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By ATWadmin On November 24th, 2006 at 10:43 am


U.S. Army Capt. Cindy McPherson examines an Iraqi boy’s ears during a medical and humanitarian mission in Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 9, 2006. McPherson is a physician’s assistant with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Mike Buytas, U.S. Air Force




45142636.jpgA British sergeant of the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch, shares his Tamoshanta with Ali, one of the local children from the town of Azubayr, during a soft patrol of the town.





Nov. 7, 2006. Iraqi citizens offer beverages to U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, in Kanan, Iraq.





Col. Adil, chief of Maghdad, Iraq, police department, and U.S. Army Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division pass out backpacks full of food, water, and school supplies to students at the primary elementary school in Musqed al agsa, Maghdad, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2006.




Earlier this year there had been high rain fall, causing flooding in the town of Safwan near the Kuwait border. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were quickly on the scene to help. The unit supplied boxes of water and the town Mayor helped in the middle of the night to stock the town hall in preparation. The casualty had been pulled from a collapsed building, caused by the heavy rainfall. He is put in the back of a military vehicle and taken to British hospital for treatment.



May 2006. An officer from HQ 16 Air Assault Brigade, shows the very eager welcoming children of a small village, pictures he had just taken of them. Provisional Reconstruction team (PRT) patrol to the south of Lashkar Gar in order to discuss various matters with members of the village. This image was taken during Operation Herrick IV, the UK’s deployment into Helmand Province of Southern Afghanistan.



Operation Herrick IV saw the development of the Helmand Task Force in the province, which saw the cross Governmental Provincial Reconstruction Team set up in Lashkar Gar, to help the Afghan Government build strong governmental institutions, security and create jobs. The Task Force was made up of 3300 troops from the British Military, with the majority being taken from 16 Air Assault Brigade.

45145205.jpgWomen in Al Hillah, Babel Province show inked fingers, to stop people voting twice, during the vote for the ratification of the new Iraqi Constitution. A truly momentous day for their country and one which should not be undermined. 

There are hundreds of these images.

Smiling Iraqis happy to see the allied forces, talented individuals offering hope and supplying stability and small steps of progress. You never get to see any of them in the press. 

Why? Because it is not the people in these photos that want Iraq to fail or thumb their noses at it. 

No I dont view this through rose tinted spectacles.  Its obvious that there is a tenuous grip on hope. But equally living under a torturous regime was not an option. And it is disingenius to suggest that the regime as it was, would not have continued as it was. Or to think that at any point in its history Iraq would not have struggled to rid itself of that regime. To rid itself of that regime would never ever have been easy or less bloody and violent.  However such as it is, it has a chance at democracy – very much welcomed by its people and a process which should be very much welcomed and supported by all of us. You would think. Undermining it at every opportunity, undermining the efforts of the people there, both struggling Iraqis and committed allied forces assisting them, should not be an option either. Why do we consistently give succour to those people who seek to so murderously wreck this? Why do we help drive them onwards? Are we so wrapped up in our own political agendas that we would consciously will failure?


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 11:26 pm

Remember when Jimmy Carter, America’s worst ever President in living memory, told us to "give Hamas a  chance?" 

Well,  comes the news that Palestinian grandmother has blown herself up in the Gaza Strip, lightly wounding three Israeli soldiers, in the first suicide attack claimed by Hamas in almost two years. The mother of nine and grandmother of 41 became the oldest Palestinian suicide bomber at the age of 57, selecting as her target troops operating near her northern Gaza home in Jabaliya, seeking to curb near-daily rocket attacks on Israel.

Give these people a State? Bet your bottom dollar that this psychotic behaviour will be flannelled away by a Jew-hating media.


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 9:39 pm

judo.jpgA judo coaching session for boys and girls in Kabul, Afghanistan, conducted by a female Flt Lt serving in the RAF. After seeing an article in "The World of Judo" magazine, about the state of judo in Afghanistan, she decided she could help.

A former GB international, a qualified coach and the captain of the RAF ladies judo team she contacted the President of the Afghan Judo Federation, Zakaria Assadi, to ascertain what could be done. The result was a two-day training package in Kabul and the donation of 30 mats from the UK’s Royal Air Force Judo Association and £2,000 worth of judo suits from Fighting Films, a UK-based martial arts equipment supplier.

The Flt Lt is an RAF officer serving with the British detachment at Kandahar in Southern Afghanistan. The British presence leading NATO’s International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) in the region is tasked with stabilising life south of the capital Kabul as well as regenerating society within Kandahar and neighbouring Helmand Province.


U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kim Kaufman gives a dose of de-wormer medication to an Afghan girl during a village medical outreach in Maywand District, Afghanistan, on Jan. 27, 2006.

Pretty cool to see these women in particular sending such positive messages to these kids.


A Lance Corporal from 9 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers working with colleagues and local Afghan tradesmen to renovate a school closed and destroyed by the Taliban during its period of power in Afghanistan.

