Thursday, July 5, 2007

One reason the war isn't going to end anytime soon.

Guard passes goal for recruits
Troops paid to help boost ranks

By Oren Dorell

New recruiting techniques and appeals to patriotism have helped the National Guard achieve its highest level of troops since 2001.

The Guard, which has struggled to fill its ranks during the war in Iraq, pins its success on a new recruitment program. It includes paying a bonus to Guard members who signed up recruits.

The regular Army and Army Reserves have adopted a version called "Every Soldier a Recruiter." The Army is meeting its recruitment goals.

I'm not for the war, but as long as there is a $20,000.00 sign up bonus and the army is recruiting at NASCAR events, there isn't going to be a shortage of young people signing up. Now of course you going to have more of this type of thing happening,

Marines face scrutiny in Iraqi deaths

Investigators are examining allegations that troops wrongfully killed unarmed prisoners in 2004 during the fierce battle for Fallouja.
By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
July 5, 2007
CAMP PENDLETON — Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents are examining allegations that Marines killed as many as eight unarmed Iraqi prisoners during a battle in Fallouja in November 2004, according to civilian and military sources.

The investigation is at least the third of possible war crimes by Marines based here and involves the same company, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, that is at the center of the largest allegation of atrocities by U.S. troops in Iraq — the alleged wrongful killing of 24 civilians in Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005.

(here is another version of the same story, just in case you don't like LA times)
Yahoo news


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