December 20, 2009 |
Reporting from Dubai — A California Army National Guard group was attacked Saturday by a "complex double-ambush" from Taliban fighters along a treacherous mountain road in eastern Afghanistan while the unit was returning from helping farmers in isolated villages, the Army reported today. The Californians' slow-moving six-vehicle convoy was attacked by two groups of Taliban firing medium machine guns and AK-47s. Most of the vehicles were hit and one was slightly disabled with a flattened tire and a bullet hole in the windshield, the Army reported.
August 20, 1987 |
U.S. warships escorted another convoy of Kuwaiti tankers into the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, steaming past Iranian missile sites and patrol ships without incident as they moved through the Strait of Hormuz and headed up the gulf toward Kuwait.
May 20, 1989 |
About 200 Vietnam veterans set off Friday on a nine-day, cross-country trek intended to draw attention to the unknown fate of the thousands of soldiers still listed as missing in action. Participants believe that their ranks will swell as the convoy of motorcycles, cars and trucks passes through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and into Washington. Their destination is the Vietnam War Memorial in the nation's capital, where a rally is scheduled May 28 to demand that the government increase its efforts to aid MIAs who may be prisoners of war. "Our slogan is, 'Forget the war, remember the warriors,' " said James Gregory, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant who gave up an accounting job to devote time to the protest.
December 24, 2006 |
Spc. Ashley Pullen wasn't thinking about the dozens of Iraqi insurgents who had just ambushed the convoy. Nor their piles of guns and grenades. Nor the bullets ripping through the air around her. Her bloody comrade lay on the road south of Baghdad, and she had to help the gravely wounded soldier -- fast. She hustled as quickly as her short legs would carry her, ignoring the heat, the ferocious battle and her heavy gear. She ran 100, 200, 300 feet -- the length of a football field.
December 21, 2009 |
Army Spc. Kathy Tanson, who grew up on a farm in Corning in Northern California, is wrestling goats and sheep into submission so they can be vaccinated against parasites and anthrax. Spc. Jose Lopez, who worked at his uncle's irrigation company in Tulare County, is putting headlocks on cattle so they stand still for their shots, one for rabies and another one to provide a vitamin boost to help them through the brutal Afghan winter. And Col. Eric Grimm, who attended veterinary school before joining the military, is demonstrating the proper way to subdue a balky donkey without getting kicked: Grab it by the head with one hand, and lift up its tail with the other.
July 23, 1987 |
A naval convoy of three U.S. warships and two "reflagged" Kuwaiti oil tankers steamed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday and entered the war-plagued Persian Gulf without interference from Iran. As the convoy cleared its first hurdle, Iran stepped up its criticism of the U.N. Security Council for demanding a cease-fire in the almost seven-year-long war between Iran and Iraq. But the Tehran government gave no sign that it would be the first to violate the truce.
August 29, 2009 |
Gunmen engaged state police in a running shootout that killed five officers and possibly one of the attackers in the western state of Jalisco, authorities said. The state attorney general's office said a convoy of seven vehicles carrying at least 30 gunmen approached state policemen on a local highway and opened fire. Four policemen died in the initial fighting and another officer was killed when police gave chase. A body was found in one of the vehicles involved and might be that of an assailant.
December 27, 1987 |
Iraq claimed its warplanes attacked a tanker in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, and witnesses said British and French warships were escorting vessels from other nations after a surge in attacks on gulf shipping. The official Iraqi News Agency quoted a military spokesman as saying jet fighters scored an "accurate and effective hit" on a "large maritime target," which indicates a tanker. If confirmed, it would be the 27th commercial vessel attacked in the gulf in December--a record for one month.