wounded soldiers arriving at Forward Operating Base Diamondback during a visit on April 7. The Soldiers participating in the Wounded Warrior’s “Proper Exit” program get the send off home they missed when they were evacuated from Iraq due to injuries.