Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No Big Suprise

From Military Com.: Today in the Military
This is why it is, Washingtion, it is called War On Terrrism......
Pakistani Taliban Threatens Washington
March 31, 2009Associated Press

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - The commander of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly assault on a Pakistani police academy and said the group was planning a terrorist attack on the U.S. capital.
Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head from the U.S., said Monday's attack outside the eastern city of Lahore was in retaliation for U.S. missile strikes against militants along the Afghan border.
"Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world," Mehsud told The Associated Press by phone. He provided no details.
Mehsud and other Pakistani Taliban militants are believed to be based in the country's lawless areas near the border with Afghanistan, where they have stepped up their attacks throughout Pakistan.
The Taliban leader also claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed four soldiers Monday in Bannu district and a suicide attack targeting a police station in Islamabad last week that killed one officer.
Such attacks pose a major test for the weak, year-old civilian administration of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari that has been gripped with political turmoil in recent weeks.
The gunmen who attacked the police academy in Lahore on Monday killed seven police and two civilians, holding security forces at bay for about eight hours before being overpowered by Pakistani commandos. Some of the attackers wore police uniforms, and they took hostages and tossed grenades during the assault.
Earlier Tuesday, a spokesman from a little-known militant group linked to the Pakistani Taliban also claimed credit for the attack and a similar ambush-style attack against the Sri Lankan cricket team earlier this month in Lahore. It was not immediately possible to reconcile the two claims.
Omar Farooq, who said he is the spokesman for Fedayeen al-Islam, said the group would carry out more attacks unless Pakistani troops withdraw from tribal areas near the Afghan border and the U.S. stops its drone strikes. The group previously said it was behind the deadly September bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad that killed 54 people.
Mehsud declined to comment on Fedayeen al-Islam's claim that it carried out the attack or to say whether the group is linked to his own.
"At this time, I will not give any detail," Mehsud said.
The Pakistani Taliban leader also said he was not deterred by the U.S. bounty on his head.
"I wish to die and embrace martyrdom," he said.
The Pakistani Taliban has links with al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban militants who have launched attacks against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan from a base in the border region between the two countries.
Pakistan faces tremendous U.S. pressure to eradicate militants from its soil and has launched several military operations in the Afghan border region.
The U.S. has stepped up drone attacks against militants in the area, causing tension with Pakistani officials who protest they are a violation of the country's sovereignty and kill innocent civilians.
Monday's highly coordinated attack highlighted that militants in the country pose a threat far outside the border region. It prompted Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik, Pakistan's top civilian security official, to say that militant groups were "destabilizing the country."
The gunmen killed six police during the assault, and one died late Monday from his injuries, said Lahore's commissioner, Major Azam Khan. He said Tuesday that the initial investigation revealed that two civilians were also shot and killed, but he did not reveal their identities.
More than 90 officers were wounded in the assault, according to officials.
After gunmen stormed the academy, masses of security forces surrounded the compound, exchanging fire in televised scenes reminiscent of the militant siege in the Indian city of Mumbai in November and the attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team.
Khan said three of the attackers blew themselves up when commandos retook the police academy to avoid arrest. Authorities arrested four others at the scene.
Wasim Ahmad Sial, a senior Lahore police official, said authorities have obtained fingerprints of the attackers who blew themselves up and have determined one of their identities. He did not provide further details.
Punjab police chief, Khawaja Khalid Farooq, told reporters Tuesday that a suspected militant who was captured at the scene of the attack had provided "genuine and actual leads that are beneficial for interrogation."
He said about 50 other people in Lahore were detained overnight for questioning.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Reality Hits

This morning, reality hit: Mark leaves in two months.
He has to train for six weeks before being send overseas. He gets to come home for a week, however.
I was picking up his coffee cup, noticing he hadn't finished it.
He loves Starbucks.
I have to start making Carepackages again, icluding Starbucks coffee.
It was then that I started to cry.
It lasted just a few moments.
But it will not be the last Cry.
Now, I am back to cleaning out my desk, thinking about making chicken soup for supper since the weather is still chilly.
It makes one feel better.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mark just called.
His orders have been cut for the next three days, starting today, preparing him to join his new unit.
We don't know where the unit is heading, but it will be sometime this summer.
And so it begins.....

So Here We Go Again

When I wrote yesterday's entry, it was with the thought of adding to it from time to time until the new task came down.
I just didn't think it would be this soon.
Yesterday afternoon, Mark recieved a call: he has been tagged for a new Task. Today he has to go to the unit Center and find out when, where and for how long.
Ah, the life of a Mililarty Spouse; never a dull moment.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Where I am Today

Well it has been a few months since I'd last written.
It's this thing called Life :)
Mark came home for two weeks in April and we were blessed to celebrate Passover together.
Two days before he returned to Iraq, however, we were involved in a serious car accident and I didn't realize how badly I was injuried until after Mark's return.
By the grace of G-d, with pain medication and PT, my back healed. And with it I learned who were my 'real friends' were.
In June, we learned a dear friend was getting married and I had the joy of helping with the wedding.
Mark made it home for Howard's wedding.
Since then, Mark has adjusted to life back in the States and home with his wife. He did better with rentry this time because he had a wife and home to come to.
And what did I learn? I relearned how to run a house without my husband being home. Once again I paid bills, did small repairs and even enjoyed going out for coffee or shopping with friends. I enjoyed times of worship and catching up on reading I hadn't done while Mark wasn't home.
We grew closer as a couple due the deployment, it strenghten us as individuals and as a married couple.
It was hard, many lonely nights. But in that loneliness, I drew closer to G-d.
And Mark.
Being an Army wife is not for the faint of heart.
But the love of the guy makes it worth it.