April 15, 2004 |
As U.S. aircraft mounted heavy fire against Iraqi snipers Wednesday, Marines began building an earthen barrier around this Sunni Triangle city, suggesting that the U.S. does not anticipate an immediate resolution of the standoff. A tenuous cease-fire has been in effect since Sunday and members of the Iraqi Governing Council have attempted to negotiate a truce between the U.S. forces and the militants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2012 |
In the early days of the U.S. battle with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, the four Marines from Camp Pendleton were among those troops on the front lines in Anbar province. The two enlisted Marines would not survive those violent days in the spring of 2004: one was killed by "friendly fire" when a mortar round went awry and one was mortally wounded while hurling a grenade to repel an enemy assault, bravery for which he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The two officers survived, only later to be killed in other battles in other parts of the country: one by gunfire while leading a raid in Baghdad to kill or capture a "high-value" target in 2007 and one by stepping on a buried bomb while scouting an attack position near the Syrian border in 2005.
May 4, 2004 |
One of the ex-Iraqi generals named by Marine commanders to head a U.S.-backed security force in this troubled city is likely to be removed, an official said Monday. Former Maj. Gen. Jassim Mohammed Saleh, welcomed just days ago as part of the solution to a near-monthlong standoff between Marines and insurgents, is not expected to survive scrutiny of his background. "I would say the trajectory is that he's on the way out," said the official, who asked not to be named.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2010 |
When their convoy was ambushed by Taliban snipers and a fellow Marine was wounded, Cpl. Larry Harris Jr. did not hesitate. He put the wounded Marine over his shoulders and began to carry him to safety. He had gone only a short distance when he stepped on a buried roadside bomb. Harris was killed instantly but the other Marine survived. Harris had carried him far enough to be safely out of range of enemy gunfire. On Friday, Harris and 10 other Marines, two Navy corpsmen and a British soldier ?
January 13, 2005 |
Although the ferocity of insurgents is generally attributed to religious fervor and a hatred of America, Marines who participated in the November assault on Fallouja say many of their foes also had something else to bolster their tenacity: drugs. The Marines say they found numerous stockpiles of needles and drugs such as adrenaline and amphetamines while battling insurgents in the fiercest urban combat waged by U.S. forces since the Vietnam War.
August 3, 2000 |
A 21-year-old Marine died and a midshipman was injured during a nighttime training accident, military officials said Wednesday. Cpl. Jeremy J. Fulk of New London, Iowa, died Tuesday when he was trapped between two 5-ton trucks as Marines and midshipmen were boarding the vehicles, said Capt. Patricia Restrepo, a Camp Pendleton spokeswoman. The midshipman, Sarah Norman, 19, of Nashville, was listed in critical condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego.