Archive for: Iraq

Army-Navy Football & Service After 9/11 in ‘All American’

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Sportswriter Steve Eubanks had a great idea: write a book that follows one player each from the Army and Navy football teams who participated in the 2001 game through their military careers. With some help from the Army and Navy SIDs, he chose Army QB Chad Jenkins and Navy LB Brian Stann and uses their stories as the basis for All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq. +Continue Reading

J.R. Martinez is Tearing It Up on DWTS

It’s been a while since we checked in on Iraq veteran J.R. Martinez to see how things are going on Dancing With the Stars. In a season full of controversy (Chaz Bono’s gender switch, Nancy’s Grace’s wardrobe malfunction), Martinez is quietly racking up some high scores. It’s starting to look like he might just win the whole thing. +Continue Reading

12 Minutes of Battlefield 3

EA’s Battlefield 3 won’t be released until this fall but you can get yourself ready with this twelve-minute gameplay trailer. It’s set in Iraq and, while your team of U.S. Marines is supposedly fighting a fictional insurgent group called the “PLR,” it’s not hard to see who the enemy’s supposed to be.

The Danger Pay Gamble

“What’s the best way to make a small fortune in the movie business? Start out with a large one.”*

The lure of Hollywood was strong enough for several soldiers serving in Iraq that they reportedly took their danger pay and invested it all in a low-budget horror movie called 2084 that stars Billy West, best known for creating the voice of Stimpy in Ren & Stimpy. +Continue Reading

Avenged Sevenfold’s Mideast Plan

Avenged Sevenfold’s lead singer M. Shadows talks to the Pentagon Channel about their new album Nightmare, the loss of longtime drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan and the band’s upcoming USO tour of Iraq and Kuwait.

How to Drown an IED

The Stingray is a new device developed by Sandia National Laboratories that uses a “blade of water” that acts as a kind of knife to destroy an IED from a safe distance.

Wait, Iraq Does Have Its Own ‘Candid Camera’

Maybe we shouldn’t have been so quick to question Punk’d Iraq, because now we have video from the Iraqi TV show Send Him to Bucca. +Continue Reading

‘Punk’d Iraq’ Isn’t Gonna Win Anyone’s Hearts & Minds

Back in April when he was still serving in Iraq, Sergeant Leo Dunson, now discharged and an aspiring rapper, thought it would be hilarious to secretly plant grenades in Iraqis’ car trunks at check points just so he could film the reaction once he “discovered” the contraband.

Unless Saddam was running Candid Camera reruns on state television for the last 50 years, it’s hard to imagine Sgt. Dunson’s prank had the intended effect. (via Gawker)

Hollywood Suggests War on Movie Pirates More Important Than War on Terror in Iraq

The pro-file-sharing, anti-copyright rabble rousers over at Torrentfreak have uncovered a Central Command document created after a Hollywood trade group complained that U.S. personnel were watching pirated DVDs in Iraq. +Continue Reading

British Military Wants Women Armed for Safe Sex

“On deployment, there’ll be fifty blokes to each woman.”

HMForces​.co​.uk reports that the UK’s Ministry of Defence has placed an advertisement in the Army’s official magazine Soldier that urges female soldiers and civilian staff to bring their own condoms and not leave pregnancy prevention up to their male counterparts. Even though the British military prohibits sexual relationships in war zones, 102 pregnant women were sent home from Iraq and 31 from Afghanistan between 2003 and 2009.