Saturday, September 22, 2012

FSA Leadership Back in Syria

Colonel Riad al-Asaad, leader of the Free Syrian Army, announced that he, and the rest of the leadership have reentered Syria.

They had been spending the past while in Turkey, to escape airstrikes from government forces.

The move is a sign of how confident the FSA is getting, as they gain more and more territory in the civil war.

Most likely the FSA will setup it's leadership in the province of Idlib or Aleppo.

Asaad says that the FSA wishes to unite with the other groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces, and together take the capital of Damascus.

More than twenty-seven thousand people have been killed in the conflict, so far.

Libyan Citizens Hold Rescue Benghazi Day

Tens of thousands of Libyans marched through the streets of Benghazi, Saturday, declaring it "Rescue Benghazi Day".

Demonstrators attacked and burned down the headquarters of one of the militias, leading to four deaths and twenty people being injured.

Marchers demanded that the Libyan government force the disbanding of all remaining militias.

The rally showed an impressive side of the Libyan's people desire for stability in their country, which has seen violence continue, despite the end of the civil war there.

Ivory Coast Closes Border With Ghana

After an attack on an army checkpoint, the Ivory Coast closed it's border with Ghana.

Five people were killed when a group, that they were part of, attacked an Ivory Coast checkpoint on the border. Five others were arrested.

This is not the first attack that has come over the border, and it is believed to have been carried out by exiled supporters of the former president.

Ghana's government pledged that it would help the Ivory Coast to eliminate the threat that the rebels pose.

NCC's Poll Reveals American's Thoughts on Some Issues

The National Constitution Center released information gathered from a poll they conducted in August. Over a thousand people were asked, over the phone, their thoughts on various topics.

When asked about how relevant the Constitution is sixty-nine percent said it is still relevant, with twenty-eight saying it needs to be modernized. Among Democrats only fifty-eight percent said it was relevant whilst eighty percent of Republicans and seventy-five percent of independents felt that way.

Seventy percent of Democrats, sixty-eight percent of independents, and sixty-two percent of Republicans support limitations on how much individuals can donate to a campaign. On corporate donations to outside organizations eighty-five percent of Democrat, eighty-one percent of Republicans, and seventy-eight percent of independents believe that limits should be in place.

The poll asked participants to say if they were confident in various branches of the government. Thirteen percent approve of the federal government, whilst only eleven percent have faith in Congress. The US military holds the most faith from the people, being given a fifty-seven percent approval rating.

Forty-nine percent believe that gun laws are against the Second Amendment. On health care seventy-four percent believe that the government does not have the right to impose any kind of fee or tax on healthcare. Sixty percent believe that homosexuals should have the same benefits as heterosexuals. When asked about voting ID laws forty-seven percent said they support them.

South Korean Ships Fire Warning Shots at North Korean Boats

On Friday, South Korean patrol ships fired warning shots at North Korean fishing boats.

The boats were but the latest breach of the South's waters, by Northern vessels.

In this fifth incident, of this month alone, six North Korean boats invaded South Korean waters.

Beliefs were that North Korea was trying to provoke a response from the South, but their lack of response to the South's actions put that in doubt.

Remembering: Nathan Hale's One Life to Give

Born June 6, 1755, in Coventry, Connecticut, Nathan Hale was a child prodigy. At the age of thirteen he began attending Yale, and at eighteen graduated with first honors. He then became a teacher, teaching in several villages.

Then in 1775 the war began and he joined a Connecticut militia, where he was elected first lieutenant. Hale missed out on the siege of Boston, and feeling like he was missing out on the war, joined the 7th Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Army.

As the Army moved to keep the British from taking New York City, General Washington asked for volunteers to spy behind enemy lines, on September 8, 1776. Hale was the only volunteer. Whilst behind enemy lines, Hale was recognized by a British loyalist.

On September 22, 1776, twenty-one year old Nathan Hale was hung as an illegal combatant. As he was led to the gallows he gave an eloquent speech, during which he famously said, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country". His memory has been used to inspire every generation since, with a fervor of patriotism.

Blue to Gold: ARMY Sgt. Jason M. Swindle

ARMY Sgt. Jason M. Swindle, twenty-four, of Cabot, Arkansas, died Sept. 20, in Panjwa'l, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Twenty-four year old Sgt. Jason M. Swindle of Cabot, Arkansas, died September 20th in Panjwa’l, Afghanistan. He died of injuries sustained when he encountered enemy, small arms fire.

Swindle was assigned to 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart. He was an infantryman who joined the Army in July 2005. He had been deployed four times, and posthumously earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

The thoughts and prayers of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and the 3rd ID are with Swindle’s family; the installation is providing support to the family.