During a routine patrol in Baghdad June 2, Army Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was filmed by the insurgents.
Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st “Saber" Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemy’s position.
After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who’d tried to kill him just minutes before.
See the video of the attack.
Read the account of the incident from the 256th Brigade Combat Team. [pdf]
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The stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish weddings on TV but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists.
Hard-line lawmakers in a Pakistan provincial assembly passed an "Accountability Act" that aims to ensure "Islamic correctness" in public places and establishes a morality police to enforce decent behavior.I wonder what Musharraf thinks about this "Islamic correctness" and if there's anything he can do about it. Today he said "We owe it to our future generations to rid the country of the malaise of extremism". How?
Violators could be fined or jailed for up to six months. The bill needs the governor's signature.
A six-party Islamic coalition, the Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, dominates the assembly in conservative North-West Frontier province. "They want to establish a Taliban-like system here," said opposition lawmaker Khalil Abbas, referring to the rule of the Islamic fundamentalists in neighboring Afghanistan before U.S.-led forces ousted the regime in late 2001.
Israeli intelligence officers have increasingly observed that Hamas has set up itself as a rival authority to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. Several shooting incidents during the past few months indicated severe trouble for the PA’s attempts to govern there.Civil War Brewing in Gaza
A civil war began to brew Thursday night after Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade terrorists launched a massive mortar and rocket attack on Israeli communities when PA Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) visited the area.
An ensuing shootout between PA police forces and Hamas caused the death of two unarmed teenagers and left 16 injured, some of the seriously, according to the Al-Jazeera Arab news site. Several of the wounded were policemen. Hamas retaliated in Shechem, storming a PA police station and freeing one of its jailed terrorists.
Battles continued in Gaza Friday morning, with PA security forces using armored vehicles to travel in Hamas neighborhoods and Hamas terrorists firing anti-tank missiles. Leaders of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which was responsible for the suicide bombings in Netanya this week and in Tel Aviv in February, tried to negotiate a cease fire early Friday afternoon.
Hamas demanded that the PA fire interior minister Nasser Youssef, who had ordered police to "prevent, by force if necessary, all firing of rockets and mortars" against Israeli targets. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused the PA of intentionally trying to stop Hamas from "defending the Palestinian people against Israel aggression."
Shahzad Tanweer, the 22-year-old son of a Pakistani-born affluent businessman, turned to Islam, the religion of his birth, a few years ago. The transformation was gradual, but then his relentless reading of the Quran and daily prayers became almost an obsession, his friends told The Associated Press. He became withdrawn and increasingly angry over the war in Iraq, according to those who knew him best.I get inspired quite often, Iqbal. However, my inspirations usually involve creating something, not blowing up people in subways and killing little children receiving chocolates.
The U.S.-led war was what likely drove him to blow himself up on a subway train last week, said his friends.
"He was a Muslim and he had to fight for Islam. This is called jihad," or holy war, said Asif Iqbal, 20, who said he was Tanweer's childhood friend.
Another friend, Adnan Samir, 21, nodded in agreement.
"They're crying over 50 people while 100 people are dying every day in Iraq and Palestine," said Iqbal. "If they are indeed the ones who did it, it's because they believed it was right. They're in Heaven.
"Have you ever been inspired in life?" he asked.
I have already had enough about how perfectly normal these young men were, and what charming fellows they were, and how there was nothing they loved more than serving in dad's chip shop or helping an old lady across the street or a good game of cricket in the park.
"All he wanted to do was have a laugh," said one of the neighbours last night, about one of the sick quartet responsible for killing themselves and at least 52 others in London. "He was sound as a pound." Yeah, right. If these four young men were perfectly normal Yorkshiremen, then what the hell is happening to this country? Of all the shattering revelations of the past few days, the worst has been that these suicide bombers were British.