British troops were deployed in Afghanistan on Operation FINGAL under the auspices of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The mission was to assist the interim administration with security and stability.



Curious villagers watch as US Army Capt. Jason Toole (right) and Spc. Nick Cannole evaluate the results of a CAT scan of a man who suffered a stroke in Makawa, Afghanistan, on April 15, 2006. Tool, the commander of Alpha Company and Cannole, a medic from Alpha Company, are assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 9:17 pm

To all my American friends – a warmly felt Happy Thanksgiving!….God Bless America!us uk flag.jpg 


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 6:28 pm

This story on the BBC sickened me. It seems that a "senior negotiator" for the terrorist group the Tamil Tigers, Anton Balasingham, is seriously ill with cancer. The Tamilnet website said that Mr Balasingham has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. The BBC pays extensive tribute to this stricken terror apologist.

I’m sorry but anyone who has even an inkling of the BRUTALITY of the Tamil Tigers could feel no pity for this man. Only the BBC – that morally bankrupt zone – would feel HIS pain.


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 5:01 pm

iraq_203_1.jpgWith the "realists" in Washington now leading policy on Iraq ("Cut and Run" by any other name) who would have figured that the Jihadists and Saddamites would respond to this by..erm…being even more violent?   I mean, it’s such an UNFORESEEN reaction, isn’t it? Not. Appeasement only encourages the Jihadists to be  even more violent but the fabulous Baker Boys and their media handmaidens don’t get it.  As far as I am concerned, if we don’t seek victory … and that means CRUSHING the Jihadi ….then only defeat beckons. And with defeat, the Caliphate grows stronger, more menacing…


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 9:01 am

Just to say that I fully agree with the Rev Ivan Foster when he says that most Free Presbyterians are deeply troubled by the prospect of Ian Paisley in government with IRA/Sinn Fein godfather Martin McGuinness.

The claim was made by the Reverend Ivan Foster, who is a senior minister in the Free Presbyterian church. Mr Paisley is the moderator of the church. Rev Foster was speaking just 36 hours before the DUP and Sinn Fein are due to nominate their choices for first and deputy first minister.

"The thought of one so highly esteemed and loved as Ian Paisley in political coalition with Martin McGuinness I would say is heartbreaking to most, if not every, Free Presbyterian," Rev Foster said.

I would go further, and add it is morally as well as politically bankrupt. I am a Free Presbyterian myself. Reverend Foster must find himself in a difficult situation – but it always right to speak the truth and if Dr.Paisley embraces power-sharing with terrorists then HE, along with his Party, become the most abominable thing – those who know the truth but do wrong anyway. 


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 7:35 am

Did you read about the burglar with an appalling criminal record who kept a “rape kit” and who murdered a mother-of-two days after being freed from jail with an Asbo?

Gary Chester-Nash, 28, was known to be a “predatory and dangerous” person who fantasised about committing violent acts and was under the supervision of probation officers. He was obsessed with knives and wrote a chilling account of how he planned to rape a woman. And yesterday there was outrage that despite his history, Chester-Nash was not kept behind bars.

Instead, the Judiciary allowed him to walk free – and he fulfiled his wish by brutally killing a 59 year old woman. 


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 7:22 am

I entirely agree with Con Couglin’s article in today’s Daily Cameron concerning the reality that prevails in the Middle East..

Lebanon’s “Cedar Revolution”, in which tens of thousands of Lebanese last year took to the streets to protest at the country’s continued occupation by Syria, was hailed in Washington and London as yet another example of the region’s desire to break free from the constraints of the tired autocracies that have dominated the political landscape for decades. And if Lebanon, through the effective exercise of people power, could manage to transform its political destiny, then what is to stop the ordinary people of Syria and Iran effecting similar regime change in Damascus and Teheran?


This is the central point the MSM studiously avoid discussing – since it cuts to the heart of the entire Middle Eastern issue. It’s NOT Israel’s battle with the Palis that is the driving force behind the fermented unrest but rather the threat of DEMOCRACY….

This is a prospect that is viewed with alarm among the ruling classes in Iran and Syria, who depend upon the tried and tested methods of state-sanctioned brutality and repression to keep themselves in power. Far from wanting to work with the West to make the region a better place, they want to keep it as it is. Rather than seeing governments established in Baghdad and Beirut that are accountable to the people, they are prepared to resort to any means at their disposal – from road-side bombs to assassination squads – to sustain themselves in power.


And yet, UNBELIEVABLY, the new received wisdom in Washington and London is that we must become friends with these tyrants…and the media call it the new realism???

Far from wanting to assist the West with its efforts to bring a breath of modernity to the politics of the Middle East, the unreconstructed autocrats of Damascus and Teheran are viscerally opposed to any attempt to make life better for the people they rule. The sooner Mr Blair grasps this simple fact, the better.


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 10:52 pm

I was reading Tom Tyler’s post below concerning the plight of the British Conservative Party and the "Polly" line Tom uses got me thinking. Watch this golden comedy classic and instead of Norwegian Blue substitute British Conservatism.