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MarineCombatEngineer's Journal
MarineCombatEngineer's Journal
January 3, 2024

Iran says at least 103 people killed, 141 wounded in blasts at ceremony honoring slain general


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two explosions minutes apart Wednesday in Iran targeted a commemoration for a prominent general slain in a U.S. drone strike in 2020, killing at least 103 people and wounding at least 141 others as the Middle East remains on edge over Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for what Iranian state media called a “terroristic" attack shortly after the blasts in Kerman, about 820 kilometers (510 miles) southeast of the capital, Tehran.

While Israel has carried out attacks in Iran over its nuclear program, it has conducted targeted assassinations, not mass-casualty bombings. Sunni extremist groups including the Islamic State group have conducted large-scale attacks in the past that killed civilians in Shiite-majority Iran, though not in relatively peaceful Kerman

Iran also has seen mass protests in recent years, including those over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in 2022. The country also has been targeted by exile groups in attacks dating back to the turmoil surrounding its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

I seriously doubt this was Israel, Iran has many enemies.
Iran calling this a terrorist attack is ironic due to the terrorist groups they support and fund.
This is not good.
January 1, 2024

Happy New Year to all of DU,

We are a very diverse family with different opinions on different issues, but we are still a family, warts and all, unlike the repigs.
May the new year bring joy, happiness and peace to all of us and the world.

December 31, 2023

US Navy sinks 3 Houthi boats attacking merchant ship in Red Sea, US says

U.S. Navy helicopters returned fire and and sank three small boats carrying Houthi militants in the Red Sea on Sunday, after U.S. warships responded to a distress call from a merchant vessel, military officials said.

A Maersk container ship, the Singapore-flagged Hangzhou, issued a distress call at about 6:30 a.m. local time, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Sunday. The merchant vessel said four small boats were attacking it.

"The small boats, originating from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, fired crew served and small arms weapons at the MAERSK HANGZHOU, getting to within 20 meters of the vessel, and attempted to board the vessel," Central Command said.

Helicopters from two U.S. ships -- the USS Eisenhower and the USS Gravely -- responded and issued verbal calls to the small boats, U.S. officials said


I don't know what these Houthi geniuses were thinking, but whatever it was, it was a bad decision to fire on US Navy helos, especially if they were either BlackHawks or Cobra gunships.

They fucked around and found out.
October 29, 2023

Arabs and Bedouins join Israel's war on Hamas despite accusations of 'treachery'

As the first from his Muslim village to volunteer for the Israeli army, life was not easy for Fadel Faour, who now finds himself on the front line of the Gaza war.

After he volunteered, his dreams of becoming a religious leader, or ‘‘sheikh’’, were dashed, with his family and friends branding him a traitor for serving in what they see as an occupying force.

Since signing up, he knew going to war was always a possibility, but on Oct 7, he came face to face with the biggest conflict seen in the country in decades as he took on Hamas terrorists.

Faour is one of a growing number of Israel’s Arab and Bedouin minorities volunteering with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a pathway to escaping poverty and crime in the Arab towns and villages they live in.


Very interesting article about Arabs and Bedouins serving in the IDF fighting against Hamas.
October 20, 2023

This is probably going to start some shit,

but, I am damned proud to be an American with Pres. Joe Biden at the helm of our Govt. and standing up for Western values with regards to the Ukrainian and Israeli wars.

Go Joe and I hope that all Democrats remember this in 2024 and defeat fascism via Benedict Donald.

October 20, 2023

On second thought,

I'm really beginning to dislike DU4, My Stuff keeps going off highlighting my subscriptions, even though I haven't subscribed to any new subscriptionsl

Admins, please fix this problem.

October 8, 2023

There is no doubt in my mind that WWIII is on the horizon,

and this time it will end civilization as we know it.
Hopefully, with Pres. Biden at the helm, we can avoid it, but if it comes down to that, then I trust him.

September 23, 2023

This song by Poison, Give me something to believe in,

brings me to tears every time I hear it because of the way society treated us returning Vietnam Veterans, and it still goes on with the Afghanistan/Iraq combat veterans,

Not here of course and not, for the most part, Democrats.

September 23, 2023

I don't know if this is the proper forum to post this in, but, here goes.

This song by Poison, every time, brings me to tears on how the way we were treated by society on returning from the Vietnam War and it still goes on today with the Afghanistan/Iraq veteran.

September 9, 2023

Russian General Admits Ukraine Just a 'Stepping Stone' to Invade Europe

A key Russian general who Russian President Vladimir Putin promoted this week views the invasion of Ukraine as a mere "stepping stone" to further conflict with Europe.

Putin launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, sparking fears from many analysts that the Kremlin may have greater ambitions beyond taking control of its former Soviet neighbor. Russian commentators and lawmakers have often heightened those fears with their anti-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) rhetoric throughout the war—routinely encouraging direct strikes on European and even American targets.

This week, Putin promoted Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev to the rank of Colonel-General. The military leader had already been serving in the role of commanding the Central Military District and Russian Central Grouping of Forces in Ukraine.

In a recent interview with Moscow's state-run Russia-1, a clip of which circulated widely on social media Saturday, Mordvichev said he believes Putin's war will last quite a long time and expand in the future.


This is exactly why the Western powers need to keep supplying Ukraine with the necessary tools to defeat the Russian's illegal invasion, if not, then WWIII will break out with all the horrors of war.

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I'm an owner/operator long haul truck driver out of Arizona. My truck is a 2018 Peterbilt 389 long nose with the full size sleeper that's loaded with the latest technology. It has the Detroit engine coupled to an Eaton Fuller RTLO 18918B 18 speed transmission. I love the nomadic lifestyle and to top it off, I get paid to see the beauty of this country! Keep on truckin. I am also a U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.) MOS 1345, with 35 years of service to our country. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fidelis.
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