Guitar Heroes

March 10, 2008

Men crept in darkness to plant a bomb. They moved in an area where last year I was helping to collect fallen American soldiers from the battlefield. …

Another excellent post by Michael Yon Guitar Heros


Have you Ordered Your Copy?

February 21, 2008

From Michael Yon:

Greetings:

This note comes from Mosul, where Iraqi and American are engaging in a serious fight with al Qaeda, ISI, JAI, Ansar al Sunna, and other groups, in what many believe will be the last major battle of this war.  This amalgam of terrorists, even including a cell of 1920 Revolution Brigades who are unfriendly toward us here (whereas elsewhere the 1920s have joined us in the fight against AQI), is fractured and incoherent.  The groups fight among themselves and provide lethal information about each other to Iraqi and US forces. 

Ansar al Sunna, for instance, has been selling out al Qaeda.  The 1920s have hated AQI since at least 2006, and have been good at killing AQI in Anbar and in Diyala, for instance. Just why these groups are so fractured is not entirely clear, though some reasons are obvious.  AQI and 1920s are different sorts of people with differing agendas, and above it all, there is money in Mosul, and so the individual terror groups can fund their own campaigns without overwhelming need to form alliances.

Mosul is not exactly al Qaeda’s last stand in Iraq; pockets remain in areas south of Baghdad where AQI is being severely damaged by Iraqis and Americans; Diyala (more of same), Salah ad Dinh (deadly for AQI), and a few other pockets.  It is true, however, that Mosul is the last major population center where AQI has any chance whatsoever.

Mosul is a setting, then, where I can finish the final chapters of Moment of Truth in Iraq In between research and writing, I will be signing the special edition inserts for the books.  Moment of Truth in Iraq is being sold in advance through my website. I can only sign a limited number of books and everyone is working hard to have the signed editions also ship to you on April 22 when the book is released.
Again, there are only so many I will be able to sign, so if you wish to support this mission and get a signed edition of the book, it may be ordered at the publisher’s ordering page. (Please remember that you are being charged now and the book will ship on the publication date of April 22, 2008.)

Attention to what has been happening here and with me is growing slowly, in fits and starts, in newspapers and on radio. 

A new RUBs dispatch is posted on the site, “At Long Last, Justice,” a follow-up to an earlier dispatch about the problem of Sunni detainees held in Iraqi prisons, sometimes for months and years, without being charged.  “At Long Last, Justice,” also talks about the importance of maintaining a media full court press in Iraq on the reform and reconciliation efforts as well as on the combat operations. Media attention on stories like the one in the new dispatch actually influence the outcome, for the good, because Iraqis are a media savvy people.

Hopefully my book will bring stories like these to the attention of more people. As always, your help is greatly appreciated and crucial.

V/r

Michael

I am anxiously awaiting his second book! If you would like to get one of the signed copies, you need to hurry and place your order. There are only a few times that I have actively pushed any products on my blog. Michael’s book is one that I stand behind. No one else has brought us such an accurate up-close view of the War against Terror in the Middle East.

Hugs to you, Sir… Stay safe and keep the reports rolling in.

(To help you keep the dream Alive!)


Thanks and Praise

November 8, 2007

With permission from Michael Yon @  Michael Yon Online I am sharing the beautiful photo and story below. 

Thanks and Praise:
I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.

“A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from “Chosen” Company 2-12 Infantry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.
The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. ” Thank you, thank you,” the people were saying. One man said, “Thank you for peace.” Another man, a Muslim, said “All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.”

The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers. (Videotape to follow.)”    On Michael’s Website


Resistance is Futile – Michael Yon

October 22, 2007

“I was at home in the United States just one day before the magnitude hit me like vertigo: America seems to be under a glass dome which allows few hard facts from the field to filter in unless they are attached to a string of false assumptions. Considering that my trip home coincided with General Petraeus’ testimony before the US Congress, when media interest in the war was (I’m told) unusually concentrated, it’s a wonder my eardrums didn’t burst on the trip back to Iraq. In places like Singapore, Indonesia, and Britain people hardly seemed to notice that success is being achieved in Iraq, while in the United States, Britney was competing for airtime with O.J. in one of the saddest sideshows on Earth.

No thinking person would look at last year’s weather reports to judge whether it will rain today, yet we do something similar with Iraq news. The situation in Iraq has drastically changed, but the inertia of bad news leaves many convinced that the mission has failed beyond recovery, that all Iraqis are engaged in sectarian violence, or are waiting for us to leave so they can crush their neighbors. This view allows our soldiers two possible roles: either “victim caught in the crossfire” or “referee between warring parties.” Neither, rightly, is tolerable to the American or British public.   … “

… This is just a small part of the latest report by Michael Yon. It is well past the time that the truth is known. I do not doubt our men and women in Iraq will win whether or not the media shows support by reporting factual accounts.

Yet, we owe it to our Warriors to make the battle easier for them by spreading the good news and gathering the support that they deserve.

Here is Michael’s full post. Please take the time to check out his entire piece and then encourage you friends and family to read it and pass it on:

Resistance is Futile 


Good News Friday

August 10, 2007

The first FGN post for today is a link to the article written by Michael Yon, one of the best writers in the Middle East.

Thank you Mr. Yon for keeping us up to date and for putting your life in danger to ensure the truth is reported.

We are in your debt.

Michael Yon – Bread and a Circus part II

The world could use a lot more Tontos! Too bad the MSM missed this opportunity to spot light the heroes that emerge.


One More Hero

June 13, 2007

What little I know Of Michael Yon, I am sure he does not consider himself to be a HERO. Yet, that is exactly what he is to this Mom.

His brave decision to go back to Iraq and record the events unfolding, help keep us abreast of what is really happening.

Thank you Michael. You too, are a hero in the War on Terror!

Click here  to check out his posts and be sure to visit his Gallery & Bookstore.