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I'll bet no one heard this news.......

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hundreds of US troops in Iraq re-enlist for national day<br>
    Fri Jul 4, 10:30 AM ET<br>
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    BAGHDAD (AFP) - More than 1,200 US troops serving in Iraq signed up for extended service in the military to mark America's national day on Friday.<br>
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    At least 1,215 troops re-enlisted for periods ranging from two to six years at the ceremony held at the spacious Al-Faw palace of executed dictator Saddam Hussein near Baghdad airport.<br>
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    General David Petraeus, the head of US-led coalition forces in Iraq, said he was "proud of their decision to re-enlist and help the people of Iraq win their most important battle ... freedom."<br>
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    The US military has regularly re-enlisted service members in Iraq but Friday's swearing-in was one of the largest, the military said.<br>
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    More than five years after the invasion that toppled Saddam, US-led forces are still battling to stabilise the violence-wracked country.<br>
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    The US military has lost 4,113 personnel since the March 2003 invasion, according to independent website www.icasualties.org.<br>
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    But it says that overall violence has now fallen to its lowest levels since the invasion.
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    Any bets that you won't hear about it on the evening news?
     
  3. Juno

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    Thanks for this bit of news Brian.
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  4. ljutic73

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    I reckon Mr. Obama won't be referencing this information in his campaign speeches.....
     
  5. Dave P

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    Send it to Bill O'Reilly
     
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    I just looked at USA Today and the latest article is dated 4 hours ago with no mention of the Brian's post.
     
  7. gun fitter

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    No amount of money is worth your life weather it's tax free or not. There are other reasons like it's the right thing to do.
    Joe Just my oppinion!
     
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    That's pretty cynical, Steve.........
     
  9. Brian in Oregon

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    Wait, are they really getting tax breaks? I saw a Democratic ad the other day saying that the Bush administration has failed to allow tax breaks for those serving in Iraq because they have not declared it a war zone.<br>
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    What's the scoop here?
     
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    They're getting tax breaks. My son paid no taxes on his pay and his re-up bonus while he was in Iraq.




    Jim
     
  11. Brian in Oregon

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    Then that makes the Democrats out to be liars with their claims that the troops in Iraq are having to pay taxes on their earnings.
     
  12. perga1

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    It is on FOX13 News here in Florida right now. Jim
     
  13. slide action

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    No one is going to covience me ANY troop reenlist simply so he or she can get a tax break. If you think these folks can see their friends killed and then reenlist simple to save a few bucks on therir taxes, I feel sorry for you! You evidently don't have a clue about the dedication these young people have! Either you beleive in what you are doing or you DON"T! God bless them all!
     
  14. maclellan1911

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    fox news here in Massachusetts. also did a piece on the newly sworn citizens
     
  15. Ahab

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    Brian....do Democrats lie?

    Thats like asking if wild bears poop in the woods!
     
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    Steve, It seemed to appear that you were suggesting the "reason" they reenlisted was for a tax break, If not, then I appologize for thinking that was your intent.
     
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    Re-enlistment is not a single day option. There is a window of months during which a soldier can re-enlist. It is common for soldiers to "play the options" during that window. Enlistment bonuses and options can change from day to day and week to week based on the needs of the Army. If it looks like the Army will be short of a specific MOS (Military Ocupational Specialty) they will increase bonuses and other options to entice re-enlistments during a specific window. And yes, options can even be increased for photops. There are also short term extensions that can be used to get those guys who would have been beyond the window extended to an event like this.

    And while we are at it, while few Americans know about events like this, you can bet that this is NOT a morale boost to Al Queda and our enemies. There are now 1200 trained and experienced soldiers ready to put the smack down on the bad guys.
     
  18. larryjk

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    Over 4,000 troops have been killed since the war began. We were treated to a daily head count from ABC news. During the same period, we were never told that over 4,000 people are killed each year on California highways and streets. We are never told the names of those killed on a daily basis on the highways, but we were given each soldiers name on the news. That part was okay in my book. I was honored to know the names of the brave men and women who gave their lives in combat. That had more meaning than getting killed on the way to McDonalds for hamburgers.
     
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