Library of Congress Rolls Out New Blogs of War 2003 Iraq War Archive

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Blogs of War Updates from the 2003 War in Iraq

In 2003 the Library of Congress archived my around the clock updates on the 2003 Iraq War. They just recently rolled out a much enhanced view of that archive on their site.

This was a really interesting time. Traditional media was waking up to the internet but I was still more nimble and seemingly more adept at mining the web for content than most reporters at the time. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is how my updates quickly morphed into short bursts of Twitter-like statuses as I struggled to keep up with developments. Twitter was still three or so years off in the distance so I leveraged the blog format as best as possible. I remember thinking at the time that my blogging platform needed an optional short form post type to better accommodate this. I probably should have stopped what I was doing to work on that idea but my focus was on world events.

It all ultimately worked out very well and the updates rolled out around the clock. It didn’t take long for CNN and other media outlets to take note and even credit Blogs of War, and others, with sometimes beating them to the story. The CNN story had a huge impact and the next month or so was a blur of war monitoring and constant contact from readers, global media outlets, and even soldiers in the field.

Michael Ross’ Top Ten Missed Targets for Assassination of 2012

michaelross31 Michael Ross Top Ten Missed Targets for Assassination of 2012

10. Ramadan Shallah: Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. His low ranking is because he’s a weak terrorist leader but still has plenty of blood on his petite doll-like hands.

9. Samir Kuntar: Druze member of the PLF in Lebanon who murdered an Israeli policeman, Eliyahu Shahar, 31 year-old Danny Haran, and Haran’s 4-year-old daughter, Einat Haran, whom he killed with blunt force against a rock and for indirectly causing the death of two-year-old Yael Haran by suffocation, as her mother tried to quiet her crying while hiding from Kuntar. In November 2008, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad presented Kuntar with Syria’s highest medal.

8. Mahmoud al-Zahar: Founding father of HAMAS and considered a hard line hawk, even by HAMAS’ standards

7. Mohammed Deif: Commander of HAMAS’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. That’s reason enough.

6. Ali Moussa al-Daduq: Senior Hezbollah advisor captured in Iraq while acting on Iran’s behalf and responsible for the killing of U.S. military personnel in southern Iraq.

5. Ahmed Abu Khattala: Leader of the Benghazi-based Ansar al-Sharia group closely involved in the September 11 assault that killed four Americans including ambassador Christopher Stevens.

4. Hassan Nasrallah: “Secretary-General” of Hezbollah.

3. Hamid Arabnejad: Managing-Director of Mahan Air, the Iranian regime’s airline tasked with ferrying weapons/explosives, IRGC-QF personnel, and mayhem all over the world.

2. Qassam Soleimani: Head of Iran’s IRGC-QF. That’s more than enough reason.

1. Bashar al-Assad: How many lives could have been saved by rubbing out this man Christopher Hitchens once famously dubbed, “The human toothbrush”. Sic Semper Tyrannus.

Michael Ross was born in Canada and served as a soldier in a combat unit of the Israel Defence Forces prior to being recruited as a “combatant,” (a term designating a deep-cover operative tasked with working in hostile milieus) in Israel’s legendary secret intelligence service, the Mossad. In his 13 year career with the Mossad, Ross was also a case officer in Africa and South East Asia for three years, and was the Mossad’s counterterrorism liaison officer to the CIA and FBI for two-and-a-half years. Ross is a published writer and commentator on Near Eastern affairs, intelligence and terrorism. He is the author of The Volunteer: The Incredible True Story of an Israeli Spy on the Trail of International Terrorists. You can follow him on Twitter.

Video: Real Warriors Profile – Maj. Ed Pulido

Wounded by an IED blast in Iraq, Maj. Pulido returned home facing tremendous physical and psychological challenges, including thoughts of suicide. What turned things around for him was reaching out for and accepting support from others, and focusing on helping service members and families in similar circumstances.