Friday, November 2, 2007

It's been a while

I haven't posted for Daniel in a bit because 1) the news was rather tame and 2) I hadn't heard from him much. Not hearing from him always worries me because it may be a "blackout" until the family of a casualty has been notified, but checking Stryker News this morning, there is nothing posted. Well nothing, except the following story, which I found interesting. I have no idea if Daniel was involved, but at least the 2nd Cavlary was there in some representation.
WASHINGTON - Seven sheiks kidnapped in northern Baghdad two days ago were rescued by soldiers from 9th Iraqi Army Division during a mission yesterday.
The mission, supported by U.S. military advisors and Soldiers from both the 82nd Airborne Division and 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, resulted in the sheiks' rescue, the capture of four abductors and the death of three extremists. The body of an eighth sheik also was discovered at the scene.
The sheiks were taken to a nearby Iraqi army facility where they received medical attention. Several said they had been beaten with a tire iron. The sheiks also said that they have no doubt that their abductors were Shiite extremists.
"The execution of this mission shows how far Iraqi security forces have come," said Army Brig. Gen. John F. Campbell, deputy commanding general for maneuver for Multi-National Division - Baghdad. "The 9th Iraqi Army, led by General Riyadh, reacted very quickly to intelligence they received. They planned and then organized their forces, and executed a tough and precise mission with support from the coalition. They are well on their way to being the pre-eminent security force for the people of Iraq."
The only other news to report is that a power line caused the communication equipment on the Stryker to fry and Daniel was put in charge of fixing it. He doesn't like the fact they rely on him to do things he has no training on, but on the other hand, I sense a pride in his ability to figure it out and acomplish the task.
Update - Squid (code name for his fiancee) said he called her, very tired, but OK. It's a good thing. I'll take tired over silent.

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